Etihad to launch A380 flight to London in December

Carrier to take delivery of bedroom-equipped A380 and Boeing 787 in 2014

Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways will launch its first Airbus A380 flight to London in December after it takes delivery of the giant aircraft and Boeing 787, which are both equipped with bedroom suites, according to its President.

The A380 will also have nine fully private suites called First Apartments, with a separate seat and bed. While the Lobby is a space for First and Business Class guests to relax in a serviced lounge and bar area, located between the First and Business cabins, James Hogan wrote in the company’s flight bulletin Etihadinflight.

The B787 Dreamliner will have eight new First Suites, equipped with a larger personal monitor, electrically adjustable ottoman and a chilled minibar, said Hogan, also CEO of Etihad, one of the world’s fastest growing airlines.

He said Etihad would this year receive its first Airbus A380s and Boeing 787 Dreamliners and already has plans to introduce new services and products for them.

On the A380, the company has created “The Residence by Etihad”, an upper-deck cabin for one or two guests with a living room, separate double bedroom, ensuite shower room, and a personal Butler.

On both aircraft types passengers will find new Business Studios, providing an increase of 20 per cent in personal space and a new fully lie-flat seat that stretches to 97 inches.

“The first Etihad Airways A380 will serve London Heathrow from December 2014 and a second A380 will operate on the same route from the first quarter of 2015…by end- 2015, Etihad Airways will have five A380s in operation, with plans to also serve Sydney and New York,” Hogan said.

He said the Boeing 787 Dreamliner would first fly between Abu Dhabi and Düsseldorf in December while services to Washington and Mumbai would start in January 2015.

“On the subject of routes, I am also pleased to tell you that this month sees the launch of flights to Los Angeles and Zurich and these cities will be followed by Yerevan, Rome, and Perth in July, Phuket in Thailand in October, and Dallas in December,” he said.

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