Flying high

Singapore Airlines: Airbus A380

Following an extensive four-year development programme, Singapore Airlines fitted its Airbus A380 fleet with new cabin products at the end of last year. With the theme of “space made personal”, privacy is key in this new design, and none more so than the first class Suites. Each of the six Suites are furnished with a full flat bed with adjustable recline, and a Poltrona Frau upholstered leather reclining swivel chair. Further amenities include a 32-inch full HD monitor, a full-sized wardrobe, specially designed carpeting, and a feature wall with mood lighting. Couples travelling together will appreciate that the beds in the first two Suites of each aisle can be converted to form a double bed.

Etihad Airways: Airbus A380

Ever watched Disney’s UP and wondered what it’d be like to have a home in the air? You won’t have to wonder any more with Etihad’s The Residence. At over 125 square feet, this is the world’s first and only private three-room suite on a commercial aircraft, and is roughly the size of a small studio flat in Hong Kong. The double bedroom features a bedside table, full-length wardrobe, and is certified for two guests. A private corridor leads to the bathroom equipped with Acqua di Parma toiletries and bathrobes; the bedroom is kitted out in Egyptian cotton sheets and bedding by Pratesi; and elegant loungewear by Christian Lacroix is also provided. There is even a personal butler to look after your needs. A notch down is the less extravagant first class suite First Apartment, with 39 square feet of private area.

Qantas: A380

Qantas treats its first class passengers to top-notch service including chauffeur service, complimentary spa treatments, a Neil Perry-designed gourmet menu, and Martin Grant designer pyjamas. The original 14-suite design maintains a high level of privacy, and the area has a dedicated stairwell leading to the upper deck’s premium lounge designed by David Caon where first passengers can relax in style. The airline has also partnered up with Sheridan, Australia’s premium home and lifestyle brand, to provide its customers with a bespoke range of luxurious bedding products. There’s no doubt that flying Qantas First will get you to your destination well rested.

All Nippon Airways: Airbus A380

ANA have long been famed for their omotenashi (Japanese hospitality) and personalised quality customer service. Their first class cabin experience certainly matches this high standard.

The cushy seats come with a large adjustable dining table as well as an adjustable cocktail table to the side. The airline provides Sony noise-cancelling headphones blocking out approximately 99% of background noise, and passengers are also given comfortable loungewear made from organic cotton. Each first class traveller will also receive an ANA original “SAMSONITE” amenity kit, including the finest “The Ginza Cosmetics” such as energising lotion and creamy cleansing foam.

Emirates: Boeing 777

Emirates’ new First Class private suites have floor-to-ceiling sliding doors and sleek design features inspired by the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. These two companies have extended their partnership to beyond design, and will provide a fleet of S-Class cars as part of the first class complimentary chauffeur service. Decorated in a colour palette of soft greys, cream and champagne, each 40 square-feet private space conveys a contemporary yet timeless luxury. Emirates has also introduced the industry’s first virtual windows for suites located in the middle aisle. Privacy is key; Bowers & Wilkins has created noise-cancelling headphones specially for the airline, and all suites come with a service window where customers can be served undisturbed. Add into the mix Byredo skincare, Hydra Active moisturising pyjamas to combat dehydration, Bulgari amenity kits, and you’re most definitely flying in luxury.