Who needs a private jet when you can make the Airbus A380 your own?
As part of Etihad’s Flying Reimagined launch, the airline unveiled The Residence, a super swanky private living space in the air. Occupying a total area of 125 square feet in the nose of an Airbus A380, the three-room apartment is now the world’s largest private cabin on a commercial plane.
CEO and president of Etihad Airways, James Hogan, explained: “We’re taking the concept of a private jet and bringing it to the A380 – we believe the whole premium experience is actually better than a private jet.”
The Residence affords all the luxury of a private jet and more. The single/double occupancy living space comes replete with a personal Savoy Academy-trained butler, five-star customisable dining courtesy of an inflight Chef, luxury chauffeur transfers and private check-in.
Another benefit of The Residence is the on-board facilities – it’s literally a home-from-home for VIP flyers.
Unlike smaller private jets, the bedroom and bathroom offer real convenience for those who want to look as dapper as when they arrived. You’ll find a full-length wardrobe, under-bed stowage, a full-height shower, a vast selection of premium toiletries and ready-to-wear sleep suits.
For relaxation, the living room offers a 60.4-inch two-seater reclining sofa, upholstered by Poltrona Frau, as well as a retractable ottoman with a built-in chilled refreshments cabinent, dining tables, full height sliding doors and 32-inch flat screen TV with dual controls.
Nestled in the forward upper-deck of the A380, The Residence offers top-of-the-range soundproofing and clocks in as the quietest space on the entire plane.
Hogan said: “The Residence will broaden our focus and tap into the high end of private charter and VIP delegations.”