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2024’s new first-class suites and business seats

Set the right tone for your next vacation or work trip by revelling in the spoils of the newest first-class suites and business seats. 

Whether you’re flying for business or leisure, short or long haul, ensure every flight is stylish and comfortable by travelling in luxury. Some of the world’s best airlines are offering new and improved first-class and business-class experiences, from cutting-edge technology to surprising creature comforts. We’ve sourced the latest information to bring you the most important updates in first and business-class travel for 2024.

Cathay Pacific reveals Aria Suite in business class

Meanwhile, Cathay Pacific is taking business class to greater heights with the introduction of its Aria Suite. Ready for departure from mid-2024 aboard Boeing 777s, the new design features a sliding door, wireless device charging, BlueTooth audio, personalised suite lighting, spacious drawer storage, timber-look finishings and silver trims. An interesting new feature for the business class offering is the ‘Gallery in the Skies ‘, 30 pieces of artwork to be displayed in the cabin, created by artists who share a deep connection with Hong Kong. 

© Cathay Pacific Aria Suite

Japan Airlines’ world-first technology in first class

Ahead of the New York route launch, Japan Airlines has shared its new international Airbus A350-1000 cabin interiors set to take flight before the end of 2023. First class is now just six enclosed suites with individual privacy doors and wardrobe space for personal belongings, each featuring a world-first headphone-free stereo system with built-in headrest speakers. Guests can also opt for seating arrangements of a sofa, seat, single or double bed, with business class enjoying much of the same spoils. Sign us up.

© Japan Airlines

Etihad rolls out designer experience for business class

The refreshed Business Studio seat aboard Etihad’s Boeing 787 Dreamliners will also take wing towards the end of 2023. Adopted from Collins Aerospace, the Elements Business seat provides guests with a spacious yet private environment and fully reclines to a 78” lie-flat bed. A 17.3” 4K TV screen, Bluetooth headphone pairing, multiple ports and wireless charging ensures constant in-flight entertainment. Etihad has also completed the business class roll-out of its unique partnership with Armani/Casa. Passengers will find a range of bespoke diningware and soft furnishings designed in collaboration with the celebrated international brand.

© Etihad

Air France reveals exclusive business class seats

Developed exclusively for the carrier, Air France’s new business seats showcase a sliding privacy door and lie-flat seats finished in wool and luxurious French leather. Charging ports and a wireless induction charger are set within the suite alongside a personal storage unit equipped with a noise-cancelling headset and vanity mirror. Passengers can expect to enjoy the new offering on long-haul Airbus A350s between now and 2025.

© Air France

Lufthansa reveals private rooms for first class

From 2024, Lufthansa will be providing an elevated first-class experience via Suite Plus. This private double room aboard Airbus A350s boasts ceiling-high walls, a closing door and seating that folds down to a double bed. This top-tier Allegris product allows guests to warm or cool their nearly one-metre-wide seats according to personal preference, connect a mobile device to the entertainment system and dine on gourmet meals at a time of their choosing: “More of everything!”

© Lufthansa

Qantas offers boutique hotel experience in first and business class

Qantas passengers flying non-stop from Australia to New York and London in 2025 will experience the next generation of first-class and business cabins. Designed with ultra-long-haul travel in mind, the cabins are the first to be developed by aviation specialists in collaboration with Australian industrial design studio Caon Design, and multidisciplinary scientists from the University of Sydney’s Charles Perkins Centre. Those in first can expect a boutique journey with an extra-wide fixed bed, separate recliner chair, personal wardrobe, dining table for two and a 32” ultra-high-definition TV. Business suites enjoy aisle access, sliding privacy doors, a lie-flat bed, cushioned leather ottoman, 18” ultra-high-definition touch-screen TV, large dining table and feature lighting.

© Qantas

KLM offers in-seat massage in business class

The new World Business Class seats aboard KLM’s fleet of B777-300 and 200 aircraft have an adjustable lower-back support, a subtle back-massage function and fold down to a 198cm-long lie-flat bed. The seats are set to be installed across the fleet by 2024 and all will have direct aisle access with sliding doors for privacy, charging sockets, lockable compartments, bottle holders and ‘do not disturb’ functionality. Shhh.

© KLM

Fresh business and first class suites for Air India and Saudi Arabia Airlines

From early 2024, Air India will be rolling out new-look doored business suites, followed by private first-class suites later in the year, as an upgrade to the existing Boeing 777 jets. Saudi Arabia Airlines also unveiled a new business seat this year, the VantageSOLO suite, which will be fitted on the airline’s new Airbus A321 XLR aircraft. It’ll feature a privacy shield, door, fully reclining seats and increased storage space. Tempting much?

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