How to: Fly in Style
Flying in the front of the plane is always better than back in economy, but not all business class sections are created equal. Here are three of the best.
This Abu Dhabi-based carrier offers features that go above and beyond, including chauffeur service to and from the airport and an onboard dining expert who trains alongside airline chefs and at top vineyards to help you make the right selection from the wide variety of meals and fine wines on offer. Plus, there’s a Six Senses spa—the only one located in an airport—with complimentary massages waiting for you in the Etihad lounge in Abu Dhabi.
Inside Cathay Pacific’s business class pods, you can really make yourself at home—there’s plenty of cabinet space for your stuff, a very comfortable seat (that folds down into a bed, complete with duvet and complimentary Shanghai Tang pyjamas), plus an entertainment system loaded with hundreds of movies, TV shows and music channels. And if you don’t like what’s on, don’t worry—you can stream your own content from devices like an iPod or iPhone through your personal TV.
While the onboard experience is very good, the pre-flight is even better, especially if you’re flying from London or New York (JFK). At these two airports, BA’s First Lounges offer luxury spaces, replete with velvet-upholstered loungers and glittering chandeliers and services inspired by the world’s five-star boutique hotels, including private cabanas and rooms, intimate dining with waiter service, complimentary Champagne and a full-service travel spa. – TJ