Singapore Airlines is generally regarded as the king of the premium cabins. I posted on their last upgrade back in October, but now it looks like we have a newcomer to the race.
Jet Airways of India
If you’ve gone to India, you probably know Jet as the full service, high quality airline known for domestic flights. They’ve recently gone international, and now they’ve decided to go nuts on their First Class product. Behold, the birds-eye view of the mini-suite:
Now, that is one impressive looking seat. If you’d like to see more pictures, head over to an article in thisislondon.co.uk where I found this picture. You can also read the press release from Jet here.
You’ll have 26 sq ft of space all to yourself, more than in some New York studio apartments. As you can see, it is a private suite with double doors.Â That’s not unlike what Emirates has on some of their planes, but it’s something Singapore has not done. Like Singapore, it has a 23″ LCD screen with a lie-flat bed, but this bed is 3″ longer than Singapore’s at 83″ long. And yes, there is an in-seat massager. The usuals are there as well . . . laptop power, great food, video on demand (with Hollywood and Bollywood films).
The plan is only to install this on the airline’s 777-300 aircraft. You can find one flying between London and Mumbai 5 days a week right now, and as more are delivered, the service will expand. I would assume we’ll see this here in the US as well once they open their new Brussels hub to connect North America with India.
The airline has made it quite clear that they want to be one of the top 5 airlines in the world.Â If their reputation for service as a domestic carrier in India is any indication, they might be the right airline to pull this off.