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Plane Of Thrones: Which Luxury Airline Reigns Supreme?

There are several high-end airlines offering luxurious plane amenities and facilities to passengers heading away on long haul holidays, but which company truly rules the skies? We’ve rounded up some of the best that would top most lists and help provide a deluxe flying experience, so read on to discover more and find out who we think sits on the proverbial ‘Plane Of Thrones’…

British Airways

The UK’s flagship carrier, British Airways have been in the business for almost 50 years and currently have their main hubs in Heathrow and Gatwick, which are the two busiest airports in the country. BA recently introduced a new generation of aircraft that included the latest innovations in engineering and cabin design.

The Airbus A380 comes equipped with spacious and quiet individual cabins whilst the Boeing 787 Dreamliner takes things up a notch by putting comfort at the heart of the flying experience, adding bigger windows and lower pressurisation.

Etihad Airways

Based in the UAE, Etihad really is one of the largest and dreamiest luxury airlines in the world. Aboard the A380, you’ll find what’s known as ‘The Residence’ – a premium service that offers passengers a premium way to travel.

You can enjoy an intimate meal for two whilst taking a seat on a leather double-seat sofa, watch a movie on the 32-inch flat screen or slip off into the bedroom for a snooze in your 6-foot 10-inch double bed.

Want to freshen up before landing? The en-suite shower room comes with luxury amenities including a vanity unit and Etihad’s VIP Travel Concierge service makes your whole journey from leaving home to arriving at your chosen destination as easy as possible.


The title of the Middle East’s biggest airline goes to Emirates, the Dubai-based business founded in 1985, with a first class serving described as being ‘as close as it comes to your own private jet’. Aboard the Airbus A380, you’ll relax in your own private booth which comes with a mini bar, wide screen TV and includes live sports broadcasts, so you don’t miss any of the action whilst you’re in the air, as well as an à la carte main meal.

The Boeing 777 plane is similarly impressive, with much the same offerings available, plus seats designed by NASA techies that have a zero gravity function to make you feel like you’re literally floating.

Virgin Atlantic

Virgin as a collective brand have become known for providing luxury, first class service across all of the sectors they are found in, and that’s no different with their airline! The company recently released plans for their new luxury A350 aircraft, powered by Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines, deployable privacy screens and 44” leg room that can also change into a fully flat bed.

Business class flyers get access to an area known as ‘The Loft’, designed for socialising with other passengers and group movie watching, more storage space and premium food and drink facilities.

Singapore Airlines

With Singapore Airlines, a variety of options make the whole flying experience as relaxing as you could possibly imagine. Both first class and business class provide passengers the opportunity to enjoy their own private booth area, but it’s in the suites aboard the A380 that things really step up a notch.

Featuring a sliding door that shuts the outside world away, a revolving, reclinable seat, private 32” high definition TV screen and fine dining rustled up by acclaimed chefs from around the globe. Travelling with your loved one? Double suites make for an even bigger and better experience.

Qatar Airways

Last but not least, we’re taking a look at Qatar Airways which links more than 150 destinations across all the main global continents. Business-class products in the QSuite allow passengers the chance to relax in their own private enclave, with customisable spaces and the chance to conjoin suites and create double bed and suite facilities.

The in-flight entertainment system, Oryx One, includes 3,000 different content options including games, music and films whilst premium eating options allow flyers to really dine in style.

Which of these luxury airlines would you most like to fly long haul with? Tell us your favourite by tweeting @icelollyholiday or let us know if you have another to add into the mix!

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