With most of the world grounded for the past year, but with restrictions now being lifted slowly but surely, an expected surge in Business Class travel is on the cards. Travellers are planning vacations abroad in their numbers with style & comfort at the fore. BusinessClass.com looks at a five of the finest airline offerings:
Singapore Airlines - Business Class
The Singaporean flag carrier is often lauded as one of the best airlines in the world. What really sets the carrier apart from others is the attention to detail and the polished service provided by its extremely well-trained cabin crew. One of the highlights of Singapore Airlines is the in-flight dining experience, and in particular the option to pre-order your main course using the Book The Cook service. A wide range of cuisines are available including Western, Singaporean, Malay, Indian and Thai - as well as a special range of healthy dishes. BusinessClass.com recommends a delightful Singaporean meal – starting with a delicious satay and then indulging in traditional Hainanese chicken rice or a rich bowl of laksa – washed down with a splash of Laurent-Perrier La Cuvée Brut Champagne.
Austrian Airlines - Business Class
When it comes to long haul routes, the Vienna-based flag carrier has the smallest footprint in the Lufthansa Group - and the Austrian Airlines Business Class cabin offering is nothing out of the ordinary. However, Austrian does play the role of the “little sister” extremely well, and deserves credit for its fantastic cuisine - provided by high-end caterer Do & Co, the charming cabin crews and the coffee service which is phenomenal. Inspired by the traditional Viennese coffee house culture, Austrian provides coffee above and beyond what passengers could expect in the air. A special menu includes exotic names such as Einspänner, Fisker and Franziskaner. A BusinessClass.com favourite is the Wiener Eiskaffee: a double espresso served with vanilla ice cream and freshly whipped cream, served in a tall glass.
Qatar Airways - QSuites
The regular Qatar Airways Business Class is phenomenal but there is no denying that flights featuring QSuites are a notch above the rest in terms of overall inflight experience. Privacy and space may be the two most exclusive features of any Business Class seat, and QSuites certainly sets the bar. Qatar Airways launched QSuites in 2017, and now offers them on many of its Boeing 777 and Airbus A350 aircraft. The exclusive feeling of being able to close the door to your own private cocoon coupled with the usual attention to detail and premium finishes sets QSuites apart. Add the flawless service, cuisine, beverages and amenities of Qatar Airways, and you have the perfect recipe for a perfect flight.
United - Polaris
The roll-out of Polaris on Chicago-based United Airlines has taken many years, but is now a highly acclaimed product. Branded as "Polaris" - the Business Class cabin looks stunning, the seats are comfortable and the premium bedding is provided by New York retailer Saks Fifth Avenue. The cuisine is arguably the finest on any American carrier – delivered by the Trotter Project, set up in honour of one of the country’s finest chefs – the late Charlie Trotter. There is also something incredibly decadent about enjoying a customised ice cream sundae with all your favourite toppings - while cruising at 30,000 feet – sipping Champagne.
Finally, but a BusinessClass.com favourite of airlines based in Europe:
SAS - Business Class
Scandi-cool has taken the world by storm and proven once and for all that Scandinavia is much more than IKEA and Volvo. From furniture and fashion, and Nordic Noir crime dramas to successful songwriters, Scandi-Cool is influencing how the world lives - often without the hoi polloi even knowing it. Scandinavian airline SAS has spent decades flying passengers to, from and within the region, but also showcasing homegrown Scandi-brands. It focuses on working with local suppliers, ranging from the amenity kits designed by Filippa K, bedding from Hästens – both from Sweden and the iconic cutlery as designed by Denmark’s Georg Jensen. The beverage offering is also truly Scandi, including craft beer from Danish micro brewery Mikeller, whisky from Mackmyra of Sweden and gin from Norwegian distillery Harahorn.
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