While flying private is probably one of the most luxurious ways to travel, United Arab Emirates airline Etihad Airways recently introduced a new way… which they call “an ultra-elite new class of service,” dubbed The Residence.
It’s a lavish seven-star cabin aboard the airline’s A380 airliner, which is scheduled to launch in December, as well as another service called First Apartments.
The Residence contains three rooms (living room, bedroom, and bathroom), a butler trained by the Savoy in London, and a dedicated VIP concierge team. The living room has a leather couch, a dining table, a mini-bar, and a flat-screen LCD television — one of two in the Residence. And, the private bathroom comes complete with its own shower.
Sounds awesome, right? It probably is, but it’s definitely pricey… with rates for a flight from Abu Dhabi to London starting at $20,000. And… that’s just one way.
Nine First Apartments come aboard the A380 as well. Each has a full-length bed and a mini-bar… and a single shower shared by all.