04 May 2014 11:30
Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has unveiled the world’s first private multi-room cabin on a commercial passenger aircraft.
Residence will feature a living room, double bedroom, separate ensuite shower room,
and for the first time in the airline industry, a dedicated, trained Butler.
an unparalleled 125 square feet in total area, The Residence will be located on
the forward upper deck of the airline’s new fleet of Airbus A380s and will be
available for single or double occupancy.
Baumgartner, Etihad Airways’ Chief Commercial Officer, said: “The Residence will
set Etihad Airways apart from the rest of the industry and allow us to provide the
complete range of world-class products and services to cater for the individual
tastes of every VIP traveller.
is the culmination of five years of intensive effort and research into how
Etihad Airways can provide an unparalleled VIP experience. Without doubt, we
are ushering in a new era of luxury travel in commercial aviation.”
staying in The Residence will have a dedicated Butler on call throughout the
flight, offering the type of discrete personal service and attention to detail
found in the world’s most exclusive hotels.
hospitality professionals have been selected by Etihad Airways and are
undergoing specialist training at the Savoy Butler Academy in London, part of
the world-famous Savoy Hotel.
Butler’s role is multi-faceted including that of a Concierge and Maitre d’hotel.
Their uniform has been designed by Rome-based fashion designer, Ettore Bilotta,
to reflect the superior levels of professionalism and style associated with
this unique role.
dedicated VIP Concierge team will ensure all aspects of the experience,
including booking luxury limousine transfers, check-in, and custom menu
planning, are handled with the utmost discretion.
living room in The Residence is furnished with a two-seat reclining sofa upholstered
in Poltrona Frau leather, dual marquetry dining tables and a chilled mini-bar.
touchscreen control unit operates the retractable ottoman, the ambient and mood
lighting, window shading, adjusts seat position and firmness, and activates the
in-seat massage functions.
door and passageway separate the living room from the master bedroom and the
ensuite shower room. The bedroom features a Poltrona Frau upholstered 82 inch
long double bed with custom-made mattress, bedside unit, wardrobe, and under-bed
stowage for hand luggage.
living room features a large 32 inch LCD TV, whilst the bedroom boasts its own
27 inch LCD TV. The communications suite features broadband with internet mobile
and data capability, Live TV, HDMI, AC outlet and USB ports.
Residence is fully Wi-Fi enabled and equipped with the latest Panasonic eX3
entertainment system, controlled by video touch screen and handset.
keeping with the cabin interiors in the rest of the aircraft, The Residence is decorated
in a contemporary style influenced by modern Arabian design.
also has unique décor elements such as custom carpets, table marquetry and soft
furnishings, creating individuality and exclusivity. The Residence on each
Etihad Airways A380 aircraft will feature a unique design inspired by best-in-class
by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for dual occupancy, The Residence
has been built by B/E Aerospace in the United Kingdom in close partnership with
the Etihad Design Consortium (EDC) and Poltrona Frau.
view images and video of the new cabins, please click on the following links: