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Best Airline Australia-Europe In Y?  
User currently offlineQANTASforever From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (10 years 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 4584 times:

Hello all,

I'd be interested to hear which airline you choose when travelling from Australia to Europe and back in economy (by Europe I mean any of the major cities - London, Paris, Frankfurt, Berlin, Rome)?

I hear Virgin Atlantic is rather good in Y, as is Singapore and obviously Qantas.  Wink

Not too sure about Austrian, Lauda, or Thai though. Anyone here have experience with these carriers on these routes?



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User currently offlineJoffie From Australia, joined Mar 2006, 886 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (10 years 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 4565 times:

Emirates is supposed to have great economy class.

User currently offline777ER From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 12946 posts, RR: 15
Reply 2, posted (10 years 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 4564 times:

I would either go with SQ via SIN or NZ via AKL and LAX or HKG

User currently offlineMrCraigDav From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2006, 26 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (10 years 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 4556 times:

British Airways, of course.

User currently offlineFlyKev From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2006, 1400 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (10 years 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 4554 times:

I would say Emirates looks like a great option.
VS, yes possibly, but they do have a little less legroom in the cabin than otehrs and its not always up to par. Fine for 10 hours, but not for longer.
Malaysian seems to be highly preffered by many people in Y as well, they have a 34" legroom too.


The white zone is for immediate loading and unloading of passengers only
User currently offlineJoeCattoli From Italy, joined Aug 2005, 579 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (10 years 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 4525 times:

EK is most of the times great... If you get the A345 you'll never regret your choice...

Oz Trip - EK 773-A345-A380 JQ A320 (Pics) (1 Of 2)

Oz Trip - EK A343, B773 (Pics) (2 Of 2)

If you want to have an idea... I did it with EK and I'm very happy to have done so. See ya

Ciao  wave 

User currently offlinePSA727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 976 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (10 years 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 4518 times:

One of my friends flew Emirates from Germany to Sydney in Y.
He said it was the best experience he's had flying.
From the food selection, staff service, and IFE.

fly high, pay low...Germanwings!
User currently offlineQANTASforever From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (10 years 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 4503 times:

It looks like I'll be slumming it in Y from Sydney to Frankfurt via Singapore on Qantas at the end of the year.



User currently offlineClassicLover From Ireland, joined Mar 2004, 4948 posts, RR: 22
Reply 8, posted (10 years 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 4478 times:

Quoting QANTASforever (Reply 7):
It looks like I'll be slumming it in Y from Sydney to Frankfurt via Singapore on Qantas at the end of the year.

Why don't you take BA in WT+ ? ... If you do take QF Y, avoid the back of the plane like the plague. It's too cold. Get Y seats as close to the front as possible. I did row 71 last month and it was hell on earth. Good service though!

I do quite enjoy a spot of flying - more so when it's not in Economy!
User currently offlineRoseFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 11166 posts, RR: 52
Reply 9, posted (10 years 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 4470 times:

I personally would go the long way and take Air New Zealand. Recently refurbished 744s with PTVs and 34inches of pitch with that friendly Kiwi hosipitality would certainly make the time pass by a little quicker. And with the new AKL-HKG-LHR route, you could fly completely around the world with a single airline of which little old Air New Zealand will be the only one that you can do that on.

If you have never designed an airplane part before, let the real designers do the work!
User currently offlineBullpitt From Spain, joined Mar 2004, 871 posts, RR: 7
Reply 10, posted (10 years 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 4420 times:

No one has mentioned CX or JL. My brother is comming with JL and I hope to be going with them next year. KL is also a good option, flew with them last year AMS-SIN and had a very nice flight. I also flew SYD-SCL-MAD with LA and IB and had great flights.

