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Delta Air All-suites business class

Delta One All-Suite Business Class

It is described by Delta Airlines as the world’s first all-suite business class called the Delta One suites that provide passengers with comfort like no other. Using sliding doors, the airline encloses fliers in a cozy little cabin for the duration of their journey. You can think of it as a high-end cubicle but it is clearly meant to mirror state rooms on cruise ships and sleeper compartments on trains.

Introduced earlier this week, the suites may feature a design that is already available for the highest-tiered tickets and first class tickets on board Singapore Airlines and Emirates respectively. The purpose of this new feature is meant to allow business fliers to catch a few winks to catch up on sleep during the flight before alighting for a big meeting upon arrival. The service will also aid those who wish to enjoy an undisturbed flight.

The first 32 individual suites will debut on board the A350 next fall and will serve routes between the US and Asia. The suites will be equipped with lie-flat beds, customizable lighting, stowage compartments for shoes, headphones and laptops, an 18-inch high-resolution monitor as well as a universal power outlet and USB port. Following the A350 debut, the Delta One suite will be rolled out on the carrier’s Boeing 777 fleet.

Of course, Delta One has competition in this area from none other than fellow American operator United Airlines. The rival airline recently announced a similar concept for its business class called the Polaris cabin equipped with flatbeds, electronic dividers and luxury bedding from Saks Fifth Avenue and will be rolled out December 1.

Etihad Airways: Best First Class Airline 2016

An airline is more than just a means to an end and Skytrax knows this all too well, hence it has been evaluating and recognizing airlines around the world for excellence since 1999. This year, Emirates is crowned king of the skies, as World’s Best Airline while Etihad Airways bags top honors in luxury, as the World’s Best First Class Airline 2016. Making it a triple-header for Gulf airlines, Qatar Airways is the World’s Best Business Class Airline in 2016. No American airlines made the top 10 this year, which you can see at the bottom of this article.

Etihad Airways First Apartment

Etihad Airways First Apartment

Etihad didn’t just bag the award for World’s Best First Class Airline. For the second time in its history, Etihad took home two other titles: World’s Best First Class Onboard Catering and World’s Best First Class Airline Seat for its First Apartments and Suites.

For its part, Emirates returned to the top of the pile this year, displacing perennial rivals Qatar Airways (last year’s overall winner) and Singapore Airlines (second last year, third in 2016). Emirates was also crowned best airline for keeping passengers entertained, an award the carrier has won for the last 12 years.

Calum Laming, Vice President of Guest Experience at Etihad Airways, said “The airline is tremendously proud that, based on the results of a huge global customer satisfaction survey, we have yet again been presented with these prestigious awards for the world’s finest First Class experience.” He added that “We have enhanced the experience even further this year through investment in our products, services and cabins and this is a welcome reward for those efforts.”

Etihad Airways: First Apartment Bed

Etihad Airways: First Apartment Bed

With nine First Apartments aboard the A380, guests can relax tens of thousands of feet above the ground in spaces that are said to be 74% larger than Etihad’s current First Class suites. Within this 39-square-foot space, the airline has installed a Poltrona Frau leather armchair and ottoman that can create a 80.5-inch long bed. Guests also have a dedicated shower room — who said travelling first class was anything but fancy?

To ensure that you never go hungry during a flight, the airline even offers up a sumptuous menu that features fine steaks, sides and sauces that are prepared by onboard Chefs. These professionally trained crew members can even craft a meal based on the request of each passenger for that bespoke dining experience.

Etihad Airways: Onboard Chef's serve the First Class Cabins for each flight

Etihad Airways: Onboard Chef’s serve the First Class Cabins for each flight

Capping off the first class experience with Etihad and cementing its status as the World’s Best Airline of 2016, is the First Class lounge & spa. Located at Abu Dhabi International Airport, first class passengers are given access to an array of services such as a fitness room. Cigar lounge, Six Senses Spa, Style & Shave barbers and even a nail bar.

Other awards categories see Cathay Pacific emerge tops for cabin cleanliness, which is always a plus, and marked yet another year of Asian airlines dominating the awards. Indeed, only Qantas and Lufthansa cracked the top 10 best in the world 2016, if one counts Turkish Airlines as Asian. Asian airlines were once again honored for their top-quality crews, with Garuda Indonesia winning “Best Airline Cabin Staff” for the third consecutive year, ahead of All Nippon Airways (second), Singapore Airlines (third), Thai Airways (fourth) and Eva Air (fifth, Taiwan).

In case you are curious, the top 10 airlines in the world for 2016 are as follows:

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

The top First Class airlines are as follows:

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

To find out more about the World’s Top 10 Airlines 2016, click here.

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Etihad Airways Opens Premium Lounge in Los Angeles

As with everything by Etihad Airways, expect the new First and Business Class lounge at Los Angeles International Airport to be as luxurious as anything you have ever experienced.

Set within the Tom Bradley International Terminal, the new premium lounge is the Abu Dhabi-based airline’s third premium offering in the United States, and will cater to guests on the daily EY170 Boeing services from the U.S West Coast’s commercial and entertainment hub. The facility sees an infusion of the same ‘Modern Arabian’ decorative elements that are now synonymous with the airline’s international lounges, inspired by Abu Dhabi’s traditional and modern architecture and famous desert landscapes.

etihad-los angeles airport-premium lounge

Exclusively open for Etihad First Class and Business Class guests, Etihad Guest Platinum, Gold and Silver members flying on the route, as well as Etihad Airways Partner (EAP) airlines’ equivalent Platinum and Gold members, the luxurious compound is less airport lounge and more hotel suite. The a la carte and buffet spread sees an amalgamation of Californian and Middle Eastern flavors, prepared on-site by experienced chefs with sustainable local seasonal produce. A carefully curated wine list matches the culinary choices available. The showcase bar, now a mainstay at any Etihad global lounge sees an impressive choice of range of premium spirits, champagne and aperitifs for a bespoke cocktail menu by London-based beverage consultancy Fluid Movement.

Expect all the other workings of a first class lounge, such as a TV area, shower facilities, and high-speed WIFI, multi-zone electrical and USB power outlets, and a selection of international magazines and daily newspapers.

The Los Angeles International Airport lounge marks Etihad’s growing collection of 15 Premium Lounges worldwide, and joins two other American lounges in Washington D.C and New York JFK airports. “Our new First and Business Class Lounge in Los Angeles demonstrates our unwavering commitment to travellers on the US West Coast, and in the United States as a whole, by providing them with the intuitive hospitality they have come to expect from our people and our brand,” said Martin Drew, Etihad Airways senior vice president Americas.

The Etihad Premium Lounges are just the beginning of course, or the middle as it may be. After all, the airline has already won the Skytrax award for Best First Class experience.

Etihad Airways Offers First Class Lounge & Spa

Etihad Airways extends its first class service beyond the skies with the opening of its flagship First Class Lounge & Spa. Nestled within the Abu Dhabi International Airport’s Terminal 3, the 1,700 square-meter sanctuary is inspired by the world’s most prestigious hotels, private members’ clubs and fine dining establishments. Inside, 16 unique zones await in the 1,700 m² space, thoughtfully designed with geometric patterns and a color palette inspired by the UAE.

Etihad Bar

Instead of the usual buffet line, Etihad has chosen to make things more personal with an a la carte menu of Arabian, Indian and international cuisine. Gentlemen can enjoy a cigar or two (out of nine carefully selected brands) post-meal with a selection of whisky or cognac (only the finest) while ladies can spruce up for the next flight with the lounge’s dedicated team of hairstylists and manicurists. It’s also not like Etihad to let you walk away with sore shoulders or a stiff neck – its Six Senses Spa will offer esteemed guests complimentary treatments, while the fitness rooms will have an extensive range of state-of-the-art equipment.

Etihad Food- Seafood

“Our new First Class Lounge & Spa is the jewel in the crown of our new lounge offerings worldwide and represents the best of our home city of Abu Dhabi. It is a showcase of intelligent product design, innovation, ‎and superlative hospitality and service. This is not just a lounge but the ultimate airline hospitality experience and one which perfectly mirrors Etihad Airways’ evolution into the best airline in the world,” Peter Baumgartner, Etihad Airways’ Chief Executive Officer.

Going Home Alone: Chinese Passenger Flies Solo

Is it still cattle class if you are the only passenger? While news reports continue to filter in about 100,000 people stranded at Guangzhou train stations this week, trying to head home for the Chinese New Year holidays, one woman had a random experience with true luxury: a commercial flight to Guangzhou all to herself. The short version of this tale is that the woman, whom the AFP names as Zhang, simply outlasted all the other passengers on her China Southern flight, which was delayed for 10 hours.

Zhang made a star of herself on social media, posting photos showing row after row of empty seats on the China Southern plane as it flew from Wuhan. Apparently, the other passengers could not handle the wait-time and did the sensible thing by finding other flights; Zhang toughed it out and had the Boeing 737-700 plane all to herself in the end.

On her social media feed, made public now by multiple news reports, says the experience was tuhao, using a slang term for the nouveau riche.

The AFP reports that China Southern schedules show the flight is normally operated using a Boeing 737-700 aircraft, which generally seats 137 passengers. This got us curious about how much this flight would have actually cost, with just one passenger. Apparently, the one-and-a-half-hour flight would have cost more than $10,000 (stats sourced from here) and that is just based on the cost of keeping the plane in the air for that amount of time. For some context, that amount will fly you long-haul on first, with a return ticket included.

Nevertheless, a social media troll pointed out a little niggle: despite all that extra room on the China Southern flight, Zhang was not upgraded from cattle class. To be fair, we have no idea if the flight was one of those all-economy propositions and really, to have an experience like this one is something money can’t normally buy. We think it might just be priceless.

This story was written in-house, based on news reports, with an image supplied by the AFP

World’s Best for Seven Years: Etihad Airways

The World Travel Awards has crowned Etihad Airways as “World’s Leading Airline” for the seventh year in a row. When this news floated down to us via the AFP, it was like that moment Sebastian Vettel won his fourth F1 championship, or Michael Schumacher winning his seventh. There is something fatiguing about such overwhelming dominance and in this case, perhaps even a failure of the imagination.

To use another analogy, this reminds us of Restaurant Magazine choosing elBulli as best in the world five times – even then it was not five years running. Ok, Etihad had those gorgeous Nicole Kidman ads and the private apartments for First Class on the A380 are amazing. In fact, that is probably why, as reported previously, Etihad is also a major winner here. Thankfully, the overall winner there was a surprise.

In other news from the WTA awards, held this year in Morocco, Saudi Arabia’s Al Faisaliah Suites claimed the double honor of ‘World’s Leading Luxury Suites Hotel’ and ‘World’s Leading Hotel Penthouse’, while InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort was recognized as the ‘World’s Leading Luxury Resort’.

The Las Vegas Strip won the title of ‘World’s Leading Tourist Attraction and the Cornelia Diamond Golf Resort & Spa was named ‘World’s Leading Fully Integrated Resort’.

WTA was established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the tourism industry.

For the full list of winners, go visit this website.

Air New Zealand

World’s Best Airline 2016: Air New Zealand

For the third year in a row, Air New Zealand has been proclaimed the world’s best airline, overall, in a ranking that looks at safety ratings and innovations in passenger comfort. Etihad Airways steals the show for First Class Service in particular.

For the 2016 edition of their annual awards, editors at Airlineratings.com named New Zealand’s flagship carrier the best in the world, citing its operational safety, in-flight innovations, environmental record, and motivated staff as reasons for their choice.

“Put simply Air New Zealand remains the industry leader and a textbook case of what an airline should be in today’s intensely competitive market,” said editor-in-chief Geoffrey Thomas in a statement.

Some of the innovations praised include Airband, a bracelet for unaccompanied minors that allows parents to follow their child’s journey. The tracking device is scanned by staff who send text message notifications when the child is boarding, when the flight has landed, and when they’ve met their designated pick-up person.

The airline also generated buzz when it launched a new feature on its app allowing frequent flyers with access to the Koru lounge in Auckland to pre-order their coffee from their phone.

Rounding out the top three spots on the list are Qantas Airways and Etihad Airways.

Flyers who expect to make a long-haul trip may also want to consult editors’ picks, which this year include Delta Airlines for the Americas; Lufthansa for Europe, Etihad Airways for the Middle East and Africa, and Cathay Pacific Airways for Asia-Pacific.

In the category of low-cost airline, editors chose Virgin America for the Americas; Norwegian for Europe; Kulula.com for Africa and the Middle East and Scoot for Asia/Pacific.

Here are a few other winners in various categories:

Best cabin crew: Virgin Atlantic

Best in-flight entertainment: Singapore Airlines

Best catering: Qantas

Best first class service: Etihad

Best economy: Air New Zealand

Here are the top 10 international airlines for 2016 according to Airlineratings.com:

  • 1 Air New Zealand
  • 2 Qantas Airways
  • 3 Etihad Airways
  • 4 Cathay Pacific Airways
  • 5 Singapore Airlines
  • 6 Emirates
  • 7 EVA air
  • 8 Virgin Atlantic/Virgin Australia
  • 9 All Nippon Airways
  • 10 Lufthansa
Samsung Gear VR

Qantas first class flyers to get VR headsets

Samsung Gear VR

 is partnering with Samsung to trial the use of Gear VR headsets for a more immersive in-flight entertainment experience.

First class travelers on select Airbus A380 services between Australia and Los Angeles will be able to experience 360° virtual tours of select destinations and other specially developed content as well as accessing the usual selection of Hollywood blockbuster movies.

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“Whether the user wants a virtual tour of our new Los Angeles First Lounge or to experience an A380 landing from the tarmac, this technology gives us a completely new way to connect with our customers,” said Qantas Group Executive, Brand, Marketing & Corporate Affairs Olivia Wirth.

“From an inflight entertainment perspective, it’s an industry first. Qantas is committed to being at the forefront of innovation to give our passengers the very best and latest in-flight experiences.”

During the initial three-month trial VR headsets will also be made available to customers using Sydney’s or Melbourne’s International First Lounge.

Qantas is confident that virtual reality is something that really can add a new dimension to in-flight entertainment and has already started partnering with organizations to develop original content.

Qantas plans to start equipping its Sydney and Melbourne International First Lounges with the headsets in mid-February, while the in-air trial will begin in March.

UK carrier British Airways

WATCH: British Airways’ filthy first class cabin

A video posted by a disgruntled  flyer has gone viral for capturing the “disgusting” conditions of his pricey first class seat.

In four days, a short 30-second clip posted by British TV presenter Owen Thomas has garnered more than 871,600 hits on YouTube, showing viewers “…what first class in BA is really like.”

“It is absolutely filthy,” says a livid Thomas in the clip. “…You see the stains down here. It’s when you open your seat that the real horror begins. This is first class. This is British Airways first class. It’s disgusting.”

According to his brief YouTube description, the offending flying conditions were suffered during a flight from London to St. Lucia on January 17.

Thomas is all the more livid given that he and his travel companion saved and scrimped in order to fly first class, he said.

It was reported that Thomas’ first class flight with British Airways cost around £9,000, but he told The Independent via email, “The flights were certainly not £9,000. We bought them as part of a holiday package and used points to upgrade to first from Club on one ticket and paid for the other – certainly several thousand pounds.”

BA said: “We have contacted our customer to apologise. We are very sorry that on this occasion we have fallen short of our usual high standards.

“We pride ourselves on delivering a relaxing and pleasant experience in First, and are taking immediate action to address this issue.”

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.

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Gino Bertuccio

Meet the first guest of Etihad’s The Residence

Gino Bertuccio

Meet Gino Bertuccio, the Miami-based businessman who’s purchased a first ticket to fly Etihad Airways’ over-the-top, onboard hotel suite.

On December 27, Bertuccio will board the carrier’s inaugural A380 flight from Abu Dhabi to London and be the first flyer to experience the world’s only private, three-room suite aboard a commercial aircraft.

The Residence features a living room, a double bedroom and an ensuite shower and comes with a Savoy Academy-trained butler.

Etihad Airways residence class bedroom

Bertuccio is a millionaire who heads a personal hygiene and cosmetics company, and an aviation buff, making him the ideal guest of The Residence, a game-changer in luxury air travel.

In 25 years, the Miami resident has flown on 22 inaugural — and final — flights in premium class cabins, and he owns a collection of airline memorabilia that includes 2,000 model airplanes.

Residence private bathroom Etihad A380

“For the first time in my flying experience, I really don’t know what to expect but I do know that flying in the Residence by Etihad will be a truly unique adventure, the top of luxury,” he said in a statement.

“I have huge expectations. My only wish is that the flight was longer.”

Flight Attendant business class

Top 15 Ways to Get Upgraded on a Flight

Flight Attendant business class

Be nice. Get mad. Be early. Be late. These are some of the contradictory tips travelers have to offer when it comes to trying to score a free flight upgrade.

