Earlier this month, Doha-based airline Qatar Airways gave away free flights to visitors who could find the “Golden Tickets” hidden within the airline’s online flight schedule.
While these may have been its most sought-after tickets of late, a seat in the first class cabin on board a Qatar Airways A380 plane, the largest passenger jet in the world, is just as coveted.
In 2015, Qatar Airways was named the Best Airline in the World by leading aviation-consumer website Skytrax.
While it lost the title to Emirates in 2016, AirHelp Score called it the best airline in the world in the same year, based on tops marks for overall quality and service.
We took a look beyond economy to see what it’s like to fly in style up front. From luxuriously decorated cabins to caviar and designer pyjamas, this is what it’s like to fly first class on Qatar Airways, the best airline in the world.
Welcome to a First Class flight on Qatar Airways, which was named the best airline in the world in 2016.
After you’ve passed the dedicated first class check-in line, make sure you visit the Premium lounge, like this one at London’s Heathrow Airport.
There is no reception desk as you enter the “Palm Court, where Arabian water fountains soothe the senses and discreet greeters note your wishes on iPads,” according to the airline.
Grab a drink, a snack, or dig into some gourmet dining.
Visitors can indulge in a delicious breakfast (with champagne)…
…a fine lunch or dinner….
…or, they can simply relax in any of the plush lounge areas or in the business centre, which boasts PCs, printers, power sockets, and WiFi.
The lounge also has sleeping rooms and showers.
When you board, you’ll be shown to your first class cabin.
There are a total of eight seats, with one on the outside and two in the middle. While airlines like Emirates or Ethiad offer fully-enclosed private suits, if you get a middle seat and you’re not flying as a pair, you can put up a divider for privacy.
“Qatar’s A380 cabins are sleek and comfortable,” said travel blogger Ben Schlappig, who runs website One Mile at a Time and has flown first class on Qatar more than once. “The seats are fully flat and very wide.”
The seat becomes a fully lie-flat bed when you’re ready for some sleep, complete with linen and a duvet.
“The bed is extremely comfortable, and you’ll no doubt get a great night of sleep in their first class,” said Schlappig.