Finding an airline that suits your company’s travelers’ needs can be a tall order. Before establishing a relationship with a specific airline for your business travel needs, consider where employees will likely be traveling and what amenities will help them remain productive in the sky and on the ground.
- Location: The best business class airline for your corporation is one that serves your home airport (or those of your employees) as well as airports in cities your employees will need to travel to. Many airlines have partnerships or are owned by the same parent company, which extends their geographic footprints.
- Price: Different airlines will have wildly different prices for similar trips. Consider what amenities are included in each price before eliminating an option. Lower cost airlines’ fees and addons can have a significant impact on overall cost, even in business class.
- Sleeping Accommodations: One of business class’ most compelling features is its comfortable sleeping arrangements. Many configurations are available among long-haul airlines and their various plane models. Your employees will likely have a preference on accommodations style. Well-rested travelers are more productive during their trip!
- Privacy: Closely related to sleeping accommodations is how private seats (and therefore beds) are. Secluded suites and noise cancelling doors are excellent for both work and rest. On a similar note, some employees will prefer separate restrooms for males and females.
- Ground Amenities: The business class experience does not start or stop with the flight. Compare what transportation is included, as well as airport lounges, food options and WiFi quality.
- Meals: High quality meals will make long flights and disrupted sleep schedules easier to tolerate. That makes adjusting to a new time zone for upcoming meetings or events easier.
- Storage Space: Dedicated space for valuables, shoes, changes of clothes and a carry-on will make a lengthy trip feel homier. The best airlines for business travel also have a convenient space to place laptops, planners, folders and briefcases.
- Flight WiFi: Most first and business class tickets will include WiFi, which is invaluable from both productivity and entertainment perspectives. Fast, reliable service, preferably without an additional charge, is essential.