Butlers will soon be on board Etihad Airways as the carrier prepares to introduce The Residence by Etihad on its fleet of 10 Airbus A380s – the first of which is set to be delivered in December 2014. The Residence by Etihad is a three-room cabin that features a living room, private shower room and double bedroom and butler service.
The first group of Etihad Airways’ inflight Butler trainees has now departed Abu Dhabi for specialist training at the Savoy Butler Academy in London. The 13 men and women, all In-Flight Chefs or Food & Beverage Managers, were carefully chosen to fulfil the coveted role of Butler, which combines the skills of both Concierge and Maître d’hôtel to provide superior service to the discerning guests of The Residence by Etihad.
The comprehensive three-week-long training program will be delivered by the University of West London in conjunction with the legendary Savoy Hotel.
The syllabus covers all areas essential to catering to the personal tastes of guests staying in The Residence, including international protocol and etiquette, VIP guest care, valet skills, luxury food and wine service standards and organising travel arrangements.
Aubrey Tiedt, Etihad Airways vice-president guest services, said: “We are tremendously proud to be sending our first talented crew members for training at the Savoy Butler Academy in London. This marks their initiation into a very select group of highly-trained hospitality professionals, and is testament to Etihad Airways’ aim to be the best and to provide levels of discretion, dedication and sophistication hitherto not experienced by the modern airline traveller.”
The first two weeks of training will take place at the London School of Hospitality and Tourism, at the University of West London. The third week will see the Butler trainees start their attachment at The Savoy Hotel, where they will shadow the establishment’s own world-renowned butlers as they carry out their duties, allowing them unhindered access and exposure to their training.
Upon successful completion of the program and graduation in Abu Dhabi, the first Butler will assume duty on the airline’s inaugural Airbus A380 flight to London Heathrow on Dec. 27, 2014.
The second group of Butler trainees is scheduled to start their Savoy Butler Academy training in early 2015.
Each of Etihad Airways’ 10 Airbus A380s will feature a single The Residence by Etihad cabin, certified for double occupancy, and service onboard will provide each guest with catering and amenities of their choosing, pre-selected to meet their specific requirement.
For more, go to http://www.etihad.com .