Everything You Should Know Before You Use the Etihad First Class Apartment Shower

October 31, 2016 in Travel Tips - 51 Comments

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Showering on a plane? It’s possible with having to fly on a private plane. Emirates and Etihad double deck Airbus A380 flights are equipped with a shower. There are two Shower Spas on Emirates available for all First Class passengers. Whereas the Etihad First Class Apartment shower is available only to First Class passengers. Because guests in the Residence have their own shower.

If you’re just curious about what it’s like to take a shower while flying or if you’re booked in a First Class Apartment on Etihad, here’s everything you should know before you use the Etihad First Class Apartment Shower.

1.  Pick the Best Time

You should plan your shower time.

If your flight on the Etihad First Class apartment is full, with 9 other passengers possibly wanting to take a shower, choose an unpopular time. Such as when everyone else is sleeping.

On my flight from New York to Abu Dhabi, the best time was three hours before landing. Because it was early enough to avoid waiting or missing out on a shower. And it was before anyone was waking up for breakfast.

Pro-tip: Three hours before landing on long haul flights.

2.  Toiletries

Leave your toiletries in your carry-on.

Individual sized shampoo, conditioner, body cleanser, and lotion from Omorovicza are provided.

Pro-tip: Unscrew the caps to release the air. then turn the bottles upside down.

3.  Limited Space

Although larger than an RV or trailer shower, space is extremely limited in the Etihad First Class Apartment shower.

Both in the shower and in the bathroom.

There’s a small shelf outside the shower to the right of the toilet. Just wide enough to place your brush, comb, and clean undergarments. You can hang your clothes on the hook on the back of the door.

Pro-Tip: Put your shoes and socks on in your apartment.

4.  Five Minutes of Hot Water

You get five minutes of hot water.

But five minutes is long enough because the water heats up instantly. You won’t come to close to using that much hot water if you take a military shower.

A military shower is where you turn the water on long enough to get your hair and body wet. Turn it off while you’re lathering. Then turn the water on again to rinse off.

Note: The door has to be full closed to turn on the water.

Pro-tip: Turn off the water when you’re washing your hair and body.

5.  Fixed Shower Head

The shower head is fixed in the upper right corner of the shower.

You can’t adjust the position nor intensity.  However, the water pressure is perfect so having an adjustable shower head isn’t necessary.

6.  One Towel

A single towel to dry off is provided.

Whether this is standard or not I’m not sure. You might be able to ask for additional towels. But I didn’t because the chef prepared my shower for me.

Yep, the chef made me a shower. The female flight attendants and butler were somewhere else on the plane when I decided to shower. The chef and another male Etihad employee were the only two crew members around. So the chef got the shower ready.

Pro-tip: If you use a wash cloth, pack one in your carry-on.


Your in-flight shower experience will be enhanced if you use these 6 tips before you use the Etihad First Class Apartment showers.

Choosing the right time to shower can mean the difference between getting a shower onboard and not. Toiletries and a towel are provided.

You get five minutes of hot water so maximize your time by taking a military shower. Because there isn’t much room, only bring what you need into the bathroom. Save putting on your shoes and socks for your roomy apartment.

Stay tuned for my experience and review of the Etihad First Class Apartment shower.

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  • Ryan Biddulph October 31, 2016 at 11:46 am

    Hi Debra,

    Good tips 😉 We flew Etihad coach from Bangkok to JFK, with a UAE layover. Brilliant airlines! Best I’ve flown. Not surprised you can rub a dub dub on flight when doing the first class bit LOL. Folks, do all you wish to do during low traffic times. This applies for everything on flights, especially those long haul jobs. I snack and use the rest room and take walks during times when almost all folks sleep. No waits. No traffic. Thanks for sharing!


  • Lyn aka The Travelling Lindfields November 5, 2016 at 2:45 am

    Haha – after reading your tips I wonder why you would bother. I find it kind of amusing that people will pay a fortune for a ‘luxury’ on a plane which they would take for granted at home or in a hotel room. What happens if you run out of hot water and you still have shampoo in your hair?

  • Nancy November 5, 2016 at 9:40 pm

    Wow, what will the airlines come up with next? I would have never guessed a shower on board a commercial airliner! It’s pretty ingenious. I guess after paying the price for a First Class ticket they should have something special like this on long distance flights.

  • Jenn and Ed Coleman November 5, 2016 at 10:00 pm

    This seems like it is so far beyond my realm of consciousness. I saw a video of somebody playing in Emirates Air First Class. There was so many buttons and features but, he too, was fascinated with showering in flight. However, aren’t these tickets like 20K USD? Oh the places I could go, no matter how smelly, for that kind of dough.

