SRQKEF From Iceland, joined Jun 2011, 692 posts, RR: 1 Posted (10 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 6980 times:
Simple question: What are your 5 favorite airlines / aircraft / airports?
2. Air Canada
3. Thai International Airways
4. jetBlue Airways
1. Boeing 777-300ER / Boeing 777-200LR (tie)
2. Embraer ERJ-190
3. Boeing 757-300
4. Airbus A380-800 (Ugly beast, but you just can't beat it comfort wise!)
5. Boeing 767-300ER
1. Keflavik International Airport, IS (KEF)
2. Sarasota Bradenton Airport, FL (SRQ)
3. Tampa Bay International Airport, FL (TPA)
4. Tokyo Narita International Airport, JP (NRT)
5. London Heathrow International Airport, UK (LHR)
1. Singapore Changi Airport
2. Sydney Kingsford-Smith Airport
3. Auckland Airport
4. Tokyo Narita International Airport
5. Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport
Note: Based on scheduled travel, I fully expect these lists to include Korean Air, the A380-800, Seoul Incheon International Airport, and Hong Kong International Airport (Chek Lap Kok) by the end of the year.
CXB77L From Australia, joined Feb 2009, 2183 posts, RR: 4 Reply 10, posted (10 months 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 6864 times:
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Assuming I'm only picking from what I have actually flown on, rather than what I would like to fly on, then the only difference to my answers posted above would be:
1. Boeing 777-212ER (SQ)
2. Boeing 747-475 (NZ)
3. Boeing 777-367ER (CX)
4. Airbus A330-343X (CX)
5. Airbus A330-243 (DJ)
I have to be specific because I believe that passenger comfort is dependent on airline configuration more so than the aircraft type, and to date, the most comfortable I remember being on an economy class seat on a plane was when I flew on SQ's 777-200ER back in 2001. NZ's 34" pitch on the 744 comes a very, very close second, and CX's 77W with the non-reclining seats came third (and the A333 with the same seats came fourth as the seat on the A333 felt marginally narrower than that on the 77W, and there is more head room on board the 777 than on the A330). It may only have had 32" seat pitch, but the fact that there is no recline means that I get to keep my leg room as it is should I so choose. I flew on DJ's brand new A332 recently, and I was very impressed by the level of comfort offered by their new economy seats.
kann123air From United States of America, joined Jun 2009, 334 posts, RR: 0 Reply 14, posted (10 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 6747 times:
1. Singapore Airlines
2. Etihad Airways
3. British Airways
4. American Airlines
5. Jet Airways
1. Airbus A380--as SRQKEF said, ugly outside, unbelievably comfortable inside (especially on the Upper Deck)!!
2. Boeing 777-300ER--first time was on EY a few days ago.
3. Boeing 777-200ER
4. Airbus A340-300
5. Boeing 757-200
5. FSM :-P my awesome home airport.
jetBlue777 From United States of America, joined Jul 2009, 1427 posts, RR: 1 Reply 21, posted (10 months 17 hours ago) and read 6601 times:
1. Asiana Airlines
2. United Airlines
3. Etihad Airways
4. Philippine Airlines
5. Delta Air Lines
1. Boeing 777-300ER (and -200)
2. Boeing 747-400
3. Airbus A340-500
4. Boeing 757-200
5. Airbus A320
1. Seoul-Incheon (ICN)
2. San Francisco (SFO)
3. New York-JFK and New York-LGA (Home Airports)
4. Manila Ninoy Aquino (MNL) (Facility and service-wise, one of the worst but I have some good memories)
5. Burlington, Vermont (BTV)
Going to fly on SQ's A380 and connect in SIN in a few days, so the list might change
icanfly From Australia, joined Aug 2011, 76 posts, RR: 0 Reply 27, posted (9 months 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 6429 times:
It's interesting how often the A340 family appears on these lists! Pity it's no longer in production and most airlines are phasing it out e.g. Qatar, though we should see it in LH colours for many years to come.
steex From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 1425 posts, RR: 9 Reply 33, posted (9 months 3 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 6193 times:
Quoting spacecadet (Reply 28): Shocked how many people like NRT! It would be at the bottom of my list - it's a terrible airport. HND, on the other hand...
