Etihad Airways is to launch what will be the
world’s first private multi-room cabin on a commercial passenger
The Residence, as the Abu Dhabi-based airline is calling
it, will feature a living room, double bedroom, separate ensuite
shower room, and a Butler.
Measuring 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.
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,” said Peter Baumgartner, Etihad Airways’ Chief
Commercial Officer. “This 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.”
Passengers 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
These 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.
The 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.
A dedicated VIP
Concierge team will work to 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.
A 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
The 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.
The Residence is fully Wi-Fi enabled and equipped with the latest
Panasonic eX3 entertainment system, controlled by video touch
screen and handset.
Certified 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.
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