Most people can only dream of flying first class but have you ever imagined taking to the skies and living it up in a three-room suite?
Etihad’s ‘The Residence’ is even better than a first-class seat and a ticket for the suite, which features a lounge, bedroom and bathroom, is hefty to match.
Travel blogger Sam Chui experienced how the other half lives aboard a A380 flight and when we looked up how much it would be from Abu Dhabi to London, we found it would set you back about $20,000.
Sam began his journey in a chauffer-driven car to the airport, before he was greeted at a private entrance by Etihad staff.
Everything was organised for Sam before he went to the airport so no check-in was necessary, leaving him with more time in his own private lounge.
The blogger was given his own butler while he relaxed and sipped on a glass of champagne, before the head chef presented him with a three-course meal from an expansive a la carte menu, all presented on Vera Wang crockery.
For lunch, Sam was showered with caviar, grilled duck breast, pate and cocktails before he was escorted to the spa for a pre-flight massage.
After that, Sam was given the opportunity to relax in the cigar lounge, before being whisked to his gate on a buggy.
He was the last one to board the flight and was automatically given an onboard butler to tend to his every need.
‘The Residence’ lounge comes complete with a reclining leather couch, a 32-inch TV screen and takes up about the length and width of three window seats.
When Sam felt tired he made his way to his bedroom, which was equipped with a double bed and a 27-inch TV screen.
In the morning, he was served breakfast on a silver platter from the head chef himself, who is always on call.
For a quick refresh before disembarking the flight, Sam could shower in his own private en-suite bathroom before taking in the landing from his lounge.
Oh, how the other half lives.