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12 Apr 2021 by Business Traveller India
All Nippon Airways

All Nippon Airways Business Class

ANA is regarded as the “first carrier in Asia in the Covid-19 airline safety for hygiene and cleanliness”. All Nippon Airways offers a luxurious Business Class on its India route with direct flights to Japan. Passengers flying Business Class can avail of a number of services including fast track security and priority boarding. On its Boeing B787-9 which it flies on the India-Japan route, the Business Class cabin includes fully-flat seats with a staggered arrangement. All these seats have direct aisle access. The fully flat seat features a large side table with a personal light, stowage space under the ottoman for large items, universal power port and USB port. An 18-inch touch-panel LCD wide-screen monitor makes for its inflight entertainment. Passengers can switch on the do not disturb light whenever they wish to rest. The professional expertise of master chefs, beverage specialists and ANA chefs is titled The Connoisseurs by the airline. This team is responsible for an elevated fine dining experience panning Japanese, French and fusion cuisine. ANA also offers Indian meals including vegetarian, Jain meals onboard Business Class (these change from time to time and defer as per route). ana.co.jp

British Airways

British Airways First

First is the finest way to fly British Airways. Passengers flying first have their own private, spacious suite that has a fully-flat bed with a foam and microfibre mattress topper and 400 thread count bedding. First passengers are provided with exclusively designed Temperley London loungewear. A seven-piece luxury skin and body care collection from Elemis makes up the amenity bag and slippers are provided as well. A touchscreen handset and state-of-the-art noise cancelling headphones from Meridian are offered to passengers. The onboard dining menu is delicious and indulgent, resembling a fine-dining restaurant. Exclusively designed crockery, cutlery and glassware from  William Edwards, Studio William and Dartington is presented to the passengers. Those travelling in this premium class of British Airways can enjoy priority boarding, straight from an exclusive First lounge. Fitted onto the airline’s B787-9 Dreamliner, this premium cabin has just eight seats. britishairways.com

Cathay Pacific Airways

Cathay Pacific Airways First Class

Cathay Pacific Airways First Class passengers can enjoy luxurious service in their own private suite that doubles as a private working area. The First Class cabin comes in 1-1-1 configuration (there are two rows, so a total of six seats). The seats can be converted into fully-flatbeds, and are complemented with exquisite bedding from the organic brand Bamford. Experience the recently enhanced state-of-the-art inflight entertainment system that is equipped with Bose noise cancelling headsets. Passengers are welcome onboard with a personalised note, a glass of JING sparkling jasmine silver needle tea, and a hot towel. The airline offers Bamford’s amenity kits for men and women. The airline has also partnered with PYE, a premium Hong Kong brand for providing passengers with a knit sleepsuit, slippers and eyeshade. The food menu includes more healthier and lighter options as well as the Hong Kong flavours. Passengers can also enjoy the onboard cellar. cathaypacific.com

Japan Airlines

Japan Airlines (JAL) First Class

The First Class aboard JAL is a top-notch luxury product done in woodgrain interior and furnishing with plenty of storage compartments, a controller for inflight entertainment equipped with an LCD touch panel, and a laptop power brick. The inflight touchscreen is 23 inches-large and can be enjoyed with the Bose Quiet Comfort 25 noise cancelling headphones. The airline offers premium amenities including the main amenity kit from Etro, an Italian luxury fashion brand, packed with an eye mask, a toothbrush set, earplugs, lip balm, perfume, hand and body cream, pocket tissue to name a few. Apart from this, JAL offers SHISEIDO personal care set for men. Relaxing outfits are also offered to passengers onboard. JAL has meticulously crafted its inflight dining offerings depending on the routes. Local and international creations are ideated by high-profile chefs from around the world. Dishes include soy sauce ramen, rice bowls, chicken curry served with premium wines, and champagnes. jal.co.jp

Singapore Airlines

Singapore Airlines Business Class

The new medium-haul Business Class seats are manufactured by Stelia Aerospace. With each seat able to recline directly into a 76-inch fully-flat bed, customers can rest in comfort on medium-haul flights as well. Each seat measures up to 26 inches in width with retractable armrests that can be raised or lowered. Other features include ample stowage space for personal items, a business panel with in-seat power supply and USB ports, an integrated reading light unit with adjustable lighting intensity and a personal 17-inch full high-definition touchscreen monitor. Passengers can reserve their main course up to 24 hours before they fly, which includes creations by notable chefs from Singapore Airlines’s ‘International Culinary Panel’. A restaurant setting onboard with full table service, and wines to match the food and altitude, are some of the other frills onboard Business Class. singaporeair.com

Turkish Airlines

Turkish Airlines Business Class

Experience Turkish hospitality in the skies by choosing to fly Business Class with the flag carrier of Turkey. The Business Class seating has been specially designed for maximum comfort and is equipped with special amenities such as a reading lamp, power supply, and the facility to screen off your own private space. Business Class passengers on international flights are served a warm meal and snacks (cake and sandwich). Efforts are being taken to minimise contact between the passengers and crew onboard. Although the transitioning times have led to several alterations in the inflight services of airlines across the world, Turkish Airlines is ensuring a premium service for Business Class passengers, taking into account high-standards of safety and hygiene. turkishairlines.com

Vistara

Vistara Business Class cabin

Vistara’s Business Class product is one of the finest in the domestic aviation sector, and are at par with several global carriers. The business class seats, upholstered in premium genuine leather, come in wide seatbacks, offering 41 inches or 63 inches of pitch (depending on the aircraft), extendable leg rest and footrest. This is further enhanced by the state-of-the-art tech facilities and high-end inflight entertainment system. Guests onboard Vistara’s Business Class are pampered with offerings such as an exquisite dining experience with an elaborate menu for a three-course meal; a curated wine list and beverages menu (alcoholic and non-alcoholic), choice of signature Vistara Blue Cocktail (on international flights) and mocktails (on international and domestic flights) and freshly brewed Starbucks coffee on domestic flights among others. The dining experience comprises hot meals including vegetarian and non-vegetarian rice-meals, cutlets, select Indian and continental dishes served pre-packed along with side dishes such as cut fruits, salad, dessert and bread. Business Class passengers are also offered the choice of the complete bar on all international routes. airvistara.com

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