Etihad Airways: The unparalleled luxury aboard of A380 and 787

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Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has unveiled the new product and service offering on its Airbus A380 and Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft, including The Residence by Etihad™, the world’s most luxurious living space in the air, available only on the airline’s A380 aircraft.

The Residence will be the breath-taking and completely new forward upper-deck cabin on the A380. Accommodating single or double occupancy, it features a living room, separate double bedroom and ensuite shower room. Guests in The Residence will also have a personal Butler.

With the launch of these new fleets, the Abu Dhabi-based airline will also redefine and rename its cabin classes.

The A380 will feature the revolutionary First Apartments, which are fully private suites with a separate reclining lounge seat and full-length bed, as well as a chilled mini-bar, personal vanity unit and wardrobe.

Etihad Airways has allocated the upper deck of the A380 to its premium cabins.

On the B787, Etihad Airways has designed an enhanced First Suite, adding many new features including a chilled mini-bar.

The Business Studio and Economy Smart Seat will feature on both the A380 and the B787.

Etihad Airways is introducing the latest Panasonic eX3 entertainment system across both fleets, providing more than 750 hours of on-demand entertainment, improved gaming and high definition screens across all cabins.

The system has video touchscreen handsets, offering an additional screen for guests to maximize their entertainment, so they can play games or view the moving map while watching a movie.

Noise cancelling headsets are provided across all cabins, with built-in magnetic audio jacks to ensure the best sound quality.

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The A380 aircraft will have full mobile and Wi-Fi service while the B787 will be equipped with Wi-Fi.

Unveiled at a global media launch in Abu Dhabi today, Sunday 4 May, the new cabins and service offering follow the airline’s pledge to transform air travel and make every guest journey a remarkable one.

James Hogan, Etihad Airways’ President and Chief Executive Officer, said: “These new living spaces will raise inflight product and service standards to their highest level yet in commercial aviation and alter air travellers’ expectations of inflight comfort and luxury forever.

“Etihad Airways’ A380 and B787 will deliver the most advanced airline cabins in the industry, while meeting all weight, range and cost targets at our desired seat count. This will allow us to offer products unparalleled in quality and style, yet at competitive prices across all three cabins.”

In 2008, recognising that no single design agency could deliver its vision for the new cabins, Etihad Airways established the Etihad Design Consortium (EDC) which brought together three leading design companies, Acumen, Factorydesign and Honour Branding to develop innovative cabin and seat designs for the new fleets.

The EDC collaborated with Promise Communispace, a leading co-creation agency, to launch comprehensive consumer research and workshops in Abu Dhabi, Sydney, London and New York, with the goal of understanding what makes a ‘perfect flight’ and asking consumers to help design the perfect airline.

Eighty per cent of the new product offering is a direct result of the feedback and information garnered from these workshops.

Etihad Airways’ design vision was to bring the individuality and exclusivity of a luxury boutique hotel experience to the sky in a way that embraced Arabian Modernism, an aesthetic that combines the traditions of the region with contemporary design.

The Residence by Etihad™:

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The Residence, which is certified by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for single or double occupancy, offers levels of luxury and total privacy normally found only on private jets.

Each Etihad Airways A380 will offer a boutique version of The Residence with different color palettes, table marquetry and custom carpets.

Guests in The Residence will have the services of a personal Butler throughout their flight. These fully trained service professionals will receive specialist training at the Savoy Butler Academy in London.

Guests in The Residence will also have a dedicated VIP Travel Concierge team who will ensure every detail of their travel experience, including ground transport, cuisine, and amenities, are tailored to their requirements.

First Apartments:

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Etihad Airways will redefine First Class and set a remarkable new industry standard with the launch of the First Apartment on the A380.

Nine First Apartments will be installed on the upper deck in a 1-1 configuration creating the only single aisle First Class cabin in the industry.

Each First Apartment, which has a 64 inch high sliding door, includes a reclining armchair and a full-length ottoman, both upholstered by Poltrona Frau. The ottoman transforms into a separate 80 inch long fully flatbed.

The First Apartment, which also includes unique features such as a chilled mini-bar, a personal vanity unit and a swiveling TV monitor for viewing from either the seat or the bed, has a 74 per cent larger footprint than the airline’s current award-winning First Class Suites.

A fully equipped shower room is available on the A380 for exclusive use by First Class guests.

First Suites:

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On the B787, Etihad Airways has designed an enhanced First Suite with many new features. The eight First Suites in a 1-2-1 configuration along a unique curved aisle, another first in commercial aviation.

