Etihad’s A380 First-Class Cabins May Be the Best Commercial Seats in the Sky

Etihad Airways and global aircraft-charter specialist Chapman Freeborn have partnered to present the Residence and First Apartment cabins aboard Etihad’s Airbus A380 in conjunction with the charter’s premier point-to-point service. Air travel that combines the size and support of a major carrier with the exclusivity and convenience of a private jet is now a reality as Chapman Freeborn’s clients can experience long-haul luxury and privacy while aboard the largest commercial passenger plane in the world.

Within the Residence, guests spend their flight time in the rarified comfort of a 125-square-foot, three-room suite that includes a living room with a Poltrona Frau leather sofa, two dining tables, and a 32-inch flat-screen television. A separate bedroom features a double bed draped in Egyptian-cotton sheets, a natural-fiber duvet, a selection of pillows, and an en suite bathroom with shower. The Residence also comes with its own butler, as well as a private chef ready to custom-create menus to order. The gourmet cuisine is served on fine bone china and complemented with Studio William’s Royal Oak cutlery and Lucaris crystal. A selection of Cognac served in glasses from Normann Copenhagen makes for a notable nightcap.

Those traveling solo can also opt for one of the nine First Apartment cabins on board. Smaller than the Residence, but still large on amenities, each cabin features a Poltrona Frau leather armchair and ottoman (the latter unfolding to form an 81-inch bed when it is time to retire), a 24-inch flat-screen television with over 750 hours of programming, a small refrigerator, a vanity, and access to the First Class bathroom with shower.

Passengers staying in either the Residence or First Apartment accommodations (both available only on Etihad’s Airbus A380) also receive chauffeur service to and from the airport. Currently, Etihad offers three daily A380 flights from Abu Dhabi to London, one daily A380 to Sydney, and, beginning on December 1, one to New York. From there, Chapman Freeborn passengers can arrange for one of the company’s own private jets or smaller aircraft to access the rest of the world. (etihad.com; chapman-freeborn)

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