Etihad gets in the mood

No your eyes are not deceiving you – this is the interior of an aircraft, not a fancy New York, Dubai (sorry Abu Dhabi restaurant) or Paris restaurant. The mood lighting is not created by candlelight – at least I don’t think so.


Middle Eastern carriers are determined to outdo each other in the premium cabin, and Etihad Airways is no exception. It has just launched this interior concept on its Airbus A340-500s that began flying between London Heathrow and Abu Dhabi at the beginning of July.


This, I hardly need to say, is first, or Diamond Class. The seats spin. Not in the way kids like to play with office chairs, but through 180 degrees so “Guests”, as Etihad calls them, can have meetings, chat or eat.


But don’t worry those of you who can contemplate paying for this service – rotation is not complusory. Each seat also has a privacy shell.


Whoever said first class was dead?


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