The Best First7 Class Airlines in the World

There are countless factors that go into transforming a stressful journey into a relaxing and enjoyable travel experience. Often a dream vacation begins with a lack of shut-eye and travelers are drained by the time they finally arrive at their destination. Thankfully, when it comes to domestic and international travel there are a handful of carriers that stand out as the best first class airlines in the world.

From cozy bedding to onboard cocktail bars and cinematic screens, these companies have gone above and beyond to ensure the in-flight experience is as smooth as possible. But with so much choice, separating the best first class airlines from the ordinary can be tricky. To help, we've rounded up our favorites.

- American Airlines

Flying to over 70 different countries worldwide, as well as a variety of domestic destinations, American Airlines is always in the running when booking travel for your next trip. Luckily, its first class provisions are top-notch in the Flagship First cabin. Available on all Boeing 777-300 aircraft, the Flagship Suite Seat is fully reclinable and has guaranteed aisle access, with amenities and services engineered to fulfill every comfort.

- Delta Airlines

Like American Airlines, Delta Airlines is a legacy carrier. As one of the more established commercial airlines, it is therefore typical and expected that it delivers a higher quality service than other companies, and the Delta One provision does not disappoint. Although the 180° flat-bed seats are found on all its normal models in first-class, the A350 and A339 flights now include the Delta One Suite, with full-height doors and dividers to allow for total privacy even in the company of fellow fliers.

- British Airways

This esteemed carrier connects UK and US soil. If you'd like to enjoy a British afternoon tea before your arrival in London, the British Airways First Class dining and amenities options leave nothing to be desired on the 787-9 Dreamliner. With only eight seats compared to the usual 14, guests have plenty of space to stretch their legs and relax during the flight, or watch the latest movies and TV programs on the wide personal screen.

- Hawaiian Air

The team at Hawaiian Airlines describes their first-class cabins as the first taste of island life. Looking at the services on offer and the nature of the airplane's hardware, that certainly seems to be the case. A menu prepared by chef Dell Valdez offers guests world-class cuisine with island flavors and ingredients - the mainland to Hawaii flights in particular showcase dishes such as Chicken shisomboca with soy yuzu capers and fried rice, and Portabello mushroom napoleon with tomato and lilikoi gastrique. Hawaii-made spirits and wines are selected by master sommelier Chuck Furuya.

- Emirates

For an airline whose economy class already feels premium, it should come as no surprise that the UAE flagship airline won the World's Best First Class 2020 Traveller's Choice award. Once the door slides closed, the A380 Airbus's reclining seat becomes your own private suite, complete with ambient lighting and a cinematic personal screen. The only downside of the on-board shower spa and cocktail lounge is that once the plane touches down, you won't want to leave.

- Etihad

A smaller carrier than Emirates, Etihad has gone with a boutique approach to commercial flying. This has allowed it to get creative with its cabin design, and its A380 Airbus is complete with two 'Apartments' and 'The Residence', a mini-apartment in the sky with three separate living areas.

- United Airlines

Another famous international carrier, the United Airlines first class experience allows guests to travel comfortably to domestic destinations and beyond. Its premium seating features stylish two-tone leather seats and granite cocktail tables, but comfort is not forgotten, and all seats come equipped with six-way adjustable and padded articulating cushions.

- Singapore Airlines

When it comes to first class travel, Singapore Airlines is undoubtedly the star of the show. Like Etihad, the international airline is also embracing the opportunity for guests to travel privately. They even have an option for a divider between the rooms to be lowered, creating a double suite for those traveling in a pair. Exclusively available on the Airbus A380-800 aircraft, the Singapore Airline Suites creates such a cozy and personal experience that one may well feel as though they are traveling on their own private jet.

- Cathay Pacific

Last but by no means least on our list of the best first class airlines in the world is Cathay Pacific. The flag carrier of Hong Kong flies to over 60 countries and 200 destinations across the planet. As the airline's main travel hub, Hong Kong International Airport boasts the most impressive of the stunning first class lounges, The Wing. Here, you can relax in a private cabana complete with a day bed, rain shower and bath before stopping for a bite to eat at the gourmet restaurant.


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