Each completely private First Suite has a large seat and ottoman, both upholstered by Poltrona Frau, which converts into an 80.5 inch long full-flat bed.

On the centre seats, the armrests retract and the suites can be joined to create a ‘double’ bed. Other features include a chilled mini-bar and a 24 inch TV monitor.

Business Studios:

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On both the A380 and the B787, Etihad Airways will launch its new Business Studios which provide 20 per cent more personal space than the airline’s current business class seat.

Configured 1-2-1 in a forward and aft ‘dovetail’, the Business Studios all have aisle access and the seat converts into a fully flat bed of up to 80.5 inches long.

With its privacy, ample storage and surface space, the Business Studio has been designed with the diverse needs of the premium business or leisure traveller firmly in mind.

The Lobby:

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On the Airbus A380, First and Business Class guests will be able to relax in The Lobby which is a serviced lounge and bar area located between the First and Business cabins.

Providing a semi-circular leather sofa, a marquetry table and a large TV screen, The Lobby is designed for relaxing and socialising.

The TV has a USB connection so it can be used for sharing content or it can also be set to the airline’s Live TV channels for sporting and other events.

Economy Smart Seat:

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New Economy Smart Seat will offer a unique ergonomic fixed-wing headrest, giving guests a place to rest their head for added comfort and relaxation.

The seat also has a lumbar support feature, allowing guests to adjust their seat comfort, and an 11 inch personal monitor screen, with all the IFE peripherals conveniently set into the seatback in front.

The latest Panasonic eX3 personal entertainment system, of which Etihad Airways is a launch customer, is installed across all cabins

Cabin Entrances:

A key design objective for Etihad Airways was to transform the boarding experience making it more akin to stepping into the lobby of a boutique hotel.

In all entry-ways in both aircraft and in all cabins, the galley equipment is concealed behind custom Arabic fretwork screens and blinds, while the trolleys are covered by elegant wood-finish doors, setting a stylish and welcoming environment for all guests.

Importantly for the airline’s Muslim guests, Etihad Airways has developed prayer areas which can be curtained off for privacy and are equipped with a real-time electronic Qibla-finder showing the exact direction of Mecca based on the aircraft’s geographical position.

In the premium class boarding areas, Etihad Airways will collaborate with cultural institutions in the UAE to exhibit artwork and artefacts in display cabinets installed throughout. Items from the Etihad Airways Boutique Duty Free catalogue will also be displayed.

With the launch of these new aircraft, Etihad Airways will update its dining equipment, amenities and soft furnishings across its entire fleet.

Editor’s Note Airbus A380:

The first route of Etihad’s A380 will be Abu Dhabi – London Heathrow, starting on December 27th, 2014, to view the time table, please click here.

Click here to view the seat plan of Etihad’s Airbus A380.

Etihad Airways has a total of 10 A380s ordered; one A380 will be delivered in 2014, four in 2015, three in 2016 and two in 2017.

Editor’s Note Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner:

The first route of Etihad’s Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner will be Abu Dhabi – Dusseldorf, starting on December 01st, 2014, to view the time table, please click here.

Etihad has the largest order of 787s. During the period of Q4 2014 up to 2023 the airline will receive 71 Dreamliners – 41 787-9 and 30 787-10.

On December 2014, the carrier will receive its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner and expects to enter in service with a second 787-9 in January 2015. Etihad also expects to have five 787-9 in service by the end of 2015.

Final Considerations:

This new product and service that Etihad Airways will offer to its customers will continue to provide a high level of comfort and luxury that the airline already offers to the passengers.

There is also an additional class in the A380 – The Residence – an unmistakable and personal service that provides levels of luxury and total privacy normally found only on private jets.

Etihad Airways will operate two ultra-modern aircraft that are quieter and more fuel efficient. Together with other features of these airplanes, the passenger will have a more pleasant flight.

Do you liked this announcement of Etihad? Which was your first impression of this new service called “The Residence”?

Source: Etihad.

All media of this article is courtesy of Etihad.

Etihad Airways outlines initial Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner operations from December 2014

Courtesy: Etihad Airways.

Courtesy: Etihad Airways.

Etihad Airways today (04MAY14) opened reservations for its planned Boeing 787-9 operation, which is due to start from December 2014. Initial Boeing 787-9 operations as follow.

eff 01DEC14 Abu Dhabi – Dusseldorf 787-9 replaces A330-200 until 31DEC14

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eff 01JAN15 Abu Dhabi – Mumbai 787-9 replaces A340-600 on EY206/205

EY206 AUH2205 – 0305+1BOM 789 D

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eff 01JAN15 Abu Dhabi – Washington Dulles 787-9 replaces A340-500

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Etihad 787-9 features 8 First Suite (1-2-1), 28 Business Studio (Staggered 1-2-1) and 199 Economy Smart Seats (3-3-3).

