Frequent flyers are complaining about the rising costs of air travel. While it’s true that the cost of tickets have gone up for most carriers and many seem to be throwing in extra fees for baggage, in-flight extras and adding more restrictions, there is one carrier that has kept the price of their premium flight experience at a constant level for the past two years. It just happens to be the most expensive plane ticket in the world. Etihad Airways offers an air travel experience that is off the charts in luxury and pampering, but it’s going to cost you. The price of a one-way ticket for the most expensive flight in the world is $38,000 and it’s been that way since 2016. It’s decent of them not to raise the price. In fact, they’ve lowered it so it only costs $29,000 to book a flight from New York to Abu Dhabi.
The airline and its elite Residence quarters
Etihad Airways added a new route in 2016 that connected New York City with Mumbai via Abu Dhabi. The airline commands a fleet of seven A380 model aircraft and each of them is equipped with a version of the famous Residence cabin that is a bit different than the others, but they all share the same high-end DNA. It’s more like the equivalent of booking a room than it is a flight because of the decadent luxury and individual attention that you receive aboard the flight. It’s tough to secure your ticket for a trip on the Residence though. You have to book months in advance because there is only one Residence cabin aboard each plane and they make one flight each per day.
The Residence cabin
The ticket buys you a space of 125 square feet to enjoy on your flight and it’s a three-room suite that includes a spacious living room, an ensuite shower, and a separate bedroom. The suite is set up for two people traveling together. The living room is furnished with a double seat sofa upholstered in luxurious leather and two dining tables. There is a 32-inch flat screen television if you want to watch a movie or television show and two noise-canceling headsets are included.
Service begins before you board
Etihad provides all ticket holders for the Residence with VIP travel concierge service from the moment you book the flight. You have the option of arriving at the flight in a luxury chauffered vehicle who will also drive you to your destination once the plane touches down if this is your preference. Your check-in at the time of your arrival at the airport is designed to be seamless and private, with a private lounge available while you wait to board the plane.
The residence butler will introduce himself to you upon boarding the flight. The private butler will provide top service for you from the time that you enter the cabin until the moment you exit the flight. His purpose is to provide a tailored experience for you from the start to the end of the flight.
Your dining experience
An in-flight chef is available to deliver your selections from a personalized menu and prepare meals and snacks to your specifications. The chef uses fresh ingredients and is pleased to prepare a meal from the gourmet menu provided or you may request that the chef prepare your favorite dish that is not included on the menu as well.
The Residence Bedroom
Within your three-room suite, there is a hallway that leads to the bedroom furnished with a double bed measuring 6 ft x 10 inches made up with designer Italian bed linens. A 27-inch flat screen television is built into the bedroom at a comfortable angle for watching television in bed and a set of noise canceling headsets are provided.
The ensuite bathroom
The ensuite shower room is equipped with a full-height shower, bathrobes and luxury amenities including a vanity, a hairdryer, and magnifying make-up mirror. You’re free to shower and freshen up prior to landing to preparer for arrival at your destination.
These are the things that you can expect when booking a flight on Etihad Airways Residence cabin. Even though Etihad has lowered prices for the suite consistently over the past two years, it’s still expensive, but the fact that it’s hard to book a flight aboard this flying 5-star hotel tells you that it’s a popular option.