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March 5, 2015

Etihad to Launch A380 Service Between New York, Abu Dhabi

Yesterday, Etihad Airways announced that the airline’s new Airbus A380 service will launch on December 1 for flights between New York’s John F. Kennedy (JFK) International Airport and the airline’s Abu Dhabi home. 

Etihad Airways will continue to offer double daily service between New York’s JFK Airport and Abu Dhabi. The addition of the A380 will allow Etihad Airways to match capacity with increased demand. In 2014 alone, Etihad Airways’ Business and Economy Class load factors exceeded 80 percent on the  route.
The two daily flights offer passengers traveling from New York access to 709 weekly connections to 34 markets across the Gulf, Middle East, Indian subcontinent, Africa and South East Asia. With equity partner Jet Airways, Etihad Airways serves 15 destinations in India from Abu Dhabi.

The A380 includes The Residence by Etihad, the airline’s private three-room suite, a first in commercial aviation that was unveiled in May 2014. Measuring 125 square feet in area, The Residence by Etihad has a private living room, separate en-suite shower room, bedroom with a double bed, and a dedicated Savoy Academy trained Butler to look after the needs of its guests. The cabin has a large 32” LCD monitor in the living room and a 24” version in the bedroom. Located on the forward upper deck of the A380, The Residence by Etihad is available for single or double occupancy. (The first booking for the suite, estimated to cost $32,000, came hours after the service was announced.)

The A380 is also the only aircraft in the Etihad Airways fleet to feature nine First Apartments in the industry’s first ever single aisle cabin on a wide body aircraft. Each apartment has a private living space with a large Poltrona Frau leather lounge chair and an ottoman -- the latter which opens up to become a separate 80.5”-long fully flat bed. Each First Apartment also has a 74 percent increase in space over the airline’s current First Class suites, a 24” swiveling LCD TV monitor and personal vanity unit.  A fully equipped shower room is available for exclusive use by First Class guests.
70 Business Studios, set in a 1-2-1 configuration, are located on the upper deck of the A380, providing a 20 percent increase in personal space, direct aisle access and a fully flat bed of up to 80.5” in length. Upholstered in Poltrona Frau leather, each Business Studio is equipped with in-seat massage and a pneumatic cushion control system. This unique feature is also installed in The Residence by Etihad and the First Apartment seating.
The Lobby, available to guests in First and Business Class, is a serviced lounge and bar area located between the two cabins, featuring leather sofas, refreshments and a large TV with USB connection.
415 Economy Smart Seats are located on the main deck and feature enhanced comfort with unique, ergonomic ‘fixed wing’ headrests, lumbar support and a larger 11.1” personal TV monitor.
The airline has introduced the latest Panasonic eX3 entertainment system with a new, modern interface onboard the A380, providing more than 750 hours of on-demand entertainment, improved gaming, and high definition touchscreens across all cabins. The system also has video touchscreen handsets in all cabins, offering an additional screen so guests can play games or view the moving map while watching their chosen program. Noise cancelling headsets are provided across all cabins with built-in magnetic audio jacks for superior sound quality. The A380 is equipped with full mobile and Wi-Fi service, and USB and power points at every seat in every cabin, as well as seven channels of Live TV.

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