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The Best First Class Airport Lounges

Traveling on commercial airlines can come with its highs and lows, whether this is enjoying world-class customer service onboard your flight or having to wait in a long immigration queue. When it comes to flying first class, however, there is a welcome escape from the crowds – many airlines boast luxurious first class lounges. These first class lounges range in size and what they offer guests, but all are a welcoming oasis away from the hustle and bustle of a busy airport. This is why Elite Traveler has chosen to showcase some of the best first class lounges in...

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The Difference Between First Class And Business Class

To quote the late Ralph Waldo Emerson, “It’s the not the destination, it’s the journey.” Although the great American essayist may not have been talking about first class air travel when he coined the now-clichéd phrase in the 19th century, he might as well have been. When compared to traveling economy class, both first class and business travel are not just found at opposite ends of the airplane, they are also usually at completely opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes to comfort, food and service levels. In fact, flying business or first class can actually...

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The Benefits Of Flying Delta First Class

Normally referred to as Delta, Delta Airlines is a leading United States-based airline with headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. Delta offers both domestic flights within the US and an expansive roster of international locations – it flies to over 300 destinations across 60 countries. As air travel finds its feet after a challenging 18 months, we are taking a look at what passengers can expect when they fly Delta first class. Before delving into the details, however, it’s worth pointing out that Delta first class on its international flights is actually called Delta...

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The Benefits Of Flying Emirates First Class

With over 250 aircraft in its fleet covering a total of 157 destinations (including 12 US airports), Emirates is an unchallenged giant in the world of commercial aviation – but, for the ultimate Emirates experience, first class is the only option. Many frequent fliers regard Emirates’ top ticket seats as setting the benchmark in first class aviation thanks to its attentive service, comfortable cabins and premium entertainment. The Dubai-based airline operates its first class seating across most routes on its fleet of Boeing 777s and A380s (with the exception of...

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The Benefits Of Flying American Airlines First Class

Flying American Airlines first class comes with a wealth of advantages. As the world’s largest airline operator in terms of fleet, before the pandemic, American Airlines was operating on average 6,700 flights per day to nearly 350 destinations in more than 50 countries.  This has inevitably slowed over the past 18 months but as travel restrictions tentatively ease, many of us are planning to take to the sky again. With American Airlines covering so many routes in the US as well as flying to a large swathe of international destinations, you’re bound to be climbing...

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Will Ultra-Long-Haul Flights Bounce Back After Covid-19?

It’s been 20 years since the end of the Cold War brought about a dramatic change in aviation, when it opened Russian airspace to foreign airliners, allowing for transpolar routes that connected Asia to the US. In 2001, Continental Airlines flew from New York to Hong Kong, over 8,400 miles, without stopping. Just 10 years later, ultra-long-haul flights fell out of popularity: the financial crisis meant companies were cutting business expenses and general consumer demand was down, to the point that Singapore Airlines stopped running its record-breaking New York to...

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White Desert Announces Next Steps In Climate Crisis Strategy

Despite being founded with environmental principles at its core, the serious carbon footprint of private aviation has long been a thorn in the side of White Desert. Now, with the announcement of a Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) roll out across its fleet, the Antarctic operator can make true on its responsible promises. White Desert’s immersive and authentic itineraries throughout the pristine Antarctic wilderness are thoughtfully imagined to showcase a corner of the world that might otherwise just be reserved for scientists and hardy explorers, while still remaining...

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Inside The Singapore Airlines Suite Class

While there are several contenders for the best first-class airlines, when it comes to flight experience and luxury onboard a commercial aircraft, Singapore Airlines Suite Class is arguably the best in the world. Originally introduced by the airline in 2008, the arrival of the Singapore Airlines Suite Class coincided with the first commercial Airbus A380. However, the Suite Class has recently received extensive re-imagining, making it the pinnacle of first-class flight experience. Unveiled at the end of 2017, the new Singapore Airlines Suite Class entered service...

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Most Innovative Private Jet Providers Of The 21st Century

In 2020, shared private jet solutions — jet cards, memberships, fractional ownership and charters — accounted for more than 50%of US private aviation flight hours for the first time. This Argus TRAQPak insight might seem like a small data point but it is, in fact, one giant step in the industry’s push for sustainability. Instead of one jet serving one owner or company, a single aircraft is serving hundreds of customers. Innovative solutions like timesharing, card programs, pay-as-you-go memberships, by-the-seat models and charter fleets of pre-owned aircraft don’t...

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