First class cabins of the new millenium (18 photos)

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  • charles

    not necessary.

    • eclipze

      instead of wasting their money, they should help us settle our ever increasing tuition fees. DAMN.

  • figurefour

    #13 and #18 are nicer than my living room.

    • greg

      and guess what, #13 is merely business class on the A380 of Singapore Airline…

  • AnyoneForCoffee

    Have been considering opening up a pod hotel with rooms based on these…

  • http://twitter.com/withquotation @withquotation

    #17 microphones so the guests get to make their own announcements. now that's first class. straight from the wedding singer.

    • bob a booey

      those are reading lights, idiot

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1412844547 Timmy Hennessy

      Those are reading lights, funny thought though

  • Jedi

    Find the 2 pistol girl already!!

  • Bob

    And the airlines wonder why they lose money. Air travel is transportation not a once in a lifetime luxury thrill, it is travel. Most of those seats are not going to be paid for, they are going to be compensation upgrades, employee travel, and standby passengers. Spend more money on making the regular customers (the ones who make your airline profitable) comfortable and stop working off a 1950's business model.

    • AnyoneForCoffee

      Economy passengers pay for the airline's running costs. Business/First Class passengers provide the airline's profit.

      And if economy passengers were more interested in comfort then cost, budget airlines wouldn't exist.

      • Ryan

        than

    • anonymous

      You would be surprised at how much money airlines make off of first class. If your compare airlines that put a focus on first class have fared better through the recession than the ones that didn't. There will always be people willing to pay extra to travel in comfort.

    • DollarBillUK

      I work in the travel industry and can assure you that first class/business class is big business for airlines. They make a lot of money off of it and provide an awesome service. I don't mean to be rude here, but just because you can't fathom spending 5,000 on a flight doesn't mean they arn't being used.

    • Henry Gibson

      And at least a few of those shots are from overnight/oversea flights. I once took a vacation to New Zealand. That's two 24-hour flights. The economy seats on that flight were nicer than a lot of business class seats on continental flights. If you're flying overseas, you need to have a little room to stretch out and/or get some work done.

      Those first class seats aren't necessary by any stretch of the imagination, but they're a lot more warranted than you might think.

    • Ben

      I believe most of them are paid for, and the remaining will be handed out to some poor guys in business class with some ultra super platinum frequent flier cards, and their seats are handed on to lower FF's… they are happy and ready to work on arrival, their business is happy, don't underestimate the frequent fliers in this either. The real value of first and business class seats is more than meets the eye.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001560205147 Ryan Chase

      Most airlines won't equip their aircraft like this, they get more revenue from taking an inch of legroom from every seat to add an extra row.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mengler2 Mike Engler

    i'm never flying coach again!

  • j-man85

    #3 cybersex den

  • aosux

    Just give me a coach seat, a decent movie and a hot flight attendant to serve me alcohol and thats what I call 1st class!

  • http://twitter.com/importantcrap @importantcrap

    Flying – I'm doing it wrong.

  • jason in pc

    i have seen the 2 pistol girl in a music video before i believe, i remember the leg tat and the guns on upper back. i think i seen it flipping past CMT. not sure which video though as i am not a fan of country music.

    oh and dejavu on this post, i believe you guys did this one already under a different heading.

  • jamie

    none of which is gonna help when its time for an emergency exit door procedure at 30,000 feet !

  • Vince

    If all seating were half as nice, I'd fly twice as often. Hell, more than that… I'd make sure I took at least two trips a years. Somewhere. Anywhere.

  • I am Name

    No wonder we're charged up the ass at the airports! It all makes sense to me now. Thank you Leo for enlightening me on this. From now on, I am taking the train.

  • Anonymous

    Now you can fall 30,000 ft to your death in comfort. Wooo!

  • St.Christopher

    this post is pointless without hot chicks.

    • Phil

      TITS OR GTFO!

    • http://thechive.com LukeTheTerrible

      Hey Chris and Phil, I agree with you both completely! If we want this kind of crap we can check out Aviation Today or Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous (if that's still around, anybody know?) Now, put some cute Chivettes in those overpriced seats and we're talking business!

  • DollarBillUK

    Nothing beats the First class in the Emirates A380 IMO (search for some vids on youtube).

  • Racer

    I somewhat agree with the comments saying these are unnecessary, but I've traveled a bit abroad and trust me, you do NOT want to go to China flying economy. Maybe first class is excessive, but I would consider it necessary if I'm jumping right into a business meeting after landing, since I might need space to rest or catch up on e-mails. Business class is the least I recommend, seriously, I'll never fly economy over 5 hours again.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=739253786 Andy Austin

      I went to Africa this summer and it was a 15 hour flight from Atlanta, I live in Montana so I had already been flying all day. By time I arrived it had been 26 hours since I left my house in Montana and landed in Namibia. I flew economy the entire way and I'm 6'5. It was miserable. The worst part is having to walk past first class when boarding the plane and seeing what those people are flying in. They get freaking beds and I'm jammed in the back because I can't afford the $2000 upgrade charge

    • http://thechive.com LukeTheTerrible

      That's a nice idea, Racer, if one has the choice! Most of us poor slobs are lucky to afford the baggage rate to get our butts to the cheapest hotel near the airport when we get there. I guess I'll just stay home, or take Greyhound.

  • tommybhoy

    #1 #2 is Emirates…..just the prices are a bitch!

  • Sarah

    #9 reminded me of the set off Star trek!

    As for Emirates – I flew with the family to Australia last year, cattle class
    Not totally bad, you felt cramped when you eventually got there, but as i wasn't running to a meeting it didn't matter so much and movies were ok and service was with a smile.
    – However, the meanest thing they do…
    You get on the plane and they walk you through Business class to get to your seats…
    Gits make you think that 'wow – yeah this plane is all right' for a first impression – then you get herded to the back with cattle prods and shown to your bench for the next 8hours or so of your life..
    (hahah – I'm kidding about the cattle prods)

    I'd never flown long haul before, but if cost wasn't an option I'd defo consider 'upping' if there is a next time. (Daren't complain too much – tickets were bought for me)

  • scout

    they should put ps3's in them

  • Scooter

    Those are lights in pic 17, not microphones.

  • Noway Jose

    What airlines are these on?

  • Scott

    I'm taken a flight to Japan in a few weeks, 13 hours straight. I wish I had these seats.

  • Kevrobmc

    Like a G6, meh

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