Airlines Currently Offering First Class

With the current situation in the aviation sector, some airlines have withdrawn their first class. Below is a list with airlines that are still offering first class in 2020.

Airlines offering first class

European airlines still offering first class

  • Air France – La Première class
  • British Airways First class
  • Lufthansa First class
  • Swiss First Class


Asian airlines still offering first class

  • Air China Forbidden Pavilion First Class
  • Air India Maharaja First Class
  • ANA First Class
  • Bamboo Airways First Class
  • Cathay Pacific First class
  • China Eastern First Class
  • China Southern First class
  • Garuda Indonesia First Class
  • Japan Airlines Jal Suite
  • Korean Air Kosmo Suite
  • Shanghai Airlines First Class
  • Singapore Airlines Suite Class
  • Thai Airways Royal First
  • XiamenAir First Class


Middle Eastern airlines still offering first class

  • Emirates FIrst Class
  • Etihad Airways Diamond First Class
  • Kuwait Airways First Class
  • Oman Air First Class
  • Qatar Airways First Class
  • Saudia First Class


Airlines from the rest of the world still offering First class

  • American Airlines Flagship First
  • Qantas First Class
  • TAAG Angola Airlines first class


Some airlines will retire their first class

While some airlines are still offering first class on a few planes for now, some of these airlines already announced that they will suspend their first class in the future or that they will not continue to operate their first class fleet until the general demand in aviation will increase again.


Is first class that much better than business class?

Let's have a look on what you are getting out of first class over business class. On some airlines the product is much better, while on others the improvements are minor.

Two airlines are probably standing out here:

Etihad and Emirates, they are offering a lot more privacy and a lot more space over business class with their apartments and suites. The service on these airlines seems to be outstanding as well.

However, on most airlines, you will get some more privacy and a seat which is a bit bigger, but the difference is negligible compared to the price you have to pay more.



It can be seen that for now, most airlines offering first class reside in Asia. In Europe, only a hand full of carriers are still offering first class in the future, in North America only American Airlines is offering first class.

On many carriers first class is not better as their new business class seats, like Qatar Airways and their Qsuite or British Airways and their Club World Suite.

It seems that in the future, airlines will more and more concentrate on offering a supreme business class product rather than an additional first class product, as demand for First Class is declining rapidly.

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