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What seat on a regularly scheduled flight is the most expensive? I'm assuming it will be some first (or higher) class seat on a long-haul premium airline, but I'm not sure which trip can lay claim to being the most lucrative.

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Arguably the flight from New York City and Mumbai on Etihad is the most expensive flight in the world.

A round-trip ticket would cost a staggering $76,000 (£52,000) at single or double occupancy.

This is because the ticket is for "The Residence", which is an actual three-room suite on the plane. A slew of various services and amenities come with the ticket.

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    Definitely on my bucket list. – Michael Aug 18 '17 at 21:26
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    Somebody (who was apparently comp'd for the coverage) did a Youtube video on the experience. I thought to myself, if you took away the foldout gadgets and the TV and added a bed, this could be an Amtrak sleeping car compartment. And a lot less privacy, you sure couldn't take a girl back to the room. – Harper Aug 20 '17 at 6:40
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The direct flight from JFK to London City is no slouch either. The spiritual successor of the Concorde, with flights numbers BA 1 and BA 2, it saves time by dropping you in London proper instead of out at Heathrow. Cost is $5000-$10,000, and the entire airplane is first class. (Other flights which involve stops and plane changes are in the $700 range.)

Equipmentwise, it has been downgraded from the incomparable Concorde to the ignominious Airbus 318 (the mini-mini-A320) - and being all-first-class means capacity is considerably less than the 100-seat Concorde. However this allows it to grease into the tiny runway at LCY. It cannot take off with full fuel, so westbound, it stops briefly at Shannon for fuel.

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    While BA001/002 are usually more expensive than LHR-JFK business class flights (and I think that's the relevant comparison, given the seats offered), it's not usually that much more expensive. If you can book a few months in advance and stay over a weekend, I'm seeing the A318 flights for around £1,900, which is around what you'd pay for business class for London-NY on most airlines. Getting any seat on the plane is more expensive than normal, yes, because it's all business class, but it's not especially expensive comparing apples to apples. – Zach Lipton Aug 20 '17 at 5:45
  • @ZachLipton Ah so you're right, it is 4-across. For some reason I thought it was all the full-on cubicles. It is only 32 seats on the entire plane, can't imagine how they can make it on GBP1900 a seat. – Harper Aug 20 '17 at 6:48