Asia Business Class Lite: Three Low-Cost Airlines Worth A Look

10 Feb 2016

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Australia and Asia have become inexorably linked over the decades, and as the cultural and familial ties grow ever stronger, airlines are spreading their wings and increasing services between the two continents like never before.

With new, state-of-the-art aircraft and a host of new city pairing options, flyers are enjoying a resurging commitment to service, and all one has to do is look at the business class sector to see that some exciting things are happening in the air and on the ground.

Even low-fare airlines are getting into the business class segment. And while the offerings may not be quite as extravagant, the premium cabins on these airlines offer a comfy, value-oriented alternative to the higher priced business class products found on the bigger flag carriers.

Inside the Business Cabin of Jetstar's Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Image courtesy of Jetstar.

Jetstar

While Jetstar is known for its low fares, there’s still a stylish business class option to enjoy on Asian routes out of Australia. Now flying an all-new fleet of Boeing 787 Dreamliners on its Asia and Hawaii routes, the airline’s separate business class cabin offers extra-wide leather seats and a whopping 38 inches of leg space.

You won’t go hungry either. Three-course meals, award-winning boutique wines, Grinders Coffee and other beverages are all included in your fare, as is Qantas lounge access before departure when travelling on a Business Max Fare.


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Lie flat with AirAsia X en-route to Kuala Lumpur. Image courtesy of AirAsia X.

AirAsia X

Voted one of the world’s best low-cost premium cabins, AirAsia X flies between Kuala Lumpur and the Gold Coast, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney. The 12 angled-flat seats are configured in a roomy 2-2-2 layout.

Set in their own privacy shell, guests can lie flat while snuggling in with a pillow and duvet. As you’d expect from business class, guests are also treated to priority check-in and boarding, a 40kg baggage allowance and premium meals, wines and drinks.

Enjoy ample legroom in the business cabin of Scoot's 787 Dreamliner to Singapore. Image courtesy of Scoot.

Scoot

Gold Coast, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney all enjoy direct service to Singapore and beyond with Scoot. The world’s first lowcost airline to fly an all 787 Dreamliner fleet, the ScootBiz premium cabin offers many perks.

Wide leather seats not only offer greater recline, but also a generous amount of leg room. Two pieces of cabin luggage, a 30kg free checked baggage allowance, entertainment streamed to your own smart device and in-seat power all make for an entertaining and stress-free experience.

Todd Sturm

I currently live in Brisbane, Australia. No matter where my travels take me, I enjoy experiencing each destination from the perspective of the locals. Some of my favourite attractions include historic sites, national parks and architectural landmarks.