How is the A380 Residence Selling?

Old Jul 27, 15, 10:53 pm
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They cannot do it by the company rules but there has been an exceptions
That much I can vouch for
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Old Jul 27, 15, 10:53 pm
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Originally Posted by m0hamed View Post
Danni shows a mock up, not the real aircraft, however you are right, the bed is small for 2 pax.
Does she? Thanks for that info.

What If you were travelling with a work mate? How would the double bed go then?
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Old Jul 28, 15, 1:02 pm
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Originally Posted by Annalisa12 View Post
What If you were travelling with a work mate? How would the double bed go then?
What answer do you expect? You think they will put a twin bed there?

Or else the lower ranked work mate might need to take the couch in the living room then.
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Old Jul 28, 15, 2:46 pm
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Originally Posted by gkl View Post
What answer do you expect? You think they will put a twin bed there?

Or else the lower ranked work mate might need to take the couch in the living room then.
I would rather say I depends on the work "relationship" ;-)
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Old Jul 28, 15, 11:46 pm
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Originally Posted by gkl View Post
What answer do you expect? You think they will put a twin bed there?

Or else the lower ranked work mate might need to take the couch in the living room then.
I was just pondering. I'm not an idiot!

However, makes you think that Etihad hasn't thought of everything in the comfort stakes.
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Old Jul 29, 15, 9:27 am
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Originally Posted by m0hamed View Post
Apparently US flights are in demand.

http://www.traveller.com.au/etihad-a...-the-us-giltha
This is the biggest spin I have read for a long time.
I would estimate that EY has sold less than 20 residence tickets since launch.

I challenge anyone to go and find a date for me on the LON-AUH flight that has the Residence sold.
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Old Jul 29, 15, 10:06 am
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Why do you think that people book The Residence more than a few days in advance?
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Old Jul 29, 15, 3:21 pm
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Why do you think that people book The Residence more than a few days in advance?
Exactly. The target market is not people who book their travel a long way ahead.
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Old Jul 29, 15, 3:42 pm
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Old Jul 29, 15, 6:14 pm
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So that's 3.2% of scheduled flights ( maybe slightly more as in so far as I recall there are days in August where the A380 are subbed).

Being generous with assumptions on last minute bookings let's say it's sold at the high end on 10-15 % of available flights, pure guess work it could be more, but i'd have thought more likely less.

That said I would have thought the product is far more appealing on an ultra long haul, rather than a 6 hour flight..
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Old Jul 29, 15, 6:24 pm
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The reality is that is was unused space.

I personally know two people that have booked it ex SYD.
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Old Jul 30, 15, 12:23 am
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Originally Posted by Kiwi Flyer View Post
Exactly. The target market is not people who book their travel a long way ahead.
My guess is that those who book the Residence mainly do so a few hours before the flight when the flight is already under airport control (after the availability for all classes zeroed out and the flight no longer bookable in the GDS).

That's probably why you see a lot of "P2" in the GDS in advance before the flight.
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Old Jul 30, 15, 12:48 am
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Isn't a different concept of "exclusive"? Like how American airlines upgrade to fill up their premium cabins, and Asian airlines don't?
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Old Jul 30, 15, 2:20 am
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I think part of the problem is that the Apartments are really just so good.

Residence is, of course, an entirely different hard product. But really, unless you are obsessed about privacy or exclusivity, taking two Apartments gets you at least 80% of the way towards the experience in Residence. So you are paying a huge premium for that last 20%.

I would hazard a guess that they might have ended up selling more Residence tickets if they had put the normal 1-2-1 suites in F instead, and lowered the price of the Residence a little bit. But then they probably would have sold a lot less Apartment tickets, so it is unlikely to have put them ahead overall.
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Old Jul 30, 15, 3:43 am
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Originally Posted by stargold View Post
taking two Apartments gets you at least 80% of the way towards the experience in Residence. So you are paying a huge premium for that last 20%.
IMHO, the Residence is aimed towards those passengers who simply don't care. They want the best and they don't ask the price. There are enough folks in the UAE who earn that premium every 15 minutes.
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