10 Most Luxurious Airlines In The World

10 Most Luxurious Airlines In The World

Flying can be a daunting affair; crowded to capacity flights, slow flight attendants, bland food, and almost no legroom can make your air travel an experience uncomfortable instead of convenient. During international flights, once’s patience is pushed to the limit. You end up landing with a backache, dark circles, and a dehydrated body. But flying doesn’t have to always be a nightmare. There are a few luxury airlines that make travel a tranquil and pleasant experience.

Money can’t buy everything, but it can definitely buy you a high-class trip in the air. Experience a lavish flight that’s provided by these airlines. You will be blown away by their radiant looks, cleanliness, hygiene, and comfort. You will never have a travel experience as comfortable and luxurious as the one they offer. On that note, let me take you on-board. Here are the 10 most luxurious airlines in the word that’ll entice you with their opulence.

1. Etihad Airways

A380 First Class Apartment Etihad Airways ITB 2015 (1)
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Etihad Airways has been the Number 1 on many lists and has won almost every travel award. They offer luxury flights that are extremely opulent. At Etihad, a passenger can get everything he or she could wish for on a plane. Could you imagine staying in a double bedroom suite during your journey? Well, Etihad’s “The Residence” offers you just that and to top it off, you get a personal butler and chef, too. It’s almost like staying in a luxurious hotel some 35,000 ft (10,668 m) above the earth.

Website: Etihad Airways

2. Singapore Airlines

SQ First Class 747 cabin
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Want to know how it feels to step into an airline that gives you pajamas and bedroom slippers for a comfortable trip? Try Singapore Airlines. You will be given your own personal cabin crafted by Jean-Jacques Coste, a famous designer from France, and that is real leather on your seat. Could that be any more luxurious? For entertainment, you have a personal television screen and Wi-Fi. The soft and tasteful lighting of their cabins is a treat for guests. In addition to their improved fixed-back shell design seats, Singapore Airlines offers an array of gourmet dishes for travelers to feast on.

Website: Singapore Airlines

3. Cathay Pacific

Cathay Pacific First Class - Boeing 777-300ER
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Travelling on Cathay Pacific feels like going out for a drink, just this bar is in the air. Interiors of Cathay Pacific have incorporated designer sculptures by Linda Leviton and Maria Lobo. Looking at these statues in your cabin provides a touch of class. This airline promises to give a comfortable travel experience like nowhere else. Cathay Pacific is a Hong-Kong based carrier that offers nonstop flights to Hong Kong and other international destinations like Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York. Also, it has been awarded the title of the World’s Best Airline at the World Airline Awards for the fourth time. With a track record of always being on time, Cathay Pacific has also earned the reputation in serving the finest food onboard. They have a great selection of cheese, fruits, and main courses. Sounds luxurious, doesn’t it?

Website: Cathay Pacific

4. Emirates

Emirates Airbus A380 - 800 First Class
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How about visiting a spa or a bar lounge while traveling on air? Royalty is in the veins of Emirates - it is also one of the most expensive airlines on this list. From Royal Doulton fine china to Robert Welch cutlery, and even Bulgari toiletries, they have it all. This Dubai-based airline also offers complimentary alcoholic drinks. Overall, you will get all the necessary amenities here and travel in the lap of luxury. You might have already started saving money for this one. It is an experience worth all the moolah that you spend.

Website: Emirates AIrways

5. Qatar Airways

Qatar Airways Boeing 777-200LR Business Class cabin Beltyukov
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Qatar Airways is one of the top-rated airlines of all times. It stays true to the Middle Eastern hospitality standards. You will be welcomed with an all-amenity kit. Sounds fancy? No? Well, the kit contains all Giorgio Armani products. Qatar Airways’ lounge is also larger than 10 Olympic-size swimming pools. Currently, this carrier serves over 140 destinations across the globe.

Website: Qatar Airways

6. British Airways

British Airways First Class - 747-400
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From the land of the Queen, hails British Airways. Have you ever heard of a flight that offers facial and spa treatments? We think not. If that’s not enough, what about enjoying Brit-tea 40,000 feet (12,192 m) above the ground? Traditions and class are followed to the “T.” This is definitely, one of the best airlines in the world.

Website: British Airways

7. Korean Air

First Class Kosmo Suite - Korean Air A380
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The largest air bus, able to carry over 555 passengers, has to be on our list. Korean Airlines is huge in both size and hearts. You will not be treated less than royalty when traveling with them. The food and attendants will not disappoint you, and the first class cabins are spacious enough to feel like home.

Website: Korean Air

8. All Nippon Airways

ANA Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner cabin panorama
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From inside, Japan’s All Nippon Airways looks like a train cabin. A train in the air, that’s fancy! The ANA’s boxlike structure gives it both a designer appeal and privacy. Additionally, you get your personal closet and international telephone. So, connect with the world while you are in the sky.

Website: Air Nippon Airways

9. Virgin Atlantic Airways

Virgin Atlantic Airways Boeing 747-400 Upper class nose cabin
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Ask the wealthy how pampered they feel travelling on Virgin Atlantic Airlines. Introduced in 1984, Virgin Atlantic has become one of the most popular airlines that now caters to various countries around the world. Based in California, this airline has seats that turn into beds, dimmed lights, and silence zones to make sure you have a good night’s sleep. Their mission is to deliver quality services at attractive fares. Internet-enabled touch screens at every seat offer on-demand entertainment. What else do you want?

Website: Virgin Atlantic Airlines

10. Hainan Airlines

Interior of A330-343X (Hainan Airlines) 20161003
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Hainan Airlines is not a popularly known airline, but this China-based company will take you to another world of luxurious hospitality. When travelling via Hainan Airlines, get ready for attentive service, fantastic food, great bedding, a tidy cabin, and much more. Its business class has been awarded the world’s best, time and time again.

Website: Hainan Airlines

Jet, set, go!

It was quite difficult to pick just ten of the world’s most luxurious airlines, as there are many others in the competition offering great services. We rated everything from seat comfort and cabin privacy to whether pajamas are provided and when the Champagne is served. The airlines mentioned in this list are a cut above others.

Seats turn into beds, exotic drinks, and sumptuous food, private butler, on-demand cooking, top notch toiletries, and much more — all of this is offered by the above luxurious airlines. Travel with them at least once in your lifetime just for the sake of experience, an experience of luxury and class. So, start saving for your next luxurious flight right away! Happy flying!

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