Definition of business class in US English:

business class

noun

  • A class of seating on an aircraft that is superior to economy class but less expensive than first class, intended especially for people traveling on business.

    ‘the takeoff was even smoother in business class’
    as modifier ‘a business class passenger’
    as adverb ‘Michael and Sheila will fly business class’
    • ‘I'm writing from the business class cabin of a United 777 en route from Chicago to Los Angeles.’
    • ‘Many employees are now flying coach instead of business class to Europe.’
    • ‘Only business class and first-class passengers are eligible.’
    • ‘At least 10 of the 18 or so seats in the business class section lay empty—hardly surprising at £3,000 per seat, return.’
    • ‘The easiest time to get an upgrade to business class is during the middle of the week.’
    • ‘They will fly economy class to Amsterdam, where they will be upgraded to business class for the Bangkok leg of the journey.’
    • ‘The journey began in the South African Airways exclusive business class lounge at Johannesburg Airport with a feast of free beer and food.’
    • ‘Travel agents and airlines report a surge in demand for business class tickets.’
    • ‘I had enough frequent flier miles to get two business class tickets.’
    • ‘It was the first and last time we flew business class.’