Five reasons to fly business

2013-05-17 10:00

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If you’re at the pinnacle of your life or career and are accustomed to a refined lifestyle, travelling business class regularly, you have no need for our advice.

Flying business class isn’t all pinstripes and ego – it’s about comfort, personal service, style and quality.

Fact remains, once you fly business class there is no going back. But if you are that successful individual who has never splashed out before (heaven alone knows why not!?) or the regular traveller who hasn't thought about the benefits of the last-minute upgrade, here are five reasons to fly up at the front of the plane. Every single time.


Clearly a good night’s sleep is a big deal for the business class passenger.

British Airways Club World cabin, or Club as the regulars tend to refer to it, is where the flat bed in business class was pioneered. Behind the Business Class Curtain it really does feel like you’re more in a lounge than on an airplane. These seats or should we say oversized armchairs face both back and front. The opaque electronic retractable screens between each seat allow you to either enjoy some privacy or chat to the person travelling next to you.

The best part is being able to push a button to transform it into a fully flat six-foot bed. A usually tiresome long haul flight now becomes a case of dinner, drinks along with some in-flight entertainment, before buckling down for some decent sleep.

 At the time British Airways launched the seat that would revolutionise expectations of business class travel, it consulted with former NASA scientist and other sleep experts on how best to get a good night’s sleep  while in the air. We kid you not. Since then the Club seat has been improved. New cushioning technology, similar to that used in premium mattresses now provides more ergonomic support making the original seat more comfortable.

The Club seat is available to 157 international destinations – which is rather useful if you’re a jet setting executive.

Benefits on the ground

Terminal 5 takes being in an airport to the next level - but seriously there is only so much shopping an individual can do.  

Booking a Club ticket gets you more than just a comfy seat and a better quality of champers in the air; it is also gets you into the Galleries Lounges. Offering complimentary wifi, it allows you to catch up on a few last minute e-mails, or if you’d prefer, just take it easy with a drink or two and a snack. There is a huge selection on offer appealing to those who are slightly peckish to those who have an extended stop-over and require something more substantial. There are also showering facilities and spa treatments on offer but pre-bookings are required.

Time is money and BA’s dedicated Club counters across the globe save you from queues if you haven’t already checked in online. At Heathrow’s Terminal 5 you have access to the Fast Track Arrivals and Departures, dedicated speed thru channels for premium passengers – when you’re pressed for time the legalised queue jumping is more than valuable.

Personalised service

When you order the beef and are inclined to ask the air steward for it to be prepared medium you know the airline has gone a long way to create the right atmosphere. This cannot be described as plane food and you’re professionally waited on, with a welcomed absence of the catering trollies. Like the seats, the menus in Club have recently been upgraded. With a choice of starters and main courses as well as vegetarian and Well Being options recommended to counter the effects of long haul travel. The menus are designed by some of Britain’s top chefs – including inspiration from the likes of Heston Blumenthal.

Raiding the larder

If the above still isn’t enough to get you to baton down the hatches for the night, you’re invited to feel like a kid in the pantry. An assortment of snacks and drinks are left out in the galley available to you at any time during the flight. Guilt-free pleasures that add more fun than fuss to your flight.

Connectivity and flexibility

This might seem insignificant but to the modern traveller connectivity is vital. Power connections for laptops and phones are built into the video remote. So while you can be resting, you also have the option to get some necessary admin or work if necessary.

Add to these benefits the flexibility of tickets and preferred wait listing to British Airways’ extensive route network. Certainly these come at a price, but if British Airways’ results are anything to go by, it’s one that increasing numbers of business travellers consider well worth the investment.

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