The best airlines to fly transatlantic New York to London or London to New York in Business Class are American, United, Virgin, British Airways, and Delta.
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When comparing their newest Business Class seats, the difference between United and American Airlines is close run. United is an excellent plane choice with their upgraded and new Polaris seat. American Airlines is also excellent with their new Super Diamond seat, slightly more spacious than the United Polaris seat but less flashy in design. I am not a very big person, so I prefer United’s stylish cabin as I am fine with the space available. My husband is more of a fan of American, which seems to offer more space.
American Airlines offers their new Super Diamond seat but also flies with another very decent lie-flat seat which I reviewed on their AA 777 in Business Class. These seats have been in circulation for a while and are also excellent.
Delta also has a new seat, although this one isn’t very widely available, so you risk getting an old seat when flying on Delta. I have discussed in more detail which of the American carriers offers the best new Business Class suites.
Talking of old and dated seats, Virgin Atlantic flies with a variety of Business Class seats, the older ones being quite ropey, but the newest and refurbished planes offer a better seat than British Airways in Club Class. British Airways used to be the market leader but have not upgraded their seats for years. Their current seats are lie flat but consistently narrow and do not have direct aisle access which is a real problem when trying to sleep while your neighbor climbs over you.
Both British Airways and Virgin Atlantic fly between North America and Europe, between New York and London along with a number of other American cities. Both airlines feature in my top 10 best airlines for longhaul Business Class and I have also compared them directly in my best transatlantic airline for Business: British Airways vs. Virgin Atlantic.
In a nutshell, when comparing Virgin’s Upper Class to British Airways Club Class, Upper Class wins in almost every respect. The Clubhouse lounge is fun and has better food than British Airways Airport lounges. If you want privacy and direct aisle access, Virgin also wins. However, it is worth highlighting that if you are traveling in a couple or as a family, you will probably prefer the layout in British Airways. The Virgin seat pods are very private, making it difficult to share cabin space with your family or even see them. Having said all that, if you are unfortunate enough to book onto Virgin’s oldest Upper Class seats, you will find a rather tatty cabin and an experience which will disappoint, so choose your plane carefully
Below you will find my reviews of recent experiences I have had on United Airlines, American Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, British Airways, and Delta.
Best Airlines To Fly To America In Business Class
American Airlines Long Haul Business Class Flight Reviews
American Airlines, United Airlines and Delta are the three main North American airlines and all three have all recently launched a new, upgraded business class soft and hard product, with improved seats, food and service. We’ve discussed in more detail… Read More.
United Airlines Long Haul Business Class Flight Reviews
United Airlines has recently launched a new, upgraded business class soft and hard product, with improved seats, food and service. In my opinion, the United Polaris Business Class Pod cabins are probably the best looking of the seats in this… Read More.
Virgin Atlantic Long Haul Business Class Flight Reviews
British Airways and Virgin Atlantic are the two main British airlines that fly from North America to Europe, between New York and London, along with a number of other American cities. Both airlines feature in our top 10 best airlines… Read More.
British Airways Long Haul Business Class Flight Reviews
I have flown with British Airways many times and have reviewed their long-haul business class flights in First and Club World as well as Premium Economy. My trip reports in Business Class can be found below. Read More.
Delta Airlines Long Haul Business Class Flight Review
Delta Airlines as well as the other two main North American carriers, has recently launched a new, upgraded business class soft and hard product, with improved seats, food, and service. Delta One, Delta’s new long-haul Business Class product, going against… Read More.
You can’t go wrong with United Polaris or the American Airlines Super Diamond or reverse herringbone experience. These two are the winners and are the best airlines to fly from New York to London in Business Class. American Airlines flies with the very good reverse herringbone seats on its current Boeing 777-300 internationally from Dallas (DFW) and Los Angeles (LAX) to Hong Kong (HKG); New York JFK, Miami (MIA), LAX, and DFW to London (LHR); JFK and MIA to São Paulo (GRU); and MIA to LAX.
British Airways will be launching a new BA Club World seat over the next year or two which will bring them back into play. They may well pip the post on the best offering in the future, but for now, fly AA or United.
It is worth reading my tips on how to find cheap and discounted First or Business Class flight tickets to and from North America.
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