Considered the finest commercial accommodations in the air, the Residence aboard Etihad’s Airbus A380 puts a premium on privacy and panache. The 125-foot, three-room suite is furnished with a Poltrona Frau leather sofa, two dining tables, and a 32-inch flat-screen television featuring more than 750 hours of programming. Guests stretch out in the opulence of a double bed dressed in Egyptian-cotton sheets, a natural-fiber duvet, and a plethora of pillows. Satisfying the appetite at altitude is a private chef (butler service is also provided) serving gourmet fare on fine bone china and libations in Lucaris crystal. Before landing, a shower in the en suite bathroom will ensure that travelers arrive revived.
Also within Etihad’s A380 are nine First Apartments, each arranged with a Poltrona Frau armchair and an ottoman that transitions to an 81-inch bed. In addition, a 24-inch television, a refrigerator, a vanity, and access to the First Class bathroom and shower help set the scene for serenity. Fare examples at time of writing for one-way, first-class flights from New York to Abu Dhabi: The Residence is $32,000 for one or two guests, and the First Apartment is $16,000 per person. (etihad.com)