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Let’s not beat about the bush: if you’re flying long-haul, business class is best. In fact, once you’ve turned left on a plane, and tasted that delicious champagne and that (hopefully) flat bed, it will take nerves of steel to cross an ocean in any other way.
But not all business classes are created equal. Some are worth that premium price; others less so. Some are best for working; others for sleeping; and others for simply feeling glam (as you'll see below, it's a very personal choice). So because, much as we’d like to, we can’t all afford biz all of the time, we asked the frequent flyers of Jaunted (plus an extremely knowledgeable friend) two questions: which business class is your favorite, and which would you not bother with? Because, if you’re going to splurge, it’d be a shame to land up with a dud, right? #firstworldproblemsalltheway
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In the world of premium air travel, there are a handful of what frequent flyers call “destination lounges.” These spaces, luxuriously appointed and exclusively for the use of the highest-paying passengers, are often an embarrassment of riches and, thus, completely worth spacing your travel with time enough to visit.
Qatar Airways’ Al Mourjan Business Class Lounge at Doha’s Hamad International Airport is the newest addition to the list of must-visit lounges, and with good reason. Not only is it massive (30,000+ sq ft!) and filled with features like designer furniture and its own lake, but the Al Mourjan lounge has entire semi-private rooms just for families and a full restaurant with such variety of food and drink as to make other lounges cry into their chex mix with shame.
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We have all had a terrible meal on a flight before. In fact, we have shown you some of the sadder trays slid in front of us. With this new series of amazing airline meals, we can revel in the airline culinary delights and give kudos to the airlines that got it right.
When traveling on a SWISS Airlines business class flight from Zurich to Montreal recently we were presented with the airline’s SWISS Taste of Switzerland menu which proved to be, this writer’s, Best. Airline. Meal. Ever.
Some of Switzerland’s top chefs, usually from one of the country’s swank hotels, are invited to show off their culinary skills and represent their region’s cuisine in the Taste of Switzerland program. During our flight, Michelin-starred chef Dominique Gauthier from the luxe Hotel Beau-Rivage stepped up to the plate for the canton of Geneva.
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This is the week! From January 15, the brand-spanking-new Airbus A350 begins regular commercial flights and welcomes passengers to the enjoy everything Airbus has been working on since 2004.
As far its place within the range of the newest aircraft out there, the A350-900 is larger than a 787-800, smaller than an A380, and due to replace the A330 for some of the airlines adding it to their fleets. It costs $295 million each, and there's some 700 orders on the books for the plane. With those numbers, more and more travelers will soon find themselves walking down the jetway to board a plane they've never before experienced.
And what an experience. Thanks to technology, modern materials, and a refreshing re-focus on passenger comfort, the Airbus A350 is about to silence many of the most common complaints in air travel. Here are just a few:
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It's not every day that an airline welcomes an airplane so new that no one else has it yet. That was, however, the case this week as Qatar Airways celebrated the arrival of the first Airbus A350. Come next week, anyone can fly on the plane and, with over 700 orders for the aircraft (80 just from Qatar Airways), this will hardly be the last you'll hear of it.
Why is Qatar Airways’ A350 so special? Put quite simply, the airline has it first. The A350 rolled off the runway at Airbus’ Toulouse factory to land at Doha and begin its service, as Qatar Airways is the “Global Launch Customer” for the type; they’re debuting the plane, setting the bar, and offering an experience unavailable anywhere else.
In addition to its body of advanced materials and engines that are the cleanest yet, the Airbus A350 also brings onboard humidification systems (no more dry eyes and skin!), an air management system that filters the entire cabin of air every 2-3 minutes, improved cabin temperature levels (no more “too hot” or “too cold”), and seats designed specifically for Qatar Airways and their heightened standards for both luxury and comfort.
Speaking of the seats...
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For all the travel we do, maybe because of it, we appreciate the little joys along the way and train or plane lounges rank right up there. When we come across a modern gem like the Renfe Club Lounge at Barcelona Sants Station our heart gives a little leap: it’s a seriously cool place to chill while waiting for your train.
