ORDERING a tipple on board is no longer a matter of simply choosing between wine and champagne.
More airlines are glamming up their onboard bars with snazzy lounges, a range of original cocktails and vested mixologists shaking up icy concoctions.
The onboard airplane bar is playing catch-up with the developments of on-ground bar trends, what with Emirates recently unveiling a new concept for Onboard Lounges on its line of flagship A380s.
In a multi-million-dollar redesign, the Middle Eastern airline revealed its new saloon-style upgrade in a bid to emulate “private yacht cabins”.
The redesign follows customer feedback calling for more space for to mingle and socialize during long-haul flights.
The revamp comes ahead of a new generation of first class suites airline executives have compared with private railway cabins or a private yacht.
Emirates CEO Tim Clark said, “We’re talking fully enclosed rooms, with all the touches and amenities you’d expect in a hotel or a private bedroom on a luxury yacht, room service and so on.”
Understandably, Etihad, one of the plushest airlines in the world, has a sleek, lacquered bar for first class and residence passengers. While there are no mixologists here, there sure are a range of colorful cocktails and finger food to kill those hours on board.
Etihad guests are also allowed to help themselves to the display of liqueurs – a luxury in itself. Bloomberg suggests prospective passengers zero in on the Billecart-Salmon brut rose or a glass of Glenlivet single malt Master Distiller’s Reserve.
Korean Air offers made-to-order cocktails, a futuristic get-up, and a rotating range of canapes and treats, while bars on Virgin Australia and Virgin Atlantic are stylish and dramatic.
With so many airlines raising the bar, don’t be alarmed when fruity craft beers, molecular cocktails and hand-cut Italian ices make their way on board.
We suppose that’s one way to deal with the laptop ban.