First Class Travel in 2018
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by Marc Primo.
With air travel becoming as commonplace as taking a bus, less and less travelers opt for the first class experience. First class is slowly but surely going extinct. Still, there are some that remain in the first class game. These airlines have gone above, and beyond offering comfort and dining so luxurious, it seems unreal.
Every year, top aviation consumer website Skytrax compiles a list of the highest-rated first-class cabins on the air. Skytrax ranks are based on the impressions of nearly 20 million travelers out of more than 100 countries. The survey covered 320 airlines and took into account 49 parameters, such as boarding procedures, seating comfort, and quality of service.
Listed below are the ten best first-class cabins, based on Skytrax's survey.
1. Etihad Airways
The word cabin just does not cut it for this first class experience. Etihad's ''Residence'' is a125-square-foot flying luxury home located onboard of an Airbus A380s. The Residence features a living room, a double bed, a private balcony, along with the aid of a personal butler.
United Arab Emirates- prevails as one of the best when it comes to delivering luxury. Its new, 40 square feet first-class suite, which entered service this year, features virtual windows, an interior design inspired by Mercedes-Benz, and total privacy.
Lufthansa is the most recent airline to receive a five-star rating from Skytrax. Besides the expected fine dining and luxurious comfort, passengers traveling in Lufthansa's first-class cabin all have access to limousine service and a first-class personal terminal.
4. Air France
It is not surprising to find Air France so high on this list. La Premiere, Air Frances' first class cabin, delivers on its promise of French design at 30,000 feet. The cabin boasts a 6 1/2-foot-long bed, luxury brand beauty products, and menus by a selection of famous French Michelin Star chefs.
5. Singapore Airlines
The airline's first-class cabin offers an extra-wide flatbed seat, a la carte dining table, along with a 24-inch entertainment screen. Step up to a suite, and it's pretty over the top. Each passenger gets a private enclosure. If you want company, you may link two suites together. Singapore's newly unveiled A380 suites deliver hotel-like luxury.
6. ANA All Nippon Airways
All Nippon Airways has been considered one of the Best airlines in the world for a long time. When traveling first class with ANA you can expect, Michelin Star-quality dining, organic cotton sheets, cashmere blankets, Samsonite amenity kits, and a 23-inch LCD touchscreen.
7. Cathay Pacific
Cathay Pacific offers its first class passengers an extensive array of luxurious goodies, such as 500-thread-count cotton sheets, a Zegna amenity kit, Bose noise-canceling headphones, and natural cotton pajamas.
8. Qatar Airways
Qatar Airways was the Skytrax airline of the year for 2017. First class seats are wide and comfortable, fabric and not leather, which simply makes sense in hotter weather. Each seat is equipped with a 26-inch screen, with more than 4,000 choices of entertainment. You can expect a BRICS amenity kits and pajamas. Best of all Qatar has two luxurious bathrooms for first class guests with onboard showers.
9. Japan Airlines JAL
Japan Airlines first class passengers are treated to private luxury suites with 23-inch entertainment displays, fine dining including both Western and Japanese cuisine, and Porsche Design amenity kits.
Qantas' first-class cabin includes chauffeur service, free spa treatments, a Neil Perry-designed gourmet menu, even a 17- inch screen, and Martin Grant designer Hats.
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