This is The Most Expensive Flight In The World

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Etihad Airways senior vice president of marketing, Shane O’Hare, told MailOnline Travel: ‘Etihad Airways currently operates three daily A380 services from London Heathrow to Abu Dhabi, so our guests can now enjoy the convenience and class-leading comfort of an all-A380 service all the way to Melbourne.’

‘Deploying our latest technology aircraft and class-leading product and service to Australia recognises its importance to our business and the strong demand from UK travellers for premium travel experiences. ‘From the product and service innovations in every cabin to our inspired approach to hospitality, the Etihad Airways A380 offers touches of luxury to every guest and sets the benchmark for inflight comfort, entertainment, connectivity and service.’

And speaking to MailOnline previously on The Residence, Etihad chief president and chief executive officer, James Hogan, said: ‘As we have done so many times in our short history, we are reshaping the landscape of modern air travel in our own way. ‘It is the culmination of many years of hard work and tremendous endeavour by hundreds of people both in our airline and outside.’

The Airbus A380 containing The Residence was launched in late 2014 during a glitzy event at Abu Dhabi’s airport, where 200 members of the press gathered in a hangar draped in black.  With a spectacular curtain drop, the A380 was unveiled to the sound of Richard Strauss’ Sprach Zarathustra.

The Residence was the main talking point, but Etihad also revealed its revamped first class and business suites as well as a slightly tweaked economy cabin, and the carrier’s fancy new livery – a mixture of ‘desert’ inspired browns and beiges and new interiors.

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