Etihad launches new aircraft at 1,500-strong event

Industry partners and staff from across the globe attended events at Abu Dhabi airport yesterday (18 December) to preview Etihad Airways' two new aircraft.

The A380
The A380

The airline also hosted a simulataneous media event, ensuring that more than 1,500 people in total toured the Airbus A380 and Boeing 787 aircraft, collectively known as the ‘Facets of Abu Dhabi’ livery, before the end of the day.

The Airbus A380 incorporates the ultra-luxurious Residence by Etihad, the only three-room suite in the sky. Measuring 125sqft, it comes complete with living room, separate en suite shower room, bedroom and dedicated butler.

Its sister aircraft, the Boeing B787, offers an enhanced suite with chilled mini-bar and seats which can be joined to create a double bed.

A total of 70 Business Studios are located on the upper deck of the A380, and the B787 has 28 Business Studios, all offering aisle access and a fully flat bed of up to 80.5 inches long.

Guests at the event also enjoyed a catwalk fashion show unveiling Etihad's new chocolate-brown cabin crew uniform designed by Italian couturier Ettore Bilotta – Etihad's first major uniform re-launch since the airline’s formation in 2003.

James Hogan, Etihad Airways’ president and chief executive officer, said: "As we have done so many times in our short history, we are reshaping the landscape of modern air travel in our own way.

"Today is the culmination of many years of hard work and tremendous endeavour by hundreds of people both in our airline and outside. With the launch of these aircraft, we usher in a new era of unparalleled luxury, comfort and service. These innovations represent our vision for the future."

The A380 and Boeing 787 aircraft will continue test operations before starting commercial flights. The A380 will operate daily to London Heathrow from 27 December and the 787 to Dusseldorf from 1 February 2015.

Etihad Airways will take delivery of four A380s and three Boeing 787-9s in 2015.

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