Mean Business

     Print Edition: Jan 20, 2013

CATHAY PACIFIC A350
A well-thought-out herringbone (angled) design for its business-class cabin has made the A350 a popular choice among frequent fliers. The fully-flat seats are just over 82 inches long and provide additional lumbar support, while the angled storage compartment offers extra knee room when sleeping on your side. It also stores a vanity mirror, and has room for your glasses and gadgets. The cabinet door doubles as a privacy screen. The entertainment panel includes a multi-port connector to charge and connect a wide range of electronic devices.
Website: cathaypacific.com

EMIRATES A380
Emirates' business class cabin on its gigantic, new A380 is laid out in a 1-2-1 staggered layout, giving every seat direct access to the aisle. All seats convert into a fully-flat bed for total comfort and come equipped with their own side tables and mini-bars for soft drinks. Emirates' ICE system for inflight entertainment has won universal praise over the years. In this cabin, it includes a massive screen with hundred of audio and movie options.
Website Emirates.com

SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380

HONORARY MENTIONS

BRITISH AIRWAYS BO 747
BA's Club World seats are especially designed to be sleepfriendly. A new softer mattress, memory-foam headrest and cosy quilt mean that you'll be able to stretch out on the fullyflat bed in blissful comfort.

TURKISH AIRLINES A300-300
For drinks, choose from fresh juices, champagne or turkish tea. Meal options include any of seven appetisers, four entrees, and desserts, while on-board chefs can whip up custom salads. As a bonus, Turkish Airlines flies all golf kits for free.

SWISS AIR A340
Swiss offers business class passengers several check-in options. If you are traveling with hand baggage only, you can even check in directly at the gate. Simply show your ticket to immigration and you receive your boarding pass once you arrive at the departure gate.
The new business class seats allow you to work and lounge comfortably. The dedicated sleeping surface is designed to accomodate virtually any sleeping position. Other amenities include ultra-soft leather, a height adjustable table, a vanity mirror as well as a personal coat hook. A centralised, all-in-one Business Panel features laptop power supply and 2 USB ports. Built-in office software allows you to create spreadsheets and presentations, without needing to pull out your laptop. An indulgent menu with full table service and tableware from Givenchy are an added bonus.
Website: singaporeair.com

LUFTHANSA B747-800
The new cabin places its seats in a 'V' configuration, i.e. angled towards each other in pairs. Geared for businessmen on the go, every seat has its own power outlet, USB port and noise-cancelling headphones that stow away in their own cubby under the armrest. LED mood lighting helps create a softer cabin atmosphere and changes subtly to ease jet lag as you cross time zones. On long-haul flights choose from lavish three-course meals, a dessert cart and an impressive beverage menu.
Website: 747-8.lufthansa.com

QATAR AIRWAYS B777-300ER
The Premium Terminal at Doha International Airport exclusively for business and first class passengers makes it a great transit option. The new business seats are configured in a 2-2-2 layout and are fully flat in sleep position. To keep you pampered, guests receive an Aigner vanity kit, while the welcome drink is Laurent Perrier Champagne (the wine list also features some excellent picks). Each of Lufthansa's new aircraft are fitted with state-of-the-art audio visual 'on-demand' systems. Entertainment options are available in English, Hindi and Arabic. You can also create a custom music playlist pulling in songs from upto 50 different CDs.
Website: qatarairways.com

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