Transport : Airlines

The world’s best airlines for long haul Business Class include Qatar, Emirates, Etihad, American, United, Delta, British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, Swiss, Lufthansa and Cathay Pacific.

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:
1. They are travelling on the company.
2. They are wealthy and successful like Mr Bitcoin who travels the world for “free”).
3. They are clever at earning and spending airline miles and credit card points on flights and upgrades.

Unlike travelling in economy, a trip in Business Class is an enjoyable experience. The queues evaporate, you relax in excellent airport lounges, staff really seem to care, your in-flight seat is comfortable and most probably turns into a lie-flat bed and you will be treated to gourmet food and wine throughout.

The Middle Eastern carriers tend to offer the best Business Class and are my top choices. These include Qatar who have recently introduced a First Class on their A380 (with onboard shower!).

Singapore Airlines is exceptional and comes in 4th in my list. The airline offers the widest in the world with direct aisle access in a 1-2-1 forward facing cabin layout and the food is restaurant-style and specially created by celebrated chefs.

Finnair’s Airbus A350 XWB (extra wide body) aircraft has an excellent long haul Business Class product, a bright and spacious Business Class cabin with seating in a 1-2-1 layout.

Next we pick Japan Airlines with their excellent JAL Sky Suites or pods. These pods offer an excellent night’s sleep with their airweave mattress and pillow, along with some of the best Business Class food, with both Western and Japanese menus.

All the American airlines have recently introduced new Business Class cabins and seats. I have discussed which American Airline has the best new Business Class separately. With their current offerings they do not come at the top of my list but a number of the current Amerian Airlines seats that you can book beat British Airways, which currently offers a consistent but narrow “Club Class” seat (a new one is on its way but has not yet launched) with no direct aisle access. Virgin Atlantic has the edge over British Airways although we feel Swiss has the edge over both with slick cabins and excellent food.

It is worth noting that your Business Class experience will not be consistent across airlines or even the carrier. For many American airlines, the experience varies vastly according to the aircraft you are travelling in, so it is worth working out which plane you will be flying on when booking your seat. This is my list of the world’s best airlines for long haul Business Class:

The Worlds Best Airlines For Long Haul Business Class

Qatar Airways Long Haul Business & First Class Flight Reviews

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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.

Review Of Etihad Business Class On The A380 Abu Dhabi to London

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In this review I look at Etihad’s Business Class product on the A380 from Abu Dhabi to London Heathrow. This was in fact the second leg of a two part Etihad journey which started in Hong Kong. You can also… Read More.

Emirates Business Class Flight Reviews

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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, huge entertainment selection, delicious airline… Read More.

Singapore Airlines Long Haul Business Class Flight Reviews

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I have flown with Singapore Airlines many times and have reviewed their long haul Business Class flights. My trip reports can be found below. Read More.

Finnair Long Haul Business Class Flight Reviews

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I have flown with Finnair a number of times and have reviewed their long haul Business Class flights. My trip reports can be found below. Read More.

Japan Airlines Long Haul Business Class Flight Reviews

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I have flown on Japan Airlines (JAL) many times and have reviewed their long haul First and Business Class flights. My trip reports can be found below. Read More.

Delta Airlines Long Haul Business Class Flight Reviews

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I have reviewed Delta One which is Delta’s new long haul Business Class product along with Delta Airlines Premium Select which is their new Premium Economy offering. Read More.

American Airlines Long Haul Business Class Flight Reviews

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I have flown with American Airlines a number of times and have reviewed their long haul Business Class and First Class flights. My trip reports can be found below. Read More.

United Airlines Long Haul Business Class Flight Reviews

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I have flown with United Airlines a number of times and have reviewed their long haul Business Class and First Class flights. My trip reports can be found below. Read More.

Virgin Atlantic Long Haul Business Class Flight Reviews

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I have flown with Virgin Atlantic a number of times and have reviewed their long haul Business Class or Upper Class along with their Premium economy. My trip reports can be found below. Read More.

Swiss Airlines Long Haul Business Class Flight Reviews

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I have flown with Swiss Airlines a number of times and have reviewed their long haul flights in Business Class. My trip reports can be found below. Read More.

British Airways Long Haul Business Class Flight Reviews

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I have flown with British Airways many times and have reviewed their long haul Business Class flights in First and Club World as well as Premium Economy. My trip reports can be found below. Read More.

Lufthansa Long Haul Business & First Class Flight Reviews

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I have flown with Lufthansa 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.

It is worth reading my tips on how to find cheap First or Business Class international flight tickets to and from North America for a way to save money on your next First or Business flight booking along with my top 10 Business Class Airlines. Find out the best airlines to fly to Europe in Business Class

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