The world’s most luxurious airlines
When your vacation is booked, in the weeks leading up to your trip, you want to be able to daydream about where you’re headed without worrying about how you’ll get there. Travelling to and from the exotic destination you’ve chosen should be part of the fun – and it can be, with the right airline.
We’ve selected some of the world’s most luxurious airlines for you to browse below. If you can, book your flights first class with any of these illustrious airlines to fill your journey with luxury and travel in ultimate style.
When choosing which airlines to include on our list of the most luxurious airlines in the world we firstly were looking for airlines that promise to deliver you in style, comfort, and luxury, and secondly airlines that go that one step further and offer something truly exceptional.
With the advancement of technology combined with great design and vision some of the ‘seats’ available now on first class flights are truly awe-inspiring and befitting of the term luxury travel in every detail.
Flying anywhere should still be seen as a marvel and we want to celebrate the best luxury airlines that endeavour to make the experience thousands of feet above the ground and the sea as invigorating and glamourous a part of your vacation as the time you’ll actually spend at your resort.
So take a look at the world’s most luxurious airlines below and see how far air travel has come and where it can take you in sensational style.
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To us, travel is more than just being in motion.
Singapore Airlines has a rich heritage in innovation and offers some of the most luxurious ways to fly in the world.
Your world just got bigger.
Singapore Airlines offer outstanding first-class cabins with everything you’d expect such as an extra wide seat, plush headrest, mood lighting, and food from notable chefs you can pre-order up to 24 hours before you fly.
But that’s not all. They also offer unbelievable suites. The kind you’re probably flying to stay in at your five-star resort.
You get your own bed plus a revolving reclinable seat richly upholstered in full grain leather by Poltrona Frau. And if you’re travelling with a loved one you can even book a double suite, where the central divider between rooms makes way for a luxurious double bed.
A sliding door that screens the outside world away. Window blinds that close at the tap of a button and a 32” HD touchscreen monitor paired with Bang & Olufsen noise-cancelling headphones. From the hand-tufted carpets to the ultra-leather padded compartments and the ensuite wardrobe, spacious enough to house your cabin luggage wall to wall comfort and tasteful luxury is on offer. You even get your own well-appointed, spacious lavatories and a sit-down vanity counter complete with an exquisite range of toiletries such as the EDT, body lotion and facial mist from Lalique.
Singapore Air is without a doubt one of the world’s most luxurious airlines.
Fly high in Etihad First.
Etihad Airways is one of the most luxurious airlines in the world offering impeccable attention to detail from the moment you book your flight.
It’s in a class of its own
Etihad Airlines offers an exceptional and personal experience from the moment you book.
Dine any time you like on board with an extensive à la carte menu and boutique wine list. From a fine-dining, à la carte menu, to eggs or steak prepared to perfection and if you’re finding it hard to select from Etihad’s boutique wine list, airline staff are happy to help you choose a pairing option for each course of your meal. The wine list is carefully curated with your menu in mind and your meal is finished off with a signature Cognac service.
On Etihad’s B787, the crew will recline your chair into a fully-flat bed and make sure you have everything you need for a good night’s sleep and you can freshen up with a touch of pure Italian style, with an exclusive ACQUA DI PARMA amenity kit. It contains Colonia lip balm, body lotion and cologne, along with an eye mask, socks, a toothbrush and toothpaste. And if you need a shaving kit, comb or ear plugs, just ask and a member of the crew will be happy to help.
As close as it comes to your own private jet.
If you’re looking for the best luxury airline then the options and touches of exquisite luxury provided by Emirates Airlines should leave it positioned high up on your list.
Your hotel room in the sky
Emirates Airways has some exceptional options for flying, with some of the most luxurious touches you could imagine.
Fly first class on the Emirates A380, slide the doors closed of your private suite, turn down the ambient lighting and retreat in your private cinema.
Convert your seat into a fully flat bed and ask the crew to make up the sheets for a restful night’s sleep.
From sumptuous à la carte cuisine to tasty snacks, experience an incredible personal dining service.
Rejuvenate in Emirates’ A380 Shower Spa. And feel refreshed with the exclusive Emirates Private Collection Bvlgari amenity kits.
Or fly first class on Emirates Boeing 777 and enjoy your very own hotel room in the sky. Close the floor to ceiling doors, set the mood with your personal lighting and temperature controller, and enjoy the freedom to dine, sleep and be entertained on your terms. Sit back to your personal widescreen and thousands of channels of entertainment in your private cinema.
The privacy, the room service, the virtual windows and zero gravity seats, and the fine dining, the cocktail bars and shower spas at 40,000 feet all helped Emirates achieve the title of Fly in the World’s Best First Class 2020, voted for by customers on TripAdvisor.
The softest bed in the sky.
Flying first class with Cathay Pacific is so luxurious you’ll feel like you’ve already been on vacation by the time you arrive at your destination.
A refined, holistic travel experience
Flying first class with Cathay Pacific is a truly special experience. Reknowned the world over for its glamour and sophistication Cathay Pacific is one of the most luxurious airlines you can travel with.
Your seat transforms into one of the widest fully flat beds in the sky, complemented by luxurious bedding from leading organic brand Bamford: a thick mattress, 600-thread-count bedlinen, a selection of soft pillows, and a calming pillow mist.
Your suite also doubles as a private working area, complete with complimentary Wi-Fi and in-seat power. For greater privacy, Cathay Pacific has introduced do-not-disturb and wake-up call services on selected routes.
Its redesigned menu – including signature favourites, wellness options, and Hong Kong flavours – is made with the finest ingredients from sustainable and ethical producers. Any time you’re ready to dine, simply let the crew know and they’ll prepare your meal to order.
Cathay Pacific’s award-winning onboard cellar features top champagne cuveés, prestigious vintages, spirits and Betsy beer – Cathay Pacific’s pale ale handcrafted for 35,000 feet.
The state-of-the-art inflight entertainment system and BOSE® noise-cancelling headsets work perfectly with the new 18.5-inch high-definition screens and video handsets for a wonderfully immersive experience.
Soothe, protect, and hydrate your skin throughout your flight with pure, natural skincare products from Bamford, one of the world’s leading organic brands.
And your sleep suit, soft slippers and eyeshade have been thoughtfully designed by PYE, and made from some of the highest-quality cotton in the world.
Flying with Cathay Pacific the flight is a vacation in itself.
Your private sanctuary.
Home to one of the most innovative and modern fleets in the world, its spacious and comfortable seating, delectable cuisine and extensive entertainment options, make flying with Qatar Airways a truly remarkable experience.
Tailored exclusively for you
Qatar Airways spacious First Class is designed for you to feel well-rested and refreshed throughout your journey and is an excellent option if you’re searching for the best luxury airlines to travel with.
You will be provided with ample stowage options and an ultra-comfortable fully lie-flat bed.
Relish sumptuous cuisine designed by the best chefs in the world and savour expertly served exclusive vintages. An on-demand à la carte menu lets you enjoy mouth-watering dishes whenever you like, including dining at its finest with Qatar Airways’ signature caviar service. Served on handcrafted Italian crystal, Osciettra caviar is accompanied with a linen lined basket of warmed buttermilk blinis and crispy Melba toast bread.
Designed with all your needs in mind, you can also transform your area into a comfortable work space with laptop power, USB plug and on-board Wi-Fi and, whenever you choose, sink into your seat and relax with up to 4,000 entertainment options offered on Qatar Airways’ innovative entertainment system.
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