It’s no mystery that airlines have been trying to include more seats in order to fly more customers and generate more revenue. And while seats may be getting slimmer and the cabins getting more cramped in the economy section, the front of the plane is only getting better and better. While it may not be unusual for first-class cabins to feature lie-flat seats, large displays and noise-canceling headphones, nowadays the focus is on sleep pods, private suites, massage chairs, showers and even full-size bedrooms.
From British Airways to Lufthansa, it’s no surprise airlines are trying to stay competitive by offering more extravagant amenities and services available to their first class customers. After all, the opportunity is there for them to seize. A first class ticket can cost anywhere from as little as $1,000 to over $20,000, with the most hefty price tag offered by Singapore Air Suite Class, which offers a trip from NYC to Singapore for the hefty price of $23,000.
If you’re curious to find out what kind of luxury you can get on various airlines, read on to find out more information about some of our favorite airline cabins.
15. Lufthansa First Class
Kicking off this list is Lufthansa’s first class. It has been consistently rated as a 5-star experience by customers and industry alike. Thanks to their ergonomically shaped seats, flyers can relax in comfortable seats or extend these into comfortable beds to enjoy a comfortable sleep in their 6’6 long beds. Their passengers can enjoy a wide variety of entertainment options on personalized screens, or relax and enjoy an award winning chef meal in their first class lounge. This is the perfect airline for wine lovers, featuring the award-winning wine program, Vinothek, which is constantly being updated with newer and better options by famous Master of Wine, Markus Del Monego. Flyers can freshen up along the journey with the many luxurious and complementary toiletries and beauty products available both in the washrooms, as well as upon request.
14. British Airways First Class
Flying on British Airways provides first class passengers with many luxuries, including their own private and spacious suite, a comfortable adjustable seat that becomes a fully flat bed with a mattress, duvet and a complimentary pair of pajamas. Flyers can enjoy a facial or full body relaxation massage in any of British Airways’ first class lounges around the world, or a light massage on some unique flights. Their menu choices include three full meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner), as well as the option to order additional choices.
13. Oman Air First Class
Oman Air offers its passengers an unmatched level of luxury, including lie-flat seats, direct aisle access and a la carte dining for every passenger flying first class. Their first class cabin area includes an elegant lounge, and only six seats, offering their passengers maximum privacy and the feel of an exclusive private jet. Their 25.5′ wide seats feature a built in massage system, allowing customers to relax, whether they’re enjoying any of a wide selection of movies, or to sleep on their reclined seats.
Their customers have the option of enjoy caviar appetizers, as well as a choice of Arabic inspired gourmet meals, or to choose a glass of champagne or wine from their extensive wine cellar.
12. Korean Air Kosmo Suite
Perfect for those looking for a quiet work-space away from home, Korean Air’s first class feature adjustable seating with an extendable footrest, confined within individual office spaces with personal screens. For flyers looking to rest, the 26.5′ wide seat can be adjusted to become 5.9′ wider, and be stretched out into a 79′ long one-piece seat mattress that ensures maximum comfort during sleep on long flights. A unique feature to this airline is the option of passengers getting unique views of the outside sky on their personal monitors, allowing them to track their journey.
11. Transaero Imperial Class
Transaero’s dedication to exceptional customer service starts from the beginning of the journey – their first class passengers have access to a private driver to and from a select number of airports around the world, as well as access to a guide to the airport and airline prior to them boarding their flights. In regards to boarding flights, their passengers are chauffeured directly to their plane, bypassing horrible check-in lines that the rest of us have to contend with.
The design of the plane was inspired by 19th century imperial Russia, giving the plane an exquisite appeal. Their unique seat configuration ensures flyers get a spacious area to relax in, while they’re parting in the delicious Russian-inspired on board meals.
10. Thai Royal First
Upon boarding the plane, passengers receive welcome champagnes, tropical juices or Thai Royal’s signature ‘Violet Breeze’, which is a blend of chilled lime juice and pressed Thai butterfly-pea blossoms. They are then seated in comfortable seat-office-beds, which can be adjusted for work, relaxation or sleep, and reclined to become an 180 degree flat bed. For resting times, flyers receive soft blankets and pillows to lull them to sleep. When it comes to on-flight food offerings, Thai Airways have some of the freshest, most flavorful meals around, offering their passengers multi-course meals inspired by gourmet Thai cuisine. For entertainment, the airline has over 100 movie options for their passengers to enjoy while they spend their time relaxing in a luxurious home in the sky.
9. American Airlines Flagship
While offering excellent customer service and unique on-board menu offerings, American Airlines Flagship offers arguably the industry’s most comfortable chairs. Flyers sit in adjustable 6’6 seats that are the only swivel seats in the industry, allowing for easier face-to-face interaction between passengers. When tired, passengers can take advantage of the seats lie-down feature, which turn them into comfortable sleeping arrangements.
8. JetBlue Mint
Unlike many of the other airlines on this list, JetBlue Mint is an economy airline, and although their first class services easily rival those offered by luxury airlines, they do so at a lower price point. Their first class section offers 4 individual suites for customers looking for maximum privacy, and full lie-flat adjustable seats with a slide door for the common first class section. Their customers can enjoy free in-flight wifi, and over 100 channels available of interactive 15″ video screens. For their in-flight meals, they’ve partnered with famous New York based restaurant Saxon + Parole to create unique menus, created fresh daily. Better than their meals are their snack selections from Mah-Ze-Dahr Bakery, A Colicchio Discovery, and ice cream from Blue Marble Ice Cream. All first class customers receive a complimentary care package from Birchbox and some snacks for their journey. An airline where you can fly first class at almost the cost of an economy flight? Sign us up!