I think it depends on how you use it. I have primarily used NRT for connections on DL, for which NRT is a clean and efficient airport with the best SkyClubs in the system. Plus, favorite doesn't strictly correlate to the best - for me, the majority of airports in the USA were bumped out of position simply because they're unremarkable for an American. However, in places like Tokyo and Singapore, I can't help but associate the airports with the fact that it means I'm traveling the world, which automatically moves them up my list.
Once a year through NRT for my yearly japan trip. I absolutely love how efficient and clean it is, not to mention the staff are better english speakers than the rest of Japan, and that there's quite a bit of options here!
spacecadet From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3251 posts, RR: 14 Reply 41, posted (9 months 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 5790 times:
Quoting PHX787 (Reply 37): Once a year through NRT for my yearly japan trip. I absolutely love how efficient and clean it is,
Maybe compared to the USA, but not compared with the rest of Japan. I find it old, poorly laid out, with confusing signage (and I've been there 20+ times!), bad air conditioning (even for Japan), and unimpressive, generic architecture for a major airport. Its viewing decks are also unimpressive compared to HND's. And customs is always horrendous.
That's not to mention actually getting yourself to Tokyo from there. Last time my wife (who is actually from Japan) and I finally stumbled on the Keisei Skyliner, but no foreign tourist would ever figure that out on their own without extensive research ahead of time. It's just buried in the basement with all-Japanese signage. Otherwise you're stuck with the N'EX, which costs something like $50 per person, or a hotel shuttle bus that's going to take 90 minutes to get to Tokyo.
NRT does have good pre-security shopping and eating options, but that's about the best I can say about it. HND still bests it there too, though. And NRT's airside shopping and dining options are atrocious. You're lucky if you can find a convenience store somewhere near your gate.
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PHX787 From Japan, joined Mar 2012, 4965 posts, RR: 14 Reply 47, posted (8 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 4194 times:
Quoting spacecadet (Reply 41): That's not to mention actually getting yourself to Tokyo from there. Last time my wife (who is actually from Japan) and I finally stumbled on the Keisei Skyliner, but no foreign tourist would ever figure that out on their own without extensive research ahead of time.
Idk whenever i visit Gaijin Pot .com i always see ads for it! and also on Japanese tv (ohh wait a sec I see where you're going) But both the JR lines and the Keisei lines are both in the basements.
planejamie From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2011, 572 posts, RR: 0 Reply 48, posted (8 months 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 4190 times:
1. British Airways (this may become lower soon, I wasn't happy with my LHR-BOS-LHR flights)
2. Cathay Pacific (great service RUH-BAH-HKG-RUH)
3. Oman Air
4. bmi (rest in peace)
5. Icelandair (I'd put it joint 5th with AF, had a hard time choosing between the two, I need to fly FI more)
5. Air France (I loved the food and service I used to get at MAN and between CDG and RUH on the Dedicate A319s)
1. Boeing 757 (both -200 and -300, I love the fact their long narrowbodies, the range, the power, just everything about them)
2. Boeing 777 (all variants, the spacious interior, the efficiency, the layout provided it's not 3-4-3)
3. Boeing 747 (I love the old girl, it's so graceful, still rather quiet inside and was a work horse for years)
4. Airbus A32x (the entire series but only with IAE engines, I like the sound)
5. Airbus A330 (I was going to put 767 but haven't flown on them as much)
1. MAN (obviously, nearest major airport - I can't find fault besides Terminal 1 being practically windowless!)
2. KEF (I loved it, so simple, so modern, everything you needed out of a small terminal)
3. LHR T5 (only Terminal 5, the other terminals are not that great if I'm honest)
4. RUH (brilliant architecture, lots of windows, just interesting all round)
5. HKG (open, never felt crowded, plenty to do)
1. Boeing 777-300ER (and -200)
2. Boeing 747-400
3. Airbus A380-800
4. Airbus A340-500
5. Boeing 757-200
1. Singapore-Changi (SIN)
2. Seoul-Incheon (ICN)
3. San Francisco (SFO)
4. New York-JFK and New York-LGA (Home Airports)
5. Manila Ninoy Aquino (MNL) (Facility and service-wise, one of the worst but I have some good memories)