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Best/Most Decent Business Class Intra-Europe?

Best/Most Decent Business Class Intra-Europe?

Nov 8th, 2019, 05:12 AM
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Best/Most Decent Business Class Intra-Europe?

Fiance and I are planning to fly between DUB - VIE in May. We're going to bite the bullet & take Laudamotion (Anyone taken them lately? Care to say how it was?) there, as they have a nonstop. But, on the return, we're going to have to take one of the other carriers & connect somewhere. Here in the States, when you fly Business/First, you get a bigger seat & more room. But, it appears in Europe, all you get is a Coach seat with the middle seat blocked out.

That said, if you wanted more room, is it worth it to pay for Business or just get Coach & try to score the exit row? And, if you were flying this leg & wanted to go Business, who would you recommend?

And, last question: Did Ryanair/Easyjet kill other carriers offering a decent Business class product? Why aren't European carriers' intra-Europe Business class a REAL Business class?

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Nov 8th, 2019, 05:24 AM
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I would not bother personally, unless you wanted a better meal service or need extra luggage allowance but even then, it might be less expensive to pay the additional for it if needed. Short haul business class has been as you describe way before Ryanair and Easyjet were ever on the scene, middle seat blocked and movable barrier between business and economy, sometimes it is just a curtain.

BA/EI have a nonstop service too.
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Nov 8th, 2019, 06:53 AM
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You really aren't going to get more room; legroom is pretty much the same. They won't sell the middle seat, so you can sit at an angle if you want. You'll get priority boarding, a bigger luggage allowance, food and booze, and - maybe best of all - lounge access in both the originating airport (VIE) and any connecting airports en route. Is all that worth a couple hundred extra Euros per person?

More spacious business class in Europe went away as a function of falling demand, as well as growth in alternative transport modes including private aviation and high speed rail. There are, however, a few routes where one can score lie-flat seats intra-Europe, mainly on "fifth freedom" flights like Latam's (South America) service between Madrid and Frankfurt, or Hainan Airlines' weird Edinburgh - Dublin route. None of these serve Vienna, however.
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Nov 8th, 2019, 07:55 PM
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Most flights within the EU are fairly short. Two hours to at most four maybe the odd five hour flight. The real business flights are the early six am flights or the late afternoon return. Both allow same day business trips. What you're looking for doesn't really matter to the average EU business traveler. Those flights are little different than taking the subway cross town.

Lauda is now part of Ryanair. I think you can even buy tickets currently from the Ryanair website.

Ryanair and Easyjet do have offering aimed at business travelers. But it's things like flexible tickets.
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Nov 9th, 2019, 01:24 AM
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I never bother to fly business class inter-Europe. The price is too high, the trip too short and the perks too few.
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