Flights of Fancy: Business Travelers Stay Productive While En Route

Global travel is a necessity in today’s business world, which means there are a lot of travelers who spend hours each week sitting on flights. However, it doesn’t mean that productivity has to stop.

Rather than staring at the back of the seat in front of you each flight, here are some ideas on how to spend your time better:

•    Give your brain a workout by reading. It doesn’t matter whether it’s (another) new release by James Patterson or John Grisham’s latest tome, that report you’ve been meaning to get to, or a professional journal. Where else are you going to get uninterrupted hours to catch up on some light (or heavy) reading?

•    Start some writing. You may not be able to tackle the e-mails that are surely piling up, but you can get to employee reviews, fine-tune a speech or presentation that you have to give or even do some personal writing in a journal or blog.

•    Take time to rest or sleep. In-flight movies are a great distraction and help the time fly by, but why stay awake when you can rest up before that big day on the job? More than any other, this is one of the most important aspects of business travel. While it may be difficult to sleep on a plane, the simple act of shutting your eyes and letting your body rest can help you to hit the ground running.

•    Remember to hydrate. Humidity levels on a plane are notoriously low by about 5 to 10 percent—similar to an arid desert. It follows that passengers can then expect to experience some level of dehydration, which can be combatted by drinking at least one liter of water for every four hours in the air.

•    Find an airline that accommodates your needs. Not all airlines are the same. For ex-ample, Aer Lingus, the premier airline that connects Ireland to the world, and the world to Ireland, is expanding its business class offerings soon to provide more comfort to its international travelers.

Some of the changes passengers can expect to see include: More convenient flight times, shorter transfer times, pre-clearance for customs and a bevy of in-flight conveniences such as complimentary Wi-Fi, USB power, ample work space, custom-made duvets for coziness (and warmth) while you sleep on your fully flat bed, and meals that showcase the finest and freshest ingredients from the Emerald Isle.

By revamping its business class, Aer Lingus said it is able to “provide its customers with value without compromising on product” and, in this way, help its business travelers remain productive while in the air.