Airports can be the worst; we’ve all been there with our luggage getting lost, planes getting delayed, connections missed, and above all, rude people. We all love to travel—it’s the airport we all have to juggle through. However, if you’re lucky enough to fly first class, then you’re lucky enough to get all the pampering that the airport world has to offer you. The service quality of flights tends to differ exponentially from one carrier to another. Not all flights offer the same level of amenities and it is not uncommon to have a negative experience aboard a certain flight. Some of these first class airlines specialize in making sure your flight duration is in full luxury, and pure happiness. So strap into first class, and grab yourself a cocktail.
1) Qatar Airways
In a very short time Qatar Airways has taken home the top honors worldwide, offering levels of service excellence that helped the award-winning carrier to become best in the world. First class passengers can experience a distinct sense of refinement with the services of the attendants and you can ask for world class services directly from your private space. You will be provided with designer sleeper suits so that no aspect of your in-flight time is spent without the highest levels of luxury. The highly comfortable flat beds come equipped with a duvet and Frette Linen, and you will get the benefit of plenty of stowage options. Economy class guests get to enjoy features like smartphone and tablet connectivity to their personal screens. There is lots of amazing entertainment options capable of transforming your personal area into a productive work space. The airline links over 140 destinations across the globe and is expanding its services from Qatar to 50 new destinations, including direct flights to Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, North America and South America. Qatar Airways is a member of one world global airline alliance.
2) Singapore Airlines
Singapore Airlines is one of the most respected travel brands around the world. Flying one of the youngest aircraft fleets in the world to destinations spanning a network spread over six continents. Its standout service makes for famously pleasant journeys during which flight attendants are trained to treat customers with extreme care and respect. Personal TVs with plenty of entertainment options and hot towels served before take-off are just some of the economy perks. It goes the extra mile, providing you with spacious and comfortable armchairs, hand-stitched by Italian craftsmen, with loads of extra leg room. There is the option for double-beds aboard the Singapore Airlines for first class customers and it adds a great dimension to an overall amazing service experience. The lighting has been tastefully done to create a soft and inviting ambience that puts the minds of the guests at ease.
3) Cathay Pacific Airways
The Cathay Pacific Group, including Dragonair and Air Hong Kong, operate more than 150 aircraft to 130 destinations across the globe Although Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific no longer hold the top spot, the airline still managed to take the prize for Best Transpacific Airline. With a fleet of long-range Boeing 777-300ER jets and a business strategy centered on offering a high frequency of flights, Cathay is one of the finest flying experiences in Asia. The services of the flight really stand out. The attendants are warm and helpful, instead of cranky and rude, and they add these personal touches that make your in-flight experience special. The ground crew is ready to assist you at the drop of a hat and will leave no room for complaints. The in-flight entertainment system is beyond compare and boasts of a wide selection of movies, TV shows, news stories, documentaries and more. The music and video game selections tend to vary while first class passengers can experience a larger collection of shows, and they are provided with sound-proof headphones so that they can immerse themselves in the experience for the duration of the flight. The airline is always on time and the food served is not only delicious in first class, but you get a great selection of port, cheese and fruit after the main course. Cathay Pacific Airways has won the ‘World’s Best Airline’ award for the fourth time, more than any other airline. Cathay Pacific is a member of the one world global airline alliance.
4) Turkish Airlines
Turkish Airlines is the flag carrier of Turkey with a hub in the increasingly popular travel destination Istanbul. Established in 1933 with a fleet of only five airplanes, Airline breaks records with its available destinations, flying to over 100 countries and over 200 cities worldwide.Turkish Airlines now has a fleet of 261 aircraft (passenger and cargo) flying to 243 cities around the world. Turkish Airlines is a member of Star Alliance. One of the best airlines in Europe, Turkish Airlines offers the finest in seating and catering services. The Business class seats are ottomans that can be converted into sleeping space with loads of extra area for comfort. The armrest does double duty as a privacy screen and can be controlled with the aid of a single button. The attendants attempt to recreate the true Turkish Hospitality above the clouds and make you feel like a star. A rich selection of food makes your flight with Turkish Airlines a memorable one indeed. Hot drinks are available at all times and you need not worry about quality since the in-flight catering crew adheres to the strictest quality measures to ensure that your food meets your expectations and tickles your taste buds in the best possible way. The airline uses Planet digital system along with individual touch-buttons for the purpose of in-flight entertainment.
Over the past 10 years, Dubai’s Emirates has developed into one of the world’s premier long-haul carriers. Founded in 1985, and flying out of Dubai with just two aircraft, Emirates now has a fleet of more than 230 aircraft, and currently fly to over 140 destinations in more than 80 countries around the world. The Emirates network is expanding constantly, with over 1,500 flights departing Dubai each week on their way to destinations on six continents. Emirates redefines the word “luxury” in an aircraft setting for the benefit of the first class passengers. You are treated to your own cabin and once you shut the privacy doors, you will be able to relax in your personal space. The ambient lighting offers a pleasant in-flight experience and you can convert your seat easily into a fully flat bed, complete with a soft mattress. Personalized meals are offered by Emirates so you are free to choose anything from a simple midnight treat to splendid a la carte cuisine. The food is prepared using locally sourced and organic ingredients. The airline provides complimentary alcoholic drinks. There is a lot to choose from in terms of in-flight entertainment and you can enjoy both local and international movies and TV shows.
