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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 3 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 3171 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, 308 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (1 year 3 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 3131 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 3 months 4 days ago) and read 3107 times:

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

User currently offlineTurkishWings From United States of America, joined May 2006, 1450 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (1 year 3 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 3090 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 3 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 3074 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, 423 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (1 year 3 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 3066 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, 25841 posts, RR: 50
Reply 6, posted (1 year 3 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 3061 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, 957 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (1 year 3 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 3049 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, 25700 posts, RR: 22
Reply 8, posted (1 year 3 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 3024 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, 1365 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (1 year 3 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 3015 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, 1853 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (1 year 3 months 13 hours ago) and read 2866 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 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 2780 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 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2773 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, 3311 posts, RR: 12
Reply 13, posted (1 year 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2749 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, 1365 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (1 year 2 months 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 2720 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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