How do the wealthiest people travel around the world? They go first class, often spending more than the price of a Mercedes on a premier airfare. In this video, we look at the top five most expensive airlines and the perks they provide. Continue watching to find out what traveling in first class looks and feels like!
#5 Cathay Pacific
Landing in fifth place is Cathay Pacific. A roundtrip first-class airfare from Hong Kong to New York is priced at $28,000 dollars, and $18,000 dollars for a one-way.
Before the flight, passengers relax in The Wing First & Business Class Lounge where cabanas, spa facilities and an ironing service are at your disposal. Once onboard the Boeing 777-300ER, in your cabin you will find a closet for hanging clothes, a slide-out television monitor, fresh flowers, British lifestyle branded Bamford amenities and Pye pajamas. Apart from Krug champagne, caviar and blinis, expect wine tastings to be paired with all special meals and desserts such as strawberries in rosewater syrup.
A digitally touch-enabled display controls the three-feet-wide seat, which measures twice the size of economy class. When it is time to sleep, the seat turns into a bed, decorated with a 600- thread-count duvet. A menu to elect your preferred pillow is followed by a bottle of lavender mint mist to freshen the surroundings.
Germany’s flagship Lufthansa Airlines fills the fourth spot with its double-decker Airbus A380. The Superjumbo plane trumps all others with a wingspan nearing the length of a soccer field and a price tag of $500 million dollars. It offers the identical 16-hour route from Hong Kong to New York, for a whopping $43,500 dollar round trip ticket.
Exemplary service starts on the ground in Lufthansa’s First-Class terminals’ relaxation and media rooms. Treats include a dedicated gin-andtonic menu, and passage to the plane in a personal chauffeured Porsche Cayenne.
Upon entering the plane, eyes easily recognize the lack of overhead bins and phenomenal amount of space. Individual lockers have been added to store carry-ons. After passing through a privacy shield guarding each First-Class cabin seat, you will find air humidifiers, an extra set of charging cables, a separate amenity kit for men and women and a delightful red rose in a vase.
Below the 16.5-inch flat screen featuring free WiFi, audiobook selections and the latest blockbuster movies, sits a movable sliding ottoman lending itself as both a footrest and additional storage unit.
World champion sommelier, Markus Del Monego provides the wine list and an array of 12 dine-ondemand meal items permit passengers to eat when they please. Swiss La Prairie toiletries and Evian water sprays are found in the large oversized bathrooms. Nose and tail cameras documenting the Lufthansa flight’s descent down through the clouds, function as a final memorable highlight giving passengers the impression of a threedimensional landing.
#3 Singapore Airlines
In third place we have Singapore Airlines, the carrier that embodies the pinnacle of professionalism. A Suites Class ticket costs just under $20,000 dollars for a blissful 15 hours crossing 8,000 miles from Singapore to New York or vice versa. If traveling with a companion, the luxury double suite sells for $24,000 dollars.
In 2017, the Suites Class received a complete makeover and now boasts of 50 square feet in each of six cabins, designed by prominent yacht designer Jean-Jacques Coste. Swiveling leather armchairs, marble tabletops and buttons that control three layers of windowpane fading from light to dark will mesmerize, while a KrisWorld in-flight entertainment system featuring 1,000 channels, does its part to delight.
For fans of all things French, bed linens, complimentary pajamas and an amenity bag with a full-sized bottle of cologne are furnished by Lalique. Dom Pérignon is served at push off, and Malossol caviar is available on demand, but don’t go overboard on the fish eggs and bubbly because an international culinary panel of acclaimed chefs provide gastronomic plates of excellence that can be ordered up to 24 hours in advance.
The only drawback flying Suites Class is the lack of a proper shower in the zen-like bathroom. The good news is this flight departs from or arrives at Singapore’s Changi International Airport. It has been voted the world’s No. 1 airport for the last six consecutive years; it must have a decadent selection of showers to use freshen up in.
In second place, we look to Emirates not only for its shining service, but its bling-bling visual appeal. The most expensive flight traverses the globe from Los Angeles to Dubai, or in the opposite direction from the City of Gold into the City of Angels. It costs $36,000 dollars and is a favorite of Hollywood’s entertainment industry Alisters.
Corks are popped and Dom Pérignon starts to flow at lift off while 16 hours is spent in a partitioned private suite compartment. Two bathrooms are shared among the 14 first-class guests’ cabins, along with a fully stocked private mini bar positioned beside the entrance.
Another pleaser on Emirates are the heated bathroom floors and showers with five minutes of water usage capable of being paused at any moment. Hydrating pajamas await passengers, as do Byredo amenities upon boarding, and Bulgari leather kits once airborne. Bowers & Wilkins headphones provide the sound, while navigating a tablet or tethered remote to control the 27-inch TV monitor featuring an ICE in-flight entertainment package loaded with games, music and movies, divided into 65 genres.
Royalty runs deep with Emirates, especially during dinner which is served on Royal Doulton fine china and Robert Welch cutlery to the side. An a la carte menu tempts taste buds with an abundance of offerings but not before an exquisite first course of caviar and accompaniments. When ready to sleep, 75 inches of space for stretching out, means only passengers over 6 feet 3 inches might be forced to bend a bit.
#1 Etihad Airways
Winner the first podium position and topping the list with the most expensive flight in the world is Etihad Airways. It is called The Residence and is literally a mini flying penthouse. The jewel of all journeys will take $38,000 dollars from your pocket and last 21 hours as your whisked from New York over to Mumbai, India via Abu Dhabi, or the reverse routing with wheels up in Mumbai and wheels down in New York.
Bringing a buddy or booking round trip does bring the price down. Fantasy becomes reality the moment you step out your front door and long before hitting the 35,000 feet altitude mark. Be ready for a private pick-up to take you to the airport, proceeded by personal assistants at your beck and call at the exclusive VIP waiting lounge.
The Residence located to the left on the top deck of the A380 encompasses 125 square feet of space and is bigger than many Manhattan flats. The Residence features innovative geometric patterns and mirroring throughout the triple room suite and is designed to emulate the modern architectural appeal of Abu Dhabi.
You are sure to feel like the king or queen of your castle enjoying two flat-screen TVs while sitting on brown leather upholstered seats, the same as in a Ferrari.
For those with an appetite, it is possible to indulge in amuse bouche starters, seared-toperfection scallops and rack of lamb, served by your own private tuxedo-clad, Savoy-hotel-trained butler. Each forkful of cuisine is lifted from 24- karat gold porcelain dinnerware, and each sip of Bollinger Grande champagne from crystal glassware.
Walking off your Etihad Airways flight ready to take on the Mumbai metropolis of madness or hit the Big Apple, you will be well rested after a deep sleep on inviting Italian linen bedding while wearing Christian Lacroix loungewear. The third room of The Residence is an en-suite bathroom, so expect to exit feeling fresh as a daisy. Heated floors and premium-cabin swag provided by Acqua di Parma sweeten the deal even more.
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