Mar 01, 2019

5 Airlines With Stunning Business Class Accommodations

Airlines are discovering that it pays to be good to business travelers. According to Investopedia, business travelers account for just 12 percent of all passengers. However, their fondness for high-quality amenities and services makes them twice as profitable as leisure travelers. On many flights, business travelers represent around 75 percent of the profits. As a result, airlines are rolling out redesigned cabins with more legroom, greater privacy, and improved functionality in business class. The food is superb. The amenity kits are classy. Even better, the fares are not nearly as high as you’d pay for a similar experience in first class.


  • Gulf Air’s new business class on Boeing 787 Dreamliners exudes warmth, luxury, and privilege. The improved cabin design has high ceilings and unusually large windows. It is furnished with rich textures in gray, brown, and bronze.

    The new branding is a sculptured falcon wing in rose gold. The emblem is not only striking; it was designed to create a dappling effect on privacy panels when it catches the light. The result is a sense of coziness and intimacy. The décor could best be described as elegant and understated rather than opulent.

    All the wide private suites face forward. Divider panels may be lowered if you’re flying with a companion. The seats are extraordinarily comfortable. Soft brown leather covers the armrest, headrest, and flip-down footrest.

    Sleeping in Gulf Air business class is a real treat. The state-of-the-art seats, which have a built-in massage feature, fold out flat to accommodate even tall travelers. The airline furnishes pajamas, slippers, and sleep masks.

    Gulf Air also gets high marks for these features:

    • Award-winning sky chefs
    • Special meals for babies and travelers with dietary restrictions
    • Nanny services
    • A wide selection of entertainment

  • Polaris’ innovative staggered pod configuration provides ultimate privacy and aisle access from every seat. There are some nice personal touches in these unique pods:

    • Storage cabinets
    • Ample storage space beneath the footrest
    • Side tables
    • Lamps
    • The ability to leave your seat while your meal or beverage is still on the tray

    You’ll appreciate the high degree of privacy. Motorized partitions between the seats may be raised or lowered, so whether you engage with your seatmate is entirely up to you. In odd-numbered seats, other passengers are out of view unless you’re walking down the aisle or leaning forward.

    All seats lie flat to a length of 6.5 feet. Take advantage of Saks Fifth Avenue bedding, mattress covers, gel pillows, pajamas, and slippers on long-haul flights. Other perks to flying Polaris include airport lounge access, mood lighting, and sparkling wine and chocolate before takeoff. You can even enjoy a wine tasting during your flight.

  • Qatar has made air travel more customizable than ever with its patented, state-of-the-art QSuite. You and up to three traveling companions can configure your space using adjustable privacy panels and movable TV monitors. You’re free to work, socialize, eat, and drink together if you choose.

    QSuites boast luxurious seats with hand-stitched Italian leather and rose gold trimming. The generous work surface can accommodate both a laptop and a meal. There are more than 4,000 entertainment options and a dual-screen interface for multitasking. Best of all, QSuites have the sky’s first double beds.

    If you could use a little pampering, you’ve come to the right airline:

    • Ergonomic seat design
    • On-demand, à la carte cuisine
    • Spacious restrooms with fresh flowers
    • 100 percent cotton pajamas and slippers

    With all these exquisite features, it’s no wonder that Qatar has won Skytrax’s Airline of the Year award numerous times.

  • Not surprisingly, Singapore Airlines is another of Skytrax’s favorites. It is known for exceptional design and stellar customer service.

    Its new Airbus 380 business class features leather seats that recline flat when the sculpted wings are removed. Personal dividers on the center seats may be adjusted to one of three privacy levels. There are multiple storage compartments, a magazine rack, and a vanity mirror within reach. You can brighten, dim, or redirect your reading lamps. The high-definition touchscreen measures 18 inches, and you can save your entertainment preferences for future trips.

    Meals are served on Narumi fine porcelain, and there’s a global selection of fine wines. You can choose a multicourse meal or make arrangements in advance on the website by selecting the Book the Cook option.

    If you have time to kill, Singapore Airlines’ lounges around the world make the wait a lot more comfortable, thanks to the following features:

    • Extensive buffets
    • Full bars
    • Coffee stations
    • Private pods for working
    • Shower suites
    • Nursing rooms

  • Etihad focuses on spaciousness and functionality. In its redesigned business class, there’s noticeably more room to work or relax than before.

    Forward- and rear-facing seats alternate by row, but all provide ample legroom and direct access to the aisle. The adjustable headrest and footrest were designed with lumbar support in mind. That makes all the difference on long flights. You’ll especially appreciate the concealed storage spaces for personal belongings. There are also two large bare surfaces, so feel free to work on your laptop while savoring a meze plate. Seats recline to 78 inches for sleeping, and Etihad furnishes full-size pillows and comforters.

    One of the most distinctive features of Etihad’s new Business Studio is a space called the lobby. Etihad has recreated an intimate hotel-lobby vibe on the upper decks of the A380 Airbuses. The spaces seat up to six guests for snacks, drinks, or televised sporting events.

    In addition to the above features, there’s much more to like on Etihad, including:

    • In-seat massage function
    • Ambiance lighting
    • Traditional Emirati and Western menu option
    • Luxurious airport lounges

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