According to a report, carriers that prioritize luxury are posing a new threat to legacy airlines. Invigorated by the rising leisure demand for first class and business class seats, which has led American, Delta, and United Airlines to increase the size of their premium cabins by 25% to 75%, these newcomers are coming up with creative ways to make commercial travel less tedious.
Maldives-based BeOnd is getting ready to launch its service in the autumn, offering nonstop flights from Malé, the nation’s capital, to Dubai, Delhi, and a few more locations in the Middle East and Asia. By the end of 2023, the airline expects to fly to seven different cities. Every seat on the aircraft will be flat, and travelers can have their luggage carried directly from their residence to their hotel, saving them the trouble of traveling with it via the airport.
Furthermore, there is Taiwan-based Starlux Airlines, which started operating on the Taipei-Los Angeles route in April using an Airbus 350-900. Even in less expensive seats, the self-described “luxury airline” provides a premium experience with more room and truly high-end amenities. It features distinct cabins, including economy class.
There are many airlines that provide a high-end service in the air, but BeOnd and Starlux are extending the customer journey such that it is door-to-door rather than tarmac-to-tarmac. BeOnd tickets include curbside check-in with a concierge who will take your baggage and review your documentation on an iPad, as well as a shuttle from your home to the airport (you can choose not to use this service).
Recently, According to its CEO, Akbar Al Baker, Qatar Airways intends to eliminate some of its most opulent cabin seats in the future. According to Al Baker, the airline would not offer first-class seating on its long-haul next-generation aircraft due to a lack of revenue support for such an investment. He continued by saying why should you invest in a subclass of an airplane that already gives you all the amenities that first class gives you…I don’t see the necessity.
He thinks that business class, where Qatar Airways delivers its highly regarded Qsuite offering, holds the key to the future. Due to this, the airline’s new Boeing 777X aircraft won’t feature first-class seating.