Gino Bertuccio, a Miami-based businessman, has officially become the first passenger to fly in “The Residence” on Etihad Airways. The inaugural commercial flight on the first of 10 new A380 featuring The Residence (a three-room suite complete with bedroom, bathroom, and its own dedicated butler) departed earlier today from LHR to AUH.
Bertuccio told the Daily Mail, “My only wish was that the flight was longer.” The trip was a seven hours from the UK to Abu Dhabi. According to the Mail, Bertuccio has travelled on 22 inaugural and final flights in premium class cabins in the last 25 years.
Etihad announced that they plan to operate A380s on all LHR-AUH flights by August 2015. Additional A380s will then be added on routes to Sydney in June followed by JFK (timing tbd).
Want to check out videos of the amazing Residence? Check out this previous post – Etihad’s World’s First Flying Butlers part of “The Residence” Experiece – Amazing videos of the $21K each way private cabin