These are my principles but if you don't like them I have others
User currently offlineBCAL From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2004, 3384 posts, RR: 14
Reply 11, posted (10 years 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 4393 times:

Quoting QANTASforever (Thread starter):
I hear Virgin Atlantic is rather good in Y

You have to be kidding - IMO Virgin Atlantic is bloody awful in Y
  • restricted leg room due to location of IFE box under the seat in front of you (so you have to sit dead straight and still, otherwise you will soon experience extreme discomfort)
  • poorly designed seats
  • very amateur and rude F/As who are only selected by their looks
  • overpriced fares
  • restricted selection of drinks (try Virgin Vodka with Virgin Cola for the ultimate bad taste experience)
  • constant plugging of Virgin products and services
  • appallingly bad meals (even by airline standards) and
  • Mr Branston's face appearring everywhere.

MOL on SRB's latest attack at BA: "It's like a little Chihuahua barking at a dying Labrador. Nobody cares."
User currently offlineJetset25j From New Zealand, joined Feb 2006, 156 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (10 years 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 4374 times:

EK in Y.
NZ these days would also be good, plus you get to stopover in LAX or SFO and you can come back through HKG come October.

Air New Zealand-Airline of the world's greatest travellers.
User currently offlineAlekToronto From Canada, joined Nov 2003, 328 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (9 years 12 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 4338 times:

On such a long flight go with the airline with the best seat pitch. It really makes a difference on such long flights.
My experience so far is that TG, MH and NZ have more pitch then QF, EK, CX and SQ.
TG is not considered in the same league as SQ and CX but minus the PTVS -the Thai service and food are better IMHO.

Whatever you do avoid VS - a leg cramp nightmare. I couldn't wait to get off a 6 hour trans-atlantic. I could not fathom a OZ-Europe on them!


User currently offlineTrekster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (9 years 12 months 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 4313 times:

Qantas and BA of course.

NEVER will fly VS, heard to much bad stuff bout em, and also there Y is meant to be awfull. On a OZ trip it will be 100 times worse

User currently offlineNcfc99 From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 925 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (9 years 12 months 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 4309 times:

I have only flown MAN-BNE on EK and thought it was quite good. I am going again in about 10 months and I hope to go with SQ.

The freinds I visited in OZ are Australian and have done the UK-OZ trip about 10 times. They Have tried QS and BA and advised us to avoid it like the plague unless good prices. They have also used CX which they thought where ok, but now use SQ exclusively as they rate their flights with SQ as excellent

User currently offlineFOLOV From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 170 posts, RR: 5
Reply 16, posted (9 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 4253 times:

About Air Tahiti Nui.

Elected one of best O/B service by Skytrax


User currently offlineHBDAN From Switzerland, joined Jan 2006, 661 posts, RR: 3
Reply 17, posted (9 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 4249 times:

Quoting JoeCattoli (Reply 5):

I have also flown MXP-DXB-PER with EK... It was just great! B773 & A345

Next flight: hopefully soon...
User currently offlineZkpilot From New Zealand, joined Mar 2006, 5271 posts, RR: 10
Reply 18, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 4181 times:

Depends where you are going... if its LHR then you could always fly NZ from Australia to AKL-LAX-LHR 34" Y legroom, really good AVOD IFE. From November NZ is flying AKL-HKG-LHR also.

56 types. 38 countries. 24 airlines.
User currently offlineEikiwi From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 4060 times:

Gday ..

Deffo NZ, especially for the Y Class legroom.

The cabin crew on NZ, I've always found brilliant as well. One of the friendliest groups of people you could wish to meet.  Wink


User currently offlineOzGlobal From France, joined Nov 2004, 2870 posts, RR: 3
Reply 20, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 4017 times:

Quoting RoseFlyer (Reply 9):
I personally would go the long way and take Air New Zealand. Recently refurbished 744s with PTVs and 34inches of pitch with that friendly Kiwi hosipitality would certainly make the time pass by a little quicker.

Balance this with the insane experience of being an international transit passenger at LAX. Point is, the concept doesn't exist, so you must 'arrive', clear immigration and customs, collect luggage and start the whole sordid process from the beginning. Need a good reason to do that!

When all's said and done, there'll be more said than done.
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