The $20,000 Residence on Etihad A380

The $20,000 Residence on Etihad A380


– Welcome back. I’m all dressed up in a tuxedo to go on a
flight. I can’t believe it – it’s my first time dressed
up in a tuxedo! Today, I’m going to take you on board the
world’s premiere flying experience. Nothing comes close to this in commercial
aviation. This is the top, top, top product. This is the Etihad, the Residence. It’s been two years since I last flew on the
Etihad Residence and today, Etihad is inaugurating their A380 to Seoul and they kindly invited
me to come on the inaugural flight and I proposed to Etihad, I said: Look, I would love to come
on your flight, I would love to fly in luxury, let’s fly one way in the Residence
and return in economy so that I have a sample and a taste across the board and see all of
your latest product developments and so here I am in this beautiful limousine on our way
to Abu Dhabi, part of the Residence package. – Welcome back.
– Thank you. You already checked us in, I believe? – Yes, you have to board… – Hi. – [Person at counter] Hey! – It feels like walking on a red carpet! – I know! – Good to see you. – We’re going straight to the Residence lounge
now. – Of course, straight to the Residence lounge. – Hello there.
– Good evening, Mr Chui. Welcome back to the Residence. – Nice to see you.
Nice to have you back with us. – Welcome. This way please. – Thank you.
– After you. – Wow, beautiful. Just as I remember it. – Welcome back to the Residence. – Beautiful! Guys, I’ll tell you the difference between
the lounge and the Residence Lounge and why the Residence lounge is great. It’s because it’s that privacy – you’ve got
that butler; one to one service and the privacy. It makes you feel valued – that experience
itself stands out more than anything. Sorry, I didn’t catch your name, could you
tell me your name please? – Tricia.
– Tricia?
– Yes. – You look familiar. I think I met you before in the lounge. – Yes, both of the times that you travelled
on the Residence, to Paris as well as to Bombay. – Oh really? – Yes. – You lost weight! – I did a little bit. – You did, you did! This is the Arabic coffee. It has a very intense, strong aroma which
I needed. This is beautiful. – Root vegetables; some carrot, truffles,
semolina dumplings. Please enjoy. – Thank you very much. – You’re welcome. – It’s actually all vegetables inside but
it’s very pretty. Guys, are you ready for another ASMR? Here, it’s quiet enough. That’s it – just joking. – Mr Chui, here we have our champagne. – Good champagne. Very good; 2004 – 15 years old. The burger’s fantastic. Fantastic. – Your main course is ready, Mr Chui. – Wow, look at this – the colour. – So, here we have the sea bass which sits
on a bed of risotto topped with some baby spinach and foam, which is of horse radish. – You keep up a really good standard. I wasn’t sure after two years, but I was really
happy to see the food, the presentation, the standard was still very, very good.
– (She mumbles), yes. – Ariba Robuso.
– Correct. – It’s a Cuban cigar, right? – It is a Cuban cigar. – And if you take your first puff, you will
taste herbal flavours and it has a bit of a creamy texture as well. I’m going to tell you – I’m not even a smoker
but I felt like: Hey, this is the Residence lounge. At least have a little, little taste of the
cigar. It will be a waste if you don’t do it. So I don’t even know who the butler that I’m
going to fly with this time is but I’ve flown twice with Leanne the Butler. – I remember Leanne. – Yeah, the blonde woman from Manchester.
– Yes, correct, yes. – My viewers, the audience, just loved her. She just had an impeccable manner. All trained in the Savoy, just like you. – She is. – You also trained in the Savoy in London. – Yes, yes I did. – Yeah, so, well, she was well remembered
and if you’re watching the video Leanne, we just wanted to say hi to you and wish you
well. So I actually want to have a foot massage
