Business class remains one of the most highly competitive markets in aviation. Airlines are making an increased push for premium passengers, and many business class seats are now simply so good that airlines are removing first class entirely. Next year first class will remain on just 18 airlines globally. However, with some outstanding business class products out there, do passengers really need first class anymore? The difference between business and first class has become much more narrow over the last few years, whilst the price gap has remained the same. On some full service carriers, first class does offer a remarkable product, with better amenities, more space and even showers on some aircraft. However, the justification for paying as much as double the price of business class seems to be waning, as the business product still offers lay flat seating.
Here I take a look at 10 airlines that have delivered business class seats worthy of competing with many other airlines’ first class offerings, compiled from my experiences flying around the world over the last 10 years.