Posted on: 22 September 2015 by Mark Howells
A new partnership between Etihad Airways (Etihad) and Chapman Freeborn will allow passengers travelling on Etihad’s Airbus A380 aircraft in either The Residence or First Apartment cabins to charter private jets for travel onwards from the carrier’s A380 gateways.
As a result, Chapman Freeborn’s customers will benefit from the services provided by the Etihad Lifestyle Concierge team, which works closely with the airline’s butlers in-flight as well as offering a dining reservations, entertainment bookings, special events and destination information. On the ground, a VIP concierge team assists guests with all check-in and security formalities.
The aim of both companies is to provide a point-to-point experience to the final destinations of their top tier clientele. Russi Batliwala, Chapman Freeborn’s CEO, remarked, “Etihad Airways is at the forefront of the commercial aviation industry, leading the way with its Residence and First Class cabin innovations. It is therefore a perfect fit for our private jet services. We are proud to be in partnership with Etihad Airways, offering our customers a totally unique best-in-class experience which complements our private jet service perfectly.”
Etihad’s A380s currently operate three daily services from Abu Dhabi to London Heathrow and one daily service between Abu Dhabi and Sydney. From 1 December, Etihad will deploy an A380 on daily flights from Abu Dhabi to New York JFK. All of Etihad’s A380s offer passengers in The Residence and First Apartment cabins full in-flight connectivity including Wi-Fi and mobile services, advanced personal entertainment systems and luxury chauffeur transfers to and from airports served by its A380 fleet.
Chapman Freeborn provides access to a large fleet of executive jets from larger-cabin, long range aircraft such as the Gulfstream G650 and Dassault Falcon 7X, to smaller types such as the Cessna Citation X and Bombardier Challenger 350.