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What Do You Look For In An Airline?  
User currently offlineAirForceOne From Canada, joined Aug 2006, 62 posts, RR: 0
Posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 11557 times:

What do you look for in an airline?
Type of aircraft,flight attendents,safety records,colour of seats. anything at all. I like Westjet:Low fares, leg room, leather seats and T.V.


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User currently offlineShamrock350 From Ireland, joined Mar 2005, 6584 posts, RR: 14
Reply 1, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 11541 times:

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.

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.

User currently offlineChewingPlastic From Canada, joined Oct 2006, 61 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 11536 times:

Flight attendants' attitudes. I don't care if there's no food, no entertainment, etc, but if flight attendants are friendly, I'd go with that airline.

User currently offlineNWADC9 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 4904 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 11533 times:

Price, service, aircraft type, route I'm going on...

Flying an aeroplane with only a single propeller to keep you in the air. Can you imagine that? -Capt. Picard
User currently offlineBA787 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2006, 2596 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 11503 times:

Convenience, service and it may sound stupid, but the food.

I still thinik that food on a journey is essential and would rather it was included in the price.

Legroom is also a big thing for me, I ain't tall, but stretching legs is nice!!!

User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 12167 posts, RR: 56
Reply 5, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 11499 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!

Dan Smile

...love is just a camouflage for what resembles rage again...
User currently offlineSwissy From Switzerland, joined Jan 2005, 1749 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 11495 times:
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Me: a/c type, seat pitch and duration to final destination, food and the very last is the price.

Wife: safety safety safety....  Smile


User currently offlineAg92 From India, joined Jul 2006, 1317 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 11491 times:

Seat Pitch
AC Type
Configuration (I have never been in a 767 but i would really like to one day for the 2-3-2 offered)


User currently offlineRAFVC10 From Spain, joined Sep 2005, 1980 posts, RR: 6
Reply 8, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 11480 times:
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After many flights due to my job I decided to choose an airline for two reasons:

1. Direct flights (if there are...)
2. Comfortability

No mather what type of aircraft I will fly.

El dia que los gilipollas vuelen, no podremos ver la luz del sol!
User currently offlineSolnabo From Sweden, joined Jan 2008, 930 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 11469 times:

Seat pitch
Quiet cabin (´specilly long-haul)
Friendly FA


[Edited 2006-11-20 11:54:00]

Airbus SAS - Love them both
User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 11454 times:

At first I make sure that I don't end up on a Lufthansa flight, then I am looking for the fare and for things like seat pitch, IFE, aircraft type, nonstop or connecting flight, etc.


User currently offlineEZYAirbus From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 2496 posts, RR: 50
Reply 11, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 11445 times:

Suprised no one mentioned reputation of airline, i like to look into the airline im flying, check out the history, ie accidents etc, bad maintainence, then its the type of aircraft, then the price


User currently offlineBCAL From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2004, 3384 posts, RR: 14
Reply 12, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 11423 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.

MOL on SRB's latest attack at BA: "It's like a little Chihuahua barking at a dying Labrador. Nobody cares."
User currently offlineZKSUJ From New Zealand, joined May 2004, 7233 posts, RR: 11
Reply 13, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 11406 times:

-Good service (On and off the aircraft)
-Aircraft type (bigger the better)
-Food quality/quantity
-The airline itself

Oh, and the small matter of PRICE  Wink

User currently offlineAerorobNZ From Rwanda, joined Feb 2001, 8312 posts, RR: 17
Reply 14, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 11397 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.

User currently offline777-200 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 1024 posts, RR: 7
Reply 15, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 11395 times:

Price is all I look at.

Another Day, Another Dollar.... Young Jeezy
User currently offlineDesertAir From Mexico, joined Jan 2006, 1557 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 11387 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.

User currently offlineACDC8 From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 8027 posts, RR: 32
Reply 17, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 2 days ago) and read 11368 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.

A Grumpy German Is A Sauerkraut
User currently offlineFlyboyOz From Australia, joined Nov 2000, 2041 posts, RR: 21
Reply 18, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 11359 times:

1) Price
2) Airline's quality (is it the best?)

The Spirit of AustraliAN - Longreach
User currently offlineIntermodal64 From United States of America, joined May 2006, 144 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 11347 times:

1. Schedule
2. Price
3. On Time
4. Employee Attitude

User currently offlineLetsgetwet From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 609 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (9 years 6 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 11321 times:

To get to my destination on time(if weather allowing) safely in a reasonably clean aircraft with my bags and good customer service. If I can get those things, I don't mind paying a small premium.

User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31875 posts, RR: 54
Reply 21, posted (9 years 6 months 6 days ago) and read 11318 times:

Safety track record,Price,On time performance.

Think of the brighter side!
User currently offlineERJ135 From Aruba, joined Nov 2000, 727 posts, RR: 1
Reply 22, posted (9 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 11270 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!

I remember when the DC-3 was new!
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