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User currently offlineHolte From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2008, 28 posts, RR: 0
Posted (5 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 5311 times:

I am planning to take the family to the US in the summer. the idea is to fly into Phoenix , spend a few days chilling out and then hiring an RV, driving to LA and flying back to Manchester.
The flight options are US Airlines, Delta or Continental and I have flown with them all in the past, My concern is over the IFE. with 2 kids age 13 and 9 this is the biggestconcern. Do US still have PTV's or have they removed them to save cash and do Delta have them on the 767's which are used on this route. Do Continental still use 757's as I am not too keen on narrow bodies across the pond. what is the IFE situation on the transcontinentals out of PHL, ATL and EWR respectively?
Any advice appreciated. There is little difference in cost so that is not a factor

Thanks

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User currently offlineSeemyseems From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2009, 967 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (5 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 5302 times:

Well US have PTV's on their A330's, their the ones that normally come to MAN, and they have a hub at Phoenix.

I think DL have some 767's with PTV's and some 757's with PTV's.

CO have PTV's on all their 757's and the 757 normally comes to MAN.

Aer Lingus fly to LAX and have a major codeshare with JetBlue, and I think most of their A330's have PTV's.

I have no idea about AA, why not taking KL, AF or LH and catching a connecting flight to Phoenix.

There are no direct routes between LAX and MAN, but you could take a European airline and connect through AMS, CDG or FRA or connect in the US.

Good luck with your trip!



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User currently offlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17067 posts, RR: 10
Reply 2, posted (5 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 5258 times:



Quoting Seemyseems (Reply 1):
Aer Lingus fly to LAX and have a major codeshare with JetBlue, and I think most of their A330's have PTV's.

EI doesnt fly to LAX anymore.



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User currently offlineLHRBFSTrident From UK - Northern Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 656 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (5 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 5238 times:



Quoting Seemyseems (Reply 1):
Aer Lingus fly to LAX

EI switched to SFO...and the aircraft is 'usually' PTV equipped for the long trip from DUB

If you fly with a US carrier you'll have to make a connection with immigration and baggage reclaiming and customs formalities - this can be dicey in the US and depending on the day and the airport involved can be 40 minutes or can be 2.5 hours!

why not take BA ex-LHR to PHX(I know that's heresy to a Mancunian, but just consider it!) and then back from LAX - or VS out to LAS from MAN and then back from LAX to LHR, connecting on BD to MAN and US from LAS-PHX, for instance.

The problem with connecting on the East coast is that you will then have a 4.5-5.5 hour flight on a domestic US carrier and there'll be no meal and no free alcohol and IFE will be on the main screens and can be a movie or short-subject programming (no choice) and bring your own headphones, or they will charge you $2 each to buy headphones - so your kids will be bored senseless if the movie happens to be something boring ('Nights in Rodanthe', yawwwn)

DL transatlantic only has PTVs on the 767-400 (no longer serving MAN, IIRC) not the 767-300.

US do have PTVs on the A330s - but don't know about the 767 or 757

Seatguru.com has a description of the IFE installed on each type of a/c by airline.



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User currently offlineDanfearn77 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2008, 1813 posts, RR: 9
Reply 4, posted (5 years 6 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 5231 times:

I was also going to suggest VS. They have an economy sale on at the moment. Fly down with BMI to LHR and out with VS.


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User currently offlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17067 posts, RR: 10
Reply 5, posted (5 years 6 months 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 5214 times:



Quoting LHRBFSTrident (Reply 3):
The problem with connecting on the East coast is that you will then have a 4.5-5.5 hour flight on a domestic US carrier and there'll be no meal and no free alcohol and IFE will be on the main screens

That is actually not true for every American carrier. For instance CO offer some kind of meal and every seat has a PTV (On all of their 752s at least which flies from West Coast to East Coast)



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User currently offlinePilotboi From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 2366 posts, RR: 9
Reply 6, posted (5 years 6 months 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 5169 times:



Quoting Danfearn77 (Reply 4):
I was also going to suggest VS. They have an economy sale on at the moment.

I was going to suggest that too  Wink Not that I'm trying to be a salesman or anything - but our products beat any US trans-Atlantic products, hands down! Oh and we beat BA too.


User currently offlineHT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6525 posts, RR: 23
Reply 7, posted (5 years 6 months 4 weeks ago) and read 5160 times:



Quoting Seemyseems (Reply 1):
LH and catching a connecting flight to Phoenix.

No personal IFE in every a/c in Y.

