04 May 2014 11:30
Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, will debut its new Business Studio onboard its Airbus A380 and Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft, offering a luxurious standard usually associated with the rest of the industry’s first class travel.
next-generation Etihad Airways Business Studio will be introduced later this
year when the Abu Dhabi-based airline takes delivery of its first A380 and B787
aircraft and offers Business Class guests a space where they can ‘work, rest,
total of 70 Business Studios will be located on the upper deck of the A380,
while the B787 will have 28 Business Studios, all offering aisle access and a fully
flat bed of up to 80.5 inches long.
Chief Commercial Officer of Etihad Airways, said: “We have been developing the
Business Studio over the past five years, with a firm commitment to provide the
highest levels of innovation, style, and comfort in business class travel.
“We’re confident this
new product will meet the diverse needs and highest expectations of today’s
business traveller who will experience the Business Studio onboard our new A380
Studios, which are arranged in a 1-2-1 configuration, giving direct aisle
access to all guests, are also the airline’s first dovetail (forward and aft) layout,
allowing optimal use of cabin space. The suite has a 22 inch wide seat and
separate ottoman, which together create a fully-flat bed of up to 80.5 inches
centre Business Studios, while ideal for guests travelling together, also offer
full privacy for guests traveling alone, with full-height screens between the
seats have been supplied by EADS Sogerma for the Airbus A380-800 and Zodiac
Aerospace for the B787, and are upholstered in leather by Poltrona
Frau, the prestigious Italian suppliers of Ferrari’s interiors.
Generous storage is
also available inside the Business Studio, including room underneath the
ottoman for carry-on items and shoes, as well as a large top-loading cupboard for
water bottles, head-sets, literature and other items. Each Studio also features an ample side-furniture
surface convenient for resting laptops, tablets and books.
The Business Studio features
contemporary design details, inspired by the aesthetics of modern Arabia. A
number of different lighting options add to the relaxing ambience, including an
elegant side lamp, a reading light, and mood lighting.
Etihad Airways is
introducing the latest Panasonic EX3 entertainment system across both fleets, providing
more than 750 hours of on-demand entertainment, improved gaming and high
definition screens across all cabins.
The system has video
touchscreen handsets, offering an additional screen for guests to maximise
their entertainment, so they can play games or view the moving map while
watching a movie. Noise cancelling
headsets are provided across all cabins, with built-in magnetic audio jacks to
ensure the best sound quality.
The A380 will have
Etihad Airways’ full mobile and Wi-Fly connectivity, while the B787 is equipped
award-winning Business Class service will be available across the entire fleet,
including the A380 and B787, with the option to dine any time and Food and
Beverage Managers on hand to assist with selections.
the A380, First and Business Class guests will be able to relax in The Lobby, a
serviced lounge and bar area located between the First and Business cabins.
semi-circular leather sofas, a marquetry table and a large TV screen, The Lobby
is designed for relaxing and socialising.
Lobby TV has a HDMI connection so it can be used for sharing content or it can
also be set to the airline’s Live TV channels for sporting and other events.
for the airline’s Muslim guests, Etihad Airways has created prayer areas which
can be curtained off for privacy and are equipped with a real-time electronic
Qibla-finder showing the exact direction of Mecca based on the aircraft’s
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