First Class Last Minute One Way. Top 5 Best First Class Cabins
Need a first class last minute one way? International air carriers continue to raise the bar for their premium first class flights, offering everything from multi-room in-air suites to personal butlers and chauffeurs. That's good news for elite travelers who can expect the competitive nature of the industry to offer increasingly opulent products and greater first class flight value. To help savvy flyers find the best first class seats in the world, IFlyFirstClass offers its selection for the top five best first class cabins for 2014.
The rapid growth of Middle Eastern and Asian airlines has helped push the industry toward more lush first class accommodations, and Abu Dhabi-based Etihad is one of the leaders. Its new Residences and First Class Apartment options on the Airbus A380 put it at the top of our list. The Residence class is a three-room suite on the A380's upper deck, providing a bedroom, sitting room and en suite bathroom and shower. The Residence comes with a private butler and personal chef in the air and complimentary chauffeur service on the ground. The Apartments are also on the upper deck of the A380 and are the epitome of privacy and spacious in-air luxury. They feature a full-size vanity, a leather armchair and a sofa-ottoman that converts to a completely flat bed. Even better, the partition between two apartments can be removed to create a double bed and larger travel space for couples flying together.
At No. 2, Singapore Airlines is no less luxurious. Its first class seats are over-sized and separate from the full-sized bed that is included in the first class suites. Sliding doors encase the suites for full privacy, and the space is filled with amenities like the KrisWorld entertainment system, Book the Cook culinary options and Dom Pérignon, all graciously supplied by the company's signature Singapore Girl service.
Always sumptuous, Cathay Pacific's first class fares are at No. 3, welcoming passengers with Krug Grand Cuvée and a host of pampering features. Dine on five-star cuisine created by the Mandarine Oriental Hotel, slip into complimentary PYE lounge wear, freshen up with an AESOP amenity kit and savor the entertainment with BOSE headphones. Supremely comfortable seats with touch-screen controls convert to equally capacious beds topped with fine bedding. The seat also offers a massage function to help passengers work out the travel kinks.
No. 4 Emirates may be topping this list next year, as they plan to debut their own full-scale suite sometime in the future. For now, their first class fares are already stellar, offering sliding-door privacy, leather reclining seats, cozy pajamas, Iranian caviar, Dom Pérignon, a vanity mirror, wardrobe, minibar and access to a shower spa. Dubai-based Emirates also offers its first class passengers complimentary limousine service.
Although not as private as some of the other first class flights on our Top 5 list, Air France's first class seats provide a breath of fresh air. Eminently stylish, the air carrier's new La Première suite presents a light and airy ambiance, clad in leather, suede and classy tweed. Seats are extra-wide and convert to a long, flat bed, and curtains can be closed to give the occupants extra privacy without feeling closed-in. A comfy ottoman/small armchair offers extra seating for companions, and a personal entertainment system is viewed on a 24-inch high definition television monitor.