Worldjet777 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 132 posts, RR: 0 Posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 5355 times:
Alright I have a question for all the seasoned long haulers who cross the Pacific frequently...what US airline do you find to have the best biz or first class? I may be traveling to PEK in a few weeks, and don't want to choose poorly- I've never been into burning money on airlines who don't deserve it
RDUDDJI From Lesotho, joined Jun 2004, 1461 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 5253 times:
Don't know where you are leaving from, but UA's 744 C-class is a good product...not as good as the T7's, but nice nonetheless...and you can sit "upstairs". The upper deck cabin is much better than the main deck IMO.
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PanAm747 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4242 posts, RR: 8
Reply 5, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 5225 times:
Quote: Don't know where you are leaving from, but UA's 744 C-class is a good product...not as good as the T7's, but nice nonetheless...and you can sit "upstairs". The upper deck cabin is much better than the main deck IMO.
According to United's timetable, United flight #850 switches from a 747-400 to a 777 on October 31st. The timetable has it listed as on the 777 until at least April 1st.
Maybe you can time a trip to fly over on a 747-400 but back on the 777!! I wanted to do that from SAN before BA changed from one to the other, but couldn't do.
Not many chances to do that outside of Asia anymore, is there?
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Lufthansa From Christmas Island, joined May 1999, 3204 posts, RR: 10
Reply 6, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 5169 times:
Unless you want a non-stop flight (which means UA or Air China...pretty obviously which one to pick), if i were you I'd give the US carriers the flick and go with one of the Japanese Carriers, or Cathay Pacific.
This way you can get the miles (if you're Star member, take ANA), or if you're with AA you can take JAL or Cathay. All have very very good first class products... I particularly like Cathay myself as its very stylish and gives you the chance to have a Hong Kong stop if you wish.
Living in Dallas I'm guessing your with AA... so If i were you I'd get to the nearest Cathay or JAL port. Also on JAL, Cathay and ANA you will get flatbeds in biz class (the new JAL seasons seat is very good), and full sleeper suits in first, however do not use Air China or China Eastern etc...
Lemurs From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 1439 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 5165 times:
IMO, BusinessFirst on CO is better than it's competitors on UA and NW, but UA has a real first class with those sweet sleeper seats up front on the 744...it's really hard to argue with them! If you want to stick to Business Class though, EWR-PEK on CO. They also serve better food and have a better amenity package, too. Also, fares are dirt cheap right now for that route through the end of the year I think.
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OzGlobal From France, joined Nov 2004, 2711 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 4823 times:
I'm with Luftansa's view: if you don't mind a stop over at the world's best airport, HKG, take CX: best first class, and world class Business Class. Service is top tier and lounges are outstanding. Having flow UA, AA and CX, for me there not even in the same game!
Daron4000 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 712 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 4487 times:
Well being a star fan, I would have suggested ANA or SQ or UA, but understanding that you live in AA's fortress of Dallas, I would definitely reccomend CX if you don't mind going out of your way to HKG because they truly have an amazing product or fly to Chicago and connect to JAL's flight and then onto Pek. A little more direct route, but make sure your on the flight with First Class and not the one without it. This first class is their new seat, and I'm sure its nice although JAL is one of the few airliens I know little about, especially since its basically nhever discussed at all on a.net!
MarshalN From Hong Kong, joined Sep 2005, 1521 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 4478 times:
Quoting Worldjet777 (Reply 11): Alright I can now confirm I will be going with OneWorld, so the decision is down to AA, JAL, or CX in F class. Who do you guy's recommend?
CX, that's a no brainer.
JL is great too though, been on their F before a few years back, great food, great service. It IS a little shorter in terms of flight time, although I suspect transfer times are more favourable for CX than for JL. Have you been to either city? Is there an option to stay a day or two in between transfers or is it all the way to PEK and all the way bacK?
Quoting Daron4000 (Reply 14): Well being a star fan, I would have suggested ANA or SQ or UA, but understanding that you live in AA's fortress of Dallas, I would definitely reccomend CX if you don't mind going out of your way to HKG because they truly have an amazing product or fly to Chicago and connect to JAL's flight and then onto Pek.
While SQ can be fantastic, it is also a LONG way out. You're flying extra 5-6 hours to transfer in SIN. It's not worth it. ANA is not a bad option though, but since you're going with OW, it's a moot point.