1st Class, the Top Level of Commercial Air Travel


Very few travelers choose the 1st Cabin for short haul flights, but if you can afford it, 1st Class travel on these airlines is sure to make your flying experience ultra-enjoyable.

Air France

If you’re a 1st Class traveler, Air France is a superb way to go. Its LA to Paris La Première service is one of the few 1st Class services to separate its seats with curtains. The 1st cabin also consists of a single row of seats, and as far as the in-flight meals are concerned, Air France gives its 1st Class passengers the very best in French fine dining, with original recipes from esteemed chefs like Michel Roth, Emmanuel Renaut and Régis Marcon. And seeing as this is a French airline, it has an expansive wine and Champagne list. Those offered to Air France’s 1st Class travelers include wines from some of the very best French vineyards.

Hawaiian Airlines

Any time you fly from Hawaii to the Mainland, you are looking at least 6 hours. The Aloha folks at Hawaiian Airlines know this, which is why they have upped their 1st Class game with iPad Pros. That is right, every 1st Class seat comes equipped with one of the Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) tablets, so you can watch movies, play some games or just unwind and listen to some soothing music. As an added bonus, every 1 of the 1st Class seats on Hawaiian Airlines goes full flat, meaning you can nap comfortably on the trip.


Like privacy? tThen look to Emirates for your 1st Class international travel. Most of the 777s in Emirates fleet feature 1st Class suites that include floor-to-ceiling doors. That means you will be flying across the Ocean/s in your own room. The suites are also spacious and offer lighting and temperature control. You will have a big screen TV, a comfortable bed and on-demand food and drink services that include caviar and all the Dom Perignon you can drink.

United Airlines

If you get hungry in the air, but prefer a meal that is a little bit more exciting than a bagged ham sandwich with mayo and mustard, your best bet is to “Fly the Friendly Skies” with United (NYSE:UAL). For 1st Class travelers, United Airlines offers a wide array of fine dining options that go above and beyond the typical airline fare. The meals aboard these flights are 5 courses, and include an appetizer, salad, entrée, an exotic cheese course, as well as one of their many delicious desserts.


The great thing about these 1st Class cabins is their adaptability. The seats, for 1, transform from extremely comfortable straight back chairs to a horizontal bed that will have you dozing off in no time. The amenity kits are another highlight, with each including specially designed pajamas and a gift bag filled with various lotions and other cool products by La Prairie. I have flown Swiss Air 1st Class it is Super.


In addition to each 1st Class traveler receiving a handwritten welcome note, JetBlue has one of the most extensive 1st Class amenity kits of any domestic airline. It includes moisturizers, a toothbrush and toothpaste, a pen, eye mask, ear plugs, even a pair of super soft and comfortable socks. JetBlue also provides its 1st class travelers with headphones by Grado Labs, and Wi-Fi is Free.

Virgin Atlantic

If you fly 1st Class on Virgin Atlantic, you will never worry about feeling tense before a 6-hour transcontinental flight again. That is because Virgin offers specialty Clubhouses at several airports throughout the country where 1st Class passengers can enjoy a cocktail, relax with a deep tissue massage, get a manicure or spruce up with a shave. The Virgin Clubhouses are located at 10 locations throughout the world, including prime American destinations like New York, Los Angeles, Washington, DC, and Boston. An added bonus, 1st Class passengers on Virgin Atlantic can bring a guest to the Clubhouse, just as long as he or she is on the same flight.

Enjoy your travels