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Shall I Fly With Etihad Or British Airways To NRT?  
User currently offline8herveg From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2006, 1169 posts, RR: 0
Posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 10186 times:

I am about to book flights from London - Tokyo for May 2011 and I don't know which airline to fly with.

Etihad Airways are much cheaper - £580 rtn but obviously I have to stop off in Abu Dhabi.

British Airways are a bit more - £720, but it is direct and I'll earn my air miles.

Which airline would you say offers the better service and product? I normally fly with BA so know what to expect - I've never flown with any of the Middle Eastern carriers - to me they always look nicer than BA. Anyone agree?

Any info appreciated.

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User currently offlineNQYGuy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (3 years 9 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 10165 times:

If you've flown BA before, then fly Eithad. You also get four flights for less money.

Would be a no brainer for me, unless Etihad was really awful. Which it would appear is not true.  

Oh, and Skytrax rate EY economy one star higher than BAs.


User currently offlineSirThomas From UK - England, joined Jul 2009, 193 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (3 years 9 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 10157 times:

It all depends if you can stand changing flights when you're on such a long trip...

I always try to go direct on flights over 9 hours or so, as otherwise it can just be a real pain getting on and off planes at an airport you don't know, when you're knackered...

Tom



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User currently offlinesw733 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6299 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (3 years 9 months 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 10143 times:

Quoting NQYGuy (Reply 1):
You also get four flights for less money.

And in my book, this is why I would normally fly BA...two flights instead of four are better in my book!

That being said, if money is an issue (it is or you wouldn't mention the prices), 140 quid isn't chump change...

Quoting 8herveg (Thread starter):
to me they always look nicer than BA.

You've clearly never flown Yemenia  


User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11611 posts, RR: 60
Reply 4, posted (3 years 9 months 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 10104 times:

Put it this way, there isn't much between QR and EY from what I've heard, and QR are leaps ahead of BA so I would expect EY to be the same. Plus on EY you have a power point at every seat for running your laptop etc... which you don't get on BA, and you more legroom.

Considering how much cheaper it is, and how much better the EY experience is likely to be, I'd definitely take them.


Dan  



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User currently offline8herveg From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2006, 1169 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (3 years 9 months 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 10087 times:

Quoting PlymSpotter (Reply 4):
Put it this way, there isn't much between QR and EY from what I've heard, and QR are leaps ahead of BA so I would expect EY to be the same. Plus on EY you have a power point at every seat for running your laptop etc... which you don't get on BA, and you more legroom.

Considering how much cheaper it is, and how much better the EY experience is likely to be, I'd definitely take them.


Dan

Thanks Dan. I think EY looks like the best choice. Money is an issue (as I'm only 23!). I'll just have to miss out on my miles.


User currently offlinemdavies06 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2009, 381 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (3 years 9 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 10067 times:

Flying LHR - NRT involves the longest geographical detour if you're comparing non stop over a stopover in the gulf region. If I am flying to places like BKK and SIN then it makes sense to make a stop in the gulf but for a point as far north as NRT? The non stop routing involves flying way north of Siberia, just to give you some idea of how far the detour is. Why would you consider EY when the price difference is only GBP 140? It is not that much money...about 3 meals, a day of transport and a night of hotel stay in Tokyo. The alcohol there is not cheap either.  

User currently offlineJetBlue777 From Canada, joined Jul 2009, 1451 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (3 years 9 months 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 10045 times:

I've been on EY on a couple of longhaul flights and they are good. Their hard product is excellent on all classes, food is good and service is also nice. I'd go foe EY and they are operating on the new Terminal @AUH so that's a bonus. BA is just....so and so.


It's a cultural thing.
User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11611 posts, RR: 60
Reply 8, posted (3 years 9 months 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 10042 times:

Quoting mdavies06 (Reply 6):
The non stop routing involves flying way north of Siberia, just to give you some idea of how far the detour is.

According to GC mapper the diversion is an extra 41,7% of the LHR-NRT difference. Also I'm not sure what level of hotel you stay in, but it's perfectly possible to get a room in a decent one for under £50, even in Tokyo. If you chose hostels like I do, then that £140 would be my entire budget for a week to ten days of accommodation in Japan.


