Etihad The Residence – Three Room Penthouse in the Sky with Butler On Call

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Etihad The Residence - Three Room Penthouse in the Sky with Butler On Call

Every decade, something revolutionary happens in air travel. British Airways’ introduction of flat beds in business-class, Virgin’s launch of premium economy, the rise of Emirates and the liquids ban are four of the most influential moments in global aviation in recent decades.

We’re only four years into this decade but its moment has already arrived. Abu Dhabi airline Etihad is creating a whole new class above first class: Residence Class. The UAE flag carrier reckons super-wealthy travellers are prepared to spend $20,000 (£12,725) – that’s the one-way fare, when flying from Abu Dhabi to Heathrow – to get a private-jet-style experience on a commercial airliner. Everything about the Residence, a 125sq ft private, three-room “penthouse” that sits on the nose cone of Etihad’s new Airbus A380, is bespoke. You book through a concierge, who will arrange airport transfers and pre-load any music, movies or games you want and prepare bespoke menus and wine lists exactly to your taste.

At the airport, a Savoy Hotel-trained butler will meet you and arrange meals, drinks and spa treatments in the First Class lounge. He or she will take your hand luggage on board, so you only have to carry your passport and boarding pass. Upon entering the A380, you turn left twice. Joy! First into the only single-aisle first-class cabin in the sky and then again, through a private doorway at the front of the superjumbo’s upper deck. etihad "the residence" a380 flight airplane travel "business class" "first class" bedroom penthouse bedroom "etihad the residence" suite luxury exclusive flying "private jet" butler transport chauffeur london heathrow "abu dhabi" dubai emirates qatar airline "hotel room" VIP millionaire billionaire experience seat comfort economy "cheap flight" "5 star hotel" glamor trendy trends liefestyle wealthy rich cash savings holiday "hummer 2015" vacation "hiso report" documentary tv show airport lounge review first look sky flyer free upgrade

The Residence has a sitting room with space for two adults, with seats made from Poltrona Frau leather. There’s a champagne fridge, dining tables and a 32-inch television. Unlike the suites on Singapore Airlines, Emirates and Etihad’s first class, the walls reach the ceiling. You are completely alone.

The A380 enters commercial service on December 27 with daily flights between Abu Dhabi and London Heathrow Airport. Etihad rival Emirates announced last month it would revamp its first-class seats to put a greater focus on privacy. Qatar Airways has plans to create a double-bed cabin. ‘I really want to thank Etihad for this memorable experience, it’s definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience. It was a great adventure.’ Emirates has announced that it will launch its own “bedroom concept”. Tim Clark, Emirates’ boss, says: “We’re talking fully enclosed rooms, with all the amenities that you’d expect in hotel or a private bedroom on a luxury yacht.” British Airways is spiffing up first class on its Boeing 787 extended-range jets entering service next year. And Air France has come up with a simple way to offer privacy. Passengers in the new Air France “La Premiere” suite can close a curtain if they want to be left alone. exclusive world and tastes of private jet owners; many of the aircraft photographed by Gleis are owned by royalty and heads of state from countries such as Japan, Saudi Arabia, China, Dubai and Kazakhstan. Here he shares pictures of some of the most lavish private jets


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