Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, will debut its new Business Studio onboard its Airbus A380 and Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft, offering a luxurious standard usually associated with the rest of the industry’s first class travel.
The next-generation Etihad Airways Business Studio will be introduced later this year when the Abu Dhabi-based airline takes delivery of its first A380 and B787 aircraft and offers Business Class guests a space where they can ‘work, rest, and play’.
A total of 70 Business Studios will be located on the upper deck of the A380, while the B787 will have 28 Business Studios, all offering aisle access and a fully flat bed of up to 80.5 inches long.
Peter Baumgartner, Chief Commercial Officer of Etihad Airways, said, “We have been developing the Business Studio over the past five years, with a firm commitment to provide the highest levels of innovation, style, and comfort in business class travel. We’re confident this new product will meet the diverse needs and highest expectations of today’s business traveller who will experience the Business Studio onboard our new A380 and B787.”
The Business Studios, which are arranged in a 1-2-1 configuration, giving direct aisle access to all guests, are also the airline’s first dovetail (forward and aft) layout, allowing optimal use of cabin space. The suite has a 22 inch wide seat and separate ottoman, which together create a fully-flat bed of up to 80.5 inches long. The centre Business Studios, while ideal for guests travelling together, also offer full privacy for guests traveling alone, with full-height screens between the suites. The seats have been supplied by EADS Sogerma for the Airbus A380-800 and Zodiac Aerospace for the B787, and are upholstered in leather by Poltrona Frau, the prestigious Italian suppliers of Ferrari’s interiors.
Generous storage is also available inside the Business Studio, including room underneath the ottoman for carry-on items and shoes, as well as a large top-loading cupboard for water bottles, head-sets, literature and other items. Each Studio also features an ample side-furniture surface convenient for resting laptops, tablets and books. The Business Studio features contemporary design details, inspired by the aesthetics of modern Arabia. A number of different lighting options add to the relaxing ambience, including an elegant side lamp, a reading light, and mood lighting.
Etihad Airways is introducing the latest Panasonic EX3 entertainment system across both fleets, providing more than 750 hours of on-demand entertainment, improved gaming and high definition screens across all cabins. The system has video touchscreen handsets, offering an additional screen for guests to maximise their entertainment, so they can play games or view the moving map while watching a movie. Noise cancelling headsets are provided across all cabins, with built-in magnetic audio jacks to ensure the best sound quality.
The A380 will have Etihad Airways’ full mobile and Wi-Fly connectivity, while the B787 is equipped with Wi-Fly.
Etihad Airways’ award-winning Business Class service will be available across the entire fleet, including the A380 and B787, with the option to dine any time and Food and Beverage Managers on hand to assist with selections. On the A380, First and Business Class guests will be able to relax in The Lobby, a serviced lounge and bar area located between the First and Business cabins. With semi-circular leather sofas, a marquetry table and a large TV screen, The Lobby is designed for relaxing and socialising.
The Lobby TV has a HDMI connection so it can be used for sharing content or it can also be set to the airline’s Live TV channels for sporting and other events. Importantly for the airline’s Muslim guests, Etihad Airways has created prayer areas which can be curtained off for privacy and are equipped with a real-time electronic Qibla-finder showing the exact direction of Mecca based on the aircraft’s geographical position.
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