Etihad Airways has launched a new programme to help improve sleep quality on its long-haul flights.
The airline has worked with a panel of sleep experts from the American Centre for Psychiatry and Neurology (ACPN) in Abu Dhabi for almost two years to research ways to improve sleep for passengers during flights.
Peter Baumgartner, chief commercial officer of the airline, said: “A good night’s sleep is scientifically proven to benefit one’s health and nowhere is this more important than on a long-haul flight.
“We understand that sleep is an important requirement for our guests, many of whom fly multiple journeys with us each year. For this reason, we will continue to look at greater levels of comfort and well-being on our flights.
“The research we have carried out in collaboration with the experts at the ACPN will allow us to improve significantly the cabin environment for our guests and to provide targeted investment in our on-board experience for tangible customer benefit.”
In First Class, the sleep initiative includes the introduction of all-natural bedding; a mattress made from extracts of the Hevea tree, as opposed to standard petroleum-based foams; cotton sleepsuits; pillow mist; pulse point oil; and specially selected toiletries.
Comforters, blankets and pillows are provided in Business and Economy Class, along with amenity kits inspired by Emirati artisanal designs in all classes.
To minimise the effects of ambient cabin sounds, the airline also provides noise cancellation headphones in all three classes, while all cabins feature mood-lighting systems to counteract harsh light.
Home comforts such as a sleep-time beverage service including hot chocolate and herbal teas are also now offered in all three classes.
For more information visit www.etihad.com/comfortzone