Here is 10 most expensive flight tickets according to hopper (Hopper provides insightful, data-driven research to help travelers make better decisions about where to go, and when to fly and buy.) list . They are loaded with luxurious add-ons and bespoke services, brimming with champagne and caviar. But most of all, they have a great big whopping price tag to match!
10. New York to Singapore with Singapore Airlines for upwards of $14,000
For a whopping $14,000 or more, passengers from New York’s JFK airport can now experience Singapore Airlines’ all-new first class suites. Forget those old reclining booth chairs, because these babies are the real deal, with sliding cabin doors that enclose travelers in their own room, complete with a standalone bed, dining table and 23-inch LCD entertainment system. Naturally, there’s also a fully-fledged gourmet food service and a wine list to die for.
9. Los Angeles to Melbourne with Qantas, starting at $14,974
For first class suite passengers on this Qantas connection from LAX to Melbourne, the luxury begins in the airport, where the airline’s all new International Business Lounge offers up plush leather seats and an open fireplace. Once on board, the fully reclining six-foot bed and its luxurious sheepskin mattress, A380’s massive touch-screen entertainment systems, endless array of bubbling champagnes and Australian reds and whites and top-chef Neil Perry’s selection of à la carte dishes take center stage.
8. Los Angeles to Tokyo on Japan Airlines for $16,078 round trip
For just $16,000 return passengers can now get their hands on one of Japan Airlines’ all-new first class suites; a partitioned space of leather upholstery, reclining mattress beds, 23-inch flat screen TVs and concealed storage spaces, all served with an à la carte offering of Western dishes and Japanese sushi and sashimi plates. Drinks-wise, there’s also a wide selection of reds, whites and sparkling champagnes to be had, along with the finest array of sake rice wines, complete with big name brands like Kamoshibito Kuheiji, Iso Jima and the famous Moriizou.
7. New York to Singapore with Virgin Atlantic for upwards of $21,000
The dimly lit, swish and stylish matte black booths of Virgin Atlantic’s so-called upper class really do live up to their name. Complete with fully-reclining seat beds and private entertainment screens, they’re a particular favorite among traveling businesspeople, who can make use of the built-in swivel technology to conduct in-flight meetings. Perhaps the most expensive route on the roster with Virgin Atlantic is this one from JFK to Singapore, which comes in at upwards of a whopping $21,000 round-trip!
6. New York to Singapore with Swiss Air for $22,265 round trip
We found this heart-stopping $22,000 ticket for travel between the two metropolises in late July, including a stopover in the Swiss Air hub of Zurich International. Touted by the airline as “your home above the clouds,” the first class offering from the flagship carrier is nothing short of regal, with a culinary selection fielded by Michelin-starred chef Dominique Gauthier, bespoke toiletry packs from leading international brands and full-length mattress beds. No wonder they keep winning awards!
5. Hong Kong to New York with Cathay Pacific for $26,572 round trip
Aboard Cathay Pacific’s Boeing 777-300ER on the 14-hour connection from Hong Kong to New York’s JFK, jet set passengers are treated to an award-winning first class service that makes use of a unique 1-1-1 orientation in three rows. This roomy cabin layout means guests are free to enjoy their wide berth beds and flat screen TVs in peace, as the cabin crew serve the carrier’s trademark array of Hong Kong dishes, a wide selection of international wines and caviar breakfasts. All that for just $26,572!
4. New York to Beijing with Korean Air, for upwards of $27,000
If Korean Air’s trademark First Class Kosmo Sleeper Seats sound high-tech and fancy, that’s because they are! Boasting 100% reclining abilities controlled by one-touch pads and partitioning that encloses passengers in a timber-panelled enclave of real luxury, they are among the most coveted in the skies. What’s more the Mercury Award-winning in-flight food service comes complete with oriental dishes to die for, not to mention a wealth of well-known worldly wine labels. Round-trip tickets on the route from New York’s JFK to Beijing will cost anything upwards of $27,000.
San Francisco to Abu Dhabi with Etihad Airways for $28,090 round trip
Travelers making their way to the oil-rich capital of the UAE would do well to prepare themselves for the famed luxury of the city’s new palatial hotels. And what better way than with a first-class ticket into town with the nation’s flagship carrier Etihad Airways, who offer up their partitioned suites complete with 23-inch cinema screens, private mini bars, Middle Eastern infused al a carte menus and upholstered leather furnishings to boot. The catch? It may just cost you $29,000 round-trip!
2. Los Angeles to Dubai with Emirates for upwards of $30,000
It’s perhaps no wonder that this 16-hour direct connection from LAX to Dubai hits the higher rungs of this list, what with all the fashionistas, A-listers, VIP businessmen and Hollywood locals that no doubt make the trip regularly. That said, there’s no question that Emirates’ first class offering is good, in fact it’s nothing short of legendary — with most A380s, A340-500s and 777s now coming complete with fully partitioned private suites, individual mini bars, flat laying mattress beds, vanity tables and even on-flight spa facilities!
