Heading abroad on an important business trip soon, or want to kick off your holiday in style? By booking business class with some of the world’s leading airlines, you will be able to arrive more relaxed and refreshed than if you subjected yourself to the rigours of cattle class.
In this article, we will discuss airlines that have made it their personal mission to restore the glamour for which air travel was once famous.
1) Singapore Airlines
With a lengthy history of finishing at or near the top of lists detailing the world’s best business class airlines, it should come as no surprise that Singapore Airlines makes ours.
From fully-stocked buffets in its executive lounges, to lie-flat beds that come with fresh linens, duvets, and fluffy pillows, this award-winning carrier keeps finding ways to stand out from its competitors.
Adding to these advantages is its famed Krisworld Entertainment System, which offers those on business class flights access to over 1,000 movies, TV shows, songs, and games.
Paired with noise-cancelling headphones, you can easily block outside distractions while consuming your favorite types of media in peace.
2) Etihad Airways
Airlines in the Middle East have also led the way in improving business class offerings in recent decades, as the burgeoning oil wealth and other development activities in the region has led to fierce competition between carriers. In this fight, Etihad has emerged as one of the leaders in the region when it comes to offering bespoke business class experiences.
It starts on the ground, with chauffeurs assigned to transport passengers from their hotel directly to a dedicated check-in counter.
In the air, Etihad has done much to redefine what it means to fly business class, as they have gone beyond lie-flat seats and expanded entertainment options to offer an in-flight lounge where business and first-class passengers can enjoy drinks, connect, and watch sports at 40,000 feet.
Not to be outdone by its rival in Abu Dhabi, Dubai-based Emirates also stands out when it comes to offering business class passengers a world-class experience.
Like any other successful airline, it all starts with the seat. To this end, designers have overhauled their old offering to create a set that resembles those found in expensive sports cars.
Made with fine leather and sporting an ergonomic headrest, your time spent wide awake en route will almost be as comfortable as time spent sleeping in its lie-flat configuration.
If you are looking for a refreshing drink before nodding off, your seat contains a mini-bar stocked with soft drinks, sparkling water, and other options, making it quick and convenient to soothe your parched throat.
Those wanting something stiffer will want to head to the onboard lounge, where well-trained bartenders will be able to make your favourite cocktail. Those interested in this might also appreciate some of the best rooftop bars in the world.
4) Cathay Pacific
Based out of Hong Kong, Cathay Pacific has long been a preferred airline for business travelers heading to destinations in the Far East.
With seats and lie-flat beds that allow for fine adjustments with the touch of a button, to dining options that are sourced from local and sustainable operations, these and other continuous improvements have preserved this airline’s status as one of the best in the world.
Also worth noting: Cathay’s business class seats are in a reverse herringbone configuration, allowing for aisle access for the vast majority of passengers, which makes it easy to answer nature’s call without disturbing others.