Business travel, like business itself, continually evolves. Inspired by frequent travelers and focused on the future, these recent advances benefit everyone who flies.
Improved Airports. Stunning architecture that brings in more natural light, enriches the travel experience, and includes high-quality passenger lounges are the new standards. Heathrow’s magnificent Terminal 2, which opened this June as a home to 23 Star Alliance member airlines, incorporates these qualities.
More Efficient Aircraft. On transatlantic and other intercontinental flights, the new jumbo Boeing 747-8s and Airbus A380s are not only more fuel efficient than smaller planes, they’re also quieter and emit comparatively lower amounts of carbon dioxide.
Better Cabin Seating. All three classes on Lufthansa’s new 747-8 intercontinental flights feature the carrier’s most innovative cabins: First Class resides in the plane’s quiet nose. On the main and upper decks, redesigned Business Class seats convert to a fully flat 6’6” at the push of a button. New Premium Economy Class on long-haul flights offers increased personal space; passengers have nearly one-and-a-half times as much room as in Economy Class since seats are wider and provide more leg room.
Updated Hotels. Mobile technology makes it easier to book a hotel stay with a smartphone. Some brands enable smartphone check-in using the device and a few enable room-door access. Elsewhere, kiosks are replacing front-desk clerks.
Traveling Light. Savvy business travelers prefer hoisting a carry-on to checking luggage, and that means keeping it light. Ultraportables such as the Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus with its super-bright screen, the Dell XPS 12 that works as a laptop and as a tablet, and the Apple MacBook Air 13 with its long battery life are ideal work companions on a trip.
Apps that Work. The TripIt Pro upgrade ($49) delivers real-time flight alerts and can help travelers find a better seat when available, store reward-program points, and locate alternate flights when necessary in addition to being a first-rate travel-plans organizer. GateGuru (free) is an airport guide that can lead to little-known, crowd-sourced restaurants and amenities while you wait for your flight to depart. It also reports estimated wait times on security lines.
Apps to Play. Even frequent travelers need to take their mind off business once in a while. Top-rated travel game apps including Jetset and Flight Control both have earned their wings.
City Guides at Your Fingertips. Accessible online, Lufthansa Travel Guides provide information on more than 100 of the world’s top destinations. A city map with points of interest, top sights, and recommendations on hotels, restaurants, and nightlife can help to streamline and enhance any visit.
Soaring with Lufthansa. One of the world's largest and most admired airlines, Lufthansa currently flies to 253 destinations in 103 countries. From its 20 North American gateways, Lufthansa — and partners Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines and SWISS — serve over 450 destinations in more than 120 countries.