The World’s Most Expensive Flight
First, we brought you The World’s Most Expensive Hotel Suite. Now, get ready to reevaluate your air travel priorities (and your finances), because we're back at it again with an elite flight that'll cost you more than a 2016 Mercedes-Benz.
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Etihad Airways has gone and one-upped itself, unveiling a new ticket that goes for an astounding $38,000 USD – shattering the record held by its previous $32K NYC-Abu Dhabi top dog.
So you might be asking yourself: What could possibly be worth $40K? Well, in Etihad’s humble opinion – an uber-luxe three-room private cabin – known as The Residence – on one of their Airbus A380’s, enroute from Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport to NYC’s JFK (via Abu Dhabi). To really get to the bottom of the hefty price tag, let’s go on a tour of the 125-square-foot space.
First off, there’s the living room with a reclining leather sofa that seats two, a 32-inch flatscreen LCD TV with on-demand entertainment, and two dining tables that are ushered in and out – white table cloth and all – at mealtimes. Forget the disposable dishes back in coach – The Residence serves customized fare on porcelain China and drinks are poured into Vera Wang glassware. Go hard on the champs and caviar – the flight typically runs 19-21 hours, so you’re essentially throwing down $1900 an hour for the utmost comfort.
Next up, moving down the hallway (yeah, you get a whole hallway), is the bedroom which features a double bed draped in fine Italian linens from Pratesi and another LCD flatscreen TV (for good measure).
Moving to the private en suite bathroom – which is larger than the stalls that 400+ people share in economy – you’ll find a full size shower, plush bathrobes and a vanity with a magnifying mirror for makeup application.
On top of all that – in-air accommodations include cognac service, turndown service, and breakfast in bed, all provided by a personal butler who underwent rigorous training with Sean Davoren, the London Savoy’s head butler. Pre- and post-flight luxuries also include chauffeur service to and from the airport, private check-in and a concierge to take care of all travel bookings.
As soon as I win the lottery, I’ll be sure to let you know how wonderful the service is.
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