Of the three major classes of cabins available on commercial flights, the first class appeals more to the richest of the rich. To complement its pricey ticket, the first class cabin usually comes with exclusive and over the top amenities that passengers of other cabins can only wish for. From check-in to arrival its passengers are treated with utmost importance, they get to enjoy a bigger space compared to the Lilliputian of the other cabins, a separate restroom to avoid annoying queues, wider viewing system just for maximized fun, your own private butler in some spectacular cases (Etihad’s Residence) and many other exclusive perks.
In this 21st century where airline transportation is increasingly becoming common, many airlines have emerged, thus increasing competition among them. In a bid to woo potential customers, airlines have come up with exclusive eye-watering features to maximize travelling experience. So, if you’re a millionaire with 5 figures to spend on airline fare, take a look at these top ten World’s Best First Class Airline Cabins, and chose the one that catches your fancy most.
10. Korean Air – First Class Suites
The Korean Air First Class Cabin offers 5 different types of sitting/sleeping positions. The latest style- Kosmo Suite 2.0 (pictured above) measuring 79 inches long and 24 inch wide offers the most privacy with its sliding louvres offering views from inside but not from outside. The Kosmo suite is the largest measuring 79 inches long and 26.5 inches wide. Featuring a joint-less seat mat a footrest, and back support which are all adjustable it is arguably the best for long distance flights. The three other suites are Kosmo Sleeper (78 inch long), Sleeper and Sleeper Ottoman which all features at least 17-inch high-resolution LCD screens, reading lamps and ear friendly headsets.
9. Thai Airways – Royal First Class
Thai Airways‘ Royal First class cabin is available on its Airbus A380 (pictured above) and Boeing 747s. Both offers about 8 ft long semi-private suites but the former is larger with its 180 degree seat measuring 27 inches in width while the later measures 23 inches. Its passengers get to enjoy a full body massage at its Royal First Lounge of Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport while they wait for their flight. And when its boarding time, the hostesses welcome you with a glass of champagne, which you can enjoy while entertaining yourself with is 23-inch TV which includes 130 films, 300 television programmes, 500 music CDs and a great variety of games and special features.
8. All Nippon Airways – First Square Cabin
ANA is Japan’s seconds largest airline. Its first class box-like suite offers privacy, luxury, comfort and space. Perhaps, its most distinguishing feature is the availability of numerous storage space- there is a mini closet for your suite and shoes, a space underneath the rotatable chair for baggage including many other compartments to store whatever you might like. Dine and wine on the adjustable dining table and cocktail table. For entertainment, there is a 23-inch monitor available from which you can view the latest blockbusters, original ANA programms and sports. Listen to your favourite music genre or listen to audio books from its Sony digital headset.
7. Qantas First Suite
Australia’s largest airline Qantas has its first suite on international flights which features an adjustable arm-chair that can be converted a 2 m long 180 degree bed. There is also an ottoman for guests to your suite. Bedding features super comfy pillows, duvet and mattress made from sheepskin. On-board dining features eight-course tasting menu or a la carte menu offering signature dishes. All meals are cooked and designed on-flight by chef Neil Perry. Qantas recently took inflight entertainment to the next level becoming the first airline to issue Samsung virtual reality headsets to its first-class passengers. So passengers can either enjoy 3D entertainment from the headsets or go with the traditional 17-inch touch screen monitor. Other mouth-watering perks include SK-II skincare products, toiletries, a 100% cotton jersey pajamas, slippers and many more. Upon arrival a chauffeured limo will drive you to your destination.
6. Lufthansa First-Class Suite
German’s Lufthansa airline is the largest in Europe. Its First Class Suite on A380 offers ergonomic seats that can be converted to 2 m long beds. There are automated air humidifiers which regulate cabin humidity for passenger comfort. Michelin-star-standard delicacies and caviar are served together with wines curated by world champion sommelier Markus Del Monego. For entertainment, there is a Bose headset and 100 movies in eight different languages. Passengers also have access to 200 TV programmes, TV series, latest news and sports highlights. Audio books and music are not left out. On its 747s, each seat has a separate bed. A chauffeur awaits you upon arrival.
5. Japan Airlines 777 First Class
The seats on Japan Airline‘s 777 first-class cabin is ergonomically designed. There is a private retractable partition, and an ottoman for guests. After changing into your JAL pajamas, you can enjoy comfortable sleep on any of the two available airweave mattress (soft/hard) you choose. For dinning pleasure, you get to choose from three different menus- Western cuisine, Japanese cuisine and a la carte. Meals are complimented with Sake and wines curated by wine journalist Fumiko Arisaka. Inflight entertainment features a 23-inch LCD screen and Bose headset.
4. Swiss International Airlines – First Class
The Swiss first class cabin offers semi-privacy in case you want to have a chat with the lady next suite without having to leave your seat and a maximum privacy as well when you’re done chatting and need to get some “me-time”. The suite can be converted into a dining for two, a lounge armchair and a 2 meter fully-flat bed with mattress. Perks include La Prairie skin care products, amenity kit featuring ear plugs, eye mask, socks, toothpaste and toothbrush. You also get to have a Zimmerli pajamas to sleep in. Upon arrival, its passengers are transported to their destination in a limo.
3. Singapore Airlines Suite
With full doors that completely seals your cabin from others, the Singapore Airline suite offers you a private room in the sky. Unlike most premium cabins that have chairs that convert to beds, the Singapore suite offers a standalone bed. Amazingly, two suites in the middle can be converted to one to give a wide double bed (pictured above) so if you’re travelling with bae, there’s enough space for cuddling. The suite offers exquisite dining from menus created by their celebrated International culinary panel, the best of wines and champagne is also served. There is also a “Book The Cook” meal service where you can pre-order your favorite meals to be cooked 24 hours before departure. Extras include Bose headphone, Salvatore Ferragamo kit and cologne, Givenchy blankets pillows and pyjamas.
2. Emirate First Class Private Suite
The Emirates first-class cabin on its A380 is a luxurious private suite featuring massage-enabled seats, personal refrigerated minibar, 23 inch LCD screen and remote-controlled sliding doors for optimum privacy. Its Spa shower the first ever in the skies is equipped with Bulgari toiletries, Timeless spa products, hair dryer and fluffy towels. Gourmet meals are served whenever you want. And when you are feeling a bit lonely in your suite, you can take a walk to the onboard lounge and mingle with passengers from the first class and business class cabins. The lounge bartender can serve you canapés, cocktail, exclusive wines and other beverages.
1. Etihad’s Residence
When it comes to luxurious premium commercial flight experience, The Residence takes the cake. There’s nothing yet like Etihad‘s uber first class that features a living room, a separate bedroom, an en suite sweet bathroom, your inflight chef and personal trained butler. The living room (pictured) features 32-inch HD TV, Poltrona Frau leather double-seat sofa, two dining tables, and a refrigerated mini bar. The bedroom has its own 27-inch TV and is fitted with fibre mattress double bed and bedding by Italy’s Pratesi. The bathroom is fully equipped with shower, dryer, bespoke toiletries and bathrobes. Whatever your chef whips up will be enjoyed in gold-plated wares. The perks from the residence are endless, from stylish pyjamas to luxury amenity kit you will be left in awe. Click here to read the story of the first man to fly the residence.