When Etihad Airways operated its first Airbus A380 flight from Abu Dhabi to Mumbai on May 1, the city joined a rare league of most expensive flight routes on the globe, which start at Rs 3.31 lakhs for a one-way ticket.
With a seating capacity of 496 passengers, the flight includes The Residence, a luxury suite in the sky meant for two, comprising a shower room, bed room with double bed and living room.
According a press statement issued by the Gulf carrier on Tuesday, an all inclusive one-way ticket for the experience is approximately $38,000 (Rs 25.22 lakhs) on the New York - Mumbai route. The same experience on the Abu Dhabi - Mumbai route will cost $ 5,000 (Rs 3.31 lakhs) and the London-Mumbai route will come for $26,000 (Rs 17.25 lakhs).
The Residence, which is also equipped with a 32-inch flat television, butler service and an exclusive chef on board, made headlines when it offered jaw dropping fares of $25,000 one-way for its inaugural flight from London to Abu Dhabi last June.
Neerja Bhatia, vice president, Etihad Indian Subcontinent, said the flight was introduced in India to make the most of the holiday season on busy routes.
“Maharashtra is one of the largest states in India, and its capital Mumbai is a cosmopolitan, dynamic and popular city. Mumbai to New York represents the largest premium travel market out of India, and with the busy holiday season upon us, it is the perfect time to bring our newest product to Mumbai.”
She added that the new daily A380 Mumbai flights also had the company’s First Apartments and Business Studios.