Source: Airline Route.

Boeing: Air New Zealand revela livery do primeiro 787-9 Dreamliner

“Versão em Português / The English version is after the Portuguese version.”

Cortesia: Boeing.

Cortesia: Boeing.

Hoje a Boeing revelou o primeiro 787-9 Dreamliner pintado nas cores do cliente lançador, a Air New Zealand. Possuindo um esquema de cor preta distintiva e o símbolo icônico da Nova Zelândia, o Fern Mark.

Este 787-9 é o primeiro avião caracterizado com o novo visual da Air New Zealand, a versão branca tem sido gradualmente implementada em toda a frota doméstica da companhia nos últimos meses. Enquanto a maioria da frota da companhia aérea, eventualmente, apresentam a pintura branca, um número limitado contará com a versão da livery preta.

O cliente encomendou dez 787-9, planejando entrar em serviço com o novo Dreamliner em sua rota Auckland – Perth no final deste ano.

Cortesia: Boeing.

Cortesia: Boeing.

O 787-9 irá complementar e ampliar a Família 787. Com a fuselagem esticada por mais 6 metros (20 pés) sobre o 787-8, a aeronave voará até 40 passageiros a mais em um adicional de 555 quilômetros (300 milhas náuticas) com o mesmo desempenho ambiental excepcional – 20 por cento menos no consumo de combustível e 20 por cento menos nas emissões do que aviões de tamanho similar.

Aproveitando o projeto visionário do 787-8, o novo membro da Família oferece diversos recursos aos passageiros, tais como: a aeronave é capaz de voar a altitudes menores, grande compartimento de bagagem, iluminação moderna a LED, janelas maiores, maior umidade, um ar mais limpo e um voo mais suave.

Em todo o mundo, 26 clientes encomendaram 405 787-9, representando em torno de 39 por cento de todos os 787 encomendados.

Fonte: Boeing.

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Boeing: Air New Zealand Unveil Livery of First 787-9 Dreamliner to Deliver

Paint rollout reveals 787-9 launch customer’s new-look livery

Airplane scheduled for delivery in mid-2014

787-9 to carry more passengers further, with exceptional fuel efficiency

Courtesy: Boeing.

Courtesy: Boeing.

Boeing today rolled out of the paint hangar the first 787-9 Dreamliner to be delivered to launch customer Air New Zealand, revealing the carrier’s new-look livery. The airplane, painted in a distinctive black color scheme, features the iconic official New Zealand Fern Mark.

This 787-9 is the first airplane to feature the distinctive black version of Air New Zealand’s new-look livery design, with the white version having been gradually rolled out across the airline’s domestic fleet in recent months. While the majority of Air New Zealand’s fleet will eventually feature the white version, a limited number will feature the signature black version.

Air New Zealand plans to have the airplane begin service on its AucklandPerth route later this year. Air New Zealand has 10 787-9s on order.

Courtesy: Boeing.

Courtesy: Boeing.

The 787-9 will complement and extend the 787 family. With the fuselage stretched by 20 feet (6 m) over the 787-8, the 787-9 will fly up to 40 more passengers an additional 300 nautical miles (555 km) with the same exceptional environmental performance — 20 percent less fuel use and 20 percent fewer emissions than similarly sized airplanes.

The 787-9 leverages the visionary design of the 787-8, offering passengers features such as large windows, large stow bins, modern LED lighting, higher humidity, a lower cabin altitude, cleaner air and a smoother ride.

Twenty-six customers from around the world have ordered 405 787-9s, accounting for approximately 39 percent of all 787 orders.

Source: Boeing.

Boeing Statement on ANA Widebody Airplane Selection

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Courtesy: Boeing.

Courtesy: Boeing.

Boeing is pleased that ANA today announced the selection of 40 Boeing widebody airplanes for its strategic fleet renewal, including 20 777-9X, 14 787-9 and 6 777-300ER (extended range) airplanes. The agreement with the Japanese airline is valued at approximately $13 billion at list prices.

“ANA and Boeing share a long and successful partnership that spans more than five decades,” said Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Ray Conner. “ANA helped launch the 787 Dreamliner with Boeing, and we are honored to once again have ANA as an early customer of the 777X family of airplanes. We are very proud that they operate an all-Boeing widebody fleet.”

