Written by Barnaby Taylor. Published on .
The city that’s so good they named it twice; the city that never sleeps; the Empire State; the Big Apple; the Five Boroughs; Fun City; or even the ‘Capital of the World’. Whatever you call it, New York is a massive tourism magnet.
It’s estimated that around 65 million people visit New York City each year, for work or play. The home of Wall Street and a global trade hub, New York has over 18,000 restaurants (including some of the best in the world), 40 theatres on Broadway, 200 museums and an incredible 300 art galleries. Not to mention those amazing retail opportunities! These are just some of the reasons why New York City topped the 2019 Time Out Index to be crowned ‘the world’s best city’.
If you’re going to visit this multifaceted city in style then it’s the ideal occasion to book yourself on to business class flights to New York. It’s heavily supported by airlines, including many offering direct flights from the UK to New York. These include British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, American Airlines, Delta and United.
Heavy air traffic drives prices down, making it possible to book cheap business class flights to New York. However, this can leave you spoilt for choice. There are even three international airports to choose from – John F. Kennedy (JFK), Newark Liberty (EWR) and LaGuardia (LGA).
With so many deals available, how do you know which carrier offers the best value and flight experience for business class cabins?
Much depends on what ‘floats your boat’ of course. Everyone has their own hit list of comfort and passenger care factors that make long haul flights far more bearable if not pleasurable. For example, your main selling point for business class tickets to New York could be swift passage through check-in and security and use of a welcoming airport lounge. Other travellers may be keen to explore luxury amenities and food to pass the 8-hour flight feeling thoroughly pampered. Customer service is on everyone’s priority list, when flying in comfort from the UK to New York.
To tick all the boxes, we recommend the following.
It’s hard to beat the new Club World cabins offered by British Airways from the UK to New York. The cleverly designed business class seating is a versatile blend of armchairs and beds, with ample space, making it easy to find your ideal position and posture whatever your physical dimensions and preferences!
From September 2019, increasing numbers of BA flights will offer their Club Suite too, an even more spacious and luxurious ‘imagining’ of aeroplane privacy and relaxation. This is part of a major investment into Club World by British Airways. It has also spent £65 million on improving its facilities and services in Terminal 7 at JFK (though they’re moving to Terminal 8 in 2022). The new business class lounge there raises the bar even further, compared to the already elegant and well-run lounges that British Airways offer. The new BA relaxation space at JFK includes an entertainment room (with audio from Sony) and a tempting Elemis Spa.
Virgin Atlantic is another company that understands how important superlative lounge facilities at JFK are, to reward and incentivise business class travellers.
Uniquely, Virgin Atlantic combines First and Business Class travel into one luxury package – “Upper Class”. It entitles flyers to use its Clubhouse at JFK, which offers an enticing wellness spa, mouth-watering five-star a la carte menu, free-flowing drinks and an entertainment zone that includes a distinctive red ball sofa, pool table and other games. Another reason to get excited about flying London to New York with Virgin Atlantic is the arrival of the company’s wonderfully designed A350-1000 jets.
From September onwards, it will be possible to pick from a growing number of UK to New York direct flights that use the A350 aircraft. One of its most popular features is bound to be The Loft, an innovative inflight bar area for Upper Class passengers to relax in. You can socialise, or sit back and watch entertainment in The Loft with lavish complimentary refreshments. In fact, the whole A350 uses innovative ways to combat jet-lag, including carefully regulated cabin lighting, pressure and humidity and quieter aircraft engines!
United is perennially popular for affordable business class travel, UK to New York, while still offering an enjoyable long haul experience. However, this company too is upping its game, giving travellers improved services and facilities to make the extra cash even more worthwhile.
United’s new Polaris business class lounge and cabins are ‘comfort reimagined’. These offer all direct aisle access seats on New York flights, as well as amenities such as Saks Fifth Avenue bedding, and luxury skincare items from Sunday Riley. Demand for United’s reasonably priced business class tickets London to New York is expected to be high. So, the company has also expanded the extent of its Polaris business class cabin within its re-configured Boeing 767-300ER aircraft. This makes United the top US carrier in terms of availability of premium flight seating.
What to know more about The Big Apple? Check out our New York Guide.
At Just Fly Business, we offer a huge range of cheap business class flights and last minute business flights. We bring you the best deals around and ensuring that you receive only the best value for your money. Contact us on 020 8417 1366 and book your New York business class flight from our experienced travel consultants.
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