IDISA From Italy, joined Jun 2004, 268 posts, RR: 0 Posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 5418 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.
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.
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.
Carpe diem ! Life is too short to waste your time ! Keep in mind, that today is the first day of the rest of your life !
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.
Viscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 29484 posts, RR: 24
Reply 10, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 5340 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.