Airbus3801 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 1089 posts, RR: 5 Posted (7 years 8 months 4 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 4300 times:
I am travelling to Hungary this summer sometime in mid July, and I have absolutely no idea how we should get there. We will be leaving from JFK as we will be on holiday there from our home in PHX, but we are getting there on FF miles and that leg doesn't matter. The options that I have found are
JFK-BUD on Malev 767
JFK-LHR-BUD on British Airways
JFK-BUD on Delta 767
JFK-Warsaw-BUD on LOT 767 and ERJ 170
JFK-ROME-BUD on Alitalia
JFK-FRA-BUD on LH
I would like a decent IFE system, but I am curious to try out new airlines. What would the direct Malev flight be like? Currently I am leaning towards BA because we would get FF miles.
KrisYYZ From Canada, joined Nov 2004, 1588 posts, RR: 0 Reply 5, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 4202 times:
I've flown MA trans-atlantic at least 10 times. The only incentive is the fare, I just bought YYZ - BUD for $750cdn, which is at least $300 cheaper than anything else I could find for that period. MA also has some early bird specials to JFK starting in May.
MA's 2 B762ERs are almost 12 years old and haven't been refurbished at all. Service occasionally comes with a typical Hungarian attitude, seat pitch is good compared to other 767s, food is above standard, drink all you want and its free, IFE is very poor if it works at all.
DL flights start in May, I believe 3x/w. If your not on a budget go with BA.
SW733 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6223 posts, RR: 9 Reply 6, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 4184 times:
I agree, go BA if you aren't in a budget. If you are, MA is fine, I've flown them a few times both long and short-haul. Good airline, I like them, but not the best. Interesting to hear DL is starting it...it's been a while since I've flown transatlantic on DL, but I remember them being a good, solid airline...not great but not poor. Out of all those, I'd say first go BA, last go AZ.
Malev ain't too bad either. The 767's are nice and comfy, especially since its tough to get a lousy seat. The food is excellent BUD-JFK, but marginal JFK-BUD. Another plus is that most of the Malev FA are hotties which helps to make the hours pass by pleasantly.
Avoid LH at all costs. Back when I was doing the east coast -BUD monthly back in '99-2000, I flew all the carriers over. KLM was great because you could get on the DC-10's, although the middle seat on a row of 5 sucked royally.
SW733 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6223 posts, RR: 9 Reply 8, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 4157 times:
Quoting Iwok (Reply 7): Another plus is that most of the Malev FA are hotties which helps to make the hours pass by pleasantly.
Agreed! However, I personally find most European airlines, ESPECIALLY compared to USA airline, to have hot flight FA's. And, on top of that, throw in the fact that they are Eastern European...While Slovakia may have the hottest women I have ever seen, Hungary isn't far behind, and I have been all over Hungary several times to verify it!
Being from Namibia, but spending the last 4 years in college in the USA and half of high school before that in the USA, and being that Namibia has very close ties to Germany, I have flown LH many a time to many a corner of the world (Africa, Europe, USA). I have enjoyed them. Maybe I just lucked out, but I would by no means say, based on my opinions, to avoid them at all costs. While I agree BA is better, LH is not the plague in my opinion.
Iwok From Sweden, joined Jan 2005, 1106 posts, RR: 0 Reply 9, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 4149 times:
Quoting SW733 (Reply 8): Maybe I just lucked out, but I would by no means say, based on my opinions, to avoid them at all costs. While I agree BA is better, LH is not the plague in my opinion.
SW733, sorry I was confusing. I really mean to say avoid LH on that route, as opposed to ALL routes.. They are OK SFO-FRA-BUD, but they generally use older equipment. However some new aircraft are starting to arrive so its getting better.
BTW, hello to a neighbor from Southern Africa. Botswana is the place I called home for many years.
YYZ-FRA was the worst long-haul flight I've ever been on. The B744 seemed a lot more cramped than other B744s. The food was unidentifiable and tasteless, the IFE was turned off for 3 hrs during the night, so were all the lights so I ended up staring at the seat back in front of me.
FRA-BUD totally the opposite. Comfy leather seats, good food, no IFE but it was only a 1.5hr flight. The LH A321 Captain on the way back BUD-FRA was so cool. He kept talking on the PA about the A321 and the scenery over Budapest has we were climbing. The landing in FRA was unbelievable smooth, The only reason I knew we touched down was the deployment of the spoilers.