While most airline companies are looking for ways to pack in more passengers and squeeze every dime until it bleeds, Etihad Airways is offering what amounts to an apartment in the skies. YouTuber Casey Neistat had the opportunity to review the most expensive plane ticket in the world, showing why Etihad Airway’s Residence is worth the cost.
The Etihad Residence is what the airline calls a “three-room suite in the sky,” and they mean that quite literally. The ticket gives you a private living room, bedroom, and ensuite shower room. The living room has a leather double-seat sofa with two dining tables where you can enjoy a meal while watching a 32-inch flat screen TV—no balancing your dinner on a fold out tray smaller than the book you’re reading while trying to watch a movie on a screen barely bigger than your iPhone. You’ll also get a set of Sennheiser noise-cancelling headsets. Down the hallway from the living room is a bedroom with a double bed that measures six feet and ten inches in length. You’ll be able to stretch out completely instead of scrunching into a tiny seat. The bedroom also has a 27-inch flat screen TV and once again features Sennheiser noise-cancelling headphones. Oh, and you can be served breakfast in bed if you choose. The final room is the ensuite shower room, where you can get cleaned up and refreshed in a full-height shower before landing. The shower room includes luxury amenities and a bathrobe as well as a magnifying make-up mirror and a hairdryer.
As if that wasn’t enough, the Etihad Residence also features an in-air butler who “will ensure a tailored experience from take-off to touchdown.” Plus, you won’t have to worry about stale meals in the Residence, as an inflight chef will prepare “a personalized dining experience for you, using the freshest of ingredients.” Etihad also provides a luxury chauffer to take you to the private check-in and lounge before the flight.
All that luxury comes with a hefty price tag. As Neistat mentions, “If you’re looking to spend about the price of a new Toyota on one flight, what an experience!” What is that price exactly? For a round-trip ticket from New York to Abu Dhabi, you’ll pay $31,000 for one person, $41,000 for two. But can you put a price on being comfortable? Evidently, you can.