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Want to take a shower 40,000ft high? Welcome aboard!

Last updated on: August 16, 2013 14:37 IST

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With the aviation sector witnessing signs of recovery and the number of wealthy rising, some airlines are laying out the red carpet to woo travellers.

Let's take a look at the perks being offered by airlines.

Source: CNBC

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Image: Models of planes at the 'Miniature Wunderland' exhibition in Hamburg, Germany.
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Inflight shower

Dubai-based Emirates, which began operations in 1985 and now flies 3,000 flights to 130 cities in 77 countries, not only offers first-class passengers the facility to shower midflight, but also an attendant. The drawbacks are that travellers need to book the shower spa and they cannot stay inside more than five minutes.

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Image: Bathroom with a shower stall for first-class passengers inside Emirates's Airbus A380.
Photographs: Chip East/Reuters
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Grooming facility

The United Kingdom-based Virgin Atlantic, which began operations in 1984 and now carries 5.4 million passengers to 34 destinations around the world, offers free or discounted shave, back massage, haircuts and styling to business- and first-class passengers at selected airports.

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Image: Virgin Atlantic aircraft preparesto land at Heathrow Airport in London.
Photographs: Luke MacGregor/Reuters

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Luxurious bed

Airlines, such as Singapore, Lufthansa, Emirates and Japan Airlines, are offering actual beds with Givenchy linens and ultra-comfortable mattresses to their premium passengers.

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Image: A journalist inspects a double bed in first-class suite.
Photographs: Vivek Prakash/Reuters

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Personal chef

Want airline food to be prepared as per your taste? Don't worry. Etihad Airways of Abu Dhabi and Austrian Airlines provide personal chefs on first-class cabins. On some carriers, such as American Airlines, Singapore Airlines and Malaysia Airlines, passengers can order special meals before departure.

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Image: A model of an Etihad airline plane is displayed during the opening of the Arabian Travel Market show in Dubai.
Photographs: Ahmed Jadallah/Reuters

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Personal minibar

Don't want to lift your finger and call the flight attendant? No problem. Emirates and Etihad provide premium passengers their own minibars filled with snacks and drinks.

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Image: A flight attendant poses behind a bar in the business-class section of Emirates's Airbus A380.
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Chauffeur-driven cars

Some carriers, such as Virgin Atlantic, Lufthansa and Emirates, provide free pick-up and drop-off services to their premium passengers.


Image: Lufthansa planes stand on the tarmac at Munich's international airport in Germany.
Photographs: Michael Dalder/Reuters

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