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Asiana Airlines Business Class

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.

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SWISS First Class

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

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Qatar Airways Business Class

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.

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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.

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Qantas Business Class

Qantas International Business Class features the Qantas ‘Skybed’, originally introduced in 2003 on long haul flights, the product had further enhancements made to it with the introduction of Airbus A380 services in 2008.

In 1979, Qantas was the world’s first airline to introduce Business Class seats. The airline is an industry pioneer, currently the oldest continuously operating airline and every year is one of the most profitable.

The Skybed has been designed by Marc Newson and developed with B/E Aerospace. In 2004 the Skybed received the prestigious Chicago Athenaeum Museum Good Design Award.

Qantas International Business, image credit: Qantas Qantas International Business, image credit: Qantas

Seat functionality is controlled electronically, passengers can adjust the seat into any position to ensure they are most comfortable for relaxing, working, eating or sleeping. There is an in-seat back massage function, cocoon style design with screen for added privacy, night light, LED reading light and ample storage areas.

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US Airways Envoy Class (Int)

US Airways Envoy Class is their international Business Class cabin. They have recently also introduced a new cabin product to be fitted into their Airbus A330 aircraft.

There are three variations of Envoy Class on their current fleet, US Airways is moving towards the latest generation of products as many of the major North American carriers are. Though US Airways has also had an angled lie-flat product for some time on a number of aircraft, they are now introducing fully flat seats in this next phase.

The innovative cabin layout and thoughtful design of the Envoy Suite allows for greater comfort and functionality for our international travelers.

– Andrew Nocella, US Airways

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Airbus A350 aircraft are also on order and expected to join the fleet in 2014, expect these to either have new Envoy Suites or an even more advanced product as in-flight cabin products continue to advance with the latest features.

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Thai Airways Royal Silk Class (Int)

Thai Airways has a Business Class product called Royal Silk Class, this was introduced in 2005 with the launch of new Airbus A340-500 aircraft.

Royal Silk Class is an Angled Lie-Flat seat, designed by B/E Aerospace and is their ‘Minipod’ product also seen on some other carriers.

The product was a much needed upgrade from a cradle seat, given the region that Thai Airways operates in, it is vital they can compete with other carriers with lie-flat products from Asia as well as those flying into Thailand from Australia, Europe and Middle East.

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Thai Airways has been one of the world’s leading airlines when it comes to service, they have been awarded many accolades for the in-flight services in their premium cabins.

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Lufthansa Business Class

Lufthansa has had a strong Business Class product for their long-haul flights for some time now. When initially launched it was among the best products in the sky in the Business Class cabin. Though now that in-flight products are advancing to the next generation, many passenger talk about ‘fully flat’ and come to expect it on long-haul flights.

The Lufthansa Business Class is an angled lie-flat seat, it was launched in 2003 and still challenges in regards to quality and design against many other of the worlds airlines. Take the North American airlines for instance, they are now only beginning to catch up against the rest of the world with in-flight products. Lufthansa has been in the leading group of airlines and in a position where they offer a consistent product across their fleet.

As the Airbus A380 comes into the fleet, it will be interesting to see if Lufthansa makes any upgrades to their current Business Class product. It may be similar to Qantas on their A380’s, where they look at making an already strong product even better, Qantas kept the SkyBed and transformed it into a fully flat seat rather than angled lie-flat. Lufthansa could take their lead. The A380 is a closely guarded secret, so it will be a matter of watching this space.

With the new Business Class design we are opening up a new dimension for our customers. We offer maximum comfort, more space, more peace and quiet, a diverse information and entertainment program and excellent service on board.

– Wolfgang Mayruhuber, Lufthansa

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