MSYtristar From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 6572 posts, RR: 51 Posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 4555 times:
My friend has to go to Singapore from LAX for business in a week or so and she was asking me for advice on which airline to take. She'll be flying in Business Class. I suggested the new nonstop on Singapore Airlines, or United's 747-400 service. Also, I suggested Qantas to SYD, spend a day there, and then fly to SIN. Alas, she doesn't have the time to do that. Thought it was a nice idea though.
What is the best airline in the market as far as Business Class is concerned?
Indio66 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 475 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 4514 times:
First preference would be with regard to air miles and ability to upgrade to first. In my case that would be UAL.
If that is not a consideration, you can't go wrong with Singapore Air, but I would go for the stop in Taiwan or NRT (assuming they still do these runs), with the full business class as opposed to the two class configuration non-stop.
I have not done the non-stop, but I think that is just too much time on a plane for me without a break.
Laxintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 25542 posts, RR: 50
Reply 5, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 4323 times:
For a trip that I make several times a year, I can confidently say, service wise Singapore Airlines is the way to go in Business class. (this is from a United Airlines 1K flyer)
The Raffles class service and SkySuites product is superior to United. While I have not taken the new nonstop flight, I tend to prefer the daytime 747-400 flight that operates via Tokyo. Overall breaking the journey in two with the Tokyo stop makes the trip more bearable for me. In addition the Japan stop allows me to sample a good Japanese meal onboard. I also like arriving Singapore late in the evening and heading straight to the hotel. After a few hours of sleep I'm fresh and ready for a full days work.
While I will probably look at taking the nonstop at least once to say I have done it, I do not look forward to being on a single aircraft for up to 18 hours straight.
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GuyBetsy1 From Canada, joined Aug 2001, 840 posts, RR: 6
Reply 8, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 4112 times:
Steve in MSY... how can you ask your friend to divert to SYD enroute to SIN? Even she had the time, that's a detour of over 4000 miles! She would be shagged by the time she got to SIN for business. Not the way to go.
My suggestions from LAX to SIN would be 1) SINGAPORE AIRLINES' direct nonstop from LAX on their new A340-500 aircraft. It may be a long flight, but after 13 hours on any airline between West Coast USA to Asia, a few more hours won't make the difference. However, it will make a difference if you've got to get off say in HK and change flights to continue on to SINGAPORE.
2)CATHAY PACIFIC AIRWAYS. Though they are excellent in terms of service, the disadvantage is that your friend has to change flights in HONGKONG and after a long flight, it is quite disorientated to do so, especially if your friend is not used to travelling long distances. That said, CATHAY PACIFIC AIRWAYS offers a superior product that beats any american carrier. (Actually both SINGAPORE AIRLINES and CATHAY PACIFIC's service beats any one else. Period.)
Most importantly, your friend has to decide if accruing airline mileage points is important to her or not - so that she can decide which airline alliance she would like to fly with.