Most people see flying as just a necessary delay to reaching the real destination. But what if air travel could be different? What if your flight was actually one of the highlights of your trip?
Now it can be, thanks to some unique airlines that have perfected the art of flying. They’ve redefined what used to be average and transformed it into an enjoyable, relaxing, and even luxurious experience. See for yourself!
What it’s like to fly with the best luxury airlines
Each of these unique flight experiences incorporates special privileges and thoughtful accommodations designed for convenience, comfort, and more than a little indulgence.
With price tags upwards of $10,000 depending on your itinerary, these are truly once-in-a-lifetime splurges!
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Singapore Airlines currently holds the title for the world’s longest flight: a 19-hour trip from New York City to Singapore, so it’s no wonder that they’ve become masters at making long-haul flights perfectly pleasant.
Their new A380 suites provide the ultimate flying experience to destinations like Beijing, Paris, Sydney, and Zurich. Sliding doors keep your plane suite quiet and discrete. Relax in an upholstered recliner or the separate bed with cozy duvet, which can be combined with an adjoining suite to create a double bed perfect for snuggling up with a loved one.
Hang up your outfit in the en-suite wardrobe, enjoy a gourmet meal from an internationally acclaimed chef on Wedgwood bone china, and freshen up in the First Class bathroom. If it weren’t for the views from your window, you might completely forget that you’re over 30,000 feet in the air.
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The Residence by Etihad Airways might be the closest thing to travelling by private jet. This secluded three-room suite features a living room with a 32” flat screen television and sofa for two plus a separate bedroom with a double bed wrapped in Italian linens and fitted with an additional 27” flat screen.
Best of all, you can escape to a private en-suite bathroom with shower and complimentary amenities like a luxe bathrobe.
Flying in the Residence also comes with several perks that make your air travel experience completely effortless. A private chauffeur transports you to the airport where you can enjoy the exclusive lounge with fine dining and Six Senses Spa treatments.
Onboard, you’ll appreciate attentive butler service and an inspired gourmet menu en route to destinations like Cairo, Bali, Bangkok, and Seoul.
Qatar Airways recently introduced their first business class suite, Q Suites, with routes to destinations like Amsterdam, Berlin, and Singapore.
Each quad boasts 4 seats which fully recline into beds complete with turn-down service, warm duvets, and complimentary sleepwear and slippers. There won’t be any fighting over legroom here.
Designed to be easily customized for your travelling style, you can create an individual space with complete privacy for relaxing and sleeping or adjust the panels to form a double bed to share with your travel companion.
Plus, the movable media panels are decked with everything you need for business or entertainment.
Hop on board the Emirates Boeing 777 to destinations like Melbourne and Tokyo to experience an unparalleled First Class suite.
The fully reclining seat is arguably the best detail, featuring zero-gravity technology from NASA that removes awkward pressure points and makes the usual muscle aches and joint stiffness a thing of the past.
This luxurious air suite was inspired by Mercedes-Benz designs, and treats travellers to stunning views- even from the centre suites, thanks to HD technology.
Dine any time from a gourmet menu and create the perfect atmosphere for relaxation with your personal light and temperature controls. You can even curate your own playlist beforehand and have it synced to your award-winning entertainment system.
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