The A380 is already one of the most luxurious planes in the sky, but Etihad Airways has taken it to a new level with a three room, private mini-apartment, now flying out of Sydney.
The inaugural Etihad Airways A380 flight touched down locally yesterday, before jetting off back to Abu Dhabi later the same night. The plane introduces a range of new ultra-sophisticated options for high end travel and completes the link of luxury through to London.
For those who want to spare no expense, The Residence is a three room mini apartment, with living room, bathroom with shower and a double bedroom. Two guests can check in and are catered to by a dedicated Savoy-trained butler.
It has a LCD TV in both the living room and bedroom, as well as a lounge and a private bar. The total size is 12 square meters, which is a massive chunk of the 550-square meters the plane has overall.
Want a tour? Check out this video of Dannii Minogue exploring The Residence. Not to mention the drool worthy pictures down below.
While The Residence looks absolutely amazing, it doesn't come cheap - popping over to Abu Dhabi from Sydney will cost you $27,600.44 dollars one way, but that does cover two people. Etihad has confirmed that is has already had it's first booking too.
For those on a quick jaunt overseas that doesn't require a personal flying apartment, the Etihad A380 also offers 9 First Class Apartments. Each has a leather reclining lounge chair with ottoman, that can lay flat into a 2.05 meter long bed. You also get a 24” LCD and a personal vanity unit, though will have to trek over to the exclusive first class shower to fully freshen up. These suites are actually 74% bigger than the previous first class options too.
For the business focused traveller, there are seventy studios on the upper deck of the A380. Providing 20% extra space, weary travellers have a 2.05 meter long lie flat leather recliner and direct access to the isle from every seat.
The Etihad A380 also features The Lobby, a luxury lounge between first and business class with sofas and a bar serving snacks and drinks.
Of course, many of us (myself included) can only dream fondly of the luxury of any of these options. But Etihad has also put extra effort into the economy section, with smart seats that feature adjustable lumbar support, extra head rests, a 48 cm seat width and a 11.1” HD screen.
Etihad has also introduced the new Panasonic eX3 entertainment system to it’s A380 fleet, with 750 hours of on demand entertainment and gaming. There is also Wi-Fi, as well as USB and laptop charging for every seat.
Not a bad way to fly really!
One enterprising chap tried a cheeky yet unsuccessful attempt at crowd funding a flight in The Residence. What would you give for a free upgrade to your own mini apartment in the sky? Tell us in the comments.