The Etihad First Class Apartment on the A380 – Excellence in the air

Etihad First Class Apartment

In the first part of this trip report we arrived at the Etihad First Class lounge and had some lovey grub and a glass or two of Champagne.

Now let’s get on with the important part. The Etihad First Class Apartment.

Etihad First Class Terminal Abu Dhabi

Etihad First Class Terminal Abu Dhabi
Etihad First Class Lounge Abu Dhabi Dining Room
Etihad First Class Lounge Abu Dhabi Dining Room

This is what we’re looking forward to:

Etihad Apartment First Class panorama window

Etihad Apartment First Class panorama window

The Apartments are on the top deck at the front of the A380. There are just 9. And of course, just one Residence. You can see the door to the Residence’s private bedroom and bathroom just to the left of the staircase at the end.

It amazes me that even with a price tag of £9000 (which was the price for the date I booked, when I booked it), every apartment was occupied, including one for the sole use of a very pampered 4 year old. The only 4 year old thing I expected to see in this cabin was the brandy, but then I’m not part of this world. I’m just an ordinary bloke with some airmiles.

Some people don’t even think twice about spending £18000 for their child and the nanny to fly to London, but I struggle to imagine a life like that.

Not being just another ordinary day for me, I was more excited to be there than that kid was.

Etihad First Class Apartments

Etihad First Class Apartments
Etihad A380 First Class Top Deck Stairs
Etihad A380 First Class Top Deck Stairs

We’re going to occupy Apartment 4A.

4A is the pick of the bunch. Forward facing, and with the seat next to the window. You get 3 windows. 4K is in the same situation.

There’s a massive armchair, and a bench that will become a bed over 2m long.

Etihad Apartment First Class Apartment 4A Sign

Etihad Apartment First Class Apartment 4A Sign
Etihad Apartment First Class Seat
Etihad Apartment First Class Seat
Etihad Apartment First Class Apartment 4A
Etihad Apartment First Class Apartment 4A

All the other seats are rear facing, or with the seat next to the aisle, so you only get one window, like this:

Etihad First Class Apartment Layout

Etihad First Class Apartment Layout

All the seats are going to be an amazing experience, but if you’re picky and like planning these things then it has to be 4A or 4K.

The butler will arrive with a glass of Champagne and some dates.

Etihad First Class Apartment Champagne

Etihad First Class Apartment Champagne

You’ve got your own little mini bar, and a vanity unit with mirrors and lights and of course your amenity kit.

Etihad First Class Apartment Drinks Cabinet

Etihad First Class Apartment Drinks Cabinet
Etihad Apartment First Class Vanity Cupboard and Amenity Kit
Etihad Apartment First Class Vanity Cupboard and Amenity Kit
Etihad Apartment First Class Vanity Cupboard
Etihad Apartment First Class Vanity Cupboard
Etihad Apartment First Class Amenity Kit Bag
Etihad Apartment First Class Amenity Kit Bag
Etihad Apartment First Class Amenity Kit
Etihad Apartment First Class Amenity Kit

Noise-cancelling headphones, naturally.

Etihad Apartment First Class Headphones

Etihad Apartment First Class Headphones
Etihad First Class Apartment Noise cancelling headphones
Etihad First Class Apartment Noise cancelling headphones

Pyjamas. They’re quite nice.

Etihad First Class Apartment Pajamas

Etihad First Class Apartment Pajamas

There’s a huge amount of space for you to lounge around in, and plenty of storage under the bench. No fighting for room in the overhead bins. Ha ha, no sir. Not today!

Everything is high quality, like the luxuriously soft blanket.

Etihad First Class Apartment Space

Etihad First Class Apartment Space

OK then, enjoy the Champagne and peruse the menus. Start making your plan. Not everyday you get 5 star dining on demand from a top chef.

