8 of the Best First & Business Class Aircraft Seats

8 of the best First & Business Class aircraft seats
Author: Fiona Harper
reports – Double beds and plush suites are replacing First and Business class aircraft seats at the pointy end of the plane!

The latest trend in First and Business Class has aircraft seats that are more like mini-suites.

1. Etihad Airways A380 The Residence

The only three-room suite in the sky, Etihad’s luxurious suites, known as The Residence, operates on select A380’s. Designed as a sophisticated, tranquil retreat for couples, The Residence comes with a living room, ensuite bathroom and bedroom.

Seats: The living room has a Poltrona Frau leather sofa for two, ottoman, two dining tables, 32in TV and chilled drinks cabinet. A separate bedroom contains a double bed with Egyptian cotton sheets and pillow menu. The ensuite bathroom has a private shower, toilet and vanity.

Personal Butlers trained at the Savoy Butler Academy in London attend to every need while a VIP Travel Concierge is on hand to customise inflight cuisine and amenities, as well as attend to on ground travel arrangements.

Cabin features: Occupying the forward upper deck, enjoy mobile and Wi-Fi service here. The mood embraces the individuality and exclusivity of a bespoke boutique hotel incorporating modern Arabian aesthetic with contemporary design. Muted Arabian elegance sums it up best.

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Photo courtesy of Etihad


2. Garuda Indonesia B777-300ER First Class

Luxurious private suites ensure total privacy for either singles or couples travelling together.

Seats: Ergonomic seats with a generous 22in width that convert to a full-flat bed with mattress, duvet, pillows and an ottoman. Sliding doors and adjustable dividers between middle suites control privacy. The seats come with 23.5in LCD touch-screen TV’s and noise-cancelling headsets, personal wardrobe and storage.

Loungewear is styled for men and women’s fit, and includes slippers, Lowe amenity kits plus the exclusive stationery to record inflight musings are de rigeur.

Cabin features: Fine dining from a choice of Indonesian or International cuisine prepared by on board Chef – expect caviar and vintage wine before take-off, lobster souffle and pan fried wagyu tenderloin mid-flight.

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Photo courtesy of Garuda Indonesia


3. Qantas A380 First Class Suite

The Qantas A380 First Class Suite picked up a Good Design Award thanks to smart features concealed within understated luxury.

Seats: Individual suites with electronically adjustable positions and multi-zone massage function. Converts into a fully flat bed with foam mattress, sheepskin overlay and cotton sheets.

Amenities are supplied by Payot Paris and luxurious pyjamas should help induce dreamy slumber. There’s an Edelman leather guest seat and a dining table for two. A 17in LCD widescreen monitor, noise-cancelling headset port, PC power, USB and internet ports take care of entertainment. Aurora Spa is located in Sydney and Melbourne First Lounges, offering signature 20-minute treatments focusing on muscle relaxation and skin hydration pre-flight.

Cabin features: Mood lighting, enhanced cabin soundproofing, tableware by Marc Newson. An 8-course tasting menu created by Qantas Chef Neil Perry is served by silver service trained cabin staff. Qantas Rockpool Sommeliers and mixologists have been tasked with keeping travellers hydrated, providing onboard tasting notes and recommendations.
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Photo courtesy of Qantas


4. British Airways A380 First Class

British Airways carries their renowned British efficiency and impeccable manners into the sky in a no-nonsense sort of elegantly refined fashion. Expect understated style.

Seats: British Airways provides a generous 31in width and 6ft 6in length bed (when fully reclined at 180 degrees) with quilted mattress, cotton duvet, the bed uses latest technology with a sprung diaphragm significantly increasing comfort levels. Two concealed tables include a writing desk with leather trim that allows travellers to work while snacking and a private wardrobe and shoe compartment keeps belongings neatly stored. A 15in TV screen, USB and RCA ports allow your own digital content to be viewed on the main screen.

Soft cotton pyjamas and an exclusive collection of Aromatherapy Associates for women and The Refinery for men essentials are presented in a bespoke BA washbag. If flying in or out of New York or London Heathrow, you’ll get to enjoy Elemis Travel Spa treatments.

