Etihad Airways, the national airline of UAE, was declared as the airline with the best First Class in the world according to Skytrax’s annual World Airline Awards. It was also voted as the 6th best airline in the world in the ‘Airline of the Year’ category. This is the second consecutive year that the Abu Dhabi-based airline has been recognized for these honours. In addition, Etihad Airways has also been recognized for the Best First Class Onboard Catering for its signature ‘Inspired Service’ culinary program.
These honors have been awarded to the airline for its bold and well defined ideas on luxury air travel and these fantastic privileges for the Diamond First Class guests start right from the moment they purchase an Etihad Airways ticket!
The Etihad Airways Guest experience starts from the door step of their abode and can continue right up to the last step of their travel destination. The premium limousine service with a personal chauffeur is available for all Diamond First Class guests in well over a dozen destination cities around the world (for further details visit www.etihad.com). With a fleet of luxury limo’s available; the customized and relaxed journey commences the Etihad Airways experience and continues through to the Etihad Airways blissful Diamond Class lounges.
Diamond First Class Lounges
Though all destination cities of Etihad Airways worldwide have relaxing and beautiful lounges for the guests traveling on Etihad, the Etihad Airways lounges in Abu Dhabi, London Heathrow, Manchester, Frankfurt, and Dublin for Diamond First Class travelers are the quintessential model of what Etihad Airways strives to offer its privileged guests.
The Diamond First class lounges are designed to add to the continued relaxed serenity of the privileged guests till they board their planes for their destinations. The lounges are equipped with everything a travelling guest may require (work, play or relax) to prepare them for their journey ahead.
For relaxation, the lounges are equipped with the world-renowned Six Senses Spa with its range of 15-minute treatments (facial renewal, foot detox, scalp massage, and more) which can rejuvenate even the most wearied travelers for their onward journey.
To appease the appetites of the Diamond Class guest’s an à la carte menu is provided with a wide range of mouth-watering cuisines especially prepared for the traveler to be savored with the available exclusive boutique wines that have been hand picked from around the world.
Guests can wash away their thirst at the Diamond Class lounge’s champagne bar and experience the finest beverages from around the world e.g. Billecart-Salmon or Brut Blanc de Blancs 2002, including some of the finest red and white wines.
The Diamond Class lounge also provides the convenience to perform personal or business communications from the various Macs available with free broadband internet and printing facilities so that the privileged guests can always remain on top of their business priorities.
The Diamond Class lounge also provides its privileged guests with amenities to take a shower and freshen up or take a nap in the lounges snooze room day-beds. While the guests are resting their clothes can be ironed and their shoes polished.
Whether you like strong or mild, American or Cuban cigars there is something to please the connoisseur. To enhance the pleasure pick from a range of fine wines, champagnes, cognacs and Armagnacs.
The Diamond Class guests can keep themselves entertained with their favorite movie or TV program on the Bang & Olufsen flat screens and individual head sets. Not in the mood for the screen then browse from the various magazines, newspapers and books from the lounges well-stocked library.
The Diamond Class lounges are also equipped with family rooms to keep accompanied and unaccompanied children traveling with the airline entertained and occupied with books, toys, TV and an exciting children’s menu from which they can order their most desired treats. Qualified nannies are always at hand and are assigned to keep an eye on your children to ensure they are safe and engaged at all times while you take advantage of the other amenities the lounge has to offer.
Etihad Airways Diamond First Class Suite
The Etihad Diamond First Class Suite is exactly what is required to completely indulge and immerse oneself in the unique luxurious ambience and accommodations that only Etihad Airways can deliver throughout the traveler’s journey. Currently available on Etihads’ growing number of A330-300, A340-500 and A-340-600, the Etihad Diamond Class Suite services and facilities are truly inspired.
With Arabic style slide screen doors to insulate the guest from the aisle, the 82 inch long suite contains a spacious first class seat, upholstered with leather by world-renowned manufacturer Poltrona Frau, suppliers of Ferrari’s interiors, which converts into an 80.5 inch flatbed with the touch of a button. The adjustable headrest, footrest, lumbar support and inbuilt massage are just some of the extra detailing designed in the Diamond First Class Suite seats. They are also equipped with power sockets to house most electronic plug types and the guests can tether their devices through USB, Ethernet and audio jack sockets ensuring connectivity for their laptops and PDA’s. A personal mini-bar makes certain that a drink is always at hand. A spacious illuminated wardrobe with personal mirror is also provided in the cabin of the Suite.
For sleeping, guests are provided with pure 600 thread Egyptian cotton sheets, comfortable blankets, full sized pillows, Ferragamo valise, slippers, sleeping suit and the facility to activate the ‘DO NOT DISTURB’ sign for extra privacy. The Suites are also equipped with various pre-programmed in-flight mood creating lighting alternatives, while providing the guest the option to create their own lighting ambience for the Suite.
The in-flight five-star hospitality provides an inspired dining experience for the guest. The Suite is designed to accommodate two people for meals. Order from the á la carte or the ‘Anytime Kitchen’ menu and savor the freshness and zest of the constituents of the dishes and the care with which they are prepared by award-winning chefs accompanied with handpicked boutique wines from the globes best vineyards. Etihad Airways on-board fine dining expert, the Food & Beverage manager, helps the guests choose their desired meal and its ideal complements to match their mood.
A plush changing room guaranteed to invigorate even the weariest guest, the Diamond First Class Suite changing room is stocked with assorted personal care products, wash basin and a full length mirror to help the guest look and feel their best.
Etihad Airways has recently announced the addition of an onboard Chef on their long-haul flights to prepare that catered meal for its Diamond First Class Guests. Aiming to offer a restaurant-like service in the sky, the onboard chef cooks dishes to order, including raw meats, based on the passenger’s personal preferences.
In its short history, Etihad Airways has jumped leaps and bounds to capture the hearts and minds of the guests that travel with them. The airline sets a truly unique example of hospitality and service on ground and in the air. Its guests will receive service that will be nothing short of outstanding. Having received so many accolades already is enough proof to justify that travelling with Etihad Airways will be an experience that will warrant another visit.
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