Today (February 20, 2017): Top 10 best Airbus A380 First Class cabins.
The Airbus A380 is the largest and heaviest passenger aircraft in the world. It is 73 meters (240 feet) long, 24 meters (78 feet) high, and has a take-off weight of up to 560 tons. If all the wiring inside the A380 is laid end to end, it will stretch from London to Edinburgh, a distance of 515 km (320 miles). Each of its four engines can develop a thrust of 70,000 pounds. That’s equivalent to something like 3500 cars all running at full power. Ecologically speaking, the A380 raises the bar. The mega liner uses less fuel, produces very low noise emissions and can even ‘think’ for itself and automatically apply the brakes after landing on the runway. Unfortunately, although the A380 is popular with passengers, Airbus has not enjoyed the sales success it had hoped for since the aircraft is too large for those airlines that prefer frequency over capacity at their hub airports. Only 13 airlines across the globe operate the megaplane, but that hasn’t stopped them from creating spectacular and game-changing First Class products onboard their flagship A380 planes. Here’s my overview of the 10 most astonishing First Class cabins offered on the A380.
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The UK’s national carrier offers dedicated service, exceptional comfort and understated British elegance onboard its 12 A380 planes. The First Class suite – 14 in total per A380, all located on the lower deck – is a haven of style and comfort where sophisticated and contemporary British design meet impeccable service and attention to detail (although it does feel more like an excellent Business Class seat rather than a genuine First Class product). Whenever you want some rest, the crew will turn your seat into a 198 cm (6 feet and 6 inches) fully flat bed with a luxurious quilted mattress, crisp white cotton duvet and pillow while you slip into a pair of wonderfully soft cotton pajamas. You will also feel refreshed during your flight with British Airways’ new exclusive Liberty London amenity kit designed exclusively for First, containing selected Aromatherapy Associates essentials. Remarkably, British Airways’ Boeing 787-9 dreamliner aircraft (read here my trip report) features a more advanced First Class product as compared to the A380.
- Official website: British Airways
- Other accolades: British Airways also features in my top 10 lists of the world’s best airlines for longhaul Business Class and the world’s best Business Class lounges.
- Review: read here my trip report in First Class onboard the British Airways A380 (Johannesburg to London).
Korean Air has furnished their A380s with only 407 seats, far less seats than all other A380 airlines. All twelve First Class seats (so-called Kosmo Suites) are arranged in a 1-2-1 configuration in the front of the main deck. At 67 cm (26.5 inches) wide, the seat in the Kosmo Suites is considerably wider than a regular first-class seat. The 200 cm (79-inch) long one-piece, jointless seat mat ensures maximum comfort and helps reduce fatigue on long flights. Each suite offers an individual office space with a large screen positioned for privacy and a comfortable work table. Korean Air is currently updating the Kosmo Suites by adding sliding doors, which will provide you to see through walls only from the inside, not from the outside. The Korean Air A380 also features the ‘Celestial Bar’, a convenient relaxation space for First and Business Class passengers: its chic interior design, exquisite lighting and impressive sky lounge provide the perfect atmosphere to wind down and relax while sipping on specially crafted cocktails that can only be experienced on Korean Air.
- Official website: Korean Air
The A380 First Class cabin – dubbed La Première – is the most spacious of the entire Air France fleet. With its 9 seats, it is fully equipped with every attention to detail. There is a private area for passengers to change, complete with dressing table, locker and high-quality beauty products by Biologique Recherche for well-being and privacy throughout the entire flight. The open seat features the latest technology, including an easy-to-use remote control to help you find the position that suits you best for your trip. And there’s a bar exclusively for La Première passengers with a buffet, providing the perfect place to have a bite to eat and converse without disturbing the tranquility of the cabin. Nonetheless, the Air France A380 First Class product is inferior to its counterpart offered on the Air France Boeing 777-300ER fleet (the latter ranks among the most stunning First Class products in the world).
- Official website: Air France
- Other accolades: Air France also features in my top 10 lists of airlines with the world’s best longhaul First Class cabins, the best Business Class amenity kits, the best inflight safety videos of all time, and airlines with the best food.
