Etihad Airways is upping its luxury game, having just deployed a Boeing B787-9 Dreamliner to service its daily UAE-Singapore route.
President and CEO, Etihad Airways, James Hogan explained that deploying the Dreamliner to Singapore reflected the importance of the route to the airline as well as its commitment to a best-in-class experience.
“The Etihad Airways B787-9 Dreamliner is the most customised aircraft of its kind in the sky. The ground-breaking, next-generation First Suites, Business Studios and Economy Smart Seats offer a superior level of luxury and comfort and will transform the inflight experience,” Hogan declared.
“Never before has the airline had such a compelling proposition nor been as strong a competitor in the Singapore travel market.”
He continued: “With evening departures in both directions, we offer our guests in the UAE and Singapore more convenient travel times and improved connectivity to 35 destinations in the GCC, Middle East, Africa and Europe.
“This includes seamless connections to our flagship A380 services to London enabling guests to experience the luxurious First Apartment and The Residence, the world’s first private three-room cabin on a commercial airliner,” he concluded.
Etihad Airways’ Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner can cater for 235 guests – eight in first class, 28 in business class and 199 in economy class.
First class passengers can enjoy private suites with a large, Poltrona Frau leather-upholstered seat and ottoman, a personal wardrobe, chilled mini-bar, a 24-inch TV monitor and centre seats which can be joined to create a double bed. As for F&B, a professional onboard chef offers a bespoke dining experience, preparing fine cuisine inflight from a pantry of fresh produce.
In the airline’s new Business Studios, those travelling in business class can enjoy direct aisle access, a fully flat bed of up to 80.5 inches in length, and a personal 18-inch touch screen TV with noise-cancelling headsets. F&B managers oversee the service of a ‘dine anytime’ a la carte and snack menu.
Finally, the Economy Smart Seat provides enhanced comfort with a unique, ergonomic ‘fixed wing’ headrest on each seat, a 32-inch seat pitch and a generous six-inch recline. Guests can enjoy more than 750 hours of on demand entertainment on a large 11.1-inch HD screen with an intuitive interface and video touch screen handset.
For those travelling with families in all cabins, the airline’s specially trained Flying Nanny, is on hand to offer assistance with children’s meals and activity packs.