Which best Business class airlines fly one way to Europe/Amsterdam/Paris?

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rondak

Quantas

Member since 22 Feb 2014

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Which best Business class airlines fly one way to Europe/Amsterdam/Paris/ Thanks

074061

Cathay Pacific - Asia Miles

Member since 25 Apr 2013

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I recommend Cathay. Most of them are night flights, so the A340-300/Boeing 747-400 will be fine (if you're tall that's a drawback though). Of course if you are going to Paris you should take CX 261 with the new Business Class instead of CX 279 with the old one - there's a 35 minute difference between the flights and CX 100/261 (assuming you're from Sydney) will do the trick. If you aren't keen on Cathay then another great combination will be Emirates EK 413/73, with a 2 hr 45/3 hr 05 min (CDG/AMS respectively) layover all in an A380 (both routes) in the staggered business class configuration.

Summing it up, CX or EK. If to Paris TG will work too, with 747 to Bangkok (angled lie flat) and A380 to Paris (fully flat bed, staggered).

074061

Cathay Pacific - Asia Miles

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Ah. Just read your profile. In that case if CX go with CX 104/261 (CDG) or CX 104/271 (AMS) and if EK go with EK 407/73 (CDG) or EK 407/147 (AMS). If you want to TG 266/930 (CDG) works out fine. TG doesn't fly to Amsterdam. If you can choose between CDG and AMS I would go with CDG for the new layout. Of course if you prefer the herringbone and want to go to CDG you'd want CX 279, which departs 35 mins after CX 261.

S

Member since 13 Sep 2013

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Alvin, you 'recommend' this?

Is this from your personal experience flying CX Business from Melbourne to Paris?

074061

Cathay Pacific - Asia Miles

Member since 25 Apr 2013

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Hi S, I may not frequently fly in J/F but I have tried the herringbone and the Cirrus seat both and have my own thoughts. I may not have flown exactly from Melbourne to Paris but I'm just giving my two cents. If you're trying to find someone on AusBT to publicly humiliate, go humiliate yourself, huh?

spinoza

Member since 01 Feb 2012

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No one is trying to humiliate you, though you are doing a good job of that yourself. S is just pointing out the facts, since it appears lost on you. Your comments were totally predictable and redundant. We already know your answer to every question is "CX IS AWESOME!"

Surely the down votes on every one of your comments should have conveyed that message. 

Merc25

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 29 Jun 2013

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Hi Ronda I have flown melb to Paris  with cathy pacific and they are great CX flys melb to Hong Kong then on to Paris ,it uses the air bus A330 to hong hong and then the Boeing 777-300 both are fitted out with the new business class seats.once in Paris use the train to get around Europe ,it's much easier and quicker , go to firstclass .com.au site and look at airfares to Europe they are much cheaper than Cathy Pacific's site is .hope this helps

074061

Cathay Pacific - Asia Miles

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the Boeing 777-300 both are fitted out with the new business class seats

That's the Boeing 777-300ER, not the 777-300.

Ben84

Etihad

Member since 23 Jan 2013

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I recommend Etihad or Emirates (A380 only). Every seat has aisle access and you get the long leg over first on the way to Europe. Generally cheaper than other premium airlines too. 

watson374

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 17 Aug 2012

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Where in Australia are you flying from, and do you have a specific European port to fly into? Do you have any preferred loyalties with regard to airline, alliance or frequent flyer program? Are you looking for the cheapest Business Class or the best?

If you give us some details, we can help you make a better choice.

For example, if you wanted to fly the best Business Class SYD-SIN-CDG, I would recommend flying Singapore Airlines:

SQ 222 SYD 1615 SIN 2120

SQ 335 SIN 2355 CDG 0655+1

It's also A380 all the way, with fully-flat New Business Class and the legendary Singapore Airlines service.

But there are better choices for different requirements, hence the offer to try and tailor you a solution.

Ben84

Etihad

Member since 23 Jan 2013

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While I've not flown SQ and therefore won't pretend to judge its product entirely, the fold down nature of its flat beds in business class seems annoying.

I quite like the ability to remain seated and recline to fully flat if I wish.   Having to get up and down when you want to make a bed or unmake it is inconvenient (especially if tired). 

That said, the SQ business seat is the widest in its class. But a lot of reviewers cite the 34 inch width as a bit too wide 

watson374

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 17 Aug 2012

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There are many, many choices. I'm sure CX is another appealing choice, as is EK and so on.

Or you can always fly BA and connect through SIN and LHR...

Serg

QFF

Member since 12 Apr 2013

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“But a lot of reviewers cite the 34 inch width as a bit too wide“

I read few that saying “too much” and I cannot get it – how much can be too much in such confine aluminum (or nowadays plastic) tube? “Too wide” statement seems to me ridiculous – what you can do in narrow seat that you cannot do on wide one?

074061

Cathay Pacific - Asia Miles

Member since 25 Apr 2013

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Some people can't lounge comfortably, as the two armrests are too far apart.

074061

Cathay Pacific - Asia Miles

Member since 25 Apr 2013

Total posts 262

Since Ronda's location (profile) says Melbourne, I assumed she would be flying from there. But wait, A380 has the new Business Class?

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