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Etihad Offers Indians Inflight Showers on 3 1/2 Hour Jaunts

  • Residence cabins priced at reduced rate on short-haul route
  • Discount aims to fill suites in world's cheapest travel market
The Residence bedroom is seen on board a Etihad Airways Airbus A380.

The Residence bedroom is seen on board a Etihad Airways Airbus A380.

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Etihad Airways PJSC is marketing its Residence suites on A380 double-deckers serving India at close to a quarter of the price they cost to the U.K., seeking to lure travelers into the industry’s most luxurious cabins on 3 1/2 hour flights from the Persian Gulf.

The Residence berths on the Airbus Group SE superjumbo -- with a lie-flat bed, living area with 32-inch television, en suite shower and private butler -- will sell for about 346,000 rupees ($5,260) between Mumbai and Abu Dhabi when Etihad introduces the jets on the route May 1. The same cabin costs the equivalent of $21,000 for a one-way, eight-hour flight from the Gulf to London, based on website figures.