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SK Vs UA/LH For Upcoming Flight To CPH  
User currently offlineAmhilde From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 643 posts, RR: 5
Posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 5107 times:

Folks-

I thought I would check here for some opinions. Ill be heading out to CPH in a few weeks and was checking my choices from RNO ( definitely NOT the easiest market to leave from) and came down to AS to SEA and then SK to CPH or UA RNO-DEN then LH DEN-FRA and then SK DEN up to CPH. Some points:

1) The RNO-SEA-CPH flight is marginally more expensive, and is faster

2) The RNO_DEN-FRA-CPH flight would take in Lufthansa, whom I have never flown before, with stops in DEN and FRA, neither of which I have seen ( well, the old Stapleton, but that was almost 20 years ago)

3) I havent flown UA in a number of years due to a series of bad experiences with them in the late 90s ( yes, I hold grudges haha). I am curious, however, to see any changes since.

4) The main flight portions are 340s for the SK flight and 744s for LH- and Ive already flown both types before, preferance for the 340. I would also get the chance to try Ted to DEN.

My other main consideration is weather at this time of year- RNO is NEVER a fun airport due to turbulence/winds, and Im slightly concerned about turbulence/weather on the DEN side. This is a quick trip- 7 days only- and I dont want to lose a day or two due to snow somewhere. The connections were very tight for UA too- 47 minutes between arriving in Denver and leaving for FRA.

Im leaning towards the SK option, because I have never tried their transcon service but.... trying something totally different could be fun. Anyone have any positives/negatives I may have missed? How are loads on SK SEA-CPH in early November?


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User currently offlineZvezda From Lithuania, joined Aug 2004, 10511 posts, RR: 64
Reply 1, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 5083 times:

I've flown SK between CPH and SEA a few times (in Business Class). It was a good experience. I prefer SK's service to LH's.

User currently offlineJCS17 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 8065 posts, RR: 39
Reply 2, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 5047 times:

I flew SK EWR-CPH-ARN-EWR in Economy in March. I liked SK, and certainly thought it was better than LH (which I have flown transatlantic) or UA (who I haven't, but I am a Premier--so I have flown them a lot). My only complaint with SK is that the seat pitch isn't too great and my flights were full  Smile . The aircraft though was clean and everything was in good shape. The food was decent, nothing distinctly Scandinavian, but whatever. We also got a warm breakfast coming into CPH, so that was different. Most airlines will plop a muffin and banana in your lap prior to landing in Europe. Another plus with Scandinavian is free alcohol. After dinner, the F/As come through the cabin passing out mini-bottles of Kahlua, Bailey's, etc. You won't be getting PTVs on LH and their cabin crew tends to be a bit on the surly side.


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User currently offlineJap From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 5036 times:

I would definitely prefer SK or UA over LH due to the lack of IFE in economy. The seats however are said to be a bit uncomfortable (personally, i haven't felt this).

As for UA, I've never flown them, so I'll just be sticking with SK here  Wink


User currently offlineAmhilde From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 643 posts, RR: 5
Reply 4, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 5026 times:

Thanks guys- the IFE, though not a priority, is always nice to have. As for seat pitch well... im a VS FF and I didnt really notice how bad the pitch was until I took AA ORD-CDG earlier this year and happened upon one of the 767s that still had the extra space in coach. That was mighty nice- shame they had to do away with it.

I think ill go with the SK option, Im sure Ill have a chance to try Lufthansa sooner or later in the future. Besides, one stop compared to two is actually pretty nice.



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User currently offlinePeppes1980 From Norway, joined Mar 2005, 22 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 5019 times:

I would use SK instead of UA/LH.
I fly with both around 10 times a year from US to Europe and half is on SK and the rest on UA. I have never flown LH transatlantic. I would go for SK for the PTV's, free beer and vine and the hot breakfast. It is also good to land at your final destination airport in Europe. Saves you a couple of hours.

I find the service a bit better on SK than UA, but even with Star gold card is really hard to get a upgrade. You can't use your UA miles for a upgrade with SK (will be able on couple of months). I am SK gold and there is really hard to get a free upgrade, I have got it twice on UA and only once at SK.

Good luck, and happy flying.

Nick


User currently offlineLp0815 From Singapore, joined Oct 2005, 219 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 5009 times:

I am quite a frequent LH-flyer on their run SIN-FRA-SIN but most of the times I get to enjoy their new C class which is really nice.

For LH-economy: decent imho but nothing special to write home about.

SK: flew their A340 in Y from SIN to BKK in March this year.
Was okay, you have a small monitor, camera for take-off views, food was decent though not par with TG/SQ/CX and the likes of.

A340 vs. B747: my preference goes to the A340 as quieter (esp. on the run SEA-CPH which is a night flight I presume) so you can sleep better.

Weather: can't judge on that one

Result:
if you fly C-Class: go for LH
if you fly Y-Class: go for SK

On a sidenote:
Quite amazed that none of the usually in-differentiated LH-bashers showed up so far to add some valuable comments...
 Wink



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User currently offlineBirka340 From Denmark, joined Aug 2003, 166 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 4852 times:

JCS17 wrote that Scandinavian serves free alcohol. How is the concept on the American carriers? Do they all (UA, AA, CO, DL, US) charge for wine, beer and drinks in transatlantic economy?

//birka


User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 4869 times:

Quoting Lp0815 (Reply 6):
Quite amazed that none of the usually in-differentiated LH-bashers showed up so far to add some valuable comments...

I'm here.  Smile

I have never flown on SK long-haul flights but I can give you one good tip: When you have the choice between LH and any other airline in the world, then choose the other airline and you did the right thing!

LH's Economy Class is a complete joke and so is their old Business Class.

Patrick


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