In the United Arab Emirates, they know a lot about luxury, and this is reflected even in the organization of airliner cabins, and for ordinary passengers, not sheikhs. True, such a trip will cost a lot of money for those who wish to climb into the sky in a fashionable hotel. The national airline Etihad Airways has equipped a double-decker jet airliner A-380 for such customers so that everyone will find the right conditions, up to a three-room luxury residence.
1. Airbus А-380 - the largest passenger airliner in the world
The designers of the United Arab Emirates, in particular, the specialists of the airline company Etihad Airways, again distinguished themselves by re-equipping the A-380 double-decker jet airliner so that even the most pampered millionaires can travel in more than comfortable air apartments. Well, those who nevertheless decide to save a little on the flight will also not lose much, well, unless there is a private bathroom with a toilet, but in all other respects everything will be at the highest level.
Reference: Airbus А-380, designed and manufactured by Airbus S. A. S. (formerly Airbus Industrie) is the largest production airliner in the world. The wide-body, double-decked turbojet aircraft first surprised the world in 2007. The height of the airliner is 24 m, which is practically an 8-storey building, the length of the aircraft is 73 m, and the wingspan is 79, 75 m with an area of 845 sq. M. meters, the maximum range of a non-stop flight is 15, 4 thousand km. In June of this year, the last aircraft of the Airbus А-380 model was delivered to the customer, after which the company announced the termination of production.
Passenger capacity depends on the model, but given that they prefer luxury and comfort in the Emirates, their airline operated only those in which there was a layout for three and four classes. Onboard these modifications can accommodate 555 and 496 passengers, respectively, although those models where only economy class seats are provided can travel at once 853 people.
2. Economy class salon
Etihad Airways' A-380 Economy Class offers more than affordable travel options that other airlines and aircraft travelers can only dream of. Passengers of this class have access to 415 "smart" and ergonomic seats, equipped with an innovative "fixed wing" system designed to support the head, and there is also a lumbar support function. One can only rejoice in the width of the seat and the distance between the rows, because they significantly exceed the standards of the organization of salons in most of the aircraft.
In addition to this, there are also two pads, a personal monitor and USB ports. Thanks to the latest Panasonic eX3 multimedia system, travelers of any class of service have access to a fantastic amount of entertainment content and games for all tastes. Also, Etihad Airways rules allow the use of mobile communications and wireless Internet (at an additional cost). A special gift is provided for kids, each little passenger receives an entertainment set so that it is not boring to sit in one seat on long-distance flights.
3. Business class flight conditions
On the upper deck of the Airbus A-380 there are 70 business class modules called studios. They have direct access to both the aisle and the armchairs, which can be easily converted into a full bed 2 m long. Thanks to this, passengers of any height can sleep well during the flight. They can also watch any movie, but already on a 23-inch display or listen to their favorite music (there are headphones in the travel kit). Each module of the business salon has its own transforming table, where you can have a delicious lunch and work. There is even a personal minibar.
In addition, travelers have a great opportunity to visit the Onboard Lounge, which has luxurious leather sofas and even a bar. Business Class serves restaurant food and cold wine, which each passenger will be assisted by professional food and beverage managers. According to the editors of Novate.ru, to understand the extensive a la carte menu and wine list. Experts will also advise on which wine to choose for a particular dish.
Interesting fact: It is not even worth mentioning that passengers are accompanied by a team of highly professional stewardesses and stewards, but they also include aviation nannies - graduates of the most famous college in the world, where the best nannies are trained - Norland College. These charming assistants will take the best possible care of the smallest passengers in any of the salons.
4. What conditions are created for first class passengers
First class passengers are provided with comfortable apartments with luxurious living space, which is approximately 5 square meters. m. For elite guests there are many more privileges available than for the previous categories of passengers. Not only do they each have their own stateroom, featuring a gigantic leather chair with massage functions and a padded footstool that quickly transforms into a comfortable full-size bed, but Etihad Airways First Class guests can order custom made meals. and the chefs will be from the best restaurants in the world.
In addition to a full-fledged TV that can be turned in the desired direction and their own mini-refrigerator, passengers have an excellent opportunity to take a Spa shower, however, they will have to notify the stewardess of their desire at least 30 minutes in advance, and they will not be able to take water procedures longer than 5 minutes. But on the other hand, all the toiletries of well-known world brands and the travel kit will be at their complete disposal. Plus, the luxurious Onboard Lounge is also available to them, and they can also communicate with each other. It turns out that the upper part of the door leading to the neighboring apartments can be opened by mutual desire.
5. The world's only three-room "Residence Etihad" on board an airliner
The journey of elite passengers who have purchased tickets to The Residence Airbus A380 Etihad begins long before the airbus takes off into the sky. For these guests, the premium Etihad Chauffeur service is provided, allowing travelers to step into their own home without worrying about anything else. A well-trained driver will take the passenger and his luggage to the airport, then the guests will be led by a separate corridor to a luxurious waiting room, where only those who have bought tickets to The Residence Etihad will be located (there are 9 luxurious rooms in total).
Then the travelers will be taken by special transport to the plane to a separate entrance, from where they can immediately get to the second deck to their apartments. Inside the liner, personal butlers, who were previously trained at the legendary Savoy Hotel, will make sure that guests do not need anything.
The residence itself will delight travelers with a living-dining room with a media center, a separate bedroom with a large and comfortable bed, and an individual well-equipped bathroom. Ultra-comfortable conditions, a decent area of the residence (as for an aircraft) of 12 sq.m, a personal steward (driver and attendant), the freshest dishes from the best restaurants in the world, drinks for every taste and strength - all this will cost at least 1.5 million rubles (if you fly from Dubai to London) in just one flight. But no matter how fabulous the amount may seem, according to the representatives of the company, tickets are bought for a year in advance in any direction.
Passengers are always well cared for in one way or another, and they try to make their flight time easier. And what about the rest of the team, including the always friendly and straightforward stewardesses accompanying long-distance non-stop flights?