Etihad Airways Offers ‘The Residence’ From 1 December On NY To Abu Dhabi Run
People are lining up to book Etihad Airways PJSC’s 3-rm suite between Abu Dhabi and New York even at $32-K
The Residence will be available on New York-Abu Dhabi flights in December when the airline puts an Airbus A380 Superjumbo on the route.
The living room, private bathroom and 2-person bedroom are separated from other passengers in the nose of the double decked jet’s upper level.
A private butler, who comes standard with a Residence fare, took visitors on a replica of the suite this week at the Global Business Travel Association convention in Orlando, FL, and noted that the shower is big enough for 2 people at a time.
“We have experienced an overwhelmingly positive response to the Residence within the US beyond our expectations, in fact,” Etihad CEO James Hogan said Monday in Orlando. “We are seeing healthy forward bookings.
Etihad is in a dust up with the 3 largest US airlines. American (NYSE:AAL), United (NYSE:UAL) and Delta (NYSE:DAL) airlines have complained to US officials that Etihad and other Persian Gulf carriers are using state subsidies to compete unfairly, Etihad, Emirates and Qatar Airways Ltd. deny that assertion.
Etihad spent 6 years developing the Residence and has deployed it on A380s on overseas routes, such as Abu Dhabi to London. New York will see the ultra-luxury offering starting on 1 December.
The airline sold its 1st New York Residence ticket within hours of announcing the switch to A380s in March.. There are no plans to offer the service in the US outside of New York.
Emirates, the region’s largest carrier, is developing a more-exclusive 1st-class offering featuring a bedroom concept. Qatar Airways has a double-bed cabin in the works.
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