So, which dishes, in which order, and with which wine? Hmmm…

Etihad Apartment First Class Menus

Etihad Apartment First Class Menus
Etihad Apartment First Class Fine Dining Menu
Etihad Apartment First Class Fine Dining Menu
Etihad Apartment First Class A La Carte Menu
Etihad Apartment First Class A La Carte Menu
Etihad Apartment First Class Anytime Menu
Etihad Apartment First Class Anytime Menu
Etihad Apartment First Class Breakfast Menu
Etihad Apartment First Class Breakfast Menu
Etihad Apartment First Class Wine List
Etihad Apartment First Class Wine List

You’ll be very pleased with how private it is, even with the doors open. From your seat, you don’t see anyone else. The next person in your row is all the way over on the other side of the cabin. If you lean forward you can just see their legs.

Etihad First Class Apartment Privacy with door open

Etihad First Class Apartment Privacy with door open
Etihad Apartment First Class panorama bench door open
Etihad Apartment First Class panorama bench door open

After take off you can close the doors for even more privacy…

Etihad First Class Apartment Privacy with door closed

Etihad First Class Apartment Privacy with door closed

but only after the butler has brought you a glass of Bordeaux and some amuse bouches.

Etihad Apartment First Class Service

Etihad Apartment First Class Service
Etihad Apartment First Class Wine and nuts
Etihad Apartment First Class Wine and nuts

Before dining, the butler asked if I’d like to see the Residence. The Residence is the uber-private double-sized apartment where 1A would be.

The seat is twice as wide as the armchair in the Apartment, and in front, in the very front corner of the A380’s nose, is the double bed and private bathroom.

It’s stunning. I was asked not to take photos though, and even when I was left by myself for a while I obeyed…

If you have £15,000 one-way or a few million Etihad Guest miles, you can try the Residence. You can choose whether you want to board first or last. Most often the answer is first, and you’ll be escorted in, set up, and left in privacy with doors closed before anyone else boards.

On arrival, after everyone else has left, you emerge from your private sanctuary to be taken away in private without ever being seen by the kind of scum who can only afford the Apartment.

I sat in the residence for a while, in a seat last occupied by Rihanna, and before her, Nicole Kidman.

Etihad First Class Apartment Dining Starter

Etihad First Class Apartment Dining Starter
Etihad First Class Apartment Dining Main
Etihad First Class Apartment Dining Main
Etihad First Class Apartment Dining Main dish
Etihad First Class Apartment Dining Main dish

After your third extravagant meal of the day (it’s still only 3pm), you can ask the butler to make up your bed. Nothing as common as a simple reclining chair with a blanket, here you get a separate bed with proper sheets and a duvet.

Etihad Apartment First Class Bed

Etihad Apartment First Class Bed
Etihad Apartment First Class Bed and TV
Etihad Apartment First Class Bed and TV

There is enough room to sit in the chair once the bed is made, if you wish.

Etihad Apartment First Class panorama bed

Etihad Apartment First Class panorama bed

If you’re enjoying it too much to actually sleep, the TV screen folds out and there’s another remote control and headphone socket so you can have another cocktail and watch a movie in bed. I’d be very happy if today turned into my Groundhog Day.

Unlike the other people on board, if I got to do this all the time I still don’t think I would ever find it boring.

Etihad Apartment First Class TV in bed

Etihad Apartment First Class TV in bed

Of course, you’ll want to close the blinds on your three windows.

Etihad First Class Apartment Controls

Etihad First Class Apartment Controls
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Perhaps a light meal before landing.

Etihad First Class Apartment Dining Chef On Demand

Etihad First Class Apartment Dining Chef On Demand

Finished with movies? No problem: Etihad has live TV.

Etihad First Class Apartment Live TV

Etihad First Class Apartment Live TV

With a mocktail, because you’ll be driving soon.

Etihad Apartment First Class Cocktail

Etihad Apartment First Class Cocktail

When it’s all over, there’ll even be an Etihad employee waiting to lift your suitcase off the luggage belt in a special section reserved just for first class.

Etihad First Class Baggage Claim

Etihad First Class Baggage Claim

After that, all that’s left is burning off the 25000 calories you just consumed.

£9000? No thanks.

I paid £23 and 66284 Etihad Guest miles.

The chauffeur, the first class lounge, the apartment, the Champagne, the 5-star food, a grin that doesn’t fade for a good 2 or 3 weeks, for £23.

Absolute bargain!

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