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Etihad unveils world first Residence: the only way to fly

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Etihad Airways opened a new chapter in airline luxury at the end of 2014 with the inaugural flight of its first Airbus A380 from Abu Dhabi to London.

The Etihad Airbus A380 is the world’s first commercial aircraft with a 3-room cabin – the ultimate in high-end luxury travel.

The Residence by Etihad feels more like an apartment than a cabin.

Features include a living room, a separate ensuite shower room, a bedroom, and — as another first in the airline industry — a dedicated Butler.

Designed for up to two guests travelling together, the bespoke Residence has been created by leading interior designers and hospitality experts for the sophisticated private traveller.

The flight also marked the debut of the airline’s new First Apartments.

These first class suites are upholstered with the finest Poltrona Frau leather – the same used by Ferrari.

The suites featuring a wide armchair and an ottoman, which opens out into a 195cm long bed.

A companion can join you for a meal or meeting in the First Apartment, which also comes equipped with an adjustable 24-inch flat screen TV.

Freshen up with an energising shower

Other features include a vanity cabinet for personal effects, a chilled drinks cabinet and a wardrobe.

Passengers can freshen up before arrival with exclusive amenities and an energising shower in the First Class bathroom.

The Etihad A380 also features upgraded business studios with full-length flat beds, complimentary loungewear and a personal 18-inch touch screen TV with noise-cancelling headsets.

With a special pneumatic comfort system you can adjust the firmness of the seat, in-seat massage and lighting – all at the touch of a button.

New economy smart seats have also been introduced featuring a unique "fixed wing" headrest and ergonomically designed seat with an adjustable lumbar support. 

Special gift packs were handed to guests on the inaugural flight, containing luggage tags, passport holders, commemorative A380 certificates and complimentary Wi-Fi vouchers. 

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, will take delivery of four additional A380s this year.

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