Which is the best airline to fly to the Middle East in Business Class? I have picked Qatar Airlines, Etihad, and Emirates.
Airlines such as British Airways, American Airlines, Qantas, Singapore Airlines, and Cathay Pacific all also fly to the Middle East. Still, the Business Class product on the Middle Eastern carriers is vastly superior to the Business Class offered by other airlines.
Long-haul Business Class flights only represent 15% of long-haul seats globally, but this is the most lucrative cabin for airlines. Passengers usually fly Business Class for 3 reasons:
- They are travelling on the company
- They are wealthy and successful
- They are clever at earning and spending airline miles and credit card points on flights and upgrades
The Middle Eastern carriers include Qatar who have recently introduced the excellent new Business Class Suite which is, in effect, a First Class level of seat in Business Class. Emirates has a great on board bar and Etihad has probably the best First Class on their A380 (with onboard shower!).
There is little to choose between these airlines, and I have looked into which is the best; Qatar vs. Etihad vs. Emirates, but to be honest, convenience in terms of the departure airport and the destination airport you want to arrive in are probably more important to consider when choosing between the airlines, over their onboard Business Class offering.
You might want to choose your middle eastern carrier by the lounge on offer at its respective airport hub. I have reviewed these below, and in my opinion, the Qatar Airways’ Al Safwa First Class in Doha’s new Hamad International Airport is the best airline lounge in the world. I am also a fan of Etihad’s First Class Lounge & Spa in Abu Dhabi. I have also reviewed the following lounges at these respective airline hubs: Etihad Airways Premium Lounge in Abu Dhabi Airport, the Al Mourjan lounge at Hamad International Airport in Doha and the Concourse A Emirates First Class Lounge at Dubai International Airport.
That said, these airlines tend to offer a superior product on their newest planes, and their A380’s so it is worth checking which aircraft you will be flying on before booking your tickets to ensure you experience their most upgraded and newest Business Class seats or pods.
I have flown with Qatar Airways a number of times and have reviewed their long-haul flights in First and Business Class. My trip reports can be found below. Read More.
I have flown with Emirates in Business Class a number of times and have reviewed their long-haul flights. My trip reports can be found below. Emirates Business Class offers comfy seats, excellent amenity kits, a huge entertainment selection, delicious airline… Read More.
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