Rivervisualnyc From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 930 posts, RR: 3 Posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 1603 times:
Ok, when I signed on for A.net I sort of promised myself I wouldn't post questions asking for advice about specific flights, but alot of others do it, so here goes! In late March or early April, I want to go to DXB and AUH for a few days, coming from NYC. As I used to live out there, I know there are alot of options. I used to mostly fly with BA and I have enough miles with them for a free Club ticket but I know that product and service quite well. I'd really like to try something different, even if I have to pay up! I will stopover someplace in Europe for a day or two so I can go with almost any major European airline, or fly a US or European airline to Europe and then EK or GF to DXB or AUH. So what do you all think?
Taloush From United Arab Emirates, joined Jul 2001, 154 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 1554 times:
First of all...Great to hear that you're going back to the UAE for a visit. You used to live in Dubai, no? Well, let me tell you something--be prepared for a big SHOCK--Dubai's constantly changing, so you might not recognize it! I'm also glad you're going to visit Abu Dhabi, too...It's a great city (lived there my entire life til I left for college last August!) that suffers from underexposure and the behemoth that is Dubai!
Anyway...I've flown KL/NW so far for my trips back and forth between Detroit (I go to U of Michigan) and Abu Dhabi (ie. 1 roundtrip and a half so far). I LOVE NW's A330 service between DTW and AMS, with AVOD, relatively comfy seats, and nice, courteous, professional crew (for the most part). The food isn't too bad, either. Also, the McNamara Terminal is probably my favorite airport terminal in the world so far--rivaling DXB in terms of modernity, convenience, and sheer elegance (except in the duty free department).
Now, I unfortunately do NOT recommend KLM. AMS is a nice airport, I suppose (though a bit on the expensive side), but coming off of a brand new A330, KL's ancient 767's pale in comparison in almost ever aspect. KL's flight attendants are better than NW's, though, and are kind of their saving grace for me.
Sooo....What I would suggest is flying NW's A330 to Frankfurt. There, you can catch one of the (I think) 3 (?) EK flights to Dubai or a GF flight to BAH/AUH. On the other hand, if you feel like giving KLM a try, you can fly through AMS to, say, DXB, and return from AUH, as KLM serves both cities daily.
I'm going to AUH for spring break next Thursday..It'll be my first time on BA, so I can't wait!
Hope that helped, Michael! And good luck with your plans!
Rivervisualnyc From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 930 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 1532 times:
Thanks Talal, DTW is going backward to go forward for me but nice to hear some positive comments on the NW A330s, was wondering how they were...You have a good memory, I have said in other strings that I used to live in Abu Dhabi, actually from 1996-1998, so I am sure there are alot of changes there as well as in DXB, going to try to get to both in 4-5 days....I decided better to make a short visit now than wait til I could take longer, as it may not be til after the summer that I can get more time off. What I am really looking forward to is seeing my Emirati friends, I haven't been there since '99 and they haven't been here last 3 years for obvious reasons....Anyway, BA's service to AUH and DXB is not at all bad, just think I might try something different this time. They don't have the friendliest crews but they are very competent, had a near 100% dispatch record at AUH when I was there. Anyway, have a blast on your spring break trip, see if you can talk your way into World Traveller Plus or Club if you aren't there already, and feel free to drop me a note or post any tips on what's new in AUH when you get back...
Behramjee From Canada, joined Aug 2003, 4878 posts, RR: 44
Reply 5, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 1532 times:
Ive got excellent advice for u which will help u in many ways.
Since u dont want to fly BA then fly EK via LGW from EWR to DXB J class on their new A 345. Make sure that u choose LGW-DXB-LGW on the A 345 and not any other EK aircraft.
U will fly EWR-LGW on CO who codeshare with EK on this route.
Now for ur benefit...EKs SKYWARDS ff-program has both BA and CO in its list of partners u can fly so u can obtain maximum mileage from ur trip as its J class so 125-150% of the miles u fly will be credited to ur account. I dont know though if BAs FFP has EK in it as a partner?
Another option for you which I recommend to DXB from NYC (EWR or JFK) is SWISS. Their new J class on the A 343 and A 332 is SUPERB 5 stars and the best thing is that for u, you can get miles on your BA card for flying SWISS anywhere in the world. So in all essence SWISS is the more perfect better choice for u than the CO-EK combination.
SWISS at least too guarantees an excellent 5 star J class product on all its A 332 and A 343 flights (though try and get their A 343s). THeir A 343s fly to EWR-JFK and DXB too from ZRH.
So overall, go for SWISS as ZRH airport too is amazing and beautiful.
Rivervisualnyc From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 930 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 1510 times:
Thanks Behramjee, I agree with you re SWISS, I flew them last year between JFK-GVA, economy one way and business the other, and I can't say enough about the quality of the service and most importantly, the genuine friendliness of the cabin crew. And I have to like an airline that even sells its own CD of Euro techno/ambient/trance music (Swiss One)! Very cool experience, and I am sure a very safe choice being from neutral Switzerland, so maybe will give that a shot to DXB if not EK....
SR 103 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 1741 posts, RR: 38
Reply 8, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 1492 times:
I am going to second that option on NW/KL. Normally I fly KL from KWI, but this August I flew KL from Dubai. Currently Dubai is a 744M so you avoid the 763 which I consider to be KL's only weak point. KL's product in Y is lacking compared to the others, but in my mind the cabin crew more than make up for any faults. Some of the best around.
You were also wondering what NW's A330's were like. Here is a trip report on my NW/KL flights this December with an A330 leg. Hope it is of some use to you.
PA110 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2025 posts, RR: 23
Reply 11, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 1470 times:
I'll throw my 2cents in since I've flown there quite a few times. If you can afford J, try EK or GF out of Europe. Their service is really outstanding. I've flown GF 6 times, 4 in F and 2 in J. GF offers individual video players in J class. If you have to fly Y, avoid EK's 777. They're configured 10 across!
RiverVisualNYC From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 930 posts, RR: 3
Reply 13, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 1429 times:
Thanks all, very helpful, will let you know what I end up with, may go with BA if only because they are the only ones that have an overnight flight from London arriving DXB in the morning, saving me a hotel night I don't really need anyway....Almost everyone else arrives in the evening when it's too late to do anything....I am trying to have like 4 nights, 2 in DXB 2 in AUH so this allows me to say leave NYC Monday night, arrive London Tues am, spend the day in London come back for Tues overnight flight arriving DXB Wednesday morning, stay 4 nights (ie Muslim weekend and 'Western' weekend) but have 5 days by leaving say early Monday am eg after midnight Sunday, get me back to NYC Monday afternoon...Maybe overanalyzing but a good way to maximize a short amount of time!!!