Luxury4Play.com banner

1 - 20 of 42 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
690 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
In the past few years, the commercial airline industry has been updating their fleets with amazing first class and business seats to make flier long distance a little more comfortable. The seats are pretty amazing and can fold flat to make a bed, some offer massages, they are highly adjustable, and all have big televisions. Some even can be joined with a another suite to make a bed, and most have some privacy screen. Below are some pictures of various airlines first class cabins for long haul flights.

Qantas Airlines
qantas__11__gallery__600x397.jpg

United Airlines
2850566030_d516e1d4d0.jpg

Singapore Airlines
Singapore-Airlines.jpg

Emirates Airlines
EmiratesFirstClassSuite_gallery__592x400.jpg

American Airlines
525_americanairlines011.jpg

Lufthansa Airlines
lufthansa-new-first-class-cabin_thoE3_48.jpg

Swiss Airlines
DSC04971.jpg

These are just a few airlines, there are many more, feel free to add more up!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,510 Posts
Check out Etihad's Diamond First Class, or their new Diamond First Class Cabins.

I've flown London-Abu Dhabi-Sydney in their first class a couple of times and would gladly have gone straight back around!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
5,540 Posts
if you've got the means then flying first class is certainly the best option. though shelling out 5 figures for a flight isn't in my budget. yet.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
690 Posts
Discussion Starter #7
Check out Etihad's Diamond First Class, or their new Diamond First Class Cabins.
Yeah I just saw an article about them, I can't believe I have never heard of them, but their first class is insane.

Certainly have came a long way. I remember when First Class was just a massive chair with table.
Yeah and the ideas and amenities only keep growing. I recently read an article that its not just about the hard product though, the service is improving, offering chauffeured rides to the airport, private check ins, special lines for going through security and customs, lounges with massages and so on.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,561 Posts
Yeah and the ideas and amenities only keep growing. I recently read an article that its not just about the hard product though, the service is improving, offering chauffeured rides to the airport, private check ins, special lines for going through security and customs, lounges with massages and so on.
Competition making it better for the consumer :)
 
  • Like
Reactions: Grandpa Scott

·
Registered
Joined
·
690 Posts
Discussion Starter #12
I think the 787 is going to be a game changer for the aviation world. Airlines like Etihad, Emirates, Singapore, and most other major airlines (with the exception of US carriers) have an incredible hard and soft product. This includes chauffeur service, designated check in and security screening, spas in the terminals, world class food, high end wine, attentive flight stewardess, etc, but the plane itself has not evolved much. Most planes, whether in first class or coach class have small windows, are pressurized at a higher altitude, and feature annoying lighting among other things. The new 787 has larger windows, better lighting, is pressurized at a lower attitude, and are less noisy. I recently flew on a 737 with the new Sky Interior and that made a noticeable difference in the flight. I am still trying to get a flight on a 787, but am waiting for it to start international routes on United so I can further see how this new aircraft makes air travel more comfortable.

None of the delivered 787's have a 3 class cabin on any airline and only a handful of the 2 class cabin planes even feature full flat bed seats.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,337 Posts
Virgin America upgraded me to First class on a very short 2hr flight because it was my birthday and the first class was empty. Seats were nice, but by the time the seat belt sign came off, 15 minute later the sign came back on for landing lol.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
690 Posts
Discussion Starter #16
I have never flown first class how is it? Do you guys pay for the tickets yourself or company sponsorship ? I've looked into some pricing and it costs some stupid money
Domestic on US carriers is not that great, just a bigger seat, "more attentive" flight attendant, and early boarding. There is rarely a meal served and when there is a meal its just bad microwaved food. Most snacks and drinks are the same as coach just free (i.e. chips, beer, cookies)

International on US carriers is pretty good, service is poor in-comparison to European and Asian based airlines. Food starts to get better, more drink selection, seats have more adjustment and space, lots of seat level storage, and all the small aspects start to make a difference (i.e. less passengers per lavatory, smaller ratio of crew to passengers)

International on a European and Asian is very impressive, every detail has been considered. Top of the line everything and the staff will do just about anything to make sure your flight is pleasant and enjoyable.

I usually get a complementary upgrade for domestic, although sometimes I have to pay for an upgrade. International I usually wait for premium fares to be offered at a reasonable price if my schedule is flexible. If it is urgent I use miles or a upgrade on a close to full fare coach ticket.

However, you are right that a lot of first class tickets cost "stupid money." I was talking to a friend last week who told me his company had just bought Delta business class tickets to Amsterdam for $11K a piece, which is very high and probably could have gotten first class on a better airline for that price. Some companies have high level executives that need to travel far distances and a 14 hour flight costing $15K makes sense. Most people that are leisurely flying full fare first class international fly privately domestic and the plane they own can't go that far or would not be comfortable for such a distance and first class is comparable.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
553 Posts
i like this singapore *.*
 
1 - 20 of 42 Posts
Top