TomFoolery From Austria, joined Jan 2004, 495 posts, RR: 2 Reply 1, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 3167 times:
BA and QANTAS offer similiar superb service, BA just a Tad better. I would recommend considering the connection times, and maybe the airport. SIN is a very nice airport to connect through. They have a pool, you can take a dip in, which is refreshing between 10 hr legs. BKK is not bad, but I dont know of the ammenities being as great there, but it is all a matter of taste.
Austrian is a nice airline, with their A340's, nice seats, with lumbar support, but you give up a tad bit of leg room, but service is pretty good. (Great wine selection and quality).
Virgin- Good service, and nice FA's. Competiting with BA, and BA has GREAT service.
ALL Above have PTV's
BA/QF will not give you full mile awards on discount fares (One World)
Austrian will give full miles (Star Alliance)
Dont Know about CX or VS awards.
Hope this helps
I think with Austrian I will be flying a 777 with a short 320 flight from LHR to Vienna.
I have (in case I fly with them) just registered with their FF programme. I don't mind a stop as long as it is not longer then 4hrs.
TomFoolery From Austria, joined Jan 2004, 495 posts, RR: 2 Reply 4, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 3108 times:
Right, I forgot about Lauda Air's 777. If it is Lauda Air, the meals are fantastic, if they are still catered by DO & CO, which is a premier restaurant. Service is fantastic, or at least it was back around 2001 or so. Alot can change. Very nice aircraft, and comfortable. I'm not sure if AUA has incorporated the 777 into their fleet or not, that is why I still refer to it as Lauda Air.
Have a great trip, and dont forget the suntan lotion (A sun burn on one's eyelids is especially uncomfortable, Believe me!).
6thfreedom From Bermuda, joined Sep 2004, 3267 posts, RR: 21 Reply 10, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 2818 times:
Depends on what u r after.
IFE doesn't really faze me, and being 6ft tall, i tend to go with whoever offers 34 inch pitch in economy, My favs are MH and TG.
QF, BA and SQ are 32inch at best.
I think KE is also 34 inch, so in that respect - good call.
i'm actually quite surprised over MH fares. I was under the impression that they offered rock bottom ex-LON.
The other option wou haven't considered is EK.
Flies direct from 5 airports in UK (could save you time and money there), and also offers SYD non-stop ex DXB, and has just introduced services via BKK on the new B773ER.
Wunala From Australia, joined Mar 2005, 940 posts, RR: 0 Reply 15, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 2658 times:
Quoting TomFoolery (Reply 1): BA/QF will not give you full mile awards on discount fares (One World)
You can accrue miles at 100% on these airlines. You just have to decide which scheme you want your points on and then book accordingly, eg, to get 100% points on a BA flight for QFF, then book the BA flight with the QF flight number.
NAV20 From Australia, joined Nov 2003, 9159 posts, RR: 37 Reply 18, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 2542 times:
Quoting 6thfreedom (Reply 17): even the safest of airlines have their own bad days. QF in BKK, SQ in TPE. need i go on??
I think the Singapore accident had six killed, only injuries in the Qantas crash as far as I know. More important, that was Singapore's ONLY accident; Qantas' first since its only other one (in 1960!).
By contrast, Korean Airlines have had 11 accidents since 1980, all but three of them involving fatalities, and three of them involving hundreds of fatalities.
So, offhand, I'd say that A340Driver's comment is a valid one. Safety is a consideration.
"Once you have flown, you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards.." - Leonardo da Vinci
I got back yesterday from a SYD LHR on Korean (772 and 744) - service was excellent, food great, and aircraft spotless. Honestly, the cabin crew were excellent. I was in business, but Y looked comfortable, with IFE on the 744.
Great Duty Free shopping too - and ICN airport is wonderful, the transit is simple, with an excellent transit hotel if necessary.
Having had my concerns over Korean, I wasnt looking forward to the flights, but the service was superb.
BTW - Dont forget that you can earn KLM miles on Korean thanks to Skyteam!
Have a great time in SYD - where are you staying??
EmiratesUK From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 288 posts, RR: 0 Reply 20, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 2421 times:
GIve EK a go, as someone mentioned before 5 U.K departure points, and the option of trying out the A345 DXB-SYD or the new 773er DXB-BKK-SYD, I have personally done the direct DXB-SYD and it was fantastic the IFE and service made the 14hr flight fly by....I'm off to SYD again in June and will be testing out the new 773er DXB-BKK-SYD service can't wait. EK also have some good prices, if you can get seats they are around the £600-£650 inc tax
Intothinair From Germany, joined Mar 2005, 392 posts, RR: 2 Reply 22, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 2301 times:
If i were you, i'd go for SQ, depends on the price though.
Excellent IFE, friendly/excellent service, and on top of all, connection through SIN, personally my favourite airport on earth(Trust me, you don't get bored in SIN). However, if the price is too high, which is possible, go for BA, Cathay Pacific or VS.