First Class. The Best, The Worst, The One I Want To Fly Most.
Much like business class, first class products are not all created equal. Some airlines have first class seats that are much more of a glorified business class, while others go over the top with fully-enclosed suites and onboard bars. In this post, I'm going to write about what I consider to be the best and the world first-class products, along with the one I'd like to fly on most.
What Should First Class Be Like?
If you google the definition of first class, it comes up as "of the best quality", quite literally meaning the best possible. This generally translates to the best food, a comfortable and private bed, luxurious ground transfers, etc.
The Worst First Class
This is a bit oxymoronic, as even the worst first class will more than likely be significantly better than flying in economy. However, if you're going to spend the money, you should know what to look for and what to avoid. For example, British Airways:
Does this seat look nice? Yes! Would you have a nice flight sitting in this seat? Yes!
While the picture above does look very nice, British Airways uses a seat that many airlines use for business class. First class on BA is 4 seats across in a 1-2-1 configuration while many airlines have a 1-1 configuration. Don't get me wrong, it's a nice seat but it's no first class compared to many airlines.
First Class, The Best Kinds
While there are a couple of airlines notorious for not-so-amazing first class, (British Airways, TAAG Angola, Korean Air, etc.), there are many airlines known for having over the top, amazing first class products. We're going to take a look at a couple of those:
Singapore Airlines A380 First Class Suite
Known for having some of the world's best first-class suites, these private rooms are a boujee dream.
Etihad is another airline known for an over-the-top first class experience. They even call their first class seats "apartments". Here's a video to show you just how luxurious they can be:
Which first class would I choose to fly?
While I've been fortunate enough to have flown in business class many times, I've also gotten the incredible chance to fly in first class on a couple of special occasions, (here's a picture I took of my dad when we flew in American Airlines first class to Argentina).
If I had the chance to fly in first class on any airline, hands down I'd chose Emirates.
Emirates is renowned for having a crazy, crazy first class. Fully enclosed suites, mood lighting, temperature control, and anything else you could possibly want on a flight. Here's a link where you can explore their first class for yourself!
Emirates also has a fabulous onboard bar. I can't post a photo of it due to copywrite issues but if you google Emirates first class bar, many photos will pop up. While you're at it check out Qatar Airways first class bar and Etihad's first class hangout bar!
The First Class Point
Some airlines have jaw-dropping suites, while others have meh, business class-like seats. If you ever want to take that one special trip, make sure to check what first class on your airline looks like ahead of time!