Asiana Airlines is a world leading airline and amongst only a handful of airlines who have been awarded the Skytrax 5-star rating. In 2010 they were awarded best airline in the world at the World Airline Awards.
There is a great deal of investment going into the new business class products; already Asiana Airlines has an angled lie-flat seat. A new product was announced in 2010 to upgrade to a fully flat business class seat, putting them amongst the carriers with the best products available in next generation seating.
Exemplary service and a strong in-flight product, expect a great experience when travelling with Asiana Airlines.
SWISS First Class is simply called SWISS First, it is a fine example of Swiss style and design. In 2009, a new First Class cabin was launched with the introduction of new Airbus A330-300 aircraft on selected routes with Airbus A340-300 aircraft to keep the old product.
The fully flat seats have sleek lines and quality finishes on both the new and older products. SWISS places great emphasis on the entire flight experience from check-in, lounges and in-flight services all created to the highest standards.
A SWISS First rule exists where only 8 seats are in the First Class cabin on both Airbus A330-300 and Airbus A340-300 aircraft. This keeps it feeling like an exclusive space which can be clearly defined as a First Class cabin.
The configuration on all aircraft is 1-2-1, ideal for passengers travelling alone or if with a companion or business colleague great to have two seats together where you are not totally isolated from each other like on some new products in the market place utilising full suites.
Roger Federer has commented on the new SWISS First product:
When I want to recover from the rigours of a long tournament, the new SWISS First seat will offer me everything I need to rest and relax undisturbed, I’m looking forward to my first flight in the new SWISS First cabin
– Roger Federer, Tennis Champion
British Airways First Class has been taken to another level following the announcement of a £100m upgrade in January 2010 to their Boeing 777 and Boeing 747 aircraft.
First Class on British Airways is simply referred to as ‘First’. It oozes British style and hospitality, a luxury product in a travel class with a strong reputation.
British Airways passengers range from top level business executives to celebrities. The First product features heavily on routes across the North Atlantic, the busiest route for premium traffic.
First remains a very important segment of the long-haul market, and we will continue to provide for it with dedication and flair
– Martin Broughton, British Airways
Qatar Airways Business Class provides a comfortable and spacious environment for passengers. They offer an exceptional in-flight experience and are listed as a 5 star airline by Skytrax.
On top of the cabin experience, Qatar Airways offers a rare experience with their Premium Terminal at Doha International Airport exclusively for business and first class passengers. Making it a very attractive transit point and ideal hub of choice if not making Doha your final destination.
Business class seating on the Boeing 777’s is fully flat which is an enhancement on the angled lie-flat seats found on the long-haul Airbus aircraft. The product if fairly similar, though Qatar Airways has upgraded the product to the latest industry benchmark. It is likely that Airbus aircraft will be retrofitted in the future to have this fully flat business class seat.
Malaysia Airlines Business Class offers a great in-flight experience. Time and time again the airline ranks amongst the top in the world for their in-flight service.
They (cabin crew) have showcased Malaysian hospitality at its best, treating our customers as valued guests in our own home
– Idris Jala, Malaysia Airlines
In business class Malaysia Airlines offers an angled lie-flat seat product. At the time of its initial launch in 2003 it was among the industry leaders, only a small number of airlines at the time had gone the extra step to fully flat.
The design is a ‘mini pod’ which still features on many airlines who have gone to fully flat products, in many cases they have simply upgraded the product by making adjustments to take out the sleep angle though most of the other seat features remain.
Malaysia Airlines is likely to make their next product upgrades in business class with the introduction of Airbus A380 aircraft into service in 2011. Like many other carriers, they are using this state of the art aircraft as the launch of new in-flight products.
Affaires is the international business class cabin for Air France. The latest product was introduced on the Airbus A380, which is a slight variation on the Affaires product available on other long-haul aircraft.
It is designed to maximize space where passengers are able to relax, work and sleep when and how they want. Contour Premium Aircraft Seating designed Affaires with attention paid to in-seat performance and durability. The outcome being a stylish business class product. The colour tones of blue and beige create a calm and tranquil seating environment.
The main differences between Affaires on the Airbus A380 and other Air France long-haul aircraft is when in the sleep position it goes fully flat, it is wider and the seat pitch is closer. The original version of this Affaires product was launched with Boeing 777-300ER services which first took to the skies in 2007.
Executive Class is the business class cabin for Japan Airlines, Japan’s flag carrier. They have a number of products available depending on which service you are travelling on. The latest product is the “Shell Flat Neo” seat, which made it’s debut in August 2008.
Japan Airlines has two angled lie-flat seat version and then a recliner seat version. This is for their international services.
Passengers can expect to experience great Japanese hospitality and service levels that one comes to expect when travelling with leading Asian carriers.