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. 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 […]
Details of the Lufthansa A380 First Class Cabin and seats were recently unveiled during the aircraft’s handover ceremony at the Airbus plant in Hamburg Germany. Picture 1: The Lufthansa A380 First Class Seats In the long list of features of noticeable absence were suites in first class, this decision to opt for a traditional open seat plan was made after close consultation its First Class passengers; however Lufthansa has addressed the privacy debate by implementing adjustable privacy screens which raised and lowered depending on the level of privacy the passenger wanted. So let’s delve more deeply into the features in the Lufthansa A380 First Class Cabin: First Class passengers enter the Lufthansa A380 directly from the First Class lounge and into upper deck cabin which features 8 first class seats/lie-flat beds configured in a 1-2-1 seating arrangement. One of the stand-out features is the air humidification system which will raise the air humidity in the cabin from the current average of 5% up to 15 to 25%, which will go a long way to making good at the other end. Lufthansa A380 First Class Seat / Lie Flat Bed Photo 2: The Lufthansa A380 First Class Cabin and Seat Measures 80cm (2.6 feet) width X 207cm (6.8 feet) length, when in Bed configuration Patented Shape System allowing seat or lie-flat position of your choice Mattress designed by Paradies Germany’s luxury bedding experts 100% cotton Perkal Sheets by Fleuresse Individual adjustable privacy Screens Arm rests which lowers when it lie-flat position to increase surface area Turn-down service provided by flight attendants Lufthansa A380 First Class Bathroom Picture 3: Lufthansa A380 First Class Bathroom The Lufthansa A380 features two extremely large bathrooms in first class which according to Lufthansa are three times the size of an average first class bathroom; despite the size of notable absence is a shower such as what Emirates run in their A380. The two first class bathrooms feature separate changing and lavatory areas, along with personal storage space options. Additional amenities such as combs, shaving and dental sets are also available Lufthansa A380 First Class In-flight Entertainment Options In-flight entertainment wise first class features the following options: 17 Inch LCD Screen with programming in 10 Languages Over 150 Entertainment on demand options including: 30 Current Feature Films 20 Video Channels 75 TV Series/Documentaries 30 Radio Channels 200 CDs on demand 10 multi-player games In-Seat USB Port for the Charging of USB devices such as iPods and other devices Niceview in-flight moving map/Airshow and 3 External video cameras International In-flight Power points allowing you to power laptops and other electronic accessories.
Delta Airlines have announced they will from 1 December 2008 offer a two class shuttle service, by introducing first class to it MD-88 fleet. Passengers will be able to purchase seats on the new first class service if they are not lucky enough to get the complementary upgrade that will be available for SkyMiles Medallion members. The Full press release can be seen here: http://news.delta.com/article_display.cfm?article_id=11163
Travel to Asia is getting more enjoyable and relaxing with United’s international, lie-flat first and business class seats, taking off today for the first flight to the region with a newly configured Boeing 747. The aircraft will also feature iPod connectivity, enabling customers in the front cabins to enjoy their own videos on a 15.4-inch personal television screen. United flight #869 from San Francisco is scheduled to depart today at 1:12 p.m. PDT for a 13 hour and 48 minute flight to Hong Kong, arriving at 6 p.m. local time Friday. The aircraft will continue on as United flight #895 with a scheduled departure at 8 p.m. on August 15 and arrival in Singapore at 11:35 p.m. The plane will primarily fly between San Francisco, Hong Kong, and Singapore. United Airlines Lie-Flat Business Class Cabin United Airlines First Class Suite Lie-flat seat United Airlines First Class Suite cabin lie-flat seat “Trans-Pacific travel just got even better for United customers, who will now have more ways to relax on long flights,” says Graham Atkinson, United Airlines – executive vice president and Chief Customer Officer. “Today’s flight marks another milestone in United’s continuing commitment to invest in products and services that provide our customers with a more enjoyable travel experience.” Customers in United First and United Business on the newly reconfigured aircraft may enjoy more than 150 hours of movies and television shows on-demand; relax with fully lie-flat seats; and dine on appetizers and entrees designed by world-renowned chef Charlie Trotter on outbound U.S. flights. United’s entire fleet of international, wide body aircraft are being reconfigured over the next two years and will include iPod connectivity in first and business class. United Airlines Ipod and Iphone connectivity United was the first major U.S. carrier to introduce lie-flat business class seats in November 2007. More information about these seats – and the United Airlines International Premium Travel Experience
