The ultimate guide to flying first-class; a traveler's guide to the true first-class experience

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    Flat-bed suites, expertly prepared cuisine, spacious lounges: a traveler's guide to the true first-class experience.

    Has first class become the unicorn of commercial air travel? True first class—that pod of posh in the nose or upper deck of a classic three-cabin plane—is getting more elusive as more airlines switch to two-cabin models featuring hybrid business–first class.

    These days true first is almost exclusively found on long-haul international flights (JFK to Los Angeles and San Francisco are the only domestic routes where it still exists), and it comes at a big premium over business, with round-trip fares often running well north of $10,000. But it's the only cabin where the glamour and mystique of the old Pan Am Clipper days are still palpable. In recent years many airlines have, thankfully, taken bold steps to further coddle their first-class customers.

    "There's still luxury in first class that doesn't exist in business class," says Matt Daimler, founder of, a leading authority on airline cabins and where to sit.
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