Executives and other businessmen and women often take advantage of first-class travel accommodations if they are going away for work. Most airlines offer exceptional cabins and services to these passengers, but there are a few carriers that feature particularly outstanding amenities.
While upper-class passengers only account for a small number of the population that fly everyday, that demographic of fliers generates nearly a third of all airline revenues, according to the Air Transport Association.
"In order to stay competitive, airlines need to keep pace with the rapidly changing demands of corporate travelers," Nigel Page, vice president of commercial operations for Emirates airlines, told CNN. "That's why we consistently invest in refining and enhancing our first-class product."
In order to get their hands on some of this income, some airlines have gone above and beyond their competitors to create unparalleled in-flight accommodations.
One of these companies is Singapore Airlines, which offers suites for passengers that feature large beds, televisions and wide seats. While relaxing in these luxurious cabins, guests order fine dining from a menu that lists plates such as lobster thermidor and rack of lamb.
Etihad Airways' suites have been chosen by airline-reviewer Skytrax as the best first class for the last two years. With big TVs that have a number of entertainment options such as newly released films and video games, these suites have it all. Passengers can even treat themselves to a private mini-bar or catch up on some sleep in the 80-inch bed.
The lap of luxury doesn't need to commence upon arrival at one's destination. After a long flight, travelers can arrange to be greeted by first-class chauffeured transportation with Hermes Worldwide, a leader of lavish worldwide travel and airport service in major cities across the globe.