New Video Reviews of the Etihad A380 Residence and First Apartment

Etihad debuted the most over the top product offerings of any airline with the launch of their first Airbus A380.

There’s the three room ‘Residence’, just one per flight that hosts two passengers (a living space, bedroom, and private bathroom) as well as the ‘First Apartment’ which is the most spacious first class seat in the sky.

Put the First Apartment this way: Emirates has 4 suites across on the upper deck of their A380. Etihad has just 2 suites across, and a single aisle between them, on their upper deck of their A380.

While you can book the Residence with Etihad’s own miles (and indeed, Etihad is a Citibank transfer partner), it’s not practical.

But you can book the First Apartment with American miles. The first route was Abu Dhabi – London. Abu Dhabi – Sydney is second. New York JFK will get the plane in December. And it’s the same miles to book the First Apartment as first class on a ‘regular’ Etihad flight.

Etihad has new videos promoting the product. These are heavily produced, they’re not a passenger’s trip report. But still worth sharing I think.

The Residence

The First Apartment

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  1. Regarding the Residence video… I find it amusing that they made sure to get a close-up of the woman’s gigantic wedding ring when she’s getting ready for the shower.

  2. When searching for space on First Apartments do you seach for Guest/First on the A380. Would that mean the fist apartment? I saw you showed how to book the residences?


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