Flying Fancy: The Best First Class Flying Experiences

There are few experiences as pleasurable and exciting as private travel and flying first class. With the ability to now get a full night’s sleep while some 30,000 feet in the air and eat restaurant-level meals, flying first class is more like taking an overnight stay in a top hotel. While uncertainty around reopening international travel continues to make planning an overseas trip virtually impossible, there’s certainly no harm in getting inspired for your luxurious post-pandemic holiday.

Once international travel resumes, wealthy globe-trotting Australians can look forward to treating themselves to a first-class flight aboard Qantas’ A380. Within the luxurious suites is a reclining seat with a leather headrest, in-seat massage and Sheridan bedding for when you’re ready to catch a few winks during your long-haul flight.

First-class travellers can also expect a restaurant-dining experience with a menu crafted by Neil Perry and onboard sommeliers to match the perfect wine or champagne with your meal. Qantas also provide cotton sleepwear from Martin Grant and an amenity kit featuring LaGaia skincare products. And of course, there’s inflight entertainment with noise-cancelling headphones.

Image: Qantas First Class Suites on A380 | Source: Qantas
Image: Qantas lounge areas on A380 | Source: Qantas
Image: First class Qantas amenities | Source: Qantas

With a comfortable lounge chair, plenty of storage, and a personal minibar, Emirates’ First Class experience on the Boeing 777 and A380 offers flying in style and superior comfort. To freshen up during the flight, flyers have access to a small mirror and vanity kit featuring Byredo skincare. First-class flyers can also give themselves extra privacy by closing the doors to their suite while sparkling starry lights twinkle overhead.

Emirates also provides à la carte cuisine, canapés, and plenty of refreshing beverages both within the suite and at the onboard lounge and bar.

Image: First Class on Emirates Boeing 777 | Source: Emirates
Image: A restful sleep on Emirate’s Boeing 777 | Source: Emirates

With a reclining seat as well as a dedicated bed, the Singapore Airlines First Class experience is unlike any other airline’s. Inside the suite, flyers will discover plenty of privacy thanks to a sliding door and noise-canceling headphones, and a 32-inch touchscreen monitor. Spacious lavatories allow you to refresh during the flight with a generous vanity area and toiletries from Lalique.

Image: Singapore Airlines First Class Single Suite on the A380 | Source: Singapore Airlines
Image: Singapore Airlines First Class Double Suite on the A380 | Source: Singapore Airlines

Although flight reviewers note less privacy in Qatar’s First Class suite than some of its competitors, Qatar still offers plenty of luxurious features, including loungewear by The White Company, An on-demand à la carte menu, and exclusive vintages to sip on. Qatar also boasts a top-notch bar and a generous and stylish bathroom as part of the First Class experience on the A380.

Image: First Class on Qatar A380 | Source: Greg Stone via Upgraded Points
Image: Emirates First Class Bar on the A380 | Source: Greg Stone via Upgraded Points
Image: Qatar First Class bathroom on A380 | Source: Pinterest

This article originally appeared on Fancy

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