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Etihad Airways flies a new high for luxury travel

Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways launched its inaugural Airbus A380 flight on Saturday from the UAE’s capital to London’s Heathrow.

The highlight of the inaugural flight was recently revealed – “The Residence,” an exclusive three-room cabin, which includes a living room, double bedroom and a shower room along with a dedicated concierge team and a private butler.

Miami-based businessman Gino Bertuccio was the first person to experience the ultimate private multi-room cabin on an international commercial aircraft.

“Bertuccio will become part of aviation history as the first member of an elite group of Etihad Airways guests to enjoy the world’s most luxurious and exclusive hospitality and service experience in the air,” Peter Baumgartner, chief commercial officer at Etihad Airways said in a statement before the inaugural flight took place Saturday morning.

Each trip on The Residence reaches over AED77, 000, so a return ticket (Abu Dhabi – London – Abu Dhabi) can easily cross AED154, 000.

Etihad Airways is expecting to receive four A380s and three Boeing 787-9s throughout 2015.

“With the launch of these aircraft, we usher in a new era of unparalleled luxury, comfort and service. These innovations represent our vision for the future,” James Hogan, Etihad Airways’ president and CEO said.

The inaugurated A380 was unveiled earlier in December along with a B787 in Abu Dhabi, a highlighted major revelation among a larger event in which the international carrier unveiled its new cabin crew uniform at a extravagant catwalk fashion show.

Etihad Airways cabin crew showcased the new uniform during the fashion show. Designed by Italian couturier Ettore Bilotta, the new uniform aims to combine elegance, comfort and practicality, with colours derived from the new brand identity.

The uniform relaunch is the first of its kind since the airline’s formation in 2003.

Since its formation, the UAE’s national carrier has carried 11.5 million passengers across the globe. It currently flies to 111 passenger and cargo destinations in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia and the American continent.