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LAX To Singapore: Best Business Class  
User currently offlineMSYtristar From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (12 years 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 5434 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?



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User currently offlineBehramjee From Canada, joined Aug 2003, 5346 posts, RR: 47
Reply 1, posted (12 years 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 5404 times:

Hmm...the cheapest would be EVA AIR and CI I bet in J class.

As for 5 star quality...best options are CX and SQ (regardless if its the A 345 or not). Just make sure that your friend doesnt fly TGs B 744 J class !!!

User currently offlineIndio66 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 476 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (12 years 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 5393 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.

User currently offlineSllevin From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 3376 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (12 years 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 5290 times:

Since she's flying business class, I'd say: take the non-stop. She can accrue *A miles there as well.

If she specifically wants oneworld miles, take Cathay.

Skyteam miles: I think KE is the only choice right now. Can't speak to their service.

NW/CO/KL: NW, flying LAX-NRT-SIN, or KL LAX-AMS-SIN -- but going through AMS is definitely the "long way."

But first choice should be the non-stop.


User currently offlineHugojimenez From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (12 years 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 5267 times:

I flew with Singapore Airlines that route.

In just one word "UNBEATABLE".

If she can afford Business, I suggest without hesitation Singapore Airlines.

User currently offlineLaxintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 29041 posts, RR: 50
Reply 5, posted (12 years 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 5202 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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User currently offlineGreg From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (12 years 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 5060 times:

CX or UA...then consider SQ and others.

User currently offlineIluv2pilot From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 95 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (12 years 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 5021 times:

Bus class on Singapore on the new non-stop route from LAX. Great service and saves time. The difference in miles on the others won't make up for the time saved and the service on Singapore.

User currently offlineGuyBetsy1 From Canada, joined Aug 2001, 851 posts, RR: 6
Reply 8, posted (12 years 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 4991 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.

User currently offlineFlyingKangaroo From Australia, joined Apr 2004, 532 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (12 years 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 4958 times:

i would definately say the new Singapore Airlines A340-500 direct flight. Then she can tell you, and you can tell us all about it!! And she can try out those world famouse sky bed's!


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User currently offlineMSYtristar From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (12 years 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 4950 times:

Well I made the Qantas suggestion because I'd do something crazy like that if given the chance. Besides, I've heard some great things about SYD. The more flights the better as far as i'm concerned.

Thanks for all the suggestions, much appreciated!


User currently offlineStarG From Indonesia, joined Mar 2003, 197 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (12 years 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 4900 times:

SQ non-stop SQ19
SQ via Tokyo SQ11
SQ via Taipei SQ29

You can't go wrong on any of these.  Smile


User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4785 posts, RR: 24
Reply 12, posted (12 years 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 4837 times:

CX or UA...then consider SQ and others.

How can anyone put the Business Class service of a US carrier ahead of an Asian one is beyond me.  Big grin

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User currently offlineKLMflyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 156 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (12 years 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 4813 times:

SQ is the best choice for business class.
If you want to give a look at the new features available on the new SQ A340-500, please visit http://a345leadership.singaporeair.com/

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