One of the last things that comes to mind when thinking about airline travel is design — especially good design. So you might be pleasantly surprised to learn that some airlines have really stepped up their game. From stylish new uniforms by top fashion designers to cozy cabin linens and luxury lounges, find out how even the most discerning passenger can feel at home 30,000 feet above ground.
Great style starts on the runway but
Turkish Airlines‘ new uniforms are ready for take-off. The sleek new suits, designed by Milan-based haute couturier Ettore Bilotta, combine elegant shapes and colors inspired by the airline’s dramatic home city, Istanbul. Once in flight, these stylish uniforms help compliment the elevated experience, such as an on-board chef and candlelit dinners. The launch coincides with the opening of the airline’s new home, Istanbul Airport, which will be the world’s largest international aviation hub.
Photographer: Courtesy of Turkish Airlines
Sleeping amongst the clouds should feel heavenly, but most would agree that their best zzz’s don’t happen on an airplane.
American Airlines is determined to change that. They worked with Casper to develop smarter on-board sleep products that include a mattress pad, duvet, pillow, day blanket, lumbar pillow, pyjamas and even slippers. Casper engineers studied the airplane environment and applied their expertise in sleep science to adapt these products specifically for comfort at all altitudes.
Photographer: Courtesy of American Airlines
Legendary Finnish textile and housewares company
Marimekko have been an integral part of the Finnair experience since 2012. Passengers are welcomed on board with a splash of the brand’s bold and iconic patterns, which come to life in the form of tableware, blankets and amenity kits. Customers can enjoy these Nordic design details, making their in-flight experience feel more customized and personal.
Photographer: Courtesy of Finnair
Legendary Asian carrier
Cathay Pacific has always been known for their outstanding service, but for those who can’t quite swallow the cost of a first- or business-class ticket, there is now a solution: premium economy. Offering many of the business class perks but at a fraction of the cost, the experience includes a dedicated check-in counter, welcome drinks, a larger seat with a fully integrated leg rest, premium meals and drinks, amenity kits and, of course, more personalized service.
Photographer: Courtesy of Cathay Pacific
Lufthansa’s first class lounge in Frankfurt, Germany, will have you loving a long layover. Designed by architectural firm Hollin + Radoske, this exclusive lounge is so large, it has its very own building! Surrounded by marble and oak details, passengers can choose from an array of luxury amenities such as daybeds, spa-like shower facilities with soaker tubs, and an award-winning dining area. Did we mention that once your flight is ready for boarding, you are driven to the aircraft via Mercedes or Porsche? Bon voyage!
Photographer: Courtesy of Lufthansa