The decor and ambience onboard Thai Airways’ A380s reflects the airline’s long-established image, combining rich vibrant colors with traditional design element seen, for example, on bulkhead murals. The overall atmosphere is chic and sophisticated, with variable cabin ‘mood’ lighting simulating different times of day. Thai Airways Royal First Class cabin onboard the A380 provides just 12 compartment-style seats, offering greater privacy in a separate cabin, combined with the highest degree of personal service. Seats have a pitch of 210 cm (83 inches), a width of 67 cm (26.5 inches) and a 180 degree, fully-flat bed configuration. The 58 cm (23 inch) AVOD interactive touch screen entertainment and information system offers almost unlimited channels, plus there is full connectivity for WiFi, mobile and SMS communications devices, with an in-seat PC Power outlet. Other exclusive facilities include spacious lavatory/dressing room, and a Royal First lounge on-board that serves as a multipurpose area.
- Official website: Thai Airways
The Australian airline has equipped its 12 A380 aircrafts with 450 seats and it was the first A380 airline with a four-class configuration. The 14 spacious, semi-open First Class Suites are located in the forward main deck and can be converted into flat beds measuring 212 cm (83.5 inches) in length and 83 cm (28.7 inches) in width.The space also features a 43 cm (17 inch) touch screen and an ottoman so passengers can host a companion inside their suite during the flight. Qantas’ Bedding Down service features luxurious pillows, blankets, a duvet as well as a sheepskin mattress. Designed exclusively by Martin Grant, the unisex navy and black trim Qantas First pajamas are 100 per cent cotton, feature a tailored neckline and tapered silhouette to ensure elegant comfort in the First cabin, and come with matching slippers. Stylish male and female First amenity kits come in the same navy hues and feature a range of hydrating ASPAR by Aurora Spa products, Martin Grant-designed travel socks, dental kit, ear plugs and deodorant. And food onboard is great as well, with all meals designed by Neil Perry, prepared on board and made to order with the finest ingredients.
- Official website: Qantas
- Other accolades: Qantas also features in my top 10 lists of the best Business Class amenity kits and the best inflight safety videos of all time.
- Review: read here my trip report in First Class onboard the Qantas A380 (Dubai to London).
The First Class cabin atmosphere onboard Lufthansa’s A380 – with its clear lines, timeless design, and muted colors – creates a unique sense of spaciousness above the clouds with many details that make your trip more enjoyable than before. The plane features eight large seats located on the upper deck that are arranged in a pleasantly open design. An individually operable and adjustable screen lets passengers decide how much privacy they want at any time. A refreshing detail: the first automatic air humidification system on board a commercial airliner creates a pleasant cabin climate. The A380 becomes even quieter with such features as sound-insulating curtains and footfall sound insulation, which help reduce background noise so passengers can devote themselves entirely to relaxation. A convenient wardrobe has plenty of room for storing luggage or clothes, and the crew hands out a soft throw blanket, pajamas and other useful items. There’s also more room to move when you stand up too, thanks to the absence of overhead bins – just one of many details that will make a journey in Lufthansa’s First Class more enjoyable than ever before.
- Official website: Lufthansa
- Review: read here my trip report in First Class onboard a Lufthansa A380 (Frankfurt to Bangkok).
The First Class cabin on Qatar Airways’ (small) A380 fleet is located in the front of the upper deck and features only 6 ultra-wide seats tailored in the softest fabric and with signature design elements. Central and aisle dividers afford more privacy, which can be raised or lowered to provide a feeling of extra spaciousness when traveling with a companion. It is a flexible space: the seat automatically reclines into a fully flat bed (with Frette linen and a duvet) and the table can be extended to allow two people to dine in style. Qatar Airways’ award-winning cabin crew looks after passenger’s every need and deliver the world-class service that the airline is known for. From celebrity-chef signature dishes to luxurious Armani amenity kits and ultra-comfortable sleeper suits and slippers from The White Company, Qatar Airways pampers its First Class passengers from check-in to destination. Qatar Airways’ A380 aircraft also feature a very stylish lounge which is the ideal place for First and Business Class customers to relax, read their favorite magazines, enjoy fresh food and delicious snacks, or sample the airline’s signature beverages.
