1. Air Canada
As if flying business class with Air Canada couldn’t get any better, the airline recently introduced a fully upgraded Boeing 787 Dreamliner to its international fleet. Improvements include a new Executive Pod on international business class flights that lies flat. International Business Class also offers luxury amenity kits, and there is mood lighting on board based on time zones to reduce jet lag.
All Business Class passengers have access to the Maple Leaf Lounge, located at major airports in Canada and in some international cities, where they receive first-class service. Onboard amenities include personal touch-screen TVs with hours of entertainment and menus featuring gourmet foods and premium wines and spirits.
2. Kiwi air
New Zealand may be one of the most geographically isolated countries in the world, but aboard this Kiwi airline, you’ll feel right at home with comfortable 22-inch leather seats, premium audio and video on demand, and convenient self-service restaurants.
A toiletries kit provides passengers with travel essentials such as eye cream, lip balm and moisturizer, socks, eye shadow, a toothbrush, earplugs, and a pen. After a dinner focused on fresh New Zealand produce and regional flavors, recline your seat, put on your complimentary noise-canceling headphones, and relax before the big adventure Down Under!
3. Emirates Airlines
When it comes to high-end first-class travel to Dubai or more than 140 other destinations, Emirates Airlines stands out from the competition. Expect a long flight with fully reclining seats, free champagne, exquisite canapés, and meals.
Forget the plastic tray – five-course lunches and dinners are served on porcelain platters with fine linens. After dinner, you can sip cocktails in the onboard lounge and chat with fellow passengers. However, if you get too engrossed in one of the 2,000 entertainment channels on the widescreen TV, you can always reach for a cold drink from the minibar built into the seat.
4. Etihad Airways
Abu Dhabi’s national airline offers all the luxury amenities you’d expect from the flag carrier of the oil-rich emirate. The 1-2-1 seating configuration on all of the airline’s wide-body aircraft provides direct aisle access for every guest. For unparalleled privacy and comfort, Etihad Business Studios offer special mattresses, adjustable mood lighting, and 18-inch touchscreen TVs.
For dinner, contact the Food and Beverage Manager, who will recommend a selection of dishes and wine. Fortunately, the luxury treatment doesn’t end once the wheels hit the tarmac. Upon arrival, Business Class guests receive the added convenience of complimentary limousine service with a personal driver from door to door.
5. Korean Air
When you travel with Korean Air in Prestige Business Class, an unparalleled flight experience awaits you. On the ground, you receive excellent service: a wide selection of seats, access to the KAL Lounge, exclusive check-in counters, priority boarding, and complimentary use of the showers and sauna at the Grand Hyatt Incheon Hotel. On the plane, you can relax in the Prestige Suite, a private onboard space equipped with a flat-back adjustable seat, an onboard power system for charging technology devices, and direct corridor access.
Other onboard amenities include a wake-up service, luxury amenities, mood lighting, and a premium wine menu. Passengers flying in First Class or Prestige Class aboard the A380 can enjoy the elegant Celestial Bar and meet with colleagues.
6. Oman Air
Oman Air was the first airline in the world to offer both cell phone and Wi-Fi Internet services to its passengers. But the reason this airline made our list is because of the state-of-the-art business class seats on Oman’s Airbus A330s.
These 77.5-inch, low-profile seats offer electronically controlled backrests, leg rests and seat depth adjustment, and the 1-2-1 seats in the cabin give each passenger direct aisle access. As for in-flight entertainment, 17-inch entertainment monitors in the front bulkhead of each seat are fully compatible with personal electronic devices, so passengers can access their collection of movies on their seat screens!
7. Qantas Airways
In Barry Levinson’s 1988 film Rain Man, quirky hero Dustin Hoffman flies alone with Qantas – and for good reason. Not only is the Australian airline invariably cited as one of the safest airlines in the world, as the simple but clever Rain Man notes, but it is also one of the friendliest to passengers.
With an onboard lounge and an extensive dinner menu created in partnership with Rockpool, Australia’s most award-winning restaurant group, Qantas International Business Class takes our favorite land-based luxury to a new level (literally). Cozy up after dinner with an on-demand entertainment system and a quick massage in your fully adjustable, folding “canopy.”
8. Singapore Airlines
Start your Singapore vacation with a flight aboard the luxury national airline of this small Asian city-state. On board, passengers are treated to an eclectic selection of hors d’oeuvres and appetizers, Taittinger Prelude “Grands Crus” champagne, and coffee drinks such as espresso and cappuccino.
With an elegant seasonal menu created by an international group of chefs, including Suzanne Goin, Singapore Airlines’ meal service is one of the best in the air, and gourmet dishes offer passengers a unique onboard experience.
9. Swiss International Air Lines
On board Swiss International Air Lines, old-world hospitality meets design and innovation. Each business class seat is a spacious workstation with an electrical outlet, USB port, movable lamp, and LCD screen that can display content from tablets and smartphones. When it’s time for a nap, the seat transforms into a 78-inch bed with a firmness adjustment and massage function.
Flights from Switzerland offer guests a glimpse into the country’s rich culinary heritage, with a changing menu that celebrates the cuisine of different regions. No matter where you fly from, you can always count on complimentary Swiss chocolate to make your trip more enjoyable.
10. Virgin Atlantic
Virgin Group founder and multi-billionaire Sir Richard Branson want to change the way we look at luxury travel – and if Virgin Atlantic’s chic upper-class cabin is any indication of what he has in mind, we say: Bring it on!
Offering first-class amenities at a business-class price, Upper Class gives guests their suite with a large center table, a multidirectional 10.4-inch TV, and an ottoman/guest chair. Feel like stretching your legs? Head to the onboard bar for a drink and meet up with friends and colleagues.