Airlines offering more amenities for business-class passengers

Air France business class
Air France business class

Airlines are hiring celebrity chefs, putting designer skin-care items in bathroom kits and racing to redo seats in business and first class cabins to lie flat in an all-out push to attract premium passengers.

Carriers breathed a collective sigh of relief earlier this year when an international trade association released a report showing a double-digit falloff in business travel since 2008 is likely cyclical, rather than permanent.