Virgin Atlantic recently announced plans to offer pairs of limited-edition onesie pajamas to its “Upper Class” passengers. Designed by Norwegian company OnePiece, the unisex PJs will debut on select flights mid-June. But that’s not the only over-the-top freebie available to first-class passengers: here are eight first-class airline perks that those of us in coach can only dream about.
Passengers wait for their flights in five-star comfort at New York’s JFK and London’s Heathrow airport lounges. We’re talking chandeliers, private booths with waiter service, and cabanas with day beds and en-suite bathrooms.
At a time when meal service on normal flights has become a luxury, Qatar offers its passengers a menu created by four master chefs, including celebrity chef Nobu Matsuhisa (pictured) and Michelin-star awarded Tom Aikens. A sample menu may include oven-roasted mustard-and-dill salmon, stuffed spinach crepes, and a cheese plate.
Sinagpore’s revamped first-class offerings include a state-of-the-art entertainment system complete with a 24-inch LCD screen, more than 80 on-demand movies, and Bose noise-cancelling headphones. Each seat also resembles a private cubicle for maximum privacy.
Most of us arrive at our destination looking like we haven’t bathed in a few days. Not so for those who have access to Emirates’ Shower Spa: Two state-of-the-art showers offer a marble-and-walnut-lined changing area, natural beauty products, and fluffy high-end towels.
Choosing between a red or white wine is nothing compared to a menu that highlights vino chosen by Markus Del Monego, Lufthansa’s resident sommelier. The wine list changes every month and focuses on fine wines that are less well-known. Can’t decide? Flight attendants will make suggestions and offer samples.
Qantas fliers don’t have to worry about running to make a connecting flight: The airline offers complimentary chauffeur service on select flights to transport passengers to their next gate in style. Upon arrival, another chauffeured vehicle awaits to whisk passengers off to their final destination.
The perks begin even before passengers get off the ground at Paris’s Charles de Gaulle airport, with access to a spa created in partnership with Biologique Recherche. Service is geared toward the jet set, with treatments that’ll help with travel-related ills. The spa experience continues on board with an amenity kit packed with Biologique Recherche products.
Finally, Etihad takes first class to the next level by offering entire sleeper cabins. The 125-square-foot “residences” come complete with a private bath and shower, lounge, and butler. This mini-apartment will set you back a paltry $21,000. Each way.
SOURCE: CONDE NAST TRAVELER