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VS Or BA To LA?  
User currently offlineOhthedrama747 From UK - Scotland, joined Jan 2005, 291 posts, RR: 0
Posted (5 years 6 months 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 4558 times:

I'll be going to LA this summer hopefully and I was just looking for advice on which airline to go for. I've flew with BA to Orlando and I enjoyed it but never been on Virgin before.

The example dates I looked at were 8 June from Edinburgh, connecting in Heathrow. BA was a 744 and VS is a 346.

Who would you choose for entertainment and things? I'll be in economy. Any opinions would be fab.

G

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User currently offlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17066 posts, RR: 10
Reply 1, posted (5 years 6 months 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 4539 times:

I have flown BA several times between LAX and ARN. I have always had good experience with BA on my many flights from/to LAX. BA has a good entertainment system and their crew is usually friendly (had a bad experience with the crew on my last LHR-LAX flight in January, but on my all other flights they have always been nice)

I would go with BA without any doubt.



BTW, when is your return flight?



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User currently offlineJetterrosie From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2008, 60 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (5 years 6 months 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 4537 times:

My advice is always the same! If you are flying economy then go BA. If any class higher than economy then go Virgin.

User currently offlineLAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 25330 posts, RR: 49
Reply 3, posted (5 years 6 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 4522 times:

How about Air NZ and their daily LHR-LAX?

If not also have AA and UA in the market.



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User currently offlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17066 posts, RR: 10
Reply 4, posted (5 years 6 months 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 4520 times:



Quoting LAXintl (Reply 3):
If not also have AA and UA in the market.

Why fly on an American carrier if you can choose between BA, VS and NZ?



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User currently offlineRjpieces From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (5 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 4500 times:



Quoting B747forever (Reply 4):
Why fly on an American carrier if you can choose between BA, VS and NZ?

Is there really that much of a difference in service? I've flown several airlines transatlantic, and frankly, the service on US airlines was fine if not on par with the European ones. i.e. JFK-FRA on LH vs JFK-ZRH on AA, not much of a difference at all. JFK-LHR on AA vs JFK-LHR on VS, perhaps VS has a better seatback entertainment program but that's about it right? Btw, all this was referring to economy, not the premium cabins.


User currently offlineStarGuy From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2005, 336 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 4433 times:



Quoting Rjpieces (Reply 5):
Is there really that much of a difference in service? I've flown several airlines transatlantic, and frankly, the service on US airlines was fine if not on par with the European ones. i.e. JFK-FRA on LH vs JFK-ZRH on AA, not much of a difference at all. JFK-LHR on AA vs JFK-LHR on VS, perhaps VS has a better seatback entertainment program but that's about it right? Btw, all this was referring to economy, not the premium cabins.

It's just my opinion and I am going to be totally biased here, but I do not think that American carriers are anywhere near being on par with European ones. I have flown United many times and have to say that there is not one instant where I think they stood out compared to VS and BA. The service, crew friendliness, food, inflight amenities and entertainment are far better on BA and VS.

In terms of which UK carrier is better for a flight to LA, there really isn't much in it, it's all down to the individual, some prefer BA and some prefer VS. Whats the price difference?
The seating in economy is never going to be luxurious with lashings of space but it is comfortable on both and the two airlines have the same seat width and pitch in Y. The entertainment on the VS346 is better. The food and free drinks offering on both airlines is good, not gourmet, but good. For me it would be Virgin as the final choice, not just because I work there ;o) but because I love flying on the super quiet A346


User currently offlineSpeedBirdA380 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2008, 539 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 4392 times:

I would probably go BA as you will get to connect through the brand new T5.

If one is cheaper than the other I would choose the cheaper one though as like some have already said,their Y class products are "pretty much the same".


User currently offlineOhTheDrama747 From UK - Scotland, joined Jan 2005, 291 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 4383 times:

Thanks for all the advice.

I probably will end up going with BA in order to connect with ease. Both my domestic flight and international flight would leave from T5 which would be less of a hassle ultimately.

Will try Virgin another day then!

Cheers again all,

G


User currently offlineLACA773 From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 4017 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 4280 times:
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I'd take BA over VS as the food will most likely be better on BA.

Though if I had a choice, I'd like to try to NZ's service as I hear they outshine both BA & VS in terms of cabin crews and catering.


User currently offlineVHTJE From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2009, 373 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 4227 times:
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All other things BA vs VS in economy being equal, here's something to consider... the layout on an A346 is 2-4-2 vs 3-4-3 on a 744.

If you like window seats (as I do) climbing over 1 person is better than 2.

Enjoy your trip!


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