Nicole Kidman soars above controversy and enjoys luxury Etihad flight

Published March 13th, 2016 - 12:54 GMT
Critics have decried Nicole's position as Etihad brand ambassador to be at odds with her role as UN Women's Goodwill Ambassador due to alleged discriminatory practices at Etihad. (Etihad)
Critics have decried Nicole's position as Etihad brand ambassador to be at odds with her role as UN Women's Goodwill Ambassador due to alleged discriminatory practices at Etihad. (Etihad)

It is to be expected that a celebrity of Nicole Kidman's calibre would commute in style. 

But Nicole Kidman, 48, upped the ante on Sunday when she revealed a glimpse at her astonishingly opulent suite as she enjoyed a flight with Etihad Airways. 

Taking to Facebook, the Australian actress shared a picture of a double bed inside her private suite, which is branded as The Residence, captioning the snap with: 'WOW!!! The most amazing flight ever! Thank you to all the Etihad Airways staff #theresidence'.

Fans were quick to gush about Nicole's glamorous lifestyle, with one commenting: 'How the other half live! If only...' 

'Hi Etihad I'm available for filming your adverts anytime. Looking for flights to Sydney from UK to suit you', quipped another fan. 

According to the Etihad Airways website, The Residence 'is the only three-room suite on a commercial airline', boasting a living room, separate bedroom and ensuite shower room. '

The VIP lodgings don't come cheaply, with a one-way journey from Sydney to London costing around $43,000 AUD a pop. 

Nicole,a celebrity brand ambassador for Etihad, fronted a slick campaign for the brand last year in which she is pictured posing among a plush aeroplane interior picturing while clad in a series of glamorous designer outfits.

Her decision to partner with the brand soon became a cause for criticism thanks to claims made by US union, the Association of Professional Flight Attendants.

In an open letter to Nicole, the president of the Association of Professional Flight Attendants, Laura Glading, accused Nicole's Etihad sponsorship deal as being at odds with her role in the United Nations as a Women's Goodwill Ambassador.  

The union waged a public campaign against Etihad and other United Arab Emirates airlines, claiming they 'are well-known in our industry for their discriminatory labour practices and deplorable treatment of female employees'.

Etihad has since rejected the allegations, arguing that its commitment to its employees is one of the airline's top priorities. 

By Monique Friedlander

 


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