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Sky's the limit for luxury

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 18 October, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 18 October, 2011, 12:00am
 

Demanding travel schedules mean comfort and luxury are priorities for the many executives who use the region's major airlines. The onboard indulgences offered by the region's most respected airlines help ensure their flying experience is a pleasure.

Raising the bar in luxury travel are the Singapore Airlines suites on board the A380, a new product that features a luxurious leather chair, fully adjustable to fit sitting or lounging positions with a simple-to-use control panel, and a full-sized bed with a plush mattress, Givenchy-designed duvets and cushions, and each suite has a sliding door for privacy. The suites also boast 23-inch LCD screens, chaise longue for socialising, a coat closet, mirror, compartment for small items and, for long-haul travellers, a Salvatore Ferragamo amenity kit. Rare wines and fine dining can also be expected.

The airline's new first class offers eight 35-inch seats that convert into the largest full-flat bed in the sky on the B777-300ER and refitted B777-300. The new features enhance privacy, convenience and entertainment. Seats come with a special vanity area to enable customers to freshen up without leaving their seats and an ottoman for cabin bags. There is a business panel with laptop power supply and USB ports and 23-inch LCD screen for entertainment.

Thai Airways is celebrating its new thrice-weekly route from Bangkok to Brussels on its B777-200ER aircraft which accommodate 30 Royal Silk business-class seats offering 60 inches of stretch-out space and 170 degrees of recline. Seats are also equipped with a telephone, laptop power points and an entertainment system. Royal Silk class entitles you to exclusive check-in lounges featuring relaxation facilities, Wi-fi and private meeting rooms, and fast-track immigration channels at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport.

Air Pacific has served the South Pacific since 1947 and later expanded to include North America, Australia and New Zealand. Its business-class services pay attention to privacy and comfort with 28 seats in a spacious cabin that have personal televisions with access to 20 channels and power for laptops, on their B747s. New services include bigger sleeper pillows and blankets for long-haul flights and duty free. All toiletries are pure Fiji brand products.

At Cathay Pacific Airways, the first-class cabin reflects how important the premium passengers are to the airline. Guests are provided with more space and privacy, creating the feel of a private relaxation suite. An innovative seat can be used as an armchair, a chaise longue or an extra long and wide bed. Rigorous ergonomic testing has ensured the seat can provide maximum comfort in all positions.

Close attention has been paid to details that go to making an ultimate travel experience, including subtle lighting, an adjustable 17-inch 16:9 personal television and a noise-cancelling headset. Three contiguous working surfaces and 110V AC power supply are provided, allowing the suite to be converted into a workstation. Elsewhere in the cabin, every effort has been made to create a welcoming ambience and a refined travel experience, from the design of the entryways and spacious VIP washroom to the soft furnishings and in-flight service equipment.

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