31 Dec 2014 09:00
Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, celebrated the departure of its inaugural Airbus A380 flight at Abu Dhabi International Airport early this morning.
ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at the departure gate as part of the
festivities, attended on behalf of Etihad Airways by Richard Hill, Chief
Operations Officer, Chris Youlten, Senior Vice President Network Operations, Jeff
Wilkinson, Senior Vice President Technical, Calum Laming, Vice President Guest
Experience, and Aubrey Tiedt, Vice President Guest Services.
event, which took place before Flight EY11 took-off to London Heathrow at
02.35am, was also attended by Eng. Ahmad Al Haddabi, Abu Dhabi Airports Chief
Special gift packs
were handed to guests on the inaugural flight, containing luggage tags, passport
holders, commemorative A380 certificates and complimentary Wi-Fi vouchers.
In addition to being
Etihad Airways’ first A380 service, the flight marked the debut
of the airline’s new First Apartments, Business Studios and Economy Smart
Seats, together with The Residence by Etihad™ – a three room suite with living
room, bathroom and bedroom.
It was also the first flight to operate
with Etihad Airways’ ‘Facets of Abu Dhabi’ livery.