AusTexFlyer From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 25 posts, RR: 0 Posted (2 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 4300 times:
Hello - I did a search for current status of UA vs LH trans-atlantic service in J class but all of the threads that I found were too old to reply to. If I missed a more current one, I apologize. I fly UA (as successor to CO) quite a bit domestically, but haven't had need to fly to Europe in over 4 years. I am looking at flying in J class in September or October of this year, and am curious about the current level of quality of the service. I know the former CO 764's have been upgraded recently, but haven't been on one with the new lie flats yet. Opinions? I know most will likely say that LH is better, but I've never flown LH and really don't know what to expect. I'm tempted to fly them just to get the 744 from IAH for old times sake, or if I'm REALLY lucky the 748i, possibly from ORD. Is the UA 744 in J class comparable? As of now, the fares are all about the same regardless of hub or aircraft. It doesn't matter to me which hub I fly through on the way to Frankfurt.
IAHworldflyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2012, 275 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (2 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 4072 times:
If you fly LH from IAH to FRA after June of this year, you will be on an A380. Don't know if that's better than the 744 or not, haven't flown one. Yes, UA is upgrading the J seats on the 764's, but so far only 3 of the 16 are done, and from what I've heard, it takes a couple weeks for them to do one aircraft, so not all will be done by this September.
LAX888 From Singapore, joined Oct 2010, 279 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (2 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 3950 times:
I would choose the transatlantic flight which is longest, meaning you get more sleep. Therefore I would fly from IAH and either fly directly to FRA or to LHR on UA/CO as they have the 772ER on that route with the new product. After flying LH in Business recently I do not think you will miss out on the better food as the food was very average.
austexflyer From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 25 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (2 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 3919 times:
Thanks all, for the input. I think I've decided to wait and schedule and buy the tickets until later this summer when I can see what the equipment options are. I'd like to try the new UA/CO lieflats, and I love flying out of IAH to Europe. But... If I can work out getting on a 380 from IAH to Frankfurt and then possibly a 748i back to ORD, IAD or wherever, I'm not sure I can pass that up. The angled seats aren't that big a drawback to me, and I'd get to fly a new carrier and two new types for me for the first time.
Thanks again. I will update this thread later this summer when I get the ticket bought.