Etihad Airways, the airline that serves Abu Dhabi and is owned by a consortium of private investors led by Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, has announced plans to bring back its A380 planes after eight years. The company will use Airbus’ latest-generation aircrafts for their flights in 2019. etihad says they hope to resume full service with these new airplanes later this year or early 2020.
The “how many residence in etihad a380” is a question that has been asked by many. Etihad Airlines has stated that the airline will be bringing back A380s, with the residence and first apartment – temporarily.
Etihad may temporarily bring back A380s with the Residence and First Apartment.
on December 13, 2021 by Gary Leff
During the epidemic, Etihad Airways grounded its ten Airbus A380s, and its CEO said that they would likely never fly again. That’s unfortunate since this airplane provided them with their finest passenger experience. On the world’s biggest passenger plane, numerous airlines have their finest seats and facilities.
But hold your horses: Etihad’s CEO recently said that “it is feasible that the aircraft may fly again under the Etihad name, but only if specific market conditions are satisfied.”
“If the economics work out, they’re back in,” Douglas said of the company’s ten Airbus A380s, which are now in long-term storage. “Our visitors, the traveling public, adores them, and they adore the manner we presented them via our first class, our “Residence,” our business class, and our economy [class.]”
… “[The A380s] have been out for the last 18 months because the economics don’t work,” Douglas explained. ” It’s probably too early to tell since the market has just recently recovered.”
Any attempt to bring back the Airbus A380 would be only temporary, serving as a “stopgap” until the Abu Dhabi-based airline receives new widebody aircraft from Boeing and Airbus. They recently unveiled the new business class seats that will be installed on Airbus A350s that do not have a first-class cabin.
If they bring back the A380, I’ll purchase award tickets on it (either using American AAdvantage miles or converting bank points into Etihad’s own program) since their first class on the jet is still one of the greatest that any airline has ever given – though I’m sure some people have nitpicks.
Over the years, I’ve flown Etihad First Apartment nearly as frequently as Cathay Pacific first class. It’s my favorite way to utilize American AAdvantage points, plus Etihad is an American Express and Citibank transfer partner, so it’s a no-brainer.
For travels to the Maldives, it’s been my go-to (5 of my last 6 were on Etihad). I’ve been to the Middle East on many occasions, switching between Etihad and Emirates. I’ve even picked Middle Eastern breaks en way to Australia since First Apartment redemptions on both long travel parts made the trip so simple.
When Etihad received its first Airbus A380, they created the ‘Apartment,’ which is essentially a room with a separate seat and bed, as well as a shower in the cabin for first-class guests. Though some today prefer Emirates’ new first suite, Singapore Airlines’ new A380 Suites, or ANA’s new first class, it was undoubtedly the greatest first class in the world at the time.
Passengers vacationing together might ‘be in bed alongside one other’ since part of the partition between neighboring Apartments slips down.
Despite competition from other airlines, it remained a top five product in the globe, with miles often available on routes such as New York JFK – Abu Dhabi, Paris – Abu Dhabi, and Abu Dhabi to Sydney and Melbourne. When searching roundtrip awards beginning in Abu Dhabi on the Etihad website for roundtrip awards, availability frequently only displayed for flights to the United States (but you’d book by phone anyway).
What’s even more bizarre is that the First Apartment wasn’t even Etihad’s greatest offering. The Residence was created by merging the ‘Apartment’ in the first row on the left side of the cabin with what some A380 operators treated as dead space or lounge space, providing it not just a sitting area but also its own bathroom/shower and separate bedroom.
Residents had their own butler, who was Savoy Hotel-trained in the United Kingdom and required to serve the Residence in butler dress. Etihad would tailor what they had on board for a Residence guest depending on their requirements in advance. When there were no customers booked at the Residence, the butler served as a flight attendant.
Even if the A380 does not return, Etihad offers a premium product for which miles may be used. They may have dropped first-class chefs, but the first-class suites on the few flights that still provide them are still rather impressive.
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Etihad could bring back A380s with the residence and first apartment temporarily. The airline has been looking to add more flights, but they are still working through a few issues. Reference: etihad residence for two passengers.
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