before my flight – my foot is a bit aching – so let’s go to the spa. – And right… – Oh man! Just had a full belly of food, now I’ve come
in for a massage. This is such a life of the kings! Oh very nice. Yeah. Very nice. – I hope you enjoyed your stay with us this
evening. – Thank you so much, it’s been a pleasure. – You’re welcome. – So another perk of Etihad’s ground service
is that they have porters. Like, we are filming here so that the porter
can carry our bags. – Actually, I was searching for you in Paris.
– Really? – I found you here. – I was there on day one and day two. – Yeah, yeah. – Did you enjoy the Paris air show? – Yeah, exactly. – Good, excellent. Take care. Hello there.
– Good evening, Mr Chui. – How are you?
– Great. How are you doing today?
– Good, good. – I’m Pradish. – Pradish? – Yes, and it’s a real pleasure to be your
butler on this flight. – Sorry to keep you waiting. – Please, please. – Thank you. It brings back so many great memories of Etihad
for me, you know. I used to be a big flyer because I used to
live in Abu Dhabi and, to be quite honest, I really miss Etihad. – Welcome back sir, how are you? – Hi. Nice to meet you.
– Welcome back, nice to have you. (Mumbles). Thank you very much. Thank you. – It’s a real pleasure to have you back with
us. It’s like your second home now! – Thank you so much, thank you. I really wish that this was my second home,
flying – flying in a palace in the sky! – And since we consider it your second home,
what I’ve tried to do is give you a feeling of being at home, so what I’ve done here is
put a photo frame of yours. – Oh my! – So I took the liberty of getting a great
photo of you.
– Look at this! I love your gift. Thank you so much Pradish. – It’s my pleasure. – This is also, coincidentally, me sitting
in the first class apartment on Etihad but the difference is that this was a few years
back, when I was about 20 pounds lighter, so you can see now and then. Which one do you like better? – Since you are so passionate about aviation,
what I’ve done is selected the latest edition of a few magazines for you since it’s a long
flight. – Aviation magazines?
– Yes. – Really?
– Yes. – Wow. – I’ll just present that to you.
– Yeah. – There you go, the latest editions of…
– Wow, look at this! Aviation magazines. I think that this is a perk of flying in the
Residence – the butler tries to know you well before you fly. So they knew I had this hobby. Thank you so much. I’ll read them before I go to sleep tonight. – My pleasure. – I like all kinds of Coke. Diet Coke, regular Coke, yeah. – And that’s the Diet Lite for you. – Thank you for loading up the Diet Coke. I have my own mini fridge here. – Yes. – This is great, lovely. – And the best part about this is that it’s
a chilled mini-bar, so it’s a soft beverage bar. – Fantastic, thank you so much for that. – This is the Poltrona Frau leather. – Poltrona Frau, yes.
– Yes. – I remember, it’s showing here. – Similar to what you would find in a Ferrari
car. – Oh, Ferrari – okay. Thank you for the orientation. I can’t wait – I want to go and see my bedroom. There’s a full sized mirror which I can see
myself in. I can see us. I remember this place very well. This is probably the only true double bed
in the sky. This is not one of those first class, business
class converters, a lay-flat bed. This is a real double-sized bed for two people. I’m looking forward to that good night’s sleep
tonight. Good evening.
– Good evening.
– How are you? Ah, I remember you – you were the one flying
the F1 fly-past. – Yes, yes. How are you doing? – I remember seeing you. You have one scene where you have your laughing
face on where you are doing the flight. Captain – what’s your name? – Suleman. – Captain Suleman and Captain Shing today. – Yes, yes.
– Yeah. Nice to fly with you. How long will it take to Seoul tonight? – Tonight, it’s not that bad – 8 hours, 10
