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Luxurious first class cabins from Singapore Airlines, Emirates, Etihad and more

Lufthansa First Class Cabin on A380 flights. Image Courtesy of Lufthansa Facebook Page

Lufthansa First Class Cabin on A380 flights. Image Courtesy of Lufthansa Facebook Page

Flying first class gives a whole new meaning to the term “on cloud nine”. Like one King Lear said, vile times make small things precious, or something like that. Flying long distances is vile. You’ll need your basic human rights like your shower and bed. And yes, since you are travelling first class, why not aim for the best service and comfort a flight can bring 35,000 feet in the air?Surrounded by luxury and style, it really is the best way to fly and if you have the miles, booking a cabin should be as easy as ABC. With an array of airlines to choose from, finding a suitable carrier to ferry you from destination to destination seems like the best kind of problem to have. From showers to a flatbed where you can rest your tired body, we check out the best first class cabins. While most of the amenities mentioned below are available, it would be wise to check with the airlines so as not to be left disappointed.

Singapore Airlines Suites

We like how the airline talks about its Suites: “How close is too close? You’ll never have to know.” Privacy a luxury on planes. Slide those doors, close up those window blinds. Stretch out and enjoy the space you should always have had in-flight. On your honeymoon? Connect two suites to make a double room. We hope you booked a chef at least a day before your flight, because you can enjoy a decadent, bespoke meal, served on bone china by Wedgwood specifically designed for Singapore Airlines.

The A380-exclusive Singapore Airlines Suite. Image courtesy of Singapore Airlines

The A380-exclusive Singapore Airlines Suite. Image courtesy of Singapore Airlines

Emirates First Class Suites

A380 Shower Spa. Just the three words alone make us want to use our miles (if we had them) to book these first class suites. Travel time totalling near or over 20 hours (we’re looking at you, Sydney to Dubai, then Dubai to Chicago) means you reach your final destination with frizzy hair, the clothes you had on from the day before, and a desire to enter into a hole in the ground, no matter which class you fly. Unless you happen to be Victoria Beckham who steps off long haul flights looking like a goddess. Sure, with Emirates First Class Suites, there’s mingling at the Lounge (on board) and the Bulgari amenities kit for long-haul overnight flights, which don’t hurt, but A380 Shower Spa is the key. If you’re still not convinced, learn more from Jennifer Aniston here:

Etihad Airways The Residence

Was there ever a time where Etihad was not upping the game for first class (and beyond)? Your chauffeur awaits, before you even step out of your house. He or she brings you to the airport, where the Porter and Concierge are ready to assist. After enjoying top-notch hospitality and a light, delicious meal at the Lounge, your cabin manager walks you to the plane. Then it’s welcome to the flight. We have no idea how the airline manages to give each of their most well-heeled traveller duos a living room with a reclining couch, a private en-suite bathroom, and a private double bedroom on their A380 flights, but they do. Well played, Etihad. Well played.

Lufthansa First Class

If a private jet with the airline is not your thing, there’s always the Lufthansa First Class. For the airline, it’s all in the details. Pampering with the wellness programme the spa at the Lufthansa First Class Terminal, exploring a library of DuMont coffee-table books, and if you smoke, heading for the cigar lounge-within-the-lounge just some of the things you can do at the Frankfurt Airport. Ready to fly? At five airports including Frankfurt and Zurich, you might just board the flight in style with limousine service. Sound-cancelling curtains and Michelin-star-standard food (which includes caviar) on board complete the first class experience. Airline agreements means if you book first class for that (seemingly endless for coach) Sydney to New York flight with Lufthansa, one leg of the trip might be operated by Singapore Airlines, which works well for us.

Note: Frequent flyers between Bangkok and Frankfurt, rejoice! Lufthansa says that they will be rolling out A380 flights between the two cities, with First Class cabins starting October this year.

Lufthansa First Class Cabin on A380 flights. Image Courtesy of Lufthansa Facebook Page

Lufthansa First Class Cabin on A380 flights. Image Courtesy of Lufthansa Facebook Page

Qantas First Class

G’day mate. Two things are for sure in this world: we love Qantas and we love Australia. If you’ve watched the video where Ellen DeGeneres takes (or rather, “gives up taking”) first class on her Qantas flight home from Melbourne to Los Angeles, you would notice a couple of things: the bed in First Class is spacious enough for more than one (and you’d be the only one with all that space), there’s an ottoman for guests, and flying top-tier means too many pillows (which we welcome). Then there are the things the video doesn’t show, like a chauffeur to bring you to the airport, an eight-course dégustation menu courtesy of Neil Perry, and a Sommelier in the Skies so you know the right pairings for the exquisite food you’re tasting. First Class? Absolutely!

Air France La Première

There have been many videos in this article, we know. This one doesn’t have a celebrity, but we couldn’t resist showing it to you. It beckons you right in. Air France wasn’t kidding on their website when they mentioned how uber-comfortable the La Première beds are. After you watch the flight attendant lay out a futon mattress, a large pillow and a Sofitel MyBed™ duvet and tuck yourself into the two-metres long bed, you’re drifting off to sleep and hoping that you wouldn’t have to land so soon. Depending on how social you feel at any moment, you could close the curtains or open it up so it doesn’t feel claustrophobic. Sleep is important on a flight, we know but the airline shows that there’s more to being one of the best than a comfortable bed. Say you are departing from Paris. Would you like to have something from the menu crafted by the likes of Joël Robuchon? How about some Aquitaine Sturia caviar? Oui and oui, please. Oh, and just in case you prefer even more exclusivity, there’s always the option of private jet from Charles de Gaulle.

Asiana Airlines First Suite Class

Excuse us. We were just fascinated with the Seat Function Control Unit, from which we can control the universe! (Disclaimer: We have no actual dominion over the world, just our seat.) Besides conveniently adjusting your seat, you can also enjoy the 32-and-a-half-inch LCD screen on which your entertainment plays. You would know that there are more important things than movies, especially on long-haul flights. Besides lying flat (the joy!) on the 2.1 metres bed, and a shower, which Asiana sadly does not offer, nutritious and delectable food is your other priority to stay refreshed and upbeat on the flight. If you’re flying the airline’s First Suite Class from Seoul to the United States or Europe, you can choose between 10 royal Korean menus simply reserve in advance.

Asiana Airlines First Suite Class. Image courtesy of Asiana Airlines

Asiana Airlines First Suite Class. Image courtesy of Asiana Airlines

British Airways First Suite

Picture this: if Ritz-Carlton came to us saying that flat beds are a reason to stay, we would stare at them blankly. With air travel, however, we cannot overstate the importance of the two words that sound like music to our ears: “flat bed”. Besides being home to a 1.98 metre flat bed, the First Class suite infused with British design looks aesthetically pleasing. Add to that essentials (we gave up using the word “luxurious” because so many things on the flight are vital, as we previously mentioned) like a quilted mattress, white cotton duvet and yes the pillow. If like us, you appreciate fine amenities, the Liberty London amenity kit (currently available on flights from London’s Heathrow Airport and Los Angeles only) on board might bring a smile. The airline’s First Suite only comes on Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner planes flying to selected locations like Kuala Lumpur and Abu Dhabi, but never fear — there’s First Class on other planes.

British Airways First Cabin on Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner flights. Image courtesy of British Airways

British Airways First Cabin on Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner flights. Image courtesy of British Airways

Cathay Pacific First Class Suites

If you’ve seen articles deliberating whether Singapore Airlines or Cathay Pacific is America’s Next Top Model (we mean the World’s Next Top Airline for First Class), you’ll know this airline means business when it comes to first class experience. Pretend your flight is a Hollywood film. First it starts with someone greeting you by name, then there’s a close-up shot of 500-thread-count cotton duvet, pillow and cushions. If you think that escalated pretty quickly, then here’s the climatic point of the narrative in-flight in-chair massages — this is as relaxing as it gets. Did you find all that underwhelming? Here’s an Aesop amenity kit, award-winning wine, fine cheeses and freshly-brewed coffee to make it all right. And now, excuse us while we curl up in our private suite to pursue that flighty temptress known as sleep.

Cathay Pacific Airways First Class. Image Courtesy of Cathay Pacific Airways

Cathay Pacific Airways First Class. Image Courtesy of Cathay Pacific Airways

Foie gras and mushrooms

Mandarin Oriental x Cathay Pacific First Class Menus

Foie gras and mushrooms

Hong Kong’s flagship carrier  has teamed up with the  to create a series of monthly pop-up menus.

Beef bourguignon

Passengers flying first class will tuck into dishes prepared by celebrity chefs from across the Mandarin Oriental chain on routes from Hong Kong, London, Paris, New York, San Francisco, Tokyo and Boston.

full-bodied consomme

Celebrity French chef Thierry Marx of Sur Mesure at the Mandarin Oriental Paris is among a trio of high-powered names to help create Cathay’s new in-flight menu this winter.

soup of slow-roasted tomatoes

Passengers flying from Hong Kong to London and Paris this month will tuck into Michelin-grade dishes that include pressed chicken, mushrooms and foie gras, infused with Chinese five spice.

swirl of chocolate and goat cheese

Next month, chefs Uwe Opocensky and Christian Pratsch from the New York and Hong Kong hotels will unveil their menus for Cathay customers serving fancy dishes like consommé presented by infusing a tea bag filled with dehydrated flower petals and gold flakes, and slow roasted tomato soup with mini grilled cheese sandwiches.


Cathay Pacific Airways First class

Cathay Pacific to serve Mandarin Oriental menus

Cathay Pacific Airways First class

 has teamed up with Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group to offer inflight menus to first class passengers on the Hong Kong to London route.

Until October 31, carte blanche will be given to Uwe Opocensky from Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong.


cathay pacific first class terrine

First class passengers traveling to London will be able to try foie gras terrine, truffles, organic chicken and beef accompanied by crabmeat and caviar.

Dean Yasharian from Bar Boulud of London’s Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park will then take over until December 31.

cathay pacific first class sirloin

He will offer the privileged passengers, between London and Hong Kong, duck liver, British beef slowly braised in a red wine sauce accompanied by mashed parsnips, and sole fillets with lemon and grenobloise sauce.


cathay pacific first class banana split

An increasing number of airlines have recently been joining forces with great chefs to offer gourmet dishes to their business and first class passengers.

Cathay Pacific 777 300ER

Cathay Pacific Airways named world’s best airline

Cathay Pacific 777 300ER

More than 18 million travelers have spoken, and they’ve voted Hong Kong’s flagship carrier  the world’s best airline!.

Airline passengers from 160 countries participated in the annual Skytrax World Airline Awards and helped Cathay bump last year’s winner, Emirates, from the top spot. Cathay also took the title in 2003, 2005 and 2009.

Emirates took a tumble to 4th place, coming in after  and SINGAPORE AIRLINES which came in second and third place respectively.

Of note: The top 10 list is absent of any North American airlines and is dominated by Middle Eastern and Asian carriers.

Cathay Pacific Airways First class

One reviewer on the Skytrax airline review forum gave Cathay a perfect score for his “exceptional” flight between Hong Kong and London that included a solid six hours of slumber in comfortable seats and a “superb” in-flight menu that featured lamb shoulder confit.

“Overall a great journey and my new favourite airline for business class.”

Over the last four years, the carrier has invested $4.9 billion HK ($632 million USD) in cabin makeovers.


Cathay Pacific Airways long haul business class

Passengers traveling first class enjoy seats that can transform into lie-flat beds with thicker mattresses, and luxury Ermenegildo Zegna amenity kits for men and Trussardi amenity bags for women.

Seats in economy class have also been refurbished with a cradle mechanism in the seatback that allows for a six-inch recline. That translates to more legroom and overall space.

Seats come with personal touchscreen TVs, power supplies for charging portable devices and extra storage space.


Cathay Pacific Airways economy class

Here are the World’s Top 10 airlines, as voted by flyers between August 2013 and May 2014:

1. Cathay Pacific Airways
2. Qatar Airways
3. Singapore Airlines
4. Emirates
5. Turkish Airlines
6. ANA All Nippon Airways
7. Garuda Indonesia
8. Asiana Airlines
9. Etihad Airways
10. Lufthansa


Cathay Pacific x Mr & Mrs Smith “Honeymoon Makeover”


CATHAY PACIFIC AIRWAYS and boutique hotel experts MR & MRS SMITH are offering couples who were rained-out on their Caribbean honeymoon or never took one at all a luxury ‘honeymoon makeover’ package to Bali.

For couples who were forced to put their “for better or worse” vows to the test early because of tropical food poisoning or had to put up with less than romantic ‘prison-inspired hotel decor,’ Cathay is offering a roundtrip premium economy class ticket to Bali from one of seven gateways in North America (Chicago, LA, Newark, New York, San Francisco, Toronto or Vancouver).

Alila Villas Uluwatu

The winning couple will also stay at two luxurious properties in Bali over six nights, the Alila Villas Uluwatu and the Alila Villas Soori.

To win, couples are invited to submit their ‘honeymoon from hell story’ on Mr & Mrs Smith’s Facebook page until April 25. The applicant who receives the most votes will win their chance for a honeymoon do-over.

Air New Zealand

And the airline of the year 2014 is…

Air New Zealand has been named the top airline of 2014 by a safety and ratings review website which heaped unrestrained praise on the carrier for its in-flight services and safety performance.

Air New Zealand

Named the Airline of the Year for 2014, editors of AirlineRatings.com described the Kiwi carrier as an industry trendsetter, notably for programs like Skycouch which can transform three economy seats into a couch, ideal for couples or families with a young child.

Their specially designed Spaceseats, available in premium economy, also allow passengers traveling together to swivel their chairs and share a meal facing one another.

The design likewise prevents passengers from reclining their seats into the space of fellow travelers. Instead, the chairs slide forward like a reclining lounge chair.

In the online world, the carrier has endeared itself to digital consumers for its cheeky and entertaining in-flight safety videos. Last year, their Hobbit-inspired video “An Unexpected Briefing” featured orcs, hobbits, elves and dwarves and became an instant viral video hit.

The airline was then able to up the ante by recruiting the world’s favorite nonagenarian Betty White to star in a new video set in a retirement home, which was released this year.

Air New Zealand also nabbed the award for Best Premium Economy Class.

Other winners in the Airline Excellence Awards include:

Regional Airline of the Year: Singapore-based Silk Air
Best First Class: Emirates
Best Business Class: Cathay Pacific Airways
Best Economy: Qantas Airways
Best Lounges: Qantas
Best In-Flight Entertainment: Emirates
Best Long Haul Airline: Emirates (Middle East/Africa)
Singapore Airlines (Asia/Pacific)
Swiss (Europe)
Air Canada (The Americas).
Best Low Cost Airline: JetBlue (The Americas)
Jetstar Group (Asia/Pacific)
flydubai (Middle-East/Africa)
Norwegian (Europe)

Last week, AirlineRatings.com named Qantas the world’s safest airline.

Cathay Pacific Airways best cabin crew

The best flight attendants are from Asia

Cathay Pacific Airways best cabin crew

The friendliest, most helpful and efficient flight attendants in the world are predominantly found on Asian airlines. That’s according to flyers across 160 countries who completed 18 million customer satisfaction surveys which asked respondents to rate their favorite airline cabin crew.

Topping Skytrax World Airline Awards category of best cabin staff: Hong Kong’s flagship carrier Cathay Pacific, which took the No.1 spot from flight attendants of Malaysia Airlines who won the title last year.

Meanwhile, of the top 10 airlines boasting the best cabin crew, eight are from Asia.

Winners were announced at the Paris Air Show this week.

1. Cathay Pacific Airways
2. Asiana Airlines
3. Malaysia Airlines
4. EVA Air
5. Singapore Airlines
6. ANA All Nippon Airways
7. Garuda Indonesia
8. Qatar Airways
9. Hainan Airlines
10. Thai Airways

Chinese noodles

Cathay Pacific “Noodles of Asia” Contest

Have a favorite noodle dish you think is worthy of being served to thousands of airline passengers on one of Asia’s largest carriers? To celebrate National Noodle Month, Cathay Pacific is inviting fans to submit a noodle dish that will be featured on their in-flight menu.

Until April 19, fans can submit their noodle recipe on Cathay’s Facebook page. Dishes will be judged by Canadian food and travel blogger Mijune Park ; celebrity Chinese chef Martin Yan of San Francisco restaurant M.Y. China; and chef Sang Yoon of gastropub brand Father’s Office in California.

M Y China restaurant

The winning noodle dish will be served to Cathay passengers traveling between North America and Hong Kong. The winner will also receive two round-trip Premium Economy tickets from one of their six gateways – Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Toronto and Vancouver – to Hong Kong.

The Hong Kong Tourism Board will also give the winner a special bespoke tour of the city. Dishes will be judged on presentation, appeal, taste, ease of transportation and practicality as an in-flight entrée.

Chinese noodles

qantas plane

Top airline wines found on board Qantas, ANA

qantas plane

Qantas has kept its reputation sky high in the annual competition to determine the best wines served aboard the world’s airlines.

The Cellars in the Sky Awards, organized by Business Traveller Magazine UK, were announced at the Grosvenor Hotel in London on Monday, with Qantas triumphing in no fewer than six categories. Delta, Jetstar, LAN, Qatar Airways, TAM, Emirates, Air France and Cathay Pacific also won awards.

Some 250 wines were entered by a total of 32 carriers, with the awards recognizing excellence in wines served in business and first class.
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Cathay Pacific Swire Hotel inflight menu

Cathay Pacific to serve restaurant meals in the sky

Cathay Pacific Swire Hotel inflight menu

Cathay Pacific is to introduce meals from some of Hong Kong’s top restaurants on board its flights.

