Etihad to charter jets via Chapman Freeborn

Staff Report/Abu Dhabi
Filed on September 22, 2015
Shane O'Hare, Etihad Airways' senior vice-president Marketing, and Russi Batliwala, chief executive officer of Chapman Freeborn, at the signing of the partnership. - Supplied photo

Etihad Airways has unveiled a new partnership with Chapman Freeborn, to complement its exclusive The Residence and First Apartment cabins on the Airbus A380 fleet.

The agreement will promote the luxurious living spaces to its top-tier clientele by giving them the opportunity to receive the levels of luxury, discretion and technology they expect on a private jet, which can now be enjoyed on Etihad Airways' long haul network.

Guests travelling in The Residence and First Apartments will also be able to charter private jets through Chapman Freeborn for travel onwards from Etihad Airways' A380 gateways, providing a point-to-point experience to their final destination.

Chapman Freeborn provides access to a large fleet of executive jets from the larger-cabin, long range aircraft such as the Gulfstream G650 and Dassault Falcon 7X, to smaller, versatile types such as the Cessna Citation X and Bombardier Challenger 350.

Shane O'Hare, Etihad Airways' senior marketing vice president, said: "We have elevated the travel experience for premium guests by configuring our flagship aircraft with genuine living spaces, providing the levels of privacy, technology and discreet service only found on the most luxurious private jets.

Chapman Freeborn's customers can now enjoy a private jet experience on the largest passenger aircraft in the world, and the infrastructure of a world-leading airline, operating to primary gateway airports. We chose Chapman Freeborn for their great experience and professionalism and we know that this partnership will showcase our beautiful cabins to the most discerning travellers."

Etihad Airways' A380s currently operate three daily services from Abu Dhabi to London Heathrow, and one of its two daily services between Abu Dhabi and Sydney. On December 1st, Etihad Airways will deploy an A380 on one of its two daily flights from Abu Dhabi to New York JFK. Measuring 125 square feet, The Residence has changed the landscape of premium airline travel, providing a private three-room cabin, including a living room, double bedroom, private bathroom, Savoy-trained Butler, and onboard Chef.

The Etihad Lifestyle Concierge team, which works closely with the airline's Butlers in-flight, delivers a highly personalised experience, offering a range of services including dining reservations, entertainment bookings, special events, destination information and lifestyle services.

On the ground, a VIP Concierge team assists guests with all check-in and security formalities, dovetailing perfectly with Chapman Freeborn's global private jet service.

Russi Batliwala, Chapman Freeborn chief executive officer, said that with its Residence and First Class cabin innovations, Etihad Airways is at the forefront of the commercial aviation industry and it is therefore a perfect fit for his private jet services.

The Etihad Airways A380 is configured with nine ground-breaking First Apartments, featuring a completely private living space with a reclining lounge chair and an ottoman which converts to become a separate 80.5 inch long fully-flat bed. Guests staying in The Residence and First Apartments enjoy full in-flight connectivity, including WiFi and mobile services, advanced personal entertainment systems, and luxury chauffeur transfers to and from airports served by Etihad Airways' A380 fleet.

Chapman Freeborn was established in the UK in 1973 and the group now comprises of over 30 locations around the world and has access to all types of aircraft - including private jets, helicopters, and VIP configured airliners across the world.

­- haseeb@khaleejtime.com

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