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    Associated Press= ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) €” Talk about some serious legroom.

    Etihad Airways, a fast-growing Mideast carrier, laid out plans Sunday to offer passengers who find first-class seats a bit too tight a miniature suite featuring a closed-off bedroom, private bathroom and a dedicated butler. It's just the latest push by airlines worldwide to attract high-spending customers.

    The Abu Dhabi-based carrier announced the front-of-plane amenities as part of a broader rollout of plush new cabin offerings for dozens of long-range jetliners it plans to receive over the coming years. It is the latest in a series of premium offerings for the flying elite by Etihad, which already woos fliers with perks including private first-class chefs and in-flight nannies.

    Etihad Chief Executive James Hogan conceded that offering what the airline says is the first-of-its kind multi-room suite helps generate buzz, but that ultimately it is a serious effort to bring in more cash.

    "Obviously there's going to be a halo effect in the positioning of Etihad Air as a premium carrier," he said. "But we wouldn't do it unless we felt we could make money with it. ... This is a top-end market. There is demand here."

    Etihad is the smallest of three rapidly expanding, government-backed Gulf carriers redrawing global aviation maps by funneling travelers through their desert hubs.

    Its base in the Emirati capital, Abu Dhabi, this year became the first in the Mideast to open a U.S. preclearance facility staffed by American customs and border officials. U.S. pilots and members of Congress have criticized the facility, which is largely funded by the UAE, alleging it puts American carriers at a disadvantage.

    Since starting operations in 2003, Etihad has built a fleet of 96 planes and carried 11.5 million passengers last year. It has ordered more than 220 additional planes, including 10 Airbus A380s and 71 Boeing 787s being outfitted with new interiors introduced Sunday.

    It has been aggressively building stakes in foreign carriers, including Virgin Australia and Germany's second largest airline Air Berlin. It has for months been considering buying a piece of struggling Italian carrier Alitalia. Hogan had no comment on those negotiations Sunday.

    Its bigger rival Emirates, based in nearby Dubai, has offered onboard showers to first-class passengers aboard its double-decker Airbus A380s since the plane joined the fleet in 2008. It also separates coach passengers from those in business and first class on an entirely different floor in its new concourse in Dubai.

    Etihad's latest offering goes one step further.

    One passenger €” or a couple €” aboard each of its new A380s will be able to book a three-section miniature suite that the airline is calling a "residence" at the very front of the plane's upper deck.

    The 125-square-foot (11.61-square-meter) area includes a "living room" partitioned off from the first-class aisle that includes leather seating, chilled minibar and a 32-inch flat-screen TV. There is a separate bedroom with space for two that can be closed off from the rest of the cabin and a private bathroom with shower.

    A personal butler trained in London will be on hand to wait on passengers in the suite, giving them what the airline promises will be "discrete personal service and attention to detail found in the world's most exclusive hotels."

    Etihad expects to get its first of its A380s in December, which it will deploy on the Abu Dhabi to London route.

    Chief Commercial Officer Peter Baumgartner said additional A380s will likely be deployed on New York and Sydney routes as they're added to the fleet.

    The fancy new suite won't come cheap.

    Baumgartner said it will likely cost three to four times as much as regular first-class seats, or about $21,000 from Abu Dhabi to London. One way.
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    Ideal for the probity of British MPs travelling to the Gulf states. Madeline Moon MP comes to mind.

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    would dat be P J Probity?

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    Welcome to the Mile-High Club...

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    Bloody hell, that's some service and some price.
    For three and a half years, whilst on a Project in Qatar, I flew their national airline business class, building up so many points that I regularly got upgrades to first, and I thought that was pampered I.e. Sauna in the flight lounge, spacious cubicle to yourself on the plane, pajamas, BMW 7 Series with darkened windows to transport you across the airport. But this is something else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by david44 View Post
    It also separates coach passengers from those in business and first class on an entirely different floor in its new concourse in Dubai.
    Sounds reasonable. The sight and stink of us lower classes must be highly offensive to the rich......

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    ^Wait until one of the suites goes "missing" over the Indian Ocean...

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    Some visuals to go with the print.

    Better than first class: Etihad unveils luxury 'residence' suite

    Date May 5, 2014 - 12:24AM
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    Etihad Airways residence class private cabin.

    Abu Dhabi-based carrier Etihad Airways has pushed luxury to a sky-high new level with the unveiling of its new ‘residence’ class on board its Airbus A380 superjumbos.
    The three-section private cabin features a lounge area, a bedroom and a bathroom with shower. There is also an onboard butler solely to service passengers in the ‘residence’, trained by the Savoy Butler Academy in London, part of the Savoy Hotel.
    Each of the airline’s A380s will feature just one residence, which can be occupied by two people. It will be located at the front of the upper deck on board the double-decker superjumbo.
    You can dream: Etihad Airways residence class bedroom.

