By Andy Sambidge
Abu Dhabi airline says its exclusive three-room suite was booked just hours after December A380 launch was announced
Etihad Airways announced on Saturday that its luxury $32,000 Residence by Etihad three-room suite has been booked for the inaugural A380 flight to New York’s John F Kennedy (JFK) International Airport in December.
The booking for the airline’s ultra-luxurious and private three-room suite came just hours after the carrier announced the launch of the new Airbus A380 service which will take place on December 1.
Peter Baumgartner, Etihad Airways’ chief commercial officer, said in a statement: "New York was Etihad Airways’ first US destination and an important market for our airline.
"Since the launch of our inaugural service in 2006, we have been extremely pleased with the reception and support we have received from US consumers and the business community... In fact, Etihad planes now operate with 85 percent average load factors between the US and Abu Dhabi.
"That high demand was further reinforced with the booking of The Residence by Etihad on our inaugural A380 flight between JFK and Abu Dhabi just hours after we announced its availability.
"We look forward to welcoming guests traveling with us on board the A380, beginning December 1 and remain committed to offering customers travelling on Etihad Airways between the six markets we serve within the US and Abu Dhabi the very best hospitality experience available – across every class of service."
The Residence by Etihad, which marks a first in commercial aviation, is exclusively available on the airline's A380 aircraft.
Travel in The Residence between JFK and Abu Dhabi can be purchased for $32,000 one way which includes one or two guests. Among the many exclusive benefits offered to Residence guests is a dedicated Savoy Academy trained butler.