Ever wondered what it’s like to fly at the pointy end of the plane in first class on an Airbus A380 and how first class differs between each carrier? If the answer is yes we have put together this quick A380 First Class Comparison to give you a look.
I have also written an article comparing Business Class on the Airbus A380 click on the following link to read it will open in another window that you can read later. Airbus A380 Business Class Comparison
Below we look at the stats for first class on each A380 carriers, as this article is very big you can click on the airline names below to forward to the relevant section.
|Airline||First Class Seats||Bed Length||Width||Pitch||Wifi Internet|
|Lufthansa ver 1||8||79 in (200.66 cm)||31.5 in (80.01 cm)||90-92 in (228.6-233.6 cm)||No|
|British Airways||14||22 in (55.88 cm)||78 in (198.12 cm)||Yes OnAir|
|Korean Air||12||79 in (200.66 cm)||26.5 in (67.31 cm)||83 in (210.82 cm)||No|
|Air France||9||35 in (88.9 cm)||81 in (205.74 cm)|
|Emirates||14||78 in (198.12 cm)||23 in (58.42 cm)||86 in (218.44 cm)||Yes OnAir|
|Qantas||14||79 in (200.66 cm)||22 in (55.88 cm)||79 in (200.66 cm)||No|
|China Southern Airlines||8||26 in (66.04 cm)||83 in (210.82 cm)||No|
|Etihad Airways||9||80 in (203.2 cm)||29.5 in (74.93 cm)||80 in (203.2 cm)|
|Malaysia Airlines||8||87 in (220.98 cm)||26.1 in (66.294 cm)||89 in (226.06 cm)||No|
|Asiana Airlines||12||81 in (205.74 cm)||25.2 in (64.008 cm)||84 in (213.36 cm)||Email SMS only|
|Thai Airways||12||76 in (193.04 cm)||26.5 in (67.31 cm)||82-83 in (208.2-210 cm)||Yes OnAir|
|Singapore Airlines||12||79 in (200.66 cm)||35 in (88.9 cm)||81 in (205.74 cm)||Yes OnAir|
|Qatar Airways||8||83 in (210.82 cm)||23 in (58.42 cm)||83 in (210.82 cm)||Wi-Fi|
Singapore Airlines A380 First Class
Singapore Airlines set the standard for first class when it became the first Airbus A380 operator in October 2007, along with the A380 SIA launched the ground breaking Singapore Suites class, this new standard featured 12 private suites with a real bed in its suites, each suite features a bed that folds down from the back of the suite prior to this passengers had to settle for seats that converted into a bed.
Singapore Airlines list of new wow features did not end there passengers travelling with partners booking adjoining center seats can convert their separate suites into a double including double bed.
Singapore Airlines First Class Suites are located on the lower deck and laid out in a 1-2-1 seating configuration are 35 in (88.9 cm) wide and have a seat pitch of 81 in (205.74 cm) and that bed when fold out is 79 in (200.66 cm) long.
Other features include Internet provided by OnAir as well as a 23 inch LCD screen standard features (for premium classes) include in seat/suite power, USB ports as well as noise cancelling head phones. USB Ports allow passengers to play music and video from personal iOS devise via the IFE system and screen.
Checkout the video below that we recorded in SIA First Class Suite during the Sydney media event after the maiden A380 flight from Singapore to Sydney on 25 October 2007.
Emirates A380 First Class
Emirates was the second carrier to take delivery and put into operation the A380 they also went with the suite option, however these suites are more open than the ones SIA put into its aircraft.
Emirates took first class further by introducing the world’s first in-flight spa/shower, due to limited water on board and timing factors the airline limits the use of the shower to 5 minutes per passenger however, in cases of longer flights or less passengers’ flight attendants can override this setting.
All of its 14 Suites are located on the upper deck in front of Business Class and are laid out in a 1-2-1 seating configuration. Each seat is 23 in (58.42 cm) wide, has a pitch of 86 in (218.44 cm) and its bed extends to a length of 78 in (198.12 cm) but unlike SIA the seat converts into the bed.
Each Suite features a 23 inch LCD screen which is connected to their award winning ICE in-flight entertainment system that features over 2000 entertainment options.
Passengers also have access to the combined first and business class bar and lounge that is located at the rear of the upper deck behind business class. The lounge area features a fully stocked bar with two dedicated flight attendants looking after passenger requests.
Qantas A380 First Class
The third A380 operator Qantas introduced its aircraft into service in October 2008, the airline again followed SIA and Emirates by introducing a suite that is more of an open suite than its predecessors. Each of the 14 suites features a seat that measures 22 in (55.88 cm) wide with a seat pitch of 79 in (200.66 cm) and its seat in full lie flat bed mode extends 79 in (200.66 cm) suites are laid out in a 1-1-1 configuration.
The inflight entertainment system features a 17 inch LCD screen with 1500 program options via their inflight entertainment system which including 100 movies 500 TV programs, 800 CDs and 18 radio channels.
Standard options include in-flight power, USB however as of the writing of this article there is no internet services, however it has been stated by Qantas that this option should not be too far away.
Air France A380 First Class La Premiere
Air France put its A380 into service in November 2009 and in first class there are 9 open suites located on the lower deck that are configured in a 1-2-1 seating configuration, Air France calls them suites however I would not classify them as suites as they are quite open, each seat is 35 in (88.9 cm) wide and has a seat pitch of 81 in (205.74 cm).
Of all of the Airbus A380 first class configurations this would have to be one of the most unpopular, the airline has evolved first but not to the extent of other airlines.
