business class


Definition of business class 

: a class of air transportation at a fare lower than first class and higher than coach

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Premium cabins—first and business class—account for 5.5% of international passenger traffic, but more than 30% of revenue, according to the International Air Transport Association. Andrew Tangel, WSJ, "‘Heck, Yeah, We Took It’: Business-Class Fliers Are Filching All That Fancy Airline Swag," 13 June 2018 Cathay Pacific, a oneworld codeshare partner, is high on many preferred business class airline lists. Marilyn Jones,, "'Flying chefs' in business class," 6 July 2018 In spring of 2017, Reed and several staffers flew business class to South Africa to learn about filmmaking, urban agriculture and to recruit jobs. J. Scott Trubey, ajc, "Invest Atlanta review of $40k spent on Reed South Africa trip stalls," 11 June 2018 This body of law is itself the result of a lengthy campaign by the business class to win a set of rights for its companies and thus to expand its own political reach. Kim Phillips-fein, The New Republic, "The 200-year legal struggle that led to Citizens United and gave corporations the rights of people," 29 Mar. 2018 Whether in first class, business class or coach, upgrades don’t guarantee cleanliness. Joshua Brockman, New York Times, "Should You Worry About Getting Sick From a Plane Flight? Maybe," 5 Feb. 2018 The top lot, a luxury trip to Venice and Paris with business class airfare and tours included, sold for $23,000. Candace Jordan,, "Digestive Health Foundation honors 'power couple' at record-breaking gala," 20 June 2018 On Wednesday, a one-way ticket from New York to London on British Airways cost nearly $8,800 on business class. Andrew Tangel, WSJ, "‘Heck, Yeah, We Took It’: Business-Class Fliers Are Filching All That Fancy Airline Swag," 13 June 2018 The biggest change to standard business class is a sliding door that offers privacy from the rest of the cabin. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "What It's Like to Fly in Delta's New Business-Class Suites," 11 June 2018

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1962, in the meaning defined above

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