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Frequent travellers know the perils of “cattle class” all too well.
Checking in your right to personal space along with your luggage. Breathing in a Molotov cocktail of bodily smells from the eight people sitting within a one-metre radius of you. Risking bladder failure in not waking up the sleeping obstacle between you and the pokey plane toilet.
Economy class air travel can test even the most steely of travel resolves and leave you feeling stiff and exhausted on the precious first day of your holiday.
One experience everyone should enjoy at least once in life is the luxuries of travelling business class. And there’s a lot more to business class than more leg room.
When it comes to flying business, Emirates are the longtime leader in the category. Head to the upper deck of Emirates' flagship Airbus A380 aircraft where business class travellers can unwind in private mini-suites before stretching your legs in the on-board bar and lounge.
Your business class journey begins before you fly with exclusive entry to the Emirates business class lounge. A friendly staff member checks your ticket before offering you a quick tour of the lounge and a discrete tap on the shoulder when it’s time to board.
Sit back and relax in a comfortable lounge-chair, or enjoy a spot of breakfast including delicious baked eggs, hash browns, salmon bagels, fresh strawberries-and-cream waffles and Emirates signature fresh dates. Amenities in the lounge including stylish showers, convenient power points and strong Wi-Fi make it a comfortable spot to unwind.
Business class includes the generous allowance of 40 kilograms of check-in luggage, which means there’s no frantic moments at check-in spent tossing out your blow-dryer or facing hefty fees for extra weight.
Passengers receive priority check-in and boarding, which means a dedicated lane for business class passengers and an earlier opportunity to board the flight with minimal queuing.
You’re escorted to your seat which evolves into a 79-inch long flat bed, one of dozens all with convenient direct aisle access and a power supply for charging up that smart phone or laptop.
Flick on your big screen personal television and attempt to browse all 1,200 channels of entertainment, from movies to your favourite TV series and even documentaries. Or, stream content from your smart phone or laptop directly onto your screen using your own HDMI port.
Enjoy inflight meals like you’ve never had before – the chef-prepared courses are prepared using fresh, locally-sourced ingredients and served on Royal Doulton bone china plates with exclusive Robert Welch cutlery.
Seasonal dining options can include options like salmon trout confit, creamy mushroom soup and smoked duck pate.
Compliment your meal with one of the six award-winning wines or fine champagne and vintage port on offer, a list selected annually by a team of Emirates sommeliers.
Or, if you’re feeling social, why not venture out to the onboard bar and lounge for a drink? You never know who you’re going to meet while sipping a cocktail at 40,000 feet.
The fruits of business class are not limited to the sky. Grand Pacific Tours also offer a business-class experience that is a once-in-a-lifetime exercise in luxury and comfort.
With a number of different itineraries available, passengers experience New Zealand's picturesque South Island from the purpose-built 13.5 metre coach.
Travellers can recline in one of just 20 luxury leather seats inside the spacious coach, surrounded by panoramic windows offering sweeping views across the other-worldly New Zealand landscapes.
Forget tightly-packed seats and leg cramps – onboard a small group coach you can relax with an adjustable headrest and calf support providing your body the ideal alignment for comfort.
Each seat is adorned by a wood grain timber tray table with built-in cup holder, while a seat-side personal storage area provides easy access for your possessions.
Enjoy the full use of entertainment amenities including personal audio control with multiple music channels and a complimentary set of headphones.
Charge up your camera, mobile phone, iPod and iPad with your own USB port, and enjoy the complimentary Wi-Fi onboard the coach. Not that you’ll want to look away from the magical New Zealand landscapes on rotation through your panoramic window.
Highlights of your once-in-a-lifetime South Island itinerary include a TranzAlpine rail journey between Christchurch and Franz Josef, celebrated as one of the best rail journeys in the world. You’ll be sightseeing washing rivers, rolling green valleys and flora- and fauna-abundant farmlands.
A visit to picturesque Queenstown is also included on every itinerary. Exclusive departures experiencing the exciting Warbirds of Wanaka Air show will depart in April 2018.
Wanderlust getting the better of you? For an exclusive complimentary upgrade to business class on your Emirates flight when you book your GPT ultimate tour in New Zealand’s stunning South Island, visit www.htg.com.au/2017/grand-pacific-tours.
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