Jawed From United States of America, joined Sep 2006, 482 posts, RR: 0 Posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 7429 times:
I will be booking a flight from SFO to DXB, but unfortunately I can't get business or first class. Given that I will be sitting in cattle class, what is the least painful way to travel from SFO to DXB? Any particular connecting airports that are known to be smooth? Any specific airlines and aircraft I should look for? For example, is a 747-400 coach seat far more comfortable or provides more legroom than a 777? I really don't know. Or are some common connections (like Frankfurt or London) plagued by more delays and more difficult plane transfers than other airports? Available connections range anywhere from Paris and London to New York and Frankfurt. On the return flight from DXB to SFO there are also options to fly east (connect in Hong Kong) or west, with comparable flight times but probably under different circumstances overall. Thank you for any tips!
RwSEA From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 3166 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 7375 times:
Quoting Jawed (Thread starter): Any particular connecting airports that are known to be smooth?
I'd connect through AMS given the choice of European hubs. MUC would also be a good choice. Avoid LHR, CDG, and FRA (in that order) at all costs. I'd also opt to connect in Europe rather than the US, just to break up the trip a bit more, and so that you can clear customs in SFO rather than in a hub somewhere in the Eastern US.
I guess that leaves KL as your choice. Their service is alright, nothing special. If you could somehow get to AMS on NW, they have 32" pitch in their A330s.
IAD787 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 504 posts, RR: 44
Reply 3, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 7369 times:
I did BOS to DXB and that wasn't that fun on BA. I flew a 777 which went well, but I'll tell ya, four 7 hr legs is rough. I would advise a short leg then a long one. IAH is a really good bet actually. Is EK codesharing with CO on that route or are you going to have to get your baggage at IAH then recheck it to DXB? If so, stick with a single carrier. BA is a good bet on that route and it's better than any of the US majors. Delta would be your only option through ATL. The good news is that you do have plenty options.
Good luck! I also recommend Kayak.com to give you the most choices.
Former FlightBlogger turned Wall Street Journal Aerospace Beat Reporter
AirxLiban From Lebanon, joined Oct 2003, 4520 posts, RR: 53
Reply 9, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 7344 times:
Forget flying through Asia. I would also advocate connecting through MUC or AMS if you want to go through Europe. Otherwise go for EK through IAH or JFK, the entertainment on Emirates will keep you occupied for hours.
HT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6525 posts, RR: 22
Reply 10, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 7308 times:
Quoting Jawed (Thread starter): Given that I will be sitting in cattle class, what is the least painful way to travel from SFO to DXB?
Have you considered to make a stop-over enroute ?
Quoting Jawed (Thread starter): On the return flight from DXB to SFO there are also options to fly east (connect in Hong Kong) or west, with comparable flight times but probably under different circumstances overall.
Overall, flying west (= follwing the sun) is less stressful on the body.
Combine that with one short stopover and you might get a itinerary that makes the most out of the necessary travel, as you can try to follow the rule:
Depart in the morning, follow the sun throughout your flight, arrive in the early afternoon (depending on sector length, especially when flying trans-pacific this might be a problem) and sleep in a hotel during the night.
A basic itinerary could be like:
ZBBYLW From Canada, joined Nov 2006, 1999 posts, RR: 6
Reply 12, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 7219 times:
Well as far as airplanes to look out for I would say the 763's offer the most comfortable seating arrangement at 2-3-2. The only issue being is if you can find a 763 (or 762 for that matter) with AVOD in Y. AC offers it on some of their planes, though its getting better. I would personally avoid EK 777s as they have a 3-4-3 layout which to me would be REALLY cramped, especially on a longer flight.
RwSEA From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 3166 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 7201 times:
I would avoid EK in coach, especially if the equipment is a 777 - EK has 10-abreast seating while most carriers are only 9-abreast. However, they do make up for it with more legroom. So if you're tall and slender, maybe EK is a decent choice (by all means through IAH rather than JFK).
Robertmalpass From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2006, 46 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 6991 times:
My suggestion, based on personal preference alone would be VS straight through SFO - LHR - DXB. I know it's going through LHR which is a hell hole sometimes but I really like VS's Y product especially their new Y seats which are loads more comfortable than the old ones. Choosing VS would also mean two types of aircraft (B744 from SFO and A346 from LHR), both of which have VS's fab AVOD system, V-Port. The timings mean a good few hours at LHR
JoeCanuck From Canada, joined Dec 2005, 5682 posts, RR: 31
Reply 18, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 6975 times:
Try Etihad for your long leg. Flights 100/101 are direct NYC-AUH. Then it's a short hop/drive to Dubai, (though I prefer Abu Dhabi as a city). Etihad Y is much, much better in goat class than EK...no comparison.
VV701 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 7972 posts, RR: 24
Reply 20, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 6787 times:
BA284 (SFO-LHR) d. 04.15 pm a. 10.30 am (744)
BA107 (LHR-DXB) d. 12.35 pm a. 11.20 pm (772)
I do not think there will be a change of terminal at LHR. There is the security of using a single airline. And the connecting times are virtually ideal.
Until the end of March both flights will operate through T4 at LHR. I think that from 27 March both flights will operate through T5 that opens for business that day. So that in itself could be an experience and a reason for routing this way.
MSYtristar From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 6766 times:
I would look for, as others have suggested, a routing through Europe to break up the trip a bit more. However, if that's not an option, I'd go with DL via an easy connection in ATL. They offer a pretty nice Coach product on their 777's...probably more comfortable than EK's Coach layout, since it's 3x3x3 seating. Also, DL has really improved its intercontinental service as of late...PTV's, amenity kits, free adult beverage with the main meal, etc.
AA757200 From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 157 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 6698 times:
Quoting BlueElephant (Reply 4): EK has a GREAT product, and is quite comfortable (personal experience).
Couldn't be further from the truth, in coach. One of the worst longhaul coach products. Way too tight. But frankly, all your options will lack loads of space and comfort, if you are going in the back. Either way, avoid EK.