Melbourne to Amsterdam business class - best options with minimum stopover?

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Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 01 Jul 2012

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Melbourne to Amsterdam in June and return, business class - what are the best options with minimum stopover?


Member since 09 May 2011

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Pretty much all of the major players to Europe operate on that route. So, there's the Middle Eastern options – Etihad and Emirates; for the Asian options, you could fly Malaysia or Singapore Airlines, or even Cathay Pacific both fly that route.

For "best", it'd be hard to go past either Etihad or Cathay, but they're both at the expensive end of your options.

As an aside, KLM operate from Kuala Lumpur or Hong Kong to Amsterdam, which would let you take Malaysian or Cathay from Australia. It's an option to look into if you want to save a bit.


Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 23 Aug 2012

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QF/EK will offer you an A380 product all the way to Amsterdam if you book EK 407 ex MEL connecting to EK 147, you will have a layover of about 3 hours in DXB. Book it with a QF code if you want QF SC.


Member since 23 Feb 2013

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Definently go for Emirates! Best service in the sky, A380 all the way, business class seat with direst aisle access, onboard bar and lounge, outstanding entertainment and food and beverage and overall an amazing service. Your aircraft will also arrive and depart from the brand new concourse dedicated to Emirates A380s. The concouse has great restaurants, shopping and most importantly a great new Business Class lounge with direct boarding from the lounge to the aircraft. Not to mention chauffeur driven cars picking you up from your hotel/ home to the airport at both the departing and arriving city.

Also, thanks to the new Qantas-Emirates partnership, you will be able to earn Qantas FF points n Qantas codeshare flights operated by Emirates metal.

I fly from Australia to Europe several times a year for business and for pleasure, and have tried out all the major Asian, European, Australain and Middle Eastern carriers and by far Emirates has been the best.

The flights and connection times are very good. Its MEL-DXB-AMS on the A380 with a few hours layover in DXB about 2-3 hours and its very much the same on the way back. 

So Emirates is another outstanding option you could consider, as I am sure you will enjoy the experience as much as I have over the years! 

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