In its annual Business Travel Awards, the Australian Business Traveller revealed the 2012 best picks for business travelers flying to and within Australia.
With numerous new amenities, upgrades and customer friendly features introduced by airlines flying to Australia in the last year, the choices are many. These range from new aircraft such as A380s and 777-300ERs to onboard Wifi and the increasing prevalence of private work spaces and the comfortable business-class full-flat beds.
Some of winning airlines flying to Australia with the top passenger friendly features include:
Qantas: The Australian flag carrier offers the best premium economy seating amongall carriers flying to Australia. The additional leg-room and recline, wider seats, and especially the fold-out foot rest provide a comfortable flight to Australia as an alternative to the higher cost of business class.
Qantas was also a winner in the International First Class Seat category, tied with its former ally, British Airways. To push Qantas in the forefront for business travelers, the airline is also tops for the best airport lounge network in Australia.
Cathay Pacific: The Hong Kong based airline has recently introduced new premium Cirrus business class seats featuring full flat beds, plenty of space, storage and privacy and direct aisle access for everyone with a 1-2-1 configuration. With these new features, Cathay is the clear winner for Best International Business Class – if Hong Kong is included in your travels.
Emirates, Singapore Airlines: Traveling East from the US and Canada and seeking total luxury? Both Emirates and Singapore Airlines stand out for the luxurious first-class suites on their Airbus A380s flying to Australia. Signature features include showers on Emirates’ A380s and double-bed suites in Singapore Air’s super-jumbos.
Emirates is also the top pick for Business Class across the Tasman – from Australia (daily flights are available from Melbourne and Sydney) to Auckland, New Zealand on its A380s.
Virgin Australia: If you’re flying across Australia, Virgin is the winner in the transcontinental Business Class race, with international class amenities – including lie-flat seating – for business travelers on its A330 aircraft.