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Article from BTNews 8 DECEMBER 2014

Etihad readies

With both first Airbus A380 and Boeing 787 due to be unveiled in Abu Dhabi on 17 December (the 111st anniversary of Orville Wright’s first flight at Kitty Hawk) Etihad has tantalisingly issued some details of its new products for 2015.

In comes a luxury hotel-style reception service in First Class with a personalised welcome letter from the Cabin Service Manager, elegant silver-tray reception service and  welcome drink, fragrant hot towel and traditional Arabic dates.  Dining features elegant new chinaware by Japan’s famed fine bone china producer Nikko, and designer ‘Royal Oak’ cutlery by quintessentially British brand Studio William.  Fine wines from Etihad Airways’ on-board cellar will be served in red and white wine stemmed crystal glasses created for the airline by Lucaris.

In Business Class, a new turndown service is offered on ultra-long haul flights, featuring a mattress, cotton loungewear and slippers.  A plush comforter and full size pillow are now provided.  The popular ‘Dine Anytime’ option remains.
With a focus on more choice and personal space, Economy Class has been refreshed with new cabin interiors, and new colourful headrest covers, pillowcases and fleece blankets are now standard onboard.  Menu cards, tableware and meal trays have been reworked to match Etihad Airways’ focus on contemporary design and functionality.  www.etihad.com

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