First Etihad Airways Butlers depart for Savoy Academy Training
• Butlers to undergo a three week intensive training program in London
· Exclusive to The Residence by Etihad™ on Etihad Airways A380 aircraft
The first group of Etihad Airways’ unique inflight Butler trainees has 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. This revolutionary three-room cabin featuring a living room, private shower-room and double bedroom is being introduced on Etihad Airways’ fleet of 10 Airbus A380s, the first of which is due for delivery in December this year.
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.
“We are grateful for the support and enthusiasm we have received from the Savoy Training Academy, which shares our mission to provide something truly exceptional in the air.”
The first two weeks of training will take place at the London School of Hospitality and Tourism, at the University of West London, a leading provider of luxury hospitality management education. 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 27 December.
The second group of Butler trainees is scheduled to start their Savoy Butler Academy training in early 2015.
Patricia Paskins, lecturer at the University of West London and Head of International Butler Training programs, said: "I am thrilled that a prestigious airline such as Etihad Airways has engaged us to train their Residence crew to the highest possible standards, enabling them to deliver exceptional and memorable service and passenger care."
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 requirements.
For more information on Etihad Airways and its sleep program, please visit www.etihad.com
Photo caption: The first group of Etihad Airways’ unique inflight Butler trainees has departed Abu Dhabi for specialist training at the Savoy Butler Academy in London.
About Etihad Airways
Etihad Airways began operations in 2003, and in 2013 carried 11.5 million passengers. From its Abu Dhabi base Etihad Airways flies to 108 existing or announced passenger and cargo destinations in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia and the Americas. The airline has a fleet of 103 Airbus and Boeing aircraft, and more than 210 aircraft on firm order, including 71 Boeing 787s, 25 Boeing 777-X, 62 Airbus A350s and 10 Airbus A380s. Etihad Airways holds equity investments in airberlin, Air Seychelles, Virgin Australia, Aer Lingus, Air Serbia and Jet Airways, and is in the process of formalising equity investments in Alitalia and Swiss-based Etihad Regional*. For more information, please visit: www.etihad.com
*Operated by Darwin Airline