Lonely Planet Writer

Flying first class is about to get even more luxurious thanks to airline innovations

Flying business and first class is about to improve several notches as airlines introduce a series of innovations to improve their premium passengers’ luxurious flight experience.

First class service is hitting new heights with airlines offering chefs, butlers, nannies and personal assistants for passengers during flights
First class service is hitting new heights with airlines offering chefs, butlers, nannies and personal assistants for passengers during flights Image by Image courtesy of Qantas

A number of major carriers are now using top quality chefs on flights who can tailor meals exactly to customers’ requirements.

Gulf Airlines has chefs
Gulf Air has a team of 100 flying chefs to cook for passengers in their Falcon Gold class Image by Kurush Pawar / CC BY-SA 2.0

Gulf Air has a team of 100 flying chefs on its books mostly to serve passengers in their Falcon Gold class on long-haul flights but some are also deployed on the shorter routes.

Etihad provides a chef and a butler to those who book through the airways The Residence scheme
Etihad provides a chef and a butler to those who book through the airways The Residence scheme Image by Mark Harkin / CC BY 2.0

Australian Airlines are using chefs from Do&Co – the gourmet catering company – for its business class clients. As well as providing whatever meals passengers require, they also recommend drinks to go with what food is being eaten.

Stuff.co.nz reports that life when you turn left into first class is getting better and better. Some airlines have begun to integrate personal assistants to cater for the various needs that customers have while on board.

For instance Lufthansa provides an assistant to those with first class tickets. These aids meet the passenger at the airport and help them through fast security routes, passport controls and ensure they are first on board. Passengers who book through Eithad Airways’ The Residence get, in addition to a chef, a butler to help them during their flying time.

Others carriers are using in-flight nannies to help parents who are accompanied by their young children so that they can get a break and relax during their journey.