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Old 11th Jan 2018, 13:47   #1 (permalink)
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First class flights

Looking for some advice/recommendations regarding first class flights...

Whilst I can still afford it and before I become too old to enjoy/appreciate it I would like to fly first class long-haul on one of the current (modern) types such as A380, B777, B787 and possibly the 747-8 (although there are not many operators of these).

The destination is not that important but I have in mind to go somewhere congenial so I'm thinking along the line of Thai to BKK, SQ to SIN, CX to HKG, Qantas to somewhere ex-London (but not all the way to Oz). I suppose I would consider the ME-based airlines (Emirates, Etihad, Qatar) but this would involve getting off one aeroplane and getting on another, possibly in the middle of the night, which rather defeats the object of having a full night's sleep in one's jim-jams in a full lie-flat bed. I wouldn't go on BA as a matter of principle.

Can the collective offer any suggestions or make comments as to the merits or otherwise of the various first class services on offer from the point of view of comfort, space and service provided?

There are lots of videos on You Tube purporting to show the first class service on various operators but they are often confusing and conflicting in the opinions given so any advice would be welcome.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 11th Jan 2018, 14:58   #2 (permalink)
 
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Out of the airlines you mention 1st class in SQ is the the best. The middle east airlines are very close but not sure the timing would be correct - although why not fly out during the day and back over night?
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Old 11th Jan 2018, 15:35   #3 (permalink)
 
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You might get a better price on SQ if you travel beyond SIN - ie a connecting flight to ... KL or JKT or PER, etc. Airlines tend to charge a premium for non-stop flights to their hubs, but have to be competitive on pricing to beyond points.

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Old 12th Jan 2018, 03:08   #4 (permalink)
 
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SQ.

Or one of the M.Eastern airlines.
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Old 12th Jan 2018, 08:22   #5 (permalink)
 
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I would say SQ / EK /LH - 747 -8 for me.
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Old 12th Jan 2018, 15:16   #6 (permalink)
 
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First class is much more expensive on the better airlines listed above.

There is both the inflight product and the on-ground product to consider.

You need to research the ground product (free limo service and super lounges) as well as what kind of enclosed or open suite on the airplane suits your fancy.

As others have stated the cheapest fares will be those that connect through a major city to a less major city
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Old 12th Jan 2018, 17:35   #7 (permalink)
 
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You realise that you are looking at 7,000 each way.
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Old 12th Jan 2018, 21:49   #8 (permalink)
 
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Garuda Indonesia is my first choice for long haul and have taken advantages of their promo fares.heathrow to jakarta direct 3,800 return (2017 fares) first class.

Cannot fault Garuda and planning another Jakarta trip in July,roll on July !
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Old 13th Jan 2018, 10:10   #9 (permalink)
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How about two types? LHR-DXB-CPT on EK

To DXB overnight on the A380, to CPT in the day on the 777-300ER

A few days at the One and Only or Cape Grace

Trip in reverse is overnight back to DXB and then day flight to LHR

Modest time zone transits so you wont feel like a dog when you arrive at either end
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Old 13th Jan 2018, 10:23   #10 (permalink)
 
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I've always thought that the great benefit of First is not in the air but on the ground - the absolute grovelling service makes you really start to think they care about you
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Old 13th Jan 2018, 12:06   #11 (permalink)
 
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HH, that is almost always the case. However a British airline won’t grovel for a one-off First passenger. You are nothing without status, and even then ...
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Old 13th Jan 2018, 12:59   #12 (permalink)
 
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Agreed - but why would you fly on BA for a genuine experience?

Any of the Mid East or Asian airlines have set the standard at all levels of service since the early 80's TBH
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Old 19th Jan 2018, 18:47   #13 (permalink)
 
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It does seem a bit of a waste to fly 1st if you are going to sleep all the way. Club will give you a lie flat bed which gives you a reasonable nights sleep and the difference in cost will pay for another trip. Would it not be better to take a day flight and really make the most of the personal service?
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Old 20th Jan 2018, 06:18   #14 (permalink)
 
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Top level would be SQ suites, assuming you don't want to pay for Eti-hads residence with private butler. Emirates on the A380 with showers would be most enjoyable as would Qatar with their private terminal.

Premium pricing obviously applies on the top business and high end leisure routes. Best value is on mid level leisure destinations where the pointy end is usually empty except for those burning their FF miles. As the cabin flies anyway the airline may as well get some revenue.

Thai to Bangkok and possibly on to Phuket would give you the best value. Even business class fares on SQ or Cathay from London to their home base will prove shockingly expensive, let alone first class.
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