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Poll: Qantas Airbus A380 first class vs Boeing 787 business class

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chillybags

Member since 27 Aug 2018

Total posts 11

Hi all,

Considering the A380 first class seats are now 10 years old how would you compare them to the new 787 business class seats in terms of hard product comfort. I haven’t flown either of these seats before.

I’m travelling from Melbourne to Lax and will use points (plenty available to use) and wanting to know what seating option would be better given a choice of flying QF93 or QF95 (A380 first vs the 787 business)

Cheers.

Poll: Which seat is better (hard product only)

Fergo747

Member since 30 Nov 2016

Total posts 11

Hands down would choose the A380 first if considering the hard product only. So much more space and openness in that seat and the bedding it wider and much more comfortable. The Dreamliner does have a better entertainment screen, however depending on when you travel you may be get a refreshed A380 for which one of the only First updates is a better screen. Also, would gain access to the F lounge in Melbourne (if you're not a Platinum).
Last editedby ChrisCh at May 23, 2019, 11:42 AM.

chillybags

Member since 27 Aug 2018

Total posts 11


I’ll be flying before the refurb, so that aspect won’t affect me.

Thanks for the input. I’ll try jump on F if I can!

ChrisB

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 21 Mar 2018

Total posts 13

No doubt whatsoever. A380 First. Heaps more space, and very comfortable - with outstanding bedding.

ChrisCh

Member since 24 Apr 2012

Total posts 1,030

The only downside with the A380 in First is that until after take-off and once they begin preparing for descent, the chair has to face directly forwards and there's very little legroom in this space (versus the 787 where the seat doesn't swivel, so you can always put your feet forwards as far as you can). That said, the A380 suite overall is much more spacious, so the A380 gets my vote.

chillybags

Member since 27 Aug 2018

Total posts 11

There’s been about 25% of votes for the 787 business seat. I’d be curious to hear from one of the people who voted for that their reasoning since it seems to otherwise be a large majority saying the first class seat is better.

sanj747

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 01 Nov 2016

Total posts 125

Based on recent experience the A380 F all the way. Did both the 787 and 380 in November - QF9 in J and returned on QF2 in F.

Meandering

Member since 07 Nov 2018

Total posts 2

If you can access the F lounge irrespective of the ticket you purchase (you are P or P1) then I would choose the 787. Overall, it has a nicer feel to it, albeit a little less room. But as they say, ask a 100 people for an opinion and you get 100 opinions ……...

greg959

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 15 May 2019

Total posts 13

There’s been about 25% of votes for the 787 business seat. I’d be curious to hear from one of the people who voted for that their reasoning since it seems to otherwise be a large majority saying the first class seat is better.

They're either trolling you or haven't been in F before. There's absolutely no question. Especially if you can get 1A or 1K - you forget there's anyone else on the plane. The new J seats are also a second rate product. Very pokey in the legwell and a cheaper finish than most other premium airlines' J offering. They should've gone with David Caon's original concept. Too many BCG graduates and bean counters at Qantas these days.

koji

Cathay Pacific - The Marco Polo Club

Member since 11 Jun 2018

Total posts 57

Is it really worthy of a poll?

patrickk

Qantas

Member since 19 Apr 2012

Total posts 368

The real issue with the 787 is when fully flat your legs are rather confined in a narrow-ish leg well that goes under the seat in front. Makes curling up tricky.

aggie57

QF

Member since 04 Apr 2014

Total posts 123

I think it depends on your height. I’m 6’4”, my wife is 5’1”. I really appreciate the extra room in F, she couldn’t care less about that.

dbone77

American Airlines - AAdvantage

Member since 06 Jun 2014

Total posts 3

Having just done A380 F to LAX and the B787 in J to NYC. I found the B787 to be cramped and narrow compared to F. The hard and soft product is by far superior in F.

GB18

Member since 24 Oct 2018

Total posts 15

I would only choose J if I was limited by points (or money) and wanting to save some for another trip. However if you have a stack of points as you said you do or if you were limited by time and can’t do 2x J trips vs 1x F trips then yeah go F

docsimonm

Member since 29 Mar 2017

Total posts 15

What about the value for points proposition? I know the OP said they have plenty, but surely it's a consideration?

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