minutes. – Make it longer, because I’m in the Residence! – Okay! Today, we plan to go to 39,000 feet. – 39,000? – When we are over China, we will climb to
41,000 feet depending on the traffic, if we’re allowed. – So we should have some good tail wind pushing
us, right? – Yes, that’s why the flight is about 8 hours
and 10 minutes. – 8 hours, 10 minutes; not bad. What’s your take-off weight on the A380 tonight? – Tonight, we are looking at 460 tonnes at
least. – 460 tonnes? – Yeah.
– Not bad, easy. – No, no. – Far from (mumbles). (Mumbles) is what, 500? 570? – 577. Yeah. Thank you very much. – Yeah, you’re welcome. – And, pleasure flying with you sir. – Welcome aboard and enjoy the service. (They converse in Korean). – All the Koreans are hiding in here! There you go! – Oh, this is business class.
– Yes. – [Announcement] Sit back, relax and enjoy your flight,
thank you. – This little kid has a really nice seat. You have your own space here. Heyyyy! This business class seat here is actually… I’ll tell you what, there’s such space on
the A380. There’s such a space here and I believe that
you can close this here. – Yes.
– Additionally, for privacy, isn’t it? Hello, how are you? – Hi, nice to meet you.
– Are you from Korea? – How did you know that? – I don’t know, I just guessed that you were
going to Korea. – That’s it. – There’s a high chance that you’re from Korea. Well, this is the social area on board. I know that and that’s what we’re doing here
– socialising in the social area. That’s the end of the tour but I have to tell
you guys that I have the best seat on this aeroplane, right here. The Residence, seat 1A. – This is from a friend of mine. This is called “A friend of Mine.” – A friend of mine. – Exposed. The best part about this is that the design
is inspired by Amarati Cordura. – Oh, so it will feel like a long… – Yes. – …Kind of shirt. – Yes. And there’s also a robe that gives you the
feeling. – Right, so this is interesting. I never wear something like Cordura. – Specially crafted menu for you with your
name on it. – Oh my Gosh. – It’s a customised menu. – Welcome Mr Chui. I’m Salman. It’s my pleasure to be your personal chef
on today’s Etihad flight. If I may quickly take you through the menu. On our a la carte section we have our signature
caviar service which I highly recommend with a glass of rose champagne. We also have a very specific dish on today’s
flight. It is the (mumbles) which is a special Korean
dish of steamed rice and several toppings. Very popular for breakfast – highly recommended. And in our lounge and grill section we have
proteins which you can mix and match as you like and, of course, another oriental dish
inspired by today’s flight, the (mumbles) sliders with a mixture of sweet and savoury
items and our selection of cheese and fruit and desserts which you might like. So, if you have any questions, please let
me know and I will be more than happy to answer them. Thank you. – Mr Chui? – Yes. – Please allow me to present a certificate
to you to commemorate our inaugural Seoul flight. – Oh, you’ve got a certificate for today’s
flight!
– Yes. – Oh, look at this. – Hi Mr Chui, it’s my pleasure to have you
on board today’s flight. I’m Jane and I’m the manager. Welcome on board. – Ma’am, I think you’re from Australia, right? – Yes, I’m Australian as well. I’m from near Gull Coast near Beachy Head,
so still a New South Wales girl, so we’ve got that in common.
– Pleased to meet you! – Nice to meet you! – This is my totally private toilet. It has a shower, it has a bathroom. So I’m going to change from my tuxedo in to
something comfortable. I changed to my normal pyjamas. These are extra pyjamas on top of the pyjamas,
it’s like a cover. You know guys, this robe here that I’m wearing feels like the Star Wars Jedi, you know, wearing a robe like this. When you fly in the Residence, you expect
