Articles tagged “business class”

Emirates Is First Major Airline to Launch Basic Business Class Fare

Emirates Is First Major Airline to Launch Basic Business Class Fare

Colin Nagy, Skift

Emirates has fired the first salvo in the unbundling of business class fares. Now you can buy just the seat, with none of the other trimmings that travelers are used to with top-tier carriers. It's a pragmatic strategy, one that gives more choice to travelers. The tension will now be maintaining that great luxury brand halo and still letting the premium cabins do the marketing hard yards for the carrier.

2 months ago

British Airways Updates Its Business Class Seat and Adds a Privacy Door

British Airways Updates Its Business Class Seat and Adds a Privacy Door

Christopher Jasper, Bloomberg

British Airways was the first airline to create a lie-flat business class seat. But its design had not been updated in years, and it has not been competitive for awhile. The airline needed an upgrade.

5 months ago

Is Business Class Heading for an Upgrade?

Is Business Class Heading for an Upgrade?

Brian Sumers, Skift

We know first class is on the way out on routes between the biggest business cities. But do travelers want a better-than-business option at a reasonable price?

7 months ago

How Singapore Air Made Its Ultra-Long-Haul Route to New York Viable Again

How Singapore Air Made Its Ultra-Long-Haul Route to New York Viable Again

Angus Whitley and Kyunghee Park, Bloomberg

Technological advancements make the Singapore-New York route much more cost-effective but what happens if oil breaks the $100-a-barrel mark?

10 months ago

Why United Is Considering Putting Flatbed Seats on New Domestic Jets

Why United Is Considering Putting Flatbed Seats on New Domestic Jets

Brian Sumers, Skift

Here's another reminder that airlines are fiercely competitive. Until recently, U.S. airlines generally weren't considering adding premium business class seats on domestic routes beyond New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. But a few years ago, JetBlue disrupted the market with its Mint business class, and now United is considering a similar move.

12 months ago

One Airplane Seat Manufacturer Promises ‘Germ-Free Travel’ Within a Few Years

One Airplane Seat Manufacturer Promises ‘Germ-Free Travel’ Within a Few Years

Angus Whitley, Bloomberg

The average airline seat is probably gross, filled with germs passengers don't even know are there. But while some passengers get sick, most handle air travel just fine. It begs the question: Is this technological advance necessary?

1 year ago

JetBlue’s Popular Mint Business Class Disrupted All of Its Rivals

JetBlue’s Popular Mint Business Class Disrupted All of Its Rivals

Brian Sumers, Skift

JetBlue's not the most profitable U.S. airline. It's not the most on-time. It doesn't have nearly the selection of destinations as its larger competitors. But the airline has succeeded in disrupting the industry with its innovative business class product.

1 year ago

Cathay Pacific Gets a Boost From Business Class Revival

Cathay Pacific Gets a Boost From Business Class Revival

Kyunghee Park, Bloomberg

A $161 million annual loss isn't anything to shout about, but at least Cathay Pacific CEO Rupert Hogg, who only joined the business 10 months ago, can claim things are trending in the right direction. The next challenge is proving that the airline can deal with the threat coming from mainland China.

1 year ago

United CEO Munoz’s Polaris Promise Never Matched Reality

United CEO Munoz’s Polaris Promise Never Matched Reality

Brian Sumers, Skift

A first-time business class flyer might love the dog-and-pony show United Airlines promised with its Polaris service. But your average frequent flyer prefers a more consistent experience, even if it's not as strong.

1 year ago

Qatar Airways Has a Problem With Some of Its Double Beds in Business Class

Qatar Airways Has a Problem With Some of Its Double Beds in Business Class

Mohammed Aly Sergie, Bloomberg

Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker, one of the world's most outspoken executives — in any industry, not just airlines — is known for demanding perfection from his suppliers. It's no surprise Qatar Airways is taking its time with these A350 business class seats.

2 years ago

Lufthansa to Offer Revamped Business Class With Seats 7 Feet Long

Lufthansa to Offer Revamped Business Class With Seats 7 Feet Long

Richard Weiss, Bloomberg

Lufthansa had nothing approaching an on-time arrival when it came to introducing lie-flat seats in 2013, and now it hopes to get a leg or two up on the competition. We'll leave it to the reviewers to give us the pros and cons once the new seats are airborne.

2 years ago

Business Class Must-Haves That Airlines Neglect at Their Peril

Business Class Must-Haves That Airlines Neglect at Their Peril

Colin Nagy, Skift

As airlines double down on investment in business class, there are some experiential table stakes for customers paying the money to sit up front.

2 years ago