New Space X first class suites built for high-flying couples...

By Chris Chamberlin , January 3 2017
New Space X first class suites built for high-flying couples...

First class has already evolved from plush seats to private suites and even a three-room Residence, so what's next..?

How about a 'super suite' which goes from being your lounge room above the clouds to a meeting room, restaurant-style dining room and even a double bed so you can snooze with your partner or stretch out in style?

This is the 'Space X' first class concept from Jamco and  Japanese designer Satoshi Wada, the same team behind the Space X business class seat (below).

Read: Can the radical 'Space X' business class make the middle seat desirable?

And like its business class sibling, the Space X first class suite is based on a modular and flexible design.

Wada says his focus in the Space X cabins is not just about making a seat but creating unique 'spaces' where passengers can eat, sleep, work and relax... with those spaces changing during the flight to suite different stages of the trip.

Jamco's proposed layout allows for three twin-suites per row, which airlines could sell as single rooms or double rooms, similar to the hotel industry.

Flying solo? You've got plenty of room to yourself.

High-flying couples can share the same suite, which can be reconfigured by sliding the wall panels and table on rails to turn the space into a sitting room, a double bed or a dining room.

Jamco has mapped out a number of possible suite designs...

... which can incorporate adjacent suites...

... to become a larger four-person dinging room...

... or, perhaps in the case of two unoccupied suites, a casual and inviting lounge area where first class flyers can socialise.

Each suite is fitted with a 40 inch ultra-HD 4K screen...

... with programmable LED lighting overhead, which once again changes to suit each part of the journey and suite configuration. 

Other advanced flourishes include directional speakers, wireless charging for smartphones and tablets, plus a wall-mounted humidifier to keep the suite feeling fresh and comfortable.

Jamco aims to have its Space X suites ready to fly by mid-2018.

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Chris Chamberlin

Chris Chamberlin is the Associate Editor of Executive Traveller, and lives by the motto that a journey of a thousand miles begins not just with a single step, but also a strong latte, a theatre ticket, and later in the day, a good gin and tonic.

I'm thinking a version of this could become Cathay Pacific's new First Class. 3-abreast layout is maintained, privacy is improved, would be perfect for business meetings in the sky (two suites could become a four-person boardroom), plus capacity could flexibly range from 6 to 12 depending on who purchases the tickets.

Downside to that would be awkward sleeping arrangements if two businesspeople who weren't "together" were buying one ticket on such a route.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

29 Mar 2015

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just think - some pillow time with the boss!!

But seriously, I think this the next leap forward in premium flight.  Hope I live to see it rolled out.

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

08 Jun 2014

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But what if I don't want to watch what she's watching? Maybe I want my own seat! 

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

25 Jan 2013

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How many companies would spend $14,000 per person, (average long haul first class fare according to Flight Center), so four people can have a meeting in the sky?


I'm not saying it wouldn't happen, it just seems that in this economy more bosses would go with the. let's Skype or meet up when we land option and save a few $1,000.  


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