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User currently offlineFlavio340 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 180 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 5047 times:

Hello all,

I did a search and could not find exactly the information I was looking for. I am interested in A.net's frequent fliers opinions of who has the best current first class seats/service. I have some criteria though:

1) Only true first class airlines offering three classes of service
2) Current first class seats (not what could be or has been)
3) Photos are always appreciated  Smile

Thank you for your input

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User currently offlineOzGlobal From France, joined Nov 2004, 2732 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 4970 times:

Have you checked SkyTrax?

Whether or not you accept their rankings for First Class (real F not domestic US
'business'), they have great information on the level of seat comfort and sleep ratings:

http://www.flatseats.com/Reviews/sleep-rate.htm

Worth exploring the site. Can't go too far wrong in F on QF, CX, BA, SQ, TG, QR. Obviously, for now, avoid US carriers.



When all's said and done, there'll be more said than done.
User currently offlineJoemac547 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 120 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 4966 times:
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I was always a fan of SQ's F product. I go out of my way to fly SQ 1/2 HKG-SFO. However, that was before I had the opportunity to sample EK. Holy crap! I was incredibly impressed with touches like: better inflight entertainment including exterior camera views (down and ahead), better seat space (with vibrator and massage functions), private mini-bar in your seat area, and the innovative lighting in the F cabin. I am sure when SQ rolls out their new F product with the 380's, we will see some of these features in theirs. After all, SQ's F cabin has been essentially the same for many, many years now.

User currently offlineGoldorak From France, joined Sep 2006, 1872 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 4807 times:

new AF first class (NEV seats) is really great, but unfortunately offered only on some routes where the demand exists (JFK, NRT, SIN, HKG, IAD, etc). You can find some trip reports in the corresponding forum

User currently offlineSpeedbird128 From Pitcairn Islands, joined Oct 2003, 1648 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 4803 times:

I have only ever flown first class with EK.

It was on the 777-300ER, and man it was nice. Lie flat seat/bed thing, with a massage fucntion. Big screen IFE with their ICE, which is AVOD. Mini bar, absolutely fantastic meals and beverages. Great crew too!

Cannot complain at all - it was fantastic - for the first time in my life I felt the flight was too short!!!! If all goes well and I have enough skywards miles - the next one will be 1st class on 1 leg...

Cheers!



A306, A313, A319, A320, A321, A332, A343, A345, A346 A388, AC90, B06, B722, B732, B733, B735, B738, B744, B762, B772, B7
User currently offlineGuyBetsy1 From Canada, joined Aug 2001, 840 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 4577 times:

I was going to post some asian airlines' websites featuring their First Classes... but then, hey... I thought... Flavio340... you have a brain, don't you? You can look up each airlines' website and look it up yourself! Why should we do all the work for you?

It's very easy to just post and ask questions like you did... but honestly, it's like asking people what their favourite brand of vanilla icecream is. Every one has an opinion.. which one is yours?


User currently offlineClassicLover From Ireland, joined Mar 2004, 4660 posts, RR: 23
Reply 6, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 4541 times:

Apparently both QF and BA offer superlative First Class experiences... you'd be wise to try them both. Never heard a bad word.


I do quite enjoy a spot of flying - more so when it's not in Economy!
User currently offlineBicoastal From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 4533 times:

Another thread that's more appropriate for the Polls and Preferences forum:

http://www.airliners.net/discussions...aviation_polls/index.main?rand=513


User currently offlineStitch From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 31444 posts, RR: 85
Reply 8, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 4510 times:
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I'm a big fan of NH New Style F, but EK's A345 "private" suites are pretty tough to beat. Though I look forward to see the 23" LCDs on CX's new F (I have a 23" LCD for my Mac).

User currently offlineAlaskaqantas From New Zealand, joined Dec 2005, 906 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 4374 times:

Quoting Joemac547 (Reply 2):
After all, SQ's F cabin has been essentially the same for many, many years now.

on the 17thof this month SQ is unveiling their new seats! I am really looking forward to seeing the new seats! less then 2 days away.

Quoting Stitch (Reply 8):
I'm a big fan of NH New Style F, but EK's A345 "private" suites are pretty tough to beat. Though I look forward to see the 23" LCDs on CX's new F

I'd have to agree here!
~Cheers-
~~Kyle H.



to some people the sky is the limit, to aviation enthusiasts, its home!
User currently offlineWrighbrothers From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 1875 posts, RR: 9
Reply 10, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 4359 times:

I'm always a fan of BA's First class, excelent service, good choice of food, good seats and the IFE isn't usualy that bad.
Every flight I've had in BA F has been great.

Wrighbrothers



Always stand up for what is right, even if it means standing alone..
User currently offlineTACAA320 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 4345 times:

Quoting Wrighbrothers (Reply 10):
Every flight I've had in BA F has been great.

That's why BA is "World favourite airline".


User currently offline1stfl94 From United Kingdom, joined May 2006, 1455 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 4309 times:

Never managed F class myself but quite a few of my mum's colleague's have and it sounds like BA comes out the best. However, it will be interesting to see what SQ brings out tomorrow

User currently offlineRoseFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 9837 posts, RR: 52
Reply 13, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 4289 times:

Quoting OzGlobal (Reply 1):
Obviously, for now, avoid US carriers.

US carriers are not as bad in first class as a lot of people on Airliners.net assume. I've only flown on United, but I think they offer pretty good service. It isn't the same attitude that you get on Asian carriers, but is still pretty good. Both the United Suite and AA Flagship suite offer a lot of privacy and comfort. They are far better than the recliner chairs found on other airilnes. I was more satifisfied on United than Lufthansa. I don't deny that there are other airlines with better products, but UA and AA have a comfortable product that have pretty good service. Sure the flight attendants don't fawn all over you like they do on Singapore Airlines and they are older, but some of those veteran men and women provide excellent service that is very professional. When I fly first class, I like things to be accessible and I don't want to wait if I desire something, but I don't like it when flight attendants constantly ask me if everything is ok everytime that I flinch in my seat.



If you have never designed an airplane part before, let the real designers do the work!
User currently offlineTACAA320 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 4211 times:

Quoting RoseFlyer (Reply 13):
but UA and AA have a comfortable product that have pretty good service.

Compared with few Latin American carriers, some European ones and most Oriental, with all due respect, for me they [UA, AA] are crap.


User currently offlineRoseFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 9837 posts, RR: 52
Reply 15, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 4150 times:

Quoting TACAA320 (Reply 14):
Compared with few Latin American carriers, some European ones and most Oriental, with all due respect, for me they [UA, AA] are crap.

In economy you are very correct. However in First Class, I know for sure that UA is not that bad and is fairly comparable to most airlines. They have a good product. I haven't flown on AA, but assume that it is very similar.

You can check out the various trip reports that I have written to see my full opinion. I'll happily fly them. However for the same price, there are other airlines (frequent flyer loyalties aside) that are better.



If you have never designed an airplane part before, let the real designers do the work!
User currently offlineTACAA320 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 4139 times:

Quoting RoseFlyer (Reply 15):
However for the same price, there are other airlines (frequent flyer loyalties aside) that are better.

I must say "much" better.


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