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MXP To SEA, Which Airline Would You Suggest?  
User currently offlineIDISA From Italy, joined Jun 2004, 261 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 4452 times:

Hi there people!

I'm planning a trip to the city of Seattle, WA, in late October/November. I'd like to visit the Boeing facilities and take a short tour of the city. I'm starting my trip from MXP and I've seen many possibilities but couldn't really decide which one to take. What would you suggest, considering that I'll fly Economy and that I prefer to transfer in a European country?
Any help/suggestion will be greatly appreciated.
Thanks
Ivan

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User currently offlineHT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6525 posts, RR: 23
Reply 1, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 4442 times:

Quoting IDISA (Thread starter):
I prefer to transfer in a European country

4 possible connections come to my mind (backed up by amadeus.net):
  • AF via CDG
  • BA via LHR
  • KL via AMS
  • SK via CPH

All having similar overall travel times.

Unless you have a preference for carrier, airport, alliance, timings and/or price, here is my review:

  • AF via CDG is the earliest flight in the morning (too early for me) and although 2 hours of connection at CDG is perfect, I hate to connect at CDG T2.
  • BA via LHR: I try to avoid connecting at LHR at all costs (plus BA no longer serves LON from my homebase HAJ).
  • KL via AMS: The longhaul flight is on NW and I was not too impressed by their Business Class service MSP-AMS recently. Nothing basically wrong inside the a/c, but NW managed to give me problems with my Boarding Pass and Seat Assignment at IND and MSP. Hardly something I expected as a paying Business Class pax.
    Flying KL AMS to IAD there was an annoying extra security check in front of the gate area for our flight. Long queues with no priority given for Business Class pax.
  • SK via CPH: In general I like the scandinavian way of doing business.


Bottomline:
1st place: SK
2nd place: KL/NW, though they left a not so good impression for ground handling during my recent flights.
Out of the race: AF and BA, due to their respective transfer airports in use.

-HT



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User currently offlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17066 posts, RR: 10
Reply 2, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 4436 times:

I really recommend you to go with SAS. They have good service on their long haul flights. Their is not especially with the intra-europ service.

You will fly on a A343 to/from SEA. You have a PTV with 23 movie channels, 2 external video feeds (view forward and downward), a flight map, and 10 video games (Solitaire etc.).

Go for SAS and you will avoid LHR and CDG.



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User currently offlineLAXspotter From India, joined Jan 2007, 3650 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 4433 times:

Quoting B747forever (Reply 2):
Go for SAS and you will avoid LHR and CDG.

thats the key, I would fly SAS just to avoid those two airports altho KLM isnt a bad choice. Just a question tho, why does LH fly into PDX but not SEA?



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User currently offlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17066 posts, RR: 10
Reply 4, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 4427 times:

Just a question tho, why does LH fly into PDX but not SEA?

.............................................................................................................

That is because SAS and LH are in the same alliance. SAS wouldn't bee happy if their partner would begin to compete on the same route.



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User currently offlineSeattleFlyer From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 154 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 4424 times:

Quoting HT (Reply 1):
AF via CDG

BA via LHR

KL via AMS

SK via CPH

These are the only European "gateways" for SEA.

KL is acutally on NW metal. I can't say much about them to Europe. Flew NW round trip to HNL from SEA some years ago and haven't had the misfortune of flying with them since.

I have always flown BA and have enjoyed the service in both CW and WT despite the risk of LHR problems. AF is brand new service to SEA, which I may try in the future if I can't fly Club World.

Some friends of my just took the SK flight last month. Though the seat pitch is 32 inches per Seatguru.com in Y (an inch more than BA), they said it felt more cramped than on any other airplane they've ever been on.


User currently offlineUPPERDECKFAN From Spain, joined Jun 2007, 992 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 4415 times:

I'd try BA, I'm a OW Saphire and love to fly BA long haul,

Be careful if you're flying alone, make sure you get an aisle or window seat because is a 744.

If you can afford, try World Traveller Plus, BA's premium economy service, much better room for such a long fight.



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User currently offlineAcey From Canada, joined Jun 2007, 1037 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 4413 times:

If you ever decide not to transfer in Europe and you don't mind three legs... Smile

LH MXP - FRA
LH FRA - YYZ
AC YYZ - SEA
or
LH MXP - FRA
LH FRA - YVR
QK YVR - SEA



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User currently offlineIAHFLYR From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 4790 posts, RR: 22
Reply 8, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 4389 times:

If you want to break the trip up a bit, MXP-EWR-SEA on Continental.....they are using a B764 on most of those MXP-EWR trips this summer but might change to a B762 in the fall.


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User currently offlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17066 posts, RR: 10
Reply 9, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 4386 times:

Quoting IAHFLYR (Reply 8):
.....they are using a B764 on most of those MXP-EWR trips this summer but might change to a B762 in the fall.

Thought that CO only used their B764 with in the US.



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User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 25346 posts, RR: 22
Reply 10, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 4374 times:

Quoting LAXspotter (Reply 3):
Just a question tho, why does LH fly into PDX but not SEA?

The city of PDX and companies based in PDX provided various subsidies and incentives to LH to convince them to start the FRA-PDX service.

Quoting LAXspotter (Reply 3):
I would fly SAS just to avoid those two airports altho KLM isnt a bad choice.

The only negative with SK is that they have had a lot of labor problems including several strikes and disruptions over the past year or so. In SK economy class you will also have to pay for any food/drinks on the MXP-CPH sector, while drinks/snacks are free on KL/AF/BA within Europe.


User currently offlineIAHFLYR From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 4790 posts, RR: 22
Reply 11, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 4363 times:

Quoting B747forever (Reply 9):
Thought that CO only used their B764 with in the US.

Well I am on one next week to MXP from EWR and they go from Hawaii to Guam and then to Narita as well!

[Edited 2007-07-29 02:45:35]


Any views shared are strictly my own and do not a represent those of any former employer.
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