Only 5% of the world population has ever been on a plane, so you can consider yourself lucky if you have ever taken a flight before. However, some privileged passengers take their air travel to a whole different level. If you are curious to learn about the first-class lifestyle or a big-time flyer looking to travel in style then this is the list for you! Below we have outlined the top 8 most luxurious first class cabins in the world, you will never be satisfied with economy again!
8 - Qatar Airways
Taking the first spot on our luxurious list is Qatar Airways' first class cabin! This airline is at the bottom of our list, but flying first class with Qatar Airways is hardly slumming it!
Food: The airline offers pre-select dining, allowing passengers to choose what they want to eat in advance from the airline's world-class à la carte on-board menu (varies by destination).
Price: Return trip from the UK to New Zealand = 9000 GBP.
Extra features: Flatbed seats, over 4000 entertainment options on a 19-inch screen, headphones, Bric's amenity kit and a large table.
7 - Cathay Pacific
Sliding into our list to claim the number 7 spot is Cathay Pacific's first class cabin. Renowned for its long haul connections through Hong Kong, a first class flight with Cathay Pacific is likely to leave you hooked on the finer things in life.
Food: Passengers order from an à la carte on-board menu throughout the flight, which includes both Asian and international dishes. Sample dish = Grilled US prime Angus beef striploin, portobello mushroom, asparagus spears, oven-roasted potatoes topped with béarnaise sauce or red wine jus.
Price: Return trip from the UK to New Zealand = 7500 GBP.
Extras: 500-thread count cotton sheets, organic cotton pyjamas, Bose noise-cancelling headphones, free WiFi, and a Zegna amenity kit.
6 - ANA All Nippon Airways
Coming in at number 6 is All Nippon Airways (also known as ANA or Zennikkū). As the largest Japanese airline, All Nippon Airways have invested in the passenger experience and it has paid off!
Food: With delicious food and wine selected by some of the best connoisseurs around the world, this airline will not leave you disappointed! Sample dish = Bamboo shoot steak with ratatouille and kiwi-flavoured vinegared miso sauce served with tapenade with Gorgonzola.
Price: Return flight from Tokyo to New York (Similar distance to London → NZ) = 14500 GBP.
Extras: 23-inch LCD touchscreen, free WiFi, Samsonite amenity kits, organic cotton blankets and a sliding door to turn the cabin into a secluded suite.
5 - Singapore Airlines
Singapore is a nation known for its ability to deliver on the luxury experience, it is no surprise that Singapore Airlines have claimed spot number 5 on our list of luxury!
Food: Reserve your main course up to 24 hours before you fly, cooked by notable chefs from Singapore Airlines’ international culinary panel. Sample dish = chicken biryani - fragrant basmati rice, cooked with aromatic spices and herbs, served with chicken, dal channa and pineapple raita.
Price: Return from the UK to New Zealand = 8500 GBP.
Extras: Mood Lighting, extra wide seat, free WiFi, Krisworld in-flight entertainment on a 24 inch TV and complete privacy.
Sneaking into the top half of our list at number 4 is Air France. Their La Première first class cabin is an experience that you would not soon forget, particularly if you are a great fan of French cuisine!
Food: With dishes selected by renowned French Michelin star chefs, they provide guest with a menu destined to please their already expensive palates. You can even create your own meal using their gourmet menu. Sample dish = grilled tenderloin of beef served with bearnaise sauce, baked vegetables and steamed potatoes (sounds even tastier in French).
Price: Return from France to New Zealand = 11000 GBP.
Extras: Six-and-a-half-foot-long bed, Carita beauty products, high-quality cotton bathrobe, slippers and socks, TV screen with entertainment system, free WiFi.
Taking the first podium position on our list is Lufthansa. Cemented as one of the largest European airlines, Lufthansa is actually making a slight move away from first-class cabins. Fortunately for luxury travellers, there are still plenty of first-class tickets available!
Food: Offering country-specific cuisine tailored to regional tastes on international routes. Sample dish = suprême of black-feathered Chicken, tomato Butter, mini Zucchini, wild garlic risotto.
Price: Return from Germany to New Zealand = 15000 GBP
Extras: Complimentary lounge experience with shower, all you can eat/drink, and a nap room, driven to the plane in a Porsche, privacy, free WiFi, and a TV screen with entertainment
2 - Emirates
Narrowly missing out on the top spot is Emirates. A first-class ticket on this airline will offer you luxuries you never even knew you needed! You may never be able to enjoy regular life again.
Food: Offering a range of world clash dishes at any time if the mood for food hits you. Sample dish = mixed grill that includes lamb kofta, chicken tikka and spicy chicken with garlic, served with Parsi dal and navratan pulao.
Price: Return from the UK to New Zealand = 7500 GBP
Extras: Transport to the plane in a Mercedes-Benz S-Class sedan, fully enclosed private suite, 32 Inch TV screen with an entertainment system, virtual windows for passengers in the middle of the plane, fully stocked mini bar, and video chat with aircrew to order food!
1 - Etihad Airways
Topping our list of luxurious first class cabins is Etihad Airways’ ‘Apartment’ cabin. If it weren’t for the windows, you would probably forget you were even flying. This would be the only flight where the landing is cause for sorrow rather than a celebration.
Food: The inflight chef prepares your food just the way you like it, with options to mix and match from your favourite choices. Sample dish = chicken breast with arancini, courgette, black olive, tomato, butter sauce
Price: Return from London to New Zealand = 8000 GBP
Extras: Private “apartment”, 45 square feet of private space, personal butler, free WiFi, shower, shower gels, shampoo, 7-foot long bed, wide armchair, ‘Vanity’ unit with make-up and mirror, complimentary lounge-ware and bathrobe, free WiFi, TV screen with entertainment system.
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