Best Airlines for Business Travel

One of the most important aspects to a trip is choosing the right airline. For business travelers, airlines have to be able to deliver environments that allow for work, relaxation and sleep. Here are the top ten airlines that will get you where you need to go and provide great luxury amenities while doing it.

1. British Airways

– British Airways provides the business traveler with endless luxuries. The Club World class has a comfortable seat that transforms into a cozy fully flat bed. Amenities include a Elemis skincare products and accessories kit; power supply for laptops and electronic devices; and a personal 10.4 inch flat screen and noise-canceling headphones to enjoy the hundreds of films, music, audio books and games available. The airline is also known for their delicious dining options that feature inspirations from the top chefs in the world.

British Airways Top Ten Airlines for Business Travel

2. Cathay Pacific

– The seats in Cathay Pacific’s business class allow the business traveler to have full privacy, or with a simple change in position, you can converse with your traveling companion. You also receive personal storage space and a 15.4-inch personal TV with audio and video on demand. For dining options, you’ll notice entrees with an Asian twist.

Cathay Pacific Top Ten Airlines for Business Travel

3. Emirates

– Emirates has flatbed seats that extend to 79 inches. In addition to storage space, a workspace and personal entertainment system, each seat has a built-in mini bar. Other perks include complimentary champagne and fine culinary options served on Royal Doulton fine bone china with Robert Welch cutlery.

Emirates Top Ten Airlines for Business Travel

4. Lufthansa

– When you travel in Lufthansa Business class, you can start your experience in the Lufthansa Business Lounge. Once on the plane, the seats recline to beds that measure almost 2 meters long. You’re also provided with a personal entertainment screen. For dining, Lufthansa provides Business Class passengers with a full meal on every flight with menus created by top chefs. There is also an exclusive wine program from Vinothek Discoveries.

Lufthansa Top Ten Airlines for Business Travel

5. Virgin Atlantic

– Virgin Atlantic is known for infusing fun into travel and this philosophy transcends to the Business Class as well. If you’re flying from Heathrow, you’ll be able to experience the Virgin Clubhouse (it houses a spa) before your flight. On boarding the plane, you’re greeted with a preflight glass of Lanson Black Label Champagne or a Bucks Fizz. The Business Class seats transform into 33” wide and 6’6” long flat beds. Other amenities include power strips, 10-inch personal entertainment monitors with movies and music and a Graze dining menu. Don’t forget to take advantage of the airlines chauffeur service to escort you to and from the airport.

Virgin Atlantic Top Ten Airlines for Business Travel

6. Singapore Airlines

– Singapore Airlines offers Business Class guests a contemporary design by James Park Associates. On longer trips, guests have fully flat beds with large pillows and a light duvet. On board dining menus are created by their International Culinary Panel that has top chefs from around the world. Meals are served on designer tableware by Givenchy. For even more personalized service, you can pre-order your gourmet main course and it will be specifically prepared for you. The airline’s business panel has an in-seat power supply, USB ports, and a 15.4 inch LCD entertainment portal.

Singapore Airlines Top Ten Airlines for Business Travel

7. KLM

– KLM’s World Business class was designed by a famous Dutch designer to give passengers every bit of comfort possible. The seats recline 180 degrees and are 81.5 inches long. There is also in-seat power, a privacy canopy and personal entertainment system with a 17 inch screen. The dining menu is 3-courses and prepared by top Dutch chefs. Meals are served on Marcel Wanders crockery. Business Class passengers also enjoy an extra baggage allowance when checking in.

KLM Top Ten Airlines for Business Travel

8. Swiss International Air Lines

– Once on board, Swiss business class passengers receive a welcome drink of either champagne, fresh orange juice or water. From there, you can decide whether you want to relax, work or sleep. Swiss seats transform into a 2-meter long flat bed. The airline also offers up-to-date newspapers and magazines and a 12-inch entertainment system with games and movies. If you’re on a longer flight, indulge in a 5-course meal full of regional specialties. The meal is complete with wine pairings.

Swiss International Air Lines Top Ten Airlines for Business Travel

9. Qantas

– Start your business class experience with Qantas with a chauffeured driver to the airport. From there you’ll skip the lines and enter through a premium dedicated boarding lane. Once on board, relax in the Qantas seat and select from its wide range of seat adjustments. The Marc Newson-designed seat converts into a two-meter, fully-flat bed when you’re ready to sleep. One of the best features for Business class passengers is the Onboard Lounge. It’s perfect for quick meetings and has presentation capabilities. Other amenities include a Rockpool designed dining menu, personal entertainment systems, and a Kate Spade and Jack Spade designed amenity kit.

Qantas Top Ten Airlines for Business Travel

10. Etihad Airways

– Etihad Airways’ Pearl Business Class has a privacy shell with a 6-foot flat bed, a personal entertainment system with a 15-inch screen, noise canceling head seats and a built-in massager. Etihad truly shines with its dining experience that includes a food and beverage manager, an anytime kitchen menu and boutique wines from the world’s best vineyards. Another element of an Etihad Airways Business Class experience is the mood lighting system that allows you to create the perfect atmosphere for your flight.

Etihad Airways Top Ten Airlines for Business Travel


After receiving a degree in journalism, she pursued a career as a professional photographer that has allowed her to travel extensively. When not traveling, she lives in Atlanta where she is working on opening a photography studio and bar that's inspired by her favorite cities around the world and merges her love of food, culture and art.