It is estimated that businesses will spend more than $1.5 trillion on business travel by 2020. China is quickly becoming the hottest market for business travelers growing by about 11.4 percent annually. By comparison, business travel in the United States is growing only by about 1.5 percent annually. More executives from India and Indonesia will be traveling, and more directors of companies will be traveling to those countries as well. No one is sure the long-term impact that Brexit will have on business travel within that region. Regardless of the region, they are traveling to or from, business travelers are demanding more personalized service along with the ability to get more done while in the air. They also want top-notch services from their airlines while they are at the airport. Competition on many routes will continue to be stiff with airlines fighting to get the most business travelers.
The Best Airlines for International Business Travel
Qatar Airways has upped their game for business travelers with the introduction of Qsuites. These moveable dividers in business-class allow travelers to enjoy working in their own private suite which comes complete with a door. Up to four seats can be enclosed in one suite making it easy to have a meeting in the air. Travelers can adjust the mood lighting along with using luxury beauty products from Italy’s Castello Monte Vibiano Vecchio. Travelers can also choose from a wide selection of the world’s best wines and choose from top-notch food selections based on the destination along with the ability to choose from over 1,000 movies, songs and games by just touching a button.
Other airlines with suites that business travelers may want to consider include Singapore Airlines allowing guests to pre-order from their favorite airline chefs, Etihad Airways suites that come equipped with their own showers, Air France suites that come with their own 6.5 foot long bed and Qantas featuring vintage champagnes.
The Best Airlines for Domestic Business Travel in the United States
Even if you are staying in the United States, the choosing the right airline can help business travelers feel great when they reach their destinations. Business travelers will want to check out the Polaris Experience on United’s 77W wide-bodied airplanes and soon to be introduced to their other airplanes. Their patented Zodiac Seats each offer aisle access, and flyers can pull up a petition allowing them to be totally secluded from flyers sitting next to them. Each seat comes with a white marble-like side table and a pull-up bar. Above each seat, flyers find an air vent allowing them to control the temperature in their portion of the airplane. A mattress and a cooling-gel pillow make it easy to sleep while in the air or use the in-flight entertainment to keep yourself occupied. Before leaving and after arrival, many flyers take advantage of the Polaris Lounges that include showers and laundry service.
If you simply must get to your meeting on time, then consider Hawaiian Airlines, Alaska Airlines and Delta. These airlines each had more than 85 percent of their flights land within 15 minutes of their announced arrival time, and they had very few canceled flights.
As more top executives take to the air to reach important business meetings, airlines are increasing the enjoyment during flights to get there. Travelers flying overseas should consider Qatar Airlines because of their Qsuites while other airlines like Singapore Airlines, Etihad Airways and Air France are incorporating their own suites into airplanes. In the United States, United Airlines has introduced the new Polaris experience to many of their planes. If you simply must get there on time, then consider Hawaiian Airlines, Alaska Airlines and Delta.