Who doesn’t like drooling at a mean machine, especially when it’s an aircraft that has on-board cabins like suites, or one that offers on-board chefs who make gourmet dishes for the first class passengers? Here’s our pick for the top five most luxurious airlines in the world, picked based on the quality of service, safety, aircraft configuration, and design and innovation.
Dubai-based Emirates Airlines has been known through the years to bring out new features that don’t just excite travellers, but also pampers them with in-flight perks and comforts. Emirates has over 230 aircraft that fly to more than140 destinations across the globe, and offers First Class suites, Business Class beds, and Economy Class seats. As installed on the A380, a bar is located at the back for First and Business Class passengers, and a shower is located at the front of the aircraft for First Class passengers. The airline was also one of the first to introduce an in-flight entertainment system. Today, it offers over 600 movies, 200 pre-recorded television shows, and over 100 video game options.
Etihad Airways is known for its creativity in air travel, which has certainly taken this brand to the next level. The Abu Dhabi-based airline offers on-board cabins like suites and apartments for First Class and The Residence travellers. The latter is a cabin in the sky, configured with a living room, bathroom and bedroom. These cabins are usually available on A380s and other selected aircrafts. Yet another noteworthy feature of the airline is its wide-bodied aircrafts and the on-board lounges. Etihad is also known for its on-board chefs, who prepare gourmet dishes for First Class and The Residence guests throughout the flight. Founded in 2003, Etihad’s elite service been recognised with many awards.
AHong Kong-based carrier that flies to most prominent cities in the world, Cathay Pacific’s world-class service can be enjoyed on flights to 168 destinations around the globe. Most long-haul Cathay Pacific flights are configured with First, Business, Premium Economy, and Economy Class seats. The airline has been around for approximately 70 years, and has a growing fleet that consists of A350s and B777s. It is best known for its First Class cabin with spacious seats that lie flat, much to the traveller’s delight.
Singapore Airlines is regarded as one of the leading brands in the aviation industry. The airline is known for frequently upgrading its features as well as its aircraft, like the A380. On-board, the A380 Singapore Airlines are fitted with Private Suites in First Class, which show off its glamour in an elegant manner. The suites are configured with lie-flat beds and wide-screen TVs. An added advantage is in the centre aisle, where two suites can be converted into a double bed by adjusting the privacy blinds between them. Singapore Airlines connects 64 destinations to Singapore with 107 other destinations across the globe.
All Nippon Airways
All Nippon Airways is a Japan-based carrier which flies from its Tokyo hub to over 80 cities across the globe. The airline consists of 207 aircraft which are configured with First Class, Business Class, and Economy Class cabins. Most of its Business Class seats include lie-flat beds which can be adjusted to a comfortable 1800. The All Nippon Airways fleet consists of B777 and B787 aircraft, with three A380s scheduled to be launched by 2019.