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CX Or EK?  
User currently offlineCrazyHorse From Austria, joined Nov 2005, 328 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 8 months 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 2850 times:

Hi all,

i am planing a trip to Australia this September to visit some friends and traveling trough Queensland.
My travel agency has some interesting offers and nice routings for me.
The routing with CX:
FRA-HKG-BNE with B747/A330
and back
SYD-HKG-FRA with A333/B747

The routing with EK
MUC-DXB-BNE with A332/B777
and back
SYD-DXB-MUC with A345/A332


Which Airline is better to fly to Australia in your opinion? The price is nearly the same, all in Economy.
Normaly i am a frequent flyer with Qantas, but i think it´s time to try some other airlines to Australia.

[Edited 2007-01-17 12:04:01]

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User currently offlineHT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6525 posts, RR: 23
Reply 1, posted (7 years 8 months 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 2832 times:

I have no recent experience to speak of on those two airlines, but there have been quite a number of reviews that do not praise EK too much for their Economy Class product.
As prices are said to be comparable, I would select the carrier based on better timings. Connecting at DXB in the middle of the night is not everybody's favourite ...

Quoting CrazyHorse (Thread starter):
The routing with EK
MUC-DXB-BNE with A332/B777

Based on the info "B777", this appears to be flight EK432 which makes a stop en-route giving a travel time of 16 hours from DXB to BNE.
The flight HKG to BNE is nonstop and only 8h45min, but the FRA-HKG v/v is a longer leg, but there will be a longer stopover at HKG on the way out (unless you make that several days ...).

Overall, I would go for CX via HKG with a stopover in Hong Kong on the way to Australia (and maybe also on the return ...).
-HT



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User currently offlineATCT From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 2293 posts, RR: 38
Reply 2, posted (7 years 8 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 2802 times:

As a person who's flown all the planes on your CX routing (on CX) take them. Compared to any other airline ive flown theyre great. (but I rarely get outside the states so take that for what its worth).


ATCT



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User currently onlineNZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6430 posts, RR: 38
Reply 3, posted (7 years 8 months 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2793 times:

Quoting HT (Reply 1):
Based on the info "B777", this appears to be flight EK432 which makes a stop en-route giving a travel time of 16 hours from DXB to BNE

Yes, this flight is actually DXB-SIN-BNE(-AKL). If you were going to SYD or MEL, EK could be an option as they operate A345s direct from DXB.

They are both good but this stop in SIN would probably discourage you.

Oh, and you get OneWorld points with CX if you are a member or some sort!



It's all about the destination AND the journey.
User currently offlineCrazyHorse From Austria, joined Nov 2005, 328 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (7 years 8 months 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2790 times:

Quoting HT (Reply 1):
As prices are said to be comparable, I would select the carrier based on better timings. Connecting at DXB in the middle of the night is not everybody's favourite ...

My problem with CX is the timing. My flight from FRA inbound very early and the flight to BNE leave late at night, quite a long time to be on an airport.

Quoting ATCT (Reply 2):
As a person who's flown all the planes on your CX routing (on CX) take them. Compared to any other airline ive flown theyre great. (but I rarely get outside the states so take that for what its worth).

Thanks for your help, i think i will go with CX.

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 3):
Oh, and you get OneWorld points with CX if you are a member or some sort!

Good point, as i am frequent flyer with qantas.


User currently offlineCXtra From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2006, 263 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (7 years 8 months 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 2785 times:

Quoting HT (Reply 1):
Based on the info "B777", this appears to be flight EK432 which makes a stop en-route giving a travel time of 16 hours from DXB to BNE.

yes, flight 432 routes via SIN, and nice though changi is, i'd avoid the extra stop. bear in mind also that ek has very narrow seats in y-class, though some of your flights may have avod, which CX won't.

Quoting CrazyHorse (Reply 4):

My problem with CX is the timing. My flight from FRA inbound very early and the flight to BNE leave late at night, quite a long time to be on an airport.

i've done this before and was actually quite pleased i broke the journey because if you spend a day having fun in hk, you may be able to sleep better overnight to BNE.

Quoting CrazyHorse (Reply 4):
i am frequent flyer with qantas

it's definitely CX! enjoy...  Smile



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User currently offlineCrazyHorse From Austria, joined Nov 2005, 328 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 2681 times:

Quoting CXtra (Reply 5):
it's definitely CX! enjoy...

Yes, it is CX. Today I have booked the trip to down under with CX.


User currently offlineCXfirst From Norway, joined Jan 2007, 3068 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2656 times:

If possible, I would choose CX to BNE, because of the stopover in SIN. But from SYD I would choose EK because of the A345 (I would love to fly that plane).

Quoting CrazyHorse (Thread starter):
i am a frequent flyer with Qantas

but if you are a frequent flyer with Qantas, it is probably better flying with CX as they are oneworld members.

-CXfirst



From Norway, live in Australia
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