Etihad Airways recently unveiled its redesigned Airbus A380 cabins, coming up with products so outlandishly extravagant that it leaves little doubt who's the leading player in the inflight glitz game.
Coming in December travelers flying with Etihad will have the opportunity to travel in their very own private residence. "The Residence by Etihad" is a three-room VIP suite, with its very own double bedroom, ensuite shower, closed-off living room, leather seating, a chilled minibar, and a 32-inch flat-screen television. And if that is not decadent enough, "The Residence" comes with access to a Savoy Academy-trained butler, gourmet chef and concierge.
Etihad announced "The Residence" will sit in the upper-deck cabin and be available for single or double occupancy.
One wrung down on the luxury ladder, the upper-deck of the new A380 also nine new First Apartments, which are private suites with separate reclining lounge seat and full-length bed. Each apartment will have its own 64-inch sliding door, minibar, personal vanity, wardrobe and swiveling TV monitor for viewing from either the seat or the bed.
The cabins are the work of the Etihad Design Consortium, which is a brain trust consisting of three renowned design companies - Acumen, Factorydesign and Honour Branding. Etihad says it held consumer research and workshops in Abu Dhabi, Sydney, London and New York to determine what makes a "perfect flight" and asked consumers for their feedback, which was used to design the new products.