Emirates and Etihad to Launch Private Suites on Planes
Two Gulf-based airlines announced plans to launch fully enclosed private bedrooms on their aircraft.
Emirates Airline plans to install the new suites on its Airbus A380 jumbo jets as well as on Boeing’s new long-range 777X plane, which will be flying towards the end of the decade. The Dubai-based airline said the bedroom would go far beyond the pod-like suites it now offers. It currently has 14 enclosed suites on the upper decks of its A380s.
Meanwhile, Etihad Airways debuted a concept it called “The Residence,” an enclosed area with a double bed, an en-suite bathroom, a lounge area, and a butler trained at London’s Savoy Hotel.
The flag carrier airline of the United Arab Emirates currently has 12 enclosed suites on its fleet of Airbus A340s and eight such suites on its three-class Boeing 777-300ERs.
In addition to the suites, Emirates has two onboard showers and a bar area on its A380s, and Etihad now says it plans to add a lounge on its A380s.