No longer are First Class seats the most comfortable way to fly. They are being overlooked for something much more exclusive – First Class Suites.
Over the last few years, airlines have been making huge strides to improve their premium products and keep passengers comfortable. This has seen the introduction of a number of First Class suites on long-haul routes.
Compared to these modern, stylish pods, the old compact First Class seats do not come close in terms of privacy, space and luxury.
If that’s important to you, as well as the customary VIP treatment, then read on to discover our top 6 First Class suites in the skies today (ranked 6th – 1st).
6. Asiana Airlines A380 First Suites
Asiana’s First Class suites on its A380s offers plenty of privacy, with sliding doors allowing affording guests to cut off from the rest of the cabin. Once reclined, the seat becomes a large fully-flat bed measuring an impressive 210cm (6ft 9), while the suite is also equipped with one of the world’s largest onboard screens at 32‘.
Renowned for its high-quality service, Asiana goes above and beyond for its First Class passengers. Notable extras include a private chef on hand to cook a variety of fine dishes – a great accompaniment to the Pol Roger Cuvée Churchill 1999 served on board. Mood lighting and a “Star Light” system that mimics the night sky ensures a restful slumber.
5. Air France La Première
Air France’s elegant La Première suites are one of the most attractive in the skies. Available on board the airline’s long-haul Boeing 777-300 fleet, the suites offer a chic, modern design that encourages tranquillity, while thick curtains instead of doors provide a sense of airy privacy.
The suites feature comfortable seats which recline into a 2.01m (6ft 7) bed, an ottoman, and a 24-inch HD touch screen. For tasteful luxury in the air, Air France’s La Première does not disappoint.
Screaming opulence, Emirates’ First Class suites offer extreme privacy and impeccable service. With sliding doors, a private mini-bar, and a dazzling vanity table, mirror and wardrobe, the suites are comfortable and convenient.
The gold-clad pods also feature a seat that can be made into a fully-flat bed at your request. Emirates’ First Class suites are available on the airline’s A380s, A340-500, and most Boeing 777s. The A380 also has an onboard shower/spa and dressing room, perfect for freshening up before landing. The airline has also recently announced it will unveil its new first class suite at the Dubai Air Show in November, with the product set to debut on a new B777-300ER aircraft.
3. Singapore Airlines Suites Class
One of the first suites in the sky, Singapore Airlines’ Suites Class are available exclusively on board its A380. 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.
Italian leather walls and natural wood finishes create a real sense of serenity – perfect for retreating from the world with a glass of Krug Grand Cuvée or Dom Perignon 2004 – while Singapore Airlines’ signature turndown service, with fine linen and large pillows, ensures a comfortable night’s rest. The airline has also recently announced it will be upgrading 14 of its 19 existing A-380s with new seats, an upgraded inflight entertainment system, and other fittings across all classes, including enhancements for its First Class suites.
2. Etihad First Apartment
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.
1. Etihad The Residence
BusinessClass.co.uk were among the first to try out Etihad’s The Residence when we attended the unveiling in November 2014, and we are still equally impressed by the three-room luxury suite to this day. Available on Etihad’s Airbus A380, the jewel of Etihad’s crown consists of a combined living and dining room, a bedroom with a 208cm (6ft 10) double bed, and a bathroom with shower.
The Residence’s living room has a 32in flat-screen TV, a leather double sofa, and two fold-away dining tables. For an extra touch of luxury, passengers in The Residence are catered to by only one onboard crew member – a personal Savoy-trained butler. The Residence is available on Etihad’s New York-Abu Dhabi route, the daily Abu Dhabi-Mumbai service, as well as flights between Abu Dhabi and London, Sydney and Melbourne.