What Is the Difference Between Business & First Class?


Business class is a cross between first class and coach or economy seating. While both first class and business class offer airline passengers more space and greater comfort than those traveling in coach, the purpose of each class is quite different.

Business Class Purpose

Business class is designed with extra space for business travelers who may need to work on the flight or rest in preparation for working when they arrive at their destination.

First Class Purpose

First class is designed with the passenger’s luxury in mind. According to Flyer Talk, travelers enjoy plush seating, free alcohol and more menu options.


First class tickets will cost more than business class because of the higher level of service offered. Both options are priced higher than coach.


According to Flyer Talk, many airlines are devoting more space to business class at the expense of first class.


Business class passengers are usually offered access to the airline’s first class airport lounge and private bathroom. Both classes usually accrue higher rates of frequent flyer miles, according to Inside Flyer.

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