Air New Zealand - Airpoints
Member since 04 Sep 2012
Total posts 102
LHR-SYD. I want to make a booking from LHR-SYD in Business Class. I normally fly AKL-LAX-LHR on Air NZ, but I have to stop at SYD on the return trip. What is the BEST business expeirence available, I don't care about NZ Frequent Flyer points. I was thinking Virgin Atlantic with the fantastic lounges and onboard product. However, I have hear good things about Emirates and Singapore Airlines. I dont want to fly QF because their business is pretty substandard (no direct aisle access etc). Thoughts please!
PS: I only want 1 stop, otherwise I may as well go via AKL on NZ :)
Member since 22 Oct 2012
Total posts 193
If direct aisle access is your requirement, then you can still consider Qantas. Their A380 has 2-2-2 seating in Business Class, so I always pick the centre seats.
Member since 19 Feb 2013
Total posts 28
If you don't like Qantas then, Cathay, Singapore, Emirates, Etihad and Malaysian are the great choices, it comes down to what is important to you: schedule choice, aircraft type, stopover location, and if you prefer a long flight from LHR then a shorter flight (a la SQ and MH) or the reverse (a la EK or EY) or more evened out via HKG (with CX or VS)
VS is very good, but if schedule flexibility is important to you they only have 1 flight per day to Syd, via HKG, on an A340-600.
CX has fantastic lounges in Hong Kong and uses the BA Galleries lounge in London plus they have a great new J class seat. On board product and service is top-notch. They have 5 flights a day LHR - HKG and 4 per day HKG - SYD.
EK has great lounges of their own in London and Dubai somewhat croded though. Service is very good, and has A380 all the way if you don't mind the chintzy beige/gold decor. A380 on alll 5 services LHR-HKG and 2 of the 3 services DXB - SYD. Note: one of the DXB - SYD flights is on 777-300 and goes via BKK
SQ has a top-notch product, service and A380 all the way, widest J class seat in the sky. Four LHR - SIN flights (2 are A380) and 3 flights Sin - SYD (2 are A380).
I haven't tried EY myself but hear their J class offering is just as good as EK but with a more personal touch. AUH airport lounges are small and can be crowded. Three LHR - AUH flights and 2 flights AUH - SYD per day (1 of them is on VA metal) using 777, A340-500 and A340-600
MH have 2 A380 flights LHR - KUL and 2 KUL - SYD on A330 aircraft. Service and food is fantastic.
Member since 25 Feb 2012
Total posts 32
I would go EY ! And I think they have links with NZ
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