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Business class: Qantas Airbus A80 vs United Boeing 787-9

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boyd_11

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?

djtech

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 02 Sep 2018

Total posts 310

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.

nix584

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

Member since 10 Jan 2012

Total posts 68

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.

eminere

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 25 Sep 2013

Total posts 363

Definitely QF. And what a lovely employer too, I might add.

ChrisCh

Member since 24 Apr 2012

Total posts 1,032

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.

boyd_11

Member since 05 Oct 2016

Total posts 5

Thanks for the quick reply AusBT community. I apprecaite your feedback

jubbing

American Airlines - AAdvantage

Member since 13 Jul 2015

Total posts 32

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.

devilish

Member since 06 Jan 2015

Total posts 23

If possible, the VA 777 is by far the best option of those 3.

BigD

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.

pab2025

Member since 25 Jun 2012

Total posts 95

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.

Wingflex

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 13 Feb 2015

Total posts 10

Avoid UA at any costs!!

Madhatter49

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

Member since 11 Dec 2016

Total posts 57

Definitely go Virgin. Why did you only want to consider UA or QF if you're not allied to any FF program?
1. Virgin Australia. VA easily blows the other 2 choices away.
2. Qantas, their A380 is good, and yes the lounge area could be a good place to get the group together, but until the refurb happens the lounge is quite average.
3. United is the worst by far out of the 3 choices.

Rod H

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

Member since 06 Mar 2015

Total posts 147

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

Boeing-Tragic

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 24 Jan 2018

Total posts 8

If possible, the VA 777 is by far the best option of those 3.

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' !!! :-) ).

Boeing-Tragic

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 24 Jan 2018

Total posts 8

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

Sadly, no bar on the A330 (certainly not that used on MEL-HKG sector).

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