What is the world's second best business class?

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John Odlum

Member since 13 Sep 2016

Total posts 15

I agree wholeheartedly with AusBT that Qatar's QSuites are "the world's best business class", see https://www.ausbt.com.au/review-why-qatar-airways-qsuite-is-the-world-s-best-business-class?utm_source=grid in case you missed it.

So what are the 2nd best and 3rd best business classes, who gets the silver and bronze medal in the business class Olympics?

I would be tempted to give Qatar's regular business class 2nd place, the seat which is on the Airbus A380s and A350-900s. It's really got everything you could ask for if you like that angled 1-2-1 layout. 3rd place, maybe Etihad's 'Business Studio' from the A380 and Boeing 787?

reeves35

Member since 24 Aug 2011

Total posts 55

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.

djtech

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.

smit0847

Member since 30 Aug 2013

Total posts 148

I would say the Etihad Business studio.

Saab34

Member since 08 Sep 2018

Total posts 11

Etihad A380. In all classes probably the beat aircraft in the sky.

gjspectre

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

Member since 21 Feb 2017

Total posts 26

Regional Express's rextra legroom product would have to be up there

Bob Burgess

Member since 13 Sep 2016

Total posts 50

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.

Mjudd

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 14 Dec 2016

Total posts 57

Its hard to look past the new Singapore airlines a380 product

Timmy22bc

Member since 18 Oct 2015

Total posts 16

JQ star class for sure, or the old red seats from Virgin...

Last editedby Timmy22bc at Oct 29, 2018, 11:43 PM.

Morgan27

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

Bruce777

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.

cooper81

BA Gold

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.

tommygun

Delta Air Lines - SkyMiles

Member since 16 Oct 2017

Total posts 143

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.

John Phelan

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 28 Oct 2011

Total posts 220

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.

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!

xtfer

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

Member since 14 Mar 2017

Total posts 149

Oman Air/JAL. It's the same seat.

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