To attract fliers and keep passengers satisfied, business class airlines continue to add amenities and luxuries that will leave you feeling rested, fed, and happy. What can you expect from a top-notch business class airline? Luxurious cabins, on-board lounges, personal entertainment systems, and, of course, excellent cuisine. Read on to see the top 10 airlines that have separated themselves from the rest.
1. Air New Zealand Business Premier
This New Zealand-based airline provides passengers 22-inch leather armchairs, premium on demand audio and video, as well as self-service beverage areas. “An amenity kit provides passengers with travel basics such as eye cream, lip balm and moisturizer, socks, eyeshades, toothbrush kit, earplugs and a pen,” writes Fox News. There’s also a separate ottoman footrest that doubles as a “visitor’s seat,” making it easy to invite a guest over to chat. The chairs can be reclined to a fully lie-flat position, and complimentary noise cancellation headphones will ensure you get your z’s.
2. Cathay Pacific
Expect quality lounges, great service, and competitive pricing from this Hong Kong-based airline. Even better is the curved design Cathay uses in its cabins, which make it feel like there’s no one near you, says Inside the Travel Lab. If you have a seat in the center, your cupboard door opens ensuring you have as much privacy as you need. Noise canceling headphones come complimentary, and passengers can help themselves to scented spritzers, lotions, and heated towels. The business lounges have multiple work stations, magazines, TVs, and food prepared on site.
3. Singapore Airlines
Spacious seats, a great cabin crew, and excellent food are all amenities you can expect on this business airline. It’s all in the detail with Singapore Airlines — fine china, quality menus, and wine and champagne pairings are all reasons to book a seat. They are, however, ranked as one of the most expensive flights, according to Aviation Writer.
Business suites are “arranged in a 1-2-1 configuration for direct aisle access, with each converting into a fully lie-flat bed, which Thompson’s website lists as 79 inches, with seat width up to 26 inches,” writes the Sydney Morning Herald. This Australian airline has ensured each business suite has a 16-inch screen, plenty of storage space, and has seats that can be reclined during take-off and landing.
5. Virgin Atlantic Airways
Passengers can look forward to a brand new bar and art works onboard on United Kingdom-based Virgin Atlantic. “Perhaps less of a ‘business’ airline, as the airline still only offering mobile phone connectivity on it’s new Upper Class suite planes (read A330′s) and let’s face it, you will be more inclined to prop up the bar than get knee-deep in a spreadsheet on a flight with VS,” writes Aviation Writer. The chair’s also been tweaked to perfection — it’s both spacious and comfortable.
6. Delta Air Lines BusinessElite
Great service starts as soon as you check-in for your flight. There’s accelerated security, priority boarding, and expedited luggage retrieval, writes Fox News. There are multiple movies, TV programs, and in-flight Internet service provided to you through United States-based Delta. Your stomach will also stay satisfied — there are multi-course menus and great wine pairings. After a great meal, drift off with your noise-cancellation headphones and a full-size pillow.
7. Eva Air
This business class has thought of everything, including the mellow tones it’s used in the cabin, which bring calm and hopefully, sleep. Passengers can look forward to other details such as a coat hook, space for shoes, reading material and a seat side-table for drinks, snacks or notebooks. You can expect the latest audio and video technologies, amenity kits (that have everything from lotion to a clothes brush), and high-quality comforters. For the foodies out there, there menus are top-notch and even provide healthy choices for the conscientious eater.
8. Etihad Airways Pearl Business Class
“The national airline of Abu Dhabi boasts all of the luxury amenities that one would expect from the flag carrier of the oil-rich emirate,” For News writes. “The 1-2-1 seating configuration, available on all of the airline’s wide-bodied aircrafts, gives direct aisle access to each guest, while a privacy shell around every flat bed seat ensures uninterrupted rest and relaxation.” There’s also a food and beverage manager available to recommend dining options and wine pairings. Pearl Business Class passengers also receive complimentary door-to-door limo service with a personal chauffeur included.
9. Oman Airways
This airline provides one of the widest and longest seats available for ultimate comfort. Seats on the Oman Airbus A330 are 77.5-inch long, offer electronically controlled backrests, leg rests and seat-depth adjustors. There are great dining options (expect modern, traditional and signature Arabic dishes) and the business cabin is split by galleys, making each mini cabin feel exclusive. Look forward to calm toffee colored tones, says Aviation Writer, which adds to the feeling of elegance this airline provides.
10. Emirates Airlines
Massaging seats, complimentary Champagne and gourmet meals are all part of the Dubai-based Emirates experience, Fox News writes. Five-course lunches and dinners served on china tableware are the norm, and you can end the evening at the onboard lounge for cocktails. There are 1,400 entertainment channels on your personal TV, and in case you don’t want to miss your show, there’s a built-in mini bar by your seat.