Dan  



...love is just a camouflage for what resembles rage again...
User currently offlineKU747 From Kuwait, joined Mar 2008, 375 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (3 years 9 months 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 10032 times:

Why not try something new! for the record to say the least.

You will not find out how good are the other airlines unless you try it. I always try a new airline if there are an airline I never flew.

To me, its worth a try.



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User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 24796 posts, RR: 22
Reply 10, posted (3 years 9 months 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 10028 times:

Quoting NQYGuy (Reply 1):
You also get four flights for less money.

And twice as many chances for something to go wrong -- delays, baggage going astray etc. EY also seems to have a very poor connection LHR-AUH-NRT with about 6 hours at AUH. On BA you would have landed at NRT about 2 hours before you even leave AUH and still with a 10 hour flight ahead of you. That''s no doubt why EY's fares are so low. Not many people want to spend almost 24 hours to get from LHR to NRT when you can do it in about 11 hours nonstop.


User currently offlineNQYGuy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (3 years 9 months 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 9969 times:

Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 10):
And twice as many chances for something to go wrong -- delays, baggage going astray etc. EY also seems to have a very poor connection LHR-AUH-NRT with about 6 hours at AUH. On BA you would have landed at NRT about 2 hours before you even leave AUH and still with a 10 hour flight ahead of you. That''s no doubt why EY's fares are so low. Not many people want to spend almost 24 hours to get from LHR to NRT when you can do it in about 11 hours nonstop.

Each to their own I guess!

From a geeky point of view, the four legs and potiental for four different aircraft is just too good to be true with the lower price and better hard product.

Imagine what you can spend with the money you have left over.. perhaps an extra night wherever you're staying to recover from the jetlag.  


User currently offlinesbworcs From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2005, 836 posts, RR: 5
Reply 12, posted (3 years 9 months 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 9891 times:

Have you considered Finnair? They often have great prices to Japan via Helsinki?


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User currently offlinemusapapaya From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 1075 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (3 years 9 months 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 9890 times:

Have you considered LH on their A380?

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musapapaya



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User currently offlinepugsley From Australia, joined Jan 2010, 185 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (3 years 9 months 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 9866 times:

Also, what aircaft would you be flying with EY? EY are currently changing the layout of their 777's to 10 abreast in stead of 9. You may be lucky and get a 9 abrest 777 but you may also get the 10 abreast layout, which could be a factor.

As for the miles? Is their another airline that has a free membership you could sign up to so you get the miles on EY, like Alitalia or SN Brussles Airlines and then transfer them to a partner airline that is more convient for you?



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User currently offline8herveg From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2006, 1169 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (3 years 9 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 9841 times:

Quoting sbworcs (Reply 12):
Have you considered Finnair? They often have great prices to Japan via Helsinki?

Yes, considered Finnair. Could be a viable option - they're offering it for about £650 which isn't too bad. Would I be able to get my BA Miles with Finnair as it's part of OneWorld? What's the food/service/entertainment like?

Quoting pugsley (Reply 14):
Also, what aircaft would you be flying with EY? EY are currently changing the layout of their 777's to 10 abreast in stead of 9. You may be lucky and get a 9 abrest 777 but you may also get the 10 abreast layout, which could be a factor.

As for the miles? Is their another airline that has a free membership you could sign up to so you get the miles on EY, like Alitalia or SN Brussles Airlines and then transfer them to a partner airline that is more convient for you?

The LHR-AUH sectors are with an A346 - an aircraft which I haven't flown on so should that would be exciting. The AUH-NRT sector is with an A332.

Not sure about the Air Miles though - I'd prefer to stick to the OneWorld airlines so I can build up my miles. If I start going with other airlines, I'll never get above Blue card membership!


User currently offlinetravelR From Australia, joined Sep 2010, 94 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (3 years 9 months 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 9831 times:

Quoting 8herveg (Thread starter):
I've been on EY on a couple of longhaul flights and they are good. Their hard product is excellent on all classes, food is good and service is also nice. I'd go foe EY and they are operating on the new Terminal @AUH so that's a bonus. BA is just....so and so.

I would also suggest EY. They are not too bad and breaks up your journey. If it is about saving the money then I would have no hesitation in advising you to try EY. If it is about miles and non-stop, BA are about the same but guess their technology on the planes is not as good as EY.

Quoting 8herveg (Thread starter):
Would I be able to get my BA Miles with Finnair as it's part of OneWorld?