them to have everything. So they gave me the free WiFi. Unlimited WiFi on board. Complimentary internet. Look at the colours, look at this. – Okay. – So, this is the beef here, chicken and (mumbles). – You eat this Asian and Chinese food like
a sandwich, like a slider. Very, very nice. It’s toasted and it’s very warm. – Bellini Cipriani. – Cheers! Oh, look at this! This is beautiful!
– Steak and chips. – Love them. – Truffle juice. – Awesome. This is garlic and Koreans love garlic. This is well cooked garlic. – Mr Chui?
– Yes? – Now, please enjoy the cognac. – Oh… – Flat, oh yes! That’s Remy Martin, Cellar 28, so that doesn’t
roll down. – It doesn’t fall? – No, it can handle a little turbulence. – Does it roll? – Yes. Just like this. – Wow. No matter how you turn it around, it never
spills. I’m going to enjoy this fine glass of Remy
Martin, cellar 28. Cheers guys! Thank you so much – the bed looks really nice. I’m going to have a shower and then I’ll go
to sleep. Thank you so much. – So, Sam, here’s your personal bath robe. – Personal bath robe? – Yes. – Alright. – And please enjoy the shower. – Thank you very much. This is a very expensive brand. Acqua di Palma. So I’m just going to clean my face before
I go to sleep. Now, shower time. That shower was great! So refreshing. Having a private shower makes all the difference
and remember, this is my own bathroom. I don’t share with anybody. It’s time to sleep now. Ah, this is nice. I have one TV in the living room. Now I have the second TV right now in my bedroom. The best part is that I can enjoy all of the
TV programmes in total privacy here. This is nice. Good night guys. Good morning. I just woke up and I’m really, really comfortable
on the bed. This bed is really, really long and I actually
have quite a big space around me. I think we’re just about one and a half hours
from landing in Korea now, so, I’m feeling a bit hungry actually. Let me call the butler and get some food. – Mr Chui! Hi! There you go. – I wish I could sleep ten hours here.
– Is it? – It’s amazing, sleeping in the sky, on a
real bed.
– Yeah, it is. – It makes a lot of difference actually. – It does, it does. – Yeah. – That’s caviar and we have toast, we have
cream, we have some parsley and also a yoke and egg white to go… Mr Chui. So, what I have planned for you is alongside
a theme called Champagne wishes and caviar dreams. – Champagne wishes… – And Caviar dreams, yes. – Exactly, champagne and caviar. – Caviar, yes. – Cheers guys. How often do you wake up in the morning and
get served like this? Champagne and caviar. – Mr Chui. – Wow! – That’s coconut waffle and raspberry. – Thank you so much for looking after me Pradish,
today. You did a great job. – It’s a real pleasure. – I’m actually wondering – which part of India
are you from? – I’m from Kerala, down South. – Kerala. – Mr Sam Chui and the video viewers, (speaks
Hindii). – Well, thank you very much. It’s a pleasure to have you here. – It’s a real pleasure. – I have to tell you that the Residence is a once in a lifetime experience. Nothing in commercial aviation products comes
close to the Residence. The Residence really is a class of its own. I’m not just talking about it – you have seen
my experience and I really encourage you to come and try it. At the end of the day, it’s all about that
experience that matters. Thank you so much for today and congratulations
on the inaugural A380 flight. Well done everybody. Thank you so much. Tonight, I’m flying back in economy class
so there’s no limousine. This is my seat here. We’ve just arrived. This thing here, I also quite like. – We have chicken drumsticks with (mumbles)
and braised beef… – The tray is really light. I was wrongly concerned. I thought that the meal was smaller but it’s
actually bigger. Now you can buy sweet and salty. The Queen of Saudi Arabia performing on the
Etihad A380! Let me show you what the toilet is like in
Etihad economy. Bring an eye shade in economy class. I bought this model from the duty free and
this is a giveaway model for our YouTube viewers.

