Hotels in the Air: The Airline Battle to Redefine Luxury
For most people, air travel is something endured because it's quick and gets us to our destinations. But for those willing to pay a lot more, airlines are ready to provide as the market for on-board private suites heats up. Beyond first class When the typical person thinks "first class" in terms of air travel, things like a bigger seat, more legroom, and better service come to mind. But Middle Eastern carrier Etihad Airways is making ordinary first class look like the cattle car with its three-room suite. According to Businessweek, the suite will cost $43,000 on certain flights (yes, that's more than a starting-level Mercedes-Benz) and will contain its own private bathroom. Although the 125-square-foot suite would make for a small hotel room, it's certainly a step up from economy class or even the larger first class seats on other aircraft.