BA first, QR biz or SQ biz

Old Oct 28, 2023, 4:00 am
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BA first, QR biz or SQ biz

Hi guys, I am trying to book a flight from JNB to JFK. I narrowed down to 3 airlines, BA first class, Qatar business class or Singapore Airlines business class. How would you pick based on the experience you had, especially BA first vs QR biz. I enjoy flying, so long flight time on SQ is not a problem for me.
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Old Oct 28, 2023, 4:08 am
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No hesitation for me, I’d pick BA First.
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Old Oct 28, 2023, 4:17 am
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Hi,

Likewise BA F

( both QR & SIN are very good J products but they are not F)

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Old Oct 28, 2023, 4:22 am
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"especially BA first vs QR biz"

Definitely BA F.
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Old Oct 28, 2023, 4:40 am
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Would all come down to flight timings. On the JFK-JNB you are likely to have a long long stopover in LHR. Id be keen to avoid that and keep moving.

BA F will largely offer the most space and catering comparable to SQ and QR J.
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Old Oct 28, 2023, 4:42 am
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Id de-narrow and fly ua j nonstop to ewr.
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Old Oct 28, 2023, 5:33 am
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Originally Posted by Swanhunter
Would all come down to flight timings. On the JFK-JNB you are likely to have a long long stopover in LHR. Id be keen to avoid that and keep moving.

BA F will largely offer the most space and catering comparable to SQ and QR J.
Not is you take the 0755 from JFK..?
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Old Oct 28, 2023, 5:35 am
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And yes BA F for me. Either way youre going be spending quite a bit of your time horizontal and both QR and SQ J are narrower and your feet end up in a cubby hole. With BA F its a proper open suite with none of that cubby hole nonsense.

I sometimes do miss old CW after these short TATLs
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Old Oct 28, 2023, 5:42 am
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What's the price difference?
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Old Oct 28, 2023, 6:51 am
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I'd look at duration first. The route via Singapore is about 50% longer than via Heathrow, and still about 4000 miles longer than via Doha. I could see the avgeek interest in the SIN JFK flight, but I'd not be partial to that much of a detour.

Doha and London as stop over are about 1000 miles different, so connection time gets to be thing that probably gets important. Connection experience would also count for me, and connecting in Heathrow is certainly not amongst my favourites.

Price is also a factor.

So in short I'd rule out SQ pretty quickly, and then need far more details to choose between BA and QR. But service and experience wise, QR does come in with a head start in the race.
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Old Oct 28, 2023, 7:05 am
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Recently the weights have shifted back to BA F. 8 seat cabin, improved service, improved food. If you were not looking for avios etc and just on experience if BA F was similar miles/money, Avios etc I wuld take that and enjoy it
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Old Oct 28, 2023, 7:11 am
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If the price is similar, Singapore is not worth considering.

I like the q suite, but I don't think it's worth the same level as the first-class If there's no difference in price, I recommend the first class
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Old Oct 28, 2023, 7:25 am
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From a service perspective, I would take QR. I recently flew LHR-JFK in F on BA and thought it was subpar. Whilst food quality on BA seems a bit better, crew has much to be desired compared to QR. However, with BA, you'll get access Chelsea and CCR so that could be worth something to you.

SQ is definitely out of the question given how much more time is required.
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Old Oct 28, 2023, 7:39 am
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BA daylight flight from JFK, couple of hours in the Concorde Room at Heathrow, overnight flight to Joburg. No brainier for me.
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Old Oct 28, 2023, 7:43 am
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Originally Posted by gcuk
BA daylight flight from JFK, couple of hours in the Concorde Room at Heathrow, overnight flight to Joburg. No brainier for me.
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Would potentially consider the SIN option when travelling alone and purely from an Avgeek perspective.
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