30 NOVEMBER 2015
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New York last Monday (23 November) became the first US port of entry for Etihad Airways’ network of Airbus A380 destinations.
The aircraft featured the carrier’s latest inflight innovations, including the ultra-private three-room Residence suite with its own butler, nine First Apartments in First Class and 70 Business Studios in a 1+2+1 configuration on the upper deck.
Each studio offers direct-aisle access, a fully flat bed up to 80.5in long and an increase of 20% in personal space over standard Business Class.
First and Business Class passengers also have access to the Lobby, a luxury lounge between the cabins with two leather sofas and a staffed bar serving hot snacks and refreshments.
The A380’s main deck features 415 Economy Smart seats which offer ergonomic headrests, lumbar support and 11in personal high-definition entertainment screens.
In addition to New York, Etihad A380s serve Heathrow and Sydney, with services to Mumbai and Melbourne scheduled to begin next May and June.
Passengers on all Etihad Airways flights from Abu Dhabi to the US are processed through the US Customs and Border Protection pre-clearance facility, which allows them to clear immigration and customs checks in Abu Dhabi and arrive in the US as domestic passengers. www.etihad.com
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