Executive jet connections from international Airbus A380 superjumbo flights are to be offered by Etihad Airways.
The UAE carrier claims to be the first scheduled airline to partner with a private jet charter provider to promote specific scheduled flights on its growing global network.
The airline has seen strong demand within the private jet market for its ultra-exclusive The Residence and First Apartment cabins on its A380s.
Etihad is now using the distribution network of private jet charter provider Victor to reach high spending travellers.
Etihad A380s currently operate two out of three daily services from Abu Dhabi to Heathrow, one of two daily services to Sydney, and one of two daily services to New York JFK. The double decker aircraft will be added to services to Melbourne and Mumbai next year.
Victor founder and chief executive, Clive Jackson, said: “Discerning travellers will enjoy a truly seamless, door-to-door flying experience through our new partnership with Etihad Airways.
“Customers can quickly and easily book both The Residence or First Apartments and their connecting private jet charters, first or last leg, on the Victor app while receiving the highest quality, all-in-one customer service.
“Our 24-7 customer team, working closely with Etihad Airways’ VIP Concierge service, will have access to a wide range of key amenities and resources to ensure total comfort.
“This unique offering brings a new level of accessibility, control and choice to specialised ultra-luxury travel for executives, VIPs and seasoned travellers.
“Working alongside Etihad Airways, we are able to provide the most complete luxury air travel experience, an experience meeting every single need of discerning international travellers across both commercial and private flights.”
Etihad marketing senior vice president, Shane O’Hare, said: “With the A380, Etihad Airways has designed innovative and luxurious interiors, products and services which match the sophisticated needs of the private jet customer.
“Our unique agreement with Victor will give those customers wanting the ultimate luxury private jet experience a simplified end-to-end journey combining our magnificent A380 with a private jet by simply using their laptop, smartphone or tablet.
“Victor has revolutionised the private jet charter space by giving full control and transparency to the customer, so they can expedite their travel themselves by using the latest technology, at any time, removing the lengthier booking procedures and processes associated with many private jet bookings.”
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