By Andy Dundridge
Singapore Airlines has one of the most luxurious first-class cabins in the world. – Travel Travel News
When you’re flying in style in the first-class section, you want your experience to be as comfortable and luxurious as possible. After all, you shelled out top dollar for prime seating. But not all first-class airline cabins are built the same, and some are ritzier and costlier than others. If you’re looking for a splurge, book a ticket for one these 5 best first-class airline cabins:
Though small in size, the first-class cabins aboard Singapore Suites are like miniature luxury suites. Offered only on the airline’s A380 flights, these rooms were specially created by Jean-Jacques Coste, a French luxury yacht designer. They first hit the market in 2007, giving flyers a private, fully-encapsulated and posh spot to relax away from the other passengers. Many of the dining options were developed by Australian celebrity chef Matthew Moran and include menu selections such as rack of lamb and lobster thermidor, and the meals are served on designer Givenchy tableware. Guests also receive complimentary pyjamas that they can change into before cosying up in a full-size double bed accented with Italian leather and Givenchy bedding.
Germany’s flag carrier offers the country’s most deluxe in-air accommodations. Those who book the first-class cabin get limo service to and from the airport and are greeted in their suites with some of the world’s best wines hand-selected by Markus Del Monego, Sommelier World Champion and Master of Wine. Guests can also enjoy tasty delights such as caviar and gourmet entrees created by Michelin-starred chefs as well as Krug Grande Cuvée Champagne. When you’re feeling sleepy, lay down in the massive 2-metre-long flatbed and doze off to some television while relaxing in your complimentary pyjamas.
Guests enter their Cathay Pacific first-class suites aboard the 777 through a private entrance. Each passenger gets his or her own private pod separated from others by wood-grained partitions and pleasantly decorated with wall-mounted vases and elegant flowers. The flat beds come with extra-large pillows, and the complimentary pyjamas are made of 100 percent organic cotton. Travellers also receive amenity kits – men’s are designed by Ermenegildo Zegna, while women’s are designed by Trussardi.
The first-class suites on Emirates are exclusive to the A380 models and can hold up to 14 passengers. The star feature of each is the shower spa, which allows these travellers to take a steamy, five-minute shower during the flight. The first-class cabin’s two bathrooms have shower stalls, marble sinks, luxurious towels and designer toiletries. Over in the suites’ onboard lounge, guests can help themselves to delicious foods such as Iranian caviar and Lebanese labneh balls. Or, help yourself to something from your personal mini bar. The comfortable passenger seats convert onto a flatbed topped with a mattress.
Oman Air is Oman’s national airline and known for being a luxury carrier. Its six first-class mini suites offer a wide variety of amenities, including a complimentary chauffeured car to select destinations once you deboard. During the flight, you can dine on caviar and sip on Taittinger Comtes Champagne while you peruse the a la carte menu comprised a multitude of diverse options, including modern gourmet fare and traditional Arabic dishes. You can also help yourself to treats and drinks at the luxurious lounge area, then, lay back and snooze away on the lie-flat seat, the longest available on any commercial carrier. These seats also come with an eight-point massage system, and each passenger gets his or her own 23-inch video monitor.