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JSpira
03-10-2012, 10:01 AM
Two days ago, as I was flying back on a Swiss flight from Zürich to New York, I realized how many different business- and first-class seats I´ve tried out recently. Obviously the first-class seats were all great and had true lie-flat beds but the business-class seats were truly a mixed bag.

Since I had plenty of time on a long 8h30 flight, I started writing down some notes and thoughts and it became a feature story about the present, present, and future of business-class seating.

The timing of several announcements from Lufthansa and Qatar Airways about new business-class seats and cabins, which had been preceded by announcements by American and Virgin Atlantic, didn´t hurt because that gave me a look at the future direction this will take.

It would be great to hear your experiences compared to mine.

In Search of a Better Business Class Lie-Flat Seat (http://www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com/2012/03/in-search-of-a-better-business-class-lie-flat-seat/)

By Jonathan Spira

American, Delta, KLM, Lufthansa, Qatar, Swiss, United and Virgin (among others) face off in the skies
In the past year, I’ve flown in international business class seats on six airlines, namely, Air France, American Airlines, Continental (now United), KLM, Lufthansa, and Swiss (pictured). Out of the six, only two airlines offered truly lie-flat seating that was horizontal to the floor, Continental and Swiss.
The fully horizontal seat made a difference. My Swiss flight was the only eastbound transatlantic flight on which I got a relatively full-night’s sleep in business class. My 14-hour transpacific flight to Tokyo (http://www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com/2012/01/continental-businessfirst-new-york-ewr-tokyo-flight-79-review/) on Continental was also restful<SNIP>http://www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com/wp-content/themes/arthemia-premium/scripts/timthumb.php?src=wp-content/uploads/2012/03/DSC_0375-300x199.jpg&w=150&h=150&zc=1&q=90 (http://www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com/2012/03/in-search-of-a-better-business-class-lie-flat-seat/)

X3 Skier
03-10-2012, 02:49 PM
I found the Delta lie flats Ok. Absolutely superior to the non lie flats but I felt like I was in a tunnel at first. I did get a good sleep. Of course I can sleep most anywhere but it was much superior. ;)

Not been lucky enough to try AF or KL lie flats yet but their "standard" versions were better than DL.

Cheers