What is the world's second best business class?

By John Odlum | Oct 29, 2018, 04:27 PM
I agree wholeheartedly with AusBT that Qatar's QSuites are "the world's best business class", see https://www.ausbt.com.au/review-why-qatar-airways-qsuite-is-the-world-s-best-business-class?utm_source=grid in case you missed it.

So what are the 2nd best and 3rd best business classes, who gets the silver and bronze medal in the business class Olympics?

I would be tempted to give Qatar's regular business class 2nd place, the seat which is on the Airbus A380s and A350-900s. It's really got everything you could ask for if you like that angled 1-2-1 layout. 3rd place, maybe Etihad's 'Business Studio' from the A380 and Boeing 787?
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By reeves35 | Oct 29, 2018, 04:41 PM
It gets pretty subjective especially given the preponderance of Rockwell Super Diamond and Thomson Vantage XL seats across a number of airlines meaning the hard products are very similar. It would probably be easier to develop a Top 10 and, were you to do so, I think both VA and QF would make appearances.
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By djtech | Oct 29, 2018, 04:55 PM
1st would most definitely be QSuites as you mentioned, but the 2nd is actually British Airways first class. It might not actually be business class, but the hard product certainly makes you think so, the soft product is excellant with freindly service and caviar. From there, I guess any plane with a 1-2-1 config and decent soft product would be good like QF, DL, United Polaris, CX, etc.
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By smit0847 | Oct 29, 2018, 05:05 PM
I would say the Etihad Business studio.
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By Saab34 | Oct 29, 2018, 07:09 PM
Etihad A380. In all classes probably the beat aircraft in the sky.
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By gjspectre | Oct 29, 2018, 09:31 PM
Regional Express's rextra legroom product would have to be up there
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By Bob Burgess | Oct 29, 2018, 09:48 PM
Interesting question. Qatar's A380 business class is really great, I'd agree that Etihad's A380 business class is the only one which could give it a run for its money so maybe there are your 2nd and 3rd medal winners right there. Now 4th place and beyond would be tricky. I would put Qantas' Boeing 787 Business Suite in there, followed by Cathay Pacific's A350. Haven't flown any of the Japanese airlines but here good things about ANA's latest business class too.
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By Mjudd | Oct 29, 2018, 10:23 PM
Its hard to look past the new Singapore airlines a380 product
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By Timmy22bc | Oct 29, 2018, 11:43 PM
JQ star class for sure, or the old red seats from Virgin...
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By Morgan27 | Oct 30, 2018, 12:29 AM
VA A330 or 777 great food, fantastic amenities, unparalleled service and amazing 1-2-1 reverse herringbone private and comfortable with lots of storage seats
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By Bruce777 | Oct 30, 2018, 06:08 AM
Would have to disagree with Etihad Business as their cost cutting has really taken a toll. The hard product is still good, however found the seat to be a little firm (even after adjusting the firmness) and lack of kneeroom was prevalent. I would argue that VA is quite good because of their hard and soft product, but it is available on very few routes. JAL should be next, along with Eva Air, United Polaris, Delta, ANA, Singapore and Cathay in that order.
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By cooper81 | Oct 30, 2018, 07:13 AM
JAL Apex suites. Direct aisle access for all. Forward facing. Very private. No silly rabbit hutches or crevices to fit your feet into.
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By tommygun | Oct 30, 2018, 08:23 AM
I suspect the OP meant international business, which makes REX ineligible...I'd say EK a380 business if we're sticking to seats that are actually sold as business. But QF first is really just business these days when compared to QSuite. So QF first is my vote for 2nd place, made in the same vein as djtech has done for BA first.
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By John Phelan | Oct 30, 2018, 02:05 PM
1st would most definitely be QSuites as you mentioned, but the 2nd is actually British Airways first class. It might not actually be business class, but the hard product certainly makes you think so, the soft product is excellant with freindly service and caviar. From there, I guess any plane with a 1-2-1 config and decent soft product would be good like QF, DL, United Polaris, CX, etc.

More of the usual BA bashing. This ridiculous line that gets trotted out repeatedly - that BA F is the world's best Business class - just shows that the people saying it have no experience of BA F. But they're very experienced in drinking the anti-BA Kool-aid!
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By xtfer | Oct 31, 2018, 08:11 AM
Oman Air/JAL. It's the same seat.
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By MuzzH | Oct 31, 2018, 02:08 PM
I would have to say that I am very impressed with the new Qantas Business Class seat on their Airbus A330 and Boeing Dreamliner. I have just taken two flights with this product and am impressed - much better than the product on the A380 or Jumbo in my opinion (despite the wonderful legroom the shell design provides). I also like the Qantas service - personally, I am not one for over-attentive cabin crew that ask every 30 minutes if I am OK - if I need something I will get up out of my seat and ask or will use the call button. Mind you, I see a plane as a method of transport to get from A to B - it is not meant to be a hotel room, so I do not necessarily look for cabin suites, on-board showers etc (but fair call to those who seek such amenities) so my comments reflect that view.

Anyway, I will get back in my box.

Cheers

MuzzH
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