Quoting Holte (Thread starter):
in the summer. the idea is to fly into Phoenix , spend a few days chilling out

By *chilling out" you mean *warming up* at 100+F / 40°C ... ?!
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Quoting LHRBFSTrident (Reply 3):
The problem with connecting on the East coast is that you will then have a 4.5-5.5 hour flight on a domestic US carrier

This would be a major hurdle for me, too.

Quoting Holte (Thread starter):
hiring an RV, driving to LA and flying back to Manchester.

With fellow A.netters recommending VS to LAS, have you though to pickup your RV in LAS instead ? At least for normal cars, most car rental agencies do not charge oneway-fee between NV and CA, but I am not aware of the situation for RVs.
The drive from Las Vegas to Phoenix can be done within one day - or with some sightseeing involved, you can make a stopover at Kingman, AZ. However, in case you intend to drive from Phoenix to Grand Canyon anyhow, there are more options to chosse from where to *chill out* before setting out for the drive.
Furthermore, if PHX is fixed for chilling out (you hardly will need a RV for that, a car should do the job), you could rent a CAR from LAS to PHX - or fly from LAS to PHX after having arrived on VS (allow minimum 3 hours to make the connection, as a change or Terminal is involved at LAS). US and WN are the natural options between LAS and PHX, with WN not charging for checked luggage ...
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Same options from LAX.
- You either can fly out of LAX back home
- take a car to LAS and fly VS from there or
- fly from LAX (or surrounding, less congested,easier to navigate airports around) to LAS.

However, with 4 pax travelling, additional domestic flights in the U.S. quickly will add up some $$$, whereas renting a car LAX-to-LAS or LAS-to-PHX will be the slower, but cheaper (and more scenic) option.
-HT



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User currently offlineSeemyseems From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2009, 967 posts, RR: 7
Reply 8, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 5070 times:



Quoting Pilotboi (Reply 6):
Oh and we beat BA too.

 Wink Good good!



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User currently offlineGilesdavies From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 3032 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 5064 times:

Problem you will have is, all the airlines flying to the US from Manchester only fly to the east coast and you will have a 3-4hr flights from these hubs on to Phoenix, and themajority of these carriers domestic flights are quite basic...

For example. US Airways probably have the best IFE system* of any of the carriers flying from Manchester to the USA, but once you get to Philadelphia and on to your connecting flight, US Airways have stripped all IFE out of their aircraft.

HOWEVER - Several carriers have done a "turnaround" and are very very slowly introducing PTV's on to domestic fleets, but I think the PTV's will be "Pay Per View". I think actually US Airways are kitting out 1 or 2 of their A320's with this service as a trial.

Manchester flights do usually seem to be slightly more expensive than London flights, so you maybe best to drive down to London and get ona direct flight to PHX, with BA. Or alternatively fly from MAN and connect at LHR... But travelling with children, getting a connecting flight could be a bit if chore and a nightmare so a single flight could well be the way to go.


User currently offlineSeemyseems From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2009, 967 posts, RR: 7
Reply 10, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 5006 times:



Quoting Gilesdavies (Reply 9):
For example. US Airways probably have the best IFE system* of any of the carriers flying from Manchester to the USA, but once you get to Philadelphia and on to your connecting flight, US Airways have stripped all IFE out of their aircraft.

I thought the product was a 'bit behind the times', what do the A330 cabins look like?



seemyseems
User currently offlineGilesdavies From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 3032 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 5005 times:



Quoting Seemyseems (Reply 10):
I thought the product was a 'bit behind the times', what do the A330 cabins look like?

US Airways A330's, AVOD system is one of the earlier systems but from what I thought they were one of the only airlines flying out of Manchester to the USA offer PTV's... They still have over ten films on the system (which I don't think is bad), and a number of other short programs, cartoons and documentories.

The rest of US Airways product is pretty standard - mean and a snack, free soft drinks, leather seats with about 31-32 inch seat pitch. Further details on the below link:

http://www.usairways.com/awa/content/traveltools/intheair/default.aspx

Pictures of the refurbished A330 cabns are scare...

But since writing the above post, I understand Continental's 757's also have AVOD or are currently being installed to the fleet. All depends on your own personal views about flying a narrow body accross the Atlantic...


User currently offlineSeemyseems From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2009, 967 posts, RR: 7
Reply 12, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 4990 times:

I saw a picture on JP, and the seats looked a bit dated. I also saw a video on YouTube, and there was a flight attendant filming the newly refurbished cabin, the seats looks pretty good, and the Envoy class looks nice too!

My sister recently flew on a CO 757, she said that the IFE wasn't that good, and there wasn't as much choice compared to the 767/777.



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