Business Class Travel Becoming More Affordable

12 November 2012
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While Business Class was traditionally the domain of corporate travellers, in recent years, Business Class airfares have fallen, opening up the prospect of flying Business Class to all Australians including leisure travellers. The extra comfort and services afforded to passengers who fly Business Class are becoming increasingly attractive.

 Qantas Business Class Sleeper

Flight Centre's Executive General Manager of Marketing, Colin Bowman, said that the intense competition between new and established airlines meant that some of the best business class deals in recent memory are currently available.

"Premium air travel has become even more affordable for Australians," said Mr Bowman.

"The gap between the cheapest business class fare and a full economy ticket is closing. Intense competition between international airlines has seen the newcomers offer some incredible deals to establish their presence in Australia. The established airlines have responded with eye-catching offers of their own to maintain their positions."

Recently, to further attract clientele to Business Class, Qantas announced a raft of enhancements.

Qantas will now offer a special duvet sleep service, where passengers will receive a mattress, duvet, and a T2 wellbeing tea blend designed to encourage sleep during the flight. On shorter night flights, the airline will also introduce an express breakfast service so that passengers can sleep for longer. Additionally, business class passengers will receive unique Amenity Kits designed by Kate Spade New York and Jack Spade.

And for passengers who prefer to select their own meals, Qantas' Select on Q - Eat allows Business Class customers to order their meal online 72 to 24 hours prior to departure. According to the Qantas website, the diverse range of meal options include salad of serrano ham with rocket, seared steelhead salmon with spiced eggplant, braised jidori chicken with saffron and almond sauce.

The Qantas International Chief Executive Officer is Simon Hickey.

"Qantas is focused on putting the customer at the centre of everything we do, making Qantas International best for global travellers. This means listening to our customers, understanding why they fly with us and providing the best service we can," said Mr Hickey.

"Our premium customers travelling in Business have told us they want greater choice and the ability to maximise their sleep. That's why we've made these changes."

Emirates entice travellers to Business Class with an Onboard Lounge, where passengers can enjoy a cocktail prepared by the dedicated bartender. And for those who wish to sleep, the seats converts into a flat-bed at the touch of a button.

Special Bonus from Flight Centre's Business Class Experts
Flight Centre has a dedicated team, who are experts in Business Class travel.

As a bonus extra, Flight Centre customers who book any international Business Class airfare by November 30 2012, will receive a complimentary one-way chauffeur transfer* to the airport.

To receive this great bonus, you must mention this blog article when you book the airfare through the Flight Centre First and Business Class Travel Experts. They can be contacted on (02) 8121 2109 or via email premiumtravel@flightcentre.com

* Excludes flights to New Zealand and the South Pacific and on all low cost carriers.
* The transfer is valid for all Australian capitals, within a 30-kilometre radius of the airport.

Lyndon Barnett

Guided by curiosity and a sense of adventure, Lyndon travelled independently to 69 countries on six continents. As such, travel is Lyndon's only addiction. He enjoys with equal measure - scaling the peaks of a South American mountain at altitude, attending opera in a European Opera House or hunting for a bargain in an Asian market.