Eti­had cel­e­brates ar­rival of its first A380 flights in JFK

New York first US port of en­try for Eti­had’s Air­bus 380 des­ti­na­tions

Kuwait Times - - BUSINESS -

ABU DHABI: Eti­had Air­ways, the na­tional air­line of the United Arab Emi­rates, cel­e­brated the highly-an­tic­i­pated ar­rival of its award-win­ning Air­bus A380 ser­vice at New York’s John F. Kennedy In­ter­na­tional Air­port (JFK), wel­com­ing and thank­ing guests trav­el­ling on the first flights be­tween two of the world’s top travel des­ti­na­tions.

Yes­ter­day marked the US de­but of the air­line’s exclusive A380 ser­vice, in­clud­ing The Res­i­dence by Eti­had (tm), the only com­mer­cially avail­able three­room suite in the sky, lux­u­ri­ous First Apart­ments, com­fort­able Busi­ness Stu­dios and Econ­omy Smart Seats. The A380 now serves guests trav­el­ling on one of the air­line’s two daily flights be­tween Abu Dhabi and New York. “The ar­rival of our A380 ser­vice at JFK In­ter­na­tional Air­port is an im­por­tant mile­stone for Eti­had Air­ways as we re­spond to in­creased de­mand from our guests trav­el­ling be­tween Abu Dhabi and New York and it rep­re­sents the sig­nif­i­cant growth our air­line has un­der­gone in just 12 years of op­er­a­tion,” said James Ho­gan, Eti­had Air­ways’ Pres­i­dent and Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer. “Eti­had Air­ways has stayed ahead of the com­pe­ti­tion by pro­vid­ing our guests with the lux­ury, com­fort, and hos­pi­tal­ity they ex­pect and de­serve when they fly with us, and by re­main­ing fo­cused on con­tin­u­ing to trans­form the air travel ex­pe­ri­ence across all cab­ins of ser­vice.”

Ho­gan con­tin­ued: “The rev­o­lu­tion­ary prod­ucts found on­board Eti­had Air­ways’ fleet of A380s com­pletely reimag­ine com­mer­cial aviation stan­dards and we are proud to bring them to our guests trav­el­ling be­tween the US and Abu Dhabi.”

The in­tro­duc­tion of the air­line’s sig­na­ture A380 travel ex­pe­ri­ence comes just in time for the busy hol­i­day travel sea­son, as well as to serve guests trav­el­ling to the 2015 For­mula 1 Eti­had Air­ways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix tak­ing place from 27 to 29 Novem­ber 2015. The in­au­gu­ral Abu Dhabi to New York A380 flight EY 103 landed at JFK In­ter­na­tional Air­port yes­ter­day. The re­turn JFK-AUH flight EY102 ar­rived into Abu Dhabi this af­ter­noon.

Guests stay­ing in The Res­i­dence by Eti­had en­joy the ul­ti­mate in lux­ury travel, both on the ground and in the air. From a chauf­feur-driven limou­sine ser­vice to Concierge Ser­vice and pri­vate check-in at the air­port, ev­ery part of the travel ex­pe­ri­ence is seam­less and dis­creet. Guests of The Res­i­dence will also en­joy the air­line’s newly opened First and Busi­ness Class Lounge, fea­tur­ing a ded­i­cated area for their exclusive use. Lo­cated on the for­ward up­per deck of the A380, The Res­i­dence is avail­able for $32,000 one way be­tween Abu Dhabi and New York - for ei­ther sin­gle or dou­ble oc­cu­pancy. The ul­tra­pri­vate, three-room suite fea­tures a liv­ing room with a 32” LCD mon­i­tor, bed­room with a dou­ble bed, sep­a­rate en­suite shower room, and ded­i­cated But­ler trained at the Savoy Academy in Lon­don to look af­ter the needs of its dis­cern­ing guests. The rev­o­lu­tion­ary cabin also comes with a pri­vate chef ready to cus­tom-cre­ate menus to or­der.

The nine First Apart­ments in First Class are pri­vate liv­ing spa­ces fea­tur­ing a re­clin­ing Poltrona Frau leather lounge chair and ot­toman, which opens up to be­come a sep­a­rate 80.5 inch long ful­lyflat bed. This marks a 74 per cent in­crease in space from Eti­had Air­ways’ cur­rent award-win­ning First Class Suites. Each Apart­ment fea­tures a 24inch flat-screen tele­vi­sion, a chilled mini-bar, per­sonal van­ity unit, and wardrobe. A fully equipped shower room is avail­able for the exclusive use of First Class guests.

