You know that just beyond the curtain lies a heavenly world of flat beds, free-flowing champagne and fluffy duvets. But does it live up to all of those mid air fantasies? Travelling from Dublin to LA recently, I finally got to find out. The seats…Aer Lingus flights to New York and LA are on an Airbus A330 from Dublin, with 23 seats in business class. With a seat pitch of 58 inches and a width of 21 inches, you have a good bit of room to play with, and the seat reclines into a fully lie-flat 6’6” long bed. The seat pitches are fairly standard, but not the best in the business – Virgin Atlantic, which flies to LA from London, also has a 6’6” long bed but a width of 33 inches, and the seat placement means there’s no one in front of you. Ethiopian Airlines, the only other airline flying direct from Dublin to LA, has a pitch of 68 inches, though the beds don’t fully recline. While not gargantuan, I am fairly tall (one of my crueller nicknames … [Read more...] about Review: What’s it really like to fly in Aer Lingus Business Class?
Qantas 747 400 business class
It was perhaps just a little bit obvious that it was my first time sitting at the front end of a plane. “Once you fly business class, you’ll never go back,” warned the passenger behind me. I removed my eye mask to nod at him and sprayed on some more hydrating facial mist before taking another selfie. Shoes off, complementary socks on, cocktail in hand and my own bowl of nuts to nibble on. All while on the tarmac at Cardiff Airport. How bizarre, that right now I could see Rhoose out of the window. This is the first long-haul flight I’ve ever taken from Cardiff Airport. Qatar Airways now provides Wales’ first direct link to the Middle East, with daily flights to Doha operating for the last six months. The airline has the world’s youngest fleet and its business class seats are consistently ranked among the best - they won Skytrax Best Business Class in the World 2018 and their newest aircrafts even offer a double bed. The first thing I learned is that … [Read more...] about What it’s like to fly in the world’s best business class cabin
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
0 Have your say Sunderland City Council chiefs have defended spending almost £130,000 on flights for its employees to other countries last year - insisting it helped trigger new jobs and investment for Wearside. A Freedom of Information request carried out by the Taxpayers’ Alliance found that the authority spent £128,080.50 on 68.5 flights to Europe and 13 flights to other world destinations.As part of that, the authority spent £26,583 on six business class flights to Tokyo.The council was the highest-spending on flights out of all North East local authorities. Two of the flights were for premium economy while nine were in business class. But council bosses have defended the figures, saying that the authority has a policy of flying business class for flights longer than eight hours.They added that the city has seen £500million of foreign investment and more than 400 new jobs created in the past five years as a result of council employees travelling … [Read more...] about Sunderland City Council defends spending £128,000 on flights after campaigners slam use of business class
It’s a photo finish between Virgin Atlantic and Eva Air as to who introduced premium economy to the world first. Eva, a Taiwanese carrier founded in 1989 launched its “evergreen” class on its Boeing 747s in late 1992, flying from Taipei to Los Angeles with passengers spread across four cabins for the first time. Evergreen sat ahead of economy but behind “super business”. On the other side of the world, Virgin Atlantic unveiled its Mid Class in April 1992, entering service in July. With a Victoria station check-in service for Gatwick flights, priority baggage handling, a hot towel service and “seat arm video units”, Virgin said its “revolutionary new product” was a response to businesses reviewing their travel contracts and downgrading its passengers from business to economy. In short, as business class cabins evolved (think lie-flat seats becoming the norm) and airlines felt a growing pressure to accommodate more and more paying … [Read more...] about The death of business class? The rise and rise of premium economy