First-class airline service has long been the playground of the fabulously famous and fantastically wealthy, with luxuries ranging from free-flowing Champagne and mountains of caviar in the early years to private cabins with a bed and shower on some carriers today. But after British Airways in 2000 introduced lie-flat seats in business class for thousands of dollars less than first—an innovation that quickly spread throughout the industry—it was hard to argue that it’s worth the extra cash for a few more inches of legroom and a better wine list. Bookings started to fall sharply as the 2008 financial crisis curbed corporate spending and made public displays of wealth unfashionable, so over the past decade scores of airlines have ripped out some or all of their cushiest and priciest seats.Carriers today say they may have cut too far, especially as the ranks of the super rich continue to expand and the stigma attached to conspicuous consumption has faded. With the global … [Read more...] about First-Class Flying Is Back and It’s More Luxurious Than Ever
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FIFA spent $11.7 million in less than three years on private jets, including luxury sight-seeing trips for a top official, a newly published legal document shows. Jerome Valcke, then the FIFA secretary general, was urged in a 2013 internal memo to find "more cost efficient alternatives whenever possible," according to the Court of Arbitration for Sport's verdict explaining why his appeal against a 10-year ban was dismissed. Excessive use of private jets and ordering business class travel for his son was a factor in Valcke being banned from soccer by the FIFA ethics committee after he was fired in 2016. His appeal was dismissed by sport's highest court in July. Valcke's interventions to help place a World Cup contract worth an initial $709,000 linked to his son's business interests were also detailed. The CAS verdict noted Valcke broke FIFA rules four times by flying unnecessarily by private jet or with more than one guest, and without repaying the extra cost. The flights included a … [Read more...] about Private jets, favors to son detailed in FIFA official’s case
Is Benjamin Mendy Man City's marginal gain? Manchester City are the first odds-on defending champions since Chelsea in 2006-7, but Pep Guardiola admits it will be 'almost impossible' to better last season's record-breaking efforts. While every other club in the division has obvious scope for improvement, City's task is to maintain their stratospheric standards and become the first side to retain the title since Manchester United in 2009. Repeated excellence can prove elusive in sport - it is tempting to stop and admire the view after climbing the mountain. Roberto Mancini and Manuel Pellegrini's City sides were guilty of that, but Guardiola's simmering intensity should ensure they avoid the trap. Riyad Mahrez's £60 million arrival offers depth and variety in attack, but the most important addition could come from within: the return of left-back Benjamin Mendy. The permanently embittered pointed to City's £130 million spend on … [Read more...] about The 10 under-the-radar stories that could shape the Premier League season
On such airlines as Emirates and Singapore, you have to book into lavish first-class cabins to get enclosed suites, made-to-order meals, and name-brand pajamas. On others, these top-end perks exist one notch down, in business.Airlines such as Qatar Airways and Delta are installing next-generation suite-style seats in that tier; American and United pamper passengers with hotel-style bedding; and still others, like Air France and Japan Airlines, serve menus created by locally renowned chefs.Sometimes, that level of service is reflected in the airfare, with transoceanic business-class tickets topping $10,000 in some cases. But if you have airline miles or credit-card points that transfer to frequent-flier programs, they’re bookable for less than the cost of a coach seat. Here’s how to do just that for the best business-class cabins in the skies.1. Qatar Airways QSuitesWhy you want to fly it: Back in March 2017, Qatar Airways Co. was the first airline to install … [Read more...] about How to Fly the World’s Best Business Class for Less Than Coach
Business By Chris Gibson Business reporter, BBC News 21 April 2018 Share this with Facebook Share this with Twitter Share this with Messenger Share this with Messenger Share this with Email Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-43796768 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Stansted Airport has always been a bit of underdog. Nestled in the Essex countryside, 40 miles from central London, its fortunes have been tied to the low-cost airline revolution of … [Read more...] about Heathrow v Gatwick: Could the winner be… Stansted?