Every year, leading aviation consumer website Skytrax compiles a list of the highest rated business class offerings in the world. The Skytrax rankings are based on the impressions of 19.2 million travelers from 104 different countries. The survey, which covered more than 280 airlines, measured 41 parameters ranging from boarding procedures to seat comfort to the quality of service.
Business class has, in recent years, changed dramatically. The standards for service, comfort, and accommodations have increased to a level unseen since the golden age of commercial aviation in the 1960s. These days, lie-flat seats, personal entertainment systems, and menus crafted by gourmet chefs are becoming the industry norm.
That’s because, even though business class comprises a small number seats per plane, it’s pricier fares and premium clientele are important profit drivers for the airlines.
The 10 airlines that made the final list all offer exemplary service, state-of-the-art aircraft, and generous accommodations. Amazingly, the top seven spots went to Asian airlines, while the other three spots are occupied by airlines from Europe.
Why it’s here: Lufthansa opens the top-ten list with an impressive business class product. The German airline offers lie-flat seats, a variety of fine-dining options, and a selection of more than 100 films and 200 TV shows in eight different languages.