Abu Dhabi -based Etihad Airways has unveiled its new first-class cabin suite on a brand new Airbus A340-600, which is due to enter service at the end of August. And boy does this offering have some serious bells and whistles.
The first-class cabin contains 12 individual suites. I gotta say that the “luxury changing room with full-length mirror” sounds intriguing. Here’s what you get:
- 82 inch long private suite with a 80.5 inches fully flat bed, with bed width of 29.75 inches
- Each suite with Arabic styled sliding privacy doors
- 23 inch personal TV/video screen, with in-flight entertainment system that allows customers to pause, stop, fast-forward or rewind up to 600 hours of films, TV and radio programmes, and play games
- Personal mini bar
- Illuminated wardrobe with a personal mirror
- In-seat massager, lumbar support and adjustable headrest
- Spacious compartment areas where customers can stow their belongings
- Poltrona Frau leather upholstery
Extra large (24 inches by 25 inches) wood finished meal table
- In-seat power sockets for PCs, iPod connector, USB ports, Ethernet port and audio jack
- Luxury changing room with full length mirror, raised wash basin and leather fold-down seat
- Luxurious soft furnishings and designer amenity kits
Key quote from Etihad chief executive James Hogan:
“Competition for premium customers remains intense and during the last 12 months a number of airlines have unveiled significant enhancements to their first class cabins, with others deciding to remove the cabin completely from their aircraft.
“A downturn is exactly the time when an airline needs to demonstrate its commitment to the very highest standards of service excellence. The economic turbulence that the aviation industry is currently experiencing will give way to calmer times, and when it does our investment and product innovation will ensure that we have not simply remained competitive, but that we are the market leader.
“With this in mind, we feel the time is right for us to raise the bar and we believe that our new first class cabin, together with the enhancements we have already made to our first class service, re-establishes our position as market leader in terms of luxury air travel.”
Etihad Airways flies 21 services a week from London Heathrow and seven flights per week from Manchester to its home base in Abu Dhabi. The full roll-out of the new first-class suites in the airline’s fleet is expected to be completed by the end of 2010.