On board Etihad’s new Airbus A380

A little more than a year ago, Etihad, one of the three major Middle East carriers, slightly modified the livery it used on its planes. The first plane to get a new lick of paint was one of Etihad’s new A380s – instead of the flag and coat of arms of the UAE, a decorative triangle pattern appears on its tail fin. And it looks gorgeous and eye catching. Great job Etihad!

Etihad A380

The Airbus A380 has two floors, with four classes of seating: economy class, business class, first class and “residence”class. The latter, luxury places are located on the upper floor of the plane. You know what they say, the “upper class”.

Etihad A380
The stairway leading to the upper floor

Etihad A380

The residence suited for two people are located to the right of the staircase. With an area of 12 square meters, they have three entire rooms. A living room (which doubles as a dining space and a mini cinema), a bedroom, and a bathroom with shower and toilet. The passengers in these suites are looked after by staff who have been on a special training course at London’s Savoy hotel.

Etihad A380

A trip in one of these suites from Abu Dhabi to London or Paris costs around 77,000 UAE dirhams (about $21,000). The tickets are virtually sold out a year in advance.

Etihad A380
The bedroom with its full size double bed

The suite for the first class passengers is a little “simpler”. It has an area of around five square meters. A ticket for the same Abu Dhabi – London or Paris route costs between $8,400 – $9,800.

Etihad A380

In this class, the partition between suited can be partially slid back near the cabin windows to allow people to talk to their neighbours. To avoid any misunderstanding, however, it can’t be slid back all the way.

Etihad A380
First Class
Etihad A380
This is the restroom in First Class, complete with bathroom tiles and a marble wash basin

Now, on to business class, Every passenger has their own partitioned off area, in which the seat can be turned into a bed at the push of a button.

Etihad A380
Business Class
Etihad A380
Each passenger is provided with free socks, earplugs, a toothbrush, a comb and other high quality travel accessories
Etihad A380
In the tail of the aircraft, on the upper floor, there’s a small bar with comfy couches for business class passengers

The lower floor is home to economy class places. At long last, even this class of seat has been provided with cushions and pillows to make the journey more comfortable.

Etihad A380
Economy Class
Etihad A380
The area next to the emergency exits in Economy Class
Etihad A380
State of the art Cockpit on the A380




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