Etihad Airways - The Ultimate Sky High Experience

Thu, 24/03/2016 - 1:06pm
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The Ultimate Sky High Experience, when the sky is no longer the limit…

Forget cramped knees, kinked necks and cardboard food, Etihad Airways is revolutionising flying with their luxurious premium options now available from Auckland. Dive into the ultimate experience where the sky is no limit, but the beginning of your journey. You probably won’t want to be reading this if you aren’t on Etihad’s A380.

The Residence - Penthouse

If you’re anything like us, this will be one of the greatest dreams. At a reasonable NZ$87,000 you can experience the life of the rich & famous with ‘The Residence’ suite, Etihad’s most unique & bespoke travel experience. A 3-room suite, dubbed a ‘Penthouse’ in the sky, is a world first for the commercial aviation industry. Designed for 2 travellers, the suite comes with a living room, separate bedroom and ensuite, complete with a standing shower.

Etihad Residence Lounge Landscape Etihad Residence Lounge


As well as an outrageous amount of space, outfitted with large flat-screen TV’s, plush leather couches and a 6-foot-8-inch double bed, you are also treated to a Savoy-trained butler. The cherry on top though is your own Inflight Chef who will prepare an individual dining experience using only the freshest ingredients.  From take-off to touchdown you are treated to the ultimate flying experience with ‘The Residence’.

First Class - Apartment

Fine details and luxury are a priority for ‘guests’ who opt for a First Class experience with Etihad. More than just a seat, immerse yourself in lush personal spaces, donned with large leather armchairs and a 6-foot-10-inch separate fully-flat bed. These spacious ‘Apartments’ come with total privacy, as your sliding doors can close to enjoy your space or if travelling with a companion, opening the divider to join the apartments, allowing a great shared experience or space for a meeting.

Etihad First Apartment Etihad First Apartment


The dining experience is just as First Class as your space, with a 7-course tasting menu or Signature Grill. When your stomach is full and you are ready to lay in for the rest of the journey, Etihad will get you ready for turn-down service. Enjoy stylish loungewear, all natural mattress, duvet & bed linen, soothing pillow mist and pulse point oil. Snug down and put on your Bose premium noise-cancelling headphones & watch the latest inflight entertainment on your own 24-inch screen.

And if you’re travelling with the kiddies, not only do you have space for colouring in and toys, but the in-house Flying Nanny will lend a helping hand on your long-haul flights.

Business Class

The perfect space for ‘work, rest & play’. It’s not all business in these luxury seats with adjustable seat firmness, forward and rear-facing for personal space. These innovative spaces are modern in design with the freedom and space to check in or out of work. Every seat transforms into a custom 6-foot-8-inch fully flat bed with optional mattress, loungewear and slippers to ensure you are recharged on your arrival.

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Plus, enjoy access to ‘The Lobby’ – a hotel inspired meeting place, situated between First & Business Class. Fitted with 6 seats, stylish intimate spaces inspired by boutique hotels, this space is perfect for in-flight meetings or socialising over a sports game.

The Result

If you aren’t already putting your name on the waiting list along with the other super-rich then you must be green with envy at this hotel in the sky, that if it were a hotel the most fitting name would have to be ‘Cloud 9’.

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