Etihad, the airline of the United Arab Emirates, goes high luxe with what it says is the first three-room suite on a commercial airline. The Residence, as its called, covers 125 square feet and will be in the forward upper deck of the airline's A380s.
In the living room, there's a reclining leather sofa. There are also two dining tables, a mini-bar, shower, wardrobe for your clothes, a 32-inch flat-screen TV and a bedroom with a double bed. Amenities such as mood lighting, window shades and in-seat massage are controlled with the touch of a screen. Residence fliers have a butler, in uniform, at their service throughout the flight.
And there's a handsome lobby with a leather sofa and bar for premium, first-class and business passengers.
Air France rolled out its own La Premiere cabin last week in Shanghai. (Though it's called a "suite," it's still just a single-unit area.)
The airline plans to equip 19 of its B777s with new leather-and-tweed first-class seats starting in September. It's an attempt to lure long-haul passengers, particularly those traveling to and from Asia.
The seats have storage areas, a table and ottoman-type seating, a closet and 24-inch high-definition TV.