Here is a review of the best business class lounges in the world.
1. Turkish Airlines Business Lounge
When it comes to business class lounges, there’s a clear winner. Hungry? There’s a choice of Western, Turkish and Chinese food, as well as a fruit bar. In need of entertainment? Munch on popcorn at the lounge’s cinema, play a round of golf on its simulator, challenge a fellow traveller to a game of pool or race a friend on the mini Grand Prix racetrack. Need to get some work out of the way before your flight? Avail yourself of the lounge’s business centre and fast WiFi. Kids in tow? Keep them amused with the many toys that have been thoughtfully provided. Hands free? There are even secure lockers to store your luggage until you need it, but be sure to give it a brush up before you travel as your bag will be on display in its own glass cabinet. Ready to board? Enjoy one of the world’s best business class airlines.
2. Qatar Airways Business Lounge
Qatar Airways snapped at Turkish Airlines’ heels to scoop second place this year. Classic Arabian elegance sets the mood in the Al Mourjan at Doha’s Hamad International Airport. Mirroring the ambience of a five star hotel, there’s a choice of à la carte or buffet dining, spaces for quiet contemplation or that all-important sleep. Freshen up in the private showers, well stocked with luxury amenities and fluffy towels. Unwind in front of widescreen TVs or try out the lounge’s Formula One simulator. If you need to stay connected there’s complimentary WiFi of course and bookable conference rooms in the well-appointed business centre. In 2019, Qatar Airways was ranked number 1 in the best business class airlines ranking, and best airline in the world in 2019.
3. Qantas Airways Business Lounge
Qantas Airways rounds off the top three. Its ten business lounges grace the terminals both home and away in Adelaide, Darwin, Perth, Honolulu, LA, Tokyo, Auckland and Wellington, as well as the two largest home hubs, Melbourne and Sydney. There’s barista coffee and, a nice touch, sit down dining with waiter service – leave your thongs and board shorts at the beach and dress to impress. Airport nerds will also appreciate the clack clack clack of the retro departures board.
4. Etihad Airways Business Lounge
Etihad’s number four placing is justly deserved. Its Abu Dhabi lounge scores well on food offering a comprehensive buffet selection. At its Six Senses Spa, business class travellers are entitled to a free massage or facial, and at the Style and Shave salon can, for a small fee, smarten up before the flight with a haircut or wet shave.
5. Lufthansa Business Lounge
Lufthansa’s business lounges are clean, comfortable and well serviced. Day beds, shower suites and individual phone booths exemplify the thoughtful approach taken to their design. Well behaved pets are also welcome, so long as they don’t bother other travellers.
Best business lounges in 2019: the full ranking
Rounding off the list are the business lounges of four Asian carriers, Singapore Airlines, China Airlines, Japan Airlines and the ever-popular Cathay Pacific. Virgin Atlantic also makes the grade. Their London Clubhouse prides itself on phenomenal food, plus expert mixologists will create the perfect cocktail to set the mood for your flight. Such indulgence continues when you return; after touchdown at Heathrow, the Revivals Lounge provides a space to freshen up before your onward journey.
In brief, here are the airlines that made the top ten when it comes to the world’s best business class lounges in 2019:
- Turkish Airlines
- Qatar Airways
- Qantas Airways
- Etihad Airways
- Singapore Airlines
- China Airlines
- Japan Airlines
- Virgin Atlantic
- Cathay Pacific: check out our Cathay Pacific Pier lounge review
John is a passionate traveler who has traveled to over 46 countries on more than 30 different airlines. He loves surfing, booking hotels and flights using his frequent flyers points, and exploring new cultures. John lives in London.