It has been almost 2 years since Etihad Airways released their top notch and phenomenal "The Residence" on their A380 which feature a living room, separate bedroom and ensuite shower room, it is the only three-room suite on a commercial airline, designed for two people travelling together.
The fare was beyond most people's budget reach, Abu Dhabi to London was priced at nearly $20,000 one way!
Here are some of the sample fares: (I've extracted them from Sabre GDS)
You can book most of the lowered fare on Etihad website.
Fare from Abu Dhabi to Mumbai roundtrip now cost $4,258
Fare from Abu Dhabi to Mumbai one-way now cost $3,036.
Fare from Cairo to Sydney roundtrip cost $11,907.
This puts per hour cost of flying in the residence more or less below $400 per hour!
I've tried many city pairs and found Cairo, among cities from India are the cheapest for the Residence.
You can also mix certain Economy fare and Residence.
A mix class trip from Mumbai to London in the Residence, return in economy cost $6,685
For those who prefer to travel in pair, the same itinerary will set you back $9,595 for 2 ($4798 per person)
It used to be the same cost for 1 or 2 person together in the Residence. Recently this has been adjusted, the 2nd person adds about 25% -40% of the first person's fare to the total cost.
Is the lower fare sufficient to tempt you to try out the Residence? If you found a better fare please let me know!