If first class flights but a distant dream, a new TV show is offering a tantalising glimpse inside the world’s most luxurious airline.
Singapore Airlines’ fleet of A380 planes is the subject of a new Channel 4 documentary, which delves into how exactly the carrier has created what it calls ‘a whole new level of opulence for first class travellers’.
World’s apart from the scant leg-room and queues for cramped bathrooms that characterise economy flights on budget airlines, Singapore Airlines’ most privileged passengers can settle into their own private suite when they fly long haul.
The fleet of five new planes – each of which cost a cool £350million to kit out -come equipped with first class cabins, in which passengers can dine not on pre-packaged rolls and bad coffee, but lobster thermidor washed down with £200 a bottle Dom Perignon.
Unsurprisingly, such luxury comes at a cost – £9,000 for a one-way ticket.
The new fleet of A380 planes run by Singapore Airlines have their own private suites for first class customers
Guests are served glasses from a £200 Dom Perignon and the airline spends £10 million a year on champagne and wine
The latest addition to Singapore Airlines hangar features in the aptly named Channel 4 documentary The World’s Most Luxurious Airline, which offered viewers a peek into how the other half flies on Monday night.
As well as a private room and bathroom, the suite features a 32-inch TV screen and a table that costs around £20,000.
The company spent a whopping half a billion pounds on the new fleet’s interiors.
The spacious chairs in the bedrooms even have a massage function, to ensure passengers are as comfortable as possible during their flight.
The suites have their own ultra modern private ensuite bathrooms and cost more than a three bedroom house
The plane food is cooked by hand by the airline’s restaurants on the ground, with steak and lobster thermidor a hint of the types of dishes on the menu.
To drink, there’s Dom Perignon champagne.
Alex Cameron, programme manager at Zodiac Aerospace, the company that designed the upgraded suites said: ‘One of these will cost the same as a three bedroom house.’
Cabin crew expected to adhere to extremely strict standards, in order to maintain the airline’s luxurious image.
A table that will secure valuables during the flight is included in the suite and cost £20,000 to make
Luxurious: The first class suites also feature their own private ensuite bathroom
Female members must do their hair and makeup according to exact styles laid out by bosses – who even tell them when they can cut their hair.
They also expected to quickly return to their trim figures after having a baby.
Juat Fang Foo, cabin crew training manager for Singapore Airlines said: ‘We do have a returning mothers scheme, but of course when they come back they must be able to fit into the uniform because I think that would be the expectation of the customer.
‘If they don’t they would have to lose the weight. The men will be able to stay on, they don’t have to worry about putting on weight after childbirth.’
The first class suites are stocked with lotions and gadgets like tablets for the well paying customers
High quality meals are prepared off the plane and cooked onboard, with steak and lobster thermidor on offer
The cabin crew are expected to keep to extremely high standards, including losing their baby weight quickly after giving birth
Alex Macheras, a travel analyst, was onboard the first flight and said it is the best first class option on the market
Passengers who regularly fly with Singapore Airlines also appear in the documentary, saying they wouldn’t fly with any other company after having a taste of the levels of luxury it offers.
Gertrude Louis, a 90-year-old passenger, says: ‘I will not travel on any other [airline]. Because of the service, because of the clientele. Because of the comfort and the efficiency.’
Also on the show was Alex Macheras, a travel analyst who was invited to try the planes out.
Alex called the suites ‘essentially a hotel room in the skies’.