Qantas says it’s ready to begin direct flights from Australia to Taiwan in early 2021 should a COVID-safe corridor open between the two countries, to tap into pent-up travel demand among Australians after almost a year of nation-wide lockdown.
However, it’ll face sharp competition from incumbent Taiwanese carriers China Airlines and EVA Air: both of which had been flying from Taipei to Australia for years prior to COVID-19, most recently with their best inflight product.
Here’s how the three airlines compare for business class flyers.
Business class seats: Qantas vs China Airlines, EVA Air
Qantas, China Airlines and EVA Air all put their best foot forward in business class with fully-flat beds in a 1-2-1 seating layout, guaranteeing direct aisle access at every seat throughout the nine hour flight.
Qantas Airbus A330, Boeing 787 business class
Qantas would fly either its Airbus A330 or Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner between Australia and Taiwan.
Both offer the airline’s Business Suites in business class – which typically include mattress pads and pyjamas for added comfort on overnight flights.
Most travellers would be hard-pressed to notice any difference between the Airbus A330 and Boeing 787-9 seats, except for couples and pairs jetting away together in the centre seats.
On the Airbus A330, the centre divider (doubling as a storage shelf) is fixed in place, while on the Boeing 787, this can be partially retracted to make conversation easier with a seatmate.
China Airlines Airbus A350, Boeing 777 business class
Prior to COVID-19, China Airlines flew both the Airbus A350 and Boeing 777 to Australia: typically