Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer
Member since 14 Feb 2017
Total posts 77
Hi guys, looking at booking a trip in December and would like to have your opinions on the best hard product J class flying out of SYD to anywhere in SE Asia direct. End destination is BKK but happy to take 1 stop for a more enjoyable journey ;)
Member since 13 Jul 2012
Total posts 150
Vietnam 787 business is very good (to Ho Chi Minh city or to Hanoi), not sure about connections to BKK
Member since 24 Oct 2010
Total posts 988
An interesting one to ponder. Out of Sydney, I'd stump for the Qantas A330 'Business Suite' unless you could get onto a Singapore Airlines Boeing 777-300ER with the airline's latest business class (IMHO, this is way better than the A380 business class).
Member since 02 Apr 2015
Total posts 4
Garuda is amazing - would happily fly with them any day. VN is my new unsung (cheap) hero after flying them to HK via SGN - very good hard product and soft not bad at all. I recently did Air Asia X via KL as it was so cheap, I was really, really impressed. The seat is 2-2-2 and only 2 rows and one of the old fashion slanty seats with a lot less space but solid for the price. Not top of my list but be open minded. TripAdvisor has airline reviews and you can find every airline on there, including filter for business class which has been helpful www.tripadvisor.com/Airlines
Member since 06 Jul 2017
Total posts 2
I'm a big fan of the Emirates bar but EK419 arrival time in BKK is around 1am so don't forget to factor in schedules. You get the limo service with Emirates though.
Member since 05 Oct 2015
Total posts 8
Cathay with the A350 are the best option at the moment, as good as Qantas First class with edible food.
Member since 23 Feb 2017
Total posts 15
Arrival time in BKK is not a question. Sometimes it can take a quarter of the flying time to get from the airport to the hotel. A late night arrival means that road traffic will be quieter.
Thanks guys, Garuda is definitely on my list due to price. I liked VN and have flown their 787 and A350 in J and the hard product is excellent however their in flight entertainment is sorely lacking so that puts them down a couple notches.
Cathay is also good, but i've heard their A350's need some re-fitting? Have flown their 777-300ER in J which is excellent and i believe they use a similar product on their A330's flying to SYD but then again their pricing compared to "similar" hard products puts them back a little (in my opinion).
Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards
Member since 08 Feb 2016
Total posts 83
I personally love flying THE BUSINESS on virgin australia. Granted, this is out of Mel and would need to fly Syd-Mel-HKG.
Ok, so i have settled on China Southern flying the A380 (SYD-CAN-BKK and vice versa for return) on their new 1-2-1 business class seats with a stop in Guangzhou. Their ratings on Skytrax seem to give an impression of excellent service by reviewers and i think they've come in under the radar a little so was keen to give this a try. Plus they came in pretty good value for money for direct all aisle access.
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