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To Heathrow: AA 777 Or BA 777?  
User currently offlineCgagn From Canada, joined Sep 2003, 345 posts, RR: 0
Posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 6654 times:

I'm planning a trip to London in mid february, and have decided I'd like to get a 777. I can fly AC from my hometown of Saskatoon to Toronto, then I can either get the BA777 from YYZ to LHR, or continue to La Guardia on AC and get a shuttle (more on that in a moment) to Kennedy for the late flight to Heathrow on the AA777. I'm just wondering if those who have travelled these routes could give some advice? Which would be the best 777 experience? I've never been to New York, and AA 777s are 2-5-2, so a window seat would be better than BAs 3-3-3. Do they both have PTVs? What about security in New York, will I be grilled because I choose to go through the US when not necessary. And finally is it difficult to get from LGA to JFK. I've read that there are shuttles between the 3 airports, so I'm guessing it's not that difficult, but perhaps someone who's tried it could shed some light. Any and all thoughts would be most appreciated.

C-GAGN


Widebodies flown on: A330-300,A340-300,A380-800,747-400,767-200ER,767-300ER,777-200A,777-200ER,777-200LR,777-300ER
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User currently offlineErj145lr From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 431 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 6607 times:

BA! Personally i's always pick a foreign airline over a US based airline, think despite seats, ife, etc.. european airlines sercies all around are almost always better.

User currently offlineLuisde8cd From Pitcairn Islands, joined Aug 2004, 2571 posts, RR: 31
Reply 2, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 6578 times:

BA no question about it.

User currently offlineAAplatnumflier From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 6548 times:

Personally I would pick AA as they have great service....and most of the time they are friendly too.....but at the end of the day it should come down to which is the most reasonable and convinient for you

User currently offlineEddieDude From Mexico, joined Nov 2003, 7584 posts, RR: 43
Reply 4, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 6539 times:

Unless flying AA lets you stay a couple of days in New York, you should fly BA as it is less complicated and will probably be a higher-quality experience.

Have a nice trip and be sure to write a trip report when you come back!



Next flights: MEX-GRU (AM 77E), GRU-GIG (JJ A320), SDU-CGH (G3 73H), GRU-MEX (JJ A332).
User currently offlineAdriaticus From Mexico, joined May 2004, 1137 posts, RR: 19
Reply 5, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 6525 times:

BA! (AA's service is far from being "great").

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User currently offlineSllevin From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 3376 posts, RR: 6
Reply 6, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 6509 times:

I wouldn't make things that complex.  Smile

That said, for that long a trip, you should think about FF programs...and flying BA isn't going to net you very many miles.

I'd pick something where in fact you can get the 10,000 miles (which is virtually half a domestic FF ticket!).

Steve


User currently offlineMusapapaya From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 1091 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 6464 times:

go for AA!!! more legroom in coach is the very good slogan for them! and i also like their silver machine! anyway i think both AA and BA's service are not 'great' after all...


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User currently offlineThrust From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 2690 posts, RR: 10
Reply 8, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 6444 times:

I would highly recommend an AA Boeing 777. I had the pleasure of flying them twice, on BOS-LHR and LHR-JFK. The 2-5-2 configuration offers plenty of flexible legroom, PTVs are on the seats, and I was very satisfied with the service on board. Very very relaxing ride. Can't speak for BA, but I can say you will definitely like AA's Boeing 777s. Ride them while MRTC is still around  Big thumbs up


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User currently offlineAa777jr From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 6425 times:

I have flown the late flight out of JFK to LHR, on AA steel. It's not bad at all. Unless you just want to be able to tell people that your flight was YYZ-LGA-JFK-LHR, I would recomment the more direct flight from YYZ-LHR on BA steel. The only time I flew BA was LIS-LHR, not a pleasent experience at all on BA. I need to give them another try though. I have had great service on all AA flights thus far.

AA777jr


User currently offlineZBBbird From Canada, joined Jul 2004, 58 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 6367 times:

I would have to suggest BA. Only flown with them on the YVR-LHR route a few times in the 744, excellent service! AA I have only flown around North America and while they were great I say take the Speedbird.

User currently offlineCgagn From Canada, joined Sep 2003, 345 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 6337 times:

Thank you for all the great replies. I think I'm going to have to agree with some of the replies here, and go with BA for several reasons. Now that I think about it more, it seems needlessly complicated to go through New York, and I wouldn't have the time or money for a proper visit. As well, I'm going to book my return flight on the earlier of the two daily's, operated by a 744. It will be nice to get on the -400 again, its been several years now. I usually take AC when I visit relatives in the UK, so I've had my share of A330/A340 flights. Hopefully BA will provide me a great trip, I've heard good things about them.

I'd really like to visit New York, so maybe I'll try and plan a proper visit this summer!! Thanks for the advice.

C-GAGN

[Edited 2005-01-04 08:52:09]


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User currently offlineAa777jr From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 6289 times:

Cgagn,

You chose wisely, the LGA-JFK transfer is a pain in the ass. You would have to get bags and recheck for an international flight, prolly would need minimum 2 hrs for that. The shuttle is $35 I think one-way, and forget getting a NYC cabby to get you between the airports for under $50. The hardway is fun though somtimes. Instead of flying CO to see my folks AUS-EWR-LIS, I chose KL and went AUS-MEM-AMS-LIS. I had a huge layover in AMS and got to hang out. Be sure and write a report of your flight!

AA777jr


User currently offlineCodeshare From Poland, joined Sep 2002, 1854 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 6261 times:

Go for BA, although I didn't fly AA. Who knows you might even get upgraded to World Traveller Plus if you're lucky, and travelling World Traveller.