1. New York to Hong Kong with Lufthansa for $43,535 round trip
So, what does $43,000 get you in the skies these days? Well, Germany’s flagship carrier thinks their on-ground personal assistants, standalone seat and bed setup, in-flight air humidifiers, bespoke toiletry kits, Markus Del Monego-selected wine list and Michelin-starred culinary offering hits the mark, and with their five-star Skytrax rating and a place in 2014’s top 10 worldwide carrier table, they may just be right. You can expect to pay for the luxury of finding out, though!
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BA passengers held hostage by Saddam Hussain prepare to sue
British Airways Flight 149, which was due to stop at Kuwait International Airport on August 2, 1990, had both its passengers and crew held captive by Iraqi forces. While the plane was in the air, Saddam Hussein’s forces invaded Kuwait, and the passengers were held for up to five months while being used as “human shields” against Western attacks during the Gulf War.
Now, those captives claim that although British Airways and the British government were aware that the invasion had already started, they still permitted the plane to land in Kuwait because the government wanted a black operations group of former special forces and security services to be there.
The revelations followed years of study by New Zealand journalist Stephen Davis and the National Archives release of supporting documentation. The victims’ legal team said in a statement that they are taking steps to ensure that the whole truth is revealed, those accountable are held liable, and just compensation is given.
According to attorneys for the claimants, “evidence exists” that the jet was permitted to land because it was being used to transport a team to Kuwait “for a special military operation.” This claim was never accepted by the government.
An official from the administration claimed that the country “always condemned the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait, the suffering that ensued, and the mistreatment of those aboard BA149.” The Iraqi government at the time bears sole responsibility for the occurrence of these events and the treatment of those passengers and crew.
BA said: “Our thoughts go out to all those who were affected by this tragic act of violence just over 30 years ago and who had to go through an extremely horrifying ordeal. “British Airways was not warned about the invasion, according to UK government records released in 2021.”
Air France-KLM and Etihad Airways expand partnership to enhance commercial and operational collaboration
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Air France-KLM Group and Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aiming at enhancing their collaboration opportunities across passenger operations, loyalty programs, talent development, and maintenance.
The signing ceremony took place at the Air France-KLM Group’s headquarters in Paris, France in the presence of Angus Clarke, Chief Commercial Officer, Air France-KLM, and Arik De, Chief Revenue Officer, Etihad Airways.
Through this partnership, and subject to any necessary regulatory approvals, Air France-KLM and Etihad contemplate expanding their codeshare and interline agreements initiated in 2012. As a first step, more than 40 new routes covering destinations across Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and Australia have been made available for booking as of today, for travel as early as the winter 2023 season.
The MoU also proposes the ability for frequent flyers of both Flying Blue and Etihad Guest to earn and redeem miles with Air France, KLM, and Etihad. The airlines will also explore terminal co-location, reciprocal lounge access, and ground handling, among other initiatives.
Etihad currently operates daily flights to both Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Amsterdam Schiphol from Abu Dhabi International Airport.
Air France will start operating daily flights between Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Abu Dhabi International Airport from October 29, 2023.
India puts Russian K-36 ejection seat in Tejas to bar UK impact
India upgraded its “Tejas” fighter, using Russian technology, to avoid British restrictions. The Russian-designed K-36 seats will replace the Martin Baker ejection seats in the Indian fighter plane in order to get over the British restriction on sales to Argentina.
A crucial diplomatic meeting between Brig. Gen. Xavier Isaac, the head of the Argentine Air Force, and Dinesh Bhatia, the Indian ambassador to Argentina, took place on August 30. Their talk was primarily centered on the possibilities for bilateral relations between the two countries to grow, particularly in light of Argentina’s probable purchase of TEJAS combat planes and helicopters.
The prospect of Argentina acquiring these military equipment shows a substantial strengthening of their strategic alliance. Both the MiG series and Sukhoi Su-30MKI fighter jets prominently incorporate the Zvezda K-36 seat, which has a long history of military aviation innovation. The Zvezda K-36D, the seat’s original design, was created in the late 1960s with the express intention of safeguarding MiG-25 Foxbat pilots. This aircraft, which gained fame for its rare Mach 3 speed and capability for stratospheric flights, was the pinnacle of famed Soviet aviation designer Mikhail Gurevich.
“The Argentinians have received a firm proposition. The process to replace the British components has already begun, a HAL official reportedly stated.
In a strategic move, the United Kingdom has intervened to prevent Argentina from acquiring fighter jets to strengthen its military. Argentina’s procurement process has been seriously hampered by the UK’s imposition of embargoes on aircraft parts made within its borders. In addition, the UK put diplomatic pressure on Spain, forcing it to drop out of a deal to give Argentina excess Mirage-F1M fighter fighters.
The Russian K-36 seats will be placed in place of the Martin-Baker ejection seats in order to prevent the TEJAS agreement from succumbing to British strong-arm tactics. The HAL representative said, “We already have the seats available.” K-36 ejection seats are already in the possession of the HAL, which is working on the Sukhoi Su-30MKI under licence.
The K-36 ejection seat is a remarkable piece of engineering that has saved the lives of countless military pilots and aircrew members over the years. Developed by the Soviet Union during the Cold War era, the K-36 ejection seat is known for its reliability and effectiveness in rapidly ejecting pilots from a stricken aircraft in emergency situations. It has been widely used in various military aircraft, particularly in Soviet and Russian aircraft, and has gained a reputation for its robust design and high survival rate for occupants.
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