Etihad introduces new luxurious features

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NOV 4, 2015: Passengers will soon be able to fly in a three-room suite of jumbo A380 aircraft, with Etihad Airways launching the service on Mumbai-Abu Dhabi sector from May next year. The flight will then connect with the New York sector. The suite, which has a spa, bar and a bed in it, looks more like a posh hotel suite and is priced accordingly. Though the final fare is still not out, analysts claim the airline generally charges a premium for its suite, which translates to roughly 26 times the economy seat.

According to an airline official, apart from the three-room suite, the A380 also features nine first-class seats, 70 business-class seats and 415 economy seats. An in-flight chef prepares food from a menu or could even create a passenger's favourite dish. The 125-square feet three-room suite consists of a living room, separate bedroom for two and en-suite bathroom with spa shower. The living room has a luxurious leather double-seat sofa, two dining tables, chilled drinks cabinet and 32-inch flat screen TV. This would be the third A380 aircraft, with a capacity of over 850 passengers, to operate from Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA).

Last year, Singapore Airlines was the first to launch a jumbo plane from Mumbai and Delhi, followed by Gulf-based Emirates. German-based Lufthansa also started the services of its jumbo flight, connecting Delhi and Frankfurt. Aviation industry experts claim a jumbo plane helps bring down the per head fare. Foreign airlines had been lobbying for years for lifting of the ban that the government had enforced on jumbo planes, fearing it will affect the domestic airlines.

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