Programs: UA UGS 1K, AA EXP, AS MVP Gold, UA RCC, AA AC
Any suggestions for *A business class from Seattle? I've flown UA SFO-LHR most frequently and SAS SEA-CPH (occasionally), but would opt for: PDX-FRA (LH), YVR-LHR (AC), or LAX-LHR (NZ) if anyone felt passionate about the quality of service on these flights.
Having just been on NZ LAX-LHR (yet again) in business.
Food, drink and service are great.
Seats are old - will be much better when upgraded to suites (like VS Upper Class) starting mid 2005.
IFE limited to 8 channels each with 2 cycles. Again, will be better when refurbished starting mid 2005 - going to AVOD system with hundreds of channels.
Major downside of this route is LAX.
However all up I prefer NZ to LH business trans-atlantic even with hassles at LAX (and LHR to lesser extent).
Westbound I'd stick with SK, CPH is a nic airport to transfer into, and I like SK for daytime flights (nice catering, nice seats, friendly service, etc) and you can get into EWR/ORD/SEA non-stop on nice and new aircraft.
Eastbound is bound to be a night flight, and if I had a choice I would catch SQ JFK-FRA. Except for BA's New ClubWorld, which isn't *A, the best nighttime I've had has been in a SpaceBed. Also, if you can't sleep, I only have stellar experience with SQ service.
As for ruling out the others, my reasoning is that I have a servere distaste for LH, never tried NZ and have a couple very gruff experiences with UA (except asia based crews on intra-asia hauls). BD is out on grounds of cradle seats for eastbound. But I am considering NZ LHR-LAX for my next RTW just to try, as they have been getting good writing about the catering and service.
I would opt for LH PrivateBed for eastbound flight (night flight) as this would give you a better opportunity to sleep. Then I would try OS on the return (day flight) as I hear they have excellent service.