|Seat Stats||Availability||Runway Rep|
|American||New seats recline to a 77-inch bed angled at 171 degrees. They're motorized so you can even scoot forward from your neighbor. The space between each row (also known as "pitch") is 59 inches.||Upgrades to Boeing 767-300s, which fly transatlantic routes, will begin in September and be completed by March; the 777s are next.||Frequent fliers say the overhaul is long overdue—and needs to be matched with better service.|
|British Airways||Club World service features a 72-inch fully flat bed, and a seat pitch of 73 inches; BA plans to overhaul service at the end of this year.||Club World is available on all Boeing 747s, 767s, and 777s; details about its plans and the overhaul itself are slated for the end of this year.||Attentive onboard service, pampering airport lounges, and comfortable beds, but not quite in Virgin's or Eos's class.|
|Eos||Offers 48 staggered "suites" with 21 square feet of space, a footrest that doubles as a stool for a visitor, and seats that recline to a 78-inch fully flat bed.||Boeing 757s with one flight daily between New York's JFK and London's Stansted airports. More flights are expected to be added this month.||The bed, food, and service—including curbside escorts who fast-track you to the gate—win raves, but there are too few routes and flights.|
|Maxjet||Nothing fancy: 102 standard business-class seats that recline to 160 degrees with a 60-inch pitch.||Flies Boeing 767s between Stansted and either JFK or Washington's Dulles. Typically, there's just one flight a day on each route, except Saturday.||Solid service for low prices, but it's low-frills business class.|
|Singapore||SpaceBed stretches out to 78 inches and reclines to 173 degrees, but later this year Singapore plans to introduce a new cabin design that will overhaul everything "roof to floor" and give passengers more options and control.||All Boeing 747s and 777s and Airbus A345s that fly long-haul routes; new cabins will be unveiled in October and debut on the new 777-300 and the Airbus A380—if the planes are ready.||Singapore wins accolades for its outstanding service, comfy beds, and in-flight broadband Internet access. The best business class in the air.|
|Virgin Atlantic||Upper Class Suite includes seats that flip over to create a fully flat 79.5-inch bed at the push of a button. A newly renovated clubhouse at Heathrow airport added such amenities as a spa pool, a rooftop garden, and a multi-screen theater.||The Upper Class Suite is available on all flights to London from New York, Boston, Washington, Orlando, San Francisco, Miami, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas.||Sets the standard for style; perks include free chauffeur service to and from the airport, swanky lounges, onboard bar, and in-flight massages.|
A version of this article appeared in the September 2006 issue of Fast Company magazine.