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How it Feels to Fly Business Class

Updated on February 7, 2016

Flying with Style

Business class is amazing and the best way to fly. The flight attendant to passenger ratio is higher than in economy class and the food, seating and service are in a different category. The only downside is that once you've experienced it, you'll want to fly business class for the rest of your life!

Boarding the Aircraft

Business class passengers are greeted and seated and then offered a drink, newspaper and hot towel to freshen up. Their name is used frequently and the cabin crew ensure they are comfortable.

In the Air

Meal service is excellent and a printed menu lists the choice of dishes. There is normally an entree, main and dessert and these will be served on real plates with stainless steel cutlery. Other extras include chocolates served with hot drinks and a fine selection of wines and liqueurs.

Seating and Space

Business class is renowned for offering comfortable flying. Older aircraft still have the large armchair-style seats that recline to about 45 degrees, whereas the modern planes offer lie-flat seats. These convert at the touch of a button and a thin mattress and blanket or a quilt are supplied along with a pillow. They are comfortable enough to get a good night's sleep in and if the flight is smooth, you can leave the seat belt off. The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner is a good example of a modern aircraft.

Business Class Extras

Airlines often supply a comfort pack which may include items such as toothpaste and tooth brush, lip balm, face cream and socks. Business class is normally situated at the front of an aircraft and passengers will have priority boarding as well as disembarkation. They may also have access to fast-tracked passport control and customs depending on the size and location of the airport.

How can I fly Business Class

Business class is expensive but it can turn a nightmare long-haul trip into a pleasurable experience. If you would like to experience business class, here are a few tips to make your dream come true:

  • Choose an airline and fly with them wherever possible to accumulate frequent flyer miles and loyalty points
  • Look for a credit card that allows you to collect loyalty points for the airline. These can add up surprisingly quickly.
  • Book a few months before flying as fares are generally lower then
  • Ask for an upgrade. All they can do is say no

Coffee and chocolate
Coffee and chocolate
Lie-flat bed
Lie-flat bed
Lie flat bed in the seat position
Lie flat bed in the seat position
Business class cabin
Business class cabin
Bedding in business class
Bedding in business class


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    • Paul Kuehn profile image

      Paul Richard Kuehn 2 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      When I worked for the government in the 80s and 90s, I was always allowed to fly business class on overseas travel. Most of this flying was with old Northwest and United. Another advantage of flying business class, is that you are allowed to enter and use the lounges which airlines have at almost all major airports.