  • Mimi November 5, 2016 at 10:54 pm

    I never flew Etihad. Living in Dubai, taking a Etihad flight is quite inconvenient for an extra hour drive to the airport. Would love to try it out though one day in business or first!

  • Juliette | Snorkels to Snow November 5, 2016 at 10:57 pm

    Interesting tips! I have never had the luxury of showering on a plane! Sounds like there is quite an art to it though and you have to be quick! Helpful guide for those who plan to use it. I have such long hair it takes forever to wash out shampoo so I’m not sure if I could manage within 5 minutes!

  • Punita Malhotra November 5, 2016 at 11:09 pm

    Wow! The post really goes on to prove how you’ve mastered the art of traveling well for less. Little tips and tricks that only seasoned experience brings with it. Super!

  • Leah November 5, 2016 at 11:33 pm

    I’d totally take a shower during a flight. Bathing is my first priority once I get off the plane, especially if it’s longer than eight hours. Awesome idea for a post, especially the tip about the wash cloth.

  • Rob November 5, 2016 at 11:55 pm

    Awesome, I would love to have a shower on a long haul flight. I don;t think it will happen any time soon I just don’t see myself flying first class, although I would love to. This sounds wonderful and you provide some great tips!

  • Gokul Raj November 6, 2016 at 12:21 am

    I have never thought about the idea of taking a shower on a plane. But a chance to bath at 20000 feet….ohh yeah.

  • Hugo Cura November 6, 2016 at 5:35 am

    Definitely out of my budget but a useful feature for the minted business folks!

    I usually travel business with my company and it’s already too good.

  • Sarah Bailey November 7, 2016 at 3:48 am

    Wow now that sounds like an interesting shower to try and use! Thank you for your tips.

  • Alli Smith November 7, 2016 at 5:21 am

    I’ve never showered on a plane, but if I ever do, I’m glad to have all of these great tips, especially the one about the hot water only lasting for 5 minutes. I’d definitely have to take a military shower for sure.

  • rika November 7, 2016 at 7:16 am

    Great tips.. I never flew Etihad but been on First Class multiple times with Air France, Delta and Singapore Airlines first class. I didn’t really take advantage of the first class service, such as shower, etc because I was flying at night… I just slept during the flight… 🙁

  • Franc Ramon November 7, 2016 at 7:40 am

    Having a shower on air can really refresh you on long hail flights. I guess the 3 hours before landing time is a good time to shower as it will help you avoid the rush and keep you fresh when you land.

  • Lindsay Nieminen November 7, 2016 at 9:33 am

    I cannot even IMAGINE a shower on a plane! But you have me intrigued and maybe one day (when I leave my kids at home) I will have this luxury! Love it!

  • Angelic Sinova November 7, 2016 at 9:44 am

    The Etihad First Class Apartment Shower sounds so interesting. I flew to Paris earlier this year (and I’m going back in December) and it was only a nine hour flight so it wasn’t that bad. I had a friend who flew to Sydney and it was a 23 hour flight so I know she would have loved to be able to shower.

  • Pam Wattenbarger November 7, 2016 at 11:39 am

    I have never heard of a shower on a plane before. You have great tips, especially for making the most out of that five minutes of hot water.

  • Wildish Jess November 7, 2016 at 2:55 pm

    Is it weird or bad that I’ve never heard of this shower before?

  • Bill S November 7, 2016 at 3:33 pm

    I have never seen a shower on a plane before!! This is great for those international flights and you are stuck on a plane for hours.

  • Bella November 7, 2016 at 4:12 pm

    Is this real life?! Wow, I can’t imagine taking a shower while on a plane but then again I am too poor to find out haha.

  • Nickida November 7, 2016 at 5:38 pm

    Wow this shower sounds like it would be amazing to have on a flight. I can’t believe that they have such great accomadations on a flight.

  • Jenn November 7, 2016 at 6:29 pm

    I have never flown with Eitihad. Their first class sounds like a dream compared to my last long flight.

  • Heather November 7, 2016 at 7:21 pm

    I’ve heard about this! In fact I’ve seen a video of a guy using one of those airplane showers and showcasing his private sleeping suite. That’s some first class flying right there!

  • Lori Vachon November 8, 2016 at 7:42 am

    Well I’ve showered in my RV and it takes some maneuvering so I can imagine this is quite similar. Maybe one day I’ll make a long journey in an airplane, sounds like an experience.

  • Bonnie @wemake7 November 8, 2016 at 6:13 pm

    Thank you for sharing these tips. I have never been on a plane before, I didn’t even know this was possible. How neat.

