At $38,000, this Mumbai-NYC one-way flight ticket is the world’s most expensive


Etihad Airways’ new route connecting Mumbai and New York City via Abu Dhabi has the distinction of having the most expensive ticket in the world for a commercial scheduled flight. A one-way ticket on its private luxurious suite, The Residence costs around Rs 25 million (approximately $38,000).

This isn’t a new distinction for Etihad. The national carrier of the United Arab Emirates has broken its own record, which was first held for the flight on its New York City-Abu Dhabi route, where a seat on The Residence cost about $32,000.

Is the price worth it? The Residence, the only-three room private cabin offered by a commercial airline, is the most luxurious way to fly. The 125-square feet suite includes a bedroom, a shower room, and a lounge area for up to two guests. The Residence is only available in Etihad Airways’ 496-seater Airbus A380, the world’s largest passenger plane.

Etihad operates five A380s, each with a different version of The Residence. Mumbai has become the fifth destination where it operates A380s, apart from London, New York, Sydney and Abu Dhabi. With the launch of the Mumbai-Abu Dhabi route, Etihad is also introducing its Airbus A380 in India. The airlines will be running one daily flight from Mumbai-Abu Dhabi and vice-versa.

Here’s a peek into The Residence.

The living room has a 32-inch flat-screen LCD TV, a reclining leather double sofa and two dining tables.

Guests are pampered by a personal butler, and are allowed to customise their in-flight dining menus and dietary requirements before travelling. Meals are served on bespoke 24-carat gold plated porcelain tableware and cutlery, with signature crystal glassware.

The bedroom houses a 27-inch TV monitor, a double bed with designer Italian linen and an ensuite bathroom with a full-height shower, bathroom amenities and a vanity unit.

The ticket also includes luxury chauffeuring to and from the airport, a VIP attaché on the ground, private check-in and lounge, and a personal concierge to make travel bookings.