More times than not, when people travel they focus purely on the destination, not necessarily on how they will get there. People often think flying is simply a means to an end, the transportation necessary to get where they’re going.
In the rapidly advancing and technologically savvy 21st century, flying has become so much more than just “how to get there.” These days, people are looking for something luxurious, something enjoyable, most importantly, something that WOW’s them – particularly for those longer international flights. Many people are looking for an experience, and they’re willing to pay a hefty price for it.
Here are just a few of the many lavish perks available when flying the skies with today’s top airline carriers:
Proudly hailing as the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, this top airline is all about luxury, style and design. With a personal Diamond First Class Suite, lucky passengers are able to rest and relax in their own 6’8” extra-wide bed. With the assistance of a personal Food and Beverage Manager, passengers are assured exceptional five-star dining and ambiance onboard, paired with the perfect boutique wine.
A personal mini-bar, a 23-inch widescreen TV, noise-canceling headsets, inbuilt massage and sliding doors for complete privacy are just a few of the many posh extras offered in first class. The most mind-blowing part?
The suite is upholstered in Poltrona Frau leather, best known for outfitting the interior of world-class Maserati performance sports cars.
Recently established in 2003, Etihad was awarded the World’s Leading Airline in 2009 and 2010 by the World Travel Awards.
The price tag for all of this? A one-way trip from LA to Abu Dhabi will cost you a whopping $12,685. I recommend paying the extra $3,464 to make it a roundtrip ticket. Besides, this just may be the highlight of your trip. With a 62-plane fleet and 70 destinations worldwide, Etihad first class passengers don’t fly because they have somewhere to be. The flight is the destination; the experience is what it’s all about.
Virgin Atlantic Airways
British airline Virgin Atlantic Airways’ most recent slogan, “Mine’s Bigger Than Yours,” is written on the back of the Airbus A340-600s because they are the longest passenger aircraft in the world in use today. That is until the Boeing 747-8 makes its debut next year.
An Upper Class Suite Cabin on Virgin Atlantic will cost you $8,580 to fly from LA to London, $12,566 roundtrip. So, what will you get for it? Not only do upper class passengers get to sleep, they get to stretch. With the touch of a button, upper class seats flip over to change into a bed, and every seat has aisle access. Suites are fitted with laptop power access and a large table to work on. A 10.4” TV screen comes fully stocked with films, TV programs and interactive games. The leather ottoman allows passengers to rest their feet, and it also doubles as a seat for a guest.
For upper class, a designated “Snooze Zone” is reserved specially for those passengers who want to sleep through the entire flight. Here, lights are dimmed low and service is designed to be as quiet as possible, until the flight attendants kindly wake you an hour before landing.
When flying first class on Dubai’s Emirates A380, passengers are encouraged to experience one of two onboard shower spas. The brand’s signature Timeless Spa products are ready and waiting, and passengers even have a choice of two shower kits – the Timeless Spa Revive kit and the Timeless Spa Relax kit.
From Los Angeles to Sydney, a one-way first class ticket will cost you $17,374, a staggering $30,553 roundtrip.