Shamrock350 From Ireland, joined Mar 2005, 6387 posts, RR: 14
Reply 1, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 9902 times:
Short-haul: Price is essential especially if I'm flying on an LCC. Service. If the airline is Ryanair or Easyjet I will not fly them if the flight is over £50 because I know the price of the flight is too much for the level of service I will get but if the flight is on BA I dont mind the cost as much. Time. The flight has to be at reasonable time! Not too early but not too late.
Long-haul: Service like IFE, seating, catering and staff are all looked into when I fly an airline. I fly Aer Lingus long-haul quite a bit and their service isn't best in terms of IFE and catering but Aer Lingus staff are some of the best in the world (most of the time) and the seating is fine. Price. On long-haul obviously the price can get quite high and I will book the flight if I know the service I will get is good enough for a longer flight.
Sometime but very rarely I look at the aircraft. I dont like flying 757 that much, even on short-haul so if I have to fly one on long-haul I will look at otehr airlines.
PlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11829 posts, RR: 60
Reply 5, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 9860 times:
Aircraft type first, then price, then airline. I am a student, and therefore tight, so basically I'll only book flights waaay in advance when all options are dirt cheap. However, finding an interesting aircraft that I have not been on within Western Europe is nye on impossible these days!
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BCAL From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2004, 3384 posts, RR: 15
Reply 12, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 9784 times:
Safety is of paramount importance to me, followed by the airline's resources (i.e. would they have sufficient spare aircraft if one goes tech, would they have sufficient staff both at home and destination to handle problems etc). Next would be the airline's reputation and the consistency of standards (I would expect the same seats/cabin type whether I flew from LHR to SYD or LHR to LAX, not different types on different routes like on VS or EK), then perhaps type of aircraft (744s for long-haul, Airbus for short-haul).
Least and last would be airlines offering gadgets and gimmicks, and service that is loud, obtrusive and 'in your face' just like VS rather than professional, unobtrusive and courteous like BA.
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AerorobNZ From Rwanda, joined Feb 2001, 7444 posts, RR: 16
Reply 14, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 9758 times:
It has to have a business class or an economy cabin that has either premium economy seat or decent seat pitch in economy minimum 32-34". I also like choosing flights due to aircraft type. I also try to avoid LCCs, The seat pitch is usually too tight and I hate the way it becomes a brawl onboard for seats.
IFE is not as important as i once thought, and in fact I always get more sleep on airlines without IFE on longhaul.
DesertAir From Mexico, joined Jan 2006, 1495 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 9748 times:
Since I fly from Tucson usually to California I look for frequent service, price and the type of aircraft. I usually purchase my tickets for WN flights. Since I have their credit card I usually have a couple of RR a year.
I usually avoid AW/US because of the Mesa connecting flight to PHX. It is usually late, and I dislike the RJs and the long run to make the mainline flight in PHX.
For major trips east I usually select AA because of frequent service and the S-80s they fly to Dallas and Chicago.
ACDC8 From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 7710 posts, RR: 34
Reply 17, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 9729 times:
For me, service and comfort are very important. I could care less about IFE's and such, but if the crew disappears for half the flight and finds it too bothersome to do their job (which includes serving and attending to the passengers needs), then I avoid that airline the best I can.
Convenience is another big thing for me, since most of my flights are between Canada and Europe, interlining and codesharing/alliances are also important. It is much more enjoyable and relaxing to be checked through to your final destination instead of having to collect your bags and check-in again at a second airport.
Price is also very important, but around here, there is not too much of a price difference between airlines thus not making it a factor.
ERJ135 From Australia, joined Nov 2000, 691 posts, RR: 1
Reply 22, posted (8 years 3 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 9631 times:
This is an interesting question and depends a great deal on the individuals reason.
As a hobbyist I look at the fleet mix, past performance, future orders and even the colourscheme.
As a traveller I look at who takes me from where I am to where I am going. If I have a choice, I'll look at a carrier I have not flown with before or a new aircraft type that I've never been on. In some cases I might go so far as to fly via another airport and change carriers just to sample something different. For example I had to fly Seattle to Las Vegas and opted to fly to SFO and take National airlines from there. Was it worth the bother? Seeing as National no longer exists I would say yes!