AF773 From France, joined Dec 2004, 136 posts, RR: 0 Posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 5341 times:
I am in the process of booking a ticket from London to Nashville. As I am an elite plus Flying Blue gold member with AF/KL, I want to fly on another skyteam member. THis way I can enjoy all amenities of this elite level.
I will be flying in cattle class. Any thoughts on CO and NW's service regarding IFE, PTV, pitch, connection, aircrafts etc...?
Next flights: AF ORY-TLN-ORY; CDG-BOD-CDG; KL CDG-AMS-ADD-AMS-CDG; AF CDG-ATL; DL ATL-MSY-ATL; AF ATL-CDG
Dutchjet From Netherlands, joined Oct 2000, 7864 posts, RR: 56
Reply 1, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 5327 times:
I would go with CO: I assume that you would fly LGW-EWR-BNA. CO offers a good product, LGW-EWR is a 777 route which means a comfortable aircraft with good IFE (PTVS throughout), EWR is a very convenient connection airport, etc, etc. You could also try the CO LGW-EWR flight that operates a couple of days per week with the 757, if you wanted to try narrowbody transatlantic service, but as far as comfort, the 777 is a better choice. I think that NW is flying DC10s into LGW this summer - the comfort level is less than the CO 777s but it is a chance to fly a classic.
Both CO and NW offer a good reliable product - the service in coach on both carriers is good but nothing special, a lot depends on the crew. I fly CO a lot and simply prefer their product.
USFlyer MSP From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2455 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 5326 times:
I say go for NW. Detroit is an easier immigration & transfer experience than Newark, plus you would have mainline service the entire trip as opposed to transfering to an RJ (most likely) on CO. IFE (except if a DC-10), PTV, and pitch are pretty much equal.
Ikramerica From United States of America, joined May 2005, 21939 posts, RR: 59
Reply 5, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 5297 times:
CO has 31" pitch on the 777.
Either way, EWR or IAH, you will connect with a Regional Jet to Nashville, and they have limited overhead space, so if you have a larger carry on, make sure to pack in it a smaller bag to carry vital items as, they will gate check the larger bag on boarding the Regional Jet. You will get it back as you exit the plane. (I assume they do it the same way in Europe, but since I've never flow an RJ in Europe, I don't know). The RJ on CO has 31" pitch.
There are fewer flights to Nashville from EWR than from IAH. You may have plenty of time to clear customs and get a relaxed meal at the EWR before your flight. There are various kinds of places to eat in Terminal C, the CO terminal for both international and nearly all domestic. (IAH has nashville flights every 1.5 to 2 hours all day). If you take the IAH flight, the airport has brand new international arrivals building, then two full service eateries in impressive new Terminal E and one in terminal C and in terminal B (where the RJs depart) as well as various other quick food, sweets shops and bars all around.
You can also connect in CLE for fun, if you don't mind the 757 from LGW with no personal video, just overhead movies. And CLE isn't a great airport, though the RJ terminal is new and nice.
On NW, you will connect in Detroit or MSP, and it looks like it is all DC10. The flight will be a a very old DC9 to and from Nashville, or on certain flights, an A320. The DC9 has 30-31" pitch and no video system. Avoid the back rows, obviously as there are no windows and the engines are very loud. I do not know much about DTW.
CO has power ports (first half of economy) and personal video (all seats) on the 777, but NW does not have it on the DC10 for coach.
PS - (In any CO city with a President's Club, if you sit outside the door to the President's Club lounge, you can connect to the internet wirelessly for free)
[Edited 2005-05-30 11:25:26]
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