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Brisbane residents are in for a treat come June 1 next year, with Etihad's new Boeing 787-9 touching down and linking the Sunshine State directly with Abu Dhabi.
At the pointiest of pointy ends are new first class suites designed specifically for the Dreamliner, laid out in a 1-2-1 configuration with a generous 204cm-long fully-flat bed.
Passengers in the centre seats can enjoy the journey together by lowering a divider...
... which can stay open overnight as you rest your eyes:
The Dreamliner's first class suites are similar to the more spacious First Apartments on the A380, but with the Poltrona Frau lounge chair converting into that 204cm bed rather than having it emerge from a separate ottoman.
Each suite has sliding doors to afford guests maximum privacy, which stand at 147cms from ground to top.
They're useful whether you're resting, working or simply taking in a movie on the 24" LCD HD screen:
A literature pocket is tucked away beside the seat...
... as are USB and headphone outlets.
There's ample space for cables to pass under the cover once it's closed, so there's no need to keep it open whenever you've donned the headphones.
Did we mention that there's also a chilled mini-bar fridge?
Each first class suite has a sturdy dining table, positioned and laid out so that the rim of the wine glass is below the bottom of the entertainment screen – handy if you're watching CNN live via the satellite and are trying to read the scrolling news bar.
Australian Business Traveller journalist Chris Chamberlin (below) experienced the suite first-hand following its reveal in Abu Dhabi, and ensured that there was sufficient room for the customary pre-flight 'silver tray service' without needing to extend the meal tray itself.
The seat can be adjusted in any number of ways to accommodate even the fussiest of travellers using a digital touchpad:
Within every icon are several more options – with a raft of lighting controls...
... configurable lumbar support, a massage function and more.
A 'do not disturb' button comes in handy when you're trying to maximise your rest or finish compiling an important presentation, which the crew will only ignore in cases of emergency or when it's time to land.
Cabin crew are also required to make sure every passenger is wearing his or her seatbelt if the seatbelt sign is illuminated, so be sure to fasten it over your blanket or duvet to avoid being woken up.
To top things off, there's a small ottoman opposite from the seat, which can be used as a footstool or for hosting a guest over a meal or for an informal chat.
For an even closer look at first class, watch this quick 45-second video:
Etihad's Boeing 787 Dreamliner first class suites make their debut on February 1 2015 to Dusseldorf, and replace the Airbus A330 on flights to Brisbane from June 1.
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Chris Chamberlin is visiting Abu Dhabi as a guest of Etihad Airways.
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