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High flyers: The best first class airlines

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Cathay Pacific

Even if you’ve invested in your own private jet, long haul destinations can sometimes mean flying commercial is unavoidable. However, with the quality of first class seats growing ever more luxurious this can still be an enjoyable experience. Click through for our guide to the best first class seats around.

Cathay Pacific

Taking second place in the 2016 Skytrax World Airline Awards, Cathay Pacific has long been seen as an innovator in the high-class airline market. As well as the usual perks of fast track check-in and first class lounges, of which there are no fewer than five at Cathay’s ‘home’ airport Hong Kong, once on board you will be just one of six privileged first class passengers ensuring the absolute in personalised service.

Of course, the second benefit of this is that Cathay boasts the widest seats in the air, each of which is equipped with a touchscreen control pad, 500 thread count duvets and pillows and turn down service. Much of the on-board menu has been created in partnership with the world’s top hotels and chefs and is available any time while 17-inch screens and Bose noise-cancelling headphones will keep you entertained in between meals. To top it all off the sleek amenity kit comes courtesy of Aesop while pyjamas are made by Hong Kong-based brand PYE using 100% organic cotton.

A first class seat from London to Hong Kong with Cathay Pacific begins from £4,353.

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