It’s hard to believe, but some of the most exquisitely designed spaces in the world are in the first class cabins on commercial airplanes and jetliners. The suites and amenities one might encounter rival those found in 5-star hotels and world-class resorts. The price for luxury is steep, but when you’re traveling halfway around the globe, there’s no better way to fly.
Here are just some of the upgrades that airlines have made to improve the first class passenger experience.
Private Mini Bar & Snacks
No need to wait for that drink order to arrive. As you catch up on the news and Netflix on your personal flatscreen TV, reach into the console beside you and pour yourself a drink. Airlines such as Emirates are providing an in-seat mini bar and a fulfilling basket of snacks packed with chocolate bars and pretzels and more. Emirates has also upped their first class game with an onboard lounge, Bvlgari amenity kits, sheepskin-like blankets, and gourmet meals with designer silverware.
Full Living Quarters
Book the one-of-a-kind “Residence” on Etihad Airways’ A380, and you’ll experience the only three-room suite on any commercial airline. With a living room, bedroom and private bathroom, you’ll most certainly forget that you’re flying. The bathroom features a full-height private shower, luxurious amenities and resort style bathrobes for your comfort and convenience.
It’s not uncommon to get some shuteye while on the plane—but how often do we slip into a pair of pajamas before we fall asleep? Thanks to airlines like Qantas, which offers Martin Grant-designed pajamas and slippers to its International First customers, on-board sleeping attire is no longer out of the ordinary. Martin Grant has also designed boy-and-girl amenity kits for the airline, which include hydrating spa products, travel socks and ear plugs among other unexpected luxuries.
So, the next time you fly—be it first class, business class or coach—trade your typical airplane comfort-wear for your coziest pair of pajamas. They may not be designed by Martin Grant, but they’re the first step toward a first class flight experience.