Boeing looks forward to working with ANA on finalizing the agreement at which time the order will be posted to the Boeing Orders & Deliveries website.

Source: Boeing.

Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner já está na Nova Zelândia

“Versão em Português / The English version is after the Portuguese version.”

Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner International Debut, Auckland New Zealand

Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aterrizando no Aeroporto Internacional de Auckland.

Conforme anunciado na matéria anterior (clique aqui para ler), a Boeing voou o 787-9 Dreamliner para Auckland no último dia 03 de Janeiro, o aeroporto da cidade é o hub principal da Air New Zealand, companhia aérea que irá lançar a aeronave. O fato marca a estréia internacional  do novo avião da Família 787 e o voo mais longo desde o início desse robusto programa de teste.

O segundo de três 787-9 dedicados aos testes, o ZB002 voou direto do Boeing Field (BFI-KBFI) em Seattle para o Aeroporto Internacional de Auckland (AKL-NZAA), a aeronave decolou no dia 03 de Janeiro às 09:55 PST e aterrizou (como mostrado na foto do artigo) 13 horas e 49 minutos depois. O Dreamliner está programado para continuar até Alice Springs, na Austrália, para realizar testes em clima quente.

Fonte: Assessoria de Imprensa da Boeing.

Créditos pela imagem: Boeing.

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Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner Visits New Zealand in International Debut

Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner landing at the Auckland Intl Airport.

Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner landing at the Auckland International Airport.

As announced in the previous article (click here to read), Boeing has flown the 787-9 Dreamliner to Auckland, home of launch customer Air New Zealand, marking the 787-9’s international debut and longest flight since the robust test program began.

The second of three 787-9s dedicated to the flight-test program, ZB002 flew direct from Seattle’s Boeing Field (BFI-KBFI) to Auckland International Airport (AKL-NZAA), departing January 3 at 9:55 a.m. local time and landing (as shown in the photo of the article) some 13 hours, 49 minutes later. The airplane is scheduled to continue on to Alice Springs, Australia, for testing in hot weather.

Source: Boeing press office.

Credits to the image: Boeing.

Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner irá visitar a Nova Zelândia em estréia internacional

“Versão em Português / The English version is after the Portuguese version.”

787-9 First Flight Event 09/27/2013

A Boeing planeja levar o 787-9 para Auckland no início de Janeiro para visitar o cliente lançador, a Air New Zealand. A viagem depende do tempo e de outros fatores, que irão por em teste a aeronave. O fato marcaria a estréia internacional do 787-9, o segundo e mais novo membro da super-eficiente Família 787.

O ZB002, é o segundo de três 787-9 dedicados ao programa de teste. Sendo o único que será equipado com toda a cabine de passageiros, a aeronave também testará os racks e a instrumentação. A Boeing utiliza o ZB002 para testar o sistema de controle ambiental e outros aspectos do desempenho da aeronave. Quando o programa de testes estiver concluído, o avião será reconfigurado para ser entregue a Air New Zealand.

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Durante a visita a Auckland, a imprensa terá a oportunidade de visitar o Dreamliner e conversar com os pilotos da Boeing e equipe de teste. Nenhuma oportunidade de tour para o público geral estará disponível.

De Auckland, o ZB002 está programado para continuar viagem até Alice Springs, na Austrália, onde a Boeing planeja realizar testes de voo em tempo quente. A fabricante de aviões americana escolheu o Aeroporto de Alice Springs (ASP-YBAS) para este teste, porque o local atende aos requisitos específicos de teste para ambas as instalações e condições atmosféricas. O teste é dependente de condições climáticas favoráveis ​​e está previsto para durar cerca de uma semana.

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O 787-9 irá complementar e ampliar a Família 787. Com a fuselagem esticada por mais 6 metros (20 pés) sobre o 787-8, o 787-9 voará até 40 passageiros a mais em um adicional de 555 quilômetros (300 milhas náuticas) com o mesmo desempenho ambiental excepcional – 20 por cento menos no consumo de combustível e 20 por cento menos nas emissões do que aeronaves de tamanho similar. O 787-9 aproveita o projeto visionário do 787-8, oferecendo diversos recursos aos passageiros, tais como: a aeronave é capaz de voar a altitudes menores, grande compartimento de bagagem, iluminação moderna a LED, janelas maiores, maior umidade, um ar mais limpo e um voo mais suave.

A Boeing está no caminho certo para entregar o 787-9 para a Air New Zealand, em meados de 2014. Vinte e seis clientes de todo o mundo encomendaram 402 787-9, cerca de 39 por cento de todos os 787 encomendados.

