Etihad Airways is shooting for the stars with its latest premium offering, unveiling an enhanced sleep and dining experience not only inspired by the heavens but spearheaded by one of the world’s leading fashion designers.
Jetting off in business class from December, the bespoke range of bedding and tableware – dubbed ‘The Constellation Collection’ – is described by the Gulf carrier as ‘Italian elegance meets Middle Eastern luxury’.
Designed exclusively by Giorgio Armani for Armani/Casa, it includes an enhanced turn-down service with matching pillowcase and duvet, in addition to a memory foam mattress to help guests sleep soundly on longer flights.
Right at home in a fine dining restaurant, the collection’s sleek cutlery, crockery and glassware takes the airline down a decidedly more contemporary route, swapping square plates for oblong and circular silhouettes, mixed materials and highly-textured finishes.
‘Constellation’ will feature across all business class flights, including the Airbus A350 Business Studio suite – a stylish retreat with sliding privacy door and glittering gold embellishments – and the new-look Boeing 787 Dreamliner business class suite (below) which will take off from 2023.
In line with the airline’s commitment to sustainability, the collection’s design and materials have also reduced equipment weight by up to 10%, resulting in less fuel burn and fewer emissions.
Etihad Group Chief Executive Officer Tony Douglas hails it as “a completely new and elevated way to fly with Etihad Airways—an experience defined by our Emirati heritage yet shaped by a clear vision for our future.”
“Known globally for its Italian luxury and elegance, Armani/Casa is the ideal brand partner to create an unparalleled level of bespoke service and refinement for our guests.”
The white, black and green colour palette is said to reflect the surroundings of Abu Dhabi: the dark green inspired by the region’s date palms, aquamarine to echo the mangroves, and slate to “symbolise the modernity of the iconic Abu Dhabi skyline.”