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The best airline seat you can buy for about Rs 12 lakh

Last updated on: August 01, 2014 14:27 IST

Image: Lounge of the newly launched Etihad's ultra luxurious plane.
Photographs: Courtesy, Etihad Airways

Etihad Airways, national carrier of the United Arab Emirates has unveiled the world’s most luxurious suite on a commercial passenger aircraft. 

The best airline seat you can buy for about Rs 12 lakh

Image: Lobby of the new Residence Class that Etihad unveiled.
Photographs: Courtesy, Etihad Airways

The opulent ‘Residence’ will feature a living room, double bedroom, separate ensuite shower room, and a trained Butler.

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The best airline seat you can buy for about Rs 12 lakh

Image: Bedroom that's part of the Residence Class.
Photographs: Courtesy, Etihad Airways

Spread across an area of 125 square feet, the suite will be located on the upper deck of the airline’s new fleet of Airbus A380s and will be available for single or double occupancy. 

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The best airline seat you can buy for about Rs 12 lakh

Image: The lounge of the new Residence Class.
Photographs: Courtesy, Etihad Airways

The living room is furnished with a two-seat reclining sofa, dining tables and a chilled mini-bar.

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The best airline seat you can buy for about Rs 12 lakh

Image: The lounge of the new Residence Class.
Photographs: Courtesy, Etihad Airways

Passengers will have a dedicated Butler on call throughout the flight, offering personalised service.

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The best airline seat you can buy for about Rs 12 lakh

Image: Bedroom of the Residence Class.
Photographs: Courtesy, Etihad Airways

A dedicated VIP Concierge team will ensure all aspects of the experience, including booking luxury limousine transfers, check-in, and menu planning.

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The best airline seat you can buy for about Rs 12 lakh

Image: Sitting area in the First Apartment.
Photographs: Courtesy, Etihad Airways

“The Residence will set Etihad Airways apart from the rest of the industry and allow us to provide the complete range of world-class products and services to cater for the individual tastes of every VIP traveler,” Peter Baumgartner, Etihad Airways’ Chief Commercial Officer, said.

The best airline seat you can buy for about Rs 12 lakh

Image: The lobby of Residence Class.
Photographs: Courtesy, Etihad Airways

A touchscreen control unit operates the retractable ottoman, lighting, window shading, adjusts seat position and firmness, and activates the in-seat massage functions. 

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The best airline seat you can buy for about Rs 12 lakh

Image: Lounge of the First Apartment Class.
Photographs: Courtesy, Etihad Airways

The Residence is decorated in a contemporary style influenced by modern Arabian design.

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The best airline seat you can buy for about Rs 12 lakh

Image: Bedroom of the First Apartment Class.
Photographs: Courtesy, Etihad Airways

The bedroom features 82-inch long double bed, bedside unit, wardrobe, and under-bed stowage for hand luggage. 

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The best airline seat you can buy for about Rs 12 lakh

Image: Vanity room in the First Apartment.
Photographs: Courtesy, Etihad Airways

The living room features a large 32 inch LCD TV, while the bedroom has another 27 inch LCD TV.

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The best airline seat you can buy for about Rs 12 lakh

Image: Lobby of the new Residence Class that Etihad unveiled.
Photographs: Courtesy, Etihad Airways

The communications suite features broadband with internet mobile and data capability, Live TV, HDMI, AC outlet and USB ports.

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The best airline seat you can buy for about Rs 12 lakh

Image: First Apartment washroom.
Photographs: Courtesy, Etihad Airways

The Residence is fully Wi-Fi enabled and equipped with the latest entertainment system, controlled by video touch screen and handset.

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The best airline seat you can buy for about Rs 12 lakh

Image: First Apartment aisle.
Photographs: Courtesy, Etihad Airways

A door and passageway separate the living room from the master bedroom and the ensuite shower room. 

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The best airline seat you can buy for about Rs 12 lakh

Image: Galley in the First Apartment.
Photographs: Courtesy, Etihad Airways

The flight to London from Abu Dhabi will offer this luxury onboard the A380 for about $20,000. 

The best airline seat you can buy for about Rs 12 lakh

Image: The Residence - Bathroom
Photographs: Courtesy, Etihad Airways

The first flight will connect Abu Dhabi and London in December this year. Etihad plans to add 10 Airbus A380s to its fleet. 

The best airline seat you can buy for about Rs 12 lakh

Image: Unlimited luxury in 'The Residence'.
Photographs: Courtesy, Etihad Airways

Certified by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for dual occupancy, ‘The Residence’ has been built by B/E Aerospace partnering with the Etihad Design Consortium (EDC) and Poltrona Frau.