The Residence on Etihad Airways will take you from Mumbai to New York and back in style
Etihad has always been known for its lavish first class seats. In fact when Skytrax announced their annual awards, the flag carrier of the United Aram Emirates swept the awards for the Best First Class Seat, Best First Class Onboard Catering and Best First Class. Etihad was named the sixth best airline of the year at the awards. But what set Etihad apart was the one thing that no other airline has so far: The Residence. The three-room suite that is available for anyone with really, really deep pockets is now available for the rich and famous of Mumbai too. Earlier this year, Etihad threw open The Residence for Mumbaikars flying to and from New York. The round ticket, costing a little over Rs 50.6 lakh, is the most expensive in the world but it sure does come with a lot of perks. Read on to find out more!
The Residence is being marketed as a ‘penthouse in the sky’. It has a 32-inch flat-screen TV, two dining tables and a leather sofa in the living room. If you’re flying The Residence, no packaged meal for you! Instead the onboard chef will prepare your lunch or dinner on board! And for the duration of the flight, you will be served by a Savoy-trained butler.
The Residence has three rooms. Its bedroom comes with a double bed. This is a first for any commercial jet. The linen is Italian and the bedroom has a 27-inch flat screen television.
If you fancy a shower just before you disembark, Etihad’s Residence has a bathroom too! This is only available on the fleet of A380-800 aircraft.
Etihad will also arrange a pick-up for you in a chauffeur-driven luxury car and will arrange a drop at the place of your choice. The Residence will also grant you access to a private lounge and a travel concierge who will be thrilled to reserve a table at a restaurant or book a ticket for a cricket match at Wankhede or a baseball game at the Yankee Stadium.
Currently, Etihad Airways flies daily from New York to Mumbai, London, Sydney, New York and Melbourne.