7. Air France
Unlike many of the other airlines on this list, Air France’s first class suites, La Première are not focused on the high-tech component, offering only a 24 inch touchscreen TV. Featuring simplicity and focusing on elegance, the airline offers loads of storage, hotel-quality bedding units, and most importantly only allows 4 – 9 passengers for the entire section of the plane, offering plenty of privacy for its guests. Using side-by-side recliners that can be folded into beds, the focus of the experience is on relaxation and on taking a break from work. Featuring chef inspired meals and a wine list that is updated every 2 months, who can even think of work while enjoying a glass of wine and an a la carte meal in a luxurious hotel in the sky?
6. Virgin Atlantic
Richard Branson is known for his bold getting things done attitude, and Virgin Atlantic’s upper class suites are a testament to that. The definition of comfort and luxury, Virgin have focused on offering their passengers everything they need on their trip. For those looking for a great place to focus on work, Virgin’s cabins offer great working stations, with a roomy table and laptop storage space in every suite. Or for passengers who have the time to relax on their flight, Virgin features individual 10.4” TVs in every suite, with an offering of over 300 movies! Not to be outdone when it comes to the dining experience, Virgin Air have partnered with celebrity chef Lorraine Pascale, to create a unique dining experience for their passengers. Virgin offers the widest seats at 22″ and can be stretched to become some of the roomiest beds out of any airline, allowing their passengers to enjoy a comfortable sleep in their 33″ wide and 6’6 long, fully flat beds.
5. Qatar Airways
From their award winning 5-star service, to their spacious and luxurious private cabins, Qatar Airways’ first class clients have access to one of the best flight experiences an airline can offer. Passengers have the option of relaxing in a flat bed, or reclining in their comfortable seats to enjoy a multitude of entertainment options. A ten-course meal is served on this airline, inspired by two Celebrity Chefs, and featuring such delicacies as caviar, lobster and various gourmet food options. Customers can choose from an extensive fine wine list or various liqueurs and champagne while aboard this flight. Upon parting, they receive a Giorgio Armani gift set to enjoy on their journey.
4. ANA First Square
One of the most unique features of the ANA First Square’s first class cabin are their square office cubicle-like seats, which feature comfortable leather seats with seat controls (with the option to adjust them to upright, relaxed or fold down into a bed with one simple button), and a spacious working area. Unlike the typical peanuts pack snack common with the economy class, theirs includes a mixture of Prosciutto, plums stuffed with liver mousse and chicken jelly, cheese sticks and champagne. Their main course offerings include items such as caviar, sea urchin, abalone, prawns and a wide variety of fresh fish meals cooked by an in-flight chef. For sleep, customers receive a set of pajamas in blue ANA colors and a pair of slippers, and a duvet to make their bed more comfortable. Customers also receive a cardigan while in flight to ensure they won’t get cold.
3. Emirates First Class Suites
Like many of the other luxury first class suites on this list, Emirates Airline offers both a common first class section, as well as private suites, complete with sliding doors and ambient lighting. Offering a la carte meals and a unique wine menu, Emirates also features an Onboard Lounge, where first class customers have the option of choosing from premium spirits, wines, champagne, cocktails and beers served by their in-flight bartender. One of the unique features of this airline is their Shower Spa, where flyers can shower and rejuvenate before they arrive at their destination. As a parting gift, their customers receive gift sets which includes Bvlgari toiletries and Timeless Spa products.
2. Etihad Diamond First
Rated as one of the most luxurious first class flight experience, Etihad goes above and beyond to ensure an optimal customer experience. Featuring a private cabin or apartment, as well as private dining tables for their guests, customers flying first class on Etihad’s flights have access to a personal in-flight chef offering menus inspired by international fine dining cuisines. Their guests can enjoy a signature cognac service and the option to enjoy wines from a boutique wine list. For entertainment, Ethiad’s guests have access to over 750 hours of in-flight entertainment which can be enjoyed on individual 24″ TV sets, as well as mobile and internet access throughout the place. When it comes to downtime, Etihad’s attention to detail becomes evident: their customers are offered a night time beverage, earplugs, noise cancelling headphones, pillow mist, a personal set of lounge wear, as well as a grooming and care kit to use before they retire to their private space that features a ‘Do Not Disturb’ function (we assume this means no one is allowed into the space).
1. Singapore Airlines
Singapore Airlines Suites offers an in-flight experience unlike any other! Offering private cabins with sliding doors and window blinds, their customers can choose the level of privacy they prefer. The First Class seats were designed in partnership with BMW Group DesignworksUSA, offering seats with a 35″ width that become double beds when laid out, making them the most spacious airline seats around. Customers are welcomed aboard with Dom Perignon, a wide selection of magazines, and a welcome package of Givenchy perfume. Their in-flight entertainment includes personal 24″ LCD screens with touch screen interface, as well as Bose noise cancelling headphones. For their in-flight meal service, their customers have access to an International Culinary Panel of world-renowned chefs, and various ever changing wine lists. Customers have the option of using their Book the Cook feature, which allows them to order their customized meals 24 hours prior to their flight. The overall experience can set you back anywhere from $1000 to a whooping $23,000 for a flight from NYC to Singapore, so of course the experience would be unbelievable.