With the holiday’s right around the corner, some of us can get a bit stressed out when it comes to shopping for gifts. So for those of you who are planning on spending Black Friday shopping from the comfort of home, but may not know what to get relatives and friends who love to travel, we’ve come to save the day.
Here’s our ultimate holiday gifting guide—perfect for anyone who loves to trot around the globe.
Depending on the type of ticket you purchase, you can be sitting in economy, business or even first class. Usually, (unless you are bumped up to a better cabin for free), the less you pay for your ticket, the further back you sit on an aircraft. For most people in the world, economy is where they’ll end up with minimal leg space, bland food, hard seats that barely recline, and cabin staff that are not always the most pleasant.
However, for those who like to spend a bit more to fly in comfort to their next destination, business and first class is the number one choice. From full-length beds and onboard bars, to fine dining, and ultimate service experience, first and business class is a luxurious experience in the sky.
Let’s take a deeper dive into each one to understand how the three main classes differ.
Just last week, Singapore Airlines unveiled their brand new seats aboard their A380s, and they are outstanding. If you thought their updated business class was superb, then wait until you see their first class luxury suite.
Singapore Airlines has moved first class to the upper deck to create a more premium cabin experience for high-paying passengers, which means they not only transferred the entire business class cabin to the main level, but also decreased the number of first class suites from twelve to only six.
Those of you who are looking to experience these seats can start doing so this December with routes from Singapore to Sydney. Additional destinations for this aircraft will be revealed next year. So what will it feel like flying aboard their new A380s in first class? Let’s take a look inside:
Singapore Airlines has just released a new business class seat for their new A380s, set to debut December of this year.
The new seat, created by JPA Design, has a curved pod design for more privacy and “suite-like” feel. To take it even further, Singapore Airlines has modified the basic design to suit its market and brand—adding in elegance, comfort and luxury beyond the original concept.
Boeing has just begun working on a new aircraft, inspired by the 787 Dreamliner, with a cabin that’s just as comfortable, windows that are much larger, advanced cabin lighting, and a completely new architecture.
The airplane wings had been completely redesigned, expanding 236 feet (23 feet more than current commercial aircrafts, which can easily fold at the tips to fit every airport gate it goes to. This is the new Boeing 777X.
Boeing will offer two 777X options, the 777-8X and the 777-9X, which will be able to seat anywhere between 350 and 425 travelers and fly 8,700 (-8X) to 7,600 (-9X) nautical miles.
Currently, All Nippon Airways, Cathay Pacific, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Lufthansa, Qatar Airways and Singapore Airlines have placed their orders for this new twin-engine jet for a total of 360 aircrafts. The first will take flight in 2019, however, the airplanes will not be delivered to their customers until 2020.
Qantas is making big moves this year—form the debut of their new business class seat on their very first Dreamliner, and being rated the safest airline in the world, to their new lounge in Melbourne Airport. And in just a few weeks, it will open up it’s premium lounge in Heathrow Airport. A big move for this Australian carrier.
Passengers flying in business and first class were reserved to using either the British Airways or Cathay Pacific lounge at Heathrow, but now they have a place to relax, eat and catch up in a Qantas lounge.
Last week, Qantas received its very first Dreamliner, and it’s spectacular. Their CEO, Alan Joyce, indicted it “will reshape what people come to expect from international travel”.
Beginning this December, you can book a ticket on this beauty, and set off from Melbourne to Los Angeles. Next year in March, the Dreamliner will start flying the longest route—totaling 17 hours (over 9,000 miles)—from Perth to London. And for those who are looking to enjoy the flight in comfort, sitting in the aircraft’s business class will be a must.
For those of you who are ready to embark on another journey in comfort, here’s what you can expect in the new business class cabin aboard the Qantas Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.
Built on more than one hundred small islands, Venice is a spectacular city with deep history and a rich culture that dates back to 422 AD, when the Romans first settled here (or so they say). It wasn’t until the 9th and the 12th centuries that the city began to develop, becoming an important naval power.
It took several centuries later for Venice to become the city you see today. From cafes and churches, to shops and VIP tours, Venice is a magical place everyone must visit at least once in their life.
For those who plan to take a trip to Venice (or even make a stopover there), we recommend you put these top hidden gems on your list.
For some of us, winter is a time to stay home with family and friends, whereas for others, it’s the time to pack a bag and embark on a new journey, be it for a few days or even a week. Whether it’s to Asia or South America for the warmth, or Europe for the breathtaking snow and holiday spirit, the cold season can be the perfect time to take off into a far away land away from home.
So to help you plan your trip, we recommend the following destinations for this year’s winter getaway.
The young yet vibrant capital of Kenya has grown rapidly since its founding in 1899, transforming into one of the largest cities on the continent from a swampy terrain with wild animals. It is a city with a large economic impact in Africa, and is a place where you can find an abundance of cafes, bars, restaurants, safari adventures and museums.
The best way to experience any city is with a local, but for those of you who are venturing out here on your own, with a partner or your entire family, we recommend you check out these hidden gems recommended by the ones who know best.