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living roomWhenever I’ve got a long-haul flight coming up, I console myself by vowing to sleep for several hours … or at least try to. I don’t know who I’m kidding, though; I have a difficult time sleeping upright while crammed next to complete strangers. What if I snore or drool? What if my head ends up on someone’s shoulder? Or — gasp — what if I miss beverage service?

If you’ve got a long flight and $21,000 extra dollars to spend (each way, according to Mashable), you can test out Etihad Airways’ multi-room suite, dubbed “The Residence.”

Sleeping on Planes

Found only on the upper level of A380 planes, The Residence offers accommodations that include a private living room, bedroom and bathroom. Oh, and did I mention there’s also a butler? To top it off, passengers also have access to more than 750 hours of TV programming (to use with their complimentary noise-canceling headphones) and full mobile and Wi-Fi services while in the air.

A second grade of private cabins on the A380’s upper level is the “First Apartments” class, which features reclining seats, beds and stocked minibars.

Although Etihad isn’t the first airline to offer beds, it’s the first to offer entire private suites.

With all of these uncommon in-flight amenities, you’ll never have to worry about snoring or missing the dinner trolley again.

How Flying Coach Could Save Your Life

If you had an extra $21,000, would you spend it on a one-way flight? Share your thoughts below.

–written by Ashley Kosciolek

6 Responses to “What if Airplanes Felt More Like Hotels?”

  1. Colleen says:

    For that kinda cash, I’d rather go private! That giant plane (A380) gives me the willies anyway and I otherwise have NO fear of flying! #TooBig
    A butler?
    I still have to endure the tortutre that IS security sooooo, Jeeves can’t help me! ;)
    But for those who dig it, enjoy! :)

  2. Host Ciao says:

    No I wouldn’t spend it on a one-way flight. I might splurge on Business Class, but would spend more time in Italy with the rest. As if most readers couln’t guess that last part!
    A presto,
    Host Ciao

  3. Wyn says:

    NO! I find it scary that one can even rent that kind of space on an airplane. It is so out of line with the amounts that I can imagine anyone would just drop. Yes, going private makes more sense to me. Back in the old days, my grandparent traveled in Europe quite a bit. I was taught that I should not spend more that something is “worth” and a few hours of luxury would not be worth that sum. I value cultural exchange, art and music from around the world, and the opportunity to share experiences with people who live distant from me.

  4. susanb says:

    First of all if I had unlimited funds to spend – why not!! I’m all for the
    best of the best. Mind you I don’t think I would be doing it if all I had were “champagne dreams” on a “beer budget”! susanb

  5. What a waste of money when you could get a nice long cruise for that price. Of course if you had to get wherever quickly, it would be nice to have the money to fly in comfort. Still … $42,000 return! No, I don’t think so.

  6. Leo says:

    Hell ya I would! This means I have a lot money to dispose. I’ll be ready to do whatever I need to do in my destination without feeling tired, sleepy, and the pain sitting/lying in a seat. Practically though, if money is hard to come by, I would rather stretch that money by paying any bills I have, create an emergency fund, and budget the rest for a nice long and fun vacation in a first class seat.

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