CNN looks at best airlines for business
When it comes to flying in the most luxurious fashion, business class is the new first class, according to Philippe Kjellgren, cofounder and chief executive of Hotel Insider.
It is for this reason that news provider CNN decided it was necessary to examine the top flights when it comes to flying business, with perks such as ample legroom, innovative seating and a solid Champagne and wine selection proving essential in scoring points.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, Singapore Airlines came out on top. The transportation provider receives a lot of praise for its planes, which are luxurious even when compared to five-star hotels, and recently announced the installation of even wider seats and bigger screens in all classes.
It is the impressive legroom that helps it come top, with SeatGuru proclaiming these to be the widest seats in the world on board an aircraft, while a 1-2-1 layout in business class gives every passenger access to the aisle.
“Singapore’s business class is better than first class on most other airlines,” Mr Kjellgren noted. “You get an almost queen-size bed, turndown service and proper linens. If they can do it, why can’t everyone else?”
Coming in second was Oman Air, a flagship airline out of the Middle East that has won acclaim for its exemplary service. Upon arrival, business class passengers can expect a bowl of Arab dates and coffee, as well as a plethora of Champagne and wine options.
Qatar Airways rounds out the top three, with its business class service being the first to offer passengers dual-screen interfaces and rose Champagne. Forget about processed plastic-like airline food, too – this in-flight menu has been designed by star chef Nobu Matsuhisa.
Just missing out on a top three spot was the UK favourite British Airways, followed by close competitors Etihad Airways, Swiss International, Virgin Atlantic, Cathay Pacific, Qantas and Emirates.