Best Business & First Class (2021)


Flying in these airlines’ premium cabins makes it easy to forget you’re on an airplane at all, with luxe amenities like lie-flat beds, widescreen TVs for personal entertainment and multi-course meals prepared by onboard chefs. Which airline has the best business and first class cabins?

  • All Nippon Airways

    All Nippon Airways

    Business class on ANA All Nippon Airways means direct aisle access and staggered seats for added privacy. The line’s newest first class seats include a privacy door, plus amenities like a premium wine selection, Japanese cuisine in collaboration with Nogizaka Shin and a Nishikawa AiR bed pad for sleeping.
    Photo courtesy of All Nippon Airways

  • JetBlue


    JetBlue offers their premium Mint seats on select coast-to-coast, Latin America and Caribbean routes (as well as a new route to London in 2021). Dining features rotating small plates from NYC favorites like Charlie Bird, Pasquale Jones and Legacy Records. Seats lie fully flat and come with Tuft & Needle bedding. Mint suites have a door for extra privacy.
    Photo courtesy of JetBlue

  • Korean Air

    Korean Air

    First class aboard Korean Air means private spaces, flatbed sleeper seats and large entertainment screens. Passengers are provided an in-flight amenity kit from Atelier Cologne and upgraded food and wine. Passengers aboard the A380 can relax in the Celestial Bar over craft cocktails.
    Photo courtesy of Korean Air

  • Delta Air Lines

    Delta Air Lines

    Delta One, Delta’s premium product on international flights, features 180-degree flatbed seats (most with direct aisle access) outfitted with Westin Heavenly bedding and TUMI amenity kits. Domestic first class seats offer eight inches of extra legroom and 11-inch seat-back screens.
    Photo courtesy of Delta Air Lines

  • Japan Airlines

    Japan Airlines

    Japan Airlines First and Business Class guests can stretch out for a nap or deep sleep across the Pacific in fully-flat beds with designer mattresses and pillows. Seats in both cabins allow for direct aisle access and seasonal Japanese and Western menus are served with a wide selection of wines and spirits.
    Photo courtesy of Japan Airlines

  • Emirates


    Emirates offers flat bed seats, minibars, widescreen TVs and access to an onboard lounge on their A380 flights. First class gets even better, with privacy doors, on-demand dining, an onboard shower spa, personal lighting and temperature controls and personal widescreen TVs.
    Photo courtesy of Emirates

  • Singapore Airlines

    Singapore Airlines

    Singapore Airlines offers three classes of luxury – business, first and suite. All seats recline into beds, and inflight entertainment systems save passenger preferences for future flights. First class passengers enjoy ultra-wide seats and the opportunity to reserve main course meals up to 24 hours in advance, while suites include leather recliners, beds, sliding privacy doors and a 32-inch touchscreen with noise-cancelling headphones.
    Photo courtesy of Singapore Airlines

  • Qatar Airways

    Qatar Airways

    Qatar’s award-winning business class includes dining on-demand, more than 4,000 inflight entertainment options, amenities from Castello Monte Vibiano Vecchio and lie-flat seats. First class passengers enjoy amenity kits from Bric’s, sleeper suits from White Company and seats that can be used as a private office with power outlets and wifi or beds with Frette linens and a duvet.
    Photo courtesy of Qatar Airways

  • Etihad Airways

    Etihad Airways

    Etihad Airways offers three levels of premium cabin, all with lie-flat seats, dining on-demand and access to a lounge area. The airline truly shines with its most premium seats, known as The Residence – a three-room apartment in the sky with its own ensuite shower, private bedroom and separate living area.
    Photo courtesy of Etihad Airways

  • Lufthansa


    Lufthansa business class on long haul flights means fully flat bed seats and an open-plan design that lends a sense of space to the cabin. First class passengers are greeted by a personal assistant at their destination airport, with seats that feature mattress pads and temperature-regulating duvets.
    Photo courtesy of Lufthansa


The top 10 winners in the category Best Business & First Class are as follows:

  1. All Nippon Airways
  2. JetBlue
  3. Korean Air
  4. Delta Air Lines
  5. Japan Airlines
  6. Emirates
  7. Singapore Airlines
  8. Qatar Airways
  9. Etihad Airways
  10. Lufthansa

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote.

Congratulations to all these winning airlines!

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