Airline to Offer 3-Room Suites, With Butler

Just $21K from Abu Dhabi to London ... one way

By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff

Posted May 5, 2014 11:06 AM CDT

(Newser) – If you typically eye first-class longingly as you make your way to your cramped coach seat with its total absence of unfilled overhead space, you may want to stop reading. A Mideast carrier plans to offer a much, much tonier experience than first-class for those who can afford it: airline suites. Etihad Airways yesterday detailed the three-room suites that will be built into its new Airbus A380s; the 125-square-foot "Residence by Etihad" will be made up of a bedroom big enough for two, private bath complete with shower, and living room outfitted with leather seats, a chilled minibar, and a 32-inch flat-screen TV.

And it'll come with another big perk: a white-gloved personal butler trained in London. The suites will ultimately be available on New York routes, but the first will appear in December on the Abu Dhabi-to-London journey, at a price of $21,000—one way. For those looking to spend a little less, CNN reports that the new A380s will also contain nine "First Apartments," which feature a full-length bed, lounge seat, minibar, wardrobe, and TV. It's not the carrier's first foray into wooing the well-heeled traveler: The AP reports it already offers first-class onboard chefs and in-flight nannies.

The 125-square-foot area that includes a “living room” partitioned off from the first-class aisle, leather seating, a chilled minibar and a 32-inch flat-screen TV.
The 125-square-foot area that includes a “living room” partitioned off from the first-class aisle, leather seating, a chilled minibar and a 32-inch flat-screen TV.   (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
An Etihad Airways plan prepares to land at the Abu Dhabi airport, in United Arab Emirates, Sunday, May 4, 2014.
An Etihad Airways plan prepares to land at the Abu Dhabi airport, in United Arab Emirates, Sunday, May 4, 2014.   (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
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