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Japan Airlines Business Class

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.

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Passengers can expect to experience great Japanese hospitality and service levels that one comes to expect when travelling with leading Asian carriers.

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Air Canada Executive First

Air Canada has introduced the next generation of Business Class seats into their international fleet. The airline totally skipped a ‘product range’ (angle lie-flat or ‘z-shape’ in design), going from cradle design straight to 180 degree flat.

In 2008 the Executive First Suite was listed by The Times newspaper in the United Kingdom as being amongst the world’s top 10 Business Class products.

The new product is a part of Air Canada’s complete transformation, where we have seen new branding, new aircraft and new in-flight products across the entire fleet in all cabins. They are placing great emphasis on customer service; it’s great to finally see that a North American carrier has identified this as a key to success.

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Delta BusinessElite Intercontinental

Delta Air Lines has three variations of their BusinessElite for intercontinental travel. Two are fully flat seat products, one being on the 767-400 (76D) and the other on the long range 777-200LR. Recliner seats are on other intercontinental aircraft.

This product is for the Delta main line operation, not the Northwest Airlines aircraft that have been re-branded to Delta Air Lines livery.

The new BusinessElite is a step in the right direction for Delta, with other US carriers now featuring the next generation products there is a need to keep pace with the rest of the market. No doubt we will see Delta retrofitting more aircraft with the newer BusinessElite product.

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The dining experience is created by celebrity chef Michelle Bernstein, a full 5 course dining menu. Wines are selected by Master Sommelier Andrea Robinson. The menu alters with the season’s.

Each flight experience starts before you step on the aircraft with the Delta Sky Club, it all surrounds the ideal of having you arrive at the final destination rested and refreshed. The environment you travel in enables passengers to sleep (there is new bedding including full size pillows and duvet comforter), eat, work and play.

There is personal in-flight entertainment, no matter what variation of the BuinessElite product you travel on, each seat also features in-seat power supply if wanting to work or utilise your own entertainment options.

We know our elite international business customers want the ultimate in high-flying comfort that only a true full-flat seat can give

– Joanne Smith, Delta Air Lines

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British Airways Club World

British Airways Club World is one of the leaders in regards to an international business class product. British Airways has been at the forefront in product development, in 2000 we saw the introduction of a new business class concept with fully flat seats in a business class cabin for the first time.

2000 is when we also saw British Airways introduce forward and rear facing seats in the cabin during this new product launch, a great innovation, enabling them to not have to sacrifice the amount of seats and give passengers a great level of privacy.

In 2007 Club World was upgraded to the current product available on their Boeing 747-400 and 777-200 aircraft. The original Club World is still featured on their Boeing 767’s.

British Airways Club World, image credit: British Airways

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American Airlines Business Class

American Airlines launched their next generation Business Class for international services in July 2006, it began being offered on 767-300 services in 2007.

The new seats are a step in the right direction for American Airlines, bringing their customers an experience that is more competitive against products offered by the world’s leading airlines.

Business Class on American Airlines even with their new product may not be up to the standard of the latest products their competitors are launching. Though they will certainly be competitive against their US counterparts and a much welcome upgrade for their most frequent of travellers.

The Business Class product upgrade is all a part of American Airlines’ ongoing strategy to focus on key products and services to their premium cabins.

Initially the new seats were made available initially on 767-300, then 777 aircraft. Recently it was also announced that selected 757 aircraft for international services would also receive the new Business Class product.

The layout for the seating is:

  • Boeing 767 / 2-2-2
  • Boeing 777 / 2-3-2
  • Boeing 757 / 2-2

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United Airlines Business Class (Int)

United Airlines has a new Business Class for their international services. It seems that since emerging from Chapter 11 the focus has really been on re-creating the brand.

It is well known that generally the US airlines fall behind others around the world in regards to product and service offerings. The Asian and Middle Eastern airlines set the benchmark with a hand full more thrown in from places such as Europe and Australia.

It is fantastic to see that United Airlines is really focusing on their product. The new business class seat for international flights now brings them in line with the competition with the current generation of fully flat seats.

This could be a bold statement, but you could say United Airlines is pretty much the leader with their Business and First Class products from a US airline!

The new product was launched in July 2007; the roll-out will take 36 months to complete and will be installed on 747, 777 and 767 aircraft – a fleet of 97.

At this point in time they have completed all 767 aircraft and 96% of 747’s. Retrofit of 777’s will begin in 2010, which covers 46 aircraft.

The aim is to provide an optimal space to work, sleep and relax.

At United, we’re making the world truly fully flat for our first and business class customers.

– Graham Atkinson, United Airlines

United Airlines Business Class, image credit: mab @ flickr United Airlines Business Class, image credit: mab @ flickr

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