13 Mar 2014 13:00
Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, today launches an exciting new program to improve sleep quality on its long-haul flights.
July 2012, Etihad Airways has been working closely with a panel of sleep
experts from the American Centre for
Psychiatry and Neurology (ACPN) in Abu Dhabi to research ways to enhance
sleep in-flight. The Centre is staffed by American Board-certified aviation psychiatrists
and neurologists and is renowned for its work in the field of aviation health.
Airways has received expert guidance from the ACPN on sleep hygiene and on-board
wellbeing, and has developed comprehensive guidelines for sleep in-flight, created
for the airline’s guests as a result of clinical studies carried out by the ACPN
on patients experiencing effects related to long-haul flying.
Baumgartner, Chief Commercial Officer, Etihad Airways said: “A good night’s
sleep is scientifically proven to benefit one’s health and nowhere is this more
important than on a long-haul flight.
understand that sleep is an important requirement for our guests, many of whom
fly multiple journeys with us each year. For this reason, we will continue ensuring
greater levels of comfort and wellbeing on our flights. The research we have
carried out in collaboration with the experts
at the ACPN will allow us to significantly improve the cabin environment for our
guests and to provide targeted investment in our on-board experience for
tangible customer benefit.”
Yousef Abou Allaban, Managing Director of the American Centre for Psychiatry
and Neurology, said: “What is encouraging is that there is an airline placing
tremendous importance and resources into the study of sleep on long distance flights.
Etihad Airways approached us with the clear understanding that sleep is not
just a luxury, but a physical necessity which affects every traveller on every
level. We have worked closely with them to offer expert advice aimed at
providing an optimum environment for sleep while flying, taking into
consideration the challenges of modern travel.”
core part of Etihad Airways’ sleep initiative is the introduction of luxury all-natural
bedding by COCO-MAT in Diamond First Class. Athens-based COCO-MAT, widely
considered the world’s leading manufacturer of sustainably sourced sleep
products, has designed an exclusive multi-layered sleep system mattress for Etihad
Airways’ Diamond First Class suites.
unique mattress is made from extracts of the Hevea tree, a healthier
alternative to standard petroleum-based foams. This natural rubber is known for
its elasticity and is perforated with tiny holes to create a perfect
ventilation system, enabling the material to breathe and regulate body
temperature. The new bedding set features a 100 per cent cotton fitted sheet
and a large down feather duvet and pillow. Etihad Airways is the only airline
in the world to provide this bespoke product.
airline aims to enhance the sleep experience by focusing on the senses of
touch, sight, sound, aroma and taste. Fine cotton Heather Grey sleepsuits,
unique pillow mist, pulse point oil and a selection of Bergamote 22 toiletries
by New York brand, Le Labo now feature as part of its First Class sleep
amenities. High quality comforters, blankets, pillows are provided in Pearl Business
Class and Coral Economy Class respectively, along with unique Sougha amenity
kits, inspired by traditional Emirati artisanal designs in all classes.
minimise the effects of ambient cabin sounds, Etihad Airways provides noise
cancellation headphones in all three classes. Furthermore, to counteract harsh
light, all cabins feature advanced mood-lighting systems.
comforts such as a sleep-time beverage service including hot chocolate and herbal
teas are to be offered in all three classes. In Diamond First Class,
sleep-inducing chamomile tea and a range of malt drinks will be added to the airline’s
already extensive drinks selection as part of the sleep experience.
Information about Etihad Airways’ Sleep Program
can be found by visiting www.etihad.com/comfortzone
More information on sleep health and hygiene while travelling is available
through a dedicated website developed by the ACPN together with Etihad Airways.
Guests can visit www.sleeplabuae.com
contact Etihad Airways’ Sleep Experts for professional sleep advice.