Airlines are currently competing for business class passengers, particularly when it comes to creating offers on international flights, while continuing to phase out first class cabins.
As a result, carriers are taking considerable care to ensure that their business class offerings are as opulent and comfortable as possible. After all, you’re unlikely to be happy if you don’t feel well rested when you reach your destination.
The seat is a key component in the transition from economy to business class. You have a seat in economy, but you have a bed in business. But the meal, amenity kit, and lounge access can also affect how you feel overall.
Business Class Cabins ranking factors
Taking the above into account, the following factors were taken into consideration when compiling this list:
- Seat dimensions, seat pitch (the distance between two seats), comfort, amenities, inflight entertainment, cabin layout, etc.)
- Soft goods (such as food and drink, an amenity package, attentive service, etc.)
- Ground experience and a lounge
- Pricing and accessibility of awards
So, has all this talk of luxury got you interested in booking a flight in Business Class? Here’s 10 of the most luxurious Business Class cabins currently on offer across the globe in 2022.
QSuite by Qatar Airways
Qatar Airways QSuites manages to meet every requirement for a fantastic business class product – and then some. The QSuites are the finest in the market when it comes to family travel, in addition to being an excellent business class offering for solitary passengers.
With QSuites, you’ll be offered amazing accommodation, including luxurious bedding and amenities. You will also be provided with a fully flat seat with direct aisle access, delectable cuisine, and unmatched service. When in bed mode, your seat will be 21.5 inches broad by 79 inches long.
Another interesting detail is that the QSuites have a provision to convert the middle into a four-person cabin if you’re traveling as a group.
QSuite by Qatar Airways. Image by EGRoy / Shutterstock.com
A380 Business Class by Singapore Airlines
An enhanced version of the business class on A380 feature double beds, similar to those in Qatar Airways QSuites.
You can also anticipate significant technological advancements with this new business class offering, including lightning-fast Wi-Fi, a clear 18-inch inflight display with great entertainment options, and the airline’s renowned ‘Book the Cook’ service.
A380 Business Class by Singapore Airlines. Image by Agent Wolf / Shutterstock.com
Business Class by Emirates
Emirates business class is almost like a rite of passage. This product is renowned for being dazzling, glamorous, and equipped with every bell and whistle you could imagine.
A modern entertainment system, Bvlgari amenities, a minibar at your seat, motorized window shades, a manned inflight bar, and a roomy seat are just a few of the delights to be found in an Emirates business class cabin.
But some of these features, such as the power blinds and the in-room mini-bar, are included for the ‘wow factor’ more than anything else.
The bedding is often fabulous, and the free, unlimited Wi-Fi proves that Emirates business class cabins are technologically advanced.
Business Class by Emirates. Image by agent Wolf / Shutterstock.com
Luxurious Business Class by Japan Airlines
At first glance, the business class offering on Japan Airlines is a little deceptive. You could assume that it is nothing exceptional based on the seating arrangement of 2-3-2, but it is really one of the greatest options available in this category.
This is because Japan Airlines employs the highly secluded Apex Suites seat package. All seats have direct aisle access and privacy dividers/partitions, even in a 2-3-2 seating arrangement.
In bed mode, each lie-flat seat is 25.5 inches broad, 74 inches tall, and 74 inches pitch between two seats (in economy class pitch is 32 inches and it’s double that seen in economy).
There is just one row of business class seats in this tiny cabin, so if you can get seats in row five, as I did on the 777-300ER, you’ll have a truly private jet experience.
Luxurious Business Class by Japan Airlines. Image by EGRoy / Shutterstock.com
Club Suites by British Airways
British Airways proudly revealed its Club Suite only a year ago, elevating business class to a new level.
The reverse herringbone pattern, closable doors, and cutting-edge screens on the new business class seats make them particularly distinctive.
The new Club Suites provide greater space when compared to the airline’s previous business class seats since they can recline into a flat bed that is more than 80 inches long.
Large tray tables are also included so you can easily store some of your items.
The fleet used for the Club Suites consists of 787-10s and A350-100s. These new innovative luxury business class seats are also available on some Boeing 777 series.
Club Suites by British Airways. Image by British Airways
The Business Studio by Etihad Airways
The Business Studio on Etihad Airways sets the tone for what can be considered a truly luxurious business class cabin.
Etihad’s brand-new business class chairs are incredibly slick and fashionable, but they also serve a functional purpose. The Business Studio has a distinct, dovetail design that makes it both efficient and comfortable.
It is simple to convert the forward-facing and rear-facing seats into comfortable beds.
Passengers can keep items in a variety of places thanks to the seat’s design, which includes a large side table and a hidden storage area.
The airline’s A380 also boasts a lavish lounge with six chairs and several power outlets.
These unique, high-end business seats are available on the airline’s fleet of Boeing 787 Dreamliners and Airbus 380 aircraft.
The Room by All Nippon Airways
All Nippon Airways introduced a first-rate business class called ‘The Room’ a little under a year ago. It was created with the idea of traditional Japanese living spaces in mind.
Similar to the Qsuites on Qatar Airways, these brand-new suites have simple sliding doors. These innovative doors increase privacy while still giving the feeling that the chairs are quite spacious.
There are several additional comforts in these business class rooms, such as USB ports, plugs, and even an app that turns your smartphone into a remote control!
The luxurious business class is offered on the airline’s Boeing 777-300, with more 777 series soon to include these opulent business class options.
Luxurious Business Class by Lufthansa
Lufthansa Airlines has won a number of first-class awards due to its elegant service and high-profile business class. The German carrier’s business offering includes a 2-2-2 seating arrangement without having direct aisle access.
In bed mode, seats are only around 20 inches broad, and the pitch is 76 inches long. Although they are entirely lie-flat, your experience will be improved by the mattress topper, duvet, and pillow that are included.
Most of these flights include Wi-Fi, which is rather quick. In addition, staff are kind, and the cuisine will satisfy you.
Signature Class by Air Canada
The name of Air Canada (ADH2)’s premier business class product, Signature Class, refers to its lie-flat business class seats, which are arranged in a typical 1-2-1 reverse herringbone arrangement.
However, in my opinion, Air Canada Signature Class is more expensive than business class seats offered by other airlines. Although you’ll be required to make your own bed, the hard product is normally fantastic, and the bedding is luxurious (with a mattress pad). The chairs are robust but unspectacular for a reverse herringbone seat, measuring 21 inches broad and 75 to 78 inches long when in bed mode.
Although Air Canada (ADH2)’s amenity packages are well stocked, the brands may differ. There is no inflight Wi-Fi or selection of pajamas, but the food and beverage selections are said to be good and familiar to the American palate.
Signature Class by Air Canada. Image by First Class Photography / Shutterstock.com
Luxurious Business Class by Xiamen
On its most recent 787-9 Dreamliners, lesser-known airline Xiamen provides 1-2-1 reverse herringbone seats in its revised business class offering.
This top-notch hard product has absurdly broad reverse herringbone seats measuring 26 inches in width and 78 inches in pitch or bed mode length. The cuisine is excellent, the service is good, and the Wi-Fi is free.
You will also receive stylish blue slippers and noise-canceling headphones in the amenity kits, which are branded with the Crabtree & Evelyn logo. Even though there isn’t a mattress pad, the bedding is rather substantial.
Since Xiamen is a member of the Sky-Team alliance, you can book using miles from airlines like Delta and Air France/KLM Flying Blue, although the award availability isn’t great. However, Xiamen does offer extremely inexpensive business class rates, especially on connecting flights.