If you’ve flown a long-haul flight, then I’m sure you’ve experienced how difficult it is to try to sleep on one. Flying coach, especially, can be an ordeal. The seats are so close together, you’ll consider it a minor victory to grab an armrest, never mind trying to tilt your seat back to get a comfortable position for sleeping. My aunt, whenever she flies with her daughters, just lays a blanket on the floor and makes them sleep there. Flying first class, of course, is way better, but it still depends on the airline and the aircraft.
Well, if you’ve got money to spare, try out Emirates’ new A340-500 First Class cabins. Short of owning your own jet, this airline offers the ultimate in luxury. Think: life as a sheik (he he!). Their seats are called suites, and they really do them justice. There’s only 12 suites in the cabin, arranged in a 1-2-1 configuration. The suites have their own doors, which can be opened and closed at will. There’s even a ‘do not disturb’ sign outside the doors. The centre suites also have privacy screens that can be raised or lowered to separate you from the adjacent suite.
The leather seats can be converted to a fully-flat bed. The hand-held mode controller allows you to personalize everything, from your choice of movie to ordering a meal. You can even adjust the lighting in your suite, from bright sunlight to a starry night. And peace and quiet can be assured by your Noise Cancelling headphones, which can be set to exclude potentially irritating cabin noises.