A Bollywood-style flash mob added colour, music, dance and glamour to Etihad Airways’ official Airbus A380 India launch event in Mumbai last night. (May 4).


The spectacular show, choreographed by renowned Indian dancer Terrence Lewis, also saw cabin crew from Etihad Airways and strategic partner Jet Airways in a spontaneous performance with members of the entertainer’s dance troupe.


Leading figures from government and diplomatic circles, business houses and the travel trade attended the spectacular cocktail event, hosted by Etihad Airways management from head office in Abu Dhabi and Mumbai at a leading downtown hotel in India’s commercial capital.


Guests were treated to another surprise with an appearance by members of the Mumbai Indians, defending champions of the popular annual IPL cricket tournament currently taking place in India. Etihad Airways and Jet Airways jointly sponsor the team.


A full display of the award-winning interiors of Etihad Airways’ flagship aircraft gave guests an opportunity to experience the comforts and ambience of the A380 cabins first hand.


These included The Residence — the commercial airline industry’s only three-room suite in the air featuring a living room, ensuite shower room, double bedroom with a Savoy-trained butler — together with a First Apartment and Business Studio.


Earlier this week, Etihad Airways debuted its A380 in India with daily scheduled flights between Abu Dhabi and Mumbai, becoming the airline’s fourth destination featuring the world’s largest passenger aircraft. With its A380s already operating from Abu Dhabi to New York, London and Sydney, the aircraft will also be inducted on the Abu Dhabi — Melbourne route from June 1.


Picture Captions:


Pic 1: Feeling at home in The Residence — Etihad Airways’ A380 flagship three-room suite — during a launch event in Mumbai, are Mumbai Indians international cricketing stars (from left): West Indies’ Kieron Pollard, India’s Harbhajan Singh, coach Ricky Ponting from Australia, and team captain Rohit Sharma from India.


Pic 2: Etihad Airways and Jet Airways cabin crew take part in a spontaneous Bollywood-style dance flash mob at the airline’s A380 launch event in Mumbai.


Pic 3: The Mumbai Indians cricket team, jointly sponsored by Etihad Airways and Jet Airways, is pictured flanking senior management from both airlines during Etihad’s A380 India launch event in Mumbai. The airlines’ management, from centre left: Peter Baumgartner, Etihad Airways Chief Commercial Officer; Amit Agarwal, Jet Airways Acting CEO; and Neerja Bhatia, Etihad Airways Vice President Indian Subcontinent.


Pic 4: Pallavi Kapadia, President of Incredible Vacations, won a pair of Business Class tickets on Etihad Airways’ A380 from Mumbai, during a launch event promoting the airline’s A380 India debut. She is pictured left, with Mumbai Indians team captain Rohit Sharma; Neerja Bhatia, Etihad Airways Vice President Indian Subcontinent; Mumbai Indians coach Ricky Ponting; and spin bowler Harbhajan Singh.


Pic 5: Etihad Airways and Jet Airways crew at the Mumbai launch event promoting Etihad’s A380 debut in India.



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