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The Best First Class And Business Class Airlines (PHOTOS)

Posted: 04/ 5/2012 7:00 am

No matter who makes it or who flies it, a plane can be boiled down to this: It's a metal tube with wings on the side, a fin on the back and pointy bit up front. It's cramped, it's crowded and it has the magical ability to amplify ten-fold the sound of a screaming baby. The kicker? A few enlightened execs know this and have pulled out all the stops to make traveling from Point A to Point B the smoothest ever to fly at cruising altitude. And Skytrax has recently recognized the best of the bunch for 2011:

Best First Class: Etihad Airways
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From the little details (leather upholstery, built-in massage, Internet) to the big ones (a changing room, private mini-bars, 23-inch personal LCD TVs with the latest blockbusters), the national carrier of the United Arab Emirates went all out to ensure their Diamond First Class cabin is the most luxurious in the sky. Travelers are enshrined in private berths, which, at the touch of a button, transform into six-foot, eight-inch flatbeds with 600-thread Egyptian cotton sheets, blankets and full-sized pillows. Under the attention of a personal Food & Beverage Manager, one has access to a menu composed of fresh ingredients and boutique wines--and the spacious seat allows dining-for-two. Find a little oil and presto! Everybody wants to party at your house. And get there in style.
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