100 thoughts on “The $20,000 Residence on Etihad A380

  1. This is not my first time flying The Residence. One of the main goal I have here is to make a better video to share the experience so I invested in better gears, with a professional videographer traveling with me. Unlike the first and second time which I paid my own Residence flight, this (3rd time!) is indeed an invite from Etihad like i mentioned early in the video. I asked to go one way in The Residence and return in economy to have a feel the differences.

    For more depth review of The Residence and how to afford it, please visit my blog post
    https://samchui.com/2019/07/08/review-etihad-a380-the-residence-to-incheon/#.XSmr0ZMzbOQ

  2. Sam I just discovered you today, your THE BEST!!
    Im a 55 yr old woman and while watching these Ultra 1st Class Flights, Im DREAMING what it would be like.
    OMG I CANT EVEN IMAGINE! YOUR A LUCKY LUCKY MAN!!
    Merci Sam !

  3. 19:24 he isn’t talking in Hindi language it was Tamil or Telugu or Malayalam or Kannada or some other language which maybe from kerala

  4. I am a single guy, this remote all inclusive resort in the middle of nowhere gave me a deep discount for 7 days to attend their timeshare. I went there alone, what a gorgeous place, the grounds were like heaven, tropical, birds everywhere, colors, flowers among the lush green, Service top notch, food was 5 star. The 3rd day I was bored out of my wits, fourth day I realized I needed to leave, so cut the trip short and left.

  5. Hope you paid for the trip, because I have traveled their nightmare liner 787 from DC to ADH in economy, I paid for this with my discomfort and bad food!

  6. I will take a bet all the space and staff and food given to the first class guy, if given to economy passengers, will fetch more than $20k, in short economy passengers subsidize the spoilt brat rich bastards, and if this guy got a free trip, why are there ads every five minutes?

  7. I'd like to see the ultra-rich Sheikh who is REALLY REALLY CHEAP and flies in Economy in the cheapest possible seat he can find and hopes no one notices him.

  8. I don't want a massage unless it's a woman and there's a happy ending.

    Tell that man to GET YOUR DAMN HANDS OFF ME.

  9. That's only a 2 person double bed if you're a small Asian.

    I'm 6'7" and 350 pounds AMERICAN.

    We need AT LEAST a Queen so my chick can get pumped.

  10. After the reading the comment section I’ve come to the conclusion no one ever compliments or notices my weight loss because they think it would be offensive… 😂👍🏼

  11. Wow! How mush money did u make did u own it or no boi ur rich lucky aleast I’m going to save money I have 800 something

  12. when I was in the womb my mother make me mattress

    she bought cloth and sewed it by hand

    she was very sweaty, tired and feeling hungry

    she make it for me when i am born for sleep

    When I was born I ate a lot and didn't stop eating but i am not fad,

    I am skinny

    my mom called me stomach sack

    i didnt lough when he telling the story' when my mother call me baby eat agan playing and eat.

    my neighbour smiling when i am eat

    OH GOD.

    when i am growing up my work only sleeping.

    i want sleeping on my bed

    my mom always take a peek what i am doing on my bed

    i am sleeping on my bed.

    she always curious what i am doing.

    even in my bed.

    sleeping child

    i always sleeping on the aircraft

    and stewardes wake me up

    mas,
    i still in the aircraft.
    she give me coffe, and talking
    i am YOUR'S neighbour.

    ah, really ?

    yes i am, the eyes sparkling
    actually not, she have the residence near my house

    one kelurahan

    she only see
    i often see you around she said smiling.

    what ever air angel said even a little word something like

    hai and smile

    its can be forget about one hundred years.

    i ever have the girl friends stewardes

    the body i forget face
    when i met her again after 20 years not meet

    she is not stewardes anymore
    body large and gold every hands and foots she is Indian faces

    i forgot about her
    sudenly find me

    i got you from my brother
    that you working on here

    this is my husband she said.

    so ?

    i need your's help.
    we want to travel
    go to island honeymoon.

    you be my travel guide.

    she going guadiance by my friend

    and when i am back to the office

    she back and give me some
    souvenirs from Ternate

    khas Gorontalo.

    i don't need suvenir
    i glad to help you.

    i don't even don't recognize
    until we meet again

    its me.

    when we meet again i am forgot yours names

    sorry what do i do to write your's name i wanna save on my phone

    you have been calling who the last ?