In a recent report out of Skyscanner, 61 percent of flight attendants said they’ve bumped flyers up from economy to premium class cabins, giving preference to well-dressed passengers, those with frequent flyer status, and good manners.

Readers of the same site offered their own tips on how to score a free upgrade based on their own experiences.

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Here are 15 ways to get up front according to Skyscanner readers:

1. Travel off-peak

With more empty seats upfront, you increase your odds of filling one yourself.

2. “Spend lots of money”

Passengers who pay up the nose for their economy seat are more likely to be pitied by ticketing agents and score a free upgrade than those who got a deal.

3. Rack up points

Flyers with even the basic airline membership will be given preference over passengers who don’t have a loyalty card.

4. Be early

There are different camps for this one. In the first, some flyers say that checking in early increases your odds of scoring the last remaining seats in first class. Continue reading for the second school of thought.

5. Be late

It’s a bit of a gamble but some readers suggest that checking in late increases your odds of being bumped — but only if the stars align. For example, you have to hope that the flight is overbooked in economy, which would mean being bumped to first class. All depends on how much of a risk-taker you are.

6. Stay connected

Airlines will contact flyers offering upgrades on the day of departure if the flight is overbooked.

7. Throw a tantrum

Again, this can either work for or against you. Some readers say throwing a fit and getting angry can yield results — but only when the fit is within reason. Use with discretion.

8. Get sad

Skyscanner calls it emotional blackmail. Again, use with caution.

9. Be nice

One reader tells the tale of how he happily swapped seats with a man who wanted to sit with his wife. A flight attendant rewarded his good deed by seating him in business class.

10. Ditch the sweats, don the good threads

There is a certain cachet to being seated in business class. So if you want to increase your odds of  joining this elite group of flyers, dress the part. Because you can be sure that tracksuits will derail any chances of being bumped.

11. How charming are you?

If you’re a smooth talker, here’s where you need to turn it on. Some readers say throwing a compliment to check-in staff and cabin crew can go a long way — all the way up to the front of the plane.

12. Get a diplomatic passport — or marry one

Right. Well, more doable for some than others, readers say that a diplomatic passport is your passport to premium travel.

13. “Supersize yourself”

Again, questionable, but given the controversies brewing concerning overweight passengers, some readers suggest that those who are too fat to fit in economy seats increase their odds of being bumped to roomier seats upfront.

14. Befriend airline employees

They’re your best bet to getting behind the business class curtain.

15. Don’t ask

Check-in staff are unlikely to reward passengers who ask for a free upgrade. But those who are pleasant and solicit nothing may increase their odds of a bump up front.

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.

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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.

SEE ALSO: CATHAY PACIFIC “NOODLES OF ASIA” CONTEST

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.

Air France luxury first class seat 2014

Air France unveils luxury first-class seat

Air France luxury first class seat 2014

 has unveiled its new first-class section in Shanghai, fuelling an international luxury-seating race to win over Asia’s rising number of high fliers

The airline’s “haute couture” suite will feature a seat that reclines into a bed stretching 2.01 metres long and 77 centimetres across (6 ft 7 ins and 30 inches) — one of the most spacious in the world.

A total of 76 of the seats will be fitted into the airline’s 19 Boeing 777-300 jets at a cost of 50 million euros, the company said as it showed off the new offering in an expenses-paid trip for journalists to China’s commercial hub.

Air travel in Asia is set to take off as growing middle classes take to the skies, prompting increasing competition for well-heeled passengers, and industry expert Didier Brechemier, of the Roland Berger Strategy consultancy, said that “first class is a tool in terms of image”.

The Residence living area Etihad A380

The launch came days after the Emirati airline Etihad revealed a first-class sofa that converts into a bed extending 2.04 metres long and 66 centimetres wide, which will go into Airbus A380 and Boeing 787 planes.

Singapore Airlines currently boasts the most spacious first-class seat, which it revealed in July last year at 2.08 metres by 90 centimetres.

Singapore Airlines First Class bed

First class occupies just a sliver of the air-travel market, with Air France’s 52,000 such customers a year representing an occupancy rate of 38%, 0.3% of total long-haul passengers and 1.8% of long-haul revenue, said Bruno Matheu, head of Air France’s passenger business.

