Many airlines showcase their brand through their first class cabin, and I thought it was a good opportunity to have a look at some of the best of them!
5. Although first class on Air New Zealand is actually termed ‘Business Premier’, it is nevertheless a fantastic cabin, with herringbone seating in a 1-2-1 formation on the B777 and in a more spacious 1-1-1 formation on the B787 Dreamliner. Each seat is 22″ wide and is adorned in leather. This seat converts to a fully lie-flat bed measuring 79.5″, with pillow and duvet provided.
4. The first class seats on Cathay Pacific’s B777 and B747 fleet can be retracted into full lie-flat beds, measuring 36″ x 81″. Each seat has a built-in massage function, and a personal storage closet, as well as 17″ PTVs and an Ottoman for guest seating.
3. Garuda Indonesia has first class Suites available on its B777-300ER fleet and are each fitted with 24″ personal AVOD screens. The seats – when fully reclined into a bed – have a pitch of over 80″, and a standard seat width of 22″. Interestingly, Garuda trump the opposition by offering free WIFI access to all its first class passengers onboard.
2. Emirates have long since been a standard-bearer for the first class cabin, especially on their A380s which are fitted with suites. There are also ‘Skyscruiser’ and ‘Sleeper’ first class seats on Emirates other aircraft such as the B777. The full private suites on the A380, however, are the crème de la crème, with their 23″ AVOD entertainment systems (known as ICE) and personal mini bar, and this suites cabin is also fitted with a shower and spa – complete with a dedicated masseur.
Check out this review of Emirates A380 First Class Suites!
1. Singapore Airlines Suites are only available on the A380 and were designed by French luxury yacht interior designer Jean-Jacques Coste. SQ market the suites as “A Class Above First” – and they even have their own fare code. The suites each have fully closable doors, giving a sense of supreme privacy, and are fitted with 23″ wide leather seats (over 30″ with the armrests up) which can be reclined into a lie-flat bed at the touch of a button. In addition, SQ offers a 23″ PTV mounted on the front wall of the suite, just above the leather ottoman for guests seating. The suites on Singapore Airlines are designed in a 1-2-1 formation on the lower deck, though the middle suites can actually be joined together to make a double suite if necessary; the unique sight of a double bed could be seen as a great way to join the so-called Mile High Club!