Luxury takes to the skies, if you can afford it
SOME AMERICAN AIRLINES have four different levels of economy, the most basic option allowing you a cramped seat and such little leg room, even a toddler would struggle to fit in. If you want a few extra centimetres for your leg, pay more. If you want your seat to recline a few more degrees or a meal that isn’t meant for a pig, that will be $26 (Sh2,686) extra. But in the world of Gulf careers, flying is getting even more luxurious, with Emirates and Qatar Airways battling for the crown of who can make commercial aviation even more welcoming for the world’s top 1 per cent. At the Dubai Air Show, Emirates just announced a particularly opulent “fully-enclosed private suites” in First Class inspired by the Mercedes Benz S Class. You get 50 feet of personal space, use video link to order food and drink with “zero-gravity” seats and up to 80kg of checked-in luggage for the totally reasonable price of Sh986,000. Yes, one trip will cost more than most second-hand cars in Kenya, but you can’t put a price on luxury, right? Qatar’s just revamped its business class offering with something it calls a Qsuite, which includes double beds if you’re travelling with a significant other.
Qatar Airways’ Qsuite