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User currently offlineAcelanzarote From Spain, joined Nov 2005, 830 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 5067 times:

Hope to visit LA in March while back in the UK, have the option of flying with BA, Virgin, United, American or Air New Zealand direct all for about the same price. Who is the best/worst for service and entertainment?

Thanks
Acelanzarote


from the Island with sun and great photo's.. Why not visit Lanzarote
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User currently offlineBAtriple7 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2005, 227 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 5055 times:

I'd go VS, BA second choice, any US airlines a distant panting third. Have done VS into LAX and SFO and found them excellent for both service and entertainment. Good IFE and the FAs were really friendly and helpful on the long flight. BA is similarly good, but VS beats it on colour  Smile

User currently offlineClassicLover From Ireland, joined Mar 2004, 4635 posts, RR: 23
Reply 2, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 5041 times:

Why don't you fly one one way and one back?  Smile Either way, I'd go Air New Zealand or British Airways. I'm flying BA on that route in 2 weeks time, can't wait!

Trent.



I do quite enjoy a spot of flying - more so when it's not in Economy!
User currently offlineZKNEA From New Zealand, joined Dec 2005, 151 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 5018 times:

If you get one of the new NZ aircraft, probably NZ/VS (maybe BA). If its an old NZ aircraft, then probably go with VS/BA

User currently offlineCX777Fan From Australia, joined Feb 2005, 296 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 4988 times:

Go UA just because it's such a laugh. Surly FA's/Prison gaurds. Bad food from plastic baby trays. Pay for drinks on Atlantic services. Greyhound bus decor on board their aircraft and not much prettier on the outside. If a FA greats you with a smile and hello (as a Y pax) at the door of the plane, I would be most surprised indeed! Every time I've flown UA, not a single FA has smiled or said hello to me on the long walk from the door to row 50-something.

My real suggestions are either NZ or VS. I haven't flown BA recently, so can't comment.


User currently offlineVoyager From South Africa, joined Dec 2003, 57 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 4977 times:

What is the difference in Flying time between NZ & VS/BA

User currently offlineBritannia25 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2006, 73 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 4962 times:

Hi

I have flown BA, VS and AA to the US. While I prefer BA to VS, I wouldn't rule out AA either. I know they get a lot of criticism but when I flew with them from LHR to MIA and back it was a really nice flight and the crew were also great on both flights (although that was a couple of years ago-maybe its changed now)! I guess it just depends on your experience.


User currently offlineAirtrainer From Belgium, joined Aug 2003, 1558 posts, RR: 12
Reply 7, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 4931 times:

Well I've only flown UA and had better experiences than CX777fan, but I'd go for NZ. Just for the fun of flying "different", I mean you will surely have other opportunities to fly BA, UA, VS or AA  Wink

By the way, thanks for your website. I'm going to the Canaries Islands next month and I'm very excited about that trip !



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User currently offlineBCAL From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2004, 3384 posts, RR: 16
Reply 8, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 4896 times:

You have not stated what class you will be flying in. If you plan to fly in economy, I would steer well clear of VS. Whilst IFE might be good if you are flying in a VS plane that has the latest system, I found the standards of service on all my VS flights appallingly bad and/or amateurish. On some flights, the cabin crew tried to be comedians, poking fun at passengers, which might be acceptable if the service was good but is unacceptable when the service is poor.

Seat pitch in coach on VS leaves much to be desired - my legroom was restricted by the IFE box under the seat in front.

VS have a restricted selection of drinks - often their own brands - and it appears that beverage/meal service to the VS cabin attendants was a chore. At least on BA/NZ, service is polite, professional, and courteous and a wider range of drinks is available. On red eye flights, VS cabin crew disappear once the meal service has finished, and are not seen again until it is time for breakfast. Rarely does a member of the cabin crew patrol the aisles or come round with water/fruit juice for passengers who are awake. On one occasion when I went to the galley to ask for some water, it seemed that the cabin crew were discussing their previous night's party like some drunken young women returning from a night on town. On another occasion when I reported that a toilet was filthy and had run out of paper, the cabin crewmember asked what I wanted her to do. I told her that some more paper would be helpful for starters. I was abruptly told that cabin attendants were not cleaners!

