The Top 12 Air Cabin's for 2018 - From the September Issue By Rahim Latif

GRA NDEUR IN THE AIR

1. Emirates Airlines – New First-Class Suite
2. Boeing – BBJ 787
3. Airbus – ACJ380
4. Singapore Airlines – New Boeing 777 First Class
5. Etihad Airways – The Residence
6. Four Seasons Jet – Boeing 757
7. Emirates Executive – Airbus A319 Jet
8. Singapore Airlines – Old First-Class Suite
9. Qatar Airways – QSuite
10. Airbus – ACJ318
11. Cathay Pacific – First-Class
12. Singapore Airlines – New A380 First-Class Suite

When someone has the money to fly in comfort, they have endless options to choose from. They can opt for a private jet or a large spacious suite on a plane that guarantees exceptional onboard service. These perfect cabins are for travellers who prefer to fly in luxury. From world-class service to the most exquisite interiors and a wide range of personalised gourmet menus, these are among the best in the skies. Here are our picks of the most luxurious airlines, aircraft, and flying experiences.

1. Emirates Airlines – New First-Class Suite
High-end travellers prefer airlines that provide a top-notch flying experience, and one airline that manages to do this consistently is Emirates. This Dubai-based carrier has launched a new first-class suite on its Boeing 777 jets. The aircraft is in fact the first to introduce a special feature – a new virtual window for some first-class passengers. The seats are designed and created in such a way that you can make video calls to the cabin crew requesting anything that you want to be brought to your suite. Apart from this, the impressive suite consists of ‘zero-gravity seats’ and noise-cancelling Bowers & Wilkins E1 headphones, developed specifically for this particular aircraft.

2. Boeing – BBJ 787
A privately-owned aircraft, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner is the epitome of luxury in the sky. This custom-made aircraft is designed for VIP passengers. The Dreamliner can accommodate more than 220 passengers, and is able to fly 17 hours non-stop between major world cities. The Dreamliner has an over-the-top, one-of-a-kind feature:  the large master bedroom, which can fit an extra-large,
king-size bed. It also has heated marble flooring and a walk-in closet. There’s also a lounge, dining area, a kitchen, guest cabin, and additional lie-flat seats. The area can be used by 40 people to sleep.

3. Airbus – ACJ380
A bedroom with a touch of contemporary style, designer furniture, and a magnificent panoramic view, you might confuse it for a five-star hotel suite. But in reality it’s the suite onboard the Airbus ACJ380. This wide-body aircraft can accommodate up to 50 passengers with an estimated range of 17,500 kilometres. The aircraft’s interior is divided into two decks, with 10,000 square feet of available floor space. The main deck includes a lounge area, multiple meeting rooms, and a large royal lounge. The upper deck space is reserved for accompanying guests. The Airbus ACJ 380 offers top notch in-flight entertainment and a high-speed internet connection.

4. Singapore Airlines – New Boeing 777  First Class
Singapore Airlines offers a best-in-class,  first-class suite on its newly launched Boeing 777. The luxurious spaces on the aircraft feature diamond-shaped leather that sprawls across the seat and the bed. The private sitting space is designed in such a way that the headrest is carved for comfort, along with plush seat-back cushions that help you  sit back and relax, while the extended rounded partitions provide privacy. This first-class suite offers a real restaurant feel with a vast spread of choices prepared by notable chefs. A variety of the finest wines are also served onboard.

5. Etihad Airways – The Residence
Etihad Airways is the only commercial airline to launch a three-room suite: The Residence. The suite consists of a sophisticated living room, separate bedroom, and shower for two people. The onboard staff ensures a wonderful experience for all their passengers, right from take-off to touchdown. Some of the world’s most renowned chefs are appointed to prepare a personalised meal using fresh and scrumptious ingredients.  A variety of snacks along with a royal tea service is also served. The living room features double-seat sofas made from the finest leather, and an elegant dining table. Passengers can enjoy a variety of in-flight entertainment on their 32-inch, flat-screen TV.

