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SYD - LHR, Etihad Or Singapore  
User currently offlinePexel From Australia, joined Jul 2005, 9 posts, RR: 0
Posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 5478 times:

I'm moving to the UK soon and was adamant that I'd fly the A380 the entire journey from Sydney to London. Having just compared prices between some of the major airlines, I've found Etihad to be the cheapest, coming in at AUD $1030!

The pictures of the Etihad cabin look great and the trip reports seem the same - and now I'm torn on who to fly. Singapore is $500 more. Does flying on the A380 justify an additional $500?  Smile Flight times are comparable (23 hours on SIA, 25 on Etihad).

The tough part is I may have enough KrisFlyer points to possibly get an upgrade on the Syd to Singapore leg. Decisions, decisions...what do you guys think?

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User currently offlineVC10DC10 From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 1035 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 5477 times:

Well, that's two hours more you'll spend in transit. Haven't taken Etihad myself... yet  Smile

[Edited 2008-04-26 20:33:27]

User currently offlineStar_world From Ireland, joined Jun 2001, 1234 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 5468 times:



Quoting VC10DC10 (Reply 1):
Ummm... you are aware that Etihad won't receive its first A380 until 2013, aren't you?



Quoting Pexel (Thread starter):
Does flying on the A380 justify an additional $500?

Does that answer your question?  Smile He knows that EY aren't operating an A380 on the route...


User currently offlineVC10DC10 From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 1035 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 5458 times:



Quoting Star_world (Reply 2):

Does that answer your question? Smile He knows that EY aren't operating an A380 on the route...

Yes. Stupid me.


User currently offlineN104UA From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 900 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 5423 times:

If you can upgrade to J on SQ I would take SQ and the A380


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User currently offlineNicholaschee From Australia, joined Oct 2005, 661 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 5410 times:



Quoting Pexel (Thread starter):
The tough part is I may have enough KrisFlyer points to possibly get an upgrade on the Syd to Singapore leg. Decisions, decisions...what do you guys think?

For an upgrade from Y to J on the A380 SYD-SIN, you need 70000 points (One Way Unrestricted Upgrade).

Why not try VS (SYD-HKG-LHR) or TG (SYD-BKK-LHR)? You can get points too!


User currently offlineTruemanQLD From Australia, joined Feb 2007, 1507 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 5319 times:

I would go Etihad, better service and better cabin. The A380 isnt worth $500

User currently offlineFlyboyOz From Australia, joined Nov 2000, 1985 posts, RR: 26
Reply 7, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 5305 times:



Quoting TruemanQLD (Reply 6):
The A380 isnt worth $500

Why don't you like flying A380?



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User currently offlineFlyboysp From Australia, joined Apr 2007, 739 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 5290 times:



Quoting FlyboyOz (Reply 7):
Quoting TruemanQLD (Reply 6):
The A380 isnt worth $500

Why don't you like flying A380?

I dont think it was a personal attack against the A380, more that paying an extra of $500 to fly on it is not worth the extra money.



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User currently offlineKdm From New Zealand, joined Feb 2006, 115 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 5276 times:

Also don't count on being able to use your points to get the upgrade between Sydney and Singapore on SQ. For over three years I flew Singapore/Sydney every couple of months and not once could I get an upgrade with points. Maybe I was really unlucky but I do believe it is a very popular segment. Between Singapore and London however I nearly always managed to get an upgrade, but then that was from Business to first so maybe a little easier.

Having said that I would probably go for the A380 as it is a great plane to fly, even in economy.


User currently offlineFlyboyOz From Australia, joined Nov 2000, 1985 posts, RR: 26
Reply 10, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 5236 times:

well...probably flying between SIN and SYD is too short for us to fly on the A380. Yeah it doesn't worthy to fly on it in such short time!


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User currently offlineBurnsie28 From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 7526 posts, RR: 8
Reply 11, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 5228 times:



Quoting FlyboyOz (Reply 10):
well...probably flying between SIN and SYD is too short for us to fly on the A380. Yeah it doesn't worthy to fly on it in such short time!

SQ flies the A380 SIN-LHR too, so why not do all A380?



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User currently offlineAnsett767 From Australia, joined May 1999, 1021 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 5213 times:

It also depends, is the $500 going to count a lot for when you move to London? i.e. is it just disposable income you're willing to spend to fly the A380 that you wouldn't have spent on doing a couple of short haul trips within Europe?

If so, then do the A380 for the experience! I am yet to do it, my parents flew it in J class and hated it during the day flights as the seat is too wide and uncomfy, but during the night flight aparently it was a really comfortable bed... how lucky if you could score an upgrade, but it's very difficult on SYD SIN routes.


User currently offlineQatarA340 From Qatar, joined May 2006, 1797 posts, RR: 6
Reply 13, posted (6 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 5113 times:

If I had the choice, I would definetly go for the A380--even if I would pay $1000 extra! Its the biggest plane in commerical history and only a few are privelaged to ride it currently since only SQ has the monopoly on that plane for the time being!

Go for SQ!



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User currently offlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17048 posts, RR: 10
Reply 14, posted (6 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 5105 times:

I would go for EY. And as you say you will move to the U.K, I am sure you will fly back to Australia many times. So you will have the chance to fly on the A380 in the future,.


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User currently offlineRdwootty From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2005, 902 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (6 years 2 months 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 5041 times:

the other thing to check is the baggage allowance , I am almost certain the EY will give you more than SQ and that may mean more money in the kitty for UK prices.

User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8467 posts, RR: 55
Reply 16, posted (6 years 2 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 4967 times:
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Quoting Rdwootty (Reply 15):
the other thing to check is the baggage allowance , I am almost certain the EY will give you more than SQ

- Hmm, not so sure........

I have flown both carriers, having flown both, I prefer SQ over EY, though I like the EY 345/332/346 flight combo's over SQ 744's, that said, the SQ 380 is a great plane to fly on as a passenger.

SQ's inflight service is excellent, EY's is patchy, very patchy, of the 4 flights we took, only 1 had decent crew. On most of the flights, the IFE on EY was faulty too.

My main reason for flying EY was adding the A345 to the flown log, if your not worried about stuff like that, fly SQ.

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