The Etihad 3-bedroom first class Residence was apparently just a trial balloon.
Word has leaked from the Pan Arabia Enquirer about the new 9-bedroom villa:
Passengers flying with Etihad Airways soon won’t have to worry about baggage allowance – they’ll have an entire house to fill thanks to the Abu Dhabi-based airline’s luxurious new first class offering.
Located on the upper deck of Etihad’s newest fleet of planes, The Villa comprises a double bed, en-suite shower and nine-bedroom villa with living room, kitchen, study, maids room and infinity pool with Jacuzzi.
This 3000 square meter villa also features a 24-seat private cinema and “underground parking facility with space for up to 10 cars.”
This puts Meridien Airlines’ first class hot tub to shame.
Let’s see what Emirates announces today in response! (And whether the Dubai-based competitor of Etihad realizes that this report is satire.)