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Qualities Of LH Vs LX On Long Haul Flights  
User currently offlineSA7700 From South Africa, joined Dec 2003, 3431 posts, RR: 26
Posted (4 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 4672 times:
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Hello all,

I have a decision to make between LH and LX from South Africa to Europe. How does these two carriers' premium products (Business-and First Class) compare to one another?

If you have experience on this matter, could you kindly share it with me?  


Thank you,

SA7700


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User currently offlinemusapapaya From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 1086 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (4 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 4642 times:

Personally, I like LH's C Class, but I cant comment on LX's service. However,other forum members seems to be saying LX offers one of the best premium cabins in the world, so you may as well fly them both and try for yourself!

regards
musapapaya



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User currently offline330lover From Belgium, joined Jul 2008, 588 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (4 years 6 months 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 4622 times:

For what I have heard from a friend of mine, flying regularly on LH and LX business long haul, he prefers LX as service is much better.

But maybe best solution: LH and LX offer combinable fares, so why not try both?



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User currently offlineSA7700 From South Africa, joined Dec 2003, 3431 posts, RR: 26
Reply 3, posted (4 years 6 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 4603 times:
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Thanks for the suggestions guys, I really appreciate the feedback. I'm leaning slightly towards LX, but may very well combine the two carriers as you suggested.  


SA7700



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User currently offlineLAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 25062 posts, RR: 46
Reply 4, posted (4 years 6 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 4596 times:

The new LX F and C products outshine LH by far.
Actualy while I like LH in many ways, their premium products are aging and is falling behind competitors(esp F class).



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User currently offlinemusapapaya From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 1086 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (4 years 6 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 4591 times:

Quoting LAXintl (Reply 4):
Actualy while I like LH in many ways, their premium products are aging and is falling behind competitors(esp F class).

I wont say their C class is ageing though, but i agree, LX should be better!



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User currently offlineSA7700 From South Africa, joined Dec 2003, 3431 posts, RR: 26
Reply 6, posted (4 years 6 months 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 4586 times:
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With regards to FRA (LH) and ZRH (LX) as transiting airports, it seems as if ZRH may be the "better" choice?

Thank you

SA7700



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User currently offline330lover From Belgium, joined Jul 2008, 588 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (4 years 6 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 4567 times:

LX's new C and F are indeed better products for sure, but he wants to fly from South Africa.
LX uses 343's there, so no new product yet (but still very good as it is).

And indeed, ZRH is a very smooth transit airport.



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User currently offlineHT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6525 posts, RR: 23
Reply 8, posted (4 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 4558 times:

Quoting SA7700 (Reply 6):
With regards to FRA (LH) and ZRH (LX) as transiting airports, it seems as if ZRH may be the "better" choice?

ZRH offers smooth transfers including a train ride from E-gates to A/B-gates.
FRA can be a maze but once one knows his way around is okay to connect.
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MUC would be the airport having the least hassle with connections (but many flights within Europe use remote stands).
-HT



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User currently offlineSA7700 From South Africa, joined Dec 2003, 3431 posts, RR: 26
Reply 9, posted (4 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 4541 times:
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Quoting HT (Reply 8):
FRA can be a maze but once one knows his way around is okay to connect.

That is so true. It has been more than 10 years since my last encounter with FRA.

Okay, so LH long haul "has dropped out of the race", with SA taking its place (via FRA). Flying with SA, drastically reduces my layover time in JNB on my way back from Europe. LX has excellent prices, although I will have to endure longer transit times From Europe to South Africa.

I hope to make my final decision by tomorrow morning.  


Keep well, SA7700



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User currently offlinemusapapaya From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 1086 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (4 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 4531 times:

Not SA not SA, heard that their long haul is bad, hope you stick with LX!


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User currently offlineSA7700 From South Africa, joined Dec 2003, 3431 posts, RR: 26
Reply 11, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 4517 times:
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Quoting musapapaya (Reply 10):
Not SA not SA, heard that their long haul is bad, hope you stick with LX!

Hello there!

I flew SA to-and from the USA a month ago and they have a very nice premium product. The catering could have been better, but the full flat beds (180°) with a 73” pitch and duvets made up for that.  

The final decision is due in ± 6 hours time.

Keep well,

SA7700



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User currently offlineHT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6525 posts, RR: 23
Reply 12, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 4500 times:

Quoting SA7700 (Reply 11):
I flew SA to-and from the USA a month ago and they have a very nice premium product. The catering could have been better, but the full flat beds (180°) with a 73” pitch and duvets made up for that.

There is a review on SA's Business Class product in current issue March 2010 of magazine Airways for a flight on a A343 from JNB to EZE. Appears to be not yet online ( airwaysmag.com ).
The author praises the service in all respects.
-HT



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User currently offlineSA7700 From South Africa, joined Dec 2003, 3431 posts, RR: 26
Reply 13, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 4460 times:
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Thanks for all the replies, I really appreciate it! I have decided to try out LX for a “change of scenery”.  


SA7700



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User currently offline123 From Bolivia, joined Nov 2003, 745 posts, RR: 3
Reply 14, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 4421 times:

Longhaul examples

GRU/FRA/AND OLD: Hong Kong - Kai Tak International (HKG / VHHH) (closed), China - Hong Kong">HKG/FRA/GRU LH C Class> You know what you get. Consistent good quality service, modern seats.
GRU/ZRH/AND OLD: Hong Kong - Kai Tak International (HKG / VHHH) (closed), China - Hong Kong">HKG C AND AND OLD: Hong Kong - Kai Tak International (HKG / VHHH) (closed), China - Hong Kong">HKG/ZRH/GRU F> C Class not as comfy as LH yet service similar in quality. The chocolates served after meal service are a nice touch but it's cheaper to buy a box of Lindt at ZRH airport than to pay extra $$ for LX C class only to get Lindt.
F Class is naturally fantastic, Swiss does their job very well and indeed is a better service than LH's outdated cabin. However, on the 340 service LX uses between AND OLD: Hong Kong - Kai Tak International (HKG / VHHH) (closed), China - Hong Kong">HKG/ZRH/GRU, the seats are not as comfy as LH's F on the 744 (used this service FRA/NRT).

Lounges> GRU and AND OLD: Hong Kong - Kai Tak International (HKG / VHHH) (closed), China - Hong Kong">HKG are the same no matter if LH or LX.
Lounge at ZRH in C is not very nice too large, too noisy, too many rooms, seems unorganized, prefer LH at FRA even if assortment is reduced.
F lounge at ZRH is fantastic but cannot beat the F lounge at AND OLD: Hong Kong - Kai Tak International (HKG / VHHH) (closed), China - Hong Kong">HKG.

Yet, best C class of all was the former Classe A of Air Comet... that was unbeatably good!

Have a nice and safe trip!


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