Etihad is revealing nice cabins on the A380. I don’t mean “nice”, I mean f^&*ing nice.
Just look, they’ve added an extra class called “Residences”. Take that, Singapore!
Etihad A380 Residences Class
Etihad A380 Residences Class Seats
Etihad A380 Residences Class Seats
Etihad A380 Residences Class Separate Bed
The only problem is that this will also be quite useless, since Etihad only allows revenue passengers up here and a 7 hour and 30 minute flight costs a f^&*ing HKD$598477. (Suddenly, a $18000 HKG – AKL economy class ticket doesn’t seem that bad.) Only the top companies will ever put their CEO to sit anywhere near here, it’s so damn f^&*ing pricey. (Just the number of times I’ve used the word “f^*&ing” tells you how amazed I am at the beauty – and uselessness – of the product.)
Apartment First is a little better, as you can cash in your Airpoints/ANA award points/etc. miles for them. Though it’s not as luxurious, at least you can attract some passengers.
Etihad A380 First (Apartments) Class vanity mirror
Etihad A380 First (Apartments) Class Seat (with double bed, Singapore!)
Etihad A380 First (Apartments) Class bathroom (shared)
Etihad A380 First (Apartments) Class aisle
That’s it, I no longer think that Cathay’s revamped first class is classy at all. 😉
Their Business Studios product isn’t any
better worse – I don’t know if I prefer this or Cathay, because this looks like the Ritz-Carlton of airlines. (Cathay…maybe more like a good W, perhaps? I don’t know…)
Etihad A380 Business (Studio) Class bed
Etihad A380 Business (Studio) Class seat (staggered)
Etihad A380 Business (Studio) Class – shared with First Apartments
Etihad A380 Business (Studio) Class bed (with someone in it this time)
Seriously, Etihad’s just upping the look of a staggered business seat, but it looks so f^&*ing classy that it just makes Etihad’s current business class look like s^&*.
Economy Class isn’t half bad either.
Etihad A380 Economy Class
Etihad A380 Economy Class head lodging bulkhead
Etihad A380 Economy Class cabin
Pretty awesome idea to fit a wing, but wasn’t that why adjustable headrests were created? A thing I like about these wings is that they’re not so close to the middle of the seat, so when you lean backward and forget to unfold the headrest wing, you bump your head on it. Ouch!
Overall, I’ll try to summarise the cabins:
This is undoubtedly a luxury product, and takes luxury up a notch from Singapore Airlines. There isn’t really a flaw to this seat, except, would it be too based on SQ, both in colour and in the double bed idea?
This is, though just a decorated staggered seat, luxury. Staggered seats were really good ideas in the first place, and this does nothing but enhance it. I would take these in a heartbeat if within my budget (well, I don’t own miles from any of Etihad’s partners, so…)
Overall, the wings are a very good idea. However why does NOBODY invent the f^&*ing awesome idea of making the headrest adjustable to go down (so little children can use it) as well? Overall, a good idea for travellers, especially if you put it on just one side (so you can have your partner on the left side and the wing on the right side to rest on if your partner’s shoulder is a little too short/hard for your liking). As for the colour tones, they’re quite nice, but not necessarily refreshing – but given my sanity not having gone after four nights in the Ritz-Carlton Millenia Singapore, this should be no problem.
And at last, Residences
This is undoubtedly the future of luxury travel. If only this class doesn’t only accept cash, this would be a very practical way to use the front of the plane’s nose. I love the idea, but I’m not sure if someone would have a spare 600 thousand dollars to use on just one flight. (That’s more than a million if you go AUH – LHR – AUH…terrifying!)
See you in a week, Kaohsiung, and see you now, my wonderful little bed that I’m starting to think of less luxurious after seeing the great Residences class!