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Last year, Etihad launched their new A380 service between Abu Dhabi and London, which featured a new ultra-luxury suite,  as well as apartment-style first-class suites and business-class studios.

The first of its ten A380s started flying in December between London and Abu Dhabi (LHR-AUH), which is now being followed by four more planes this year, which will add routes to Sydney, Melbourne, New York and Paris. Three more A380s will launch in 2016, and the last two will take flight in 2017.

Etihad The Residence
Etihad The Residence

It turns out, that they’ve just announced their new service between Abu Dhabi and New York will officially start December 1, 2015

Etihad The Residence
Etihad The Residence

Etihad’s three-room Residence Class suite will sit in the front section of the upper-deck cabin, and will feature its own living room, separate bedroom and ensuite shower. In addition to the residence, the plane features 9 first class apartments which feature a 80.5” long fully flat-bed.

Currently no award availability on the A380 in First.
Currently no award availability on the A380 in First.

My Thoughts:  

Currently, there is no first class availability yet, but we’ll let readers know once they’re available. The good thing about Etihad awards is that you don’t need to have an account with them to search for award space, so it’s pretty easy to hop over to their site, and do a quick search.

When First Class award space does open, your best bet is to use 90,000 American AAdvantage miles for a one-way First Class award between New York-Abu Dhabi.

I’ve been wanting to test this out, though the current route between Abu Dhabi and London isn’t a route I’d normally fly, so with the new service between New York and Abu Dhabi, I hope to be able take this new cabin for a spin. Don’t worry I’m not gonna do a Kickstarter to fund this, but I’m still gonna trying to figure out some way to try it out. Stay tuned…

Are you looking forward to trying out the new Etihad A380?

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