A to­tal of 70 Busi­ness Stu­dios, set in a 1-2-1 con­fig­u­ra­tion, are lo­cated on the up­per deck of the A380, all of­fer­ing di­rect aisle ac­cess, a fully flat bed of up to 80.5 inches long and an in­crease of 20 per cent in per­sonal space. The Lobby, a lux­u­ri­ous lounge lo­cated be­tween the First Class and Busi­ness Class cab­ins, fea­tures two com­fort­able leather so­fas and a staffed bar serv­ing a wide se­lec­tion of hot snacks and re­fresh­ments, per­fect for re­lax­ing and so­cial­is­ing.

The main deck fea­tures 415 Econ­omy Smart Seats which of­fer unique er­gonomic fixed-wing head­rests, lum­bar sup­port and an 11-inch per­sonal, high-def­i­ni­tion mon­i­tor screen to en­joy over 750 hours of on­de­mand movies and se­ries, im­proved gaming and live TV pro­gram­ming via the state-of-the-art Pana­sonic eX3 en­ter­tain­ment sys­tem.

Also unique to Eti­had Air­ways, the air­line of­fers a ded­i­cated in­flight child care as­sis­tance pro­gram for fam­i­lies, led by a Fly­ing Nanny avail­able on­board long-haul flights and trained by the world renowned Nor­land Col­lege. Since its launch in 2013, the Fly­ing Nanny has be­come a key fea­ture on Eti­had Air­ways’ long haul flights, pro­vid­ing a ‘help­ing hand’ to fam­i­lies and chil­dren and cre­at­ing fun and mem­o­rable mo­ments with games and ac­tiv­i­ties.

The Res­i­dence by Eti­had is exclusive to Eti­had Air­ways’ fleet of A380s, which cur­rently serve Lon­don’s Heathrow, Syd­ney and now New York’s JFK, with ser­vices to Mum­bai and Mel­bourne sched­uled to be­gin on 1 May 2016 and 1 June 2016, re­spec­tively. The air­line’s A380 fleet will grow to a to­tal of 10 air­craft. Guests on all Eti­had Air­ways flights from Abu Dhabi In­ter­na­tional Air­port (AUH) to the air­line’s six US ports of en­try, in­clud­ing New York’s JFK Air­port, are pro­cessed through the US Cus­toms and Bor­der Pro­tec­tion (CBP) Pre­clear­ance fa­cil­ity, which al­lows them to clear all US im­mi­gra­tion and cus­toms checks in Abu Dhabi and ar­rive at their US des­ti­na­tion as do­mes­tic pas­sen­gers. Other US air­ports served by Eti­had Air­ways in­clude Chicago (ORD), Dal­las-Fort Worth (DFW), Los An­ge­les (LAX), San Fran­cisco (SFO) and Wash­ing­ton’s DC (IAD).

The flight crew of Eti­had Air­ways’ in­au­gu­ral A380 flight af­ter ar­riv­ing at New York’s John F. Kennedy In­ter­na­tional Air­port from Abu Dhabi, in­clud­ing the But­lers who ex­clu­sively serve guests of The Res­i­dence by Eti­had, the only three-room suite in the sky. The crew is joined by Martin Drew, Se­nior Vice Pres­i­dent, The Amer­i­cas; Pieter Nel, Air­port Man­ager, JFK; Vin­cent Frascogna, Vice Pres­i­dent, East­ern USA; and Suzanne Alipourian, Area Man­ager, Air­port Op­er­a­tions, The Amer­i­cas (ex­ec­u­tives from left to right).

Eti­had Air­ways’ in­au­gu­ral A380 flight ar­rives from Abu Dhabi at New York’s John F. Kennedy In­ter­na­tional Air­port on 23 Novem­ber 2015. New York marks the first US des­ti­na­tion for Eti­had Air­ways’ net­work of Air­bus 380 des­ti­na­tions.

Eti­had Air­ways’ A380 pi­lot waves flags from the United Arab Emi­rates and the United States to cel­e­brate A380 in­au­gu­ral ser­vice be­tween New York’s John F. Kennedy In­ter­na­tional Air­port and Abu Dhabi.

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