Business degree, comparison – the good life

Will we have it on the planes Our cozy little single cabin or, conversely, supersonic flights that cross the planet in the blink of an eye leave us no time to watch a movie? Experts do not fully agree on the version of the future airline, and the competition in the refinement of the business class still has a bright future. Born in the 1970s and launched by Air France, the “J” class, as regulars call it, has gone through various cycles. European companies, which for a long time focused on the United States, quickly fell behind those in the Middle East and Asia-Pacific, which imposed an unusual level. Climbing to the top of the Skytrax ratings, names like Qatar, Emirates Airlines, ANA or Singapore have changed habits. Today, racing is tougher, and passengers privileged to travel in the “front” rows are accustomed to receiving noise-reducing helmets and pajamas and tasting fine wines. We can handle them: according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), this segment of customers accounts for less than 10% of tickets but generates 30% of revenue! Sometimes more: Korean Air, which has decided to dedicate the entire upper deck of its A380 to business class, credits it with 50% of its sales. While economy class makes the cabin profitable by downsizing the seats, space unfolds at the front of the plane and interest multiplies. Especially since attendance for this class also progresses by 5% per year on average. It all starts at the airport, because the business traveler, in an increasingly hurry, no longer wants to wait three hours. Thus, the so-called ‘customer journey’ is simplified as much as possible. The waiting rooms then check out all the stops to make the time pass faster. The atmosphere is “like home” at Korean Air; The supposed ultra-luxury of Fun Air, Qatar, Singapore… Emirates has gone so far as to offer Formula 1 simulators and Xbox consoles to forget the wait.

Qatar Airways: a bed befitting the first. Dr

Anna: A cocoon bed too.

Anna: A cocoon bed too. Dr

Finnish: great colors, warm atmosphere.

Finnish: great colors, warm atmosphere. Dr

Air France: It's even better!

Air France: It’s even better! Dr

Brands fly away
On the plane, we stick to the “3 F” rule: “Flat bed, full privacy, full access.” Understand horizontal bed, privacy, and free aisle access. Seats replenished faster than smartphones. Cockles are all the rage now — Air Canada calls it “Distinction Lodge.” Air France has invested nearly €100,000 for each of its 2,000 new business seats, Lufthansa also reported a €1 billion investment spread over three years. The price of business tickets (3 to 4 times the price of economy class) reflects this Recurring investments and justifying traveler coverage with little interest…OpenSkies, a subsidiary of British Airways, equips onboard staff with iPads that let them know each passenger’s preferences and even wish them their birthday! The Brands: Finnair has cutlery and bags by Finnish designer Marimekko, Qatar Airways glides at Armani cosmetics, Air France offers Clarins products, and La Compagnie Caudalie favors treatments. and Elle, while Singapore Airlines opted for table service by Givenchy.
It is through indulgence also that we build passengers’ loyalty: spoiling them with menus prepared by chefs has become common. Air France regularly asks for the big names, like Joël Robuchon, Régis Marcon or Anne-Sophie Picq, Qatar Airways has called Pierre Gagnaire and Toro Okuda, Qatar Airways has called Nobu… Another new thing? Low-cost airlines are also positioning themselves as players in business travel. Easyjet and Ryanair now offer services to upgrade their flights.
What other innovations are airlines preparing to get rid of? Already, we’re talking about 3D on the screens as well as the massage chair… so see you soon for new adventures… AMAZING!

Korean Air: Celestial Bars.

Korean Air: Celestial Bars. Dr

Emirates: Pioneers.

Emirates: Pioneers. Dr

Cathay Pacific: Communication or Isolation.

Cathay Pacific: Communication or Isolation. Dr

Lufthansa: great restaurant atmosphere.

Lufthansa: great restaurant atmosphere. Dr

A bed that suits the first
Qatar Airways
The Gulf airline serves 152 destinations departing from Paris thanks to excellent connection times via the new Doha station, with its quiet and upscale lounge. It has just furnished the intimate cabin of the new A380, which seats just 48, and has stayed true to its mouse burgundy gray color palette, shaded by lacquered wood. In a pleasant 1‑2‑1 arrangement, the seats have dimensions befitting a first class: 2 meters by 2 meters by 76 centimeters wide. The LCD screen allows you to treat yourself to a true cinema treatment, with no less than 155 films in French! And when we saw him James Bond Prefer and savor a signed dinner from Nobu or Tom Aikens, we reward ourselves with a drink in the central bar. What could be better than tasting an old-fashioned cognac in heaven?

very cocoon bed
Japan’s All Nippon Airways (ANA), which has just celebrated the 25th anniversary of its Paris-Tokyo production line, has taken a special interest in the business cabin of its new 787-9. The armchair beds, arranged in 1-2-1, are real cocoons. We sleep in homemade pajamas on a soft top mattress, noise-reducing headphones and an aromatherapy eye mask. The feet do not protrude from the duvet thanks to its “onesie” shape and the lungs do not dry out, as the air is maintained at an ideal humidity level. Meals are specially served by 2 star and 3 star chefs, while the lounge on the floor serves hot dishes served from an à la carte menu. Thanks to its joint venture with Lufthansa, ANA is now offering an increased offer on departures from major French cities.