But with return ticket prices averaging $12,500 across the company’s network the luxury seats are highly profitable and they “generate more revenue than if we filled that space with economy or business-class seats”.

Etihad Airways residence class bedroom photo

Etihad Airways unveils new luxury hotel-style cabins

Etihad Airways residence class bedroom photo

Etihad Airways has raised the bar in luxury travel with the launch of a new three-room apartment that comes with an en-suite shower, double bed and personal butler.

Called ‘The Residence,’ Etihad has transformed part of its A380 upper deck into a luxurious flying hotel suite that offers a trio of compartments including a living room space, bedroom and en-suite bathroom, complete with shower.

Residence private bathroom Etihad A380

A personal ‘Jeeves,’ trained at the Savoy Butler Academy in London, is also on hand to cater to guest whims, while a concierge team will look after passengers’ travel experience from ground transport to cuisine and amenities.

The Residence living area Etihad A380

One rung down from The Residence is the airline’s First Apartment class, private suites that come with reclining armchairs and full-length beds, as well as a chilled minibar and personal vanity unit and wardrobe. The same concept is also available on the airline’s B787 aircraft, pitched as First Suites.

lobby Etihad residence lounge

Meanwhile Qatar Airways is expected to launch later this month a new all-business class flight from Doha to London that will accommodate 40 passengers on a single-aisle A319.

Etihad cabin The Residence

qatar airways a380 first class cabin

Qatar Airways Unveils A380 First Class

Qatar Airways unveiled the cabin interior of its Airbus A380s at the ITB trade fair in Berlin on Wednesday, which features a new first-class product.

qatar airways a380 first class cabin

With a customised interior, the new A380s will enter service this year. Thirteen such aircraft have been ordered by the airline.

The new First Class A380 seat features a 90-inch seat pitch, transforming into a fully flat bed, together with entertainment options displayed on individual 19-inch television screens.

qatar airways a380 first class

First class passengers will have access to an exclusive lounge on board, and the new cabin will also offer a “dining for two” option in which passengers can sit opposite one another. The Gulf carrier claimed passengers will be able to sit in this position even during take-off.

qatar airways a380 first class bed

Qatar Airways will inaugurate the A380 on services between the brand-new Hamad International airport in Doha and London Heathrow later this year.

Singapore Airlines Business Class seats

Singapore Airlines unveils new cabins

Singapore Airlines Business Class seats

Singapore Airlines (SIA) on Tuesday unveiled new seats and other in-flight amenities in all classes as part of a sweeping upgrade of its cabins in an attempt to stay competitive.

Passengers on selected flights between Singapore and London will be the first to experience the improved seats and entertainment system, wider TV screens and other improvements.

SIA said it will spend nearly $150 million on improved cabin amenities on an initial eight Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. The airline is battling strong competition from Asian and Middle Eastern carriers, and on the economy side from budget airlines, which have grown in number in Asia.

Singapore Airlines First Class experience

Like other airlines its net profit has been hurt by the sluggish global economy, which has hit both passenger and cargo demand, as well as high oil prices.

“The investment programme will be extended as the new products are introduced on Airbus A350 aircraft scheduled for delivery in the years ahead,” the airline said.

The airline said it worked with top global design firms to give passengers more comfort and luxury, including longer and more luxurious beds in first class and additional personal space in economy.

Singapore Airlines First Class bed

mixed compote of raw and stewed fruits

Pierre Hermé creates desserts for ANA Airways

mixed compote of raw and stewed fruits

The man who’s been described as the ‘Picasso’ of the pastry world has been tapped by All Nippon Airways to cater its dessert menu.

Passengers on international flights traveling in First and Business Class will tuck into a range of in-flight desserts created by French pastry wizard Pierre Hermé, best known for his inventive macaron flavors and gourmet cakes.

The trio of desserts will debut in June for First Class customers and in September for Business Class passengers.
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richard Branson shaped ice cube

Virgin launches Branson-shaped ice cube

richard Branson shaped ice cube

In order to celebrate the airline’s new in-flight bar, Virgin Atlantic has decided to create custom ice cubes in the shape of Richard Branson‘s head.

The bar will also incorporate a raft of additional innovations including the fabulous new champagne coupe glass, enhanced mood lighting and a new seating system to facilitate the most comfortable social experience in the air.
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