Mideast Etihad Airlines offers luxury suites on some of their flights, much like you would see in a private celebrity jet. Is this the new wave of first class seating with passenger amenities that offer all the comforts of home and then some?
According to Canada Journal on May 5, these first class luxury suites called “The Residence by Eithad,” offer a bed and even a shower in a private bath. These suites offer all the amenities that you would find in private jets that celebrities use for travel. The only difference is that you don’t have to rent out the entire plane for all this luxury in the sky.
Mideast Etihad Airlines has just rolled out these luxury in the sky accommodations on its Airbus A380 and Boeing B787 Dreamliner aircraft. The airline has reinvented their first class, which is the section on the plane that was revamped for this new offering, according to USA Today.
You can see exactly what the airline company is offering in the video above. Instead of taking your seat for a flight, you go to what looks like a scaled-down hotel room. It is scaled down in size, but certainly not the luxuries.
Mideast Etihad Airlines is offering these suites on their flights from Abu Dhabi to London and it doesn’t come cheap. The Residence by Etihad cost three to four times the amount of a normal first class ticket.
The price for a one-way ticket from Abu Dhabi to London is 12,500 pounds, which is almost $22,000. Wow, that is a lot of money for this luxury in the sky, but for the rich and famous, this is the price they would pay for a hotel suite on land for a few days.
The chief executive of Etihad, James Hogan, said that they wouldn’t have “devised this product” if they didn’t think it would be profitable. Hogan also said that “Maybe European airlines don’t make money on first class, but we do.”