Etihad Airways has closed the Style & Shave salons at its flagship first class and business class airport lounges at Abu Dhabi, the latest in a series of cost-cutting measures taken by the Gulf airline which once wowed the aviation world with its indulgent A380 Residence 'flying penthouse'.
A spokesman for Etihad Airways described the move as part of "changes to its service offering at the airline's Departure Lounges at Abu Dhabi International Airport."
"As part of the adjustments, the Style & Shave facilities at Etihad's First Class Lounge & Spa and Business Class lounge at Terminal 3 will no longer be available."
A similar facility at Etihad's Abu Dhabi arrivals lounge was shuttered in mid-2017.
The Six Senses Spa at Abu Dhabi Terminal 1 has also been shuttered, also its Terminal 3 counterpart remains open, along with a clothes pressing service.
The Shave and Style salons spoilt travellers with expert wet shaves, haircuts, beard trims, shoe shines, blow-drys and nail treatments.
These were provided free to first class flyers, with business class passengers charged a nominal fee, such as AED55 (A$18) for a wet shave and AED75 (A$25) for a clipper cut.
The salons were part of the ambitious 'Flying Reimagined' campaign designed to transform Etihad from being "that other UAE carrier" – alongside glitzy globe-striding neighbour Emirates – into a boutique operation which drew inspiration from the world of five-star hotels, fine restaurants and even private member's clubs.
The Style & Shave salon closures mark the latest cut – no pun intended – in premium passenger services and follows the removal of chauffeur drive for business class and even first class flyers, no longer handing out inflight pyjamas in business class and imposing data limits on previously uncapped inflight Internet plans.