Flying Business Class to Asia: A Round-up

8 June 2017

Business travel to Asia is growing at a rapid pace, with emerging markets drawing businesses from everywhere. If you need to plan a business trip to China, Hong Kong, Myanmar, India, or any other country in Asia, you will have a host of airlines to choose from. These are our top picks for you to consider.

Malaysia Airlines

With their new A330 Business Class offering more space, more privacy and more comfort than ever before, you can’t look past Malaysia Airlines for your business trip. Boasting fully reclined lie-flat seats, a generous 40kg luggage allowance (plus two pieces of hand luggage), gourmet cuisine, and access to their Golden Lounges where you can freshen up before or after your flight, your flight to Asia will be one of comfort and ease.

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Singapore Airlines

Singapore Airlines is always at the top of its game, and is definitely an airline to consider for any flight to Asia. In 2017, they won for Best Economy Class in the Airline Ratings awards, and their Premium Economy Class option offers you enhanced comfort, extra choices and award-winning service.

But, if you’re looking at their Business Class option, you will find spacious leather seats, a fully flat bed with premium linen and pillows, and a LCD screen and noise-cancelling headphones to enjoy thousands of entertainment options. You’ll also get access to ‘Book the Cook’, their inflight dining service where you can reserve your main course, with wines to match.

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Cathay Pacific

In Cathay Pacific’s Business Class offering, you will receive priority check-in and boarding, a generous luggage allowance, a fully flatbed, state-of-the-art inflight entertainment on your own touchscreen TV, and fine dining.

You’ll also find it easy to get on with some work during your flight, with privacy partitions, expansive tables, power outlets and adjustable lighting at your seat. You can land at your destination all ready to get on with business.

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Malindo Air

With an extensive network that covers Malaysia, as well as regional destinations in Indonesia, Thailand, Bangladesh, India, Singapore, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Pakistan, Malindo Air is a great value-for-money option for business travellers.

In Business Class, you can expect leather seats, ample legroom, a power outlet, the latest in inflight entertainment, gourmet meals, free Wi-Fi and a 40kg baggage allowance.

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woman with hand luggage in airport A generous 40kg luggage allowance gives business travellers added peace of mind. Image: Getty

AirAsia

AirAsia has been one of the world’s best low-cost airlines for eight years running, because they are reliable, offer value for money, and have a huge network of destinations around Asia.

This airline has a number of fare types you can choose from, but for a little bit of affordable luxury on your business trip, you could opt for their Premium Flatbed fare. With this fare type, you receive a 40kg baggage allowance, complimentary meals, Xpress baggage delivery, check-in and boarding, and seat selection. Your seat turns into a flatbed, and you have a privacy screen and adjustable headrest and footrest.

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Japan Airlines

JAL’s Economy Class offering is renowned for its service, comfort, gourmet meals and value, so it’s a good starting point for any business trip. But, if you want to upgrade to Business Class, you can also expect a complimentary amenity kit, the latest inflight entertainment, and premium lounge access.

Plus, you have a range of seats to choose from – ranging from SKYLUXE SEATS, with a deep recline, adjustable leg rest and power points; to the SKY SUITE, with a full flatbed, Airwave mattress and pillows, unimpeded aisle access, and an LCD monitor.

LOYALTY PROGRAMME: JAL Mileage Bank

There are many more fantastic airlines that fly from Australia to destinations all over Asia, but these are just a few with amazing business class offerings that might make your work trip that little bit more comfortable and pleasant.

Janelle Strickland

Janelle is a writer and digital marketer living in Brisbane, but originally from South Africa. She spent three years living in London and travelling the UK and Europe before moving to Australia, where she settled down, got married and now has a baby. She can't wait to share her love of travel, culture and history with her little family. 

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