The Business class cabins have undergone a dramatic change in the past two decades. The have grown by leaps and bounds taking style and luxury and service to another level. The first class unfortunately has not been able to keep up with this mercurial level of change.
With each airline trying to outdo the other the beneficiaries are the travellers, who have a host of airlines to choose from and each better than the other.
British Airways seem to have started the trend by introducing absolutely flat beds in their business class cabins. Today this has become a bare minimum to offer.
When the airlines are being considered for awards there are minute details and tiny nuances that are taken into consideration before awarding the airline a title of being the best.
The size of the seats, the space in the aisles, the layout of the cabin, the privacy offered to each passenger, the quality of components used, the service, food and a list of criteria on which the decision is based. Even the positioning of the seats is taken into account, where if you have to hop over a fellow passenger to get out of your seat it is taken as a negative whilst rating.
The five top business class cabins according to Skift take are Singapore, Japan Airlines, Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways and Virgin Atlantic tying for the fourth place.Singapore Airlines is synonymous with luxury and with its 30 inch seats, flat beds, pre ordered gourmet meals specially prepared for you and the 15.4 inch wide LCD screen it is currently wearing the crown for the best business class in the skies. Japan Airlines comes a close second with its super spacious seats and its 2-3-2 configuration that gives everyone access to the aisle. Offering complete privacy and 23 inch LCD monitors they are a loved airline. Etihad Airways has seats that when converted into flat beds measure up to 80.5 inches in length. Each seat can be customized to adjust the firmness and lighting and it comes with an in seat massage. Their business class lounges are at another level and they offer door to door chauffeur service in almost 30 cities around the world. Qatar Airways have an air mobile service that keeps you connected to your friends and family on the ground. Technically advanced they have laptop power and a USB plug. The 787s are outfitted with Wi-Fi too. You have to fly Qatar to get your hands on the designer sleepwear and to experience the Italian Frette linen. Virgin Atlantic, tied with Qatar. Virgin too offers a limousine pick up to the airport. The seats convert to 33 inch wide and 78 inch long beds. In seat power and laptop storage enable fliers to complete work. They have one of the best lounges in the world and the Revivals lounge at Heathrow airport offers showers and spa treatments post your flight.
From Michelin star chefs creating your meals, to fresh flowers and chandeliers, to a seating and bar area to socialise, to meals served in porcelain and china ware paired with the best of wines and drinks what more can we ask for?