Zionstrat From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 226 posts, RR: 1 Posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 2212 times:
My mother has had a lifelong dream to visit Rome and as she approaches her 70th birthday, our family would like to make this wish come true in May or June of 04- The primary reason she has not gone before is she has a condition that causes extreme muscle cramps if she does not move around regularly- So cattle class has never been an option and we wanted to look into the best deals and opportunities for 1st class.
She'll be leaving RDU, so I'm assuming that JFK or ORD are likely candidate departure points. Would appreciate your input on options available and potential costs. I'm always stuck in the back when I cross the pond, so details on bed types and related info would be particularly helpful.
ANstar From Netherlands, joined Nov 2003, 4845 posts, RR: 6 Reply 3, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 1987 times:
I'd go with AA for your mum, simply because she will have More Leg room in economy, and will make for a more comnfortable journey.
BA European flights, are also quite comfortable.. and I have found the service/standards to be much improved of late.
RiverVisualNYC From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 930 posts, RR: 3 Reply 4, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 1987 times:
Alitalia's Magnifica Class (sort of Business/First) on their brand-new 777s is quite nice and you can get it nonstop to FCO from JFK for a reasonable fare if you go through a consolidator. Check around on the web.
RiverVisualNYC From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 930 posts, RR: 3 Reply 7, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 1950 times:
Just to add on to Superfly's comment, Alitalia gives you the experience of Italy full on, from the minute you step aboard...The food, the wine, the coffee, the entertainment -- even the attitude (but increasingly it's no different than the attitude you'd get from harried FAs on US carriers)! Before they got the 777, they were a little behind in what they could do with onboard services particularly IFE, but if you can get Magnifica on the 777, to Italy it doesn't get any better....Oh, and you also get SkyMiles...
ILoveORD From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 220 posts, RR: 2 Reply 10, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 1862 times:
Too bad you couldn't go ORD-FCO non-stop on Alitalia...they only fly to Milan from ORD now. Anyone know what the reasoning is behind this? I realize Milan is the business center of Italy, but you think for reasons, such as the one this post mentions (namely tourism; and Rome is a huge tourist destination), AZ would still maintain ORD-FCO flights...?
Backhanding the left into submission, one activist judge at a time.
Behramjee From Canada, joined Aug 2003, 4439 posts, RR: 43 Reply 12, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 1780 times:
The best US carrier to FCO on first or eco class I would say is US AIR from PHL because they fly their new A 330-300 to Italy which has a better inflight product than DL-AA-UAL (all fly B 763ERs).
But first look into the price of F or J class to FCO offered by US AIR and its local competitors plus what BA and AF offer. As far as an Intl carrier goes, choose BA or LXs(SWISS) J or F class which is way better than AFs-LHs and KLMs!!!
Chgoan From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 230 posts, RR: 0 Reply 14, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 1774 times:
I agree with Ntspelich.....
I flew to Rome from ORD-PHL-FCO on USAirways a year ago and was really pleased. The A333 was very comfortable and has plenty of legroom AND has the PTVs, so there is plenty of entertainment for you and your mom for the long haul. Definitely my recommendation!!!!!!
RiverVisualNYC From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 930 posts, RR: 3 Reply 16, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 1776 times:
You might want to take into consideration that in as much as you're going to have to do this in 2 segments (no nonstops from RDU-FCO) with an older person who has health issues, it might be best to make the connection in the US where everything is in English and easy to understand, as opposed to a European hub like Zurich or Paris, and get a nonstop transatlantic right to FCO. (FYI if you connect via Heathrow with BA you will have to change terminals on a usually standing-room-only bus or below-ground train, did this with my 72 year old dad and he was not happy!) This strategy would favor flying AZ or one of the US carriers that services FCO nonstop from a US hub.
RiverVisualNYC From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 930 posts, RR: 3 Reply 20, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 1690 times:
If you want the truly Italian experience and don't mind some walking at JFK, you can get there from RDU with the DL/ACA nonstop and pick up AZ's nonstop 777 to Rome (might be able to do it all on a DL ticket per Skyteam codeshare), but now that I think about it probably the easiest thing to do is US via PHL, CO via EWR, or even DL via ATL because by going from RDU through a US hub and nonstop to Rome on the same airline it will likely eliminate as many terminal changes, lines and rescreening hassles as possible. There's also AA via ORD but that's a little out of the way for you.
Gilesdavies From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 2880 posts, RR: 1 Reply 21, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 1673 times:
As long as you can connect in Philadelphia without a problem, I would recommend without a doubt US Airways. As far as I am aware they operate the A330-300 on this route and wont beat them for leg room, comfort and in-flight entertainment with their P@ssport system.
In the UK, they nearly always seem to be the cheapest... I have just booked flights for March 2004 to LA (LGW-PHL-LAX LAX-CLT-LGW) with US Airways for £169 including tax on Expeda.co.uk. Bargain or what???
Even though I am in the UK, I will only fly US Airways to the USA wherever possible.
I suppose now I am going to get a backlash from other people now saying I should be loyal to my country and fly BA, BMI or Virgin! (But I don't care!)
N628AU From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 324 posts, RR: 2 Reply 24, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 1557 times:
I friend of mine flies from the US to Nice frequently, and he says without a doubt, the best option is to take the nonstop across the pond to your destination, rather than a long leg to Europe, and then have to connect.
Another plus about the US IFE system is you can pause the PTV at any time, meaning there is not a sudden crush of people to the lavs when the movie ends.
25 Zionstrat: Great answers- Had to step out for a while and you did a great job keeping this going- Much appreciated and will let you know what we decide-
26 Tjwgrr: For something different, Ethiopian flys from EWR to Addis Ababa via Rome on Saturdays and Mondays. Don't know if EWR-FCO traffic is allowed though....
27 USAFHummer: From what I understand Ethiopian does not have traffic rights EWR-FCO and FCO is merely a tech-stop...so thats out of the question... Also, it should
28 Usair320: Try US RDU-PHL-FCO or AA RDU-JFK then AZ JFK-PHL.
29 Qantas005: firstly, dont send her in june! it's very hot that time of year as i found out in june myself, temps well over 35C daily! i would suggest late april t
30 FunFlyer: Quantas005 are you so sure? I went in july and it rarely got over 30C?
31 Qantas005: read news reports, italy had one of the hottest periods on record this year! i can assure you it was very hot! and this is coming from someone who liv
32 VCE: Italy is very different from the north to the center to the south. In the north on winter you can get at -25°C in the Alps, or in Milan at -10°C whi
33 Flyguyclt: NWA-Northwest Airlines. Starting in May. NWA will resume seasonal service from DTW to FCO. The airline will use the brand new A330-300. With On Demand