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Travel Tip: Upgraded Business Class Seating

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While seats are getting more and more cramped in economy, a number of airlines are upgrading the business-class experience.

The most common theme is seats that are truly flat, not at an angle. American Airlines now has them in its new Boeing 777s, which is designed for long-range travel. The other perks on this aircraft are power outlets and USB jacks at every seat, and in-flight Wi-Fi.

Lufthansa rolled out its new fully flat seats, but they’re using a different kind of layout. The two-by-two seats are in a V shape, so you’ve got more distance from your neighbor.

Meanwhile, Delta just renovated 16 of its Boeing 747s, part of which includes reengineering the BusinessElite cabins, with flat-bed seats, a ton of personal space, and the all-important entertainment devices.

And then there’s Cathay Pacific, which launched new business-class seats. But what people are really talking about is Cathay’s new premium economy cabin.

These seats are in their own cabin, and have a full 38 inch pitch—not to mention wider seats and more recline. Translation: You get that much-needed space without paying business or first-class prices.

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