As the largest passenger aircraft in the world, the Airbus A380 is a modern icon of the aviation industry. Since entering commercial service just over a decade ago with Singapore Airlines, it has gone on to be flown by 13 different airlines, with each of them installing their own range of cabins on board – including some fantastic, game-changing First Class products.
Hot on the heels of Singapore Airlines unveiling their brand new A380 products earlier this week, we count down the 10 best First Class products on board the Airbus A380. Let us know in the comments if you agree…
- 10. Thai Airways
With a stylish and bright interior, an onboard lounge and typical high-class Thai service, Thai Airways’ Royal First Class cabin onboard the A380 is an impressive product. Passengers also appreciate the cabin’s spacious dressing room/bathroom and fully-flat seats that have a pitch of 210 cm (83 inches) and a width of 67 cm (26.5 inches).
- 9. Air France
Air France’s Airbus A380 La Première product is elegant and attractive, yet pales in comparison to its First Class counterpart on board the airline’s B777 fleet – suits which are among of the best in the skies. La Première on the A380 consists of 9 seats, making the cabin extremely spacious, while an exclusive bar raises the luxury levels with its tasty buffet sophisticated atmosphere. Air France has plans in place to reconfigure their A380s with a new First Class product in 2020.
- 8. Qantas
The Flying Kangaroo first debuted its Airbus A380 First suite in 2008, and while the product may be almost 10 years old, it is still highly thought of among frequent fliers. With a total of 14 seats located at the front of the lower deck, the part-open suites feature comfortable seats that convert into fully-flat beds, luxurious bedding including a sheepskin mattress, and comes with stylish nightwear designed by Australian fashion designer Martin Grant.
- 7. British Airways
Located on the lower deck of its A380, British Airways’ First Class cabin is a stylish product with comfort and service high priorities. The cabin consists of 14 well-designed suites in a 1-2-1 configuration. The seats transform into 198 cm (6 feet and 6 inches) fully-flat beds and come with sumptuous bedding that will ensure a sound sleep. British Airways’ First Class cabin onboard its Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner fleet is, however, a somewhat better product.
- 6. Qatar Airways
With a total of eight seats, Qatar Airways First Class cabin onboard its A380s is located in the front of the upper deck. The extra-wide seats feature a signature Qatar Airlines design and come with a privacy divider – between the central seats and between window seats and the aisle – that can be raised or lowered. Fully-flat beds are extremely comfortable thanks to their spaciousness, while the onboard lounge (used by both First and Business Class) is great for relaxing and enjoying a sociable drink. The food and service in Qatar Airways’ First Class are also pretty legendary.
- 5. Lufthansa
In typical German fashion, the First Class cabin aboard Lufthansa’s A380 aircraft is smart, stylish and understated. A muted design allows for an airy atmosphere that makes sitting back in one of the cabins eight sensible seats a relaxing experience. Adjustable screens and cosy nightwear afford extra comfort, while plenty of well-designed storage space is appreciated by most.
- 4. Singapore Airlines (Old product)
Before the unveiling of Singapore Airlines newest A380 products earlier this week, its previous First Class suites were certainly no second-rate product. Designed by French luxury yacht designer Jean-Jacques Coste, the cream and brown suites were one of the first suites to take to the sky. Offering plenty of space and fine attention to detail, the suites are basically a private double cabin, featuring sliding doors for privacy, a comfortable bed, and a plethora of luxurious amenities. Although the airline will be upgrading all 19 of its A380s with its new First Class cabin starting from next month (December 2017), the retrofit is not expected to be completed until 2020, so this older product still has some legs left in it yet.
- 3. Emirates
With an abundance of privacy and opulence, Emirates’ First Class A380 suites offer extreme gold-clad luxury and impeccable service. With sliding doors, a personal mini-bar, and a dazzling vanity table, mirror and wardrobe, the suites are comfortable, convenient and, in typical Emirates fashion, very flashy. Emirates’ A380 also has an onboard shower and dressing room where passengers can slip into the world’s first self-moisturising sleepwear.
- 2. Etihad Airways
Etihad’s second-most premium product, First Apartments are installed on the airline’s fleet of A380s and select 787s. Complete with a large leather armchair, a separate bed of 208 cm (4ft 10) and personal minibar, the First Apartment is a slightly more affordable option than Etihad’s pinnacle premium product, The Residence, with equal amounts of privacy, comfort and luxury. Six of the First Apartments are also interconnecting, ideal for when travelling with a companion.
- 1. Singapore Airlines (New product)
Singapore Airlines’ new product portfolio is topped off by its First Suites. With just 6 of them to be installed on each of the airline’s A380s, the new suites are much bigger than their previous First Class product and provide high walls to offer complete privacy. For couples travelling together, the beds in the first two Suites of each aisle can be converted to form a double bed. Along with a bed, each suite also has a comfortable 21-inch wide Poltrona Frau leather armchair that can be reclined up to 45 degrees. Plenty of convenient storage space, an improves in-flight entertainment system, and a new Lalique amenity kit all ensure this A380 product is, indeed, the best around.