The first-class experience in the sky is forever getting more extravagant.
A number of commercial airlines have now also built first and business class bars onboard, offering a space for their wealthiest passengers to quaff champagne while they socialise at 35,000 feet.
Gilbert Ott, a New York-based travel expert, has tried them all.
Ott profiled his first-class bar experiences on his blog God Save the Points. To his knowledge, there are only six airlines in the world to have onboard bar lounges, including Virgin Australia, Korean Air, Etihad Airways, Emirates Airlines, and Qatar Airways. Virgin Atlantic is currently the only airline to boast a bar on all of its airplanes.
Ott helped us rank these bars, and revealed which one scored highest in the luxury stakes.
6. Virgin Australia — The full-service bar onboard the Boeing 777 "has a modern, hotel lobby style layout," Ott wrote on his blog.
Guests travelling to LA or Abu Dhabi on Virgin Australia's Boeing B777 can enjoy a business class bar "with a modern, hotel lobby style layout," Ott wrote on his blog.
There's space at the bar for up to four guests to sit and have a drink, while a separate lounge area offers seating for two more passengers to relax and soak up the ambiance.
Ott posted: "It's not the biggest, but if at any point during your 13 hours in the air between Australia and the US you need a place to hang, it's pretty magnificent!"
5. Virgin Atlantic — This airline, which gives business class passengers bar access on all of its planes, is "big on cocktails," said Ott.
Virgin Atlantic is the only airline to have bars on all of its planes, available to business class passengers. The airline is "big on cocktails," Ott told Business Insider.
"Virgin Atlantic often does a mojito or something similar. Refreshing and clean in the air. Definitely makes leaving a nice place easier."
In fact, Ott had one of his best plane experiences in upper class with Virgin Atlantic, flying from London Heathrow to JFK on New Year's Eve.
"We took off around 9:30, a bit late and 3 hours into the flight I was at the bar, the captain called the bar phone and started a countdown with the stewardess. As everyone counted they poured champagne for us, apple juice for them and we had a new years toast at a bar on a plane. We did this I think two more times as we crossed the five time zones en route to NY, landing just before one last midnight!"
4. Korea Air's Celestial Bar — Found aboard the carrier's A380 planes, this bar is a "futuristic hotspot where people chill out and drink Absolut vodka," Ott wrote.
Guests aboard Korean Air's A380 airplanes can experience the futuristic "Celestial Bar."
Ott wrote on his blog: "People chill out drinking Absolut vodka and make their own cocktails" at this lounge. The leading vodka brand has partnered with Korean Air on this venture.
"It's a futuristic hot spot in the sky, which also happens to be underutilized, giving guests space to spread out, there's even a second mini location too," he added.
3. Etihad — A380 flights feature a service lounge and bar area known as "The Lobby."
It is hardly surprising that Etihad, widely regarded as one of the world's best airlines, boasts one of the swankiest airplane bars.
In addition to a complimentary chauffeur service, an onboard spa, and one of the largest in-flight apartments available, A380 flights also feature "The Lobby," a serviced lounge and bar area. It provides the perfect spot for Etihad's first and business class guests to socialise.
The boutique-esque lounge is located between two cabins and features leather sofas, connectivity ports, and a large TV.
"Etihad manages to offer the most unique bar in the sky, a round table of sorts where you can run into fellow guests flying in one of their three prestige classes," Ott wrote.
"Without a doubt you'll find the most extensive range of fine wine in this bar," he added.
2. Emirates Airlines — The business class bar has a chic layout, according to Ott.
While the Emirates A380 business class bar has a smaller seating area than some others, according to Ott's blog, it has a sociable atmosphere and a chic layout.
He told Business Insider: "If you’re flying first, the crew will even send your first class only liquor to the bar just for you. It was pretty funny hanging out at their bar with a bottle of Dom Perignon with my name on it. Epic experience!".
The airline featured its airplane bar in its latest TV ad promoting the A380, which starred Hollywood actress Jennifer Aniston.
According to Emirates, as of July 2017, its A380 onboard lounges will feature "a sleeker design – with a clean ivory palette, and bronze and wood grain accents," as well as "more social seating arrangement and more open areas for mingling."
1. Qatar Airways — The onboard lounge is the largest with the most comprehensive offering, in addition to serving the "best canapés," said Ott.
The Qatar Airways lounge onboard A380 flights is the largest airplane bar with the most comprehensive offering, according to Ott.
"Qatar definitely has the best canapés. Like smoked salmon, mini desserts, all the fancy stuff you’d pay for in a cocktail lounge," Ott said to Business Insider."It’s a really social space and a great way to stretch the legs, while enjoying some great drinks."
The lounge is open to business and first class travellers and is fitted with curved couches, which are equipped with seatbelts.
"It’s hard to be subjective when they’re all amazing but I don’t think anyone touches Qatar."
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