Many people aspire to one day fly in First Class on an international flight. This week one member is planning to turn that dream into a reality! Ready to splurge, they asked our community for advice on maximising the First class experience.

I’ve always wanted to travel long-haul international in F (who hasn’t?). but, like many others, never thought I would be able to afford it. Well, I can now afford it and was wondering if anyone could help me out in deciding which carrier etc. I’d be flying out of MEL. The destination is not so important. I’ll probably spend two days there to look around, but getting there and back is the real journey in first.

There are many possibilities. Emirates is recommended by one member as an airline likely to impress a first-time First class flyer. On the A380, each Emirates First class passenger can relax in their own private suite. The aircraft is also equipped with an onboard bar and shower for the exclusive use of First class passengers.

We can argue about the decor but for first time F travel EK has more WOW factor than QF. After all drinks at the bar, shower in the air and sleeping in a suite is true F experience

Some members believe that Etihad’s A380 Apartments are now the world’s leading First Class product. First class passengers are treated to their own miniature apartment featuring a wide-screen TV, spacious lounge and separate bed. A dedicated chef is on hand to prepare custom meals to order, and showers are also available for First customers. Etihad’s A380s currently fly daily to Sydney from Abu Dhabi, and Melbourne flights commence later this year.

The best F product in the world is currently EY Apartments and lucky for you they will start flying A380 to MEL in June

Lufthansa and Qantas both receive a mention. Both airlines are known for a classy, more refined First class experience. They both also offer some of the world’s finest First Class lounges in their respective hub airports of Frankfurt and Sydney.

Singapore Airlines and Japan Airlines are equally high up on the list of recommendations. Singapore Airlines is another airline to offer private First class suites on their long-haul aircraft. But the main point of difference on both of these airlines is the outstanding hospitality.

When flying F more often pax start paying more attention to the soft product and that’s where Asian airlines usually excel.

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P.S. Want to try out international First class on a budget? Emirates regularly sells First Class seats on its A380 flights from Auckland to Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne for under $900! See HERE for more information.

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Matt Graham
The editor of Australian Frequent Flyer, Matt's passion for travel has taken him to over 60 countries… with the help of frequent flyer points, of course!
Matt's favourite destinations (so far) are Germany, Brazil, New Zealand & Kazakhstan. His interests include economics, aviation & foreign languages, and he has a soft spot for good food and red wine.

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