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Which Route Should I Go On (DUB-HKG)?  
User currently offlineAer Lingus From Ireland, joined Mar 2001, 529 posts, RR: 4
Posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 4123 times:

I was thinking of doing a trip to HKG later this year. I have a choice between going with Aer Lingus EI/Emirates EK and Air France AF.

Air France AF is the cheaper one @ €885 inc tax
DUB-CDG (BAe-142)
CDG-HKG (A332)
HKG-CDG (B772ER)
CDG-DUB (BAe-142)

Aer Lingus/ Emirates EK costs €19 more @ €904 inc tax
DUB-BHX (A320)
BHX-DXB (B773ER)
DXB-BKK (B773)
BKK-HKG (B772)
HKG-BKK (A332)
BKK-DXB (A332)
DXB-BHX (B773ER)
BHX-DUB (A320)

For only €19 euro extra on EI/EK I get 4 more flights compared to AF.

The travel time on AF is around 5-10 hours quicker than EI/EK.

Transferring at CDG is crap and I don't like the airport staff.

Is transferring at BHX and DXB any better?

If I fly BHX-DXB-BKK-HKG. Do they serve food on each sector of the journey?

So would it be more value for money if I fly Aer Lingus EI/Emirates EK for paying €19 more?


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User currently offlineSllevin From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 3376 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 4098 times:

I love multiple connections and flying as much as the next guy, but remember that sometimes those connections leave you sleeping on airport floors.  Smile

And I agree with your dislike of CDG.... but...

BKK's nothing with nothing (I'm there every month and there's nothing special about the airport). You won't see a whole lot that's interesting there. DXB might be interesting to walk through, that's for sure, but does the connection give you any time to do so?

In short, you have to weigh the risk of arriving, say, a day late, and the interest in seeing an airport, against all the extra travel time.

Also, me personally, I'd have to have to scrunch up my shoulders the whole time on a 3-4-3 EK 777, if that's what they are flying on those routes.

Steve


User currently offlineShamrock350 From Ireland, joined Mar 2005, 6373 posts, RR: 14
Reply 2, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 4078 times:

Why not fly Aer Lingus DUB-DXB and then connect with Emirates to HKG but I have no idea of costs.

User currently offlineAirxLiban From Lebanon, joined Oct 2003, 4518 posts, RR: 53
Reply 3, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 4076 times:

Between those options go with AF and treat yourself to a lovely meal in Hong Kong with the 178 HKD saved. You'll also save yourself the pain of 3-4-3 in a 777 and you'll arrive sooner. Plus AF 777s have the GE-90s, which are a treat in themselves and you still get a A330 ride to boot.


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User currently offlineAzza40 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2006, 1052 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 4075 times:

no offence, but from my freinds and familys experience of EK and AF, they are both a load of crap! Aer lingus are supposidly ment to be very good, so fly the EI/EK route, so you get to experience a good airline  Wink

Aaron  sly 



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User currently offlineShamrock350 From Ireland, joined Mar 2005, 6373 posts, RR: 14
Reply 5, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 4063 times:

Quoting Azza40 (Reply 4):
Aer lingus are supposidly ment to be very good

Short haul is very good but long haul could do with some help. If you think about flying EI DUB-DXB it's only €179 and connection with EK is easy enough.

Quoting Aer Lingus (Thread starter):
So would it be more value for money if I fly Aer Lingus EI/Emirates EK for paying €19 more?

My answer is yes and you will have more fun on all those flights.


User currently offlineCPH757 From Denmark, joined Sep 2005, 684 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 4055 times:

Quoting Aer Lingus (Thread starter):
DXB-BKK (B773)
BKK-HKG (B772)

How come that this is served by different types? isn't it the same EK aircraft that continues from BKK to HKG? Or do EK have rights to fly BKK-HKG without commencing in DXB?

If you want to fly the 773ER, you also have the option with AF, as it is used daily on CDG-HKG.



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User currently offlineBoeing744 From Canada, joined Jun 2005, 1844 posts, RR: 23
Reply 7, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 4050 times:

I would do the AF itinerary, but not before checking lots of other airlines first. AF is supposed to have great service, and the aircraft on this itinerary are all very appealing (at least to me). The other routing is just too many connections. I would do that one, if you could just eliminate BKK...

User currently offlinePanAm747 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4242 posts, RR: 8
Reply 8, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 4044 times:

Quote:
You'll also save yourself the pain of 3-4-3 in a 777 and you'll arrive sooner.

Only 3-4-3 I know of is a 747 - 777's are either 2-5-2 or 3-3-3, unless you're a European charter company squeezing in an extra seat!



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User currently offlinePlanemanofnz From New Zealand, joined Sep 2005, 1676 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 4042 times:

Quoting PanAm747 (Reply 8):
Only 3-4-3 I know of is a 747

Well all of Ek's 777's are in 3-4-3 configuration, believe it or not.

The sooner DUB gets long-haul asian routes, the better, so they don't have to put up with all of this transfer crap in LHR/CDG/AMS.


User currently offlineAirxLiban From Lebanon, joined Oct 2003, 4518 posts, RR: 53
Reply 10, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 4036 times:

Quoting PanAm747 (Reply 8):
Only 3-4-3 I know of is a 747 - 777's are either 2-5-2 or 3-3-3, unless you're a European charter company squeezing in an extra seat!

You've been on this website over a year and you have been completely oblivious to the EK 777 10-Abreast threads?

Quoting Azza40 (Reply 4):
no offence, but from my freinds and familys experience of EK and AF, they are both a load of crap! Aer lingus are supposidly ment to be very good, so fly the EI/EK route, so you get to experience a good airline

Aaron

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User currently offlineShamrock350 From Ireland, joined Mar 2005, 6373 posts, RR: 14
Reply 11, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 4033 times:

Quoting Planemanofnz (Reply 9):
The sooner DUB gets long-haul asian routes, the better, so they don't have to put up with all of this transfer crap in LHR/CDG/AMS.

Passengers flying from DUB can transfer at DXB. Aer Lingus just started the route last week. It's easier at DXB rather than LHR or CDG.


User currently offlinePanAm747 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4242 posts, RR: 8
Reply 12, posted (8 years 8 months 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 3945 times:

Quote:
You've been on this website over a year and you have been completely oblivious to the EK 777 10-Abreast threads?

Actually, I've been on this website for several years, but this truly is the first I've ever heard of EK's squeeze!!  eyepopping 



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