- Official website: Qatar Airways
- Other accolades: Qatar Airways also features in my top 10 lists of airlines with the best First Class suites in the skies, the best airlines for longhaul Business Class, the best Business Class amenity kits, the world’s best airline lounges, the best inflight safety videos of all time, and the most delicious airline food.
- Review: read here my trip report in First Class onboard a Qatar Airways A380 (Doha to Paris).
If you value privacy and personalized service above all else, you’ll love Emirates’ First Class private, gold-clad suites. Emirates’ A380 planes feature 14 First Class suites, all of them located on the forward upper deck. Each suite comes fully equipped with a sliding door, a personal mini-bar, adjustable ambient lighting, and its own vanity table, mirror, wardrobe, and privacy divider for central suites. And if you want to stretch out and sleep, the crew will convert your seat to a fully flat-bed with a mattress, so you can arrive at your destination totally refreshed. From sumptuous à la carte cuisine to a tasty midnight snack, Emirates’ cabin crew will prepare your meals whenever the mood takes you. And you will be pampered on other levels as well with recently introduced, new set of amenity kits featuring Bulgari’s woody floral fragrance – Eau Parfumée au thé noir. In addition, Emirates’ First Class passengers can now slip in to the world’s first moisturising sleepwear for the skies, which uses Hydra Active Microcapsule Technology to keep the skin soft while flying: the fabric gently releases naturally nutrient rich sea kelp as you move around, preventing dehydration and stimulating circulation.
- Official website: Emirates
- Other accolades: Emirates also features in my top 10 lists of airlines with the best First Class suites in the skies, the best airlines for longhaul Business Class, the best Business Class amenity kits, and the most delicious airline food.
- Review: read here my review of Emirates’ First Class in an Airbus A380 (Dubai to Amsterdam).
The Singapore Airlines First Class suites, exclusively offered on board the Airbus A380 aircraft, provide the distinguished few with their very own haven of tranquility. Designed by French luxury yacht designer Jean-Jacques Coste, the individual cabins in the Suites are finished in cream and brown, and accented with leather and wood to create a cosy, homely atmosphere. Here, passengers can luxuriate in their very own private space in the largest ever armchair in the sky, hand-stitched by master Italian craftsmen Poltrona Frau. Each cabin features a sliding door and window blinds for more privacy. A chaise longue and large table transform the space in the cabin into a discussion or dining area. Adjacent suites can be converted into a double room when you travel with a partner. The mouth-watering meals are served on bone china by Wedgwood and specially designed for Singapore Airlines. Acclaimed chefs bring fine dining onboard with creations inspired by cuisines and cultures from around the world. And when it’s time for some sleep, passengers can request Singapore Airlines’ signature turndown service, with fine linen and plush, full-sized pillows, ensuring a restful slumber.
- Official website: Singapore Airlines
- Other accolades: Singapore Airlines also features in my top 10 lists of airlines with the best First Class suites in the skies, the best airlines for longhaul Business Class, the world’s best airline lounges, and the most delicious airline food.
The Abu Dhabi-based carrier Etihad Airways pushes luxury to a sky-high new level and beyond First Class with its First Apartments on board its (small fleet of) A380 superjumbos. More than just a seat, the First Apartment is upholstered with the finest leather and features a wide armchair and a separate bed of 208 cm (6 feet and 10 inches). There is even space to walk around after closing the privacy doors. Six of the First Apartments are interconnecting, perfect for when you’re traveling with a companion. Alternatively you might want to invite a traveling partner from First Class to join you in your apartment for a meal or a meeting. Inside your apartment, you’ll find a vanity unit with lit make-up mirror. You can change in to complimentary loungewear and hang your suit in a full-length wardrobe. And before landing, you can freshen up in the First Class bathroom with an energizing shower using exclusive amenities.
- Official website: Etihad Airways
- Other accolades: Etihad Airways also features in my top 10 lists of airlines with the best First Class suites in the skies, the best airlines for longhaul Business Class, the world’s best airline lounges, and the most delicious airline food.
- Review: read here my review of Etihad Airways’ First Class in an Airbus A380 (London to Abu Dhabi).