Member since 20 May 2014
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Hello all, I am currently looking at options for business class travel between Sydney and LAX. For the dates I'm looking at, both Air NZ and Asiana have very reasonable fares. They're basically the same price, and the difference in total duration is within 30 minutes (as the NZ flight has a 6 or so hour layover in Auckland). Work requires I book the cheapest possible ticket provided its not super illogical, so I'm wondering which carrier would have a better product in business class (all things being equal, convenience wise). The NZ flights are on a 789 and 777-3, and the Asiana flights are on a 777-2 and A380 (both of which show a 1 - 2- 1 layout).
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Member since 23 Oct 2013
Total posts 767
I can't say what I think about the seat cause I've never flown OZ (I've flown Air NZ Business to LAX) but having just been through Seoul if someone gave me the choice of stopping via Seoul or Auckland I'd pick Auckland any day.
Member since 15 Mar 2016
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AKL and AirNZ any day!
It's for June, the prices are through an our corporate travel rep who has some agreement to use Star Alliance airlines, so it's usually NZ, Air Canada, or United when I go to NA. Both options are around 4k return.
Member since 15 Dec 2016
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If you have the choice, fly Asiana, a Ã¢Ëâ¦Ã¢Ëâ¦Ã¢Ëâ¦Ã¢Ëâ¦Ã¢Ëâ¦ airline via Incheon, a Ã¢Ëâ¦Ã¢Ëâ¦Ã¢Ëâ¦Ã¢Ëâ¦Ã¢Ëâ¦ airport according to Skytrax. Because 6-hour in AKL is pretty boring.
Member since 17 May 2012
Total posts 32
My decision would be based purely on the seat. Air NZ is out of contention with their coffin seats. Clearly the worst Business seat ever. You pay for space and privacy and Air NZ Business offer neither. So, Asiana it is.
Member since 14 Nov 2015
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Yup, I agree - AKL airport and lounges probably better, but six hours there in between a sub-par product, no thanks. I'd take OZ, better hard and soft product.
Member since 09 May 2013
Total posts 374
I have not flown Korean, but i flew BNE-SFO and LAX-BNE on J. The service and standard on ANZ is really good, i liked the seat, they make the bed for you, very comfortable to sleep and great food/wine. It does feel congested on their 777's, possibly their shells a little lower than Cathay and Etihad, but it is just a personal experience. Transit is very simple. The lounge in AKL is big and crowded, but great choice of showers. If you have got 6 hrs, you could even get out and spend some time outside the airport? I think Seoul would be a great place to get out compared to AKL?
WAITING LIST for Asiana Lounge? The priority access rules are reserved for J ticket holders, then *Gold, then Priority Pass.
You've also mentioned about queues in duty free shops and roughly ~90% of people queueing are Mainland Chinese (most of them don't know inside voice as well, from my friend's visit lately).
Anyway, OZ is great choice with excellent service and short layovers, however, ICN not worth Ã¢Ëâ¦Ã¢Ëâ¦Ã¢Ëâ¦Ã¢Ëâ¦Ã¢Ëâ¦.
Hi All, Thanks for the input. I ended up booking with Asiana as the layover in Seoul is only an hour on the way out. The return was booked with Air Canada via Vancouver.
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Member since 15 Feb 2013
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I've done oz and nz to/from lax in the last 2 months. There is no comparison. NZ is truly head and shoulders above OZ in every respect. The lounge in Seoul is like an old RSL club - crowded, threadbare carpet and soiled furniture. The biz seats on the 380 are cramped and the IFE has limited choices. Catering is good on both. NZ Is really a hidden gem.
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