If you have an extra couple of grands, consider flying one of the world’s best airliner, Etihad Airways on its newest route, which connects Mumbai and New York City via Abu Dhabi. You’ll need twice the amount you paid if you want to make it a return flight.
For $38,000, passengers can book a one-way ticket on Etihad’s infamous Residence, a private cabin that includes a bedroom, lounge, and private bathroom. The Residence exists only on Etihad Airways’ Airbus A380, which has the distinction of being the largest passenger plane in the world.
When the new Etihad A380 was announced two years ago, the aviation world was turned upside down.
Instead of cutting costs, Etihad went to the drawing board and created two new innovative products: Etihad Apartment & Etihad Residence.
The traditional convertible seats in first class pale in comparison to the Etihad Apartment, which featured the world’s first separate seat and convertible sofa for sleeping.
Each apartment is equipped with a full sized vanity mirror and a swivel 27 inch LCD TV, innovations that have never been seen in any luxury commercial flight before. The Etihad Apartment is so big that Etihad had to remove one aisle in order to fit two apartments side by side across the upper deck of an A380.
While the First Apartment is already a noteworthy innovation, Etihad took it even one step further and launched The Residence. This features not one, but three separate areas for guests, including the world’s first truly private room with a full sized double bed.
The previous record for most expensive commercial flight was also held by Etihad—for $32,000, the carrier took passengers from New York to Abu Dhabi.
Aside from 125 square feet of space, $38,000 gets a passenger a private butler, a personalized menu by an inflight chef, and concierge service—including a luxury chauffeur, private check-in, and lounge.