Traveling first class on an airplane will set you back a pretty penny. But for that cash you’ll receive nothing short of the most luxurious flying experience one can buy.
Here are 12 first class airline seats that are probably nicer than a hotel room.
Etihad Airways First Class
Known simply as “The Residence”, Etihad Airways’ luxury offering is the closest thing in mass commercial air travel to the service found on a private jet. Instead of an airline seat, The Residence is more like an apartment in the sky, with a bedroom, private shower, and living area.
Flyers traveling in the 125-square-foot Residence are treated to a 32-inch flatscreen TV as well as the full attention of a private butler.
Emirates First Class
Dubai’s Emirates, one of the pioneers in the luxury suite market, has packed its suites with a fully stocked minibar, vanity mirror and a wardrobe.
Emirates are the only airline to offer first class passengers the opportunity to shower on board, inside the large marbled bathroom.
British Airways First Class
British Airways flew in the face of current airline trends by spending $176 million on its new first-class product.
Passengers traveling in its ultra-modern suites can enjoy a host of luxurious schwag, including cotton pajamas and beauty products in a designer Anya Hindmarch bag.
Qatar Airways First Class
Though Qatar Airways have decided to concentrate more on its business class seats in recent years, its first class product is still top-notch. Passengers are treated to world-class dining with menus crafted by the likes of Nobu founder Nobu Matsuhisa and Michelin-star-winning chef Tom Aikens.
Air France First Class
Air France’s new La Premiere luxury suite features plush bedding from Sofitel and Michelin-star-quality dining.
According to the Economic Times, Air France will install a total of 76 suites on its fleet Boeing 777-300s at a cost of $75 million.
Thai Airways First Class
Thai Airways’ first class cabins feature fully-flat beds, and all passengers benefit from AVOD in-flight entertainment systems, individual power sources, and wifi internet and mobile phone access.
China Southern First Class
China Southern’s Platinum Private Suite is a spacious and private seat ensconced by shoulder-height walls. It’s refreshingly bling-free, outfitted in a calm and elegant royal purple.
Qantas First Class
Qantas’s international first class suites feature a 6.5-foot-long lie-flat bed with a plush sheepskin mattresses. Passengers are also treated to the airline’s Sommeliers in the Sky service to help them make selections from Qantas’s award-winning wine list.
Jet Airways First Class
India’s Jet Airways offers luxury suites on its fleet of Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, complete with private sleeping areas and a large selection of Hollywood and Bollywood hits on for viewing on 23-inch flat screen TVs.
It includes your very own sliding door, with room for a full lay down bed, or space for up to two people to dine, meet, and chat directly across from one and other. Suite flyers are also treated to a personalized five-course meal and endless flutes of Dom Perignon.
Cathay Pacific First Class
Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific offers its most discerning passengers stylish Norm Foster-designed first class suites with amenity kits by Ermenegildo Zegna and Trussardi.
Though not fully enclosed like some of its competitors, Cathay’s world-class service and plush bedding make for an equally luxurious experience.
Lufthansa First Class
Lufthansa introduced a new first class after receiving its first Airbus A380.
The stylish first class suite is a model of elegance. The airline’s Airbus and Boeing jumbos offer minimalist and modern suites with a host of fine dining and entertainment options. On the airline’s Boeing 747-400 jets, suites passengers are offered separate beds in addition to their seats.
Lufthansa’s first class cabin on board the A380 offers a spacious toilet and changing area.
Singapore Airlines First Class
Singapore Airlines has long been known as one of the best airlines in the world, and its first class suites certainly live up to its lofty reputation.
The fully enclosed private suites are equipped with a large 23-inch LCD entertainment system and actual standalone beds instead of converted seat beds.
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