I would double check the booking class and then go on BA website to check the booking classes you can earn on the AY flights.

Quoting 8herveg (Thread starter):
The LHR-AUH sectors are with an A346 - an aircraft which I haven't flown on so should that would be exciting. The AUH-NRT sector is with an A332.

I have flown on the A340-600 from SYD to AUH. It is quite comfortable and has a massive PTV to entertain you. I have also flown on A330-200 from AUH to CMN but I think I got the very old version which I highly doubt they would use for the NRT leg. That was only ok.

Cheers,

Rob



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User currently offlineBAW217 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2007, 124 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (3 years 9 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 9762 times:

The BA flight will be on a new 77W which do have powerports in Economy.

BA will also be in T2 then, which is much nicer than T1.


User currently offline8herveg From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2006, 1169 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (3 years 9 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 9759 times:

Quoting BAW217 (Reply 17):
The BA flight will be on a new 77W which do have powerports in Economy.

Can I ask how you know this? Which source did you get it from?


User currently offlineBAW217 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2007, 124 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (3 years 9 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 9753 times:

Quoting 8herveg (Reply 18):

Can I ask how you know this? Which source did you get it from?

From BA.com:

Quoting BA.com:

Entertainment at your fingertips

In the new World Traveller cabin you will experience the very latest in-flight entertainment, including:

* a video touch screen that is 35 per cent larger than the current screen
* an even greater choice of movies, television and music
* a USB and RCA combo port, enabling you to use your own personal electronic devices with the in-flight entertainment system
* an in-seat power socket to power your devices throughout the flight
http://www.britishairways.com/travel/new-world-traveller/public/en_gb


User currently offline8herveg From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2006, 1169 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (3 years 9 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 9726 times:

Quoting BAW217 (Reply 19):
Quoting 8herveg (Reply 18):

Can I ask how you know this? Which source did you get it from?

From BA.com:

Quoting BA.com:

Entertainment at your fingertips

In the new World Traveller cabin you will experience the very latest in-flight entertainment, including:

* a video touch screen that is 35 per cent larger than the current screen
* an even greater choice of movies, television and music
* a USB and RCA combo port, enabling you to use your own personal electronic devices with the in-flight entertainment system
* an in-seat power socket to power your devices throughout the flight
http://www.britishairways.com/travel...en_gb

I know that - I meant how do you know that 'the BA flight' is going to be used on the NRT route?


User currently offlineBAW217 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2007, 124 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (3 years 9 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 9713 times:

Quoting 8herveg (Reply 20):
I know that - I meant how do you know that 'the BA flight' is going to be used on the NRT route?

All 77W's have the new seat and as the NRT will be a 77W route from 27 March next year.

Its that easy!


User currently offlineNQYGuy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (3 years 9 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 9700 times:

I guess the BA 77W makes that option more palatable. However, I know what option I'd pick..

User currently offlinebochora From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2008, 491 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (3 years 9 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 9686 times:

I must say I recently travelled from LHR-AUH with BA and I must say although their aircraft are a fair bit older than EYs, their onboard product is pretty much on par. Provided you get an AVOD updated aircraft your experience will in my experience be better. That great British Airways service really steals it for me. Even some of the complaints about planes looking old, I've never noticed that and I travelled on G-RAES and G-VIIW, both 10 years +.

User currently offline8herveg From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2006, 1169 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (3 years 9 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 9645 times:

Quoting BAW217 (Reply 21):
Quoting 8herveg (Reply 20):
I know that - I meant how do you know that 'the BA flight' is going to be used on the NRT route?

All 77W's have the new seat and as the NRT will be a 77W route from 27 March next year.

Its that easy!

I think you've misunderstood me from the beginning - I want to know how you know the B77W is going to be used on the NRT route - not how you know they are going to have powerpoints in the Economy seats - even I can work that out from their website!!


User currently offlineLHR380 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 25, posted (3 years 9 months 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 9559 times:

Quoting 8herveg (Reply 24):

The route is being upgraded to the new 777 from summer 2011 which features the new Economy (World Traveller) Premium Economy (World Traveller Plus) and the new First Cabin. Every cabin has Power ports, and the new Thales IFE system has USB connectivity at every seat.

http://airlineroute.net/2010/10/25/ba-s11update/


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