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An Apartment in the Air
May 18, 2014, 11:58 am

The airline that introduced the Flying Nanny for traveling families just announced more residentially inspired amenities, including a onebedroom apartment in the air. Beginning in December, Etihad Airways will introduce the Residence by Etihad, a new upperdeck
cabin that outclasses first class with a private suite including a bedroom, living room and bathroom with a shower, plus the services of a personal butler.

The new cabin, designed for one or two passengers, will be added to five new Airbus A380 aircraft the airline has ordered. The first will be appear in December, followed by the second in the first quarter of 2015. Both will operate on the Abu Dhabi-London route, with fares for the Residence currently quoted at $21,000. Another three planes will begin flying later in 2015,
potentially on routes between Abu Dhabi and Kennedy Airport as well as Abu Dhabi and Sydney. In addition, Etihad will add nine First Apartments to each A380, which will feature a reclining armchair and full-length ottoman that converts into an 80- inch bed, all concealed behind a sliding door. Guests of these quarters will have access to a shared shower room.

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