Cool colors and warm weather
Acting on the principle that the route through the north is the shortest, the Finnish company resolutely headed towards Asia, specializing in communications never exceeding 45 minutes. We’re sorry about that, as the Helsinki airport lounge, where there is a shower and sauna, is attractive with its Scandinavian design. On board the quiet and brand new A350, the European premiere, which is currently flying to Shanghai, and soon to Beijing, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Singapore and New York, the clamshell seats arranged on the cob are icy white. The polar blue welcome light develops during flight, simulating the aurora borealis or sunrise depending on the time zone. Marimekko sprinkled his green dots on the pencil case and on the slippers and blanket he slips under to enjoy a Blue Sky cocktail. Long live Scandinavian hospitality!

it’s better !
Air France
Elue « compagnie s’étant la plus améliorée au monde » en 2015 par Skytrax, Air France a retravaillé sa cabine business dans ses moindres détails, en s’inspirant, notamment, de l’hôtellerie : il s’agit de se sentir comme dans his bed. The clamshell seat of the Boeing 777 (while waiting to be followed by the Airbus A330 and A380 by 2018), christened “a cocoon in the sky,” meets the 3FS standard of excellence. Chic French atmosphere, blue leather, red storage box: we stay company style. Softness is provided by curved lines, a (very) soft pillow, and a down comforter. For added convenience, the onboard gastronomy is currently commissioned by Chef Francois Adamsky. As for the supergroups, whose drawings remind of those of Concorde, they are indeed collectors.
Heavenly bars
Korean Air
Korean Air is the first in the world to boldly allocate the entire upper deck of its A380 aircraft to a single class of travel. Prestige Sleeper’s 94 seats offer a 100% business-class experience. Passengers enjoy the comfort of sky blue leather seats, the configuration of which is designed to allow passengers, on the side of the window, to access the aisle without disturbing their neighbours. The gorgeous Prestige Class Bar, out front, and the Heavenly Bar, at the back, invite you to relax and enjoy
Cocktails with exclusive recipes. Duty Free Showcase, a true convenience store, provides a shopping break. Finally, on set, the meal promises “farm to plane” quality. Suitable for business travelers, the flight to Seoul at 9 pm, departure from Paris, allows you to keep your work day.

The first airline to order the Airbus A380, in 2000, Emirates has continued to improve the level of comfort on board its fleet, which is the smallest in the world (supported by the Boeing 777). It all starts with the driver, who gently picks you up to take you to the airport. On board, intimacy is prioritized, with a massage hull seat equipped with movable sections for privacy and a large table for placing glasses, files and a computer. Half of the devices are connected to wi-fi at the moment. If you prefer to mingle, the bar offers appetizers, light fixtures, drinks, and snacks. Return to his cocoon to watch a movie or scoot between 2,186 channels of entertainment while rummaging through his mini fridge. All that remains is to let yourself be tucked away in your 1.98m bed by international and multilingual crew, which is the company’s signature.

Communication or isolation
Cathay Pacific
Comfortable and easy-to-use waiting lounges are especially popular, such as those just renovated in Taiwan and Hong Kong, and the Chinese company is also taking care of
Passengers on board. Her seat, in white and champagne, is one of the tallest and most popular. The fishbone arrangement provides a much-appreciated private space, in particular
That an extension on the side deploys automatically when you switch to bed mode, increasing its width. Center benches (in 1-2-1 configuration) can maintain their privacy or orient themselves toward each other, with the push of a button, if you prefer to chat when traveling with two people and share a meal prepared by one of the great chefs of the Mandarin Oriental group, a treat.

Great restaurant atmosphere
The German company, which has just strengthened its presence in French airports, has renovated its cabins and changed its 7,000 seats to Business Class, offering a fully reclining bed of 1.98m in length, with an original V-shape that offers true privacy. A signed Samsonite bag is placed, filled with products from the famous Greek brand Korres. Thanks to the FlyNet system, passengers can access the Internet via wi-fi and consult online content, the latest information or follow sporting events … while serving their meal on individual tables prepared by the onboard staff and covered in white Dishes and drinks are served directly from the Kitchen, great restaurant ambiance. The German company puts small plates in large plates.

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