Design Crush: The A380 by Etihad

I am a huge fan of almost everything that comes out of the United Arab Emirates. The Emirates usually puts forward things that are well designed, from architecture, to products and especially their airlines. I recently flew the A380 on Emirates. Although I was in economy I noticed the different in seat size and luxury services. The airplane is two levels. The top level on Emirates is first class, with a full bar that patrons can visit during the flight. (This was shown in the movie Sex and The City, II.) The A380 by Etihad blows the Emirates plane out of the water.

Design Crush: The A380 by Etihad

Etihad is the national airline of the UAE, had a unique goal of transforming the boarding experience. Etihad would like guests to feel they are stepping into a boutique hotel, rather than an airplane.

Design Crush: The A380 by Etihad

The new A380 now features “The Residences” which includes  the First Apartments. These cabins 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. Airlines have had fully reclining beds for some time now in first class, and they have even tried to create privacy with panels that can be pulled down to create a private cabin feel. This is the first I’ve seen in which guests have their own fully private cabin.

Design Crush: The A380 by Etihad

The upper deck will contain 9 First Apartments and 8 First Suites. The First Suites are similar to the First Apartments, with the exception of the double bed.

Design Crush: The A380 by Etihad

The Business Suites contain 20% more space than current business class suites. While these are semi-private they still appear to be quite luxurious! The seat can be converted into a 80.5 inch long bed, and the seats are dovetailed to ensure maximum privacy.

Design Crush: The A380 by Etihad

First and Business Class guests can also spend time in The Lobby, which is a lounge and bar area between the two cabins. Guests in The Residence will also have a personal Butler trained at The Savoy, London.

Design Crush: The A380 by Etihad

I have no idea what the cost would be to purchase a ticket in the First Apartments or Suites, or even the Business Suites. I am very impressed by the thoughtful design of the aircraft and the attention to detail the design team paid to each aspect of travel. I’ll be testing out Etihad on my next trip!

{via The Designair}

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