Member since 05 Oct 2016
Total posts 5
Hi AusBT community,
I have an upcoming business/work trip which my employer is
nice enough to put my family (2 adults, 3yo and 1yo) all up in J class from MEL-LAX.
I have a choice between QF (A380 - pre refurbish) and United (787-9 – Polaris seats). I am not
loyal to either FF program so just want the best seat/experience. It looks like
both have 2-2-2 layouts. Is there much of a difference between the two? Or does
the community feel one is better than the other?
Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer
Member since 02 Sep 2018
Total posts 352
I'd say the a380 since the untied 787 'faux-laris' business seat has really tight footwells which are less good for sleeping. The Qantas Skybed II doesn't have this issue so I'd go for that. Plus there is a bigger area to move around which could be good for young children.
Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards
Member since 10 Jan 2012
Total posts 104
UA's 789 on the MEL-LAX route doesn't have Polaris seats, plus it's UA so personally I'd avoid them anyway. If you're only other option is QF go with that (and their seating is 2-2-2, so easy to pair a parent with a child each). But if you want the best option to LAX, it's VA.
Member since 25 Sep 2013
Total posts 376
Definitely QF. And what a lovely employer too, I might add.
Member since 24 Apr 2012
Total posts 1,114
The Qantas A380 also has the inflight 'lounge' up the front of business class which the six of you might enjoy using, whereas the United 787 doesn't have a comparable space.
Thanks for the quick reply AusBT community. I apprecaite your feedback
American Airlines - AAdvantage
Member since 13 Jul 2015
Total posts 50
Honestly, the soft product on UA is one of the best I've used. Their Saks Fifth Avenue bedding pillow and blanket is better than some of the First Class flights out there, though their seats and service are pretty poor since it's not Polaris. Having said that, I was pretty comfortable on the 14 hour flight to LA in UA Biz, and I've had no issues with it on that route. Haven't flown Qantas on this route so I can't compare but even Qantas would have better flight attendents than UA.
Member since 06 Jan 2015
Total posts 23
If possible, the VA 777 is by far the best option of those 3.
Member since 08 Nov 2018
Total posts 3
Qf95 , 787 leaves in the evening arriving into lax in the evening is another option. 1,2,1 configuration. Excellent seats.
Member since 25 Jun 2012
Total posts 99
Qantas is leaps and bounds better than UA in terms of soft product. If you can get on the 787 flight out of Melbourne (only flies Mon & Fri at the moment) on Qantas, then there is definitely no comparison - the QF 787 seats are awesome.
Member since 13 Feb 2015
Total posts 12
Avoid UA at any costs!!
Member since 11 Dec 2016
Total posts 66
Definitely go Virgin. Why did you only want to consider UA or QF if you're not allied to any FF program?
Member since 06 Mar 2015
Total posts 212
My son has tried both QF and Virgin and Virgin was by far the very best in his opinion. From what others have said give UA a big miss .I have flown VA Business Class across to Perth on the A330 quite a few times and their service is as good as it gets so if that's replicated on their B777 you could not go wrong flying with them. You will be very pleased with Virgin
Member since 24 Jan 2018
Total posts 20
Cabin service on QF is far superior to UA, but the best seats and service will be in VA's 777-300ER with a staffed, stand-up bar to get drinks, mingle, etc. (assuming you're taking a baby-sitter and don't leave the kids 'locked in their seats' !!! :-) ).
Sadly, no bar on the A330 (certainly not that used on MEL-HKG sector).
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