    Unveiled at an event in Abu Dhabi in front of more than 100 journalists from around the world, the residence class is the centrepiece of the new interiors Etihad has created for its A380 superjumbos and Boeing 787 Dreamliners.
    The residence bedroom features a double bed, joined to the living room by a short corridor. The living room features a two-seat leather couch, a dining table and private minibar. Both the living room and bedroom feature LCD television screens for inflight entertainment.
    The space, covering almost 12 square metres on the aircraft, is unprecedented in commercial airline travel. Etihad’s Australian-born president and CEO James Hogan said the aim of residence was to provide an experience more like flying in a private jet than flying in first class.
    Naturally, there are prices to match and a flight from Abu Dhabi to London in the residence class is expected to cost more than $20,000. Wealthy Australians will be able to fly the kangaroo route in this class, with Etihad planning to bring its A380s to the Abu Dhabi-Sydney and Melbourne routes, beginning with Sydney in 2015.
    Peter Baumgartner, the airline’s chief commercial officer, said that pricing for the Australia-London route had yet to be worked out. Given the price estimate of Abu Dhabi to London, expect it to be in the vicinity of $40,000.
    “We believe we’ve raised the bar,” Mr Hogan said. “There is a market for this type of product.”
    But don’t expect to get upgraded from economy or even first class into the residence. “No, we’re going to be very pure on the pricing of the residence. It’s something exclusive. We want people to aspire to it and we won’t be giving upgrades - and that includes staff,” Hogan said with a laugh.
    The airline also unveiled new first class, business class and economy class seats for its A380 and Dreamliner aircraft. The seats were designed over a five-year period by a consortium of three British design firms.
    The airline’s A380 first class seats, dubbed ‘apartments’, are 74 per cent bigger than the carrier’s existing first class and feature a reclining lounge chair and expanding ottoman. It is the ottoman, not the seat, that expands into a bed. The private space, which can be closed off from the aisle with sliding doors also features a vanity unit with lighted mirrors and amenities from luxury brands.
    The first class cabin also features a bathroom with a shower for guests.
    Business and first class passengers on the A380 will also have access to ‘the Lobby’, a lounge and bar area designed for relaxing and socialising, featuring a semi-circular leather couch.
    Though there are less revolutionary changes in economy class, the airline has introduced a ‘fixed wing’ headrest to its economy seats - an innovation created to simulate the experience of leaning against the cabin wall in window seats, or your neighbour’s shoulder. The airline said research had shown passengers found it much easier to sleep in economy class with the fixed headrest to lean on.
    Etihad has 10 Airbus A380s on order and plans to commence flights with its first superjumbo between Abu Dhabi and London in December this year. The airline’s first 787-9 Dreamliner will also commence flights that month. With the superjumbos bound for Sydney and Melbourne, Etihad plans to fly Dreamliners, which is has placed 71 orders for, to Perth and Brisbane (the latter via Singapore).
    The Airbus A380 is the world’s largest airliner, measuring 72-metres long and with a wingspan of just under 80 metres. Etihad’s A380s will carry up to 498 passengers, with two residence guests, nine first class, 70 business class and 417 economy class passengers.
    The size of the A380 has allowed airlines to do things with the interiors that would have been impossible previously. Singapore Airlines, the first airline to take delivery of A380s, set the precedent by creating private “suites” in its first class cabin. Emirates, too, broke new ground with its A380 by becoming the first airline to install showers on board.
    Carriers in the Middle-East and Asia are increasingly competing on their premium offerings in order to attract lucrative high-end travellers, even as airlines in other parts of the world, including Qantas, have reduced the number of planes offering first class seats to put a focus on mid-range premium economy seating.


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    All that for a bunch of sand niggers, ain't life unfair.

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    what is most important to me is to be able to sleep comfortably - a seat that will recline flat

    I flew business on a SIA 380 to sydney last year and it was perfect

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    Quote Originally Posted by david44 View Post
    "discrete personal service"
    The special sci-fi experience ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Latindancer View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by david44 View Post
    "discrete personal service"
    The special sci-fi experience ?
    bang kok journeys are offering their bj claas to those with frequent coming and goings
    Welcome to sardine air: Airline introduces triple bunk beds in economy | Mail Online
    American Airlines had DC-3 starting in 1936 with beds -
    Or as Pan American operating Boeing 377 in 1949 with bunk beds

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    Those herring bone seats I personally found uncomfortable, even though they were in Cathy Pacific business class from London to Singapore. Too restricted to either turn over properly or eat your food. A bit like being put in a coffin with the lid off.

    Singapore Airlines beds, now that's something else. Even beats the Qatar Airways one's.

    Bunk beds, makes sense. What about hummocks? Would make it quicker in an evacuation scenario.

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    It's so embarrassing sitting alone in the sharp end i always insist on a dwongrade into business provide hostes trolley benefits ingesamt

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