Entry into the lounge, which reopened on April 2 of this year after a major overhaul, takes a Club, First-Class or Grand Comfort class ticket. Once you’re in you can choose from at least five different areas to park it, all with a different look and feel. There’s a self-serve drinks area with a few complimentary snacks as well – nothing spectacular, but enough to get you through until you board your train and can enjoy the first-class treatment on board.
(Want to see more? Check out the photo gallery!)
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We come across some downright awesome airline amenity kits in our travels, and the surprises of each zippered pouch can often make or break comfort on a premium flight. With this in mind, here's to our new series: Inside the Amenity Kit, wherein we unzip, unwrap, and expose the loot inside:
14 hours is a long flight. Even with a nice tailwind to slice nearly an hour off the time in the air, a nonstop such as Chicago - Doha on QR722, a Qatar Airways Boeing 777-300ER, can be trying without some small comforts. Luckily Qatar is generous with both meal services and amenities, so even fussy flyers are left purring.
The 777s Qatar flies to their US destinations are two-class airplanes, with both Business and Economy. All of Qatar's long-haul fleet features flatbed seats in Business, and touchscreen in-flight entertainment systems throughout. The cherry on top is an amenity kit of Giorgio Armani products and a few other small surprises.
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Above: baby back ribs
Forget the usual question of "chicken or pasta?" Delta is all about BBQ...and proper southern-style BBQ, too, thanks to an expanded partnership for in-flight meals from Union Square Hospitality's Blue Smoke.
The original menu began in 2013 on Delta flights only flying from JFK to London-Heathrow. The entrees rotated, but throughout the year the airline served Blue Smoke's Memphis baby back ribs, North Carolina pulled pork, and smoked black pepper sausage all paired with mini biscuits, cornbread, and a mini specialty chocolate bar.
The updated menu now adds smoked duck with grilled apple butter and spiced pecans, sweet potato and roasted pear soup, and more baby-back ribs with baked pit beans. All dishes draw inspiration from both Blue Smoke fan favorites and "cherished family recipes from Chef Jean-Paul’s native Louisiana."
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Just because holiday travel has a reputation for frustration doesn't mean that the spirit of the holidays can't be part of the journey once you're in the sky. Airlines know that a little bit of merry can go a long way this time of year, and a few are introducing holiday-themed menus or little festive touches to make long lines and cramped planes a little more bearable.
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A Korean Air Airbus A380 was delayed on departure from New York's JFK Airport for a very
nutty weird reason Friday; there was an onboard disagreement over the presentation of the warm nuts given to Business and First Class flyers before takeoff.
Whether the issue concerned what was (or wasn't) said when the nuts were served or how they were or weren't served, there's no doubt that something went wrong enough to arouse the anger of Korean Air executive (and daughter of the chairman), Heather Cho. Her reaction to a slip-up in the service was to command the aircraft back to the gate at JFK and have the offending crew member removed, causing the flight to take a delay.
For an opinion on the matter we deferred to our friend, and airline catering authority, InflightFeed. What's the correct way to serve nuts in a premium class, disregarding airline-specific fripperies?
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Did you hear the latest news from the folks over at Delta? We did, and it’s a little confusing. We’re here to help, of course, and we’ll do our best to explain it.
For the most part the airline is just throwing a little marketing spin and some new seating surfaces to already existing options, but here’s what you can expect from their different cabins classes beginning on March 1, 2015:
So "Delta One" is actually just their BusinessElite cabin by another name. Think of it as first class on the good routes, namely international flights and those primetime transcontinental flights—like New York to Los Angeles. "Delta One" means access to the Delta Sky Club, amenity kits, noise-reduction headsets, and lie-flat seating options.
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So Prince William and Anderson Cooper walk onto a plane...
It sounds like the set-up for a lame joke, but instead it's what actually transpired today on a US Airways shuttle flight from Washington DC to New York-LGA.
His Royal Highness the Duke of Cambridge had traveled with Kate to New York City, but had an appointment in the am today with President Obama down in DC. There was no private jet on hold; while Kate stayed in NYC at The Carlyle Hotel, William boarded a scheduled US Airways flight around 8am, bound for Washington DC's Reagan National Airport (DCA) and convenient to his appointment at The White House.