Book a ho­tel room in the clouds

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With space tourism now the most show-offy way to fly, the hum­ble plane has had to up its game to win over the oli­garch crowd. The re­sult is Eti­had Air­ways’ ul­tra-exclusive cabin op­tion called The Res­i­dence, which is ef­fec­tively your own ho­tel room in the sky.

Sure to make those long-haul red eyes a lit­tle less bleary, it boasts a liv­ing room, bath­room and bed­room, which is cer­tainly bet­ter than ex­tra leg room. In the lounge you’ll find a 32-inch telly with Wi-Fi and live TV – not just the selected in-flight movies – all con­trolled via touch­screen hand­set. Nat­u­rally you’ll have your own mini bar to raid, too, but even bet­ter is your own but­ler for the flight.

Eti­had will of­fer the ser­vice on flights to Abu Dhabi, Syd­ney, New York and Lon­don next year, so start sav­ing those miles. $45,000 per flight, eti­had.com/en-au, out 2015

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