First and business class cabins are ever changing—from fully-flat beds with mattresses and duvets, to 32 inch personal HD TVs and extra space to work and sleep all in the same area. And as these new designs emerge, airlines with exquisite first class cabins remain committed to taking luxury to the next level. So, what can you expect from airlines such as Thai Airways, Qantas, Emirates, British Airways and Singapore Airlines in the near future? Let’s take a look at each one, and you can decide if next is really better.
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Currently: Thai Airways received an upgrade to its Royal First Class Suites, offering you semi-private spaces that are almost 8 feet long, 23-inch in-flight entertainment systems, lie-flat beds, gourmet meals, in-flight lounge areas, and changing rooms (the last two are available on select aircraft only).
Upcoming: Thai has done a superior job in their first class cabins, and have begun to shift gears towards a more luxurious business class. This can be seen with the emergence of the Royal Silk business class seats available on their Airbus A350s. This cabin offers fully-flat beds with direct aisle access, designed in a Thai Contemporary style.
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Currently: Qantas First Class is only available on their Airbus A380s, which they only own twelve of. Originally, the airline was supposed to order twenty A380s to extend their first class fleet, however, their CEO confirmed that the remaining eight won’t be joining the group.
Upcoming: Instead of the additional A380s, Qantas is looking at the Boeing 777X and the Airbus A350-900ULR to join the batch after 2020. And, by October 2017, their Dreamliners (Boeing 787-9s) will make their debut, featuring a “very luxurious configuration“. However, the configuration details have yet to be revealed.
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Currently: Emirates Airbus A380s and Boeing 777-300ER have private first class suites, offering passengers a fully flat bed with a mattress, private dining experience, a spa shower, an onboard lounge and endless hours of entertainment.
Upcoming: The all-new first class suites will debut by the end of 2017. These cabins give you, even more, privacy than the current closed-door cabin, and will have amenities that of a five-star hotel or luxury yacht.
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Currently: Just recently, British Airways came out with their new first class cabin on their Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners. These beauties were designed with elegance in mind and equipped with your own private suite, a fully flat bed with a mattress and duvet, and five-star dining experience. It’s so slick it feels like you are riding in a $500,000 car. 😉
Upcoming: The airline seems to have shift gears from its first class cabins, and have moved on to an updated Club World business class for its Airbus A350-1000 fleet, which is set to launch in 2017.
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Upcoming: In 2017, the airline has a new fleet of A380s that will debut, which will offer you brand new first class suites. However, showers will not be available on these superjumbos.