6) Etihad Airways
Etihad Airways commenced operations in November 2003, and airline seeks to reflect the best of Arabian hospitality. Abu Dhabi-based Etihad airways is the flag carrier of the United Arab Emirates, with its Airbus and Boeing fleet traveling to about 96 destinations. Some of its special features include noise-reduction headphones and mood lighting in the cabin that’s adjusted to keep passengers well rested. Each cabin features sliding doors that you can close as per your discretion to block out the outside world. The bed is huge and will fit you snugly. Etihad gives you the unique opportunity to invite a companion to join you for a meal or meeting in your spacious suite. If you are traveling with a partner, the divider between the apartments can easily be lowered in order to create joint rooms. Every room comes equipped with a 24 inch flat screen television that can be adjusted easily and can be viewed from the armchair while relaxing in bed, along with a vanity cabinet that contains plenty of lighting and space for keeping personal effects. The airline flies to destinations in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia and the Americas, with a fleet of 117 Airbus and Boeing aircraft.
7) All Nippon Airways (ANA)
All Nippon Airways is the largest international carrier in Japan and home to one of the world’s largest fleet of Boeing 787 Dreamliners. Founded in 1952, ANA flies on 72 international routes and 115 domestic routes with a fleet of about 240 aircraft. The first class suites give you a sense of great privacy and your cabin comes with its own window. Storage compartments are conveniently located and you can experience intuitive seat controls. Each cabin has its own dining table and the airline has an extensive selection of food and beverage options for first class guests. The in-flight catering of the company is highly regarded and offers multi-cuisine dishes. The service quality of the airlines is to die for and the attendants are warm and friendly, and are not hesitant to offer you an extra perk or two in case they find that it is possible. The first class check-in process for the airlines happens to be private and segregated adding to the sense of exclusivity. Based in Japan, ANA provides international flight services all over the world.
8) Qantas Airways
Qantas Airways is the flag carrier airline of Australia. The airlines flies to flies to 20 domestic destinations and 21 international destinations in 14 countries across Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceania.Despite suffering a series of severe financial setbacks, the quality of Qantas’ service has not suffered. The airline received praise for its strong customer service and in flight entertainment. Prepare to fly in comfort and style on a Qantas International Economy flight, with cabins boasting ergonomically designed slimline seating and plenty of legroom. While flying international first class on Qantas you get to enjoy extra-wide sheepskin beds that flatten completely and an ottoman so you can even entertain a companion in your suite while mid-flight. You’ll also get a luxury amenity kit that includes perks like skincare products, an eye mask, and a pajama set.
9) Lufthansa Airways
Europe’s largest airline has undergone significant budget cuts in recent years, but its service and overall quality is still exceptional. In fact, Lufthansa comes close to the top of the list by receiving solid if not spectacular scores across the board.The first class aboard Lufthansa Airlines is a treat for passengers and it ranks highly in terms of personal service and exclusive experience. The airline pays attention to every detail from functionality to an elegant design to an amazing selection of culinary treats. The carrier boasts of exclusive first class lounges and the serenity you find above the clouds is well worth the money. The seats are shaped ergonomically and remain equipped with intuitive seat controls. There are plenty of options when it comes to in-flight entertainment and you get access to an extensive range of videos with foreign movies, TV programs, sports highlights, news, music magazines, CDs, international radio stations, and video games. In terms of dining aboard Lufthansa first class, renowned top chefs are hired to create gastronomical delights for you. There is an outstanding selection of regional and vintage wines to whet your appetite.
10) Virgin Atlantic
As the biggest airline in billionaire Richard Branson’s portfolio of Virgin brands, Virgin Australia has experienced massive growth in the Asia-Pacific market since its founding in 2000. Virgin Atlantic has become one of the most popular flight carriers throughout the world and now caters to various countries on a global scale. The first class suite aboard the Virgin Atlantic is termed as the Upper Class Suite and travel amenities are abound when you are a passenger in this section. The suite offer ample amounts of space and you will not be disturbed in your private spot. You are bound to love the pampering and attention being showered on you. The beds are incredibly roomy and have plenty of leg space so that you can sleep as comfortably as you want. In case you need a long stretch of undisturbed sleep throughout the night, Virgin has a unique solution – a few Upper Class suites present in overnight flights tend to have a special “Snooze Zone” that features minimal distractions and dimmed lights. No matter what, your time with Virgin Atlantic will be memorable.