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Best Trans-Atlantic Carrier  
User currently offlineNORTHSEATIGER From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 432 posts, RR: 5
Posted (7 years 10 months 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 4123 times:

Hi,
Going on Holiday to the west coast of the US in Autumn, just wandering who the best carrier to fly London to San Francisco/Los Angeles is ? Had a quick look and prices seem roughly the same. Would be flying economy.

Regards NST


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User currently offlineAlitaliaMD11 From Spain, joined Dec 2003, 4068 posts, RR: 14
Reply 1, posted (7 years 10 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 4114 times:

I'd say Virgin Atlantic to LAX on the A340-600.


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User currently offlineVS747SPUR From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 373 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (7 years 10 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 4090 times:

In my view I would take DL from LGW to ATL then onto San Francisco or LA from there. This is from someone who is not bothered by PTV's though, and in terms of service, I have found DL the best, followed by UA which would be a nice ride on a 777 from LHR.

VS747SPUR



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User currently offline1stfl94 From United Kingdom, joined May 2006, 1455 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (7 years 10 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 4087 times:

Either Virgin or BA, maybe American if they do the route

User currently offlineDeltaDAWG From United States of America, joined May 2006, 744 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (7 years 10 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 4080 times:

If you want direct - BA

Connecting - DL or CO

I would not even bother with UA as "in my opinion" has fallen off the face of the earth when it comes to service either in First or Coach. I flew Virgin couple of years back from JFK to LHR and just was not impressed. I mean it was fine but not exceptional like BA or even DL/CO.

Now, this comes from my experience in both First & Coach to from LGW/CDG/BRU/BCN/FCO from ATL, EWR & JFK on DL, CO, BA, AF, LH & Virgin.

Just my .02



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User currently offlineZKSUJ From New Zealand, joined May 2004, 7073 posts, RR: 12
Reply 5, posted (7 years 10 months 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 4064 times:

Air New Zealand LHR-LAX-LHR. You get the refurbished 744 with all the bells and whistles. As well as 2 extra inches of legroom Big grin

User currently offlineBCAL From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2004, 3384 posts, RR: 17
Reply 6, posted (7 years 10 months 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 4050 times:

Whilst I have never flown with them, I have heard that Air New Zealand is very good and they fly LHR-LAX. As ZKSUJ says you get the refurbished 744 with all the extra trimmings and a couple extra inches of legroom - can make a big difference on a flight over 10 hours.

Otherwise, go with BA. Best for frequencies, best for fares, best for consistency in standards of service, and friendly and professional crews.

If, however, you want to fly an airline that offers an experience like a Club 18-30 trip or a kids' birthday party, and possibly the most uncomfortable seat in Y class, go with VS.



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User currently offlineChristeljs From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 533 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (7 years 10 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 4036 times:

Quoting AlitaliaMD11 (Reply 1):
I'd say Virgin Atlantic to LAX on the A340-600.

VS is changing that flight back to a B747-400 soon.



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User currently offlineCosec59 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (7 years 10 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 4026 times:

Quoting BCAL (Reply 6):
If, however, you want to fly an airline that offers an experience like a Club 18-30 trip or a kids' birthday party, and possibly the most uncomfortable seat in Y class, go with VS.

Before I read your reply Trev, I just KNEW you wouldn't miss the chance to have a go at VS  Big grin


User currently offlineUnited905 From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 158 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (7 years 10 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 4024 times:

Hi got to agree with vs747spur If you go from lgw try dl.I did LGW to SFO via ATL. They were great.Otherwise id say BA.Done the trip with UA found it ok.


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User currently offlineBA787 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2006, 2596 posts, RR: 7
Reply 10, posted (7 years 10 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 4004 times:

BA 777 or BA 747. Maybe VS A346 but preferably BA. AA if BA is unavailable, or maybe CO or US or DL. Not UA

Tom


User currently offlineANITIX87 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 3292 posts, RR: 13
Reply 11, posted (7 years 10 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 3992 times:
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LX through ZRH.

I've flown a lot of airlines across the pond, and in my opinion, Swiss is the best airline out there service-wise, especially in Cattle Class. The legroom isn't terrible, and while the IFE may not be as awe-inspiring as VS's, it certainly does the trick. The food is good, the FA's are friendly, and you can't beat the complimentary Swiss chocolate right before landing. I always love that part of the flight, haha.

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User currently offlineSW733 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6265 posts, RR: 9
Reply 12, posted (7 years 10 months 14 hours ago) and read 3940 times:

From London, I am a huge fan of BA. Complete Transatlantic, I also love Air France and South African. Yes, I know those last two have no purpose when flying London-USA, but they ARE transatlantic  Smile

User currently offlinePlanecrazy2 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 615 posts, RR: 4
Reply 13, posted (7 years 10 months 14 hours ago) and read 3939 times:

Quoting Christeljs (Reply 7):
VS is changing that flight back to a B747-400 soon.

I believe VS 23/34 are now all A346 along with the 744 for VS 7/8.



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User currently offlineBurnsie28 From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 7504 posts, RR: 8
Reply 14, posted (7 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 3901 times:

A lot of people like the NW birds across the atlantic, PTV's, good food, free drinks and such. A lot of people like it, you could fly LGW-DTW-SFO/LAX. Then on the way back LGW-MSP-LGW, I believe that MSP flight is still a DC-10 and those will be gone soon!


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