    BEAUTY, save my name BEAUTY

    haduh.

    somebody can recognize you when you are often flying as regular pasanger

    its named inner contact

    until imagined to dream
    where ever you sleep.

    the eyes, the smile

    mas,
    how come, never get on a plane again, man when you rarely meet

    she miss you angel of air

    when you come to the aircraft

    "pax COMING".

    you come to the aircraft only for sleeping.

    why you don't sleeping on to hotel !

    becouse the aircraft comfortable for sleep too.

    zzzzz Zz

  13. മലയാളത്തിൽ സംസാരിച്ച ചേട്ടന് എത്ര ലൈക്ക്???

  14. I dont think its actually that amazing, its just because its in contrast with the absolute barbarism of economy – where youre so cramped in youre lucky if you dont wake up with a life threatening blood clot.

  15. him telling girl she lost weight, she should have said yes i have but you still have more chins than a Chinese yellow pages

  16. Moral of this episode is: those who can afford it, are not watching it and those who cant afford it they are commenting over here like me😅

  17. Having this much attention you feel like your in a hospital room having surgery. Somebody in your room every 5 minute. I'm sure their is a joke about checking vitals 😀

  18. Hi Sam, is it customery to tip when staying in a 1st class lounge at the airport eating, drinking, sleeping etc.? If so, how much is recommended?

  19. Sorry for disturbing , im just a poor citizen passing by to your channel. Great life you have. Cheers.

  20. Man this guy looks so spoiled.i know he keeps complimenting everything, but i feel like there is no weight behind it. He feels smug and superficial in my opinion(yes and im also a little jealous).

  21. Mr Chui, Do you have the aircrew assist in the videography on your flights or do you have a companion that goes along? Do they get the same perks as you do if you have a friend filming? Thank you

  22. This video has ruined it for me. I can’t watch other airline videos anymore. First class will look like economy from now on. This level of luxury is insane!

  23. Just magnificent, all the detail is fantastic. Great job as always. Thoroughly enjoyed this video. What an amazing character and charisma Sam has. Keep up the good work. All the views much love 👍🏼

  24. I have a photo for you, I have some mags for you, I have a menu for you and I also have a certificate for you……. That's great now leave me alone I think my response would be. I think I may be the only person who if they had won the Euro millions I still wouldn't pay 20k for this flight. give me extra leg room and some good people watching anytime.

  25. Even if I had the money to afford it or somebody gifted it to me, I'd be confused about everything. I'd obviously take it and love it in a way, but at the same time I'd feel super uncomfortable.
    I'm usually not good with luxury stuff so every time I get treated nicely in the slightest way, my social anxiety fucks it up.
    You can get somebody to drive you to the first class exclusive building? I'd probably take the subway, maybe an Uber if I'm feeling fancy. To the regular terminal. To wait in the queue and check in like everybody else.
    Then i'd proceed to find the lounge because I've read about those before and I do love the idea of eating whatever you want before getting on the flight with terrible airplane food. After finding it, I'd almost certainly feel very weird about everything, especially your personal butler as well as being able to order whatever you want. I'd probably stick to the buffet.
    In the airplane my social anxiety would calm down since I'd be somewhat alone so I'd explore anything and everything and try out everything I can. Then it'd come back because I would have to order my food, which I'd find somewhat weird because I wouldn't want to annoy anybody but try everything at the same time.
    Crew member making my bed? No way! I couldn't let anybody do that.
    Conclusion: I guess I'm not made for this. That being said, it IS great and I'd love to experience something like this just once in my life. But on a regular basis? Probably not. I'd be perfectly fine with business or even economy class. I love eating shitty mcdonalds before my flights, rushing through the terminal because I'm late, fighting through the queue, eating whatever I get and being treated without any special attention. It's part of the fun when travelling.

  26. When I travel I like quiet. Guess that's not happening on this flight with 25 different people asking if you need anything every 10 minutes. Yes.. I need something. To be left the hell alone.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *