For frequent flyers and luxury travelers, 2024 promises to be a year of exciting innovations in premium cabins. Airlines are unveiling new designs that focus on increased comfort, privacy, and personalization, taking the in-flight experience to new heights. Here’s a look at some of the ones that caught our attention.

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Premium Cabins Taking Flight: What to Expect in 2024

1. Cathay Pacific Aria Suites

Cathay Pacific is set to introduce the Aria Suites, a new business class seat for its Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. These suites will feature a golden-brown color scheme, wood-like surfaces, a folding tray for storage, wireless charging, and a 4K IFE screen. The launch is expected in the second quarter of 2024​​.

Cathay Pacific will launch their new Aira Suite cabin in 2024.

2. Lufthansa Allegris

Lufthansa’s Allegris takes center stage. The highly anticipated Allegris cabins, encompassing both business class and a first-class option with the “Swiss Senses” branding, offer a complete revamp for Lufthansa. Passengers can expect spacious seats with direct aisle access, industry-leading privacy features like fully closing doors in business class, and larger entertainment screens. The Allegris premium economy boasts increased legroom, thoughtfully designed reclining seats, and thoughtful amenities.

Read more on Lufthansa Allegris and how to book it with points here.

Lufthansa will launch their new Allegris cabin in 2024.

3. American Airlines Flagship Suites

American Airlines is enhancing its long-haul fleet with the introduction of Flagship Suite seats and a new Premium Economy class. The Flagship Suite seats will offer a private premium experience with more personal space and lie-flat seating options. These enhancements will be featured on new Boeing 787-9 aircraft and retrofitted Airbus A321XLRs, with the roll-out beginning in 2024.

Read more on American’s new onboard experience here.

American Airlines will launch their new Flaghip Suites in 2024.

4. Air New Zealand’s New Business Premier Class

Air New Zealand’s Dreamliner Gets a Sky Upgrade. The innovative airline known for its quirky safety videos is introducing the revolutionary Skynest bunk system on its new Boeing 787-9 fleet. Imagine compact, pod-like capsules designed for napping or relaxation during long journeys. While details on pricing and availability are still emerging, the Skynest promises a unique way to stretch out and recharge on extended flights.

Air New Zealand will launch their new Premier Business Class cabin in 2024.

5. Japan Airlines

JAL doubles down on comfort. Both Business Class and Premium Economy on Japan Airlines’ new offerings will focus on enhanced comfort. Expect wider seats with improved ergonomics in business class, while premium economy boasts extra legroom and personal amenities designed for relaxation.

In particular, look for flights operated by the A350-1000, which have the new Flagship Business Class. Check our review in Premium Economy here.

Recently launched Flagship Business Class on JAL's A350-100 .

6. Emirates and Etihad

Emirates and Etihad Airways are also joining the fray, with Emirates planning to retrofit its Boeing 777-300ERs to include new business class cabins, and Etihad expected to debut its new Business Class seats on the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners.

Etihad will debut it's new Business Class on the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.

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