Ordinary passengers who normally travel in economy class can fly in the lap of luxury for less than £1,000 for a one-way flight! These swanky first class suites are usually associated with high-flying executives and A-list celebrities but available now for few hundred pounds on short-haul routes only.
These posh suits are among the best in the sky, offering comfortable seats which easy to convert into beds, luxury meals prepared by in-flight chefs, amenity kits with designer toiletries and access to exclusive lounges. As only short-haul routes are available at these prices the flight will be short but sweet, it means travellers will not have a lot of time to enjoy Champagne, caviar, grilled steaks or designer pyjamas.
Etihad Airways, Abu Dhabi to Mumbai – £650
Etihad’s first class cabin has revolutionised First Class with the First Apartment. More than just a seat, it has a large leather armchair and separate bed of 6 feet and 10 inches. There is even space to walk around after closing the privacy doors.luxury travel thanks to The Residence – the first-ever private suite on a commercial jet – and the First Apartment.
Passengers can fly in the latter for just £650 on the Gulf carrier’s Abu Dhabi-Mumbai route, which uses the Airbus A380 aircraft on the three-hour journey. To fly first class all the way from London to Mumbai, with a stop in Abu Dhabi, one would have to spend £3,000.
Singapore Airlines, Manchester to Munich – £600
Singapore Airlines has first class seats available for just under £600 on the 90-minute journey from Manchester to Munich.
First class cabin that is consistently ranked among the world’s best has headrest sculpted for comfort together with plush seat back cushions cradle your body, while extended curved partitions provide more privacy, hand-stitched, luxurious leather even to the footrest, and diamond-stitched so you can sit comfortably in any position. You can reserve your main course up to 24 hours before you fly, including creations by notable chefs from our International Culinary Panel. Also you can dine in restaurant setting onboard with full table service, and wines to match the food and altitude.
Emirates, Auckland to Sydney – £700
Passengers in Emirates’ first class suites feel like they have the entire cabin to themselves when they close the sliding privacy doors and sip wine or Champagne while admiring the view or watching a film. Passengers can enjoy Emirates’ most luxurious amenities and services on the two-and-a-half hour flight on an Airbus A380, the world’s largest passenger jet.
Located on the upper deck, each suite has a seat that converts into a bed, vanity table and mirror, ambient lighting and personal mini-bar. First class passengers can freshen up in a shower room or hang out with other travellers while knocking back cocktails and eating canapes in the lounge.
British Airways, Doha to Bahrain – £250
First suite is a haven of style and comfort where sophisticated and contemporary British design meet impeccable service and attention to detail. Whether you want to unwind or get down to business, you’ll find you’re equally well equipped. Whenever you want some rest we’ll turn your seat into a 198cm (6ft 6in) fully flat bed with a luxurious quilted mattress, the suit includes personal power supply for laptops and electronic devices. First class passengers are granted a luggage allowance of three bags in the hold.
Korean Air, Vienna to Zurich – £300
Private suites in Korean Air’s first class cabin have the usual bells and whistles – seats that convert into lie-flat beds, an ottoman, plenty of storage, a pop-up reading light and, most importantly, an endless flow of Champagne. It takes a little over an hour to fly from Vienna to Zurich, so passengers might end up spending more time eating, drinking and relaxing in the first class lounge.
Swiss, Dubai to Muscat – £275
Passengers will have 45 minutes to explore Swiss International Air Line’s first class cabin on this short-haul route. The flight from Dubai to Oman’s largest airport is the second leg of a long-haul journey from Zurich, but it can be booked as an individual trip on an Airbus A330.
While they may not have enough time to watch a film, passengers can relax in an armchair with a glass of bubbly, convert their seat into a bed for a very quick nap or admire the contents of their toiletries kit, which includes pyjamas by Zimmerli of Switzerland and skincare products from La Prairie.