20 different biz class seats in 1 room- PHOTOS

The star of the show was a mock up of Etihad's new 3-room "Residence" w double bed on its new A380's (Chris McGinnis)

The star of the GBTA trade show was a mock up of Etihad’s new 3-room “Residence” w double bed soon to appear on its new A380’s (Chris McGinnis)

(Los Angeles) Every year at about this time, the business travel industry gathers for the Global Business Travel Association convention. This year it’s here in Los Angeles, with about 7,000 industry folks schmoozing, speaking, selling, learning, networking and having a lot of fun. 

One of the best parts of this conference is the trade show floor where hundreds of travel suppliers like airlines, hotels, car rental companies, or banks (sellers) erect elaborate booths to show off their wares and negotiate deals with all the corporate travel managers (buyers) at the show.

The highlight of the show? The airline booths! Most (but not all) have their latest, greatest business class seats on the floor to show off. Here’s a collection of some of my best shots from this colorful kaleidoscope! Check ‘em out and stay tuned for more posts about the  convention.

Virgin America was there showing off its cushy white leather first class seats (Chris McGinnis)

Virgin America was there showing off its cushy white leather first class seats (Chris McGinnis)

On the heels of announcing new nonstops to SFO, Turkish had its nice true lie flat biz class seat on display (Chris McGinnis)

On the heels of announcing new nonstops to SFO, Turkish had it’s nice true lie flat biz class seat on display (Chris McGinnis)

The new lie-flat seat that American Airlines is using on its long hauls-- esp popular on the New York to London run (Chris McGinnis)

The new lie-flat seat that American Airlines is using on its long hauls– esp popular on the New York to London run (Chris McGinnis)

LAN's new business class seat nice for those overnights to South America! (Chris McGinnis)

LAN’s new business class seat nice for those overnights to South America! (Chris McGinnis)

Airbnb was at GBTA for the first time with a cool hipster like lounge booth (Chris McGinnis)

Airbnb was at GBTA for the first time with a cool hipster like lounge booth (Chris McGinnis)

Here's Qatar Air's business class seat. All the UAE carriers had their most gorgeous FA's on hand to show off the seats! (Chris McGinnis)

Here’s Qatar Air’s business class seat. All the UAE carriers had their most gorgeous FA’s on hand to show off the seats! (Chris McGinnis)

That's me and Johnny Jet in the "living room"- one of three rooms in the new "Residence" onboard its new A380s

That’s me and Johnny Jet in the “living room”- one of three rooms soon appearing in the new “Residence” onboard Etihad’s new A380s

First class on Amtrak's high speed Acela trains along the NE Corridor (Chris McGinnis)

First class on Amtrak’s high speed Acela trains along the NE Corridor (Chris McGinnis)

Emirates did not have a seat on display, but had a mock up of its inflight lounge aboard its A380s. (Chris McGinnis)

Emirates did not have a seat on display, but had a mock up of its inflight lounge aboard its A380s. (Chris McGinnis)

Here's JetBlue's new "MINT" class seat now appearing on its LAX-JFK transcons (Chris McGinnis)

Here’s JetBlue’s new “MINT” class seat now appearing on its LAX-JFK transcons (Chris McGinnis)

That's Alitalia's lovely "baseball glove" leather trimmed business class seat (Chris McGinnis)

That’s Alitalia’s lovely “baseball glove” leather trimmed business class seat (Chris McGinnis)

Please join the 50,000+ people who read TravelSkills every month! Sign up here for one email-per-day updates!
Lufthansa was showing off it's new premium economy seat (Chris McGinnis)

Lufthansa was showing off its new premium economy seat (Chris McGinnis)

A Singapore Girl shows off Singapore Air's new business class seat now appearing on its 777s (Chris McGinnis)

A Singapore Girl shows off Singapore Air’s new business class seat now appearing on its 777s (Chris McGinnis)

After a long day at the GBTA show, I needed a nap on Air New Zealand's economy Sky Couch! (Chris McGinnis)

After a long day at the GBTA show, I needed a nap on Air New Zealand’s economy Sky Couch! (Chris McGinnis)

Like what you just saw? Then say so! Scroll back up to the top and  LIKE the post on Facebook, post it on Linked In and/or tweet it! 

Based on what you’ve seen here… or experienced for yourself… which seat is your favorite or the one you’d like to try the most? Leave your comments below.

–Chris McGinnis


facebook like

Would you rather get TravelSkills Weekly instead of Daily? No probs! click here to sign up for TravelSkills Weekly. 

Check out these popular recent TravelSkills posts:

Southwest pads schedules + 70K Marriott points + New airline for SFO + Chris at GBTA + Salt Lake makeover 

Frequent travelers love Chick-fil-a

Kicked off flight for a tweet? Southwest responds

Conrad snags posh new London hotel

Best & worst hotels, airports for Wi-Fi

How I watched the #MH17 tragedy unfold

Unusual ways to earn hotel rewards points

Should I renew my CLEAR card?

New global carrier for SFO with an Indian twist

Bigger bins + Check-in not required + Beware LAX traffic mess + New low fare O’Hare flights + Big new build hotel LA Live +

Are you in the market for a new credit card? Looking for a fat points or mileage bonus to sweeten your balance? Then check out our BEST CREDIT CARDS FOR BUSINESS TRAVELERS and scoop up the deals!

Please join the 50,000+ people who read TravelSkills every month! Sign up here for one email-per-day updates!

 

Editorial Disclaimer: This editorial content is not provided or commissioned by the credit card issuer. Opinions expressed here are author's alone, not those of the credit card issuer, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the credit card issuer. This site may be compensated through the credit card issuer Affiliate Program. Responses in the comments section are not provided or commissioned by the bank advertiser. Responses have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the bank advertiser. It is not the bank advertiser's responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered.”