alaskan9974 From United States of America, joined Oct 2011, 51 posts, RR: 0 Posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 3422 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.
TurkishWings From Turkey, joined May 2006, 1456 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 1 day ago) and read 3341 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....
n729pa From UK - England, joined Jan 2011, 473 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 3317 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.
aklrno From United States of America, joined Dec 2010, 1072 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 3300 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.
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.