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Which Airline Has The Best First Class  
User currently offlineWdleiser From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 961 posts, RR: 4
Posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 6624 times:

http://www.forbes.com/2004/10/19/cx_cv_1019poll.html


I voted for Lufthansa for the fact their service is amazing. I am surprised that COA is doing so well because in my opinion their business First product sucks in comparison to other airlines business class let alone the first class of most airlines. Lufthansa's new business class is much nicer than COA's business first IMO.

Tell me what you all think.

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User currently offlineGeoffm From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 2111 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 6598 times:

Virgin Upper Class is superb, although people say it is a combi first/business class. COA is also a combi, not first class, so you can't really compare it to a full first class airline. However, IMX it is very good quality - better than business class. After all, they've won numerous awards for it so I think you're in a minority there! BA's business class is somewhat poor compared to EK and CO.

Geoff M.


User currently offlineFbgdavidson From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 3706 posts, RR: 28
Reply 2, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 6574 times:

BA's business class is somewhat poor compared to EK and CO

In what respect? I've flown neither CO or EK but have hear and seen their seat and basically (that is what J is mostly about) and the EK seat doesn't hold a candle to NCW.

I voted BA in the survey, admitedly it is the only airline I have flown in F (and only done it six times so not a fair comparison) but having seen pictures / read trip reports / family experience I have made a reasonable choice. How CO is leading that poll ahead of the likes of SQ, CX and BA is astonishing! New EK F suite is pretty high up there but due to limited routes gets an honourable mention in this



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User currently offlineGeoffm From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 2111 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 6550 times:

"I have flown in F" - that's first class, not business class. I haven't flown BA first class, so I can't comment on that. All I can say is, compared to my biz class flights with EK and CO, BA ranks third. Seats and IFE are much of a muchness, but decent crews and good food improve the experience - something which IMX BA was lacking.

I actually found the EK seat to be very comfortable. So it's not lie flat, but I still managed to sleep - which is a rare occurence for me.

BTW I should have mentioned I'm talking about BA's non-lie-flat seats (haven't tried the newer ones), although the seat is only a part of the product.

Geoff M.


User currently offlineFbgdavidson From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 3706 posts, RR: 28
Reply 4, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 6533 times:

Geoff, when I referred to BA F I was talking about the original poll again  Smile

New Club World flat seat is a great improvement on the cradle seat, although the 'fairground slide' was a little better for a day flights, more like an armchair.



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User currently offlineZrs70 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 3165 posts, RR: 9
Reply 5, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 6509 times:

Let's keep business class out of the discussion.

Here's my vote for best international F products. I have experienced these carriers, and none are bad, this is just the pecking order:

1) NH
2) SQ
3) CX
4) NZ
5) BA
6) TG
7) UA



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User currently offlineKLMCedric From Belgium, joined Dec 2003, 812 posts, RR: 22
Reply 6, posted (9 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 6468 times:

I've flown C-class on Sabena and KLM, never first clas though.
It looks to me as if the first class product on EK's A-345 is unbeatable at the moment.
I would so much like to try this one out!!!


User currently offlineGive it a Go From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 138 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (9 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 6318 times:

Just to clear it up - there is NO first class on any Virgin Atlantic flight, and there NEVER has been.

We have Upper Class - which is the same price as British Airways business Class - Club World.

The fact that our 'business class' is FAR better than the British Airways 1st Class product, as well as a lot cheaper speaks for itself.

(Virgin also has the largest flying flat bed anywhere in the world - all for a business class fare).


User currently offlineFbgdavidson From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 3706 posts, RR: 28
Reply 8, posted (9 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 6316 times:

We have Upper Class - which is the same price as British Airways business Class - Club World

Well not true. A friend was looking up flights to PHL and while BA F to PHL was £4400, VS UCS to JFK was £4200

I've never flown in the VS lavatory stools but I think despite all the VS marketing hype these pictures show it in the real world
http://vsveil.mysite.wanadoo-members.co.uk/


[Edited 2004-10-25 21:21:41]


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User currently offlineANstar From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2003, 5190 posts, RR: 6
Reply 9, posted (9 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 6301 times:

I've flown BA first & QF first andf i have to say judging by the VS pictures there is NO comparison. The VS J seats look like coffins

User currently offlineBCal DC10 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 722 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (9 years 10 months 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 6285 times:

The fact that our 'business class' is FAR better than the British Airways 1st Class product, as well as a lot cheaper speaks for itself.

LOL - have you ever flown BA First? It is in a different league to the VS "Business" class product.... you should try it sometime.

From those pics, that VS cabin layout looks hideous.

give me this any day....

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Photo © Jason Milligan



Btw, ref. the article, I'm not sure how you can compare CO's domestic first product to BA's, CX, SQ's etc international F class - it just isn't the same.

Not a great piece by Forbes.....


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