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User currently offlineAirxLiban From Lebanon, joined Oct 2003, 4512 posts, RR: 53
Reply 14, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 6247 times:

C-GAGN, I can only confirm the sentiment.

I have only been on two 777s, G-YMMN (BA, Trent 895, JFK-LHR) and N791AN (AA, Trent 895, LAX-MIA) and they both had PTVs and I really don't think that you will be able to savour the 777-ness of either one more than the other.

I would personally choose BA and also forget the hassle of doing LGA-JFK.

Plus there is nothing more beautiful now that Concorde is retired than BA 744s with those RB211s.



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User currently offlineBicoastal From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 6083 times:

Airliners.net has a specific forum for these type of poll and preference questions:

http://www.airliners.net/discussions/aviation_polls/index.main?rand=98


User currently offlineTUGMASTER From Northern Mariana Islands, joined Jul 2004, 699 posts, RR: 9
Reply 16, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 6065 times:

C-GAGN,

Have to say i think you've made the wrong choice.

Having flown on both BA & AA T7's many times , AA win even if its just for MRTC.

BA's cramped seating (31 inch) is a nightmare on a semi-longhaul flight .

Anyway best of luck,
RGDS

Tugmaster


User currently offlineFlymia From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 7176 posts, RR: 9
Reply 17, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 5939 times:

Well I would Imagine the BA has PTV on there 777. And that trip would be alot easier. But I flown AA 777 a few times and I love the plane. Windows seats are great. Plenty of room and good service.


"It was just four of us on the flight deck, trying to do our job" (Captain Al Haynes)
User currently offlineCgagn From Canada, joined Sep 2003, 345 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 5915 times:

My decision to take BA from Toronto is based more on convenience and timing than anything else. I can keep my original plan of flying the 777, and keep it somewhat convenient as well. For arguement sake, if AA flew YYZ-LHR with the 777, I'd probably fly them. I'd like to experince the 'more room in coach' seating, and the 2-5-2 arrangement appeals to me more. I have nothing against American Airlines and would love to fly with them sometime, but after thinking about it, and the responses I've got from A.Netter's, BA seems to be the right choice for this trip. Thanks to all those who took the time to reply!

C-GAGN



Widebodies flown on: A330-300,A340-300,A380-800,747-400,767-200ER,767-300ER,777-200A,777-200ER,777-200LR,777-300ER
User currently offlineSkytrain From Canada, joined Jan 2004, 297 posts, RR: 6
Reply 19, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 5884 times:

Good choice. I've taken BA 777s across the pond many times and have always found the flights enjoyable.

Have a good trip! Big grin

Cheers - Skytrain.

[Edited 2005-01-04 22:13:18]


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User currently offlineAlitaliaMD11 From Spain, joined Dec 2003, 4068 posts, RR: 13
Reply 20, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 5851 times:

hey


I would suggest Virgin  Laugh out loud

The security is not that bad at JFK especially in Terminal 4, which is VS.


at T8 the security is not bad ethier.



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Both interiors look the same. I would personally choose BA, becuase I always prefer to fly a foriegn airline.



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User currently offlineBG001 From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 52 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 5829 times:

The shuttle is $35 I think one-way, and forget getting a NYC cabby to get you between the airports for under $50


great to see that you live in TX and know all about NY. Please don't reply unless you know about the subject.


User currently offlineBAtripleseven From Greece, joined Dec 2004, 40 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 5809 times:

i have flown from Ny to Lhr with BA777 and the service was amazing..great flight and IFE.. I would personally choose ba

User currently offlineCatatonic From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 1155 posts, RR: 3
Reply 23, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 5747 times:

I have just recently flown an AA 777 LHR-LAX-LHR and I have to say it was excellent, the leg room was amazing and the service was great (better when your flying out of LHR than flying into). I have never flown BA on long haul but I cant tell you about AA as I have flown them to the US a few times. The triple 7 is a great aircraft, really roomy and comfortable and the MRTC is a god send on long haul. Food and service is great with AA and the flight attendants are really nice and helpful, the FA's tend to be older women with AA on long haul to the UK I don't know why this is but I prefer them as they are much nicer than most I have experienced. Flying out of LHR is better than flying into LHR the flights to the UK tend to be night flights and service tend to be toned down a bit, the movies (of which there were 4) weren't that good on the flight to the UK mainly mystery, horror and things like that (I prefer comedy). Flying to the US tends to be day time flights and service was excellent, drinks are complimentary (except booze) and they came round regularly offering snacks and drinks. Food to the US is better too, on both it tends to be chicken or beef! Movies to the US are better I watched without a paddle, sharktale and some other movies. A few gripes with AA, It was really hard to get window seats so check what seats are available before you book, and get your seats assigned when you book, there are no other seats available at check in! (I was told 30% of seats were unassigned for check in only). Personally I would base my decision on price and the least complications! Connecting is tough enough in one airport without having to travel to another to do it!


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User currently offlineBicoastal From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 5731 times:

Why not fly United's 777? Flying to LGA and then out to Kennedy is silly. AC and United are Star Alliance members and your connections in either Chicago or Dulles will be very easy.

25 Post contains images Soaringadi : I would say AA for one thing.... you wont have much confusion enjoy [Edited 2005-01-09 18:01:52]
26 Post contains images Jfkaua : I wouldn't make things that complex. common this is airliners.net ... we LIVE for complex itineraries
27 Ozvirginuk : I definately agree with Bicoastal. I am a huge UA fan, particularly on their 777's. Loads better that AA or BA and you could connect at ORD, IAD or JF
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