Another annoying aspect of VS, apart from the fact that they clearly do not live up to the hype, is the constant plugging of VS brands and products.

I cannot say anything about UA or AA, as I have not flown with them.



MOL on SRB's latest attack at BA: "It's like a little Chihuahua barking at a dying Labrador. Nobody cares."
User currently offlineUAL777UK From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2005, 3356 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 4849 times:

Dont forget that on VS in economy there seats are arguably the most uncomfortable in that class of any airline i have flown.........awful!!.......UA Economy plus is great for the extra legroom, however having said that NZ are a very good airline in my eyes, always had great service etc, so I would give them a stab.

User currently offlineAcelanzarote From Spain, joined Nov 2005, 830 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 4837 times:

Quoting Airtrainer (Reply 7):

By the way, thanks for your website. I'm going to the Canaries Islands next month and I'm very excited about that trip !
I hope you enjoy then!

Quoting BCAL (Reply 8):

yes it will be economy! Just hope the holiday dates are agreed by my work!

[Edited 2006-01-11 15:08:12]


from the Island with sun and great photo's.. Why not visit Lanzarote
User currently offlineFbgdavidson From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 3706 posts, RR: 28
Reply 11, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 4748 times:

Quoting BCAL (Reply 8):
If you plan to fly in economy, I would steer well clear of VS. Whilst IFE might be good if you are flying in a VS plane that has the latest system, I found the standards of service on all my VS flights appallingly bad and/or amateurish. On some flights, the cabin crew tried to be comedians, poking fun at passengers, which might be acceptable if the service was good but is unacceptable when the service is poor.

Seat pitch in coach on VS leaves much to be desired - my legroom was restricted by the IFE box under the seat in front.

VS have a restricted selection of drinks - often their own brands - and it appears that beverage/meal service to the VS cabin attendants was a chore.

On red eye flights, VS cabin crew disappear once the meal service has finished, and are not seen again until it is time for breakfast. Rarely does a member of the cabin crew patrol the aisles or come round with water/fruit juice for passengers who are awake. On one occasion when I went to the galley to ask for some water, it seemed that the cabin crew were discussing their previous night's party like some drunken young women returning from a night on town

Have to say my girlfriend's experience tallies with yours. She usually flew BA when she came to see me from SFO and IAD but she booked at short notice so used some CO miles to fly VS out of EWR. She said she'd never fly them again out of choice. Restricted legroom, uncomfortable seats, awful food, took two hours to get meal service running on a red-eye EWR-LHR, unprofessional staff, stingy portion of drinks  thumbsdown  She did say the IFE was the saving grace on what otherwise would have been an awful flight.

Having said that Y on any airline is never going to be a pleasurable experience, personally I'd probably buck the trend and go for UA. Yes, what I am doing advising someone to fly UA but the fact is if you can score a seat in E+ for whatever the small cost is you are bound to have a much better flight thanks to that legroom. Unless you fly BA, get sloshed for free on the cheap wine and try to forget that in 11hrs you are going to need to be prized from your seat by crowbar....



"My first job was selling doors, door to door, that's a tough job innit" - Bill Bailey
User currently offlineZKSUJ From New Zealand, joined May 2004, 7093 posts, RR: 12
Reply 12, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 4735 times:

I'd pick NZ and/or BA. It depends. May be much more expensive to pick two different carriers etc....

User currently offlineAerorobnz From Rwanda, joined Feb 2001, 7184 posts, RR: 13
Reply 13, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 4728 times:

the new config is guranteed on the LHR run, you may as well get 34" and a PTV on NZ.... It beats all the other configs on the route that's for sure.

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