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Meet the first guest of Etihad’s The Residence

Miami-based businessman and aviation enthusiast Gino Bertuccio has booked a ticket on the inaugural flight of The Residence by Etihad.

Dec 27, 2014 | By AFPRelaxnews

Gino Bertuccio

Meet Gino Bertuccio, the Miami-based businessman who’s purchased a first ticket to fly Etihad Airways’ over-the-top, onboard hotel suite.

On December 27, Bertuccio will board the carrier’s inaugural A380 flight from Abu Dhabi to London and be the first flyer to experience the world’s only private, three-room suite aboard a commercial aircraft.

The Residence features a living room, a double bedroom and an ensuite shower and comes with a Savoy Academy-trained butler.

Etihad Airways residence class bedroom

Bertuccio is a millionaire who heads a personal hygiene and cosmetics company, and an aviation buff, making him the ideal guest of The Residence, a game-changer in luxury air travel.

In 25 years, the Miami resident has flown on 22 inaugural — and final — flights in premium class cabins, and he owns a collection of airline memorabilia that includes 2,000 model airplanes.

Residence private bathroom Etihad A380

“For the first time in my flying experience, I really don’t know what to expect but I do know that flying in the Residence by Etihad will be a truly unique adventure, the top of luxury,” he said in a statement.

“I have huge expectations. My only wish is that the flight was longer.”

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