Dubai: While other airlines are cutting costs and suspending operations in a number of destinations, a UAE-based carrier continues to invest in order to up the ante in customer experience.
Etihad Airways has just added a new superjumbo jet to its fleet, the Airbus A380, which is touted as the world’s largest commercial passenger plane.
The UAE national airline announced on Thursday the delivery of the double-decker aircraft at the European planemaker’s plant in Germany which, similar to its previously acquired superjumbos, also features luxurious “accommodations” in the air, including a private suite with a living room, a shower and a bedroom.
Dubbed "The Residence," first launched a few years earlier, the three-room suite is the only accommodation of its kind on a commercial airline, designed for two passengers travelling together.
Guests who book this room can fly in comfort, with the living area featuring a luxurious leather double-seat sofa, two dining tables and a 32-inch flat-screen TV.
The tenth A380 acquired by Etihad also boasts nine First Apartments, 70 Business Studios, a lobby lounge and 415 economy smart seats.
The Abu Dhabi-based airline operates its Airbus A380s on flights from the UAE capital to London, Sydney and New York. Starting July 1, the superjumbo will be serving the Paris route as well.
Etihad first introduced the luxurious private cabins in 2014.
Here's a quick look inside the accommodations on Etihad's A380s:
Living room in the three-room suite
The Residence bedroom
The Residence bathroom
First Class aisle