Former President George W. Bush says “I miss some things about being President. I miss having a shower on an airplane.” (HT: @tarheeljason)
- Electronic countermeasures and the ability to jam enemy radar
- Flares hidden in the wings
- A fuselage that can withstand a nuclear blast on the ground
- A gym
But a shower just isn’t one of those unique things.
Etihad’s Airbus A380 has a private shower for passengers in ‘The Residence’ and a shower for passengers in the First Apartments. You can book First Apartments using American AAdvantage miles. I have several bookings for when the New York JFK – Abu Dhabi flight starts operating with an A380. They fly London – Abu Dhabi and Sydney – Abu Dhabi with the plane as well.
Emirates’ Airbus A380 has two onboard showers for first class passengers.
The former President should have set his sights earning frequent flyer miles upon leaving office.
In fairness, it’s become much easier to secure Emirates first class awards since then. Emirates has since become a partner of Alaska Airlines, and a transfer partner of American Express Membership Rewards. The Etihad A380 was only introduced last year and the American partnership only shortly before President Obama was re-elected.
Surely, though, a Commander-in-Chief should be strategery enough to start accumulating Starwood Preferred Guest Starpoints (even one that got us into the quagmire in Iraq and who ushered in the TSA) because not only could he have transferred those points to Japan Airlines to fly Emirates those points transfer to Alaska and to American as well so that he could have run the gamut of ‘shower in the sky’ options.