Although airlines regularly draft in celebrity chefs to create in-flight menus, recreating cuisine served at ground level is a trickier business not least because of the logistics of preparing food in an aircraft galley and the different way it tastes at 35,000 feet.

But bravely, Cathay Pacific has decided to give it a shot, promising to put a selection of dishes from the restaurant menus of luxury chain Swire Hotels on some of its planes departing Hong Kong between November 1 and January 31 2012.
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Cathay Pacific 777 300ER

Cathay Pacific to add premium economy cabin

Cathay Pacific 777 300ER

Hong Kong’s flag-carrier Cathay Pacific is to become the latest airline to include premium economy seating.

The carrier will begin rolling out premium economy cabins next year between Hong Kong and Sydney, Singapore, Toronto and Shanghai.

Further destinations are expected to follow throughout 2012 reported Australian Business Traveller
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Qatar Airways Airbus A340-600

Qatar Airways named ‘World’s Best Airline’

Qatar Airways Airbus A340-600

Airline review site Skytrax has named the best airlines of the year – based on surveys of passengers – at the Paris Air Show.

Qatar Airways beat Singapore Airlines to first place in the 2011 rankings, rising from third place, while Asiana dropped from the top of the table to take third place.

Cathay Pacific won fourth place in the overall rankings, while Thai Airways took fifth and Etihad took sixth at the awards, which were announced June 22.
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Delta plane

Delta tops the world’s most admired airlines

Delta plane

Delta Air Lines has been voted the world’s most admired airline by Fortune magazine, managing to push Singapore Airlines into second place.

The award means that Delta came out top in a string of assessments including social responsibility and quality of product, as well as business-related criteria such as quality of management and global competitiveness.

Delta has moved steadily up the ranks over the past four years to reach top spot, which was awarded to Singapore Airlines last year — the airline’s boss Richard Anderson described the award as a “remarkable achievement” in a note to staff.
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cathay pacific airport lounge hongkong

Hong Kong airport lounge tops world’s best

cathay pacific airport lounge hongkong

The Wing airport lounge at Hong Kong International Airport has been chosen as the best in the world by guidebook publisher Frommers.

In a guide compiled for USA Today, Frommer’s picked the world’s top ten executive lounges, putting Cathay Pacific‘s 4,500 square meter facility in first place.

Reserved for Cathay’s first and business class passengers, the lounge offers individual bath and shower rooms with their own minibars.
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Hainan Airlines

Chinese carrier Hainan Airlines joins airline elite

Hainan Airlines

Chinese carrier Hainan Airlines has become the seventh airline in the world to win a five-star rating from airline reviewer Skytrax.

The prestigious ranking is awarded by Skytrax and is the highest rating an airline can achieve, signifying a “truly consistent and high quality of Product and Service.”

Hainan Airlines was the first mainland Chinese airline to be awarded four star status in 2009 and was elevated to five star last week, with exceptional rankings in long haul business and economy classes and short haul first class service.
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Cathay Pacific new business class seat

Airlines launch new premium products

Cathay Pacific new business class seat

As premium travelers take to the skies again, this week has seen the launch of new products catering to big-spending passengers from two major airlines.

Cathay Pacific launched its new business class seat at a glittering event in the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center, describing it as a “passenger-led design.”

The seat folds down into a flat bed offering more space than the existing business class cabins, along with a view out the windows and handy remotes to control the widescreen inflight entertainment system and the adjustable seat.
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What’s cooking on board aircraft this winter?

KLM announced a partnership with Dutch chef Jonnie Boer this week, adding yet another name to the roster of kitchen superstars providing our in-flight meals.

From December 1, business class passengers onboard the flag-carrier of the Netherlands will be able to enjoy traditional Dutch food designed by Boer, whose Restaurant de Librije is ranked as one of the best in the world.

Menu selections will be accompanied by wines selected by his wife Therese Boer and served on tableware created by Dutch designer Marcel Wanders.
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Airline lounges – who has the best?

Last week, Hong Kong-flag carrier Cathay Pacific unveiled its new lounge at Hong Kong International airport, promising a “new level of comfort and convenience.”

“The Cabin” is spread across 1,339 square meters and designed by Foster and Partners to be “contemporary, refreshing and dynamic.”

Passengers can choose between 5 zones designed for different purposes, including The Reception, The IT Zone, The Deli, The Health Bar, and The Relaxing Zone.
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