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Best Biz Class From US To Japan/Taipei?  
User currently offlineAirRyan From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 2532 posts, RR: 5
Posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 5639 times:

Have a business trip in a few weeks and I am wondering what the best biz class airlines anyone would reccommend.

I think my best options are NW and UA, but not positive.

I know NW has the lie-flat seats w/ 60" pitch versus the UA biz 55" and no lie-flat, but how does the service compare? I've been to seatguru.com and will try and get a seat on the upper deck, too.

How about service/etc. in Narita, is UA or NW better than another?

I'd love to fly CX but to go through Hong Kong to get to Tokyo is like another 8+hours in the air, even though biz class on the itinerary I worked up was actually cheaper. Is CX worth the extra flight time? (Company is paying the bill so I'm not so concerned with the price.)

I also have to go to Taipei and would like to return from there back to the States, is China Airways Dynasty class good? UA does appear to offer the best combo of flights all together, so that is where I am leaning.

Any comments or suggestions welcome, thanks!

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User currently offlineAbrelosojos From Venezuela, joined May 2005, 5145 posts, RR: 54
Reply 1, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 5629 times:

Depends on where you are flying from in the U.S., but my unwavering vote is for ANA's New Style Business Class. Miles ahead of any competition. Also, if you are flying from the West Coast, SQ's J is great as well.


Live, and let live.
User currently offlineAlaskaqantas From New Zealand, joined Dec 2005, 907 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 5575 times:

Quoting Abrelosojos (Reply 1):
ANA's New Style Business Class.

that would get my vote.
Or SQ, I would try to not use an american carrier, but if you have to choose between NWA and UA, I would personally go with NWA. but try to get ANA, or an asian airline
~~Kyle H.

to some people the sky is the limit, to aviation enthusiasts, its home!
User currently offlineAirRyan From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 2532 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 5564 times:

Thanks for the tips and honestly if I could have gotten ANA's website to work with my travel needs from the west coast back to Texas, I would have been more inclined to go with a Japanese mainline carrier, and even JAL doesn't appear to let you book online althought I could go to AA.com and book a flight from here in Austin to Tokyo via LAX where I would go JAL to NRT, and the return flight from TPE to AUS on China Airlines, but for a couple thousand less I got UA on UA metal back and forth to NRT from AUS as well as a NRT-TPE roundtrip in the middle - and all this in biz class this weekend, so I went with UA.

I used to work for NW and I wanted to go with them but UA offered me much more direct flights (SFO vs DTW or MSP) as well as actually going direct to TPE where as NW couldn't get me there. Hopefully with UA's FA's out of Ch11 and no labor negotiations going on like they are with NW, that will be one less potential variable to worry about.

Thanks again for everyone's help.

User currently offlineBurnsie28 From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 7755 posts, RR: 8
Reply 4, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 5558 times:

Quoting AirRyan (Reply 3):
Hopefully with UA's FA's out of Ch11 and no labor negotiations going on like they are with NW

NW will be fine, i have heard nothing but good from NW's service.

"Some People Just Know How To Fly"- Best slogan ever, RIP NW 1926-2009
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