Which is the best airline to fly to Asia from America in Business Class? I have picked United, American Airlines, Delta, Singapore Airlines, and Cathay Pacific.
Long-haul Business Class flights only represent 15% of long-haul seats globally, but this is the most lucrative cabin for airlines. Passengers usually fly Business Class for 3 reasons:
- They are travelling on the company
- They are wealthy and successful
- They are clever at earning and spending airline miles and credit card points on flights and upgrades
United is my first choice as the best airline to fly to Asia from America in Business Class because of its new Polaris seat and Polaris pre-flight airport lounges. American Airlines comes in second with their new Super Diamond seat, and Delta, with its new Delta One suite, comes third. All these airlines have a large schedule of routes from America out to Asia.
American Airlines vs. United vs. Delta
American Airlines, United Airlines, and Delta are the three main North American airlines that fly from the major American airports over to Asia, to airports including Hong Kong, Tokyo, Singapore, Bangkok, Chennai, Dhaka, Delhi, Mumbai, Seoul, Shanghai, Manila, Osaka, Beijing, Taipei, and Jakarta. All three have recently launched a new, upgraded Business Class soft and hard product, with improved seats, food, and service. I have discussed in more detail which of these new Business Class Suites is best. In my opinion, the United Polaris Business Class Pod cabins are probably the best looking of the three seats. The fact that these cabins are complemented by matching ground facilities means that this entire product is more of a complete experience than the American Airlines or Delta offerings.
On American Airlines, whether passengers will be able to enjoy the new Business Class seats depends on when it gets its aircraft deliveries. It is worth noting that the American Airlines Business Class seats tend to be more spacious than those on United, although the United cabin is more stylish.
Delta’s new seats are only planned to be installed on around a fifth of its new fleet, which means that when you book a Delta Business Class ticket, the chances are you may never experience their Delta One product. In fact, Delta currently offers a very poor 767 Business Class seat with very little leg space, and that looks like a 90’s nightmare, so great care must be taken to avoid the 767 product if you book a Delta Business Class seat. Delta, therefore, comes in position 3, but you need to be sure you will be traveling on their newer planes. If your flight is due to be on an older plane with older seating, we recommend flying with Singapore Airlines or Cathay Pacific instead.
Singapore Airlines is an exceptional airline and comes in 4th on my list. The airline offers the widest seats in the world with direct aisle access in a 1-2-1 forward-facing cabin layout, and the food is restaurant-style and specially created by celebrated chefs.
At number 5 is Cathay Pacific, with the most comfortable Business Class seats, excellent staff, but the food menu and flavors can be lacking.
If you are travelling into Japan, Japan Airlines is also a good choice with their excellent JAL Sky Suites or pods.
I have flown with United Airlines a number of times and have reviewed their long-haul Business Class and First Class flights. My trip reports can be found below. Read More.
I have flown with American Airlines a number of times and have reviewed their long-haul Business Class and First Class flights. My trip reports can be found below. Read More.
I have reviewed Delta One which is Delta’s new long-haul Business Class product which can be found below. Read More.
I have flown with Singapore Airlines many times and have reviewed their long-haul Business Class flights. My trip reports can be found below. Read More.
I have flown with Cathay Pacific a number of times and have reviewed their long-haul flights in First, Business Class, and most recently, Premium Economy. My trip reports can be found below. Cathay Pacific also features in my top 10… Read More.
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