MSYtristar
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LAX To Singapore: Best Business Class

Tue Apr 20, 2004 10:41 am

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?

Thanks!


Steve/MSY
 
behramjee
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RE: LAX To Singapore: Best Business Class

Tue Apr 20, 2004 10:48 am

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 !!!
 
Indio66
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RE: LAX To Singapore: Best Business Class

Tue Apr 20, 2004 10:51 am

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.

 
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RE: LAX To Singapore: Best Business Class

Tue Apr 20, 2004 2:27 pm

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.

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RE: LAX To Singapore: Best Business Class

Tue Apr 20, 2004 2:34 pm

I flew with Singapore Airlines that route.

In just one word "UNBEATABLE".

If she can afford Business, I suggest without hesitation Singapore Airlines.
 
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RE: LAX To Singapore: Best Business Class

Tue Apr 20, 2004 3:57 pm

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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Greg
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RE: LAX To Singapore: Best Business Class

Tue Apr 20, 2004 10:07 pm

CX or UA...then consider SQ and others.
 
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RE: LAX To Singapore: Best Business Class

Tue Apr 20, 2004 10:19 pm

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.
 
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RE: LAX To Singapore: Best Business Class

Tue Apr 20, 2004 10:26 pm

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.
 
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RE: LAX To Singapore: Best Business Class

Tue Apr 20, 2004 10:36 pm

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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MSYtristar
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RE: LAX To Singapore: Best Business Class

Tue Apr 20, 2004 10:39 pm

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!


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RE: LAX To Singapore: Best Business Class

Tue Apr 20, 2004 11:09 pm

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

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

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RE: LAX To Singapore: Best Business Class

Tue Apr 20, 2004 11:37 pm

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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RE: LAX To Singapore: Best Business Class

Tue Apr 20, 2004 11:51 pm

SQ is the best choice for business class.
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