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BA Or AF SFO-CDG  
User currently offlinealaskan9974 From United States of America, joined Oct 2011, 31 posts, RR: 0
Posted (1 year 1 month 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 3132 times:

Booking flights to Europe for the fall, either departing from SFO or LAX. I haven't flown on a A380, or 747 before and these two routes are served by both. In economy class, any appreciable difference in service and comfort? Price is close enough that its not a factor.

[Edited 2013-07-28 22:01:33]

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User currently offlinebaldwin471 From UK - England, joined Mar 2012, 296 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (1 year 1 month 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 3092 times:

AF 380. Definitely.

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User currently offlineBoston From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 49 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (1 year 1 month 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 3068 times:

It's a no brainer. Take AF from LAX.

User currently offlineTurkishWings From United States of America, joined May 2006, 1441 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (1 year 1 month 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 3051 times:

I have flown LAX-LHR on BA 747 and SFO-CDG on AF380 and the service/comfort in both flights are very similar. If earning miles on a particular airline is not one of your concerns, I would also say try out the A380....


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User currently offlinealaskan9974 From United States of America, joined Oct 2011, 31 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (1 year 1 month 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 3035 times:

Ok I will take the AF, its a little cheaper anyway. I use Alaska Air for mileage and it will count towards it with either carrier.

User currently offlinen729pa From UK - England, joined Jan 2011, 408 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (1 year 1 month 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 3027 times:

If I had the choice I would take Air New Zealand but that's just me (besides I don't know how their fare compares).

But back to the BA v AF saga. I love flying the A380, it's quiet and smooth, comfy etc....but if you have never flown on a 747 before, then it might be worth trying one while you still can.

There are less and less airlines are using 747s for passenger flights these days. There are more retiring than coming off the production line. In a few months BA are sending the A380 into LAX so as if to prove my point, maybe try the 747 while you can.

I had the option to fly in a UA DC8 years ago, and chose a AA 727 instead. I am happy to have flown in the 727 (a very early one at that), but I never had another chance to fly in a DC8 and I regret that now, I assumed "next time I try one". Next time never came.


User currently offlineLAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 25177 posts, RR: 48
Reply 6, posted (1 year 1 month 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 3022 times:

How about Air Tahiti Nui LAX-CDG?

I think the winter schedule is 4x weekly outside of the Xmas/new year period when they have more flights.



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User currently offlineaklrno From United States of America, joined Dec 2010, 934 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (1 year 1 month 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 3010 times:

If you are connecting from another flight to the CDG bound flight, do not even think about connecting at SFO. If you are coming from the west coast your chance of being delayed, and thus missing your connection, is very high. Connect at LAX. Never ever connect at SFO.

User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 25170 posts, RR: 22
Reply 8, posted (1 year 1 month 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 2985 times:

Did you consider UA SFO-CDG? The 763 with 2-3-2 seating in Y class is much nicer than any other widebody, with only a 1-in-7 chance of a middle seat, and fewer passengers often means faster service.

User currently offlinereifel From Germany, joined Feb 2005, 1357 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (1 year 1 month 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 2976 times:

If you choose AF ou can grab a seat on the upper deck in Coach. Most seats are restricted for Status frequent flyer or chargeable, but usually you find a few free of charge there as well.

User currently offlinegoldorak From France, joined Sep 2006, 1841 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (1 year 1 month 8 hours ago) and read 2827 times:

Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 8):
and fewer passengers often means faster service.

Oh yes, but which service ? UA in Y ? Hmmmm     
I would definitely choose AF A380


User currently offlinealaskan9974 From United States of America, joined Oct 2011, 31 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (1 year 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2741 times:

When I look at return travel, I was looking at a LH return, CDG-FRA, FRA-LAX, when changing flights in FRA, I don't have to go through customs in FRA correct?

User currently offlineB777A340Fan From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 774 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (1 year 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2734 times:

Quoting alaskan9974 (Reply 11):
When I look at return travel, I was looking at a LH return, CDG-FRA, FRA-LAX, when changing flights in FRA, I don't have to go through customs in FRA correct?

Nope, not unless you leave the transit zone.


User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3245 posts, RR: 12
Reply 13, posted (1 year 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 2710 times:

If I were you, i'd get on a 747 whilst they are still around. Plenty of time to fly an A380.


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User currently offlinereifel From Germany, joined Feb 2005, 1357 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (1 year 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 2681 times:

Quoting B777A340Fan (Reply 12):
Nope, not unless you leave the transit zone.

That is not exactly correct. Since you arrive from Paris (Schengen) and connect to LAX (nonschengen) you need to pass Schengen exit passport control. Other than in the US or Canada, you need to pass passport control not only when entering a country (or in this case the Schengen area, made out of several countries), but also when exiting. That said you do not need to pass a new security check, since FRA considers the CDG security check of same standards, nor you will need to pick up your bags. All you need is to walk to the terminal area for Nonschengen-Flights of your flight (which for USA is usually Z, but may also be B or C), pass passport immigration check, and that's it. I am unsure if they discountinued compulsory additional security screening for US flights, but I believe they did.


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