Member since 13 Sep 2016
Total posts 15
Member since 24 Aug 2011
Total posts 56
It gets pretty subjective especially given the preponderance of Rockwell Super Diamond and Thomson Vantage XL seats across a number of airlines meaning the hard products are very similar. It would probably be easier to develop a Top 10 and, were you to do so, I think both VA and QF would make appearances.
Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer
Member since 02 Sep 2018
Total posts 352
1st would most definitely be QSuites as you mentioned, but the 2nd is actually British Airways first class. It might not actually be business class, but the hard product certainly makes you think so, the soft product is excellant with freindly service and caviar. From there, I guess any plane with a 1-2-1 config and decent soft product would be good like QF, DL, United Polaris, CX, etc.
Member since 30 Aug 2013
Total posts 148
I would say the Etihad Business studio.
Member since 08 Sep 2018
Total posts 11
Etihad A380. In all classes probably the beat aircraft in the sky.
Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards
Member since 21 Feb 2017
Total posts 35
Regional Express's rextra legroom product would have to be up there
Total posts 49
Interesting question. Qatar's A380 business class is really great, I'd agree that Etihad's A380 business class is the only one which could give it a run for its money so maybe there are your 2nd and 3rd medal winners right there. Now 4th place and beyond would be tricky. I would put Qantas' Boeing 787 Business Suite in there, followed by Cathay Pacific's A350. Haven't flown any of the Japanese airlines but here good things about ANA's latest business class too.
Member since 14 Dec 2016
Total posts 57
Its hard to look past the new Singapore airlines a380 product
Member since 18 Oct 2015
Total posts 16
JQ star class for sure, or the old red seats from Virgin...
Member since 27 May 2017
Total posts 13
VA A330 or 777 great food, fantastic amenities, unparalleled service and amazing 1-2-1 reverse herringbone private and comfortable with lots of storage seats
Aegean Airlines - Miles & Bonus
Member since 17 Sep 2017
Total posts 26
Would have to disagree with Etihad Business as their cost cutting has really taken a toll. The hard product is still good, however found the seat to be a little firm (even after adjusting the firmness) and lack of kneeroom was prevalent. I would argue that VA is quite good because of their hard and soft product, but it is available on very few routes. JAL should be next, along with Eva Air, United Polaris, Delta, ANA, Singapore and Cathay in that order.
Member since 01 Apr 2012
Total posts 75
JAL Apex suites. Direct aisle access for all. Forward facing. Very private. No silly rabbit hutches or crevices to fit your feet into.
Delta Air Lines - SkyMiles
Member since 16 Oct 2017
Total posts 177
I suspect the OP meant international business, which makes REX ineligible...I'd say EK a380 business if we're sticking to seats that are actually sold as business. But QF first is really just business these days when compared to QSuite. So QF first is my vote for 2nd place, made in the same vein as djtech has done for BA first.
Member since 28 Oct 2011
Total posts 245
More of the usual BA bashing. This ridiculous line that gets trotted out repeatedly - that BA F is the world's best Business class - just shows that the people saying it have no experience of BA F. But they're very experienced in drinking the anti-BA Kool-aid!
Member since 14 Mar 2017
Total posts 150
Oman Air/JAL. It's the same seat.
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