Emirates Airlines this month unveiled its new Emirates Lounge at Brisbane International Airport, the lounge features a 360 degree view and is the first airline lounge in Australia capable of boarding passengers directly onto their aircraft, including the upper deck of an Airbus A380. Dale W Griffith, Divisional Senior Vice President, Emirates Airport Services and the Honourable Desley Boyle, Minister for Tourism, Regional Development & Industry in Queensland were on hand to officially open the latest Emirates Lounge. Dale W Griffith said: ‘In May 2003, Emirates made a US$13 million commitment to develop superior quality lounges around the world in an effort to provide passengers with luxurious sanctuaries whilst travelling. In 2004, Brisbane became the first Emirates destination outside of our hub in Dubai to have a dedicated airport lounge and it set the benchmark for all Emirates Lounges across our network. “Five years on, we now have 18 Emirates Lounges across our network and are delighted by the overwhelmingly positive feedback from our customers that make these lounges worth our continuous investments. The new Emirates Lounge, the second in Brisbane, continues to embody the airline’s dedication to innovation and superior service.” More than double the size of the previous one in Brisbane, the new Emirates Lounge can seat 172 guests – 106 in the lounge area, 56 in the dining, and 10 in the business centre – and is located adjacent to Gate 75 on the new northern concourse of Brisbane International Airport’s redevelopment. Desley Boyle said: “The lounge is another important investment by Emirates in Brisbane and Queensland and is a cornerstone of the airport re-development. It will provide the international level of comfort and service expected by business travellers from across the world.” Koen Rooijmans, CEO of Brisbane Airport Corporation said: “Emirates has been one of the fastest growing international airlines to serve Brisbane and has quickly established itself as a part of the fabric of south-east Queensland. They have helped raise the standard of international air travel, and helped create new and exciting tourism markets for Queensland that have enabled us to improve the services offered to passengers at our airport.” Upon first stepping into the new Emirates Lounge, passengers will appreciate the airline’s distinct attention to detail, from the Italian marble finishes to the rich timber joinery. The amenities in the lounge include recently-introduced massage chairs, comfortable leather armchairs sourced from Scotland, flat screen televisions, designer bathrooms with shower facilities, and a well-equipped business centre. Customers will be able to enjoy an extensive menu of complimentary hot and cold gourmet dishes in a choice of formal or informal seating. A complimentary full bar service, including champagne, is offered to guests who can relax while enjoying the unparalleled views of the airport and the surrounding area. Emirates’ trademark attentive service from dedicated lounge staff completes the facility. The Brisbane lounge facilities are available to both First and Business Class passengers as well as Gold members […]
Singapore Airlines First Class, A little while ago with the introduction of the Boeing 777-300ER and the soon to be introduced Airbus A380, Singapore Airlines have revamped their first class cabin, following is a promotional video released by Singapore Airlines showing off their new First Class Cabin. Singapore Airlines Business Class is a real treat and is something that should be experienced at least once in a life time. Seat/Cabin features include 35 Inch wide seat/bed in fine leather grain 23 Inch LCD Screen Integrated business panel Fully adjustable dining/work table
In what has been a week of big announcements in the airline industry, we have had Qantas, American Airlines making news and now United Airlines have announced its new international business class cabin, with the center piece being United’s new lie-flat bed that boasts a massive 15.4 inch LDC screen. United Airline’s lie-flat bed which is six foot long and reclines to 180⁰ will recline into possibly the flattest business class bed in the world and will be progressively rolled into the United’s 97 plane international fleet over the next 30 months with the entire upgraded to be complete in late 2009. United’s international fleet consist of Boeing 767, Boeing 747 and Boeing 777 aircraft. Word has it that United’s new International Business Cabin will have both forward and rear facing seats, which might seem a little odd at first but has been used by British Airlines for a while now with great success. Details of United’s International Business Cabin upgrade: Lie-flat bed: reclines 180⁰ 6 Foot 4 inch 23.5 Inch wide bed Four way lumbar support: With six way adjustable head rest An ottoman: providing additional storage for a laptop or other personal items Ergonomically designed tray table that comfortably accommodates a laptop and other items iPod adapter that enables customers to play their own music and videos on the seat’s entertainment unit while recharging the iPod Universal Serial Bus (USB) port to charge personal electronic devices, such as personal digital assistants, mobile phones and digital cameras Standard 110v power outlets requiring no adapter Adjustable LED reading light with dimmer Noise cancelling headphones. Not known which brand but possibly Bose. On the in-flight entertainment side of things, the 15.4 Inch LCD screen will be bundled with an on-demand media center that will contain up to 150 hours of movies and TV programs, with additional programming in French, German, Spanish, Chinese (traditional and simplified), Japanese, Portuguese, Korean, Thai, Vietnamese, Dutch, Arabic and Italian. To top off the upgrade United Airlines will be totally revamping its cuisine with a menu developed by Chef Charlie Trotter and a new wine menu from Master sommelier and Master of wine Doug Frost. View United Airline’s Flash Media Promo of their New Cabin. What do I make of this announcement? In the past I have always tried to stay clear of United on the Sydney to Los Angeles route, as I have found their cabin to be ageing and outdated, but with this announcement, I can’t want to give them a try. Its a great effort on the behalf of United and I am sure it will pay off in terms of bottoms on seats, the whole forward-facing rear-facing seat configuration is a non issue, which I know will become more common place as time goes on. What do you think of United’s new Business Class upgrade? Leave a Comment below (Anonymous comments allowd), or even Join BizTravelGuru and start a new forum post […]