Etihad has been building a reputation as a truly luxe airline for a while now. An extravagant Residence and First Suites were just the tip of the iceberg! The airline is now making dramatic upgrades to its onboard service across its fleet. Among the changes in First class is a new, contemporary menu design as well as a wider variety of canapés, a pre-dessert course to be served by the Chef and also a ‘Café Gourmand’ coffee and tea course accompanied by mini cookies, cakes and pastries. First Class dining will now include beautiful new chinaware from Japanese brand Nikko and designer ‘Royal Oak’ cutlery from British brand Studio William. Passengers will enjoy beverages in stemmed crystal glasses created for Etihad by Lucaris. On the interiors front, each of the suites will now include a throw and a cushion reflecting a new color palette and the Airbus A380 and Boeing 787-9 aircraft will be among the first to face the overhaul.
Etihad will bid passengers availing of the First Class turn-down service a good night with a ‘Sweet Dreams’ card, all-natural bed linen, pillow mist and pulse point oil. The turn-down service in Business class for ultra-longhaul flights is upgraded to include a mattress, cotton loungewear, slippers, a comforter and a full size pillow.
Travelers who enjoy the Dine Anytime option will be glad to learn that an All-Day Menu is now on offer for longer flights. New dining ware will be introduced in keeping with the contemporary theme, including stylized steel bread basket, salt and pepper shakers, and a hammered metal side dish. Chic new trays, chinaware, cutlery and tall, stemmed glasses will maintain the airline’s air of sophistication.
Those travelling by Economy will also benefit from the makeover through new cabin interiors and new colorful headrest covers, pillowcases and fleece blankets. Menu cards, tableware and meal trays have also been revamped to suit the airline’s modern design scheme.
Passengers will receive a cotton drawstring amenity kit that contains a smart reversible eye-mask with ‘Do not disturb’ printed on one side and ‘Wake me for Meals’ printed on the other. A blanket bag that doubles as a ‘cabin tidy bag’ will allow passengers to store shoes or personal items.
Our favorite upgrade though, has to be the new pillow on longhaul flights, which converts from a normal pillow to a neck pillow to provide neck support. We do love it when comfort meets luxury!
[Via – Sky-News]