Today's top business class airlines are pulling out all of the stops to make sure that passengers arrive at their destinations well-rested, well-fed (you can forget that microwaved airplane meal), and looking forward to a comfortable ride back home. With once-enviable amenities like fold-flat seats and in-flight films becoming the standard for intercontinental travel, more and more air carriers are looking to distinguish themselves through luxurious cabins that incorporate on-board lounges, personal entertainment systems and high-altitude haute cuisine. Read on to discover which airlines really mean business when it comes to giving their business class passengers the top-tier treatment.
10. Virgin Atlantic Upper Class (pictured above)
Virgin Group founder/multibillionaire mastermind Sir Richard Branson is intent upon changing the way we view luxury travel – and if Virgin Atlantic's posh Upper Class cabin is any indication of what he has in mind, we say bring it on! Offering first class amenities at a business class price, the appropriately-named Upper Class provides guests with their own private suite, complete with a large center table, multidirectional 10.4-inch TV and ottoman/guest seat. Looking to get some rest before the big business meeting? Consider booking in the specially-designated "Snooze Zone," which features dim lighting and service designed to minimize interruption for sleepy travelers.
9. Thai Airways Royal Silk Class
Thai Airways' Royal Silk Class invites travelers to live like a king on long-haul flights to Asia and around the world. Passengers enjoy restaurant-style, multi-course meals served on porcelain place settings, and are given an extensive choice of fine wines, premium spirits and vintage ports and liqueurs to wash down their delectable dinners. In addition to enjoying standard in-flight entertainment options, guests can also brush up on a foreign language or even practice meditation with the interactive, new audio-video-on-demand system; however, with Thai Airways' Zen-like business class cabin, the idea of needing a video program to help find inner peace may seem a bit superfluous.
8. Singapore Airlines
Start your Singapore vacation off right with a flight aboard the tiny Asian city-state's luxurious national air carrier. On board, passengers are pampered with gourmet entrées and snacks, Charles Heidsieck Brut Réserve Champagne and coffee drinks such as espresso and cappuccino. Featuring an elegant seasonal menu created by an international panel of chefs including Suzanne Goin, Singapore Airlines' meal service ranks among the best in the skies, with gourmet dishes providing passengers with an extra-special in-flight experience.
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