Comfort is key in all air travel, but nowhere is it more important than when flying to Europe. One of the longest routes in the world, and one of the most popular for Australians, a pleasant flight to Europe can mean the difference between being able to enjoy your first day in Europe, and getting off the flight completely exhausted. A new golden age in air travel, with the shortest flight times and improved technology, there has never been a better time to head to Europe, and it’s never been more affordable either.
Driving the renaissance of glamorous air travel, Emirates, with its base in Dubai, offers one of the fastest routes available from Australia. The Australia to Europe route is operated mostly by A380s, of which Emirates flies nearly 100. Capable of carrying up to 600 passengers, the A380s offer shorter flight times, quieter cabins and more spacious, comfortable seating.Emirates First and Business Class passengers on the A380 have access to the upper deck lounge and bar, Business boasts lay flat beds, and First Class passengers even have individual suites and an onboard shower.
Regardless of what cabin you’re travelling in, the onboard ice entertainment system provides 2500 channels to choose from, onboard WiFi keeps you connected, and in-seat power outlets mean you can charge your devices. Combine all of that with an improved menu and you’re bound to land in London feeling refreshed and impressed.
The first airline to fly internationally from Canberra, Singapore Airlines knows Australia is one of its largest markets. From all major Australian cities, the airline now flies to 15 European destinations via its hub in Singapore. Comfort is also key onboard the Singapore fleet. Even in economy, the cabin layout is such that your personal space and legroom aren’t compromised, even when the seat in front is reclined. Plus there are bookable Preferred Seats with a wider pitch located near the exits if you want a little bit extra.
Premium Economy is notable too, with a 19.5 inch seat width, and the ability to recline up to 8 inches, making snoozing that much more comfortable. The Book the Cook service allows premium guests to select their main course from a range of options up to 24 hours before you fly, and match the food and altitude with a selection of wine or champagne. Now that sounds like our kind of meal service.
Boasting the only three-room suite on a commercial aircraft, Etihad has set out to re-imagine the way we travel. While The Residence spoils guests with a living room, bedroom and bathroom, not to mention doting service, the other cabins don’t miss out either. First Class is also a world of indulgence, with an onboard chef and a-la-carte meal options. Business Class guests have access to onboard areas for work, rest and play, or as Etihad calls it ‘intelligent living in the sky’. While Economy Class guests are treated to gourmet meal choices, hundreds of hours of in flight entertainment, and the Economy Smart Seat, with unique headrest and adjustable back support for added comfort. What’s more, Etihad is one of the few airlines who still provide amenities kits in Economy on long haul flights, which never seem to go unwanted.
If the thought of doing the flight to Europe in one go is a little too much (we don’t blame you), A stopover in Hong Kong might strike your fancy. Cathay Pacific fly to more than 190 destinations, making the connections from Australia plentiful. Offering four classes of travel, guests can choose Economy, which comes with some of the best service in the skies, through to the luxury of First. Food is excellent, with both Asian and Western choices onboard, entertainment is fulfilling, and comfort is notable. Cathay Pacific’s on ground Lounges are quite something too, with no less than five Business Class lounges in Hong Kong, and two First Class lounges. And that’s before you’ve even left the airport for your Hong Kong stopover.
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