5 Best Airlines To Fly To Europe In Business Class

Which is the best airline to fly to Europe in Business Class? I have picked United Airlines, American Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, British Airways and Delta as the best airlines to travel transatlantic in Business Class.

United is my first choice with the new and amazing Polaris seat, American Airlines comes in second with their new Super Diamond seat. Virgin tends to be better than British Airways which comes in at number 4, and the inconsistent Delta Business Class product comes in 5th because of its terrible 767 Business seat.

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 Europe. All three have all recently launched a new, upgraded business class soft and hard product, with improved seats, food and service on flights to Europe. 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 and 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. Last year, American delayed the delivery of five of its 787 aircraft, opting to receive four of its units in 2017 over 2016. From this year through 2018, the airline should receive an additional 27 aircraft. Additionally, American expects to receive 22 Airbus A350s in 2017. 777-200 retrofits will also be ongoing although it is not clear when only the new seats will be fitted.

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.

British Airways Vs Virgin Atlantic

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 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 BA’s Galleries lounges. If you want privacy and direct aisle access, Virgin also wins. Although it is worth re-highlighting that if you are travelling in a couple or as a family, you will probably prefer the layout in British Airways, assuming you want to see your family or other half! Virgin’s onboard food offering is more generous, the seat is more comfortable for sleeping and it has an onboard bar.

Below you will find my reviews of recent experiences I have had on each airline – you may want to draw your own conclusions.

American Airlines Business & First Class Reviews

In “Transport”

I flew in a Boeing 777-300ER (B77W) of American Airlines (AA) transatlantic overnight from New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK) to London’s Heathrow Airport (LHR) in the First Class…

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In “Transport”

In May 2016, American Airlines launched their new Super Diamond design for its long haul Business Class cabin. These new seats will be installed in the upcoming Boeing Dreamliners and…

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In “Transport”

This trip report is from the new American Airlines (AA) Boeing 777-300ER from Los Angeles (LAX) to London Heathrow (LHR) which I flew March 2015. The Boeing 777-300ER is AA’s…

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United Airlines Business & First Class Reviews

In “Transport”

United launched its new Polaris Business Class in December 2016, replacing their BusinessFirst; and Polaris First replacing Global First cabins. The brand new United Polaris Pod concept, which is named…

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You can now fly the complete United Polaris Business Class experience on the Boeing 777-300ER. This is the first United aircraft to feature the United Polaris hard product; their new…

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In “Transport”

In this trip report I review United Polaris First Class Frankfurt to San Francisco (SFO) on a Boeing 747-400. United launched its new Polaris First Class, replacing their Global First…

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In “Transport”

In this article I review the United Airline Premium Service (P.S.) or Business Class, on the B757-200 New York Newark (EWR) to Los Angeles (LAX).

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In “Transport”

United Airlines has launched its new United Polaris business class, which will culminate in a new fully-flat business class seat next year (read my article about the new United Polaris…

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British Airways Club Class Reviews

In “Transport”

In this trip report I review Club World, British Airway’s business class, on their B777-200 from London Heathrow (LHR) Terminal 5 to Tehran which I flew in October 2016.

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In “Transport”

In May 2016, I flew Business Class, or Club World, in a British Airways Boeing 777-300ER (B77W) from Tokyo’s Haneda Airport (HND) in Japan to London Heathrow. British Airways has…

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In “Transport”

On March 14th 2015, I flew Business Class in an Airbus A380 of British Airways (BA) from London Heathrow (LHR) to Los Angeles (LAX). The world’s largest passenger aircraft entered…

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In “Transport”

In this trip report I review Club World, British Airway’s Business Class, on the Dreamliner B787-9. If you want to experience the Dreamliner, BA currently routes its B787-9 to Abu…

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In “Transport”

In this trip report I review Club World, British Airway’s Business Class, on an A380 from Los Angeles (LAX) to London Heathrow (LHR) which I flew in October 2016. I…

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In “Transport”

In this trip report I review Club World, British Airway’s Business Class, on an Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner from Calgary (YYC) to London Heathrow (LHR). You can also read my outward…

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In “Transport”

In this trip report I review Club World, British Airway’s Business Class, on an A380 from London Heathrow (LHR) to Vancouver (YVR) which I flew in September 2016. The Airbus…

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Virgin Atlantic Upper Class Review

In “Transport”

In this trip report I review Virgin Atlantic in Upper Class. My flight flew from London Heathrow Terminal 3 To San Francisco and an Airbus A340-600. Virgin Atlantic Upper Class…

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Delta One Business Class Review

In “Transport”

Delta Air Lines will be introducing an all-suite business class product in 2017 (pictured above). This Delta One Business Suite will be available on its new Airbus A350 and in…

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Consider The Specific Plane As Well As The Airline When Making Your Choice

It is worth noting that for all the airlines mentioned above, it is not just the airline that should skew your choice, but also the plane you will be travelling on. Virgin for example offer an updated and an older Upper Class seat, depending on the plane – the latter older seat being rather shabby. United have launched their new Polaris seats which will soon be routed onto the flights to Europe but for now, these are not yet available. American Airlines have also launched Super Diamond Business Class but again it is not widely available and neither is the new Delta One seat. The three American carriers therefore offer excellent new products if you can book into a flight which features their new seats. The new seats, in my opinion, beat the older British Airways Club Class (with no direct aisle access) and older Virgin Atlantic products (which are tatty) hands down. BUT if you fly on an older plane from these American carriers you will not get this upgraded experience.

Book wisely and you are in for a treat, particularly if you get the whole United Polaris or American Super Diamond experience. These two are the winners and are the best airlines to fly to Europe In Business Class

It is also worth mentioning that there will be a game changer launching around 2020 with the introduction of Concorde like transatlantic Supersonic travel. The major players in this market are Boom, backed by Richard Branson, Spike Aerospace, Airbus and Aerion Corp. With prices expected to be around $5,000 a ticket, these will offer an exciting and faster alternative to First and Business when travelling transatlantic.