First Place

By Natasha Dragun

First Place
Ever wondered what perks lie at the pointy end of the plane? Here, we look at the joys of flying first class.

Etihad Airways

From December, Etihad will introduce The Residence on its Airbus A380. The three-room apartment in the air features a private bedroom, a living room and ensuite bathroom with shower. Passengers will have their own Savoy Academy-trained butler, an airport chauffeur and a private chef.

Singapore Airlines

The suites offered on the A380s are private cabins fitted out with a leather armchair hand-stitched by Italian craftsmen Poltrona Frau. Standalone beds are fitted with the finest linens and full-size pillows, menus and wines are overseen by a panel of top chefs and served on Givenchy tableware.

Air France

The La Première cabins are like mini-suites, replete with a 24-inch HD screen you can enjoy while in a bed that adapts to your body. At turndown, a mattress and plush linens are brought out. Onboard dining is a highlight, with the menus overseen by a team of Michelin-starred chefs.


Dubai-based Emirates doesn’t skimp on luxuries in its First Class Private Suites. Each comes with a personal mini-bar, ambient lighting, a vanity table and wardrobe. Meals are served on Royal Doulton fine bone china with exclusive Robert Welch cutlery, and guests also have access to two Shower Spas.


Before you even arrive at the airport – via chauffeur – a Qantas First Host will have taken care of all your travel plans. Once on-board, you can enjoy a flat bed with a sheepskin mattress, plus luxurious SK-II products and cotton pyjamas. Chef Neil Perry designed the in-flight menus.

Cathay Pacific

British architecture firm Foster + Partners helped Cathay spruce up its First Class suites, which now come with thick mattresses on lie-flat seats, Bose headphones and Ermenegildo Zegna and Trussardi kits. The Mandarin Oriental hotel group helped to bring five-star dining to the sky.


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