A Miami-based businessman and aviation enthusiast has become the first person to fly in a private three-room cabin that has been dubbed the world’s most exclusive – and expensive – airline seat. After months of anticipation and fanfare, Etihad Airways’ Airbus A380 superjumbo jet made its inaugural commercial flight from London Heathrow Airport to Abu Dhabi on Saturday. Gino Bertuccio and a guest were seated comfortably in The Residence, a ‘penthouse in the sky’ that costs £14,000 for a one-way flight for one or two people.

Etihad’s VIP concierge team took care of all of Mr Bertuccio’s needs, including limousine transfers and custom menu planning. He said: ‘There were many firsts on this inaugural flight – new amenities, services and other innovations to try.‘Flying in The Residence by Etihad was a truly unique adventure, the top of luxury. My only wish was that the flight was longer.’

Mr Bertuccio runs Ligi Import Corp, an Italian cosmetic retailer, and has been passionate about flying since he was a child. He is an avid collector of airline memorabilia with nearly 2,000 model aircraft and albums filled with boarding passes and photos from past flights, and he has travelled on 22 inaugural and final flights in premium class cabins in the last 25 years… see more

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