Travelling first class by plane is a dream many of us have but few will realise. So now it’s time to pretend it’s your turn. Join Skyscanner as we give you the run down on our top five first class cabins.
1. Etihad Airways
You probably can’t do better in the air than a night floating on a double bed in Etihad’s premier A380-only suite, called The Residence by Etihad. The suite comes with a living room, a separate bedroom, an ensuite bathroom and even a personal butler. The top deck of the A380 also houses First Apartments, which are private rooms each with a large reclining seat, a full-length bed and a mini bar. Now, that’s the way to travel!
2. Singapore Airlines
The A380 Suites Class was a sensation when Singapore Airlines introduced it in 2008. It’s still amazing now, especially if you’re more used to travelling in cattle class. The interior is designed by a French yacht designer, the seat is hand stitched by an Italian master, and it comes in both single and double versions (the double version is created by merging two individual suites). Of course, you start with Dom Pérignon champagne, follow on with caviar and foie gras, and it just gets better from there.
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All Emirates A380 aircraft come with private suites in first class that have fully-flat beds and real mattresses. More light? Why not use the table lamp. Need to adjust your makeup? Unfold the vanity mirror. Meals, including wild Iranian caviar and stir-fried lobster, are served on Royal Doulton fine bone china. If you want to mix with the hoi polloi you can join those in business in the on-board lounge and bar, and you can even make use of an on-board shower.
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4. Cathay Pacific
A padded leather seat that turns into a lie-flat bed complete with a high-quality duvet and proper pillows. A cotton sleep suit to change into when it’s time to turn off the large TV that’s accompanied by noise-cancelling headphones. You can also indulge in fresh meals, thanks to on-board rice cookers, real toasters, steam ovens and coffee machines. What’s not to like?
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We like all those clean lines, German efficiency and the two-metre-long flat bed. Michelin-starred chefs create the on-board menus and there’s an emphasis on caviar, and great wines chosen by the only German Sommelier World Champion. A glass of Taittinger on the flight from Germany to start?