Cabin features: Signature a la carte menu designed by some of the world’s top chefs or indulge in a mile high English afternoon tea as only the British know how.

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Photo courtesy of British Airways


5. EVA Air B777-300ER Royal Laurel Class

As you’d expect from technologically advanced Taiwan-based EVA Air, the airline utilises the best high-tech systems to enhance passenger inflight experience.

Seats: Retractable armrests and cocktail table adjust to create a 2m long lie-flat bed at the touch of a button. Passengers can make phone calls and send SMS messages via an on board communication system. Touchscreen entertainment screens, power sockets, USB and iPod ports complete the high-tech setup. Space and privacy are maximised, utilising a reverse herringbone configuration with fixed panels enabling passengers to create their own private space.

Recent collaboration with RIMOWA includes amenities such as balm from Thailand’s top spa and skincare brand Harnn. Comfortable pyjamas, Fiji water and noise cancelling headsets up the comfort levels

Cabin features: Mood lighting, including glittering stars on the ceiling during overnight flights, enhance a restful sleep. Fine dining branded ‘Story Island – Round the World’ rivals the best five-star restaurants with cuisine served on the same tableware, Noritake, used by the Japanese Royal Family.

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Photo courtesy of EVA Air
Photo courtesy of EVA Air


6. Singapore Airlines A380 Suites

Singapore Airlines is renowned for impeccable, elegant service and facilities and their Suites are no exception. The epitome of grace and hospitality, the Singapore Girl has become one of the best known icons of the airline industry.

Seats: Sliding doors and window blinds allow passengers to control privacy of Suites furnished in soothing leather and wood finishes. Armchairs hand stitched by master Italian craftsman Poltrona Frau and a standalone bed (not converted from a seat) feature. A turndown service with fine linen and plush full-sized pillows virtually guarantee restful slumber. If you’d prefer to remain awake the 23in LCD screen and non-stop on-demand entertainment system should help while away the hours.

Cabin Features: Book the Cook has been Singapore Airlines’ successful signature dining experience for eons. Travellers peruse the menu before boarding to ensure a specialty meal is prepared to individual tastes. For flights out of Singapore, expect a choice of over 60 dishes!

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Photo courtesy of Singapore Airlines
Photo courtesy of Singapore Airlines


7. LAN Airlines B787 Premium Business Class

With the commencement of long haul trans-Pacific flights from South America’s leading airline network, LAN became the first airline to introduce the latest Boeing 787 on the Sydney-Santiago route.

Seats: 100 percent fully flat seats with six way adjustment for optimum rest, lumbar massage and privacy barriers between seats. Fine dining created by a panel of highly-credentialed South American chefs and a wine list handpicked by South America’s only Master Sommelier.

Cabin features: Larger auto-dimming windows, dynamic lighting and vast storage space at foot level circumvent the need to keep opening overhead lockers mid-flight. Improved aerodynamics reduce the impact felt by turbulence and new air humidification techniques reduce fatigue and dryness associated with long-haul flights.

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Photo courtesy of LAN Airlines


8. Emirates A380 Business Class

Operating one of the youngest aircraft fleets in the world, Emirates knows a thing or two about passenger comfort.

Seats: Send an email or update your online profile, choose a beverage from your personal mini bar, write up a business report or kick back and enjoy award winning entertainment from the comfort of Business Class seating. If all that is too much, recline the seat into a fully flat bed on one of the airlines industry’s most advanced aircraft.

A gourmet menu inspired by Emirates global routes come with Royal Doulton tableware and Robert Welch cutlery while a Sommelier-selected wine list is matched to each course. 2,000 entertainment channels show the very latest new releases along with breaking news to keep travellers updated in real time.

First and Business class passengers have access to complimentary airport chauffer-drive service as well as being fast-tracked through immigration.

Cabin features: The A380 Onboard Lounge is the place to unwind in the sky and is for the exclusive use of First and Business passengers. Canapes and cocktails, coffee and cake are all on offer in a convivial lounge area where guests can stretch their legs or socialise.

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Photo courtesy of Emirates
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