6. Four Seasons Jet – Boeing 757
If you’re planning to travel around the world in unprecedented comfort and luxury, then check out the Four Seasons private jet– the Boeing 757 – which literally takes luxury to new heights. The high-end aircraft is designed to match the comfort of the elite class with personalised service from the moment you step aboard. The sleek black jet accommodates 52 passengers. It includes an exclusive 24-day trip that covers countries including Ecuador, Japan, Morocco, the Seychelles, Rwanda, Indonesia, Colombia and the U.S. This aircraft also offers a 20-course dining experience catered by world-renowned chefs. While on board, passengers are given personal iPads, noise-cancelling Bose headphones, and Mongolian cashmere blankets.

7. Emirates Executive – Airbus A319 Jet
The next thing to watch out for in terms of luxury travel is Emirates’ new version of its first-class experience – the Emirates Executive Airbus A319 private jet. This customised aircraft is equipped with world-class amenities such as private suites with closing doors, an on-board cocktail bar, lounge, and shower spas. This private chartered aircraft is designed to accommodate upto 19 guests, and features a lavish dining area, an executive lounge and 10 private suites. It also has high-speed internet, live TV, video conferencing facility, and mobile phone connectivity.

8. Singapore Airlines – Old First-Class Suite
Have you ever wondered what it feels like to travel in an air train cabin? If yes, then you must travel in Singapore Airlines’ old first-class suite. With a sleek and polished look, the interiors of the first-class cabin are designed with simplicity and comfort in mind. Unlike the other first-class cabins – where seats are typically made to lie flat for sleeping – passengers here will find a separate built-in unit behind their chair. As far as the in-flight entertainment is concerned, the wide-screen TV offers endless options to choose from. The food served is top quality and, overall, this old first-class suite is one of the best in terms of design and comfort.

9. Qatar Airways – QSuite
The famous Qatar Airways QSuite is one of the world’s most intricately designed suites in the sky. This aircraft’s cabin is the first to offer aft- and forward-facing seats with a quad configuration. The high-end business class allows you to transform your space into a social area, which you can use to dine, work or socialise. The cabin space can also be transformed into a private room.  A wide range of gourmet meals served on the aircraft are specially made by top chefs, with strict attention to the quality and freshness of the ingredients. One of the most innovative and modern fleets went into passenger service for the airline in 2017.

10. Airbus – ACJ318
Inspite of the Airbus ACJ318 being the smallest of the Airbus corporate jet family, it has a luxurious interior space that can easily accommodate up to 19 passengers. Launched in 2005 as the A318 and renamed as the ACJ318 in 2011, it is regarded as the youngest of the Airbus corporate jets, and boasts the best in modern aviation technology. This aircraft offers a very different flying experience, with cabin space twice as large as regular business class. The cabin area is divided into four different sections, consisting of lounge areas and a private room, that can be used as an office and a comfortable bedroom. The ample fuel tank make intercontinental trips a breeze.

11. Cathay Pacific – First-Class
Cathay Pacific is known for providing  world-class onboard service in the clouds. As you step into the carrier’s luxurious first-class section, you’ll be treated to one of the most comfortable seats and beds imaginable. The easily adjustable seats are made from soft leather and good fabric, one can even utilise the extra pillows provided for lumbar and headrest support. The aircraft is equipped with onboard software, which allows passengers to notify the cabin crew not to disturb them, especially during meal services. As far as the food is concerned, this first-class cabin has a team of exceptional chefs, who prepare sumptuous Asian and international cuisine.

12. Singapore Airlines – New A380 First-Class Suite
This high-end aircraft offers comfortable flat beds along with a separate leather recliner for passengers to sit back and relax. In addition, there’s a spacious sitting area and a beautifully laid-out digital wide-screen television, on which you can enjoy the finest in-flight entertainment. The interior of the suite is beautifully designed with a  blend of white, grey, and beige tones. For passengers’ comfort and flexibility, the suite is designed in such a way that it can be converted into a one-bedroom studio, complete with a queen size bed.