Business Traveller (India)

Middle Eastern carriers’ luxury cabins

The premium classes of Middle East’s top carriers embody luxury

- WORDS AKANKSHA MAKER, NISHA SHROFF AND SANCHITA NAMBIAR

EMIRATES FIRST CLASS

Emirates' "game-changing" Boeing 777 First Class private suites are laid out in a 1-1-1 con guration. e suite's design is inspired by the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and comes with oor-to-ceiling sliding doors. e seats recline into a fully atbed and can be placed in a "zero-gravity" position inspired by NASA technology. e aircra boasts the industry's rst virtual windows for suites located in the middle aisle. ese virtual windows project the view from outside the aircra using real-time camera technology. F&B onboard all Emirates ights serve a selection of the nest cuisine prepared by their gourmet chefs, paired with an impressive selection of wines and spirits. Adding a touch of Emirati hospitalit­y, passengers in First Class can also indulge in rich Arabic co ee and delicious dates. Emirates recently introduced a series of refreshing, nutrient-rich drinks in premium classes, called the Vitality Boost – giving customers a health kick on their journey. emirates.com

ETIHAD AIRWAYS FIRST SUITE

Etihad Airways’ Boeing 787 Dreamliner features eight First Suites designed in a 1-2-1 con guration, along a unique curved aisle – a rst in commercial aviation. Guests are welcomed to a private suite with a fully adjustable seat upholstere­d in luxury Italian leather. e curved aisle design provides the bene t of additional space when converted into a 204 cm (around 80 inches) fully- at bed. Every enclosed suite is equipped with high sliding doors for maximum privacy, an individual chilled mini bar, a personal closet and a large single leaf table. In terms of F&B, guests, while ying Etihad First, can expect the same quality and service as that of a world-class restaurant. Following a welcome glass of champagne or fresh juice, a member of the airline’s dedicated First Class team will guide guests through the menu; and also make personal recommenda­tions for a perfect beverage and food pairing. e signature Cognac service is also the ideal end to the exclusive dining experience. An Etihad Chau eur service; relaxing and dining at the Etihad Lounge at Terminal 3 in Abu Dhabi Internatio­nal Airport and Acqua di Parma amenity kits further elevate the ying experience. etihad.com

QATAR AIRWAYS QSUITE

The Qsuite seat layout is a 1-2-1 con guration, providing passengers with a spacious, fully private, comfortabl­e and socially-distanced Business Class product in the sky. With the option to use a ‘Do Not Disturb (DND)’ indicator and sliding panel doors, passengers can enjoy personal space without any interferen­ce. e airline o ers a 'dine on demand' menu in Business Class – passengers can choose to indulge in a variety of avours. e menus are specially curated by world-renowned chefs, using fresh ingredient­s to create exquisite dishes. Passengers can indulge in some a ernoon tea with sandwiches and warm scones, or a scrumptiou­s cheese platter. Qatar Airways has partnered with ales AVANT IFE system that aims to enable passengers to pair their personal electronic devices (PEDs) with their seat-back IFE screen by connecting to ‘Oryxcomms’ wi and scanning a QR code displayed on the screen. Passengers can then use their PEDs to navigate and enjoy more than 4,000 options on o er through Oryx One (in- ight entertainm­ent system). qatarairwa­ys.com

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