The national airline of the United Arab Emirates, Etihad Airways, often turns the dial up on in-flight luxury. Its regular first class and business class cabins already boast wide seats and a high-tech entertainment system. Recently, it went above and beyond though (pun definitely intended), revealing the new “Residence” First Class suite in its A380 cabins. Here’s what you can expect.
The “Residence by Etihad”, a three-room VIP suite, comes with its own living room, double bedroom, and shower. It will be located on the upper-deck of the plane, and you’ll also have access to a butler and a chef. While you can’t book a seat yet, the airline has ten A380s on order, and the first will debut in December. According to Jalopnik, it will travel from Abu Dhabi to Sydney and Melbourne, and a ticket will run you $20,000.
While each flight will have only one Residence, the A380s will also come with nine private First Apartments, says CNN. The suites will include a reclining lounge seat, a separate full-length bed, a minibar, wardrobe, and more. In business class for both its A380 and B787 jets, you can enjoy the Business Studio, which carries extras normally found in the first class of other airlines. Forget the cramped and antiquated seats of the past – you’ll get a personal television, comfortable seats, and a flat bed. Both first class and business class fliers will receive noise cancelling headphones, touch-screen menus, a minibar, and over 750 hours of entertainment and gaming.
If you must fly economy class, don’t worry, you’ll get an upgrade as well. The new Smart Seat will feature an ergonomic headrest and a touch screen.
Nandita Raghuram is a staff writer for the Miles Away blog.
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