  • Chrishelle November 9, 2016 at 4:18 am

    What a fancy flight. Most of the flight I go on do not serve meals much less have a shower. I would love to fly on this plane. Too coo.

  • Amanda Love November 10, 2016 at 1:11 am

    Very good tips! I will make sure to keep these in mind. I’ve never tried flying with Emirates before.

  • Anosa November 12, 2016 at 7:42 am

    Everyone whose flown with Eithad say its a great airline and didn’t know you could shower on board but how cool

  • Tara Pittman November 15, 2016 at 11:29 am

    I can only dream of a shower on a plane. Too rich for my blood.

  • victoria November 15, 2016 at 9:31 pm

    I haven’t heard a shower on a plane, This is the first time that I heard this

  • Wren November 15, 2016 at 10:08 pm

    I have never heard of showering in first class! I think I will just stick with showering before or after I am done flying. It is neat to see what they will come up with next though.

  • Amber Myers November 16, 2016 at 5:28 am

    How cool! I have never taken a shower on an airplane before.

  • Robin Rue November 16, 2016 at 10:08 am

    My hair is so long that I doubt I could get anything done in five minutes. Thanks for sharing about this though. Never even knew it was a thing.

  • Krystel @ Planning The Magic November 16, 2016 at 4:52 pm

    Loving these tips. I’ve never showered on a plane but I’m sure these will come in handy soon.

  • tauyanm November 16, 2016 at 11:07 pm

    great tips to turn it off! I’ve nvr experience to shower up on the air haha but probably a big hassle. my hair is too way long and thick. 5minutes won’t even wet my hair I guess hehe It is a good idea for the business people

  • ROsey November 17, 2016 at 3:16 am

    Well I didnt even know you could take a shower on a plane, hahaha I have flown quite a bit too. Never a private one. 🙂

  • Azlin Bloor November 17, 2016 at 7:10 am

    Well, you do get all sorts of luxuries on First Class travel! I’d rather shower in the First Class/Business Class lounge though!

  • Rizza Smith November 17, 2016 at 2:14 pm

    This is sounds interesting. I haven’t try to have a shower on a plane

  • Enricoh Alfonzo November 21, 2016 at 3:41 am

    hahahah! well that’s first class for you, regardless of the limited spacing they always want to include “exclusive” features. I actually wouldnt mind a shower on the plane especially if its a long one.
    Although i’d imagine alot of couples would get “creative” with that feature lol

  • Doreen Pendgracs November 21, 2016 at 11:30 am

    I flew Pearl Class on Etihad back in 2008 and it was magnificent! They didn’t have showers then. I don’t think I’d take advantage of this option because I am pretty slow in the shower, but it’s great to know it’s available if need be. Now that I’ve flown biz and1st class on several different airlines, I’d love to go back on Etihad and see how they measure up to my broader experience. Thx for the great post!

  • Mardene Carr November 22, 2016 at 4:50 am

    I don’t know…LOL…the idea of showering on a plane, I have still not warmed up to at all

  • The Travel Ninjas November 22, 2016 at 6:55 am

    Very interesting post on a unique topic. We were wondering about shower shoes. Hopefully they are provided. It would be inconvenient to lug wet shower shoes around. And kinda gross to use a public shower with out them.

  • neha November 23, 2016 at 2:22 am

    You have got some really smart tips out there…and an interesting read indeed!!

  • Chris November 24, 2016 at 4:09 am

    I always wonder how those people in 1st class live it up, but can’t say I could ever commit that much cash towards the pleasure!

    Think I’d prefer to save that money and put it towards more flights!

  • Amy November 24, 2016 at 10:47 am

    I had no idea that airlines had gone as far as to install showers! While I can see people using it, I’ve never been a first class traveler, so I am always in awe of what happens in those first class sections. Would be nice if one felt the need for sure 🙂

  • Mar Pages November 27, 2016 at 7:56 am

    These are very comprehensive tips indeed but I don’t know if I would go through the trouble..I’d just wait for landing and have a nice long hot shower in the hotel!

  • Ron Leyba November 27, 2016 at 8:49 pm

    Great tips! Honestly, this is my first time to read apartment shower tips in blog post for Etihad Apartment. Amazing nonetheless.

  • Elizabeth O. November 27, 2016 at 8:50 pm

    That’s really good to know! It’s better to be prepared especially when it comes to these things!

  • Adam November 28, 2016 at 12:25 pm

    Very informative post 🙂 I didn’t even know that it’s possible to take a shower on a plane 🙂

  • Ami December 1, 2016 at 10:33 pm

    Sigh! What luxury. I dont know when I will be treated to one. I keep hoping for some magical upgrade but that never seems to happen 🙂 Lucky you!

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