Fonte: Assessoria de Imprensa da Boeing.

Créditos pelas imagens: Boeing.

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Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner to Visit New Zealand in International Debut

787-9 First Flight Event 09/27/2013

Boeing plans to bring the 787-9 Dreamliner to Auckland in early January to visit launch customer Air New Zealand. The trip, which is contingent on weather and other test factors, would mark the international debut of the 787-9, the second and newest member of the super-efficient 787 family.

The aircraft, ZB002, is the second of three 787-9s dedicated to the test program. As the only 787-9 test aircraft to be fitted with elements of the passenger interior, in addition to test racks and instrumentation, Boeing uses ZB002 to test the environmental control system and other aspects of aircraft performance. After the test program is complete, the aircraft will be reconfigured for delivery to Air New Zealand.

Air New Zeland - Boeing 787-9

During the Auckland visit, media will have the opportunity to tour the aircraft and speak with Boeing pilots and test personnel. (Media advisory to follow.) No general public tour opportunities will be available.

From Auckland, ZB002 is scheduled to continue on to Alice Springs, Australia, where Boeing plans to conduct flight testing in hot weather. Boeing chose Alice Springs Airport (ASP-YBAS) for this testing because the location meets specific test requirements for both facilities and atmospheric conditions. Testing is contingent on favorable weather and is scheduled to last approximately one week.

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The 787-9 will complement and extend the 787 family. With the fuselage stretched by 6 metres (20 feet) over the 787-8, the 787-9 will fly up to 40 more passengers an additional 555 kilometres (300 nautical miles) with the same exceptional environmental performance — 20 percent less fuel use and 20 percent fewer emissions than similarly sized aircraft. The 787-9 leverages the visionary design of the 787-8, offering passengers features such as large windows, large stow bins, modern LED lighting, higher humidity, a lower cabin altitude, cleaner air and a smoother ride.

Boeing is on track to deliver the 787-9 to launch customer Air New Zealand in mid-2014. Twenty-six customers from around the world have ordered 402 787-9s, approximately 39 percent of all 787 orders.

Source: Boeing press office.

Credits to the images: Boeing.

Air New Zealand iniciará voos com o Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner para Shangai e Tóquio em Novembro de 2014

“Versão em Português / The English version is after the Portuguese version.”

Air New Zeland - Boeing 787-9

A Air New Zealand abriu as reservas para o serviço operado pelo Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner para Tóquio e Shangai previsto para iniciar em Novembro do próximo ano.

Atualmente a reserva no site da companhia aérea está disponível até 17NOV14, portanto a time table a seguir é efetiva a partir de 10NOV14 até 17NOV14.

Time Table:

eff 10NOV14 Auckland (AKL-NZAA) – Tokyo Narita (NRT-RJAA) 4 frequencias semanais (2 voos semanais serão operados via Christchurch (CHC-NZCH) na ida)

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NZ090 NRT1825 – 0930+1AKL 789 57

NZ090 NRT1825 – 1000+1CHC1115+1 – 1235+1AKL 789 16

eff 11NOV14 Auckland (AKL-NZAA) – Shanghai Pu Dong (PVG-ZSPD) 2 frequencias semanais

NZ289 AKL2340 – 0710+1PVG 789 24

NZ288 PVG1415 – 0655+1AKL 789 35

Fonte: Airline Route.

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Air New Zealand to Launch Boeing 787-9 Service to Shanghai and Tokyo from Nov 2014

Air New Zeland - Boeing 787-9

Air New Zealand opened reservation for Boeing 787-9 service to Tokyo and Shanghai, due to start from November 2014.

Currently overall Air New Zealand system wide reservation is available until 17NOV14, therefore following schedule listed below is effective from 10NOV14 to 17NOV14 only.

Time Table:

eff 10NOV14 Auckland (AKL-NZAA) – Tokyo Narita (NRT-RJAA) 4 weekly (2 weekly flights operating via Christchurch on inbound)

NZ099 AKL0930 – 1655NRT 789 x234

NZ090 NRT1825 – 0930+1AKL 789 57

NZ090 NRT1825 – 1000+1CHC1115+1 – 1235+1AKL 789 16

eff 11NOV14 Auckland (AKL-NZAA) – Shanghai Pu Dong (PVG-ZSPD) 2 weekly

NZ289 AKL2340 – 0710+1PVG 789 24

NZ288 PVG1415 – 0655+1AKL 789 35

Source: Airline Route.