Which Airlines Offer 1 2 1 Business Class or other configurations that don't require you to leap over or be leaped over by another passenger?

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euroboy1977

Member since 13 Aug 2013

Total posts 92

Which Airlines Offer 1 2 1 Business Class or other configurations that don't require you to leap over or be leaped over by another passenger?

With some airlines it is route and fleet dependent, but which ones generally have a higher likelihood of a non intrusive layout?

I can check on Seat Guru, but the expertise here might save me hours and hours inputting different flight numbers and details.

Thanks :)

euroboy1977

Member since 13 Aug 2013

Total posts 92

Oh and before anyone points out the obvious way around this, I prefer window seats. Not a fan of being seated in the middle ever. Don't know why. Probably a thing from childhood where I always had to snag a window seat even in the family's Holden Statesman! :)

Phalanger

Member since 31 Aug 2013

Total posts 14

It's really going to depend which aircraft/flight you are on, so a full list is really not possible.  You really need to check what aircraft is used on that route and if it is seasonal.  Additionally some good options are also 1-1-1, or alternating between 1-2-1 and 2-2-1 (so 1 bad seat in 2 rows).

In generally, the herringbone configurations are the safest across the fleet:
Air New Zealand (777/787, not 767)
Air Canada
Virgin Atlantic
Cathay
Delta (767s are not herringbone but mostly good)
Oman
Etihad

Some of the others it really depends which aircraft you end up on:
Qatar (787)
Swiss/Austrian/Brussels/Rouge (all but 4/3 seats)
Thai (A380, new 777-300ER)
Singapore (most long range flights)
China Southern (A380)
Asian (newer 777s)
Emirates (A380s)
ANA (depends on route)
JAL (depends on route)
Finnair (depends on route and then most seats)

I’m sure there are others I’m forgetting…

euroboy1977

Member since 13 Aug 2013

Total posts 92

Yes this is true about Oman Air. The best Business Product I have used so far! Pity they do not fly out of OZ!

But it was well worth beginning my journey with them in Asia. 

TheRealBabushka

Member since 21 Apr 2012

Total posts 2,059

Cathay Pacific. If you have the cash it's the only one worth considering in my opinion. A product offering as close to perfection both on the ground and in the air.

msport2012

Delta Air Lines - SkyMiles

Member since 14 Apr 2013

Total posts 295

Jay, it depends on where you wish to fly, example of heading from SYD - LA DL is the only DIRECT carrier to offer 1-2-1 all the others dont. 

Serg

QFF

Member since 12 Apr 2013

Total posts 870

I thought that SQ is the king here. Anyway seatguru is your friend.

euroboy1977

Member since 13 Aug 2013

Total posts 92

Soon I will do a review and post it here of Oman Air. 

Merc25

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 29 Jun 2013

Total posts 317

Cathy Pacific is the best in my opinion 

euroboy1977

Member since 13 Aug 2013

Total posts 92

I got a chance to take a sneaky peak at Sings Business Class and I felt it looked really claustrophobic. I am not a fan of the way some Airlines have it arranged so your lower body is tucked into a cavity. It feels like a Coffin to me. 

Then again I have no idea if that was an older Business Class style seat for them

eminere

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 25 Sep 2013

Total posts 371

SQ's J is claustrophobic? Wow there's something I've never heard before. Usually people complain it's too wide

cooper81

BA Gold

Member since 01 Apr 2012

Total posts 75

I agree with others that commend Cathay. They are definitely the way forward for long haul J class.  Whilst many of the airlines listed have fully flat beds with direct aisle access on some of their aircraft you can always end up the victim of the dreaded 'aircraft subsitution' to an inferior layout.  With Cathay the entire longhaul fleet is fully flat and with direct aisle access.

euroboy1977

Member since 13 Aug 2013

Total posts 92

I feel it should be made a law that when booking business class tickets the airline must state if a particular leg of the journey is not serviced by the full business class product. Its just not fair otherwise. Thank god for seat guru. Though once Seat guru lead me to believe 1 leg of my journey would be using regional business class (recliners) however it was full flat when I boarded.

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