HUMBURG | GERMANY | SAT, September 27 | by O’Keeve Foster (SMWA) Today Etihad unveiled their brand new much anticipated livery on their brand new Airbus A380. It seems like September has been the month for new livery unveiling and so far we haven’t been disappointed. Southwest Airlines started off the month with their new modern blue “One Heart” livery followed by Frontier Airways throwback yet modern livery and the boldest yet so far Spirit Airlines “Bare Fare” livery, followed by China Eastern Airlines livery, well some of you guys maybe disappointed with this one, but the old one needed too go. Well for who was disappointed, am sure Etihad today has rebound your livery hearts.
At the Airbus hanger in Humburg, Germany, Etihad Airways rolled out their brand new Airbus A380 painted in their brand new corporate livery, a livery that’s more modern, it like more of a modern art painting, more luxurious and bring it on par with its two biggest competitor Emirates and OneWorld carrier Qatar Airways. The new livery is known as “Facets of Abu Dhabi” is a tribute to the airline hometown of Abu Dhabi. The Boeing 787 and Airbus A380 will be two of the first aircrafts to wear this new art work coat of paint.
The Airbus A380 is covered in 4 layers of paint, that’s 600 kilograms of paint, that’s thinner than a human hair all together. The livery isn’t a complete departure from the old one, it still features the browns fuselage paint with a billboard style Etihad written on the fuselage. What you will find different however is the tail, the “Abu Dhabi Emblem” logo has move up next to the word “Etihad” similar to British Airways coat of arm, first appeared on their A380. The tail is now covered in what Etihad calls “Geometric patterns” of triangles and squares. By 2018 the entire Etihad fleet will be wearing the new livery.
Although beautiful Etihad wants you inside to see the real beauty: The A380 is Etihad new flagship aircraft sorry 777, with flagship status comes flagship products, Etihad A380 features: The Resident and First Apartment, two very revolutionary products for air travel, and very expensive. The Resident is around 125sqft, both First Apartment and The Resident are you private flying houses. For the other half you have Business Studio and Economy Smarts.
EXPERIENCE: ETIHAD A380 CABIN
A truly unique and bespoke travel experience, delivered with complete discretion and limitless hospitality – The Residence by Etihad. Designed for up to two guests travelling together, it has been created by leading interior designers and hospitality experts who understand the discernment and sophistication expected by the private traveller. The Residence is a haven of tranquility, reflecting an exclusive lifestyle that offers the ultimate in high-end luxury.
- VIP Travel Concierge Service
Our VIP Travel Concierge Service takes care of guests booked into The Residence from the moment of reservation right through until the end of their stay with Etihad. From a luxury chauffeur to private check-in and lounge, we have designed every part of the travel experience to be seamless and discreet.
- The Etihad Butler
Onboard, The Etihad Butler is on hand to ensure all arrangements are in place and plan both the in flight and après-flight itinerary according to personal preferences.
- Inflight Chef
An inflight Chef can prepare meals from a range of gourmet menu options or even create a guest’s favourite dish.
Virtual Tour of The Residents on Board the A380 by Etihad
The First Apartment is upholstered with the finest Poltrona Frau leather and features a wide armchair, an ottoman and even includes space to walk around in. The ottoman opens out into an 81-inch long bed. A companion can join you for a meal or meeting in your spacious First Apartment. When travelling with a partner the divider between Apartments can be lowered to join rooms. The First Apartments come equipped with an adjustable 24-inch flat screen TV, which can be viewed from the armchair or while relaxing in bed, together with a vanity cabinet with ample lighting and space for your personal effects, a chilled drinks cabinet and a wardrobe. Freshen up before arrival with exclusive amenities and an energising shower in the First Class bathroom
Virtual Tour of First Apartments on Board the A380 by Etihad
usiness Class with Etihad is not business as usual. The luxury, comfort and service we offer in business equates to that of first class on other airlines. The Business Studios on our A380 and B787 are the embodiment of style, simplicity and functionality. The modern design and thoughtful features create a sense of space and freedom, with direct aisle access, convenient storage spaces and mood lighting. The seat converts into a comfortable fully-flat bed of up to 80.5-inches. Relax on all ultra long-haul flights on special mattresses for bedtime comfort in complimentary loungewear. A large personal 18-inch touch screen TV with noise-cancelling headsets delivers over 750 hours of the latest blockbusters, timeless classics and interactive games. With a special pneumatic comfort system to adjust the firmness of the seat, in-seat massage and lighting, all at the touch of a button, guests can customise the perfect environment for every stage of the journey.
Virtual Tour of Business Studio on Board the A380 by Etihad
ECONOMY SMARTS SEATS
Our Economy Smart Seat is the ultimate in clever design, with a unique “fixed wing” headrest that will make the journey even more comfortable. The ergonomically designed seat also has adjustable lumbar support. The seat has a convenient entertainment and connectivity hub with all the accessories within easy reach from the seat-back. The mood lighting system helps provide a relaxed ambience throughout the flight. Subtle changes are designed to stimulate calm, sleep and finally revitalization so you arrive at your destination feeling rested and refreshed. Stay entertained with more than 750 hours of on-demand entertainment on your personal 11-inch touch-screen TV, along with our special noise-reduction headsets. Remain connected with mobile and internet access.
Virtual Tour of Economy Smarts on Board the A380 by Etihad
- experiences by Etihad Airways and SMADE MEDIA
Etihad currently has 10 A380 on order, and will start taking deliveries of the A380 later on this year. The airline plans to deploy them on Abu Dhabi to London on December 27th of this year, consider it a beautiful amazing late Christmas gift. Later on in 2016 following the deliveries of 4 more A380 Etihad will put them on Sydney, New York City and Los Angeles. Continuing to make London-Heathrow and LAX a world hub for arrival A380 service.
- Tour The Residences with Dannii Minogue