Each seat features Bose Quite Comfort 3 noise cancelling headphones, and for entertainment a 15 inch LCD IFE Screen that folds out from seat console, this is one of the smallest LCD screens in any A380 first class, the IFE system provides up to 600 hours of entertainment with 100 movie titles.
As standard each seat has USB ports as well as in-flight power
Lufthansa A380 First Class
Lufthansa has 8 suites in first class each seat measuring 31.5 in (80.01 cm) in width and a seat pitch of 90-92 in (228.6-233.6 cm) depending on the location of the suite. Suites are located on the upper deck and are arranged in a 1-2-1 seating configuration, seats convert into a full lie flat bed that extends 79 in (200.66 cm) long.
Each seat features the standard USB ports and in flight power, the airline has gone all out introducing an in-flight entertainment system that is fully video on demand, which is a big improvement on what they offered prior to this.
Even though I would not call these suites they are very stylish and very functional, the highlights of Lufthansa first class on the A380 is the lounge area and large stylish bathroom that is separate from the lavatory.
Korean Air A380 First Class
Korean Air first started commercial operation of its A380 in June 2011 in first class the airline has 12 open suites located on the upper deck.
Seats measure in at 26.5 in (67.31 cm) wide have a seat pitch of 83 in (210.82 cm) and fully extended the seat converts into a 79 in (200.66 cm) bed.
Each seat features a 23 inch LCD screen as well as Bose Noise cancelling head phones, in-flight power USB ports.
What I like about this implementation of the A380 is the two lounge areas for premium passengers as well as the on board duty free shop.
China Southern Airlines A380 First Class
The China Southern Airbus A380 first went into commercial service in October 2011, and feature 8 closed suites located on the lower deck laid out in a 1-2-1 configuration.
Each China Southern first class seat features a 26 in (66.04 cm) wide seat with a pitch of 83 in (210.82 cm) and the seat converts into a full lie flat bed.
Standard features include USB ports, in-flight power and noise cancelling headphones.
Malaysia Airlines A380 First Class
Malaysia Airlines Airbus A380 went into commercial service in July 2012, MH first class has 8 open suites configured in a 1-2-1 seating configuration that are located on the on the lower deck.
Seats measure 26.1 in (66.294 cm) wide with a pitch of 89 in (226.06 cm) and in bed mode the bed is 87 in (220.98 cm).
Thai Airways A380 First Class
Thai Airways superjumbo went into service in October 2012 and seats are configured in a 1-2-1 seating configuration which are located on the upper deck.
Each of Thai Airways 12 first seats measure 26.5 in (67.31 cm) wide with a 82-83 in (208.2-210 cm) pitch and fully extended in bed mode the seat is 76 in (193.04 cm) long.
Thai Airways has internet connectivity provided by OnAir.
British Airways A380 First Class Club World
British Airways took its first commercial flight in August 2013 and in first class there are 14 open suites configured in a 1-2-1 seating configuration which are located on the lower deck.
Each seat measures in at 22 in (55.88 cm) wide with a pitch of 78 in (198.12 cm)
BA provides Wi-Fi internet connectivity via OnAir.
Asiana Airlines A380 First Class
Asiana Airways A380 went into service in June 2014 with 12 open suites in first class that are arranged in a 1-2-1 config and located on the lower deck.
Each of the 12 first class suites are 25.2 in (64.008 cm) in width with a pitch of 84 in (213.36 cm) and fully extended in bed mode are 81 in (205.74 cm) long.
The airline provides limited connectivity to email and SMS but no full internet service.
Qatar Airways A380 First Class
Qatar took their A380 on its first commercial flight in October 2014 and has 8 open suites located on the upper deck that are configured in a 1-2-1 seating configuration.
Measurement wise the seats are 23 in (58.42 cm) wide with a seat pitch of 83 in (210.82 cm) and full extended in bed mode the length is 83 in (210.82 cm).
Wi-Fi internet is available and standard features include USB in flight power as well as noise cancelling headphones.
Etihad Airways A380 Pearl First Class Studio
Of all the airlines to introduce the Airbus A380 Etihad has been the airline that has pushed their first class above all others with its The Residence suite.
The Etihad A380 has two levels of first class, its standard suites suite named the first apartment and then there is The Residence, of which there are only one residence suites per A380 aircraft.
The standard Etihad A380 first apartment is still in a class of its own but this is taken a step further with the Residence.
It is unfair to provide seat widths for the Residence as it is actually a mini apartment with separate bed room lounge and bath room measuring 125 square feet.
The Residence Living room features a 32 Inch LCD screen, and in the double bedroom that is fitted out with a 27 inch LCD screen both screens are connected to the airlines IFE system that is powered by the Panasonic eX3 entertainment system. Connectivity wise the suite features Wi-Fi internet and mobile data along with Live TV, HDMI USB Ports and inflight AC power.
A door and passageway separate the living room from the double bedroom and the ensuite shower. The bedroom features a Poltrona Frau upholstered 82 inch long double bed with custom-made mattress, wardrobe, bedside unit and under-bed stowage for hand luggage.
In total there are 9 suites located on the upper deck configured in a 2-2 configuration. One of these suites is the residence suite and is located on the forward left of the other suites.
The seats in the Etihad first apartment measure 29.5 in (74.93 cm) wide with a pitch of 80 in (203.2 cm) and a fully extended bed length of 80 in (203.2 cm). The suite features a 24 inch LCD screen and an IFE system that has over 700 hours of programming options.
The Etihad First suite also has access to Wi-Fi internet and has the standard USB ports and in-flight power.