Photos: Etihad unveils new first-class suites on A340-600

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.


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5 Responses to Photos: Etihad unveils new first-class suites on A340-600

  1. MPTA-098 May 11, 2009 at 7:48 am #

    Hi Mary, and sorry for this off-topic-post.

    Recently, I realised that the main-deck of the A380 should be superior to any other aircraft (currently planned or flying) for accomodating James Park’s stacked sleeper-type beds for economy class passengers in contrast to the pure business class seat concept described in this blog-entry of yours:—james-par.html/link

    In posts # 57 and # 60 in the following link, I’ve outlined how I believe the A380 might be configured with sleeper seats in Y class:

    Seat configuration (summary):

    A380 Main Deck: =..==..==..==..= (4 aisles and 16 stacked seats)
    A380 Upper Deck: –..==..==..- (3 aisles, 8 stacked seats and 3 non-stacked seats)
    B777 Main Deck: –..==..==..– (3 aisles, 8 stacked seats and 4 non-stacked seats)

    = stacked seat (21 inches wide on A380,777)
    - non-stacked seat (21 inches wide A380,777. NB: one upper deck seat on the A380 is 20 inches wide)
    .. aisle (20 inches wide on the A380 and 20,5 inches wide on the 777)

    Pitch for all seats: 210cm.

    10 rows on the A380 (21 m) equals 160 seats
    10 rows on the 777 (21 m) equals 120 seats

    Conclusion: Configuration satisfies the likely mandatory requirement of direct aisle access for all stacked sleeper seats.

  2. Mary Kirby May 11, 2009 at 8:21 am #

    Excellent. Your argument is very sound (and bloggable). Thank you!

  3. MPTA-098 May 11, 2009 at 12:46 pm #

    You’re welcome!

    I was surprised how well the concept would fit the main deck on the A380.

    Interestingly, the conceptual A380-900 “Udvar-Hazy Edition” should be able to accomodate around 400 stacked sleeper-type beds for economy class passengers on the main deck, 12 Airbus’s Super First Class suites (concept) between doors 6 and 7, and around 90 “new” SQ business class seats (those used for intercontinental flights) between doors 7,8 and 9, including additional space available for upper deck bar/lounges for premium class passengers. Also, this stretched aircraft would have increased lower deck space, and consequently a significant maximised freight revenue potential.

    A380-900 “Udvar-Hazy Edition”

    3 images of Airbus’s super first class suites concept for the A380.

  4. Ludwig von Hapsburg XII "Stinky" May 11, 2009 at 10:09 pm #

    Gee, MPTA-098…I hope to God you actually work in an aircraft design capacity. Otherwise, I’d say you need to get out and go to a Star Trek convention or two. That or dress up like your favorite character from Harry Potter and spend a few nights on the town.

    Personally, I was a bit curious to know where any given Sultan/Sheik/Saudi Prince would be stowing his harum of female endentured servants. Its a nice looking seat, and stowage space appears to be ample, but you never know with these promo shots.


  5. Mary Kirby May 12, 2009 at 8:53 am #

    Oh Stinky :)