Plane Plea­sure

Got a long-haul flight com­ing up? If you’ve saved up enough to shell out for a co­zier ride (or the com­pany’s pay­ing), up your sky game with these cab­ins that feel like you never left home—if your home was a plush man­sion. By Sophia Lam

HK Magazine - - TRAVEL -

Booze-ness class

Spend­ing 15 hours straight aloft is never fun... un­less you’ve got the ben­e­fit of avi­a­tion’s best on­board bars to make the jour­ney a lot more bear­able.

Blue Sky Loung­ing

Walk through the busi­ness class cabin of Qatar Air­ways’ Air­bus A380, push open the cur­tains and you’ll dis­cover The Lounge, a con­tem­po­rary Ara­bian-styled area dec­o­rated with vivid col­ors and an ar­ray of fresh flow­ers. Sip on a glass of Krug Cham­pagne while snack­ing on canapés and min­gling with other trav­el­ers on the smooth leather sofa— you’ll be at your des­ti­na­tion be­fore you’ve cracked open your third bot­tle. Flights from $23,185 (Hong Kong to Doha on Boe­ing 787-8, Doha to Lon­don on A380), qatarair­ways.com

High Flyer

Emi­rates just walked off with the gold medal from the Sky­trax World Air­line Awards ear­lier this year (as well as the Best In­flight En­ter­tain­ment prize), and they’ve def­i­nitely earned it. Their Air­bus A380s have a ded­i­cated bar­tender be­hind the ta­ble 24/7 to whip up what­ever con­coc­tion you’re crav­ing: Or­der a few Cos­mos with your girl­friends at the bar and get the hol­i­day started early, true “Sex and the City” style. Flights from $22,821 (Hong Kong to Dubai), emi­rates.com

Mini Joys

The youngest air­line on our list, Vir­gin Aus­tralia has just launched their new Boe­ing

777 1-2-1 lay­out busi­ness class cabin (named “The Busi­ness”) and we’re de­lighted to see a mini bar (named “The Bar”—guess they’re keep­ing it sim­ple) has sprung up in the cabin. With its black and white in­te­ri­ors and shelves of lined up liquors, this one feels like it’s straight out of a James Bond movie. Here you can get your fix of wine, hors d’oeu­vres, hot drinks or sim­ply some ex­tra legroom dur­ing long-haul flights. Flights from $18,263 (Syd­ney to Hong Kong), vir­gin­aus­tralia.com

The Suite Life

Ditch your cramped sar­dine class life for some­thing a lit­tle more spa­cious with these ex­trav­a­gant palaces in the sky.

One is the Num­ber

Hav­ing trou­ble fall­ing asleep to the snores of your neigh­bor whose face is lit­er­ally a hair’s breadth from yours? Amer­i­can air­way Delta Air­lines will fix that by fall 2017 with the new Delta One, the world’s first all-suite class cabin. Make your­self at home 30,000 feet above ground as you snug­gle on the plush mem­ory foam cush­ion, slap on a hy­drat­ing mask and dim the in-suite ad­justable am­bi­ent lights for a good night’s sleep. Slide the full-height door closed and you’ll find your­self in your own pri­vate haven, com­plete with thought­fully laid out stor­age com­part­ments where you can stash your head­phones and lap­top, a well-rounded en­ter­tain­ment sys­tem dis­played on an 18-inch mon­i­tor. All food is paired with wine se­lected by Mas­ter Som­me­lier An­drea Robin­son. Avail­able by fall 2017 on long-haul in­ter­na­tional flights; delta.com

Head in the Clouds

If you think hav­ing a whole room to your­self on a plane isn’t enough, how about THREE whole rooms? Think of The Res­i­dence on Eti­had’s A380 planes, the only three-room suite in a com­mer­cial air­line, as the A5 Kobe strip steak of lux­ury flights. A round-trip flight from Hong Kong to Lon­don Heathrow will add a whop­ping $374,525 to your bill—that’s the same price as three flights in Cathay Pa­cific’s first-class cabin. But if you have the cash to splash, this flight spares no ex­pense—from the dou­ble-seated sofa in the liv­ing room to the lux­u­ri­ous dou­ble bed in the bed­room, and trained but­lers and in­flight chefs who stand by for your ev­ery need. Each A380 flight is also equipped with its own or­angeaproned “Fly­ing Nanny” to keep the lit­tle ones en­ter­tained. eti­had.com

Close your eyes and dream of home in Delta’s suites

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