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Most Important Factor When Choosing An Airline  
User currently offlineHorus From Egypt, joined Feb 2004, 5230 posts, RR: 59
Posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 6572 times:


What is the most important factor that makes you decide to fly with an airline when there is competition?

This might include price, on-board service, good on-time record, personal TV, legroom, etc


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User currently offlineEconoBoy From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 157 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 6548 times:

Assuming flight times, fares and destinations are similar, easily the most important deciding factor for me is the seat pitch in economy. After that, its whether the airline offers IFE. It is also nice to have smiling F/A's, but that's not essential for me.

User currently offlineKBOS From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 430 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 6547 times:

If all things are equal, I try to book on an aircraft type I have not flown on yet. Other considerations are FF miles. If I'm close to an award level I may book on that carrier to get it.....


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User currently offlineTR763 From Brazil, joined Mar 2001, 779 posts, RR: 14
Reply 3, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 6526 times:

I think it´s the price for first, on-board service second and PTV´s(entertainment) third!


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User currently offlineBrasuca From Brazil, joined Mar 2004, 717 posts, RR: 10
Reply 4, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 6513 times:

The most important thing for me is price. When prices are equivalent, I chose by aircraft, most of the time, the aircraft I have not flown yet, then the most comfortable one.
Mileage programmes also influence me most of the times. I don't mind with connections. For me, the more connection number, the better the flight is!



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User currently offlineBlueskies From Finland, joined Jul 2001, 59 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 6512 times:

For me, due to quite heavy traveling the most important factors are in order of importance:

* Schedules, especially return schedule (evening departure after normal office hours)
* Seat comfort (not necessary seat pitch alone, also noise of the aircraft)
* Onboard service quality in terms of food and the attitude of the FAs.
* If I have FF Status on the alliance (lounge access).

IFE does not have any significance for me.

Unfortunately my company's travel policy (cheap fares) plays also role in choosing the airline.

Greetings,
Blueskies


User currently offlineKilavoud From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 6501 times:

Should :

- Fly where you want to.

- Have a good safety record, although now it's almost OK everywhere,
except....

- Not used to be on strike.

- Being part of an Alliance where you are FT.

- Having in its flee 747-400 if possible on long-haul.

- Not bogged in big financial problems.

You can now add more comments.

Cheers. Kilavoud.














User currently offlineFlyingDoctorWu From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 307 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 6499 times:

Price is definitely important buy if NW is competitve (ie within 30 bucks or so) I'll stay with them because I'm a worldperks elite member, so that means I could potentially get upgraded.... to Asia though I try to stick with NW- though I'll be hitting CI business class in April...

Chris


User currently offlineGreg From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 6447 times:

schedule
schedule...then
schedule

Since I'm in the middle (biz cabin) it's all pretty much the samei in terms of amenities.


User currently offlineArsenal@LHR From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 7792 posts, RR: 19
Reply 9, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 6442 times:
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Price, safety, in-flight service, reliability, comfort, convenience.




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User currently offlineFutureCGNPilot From Germany, joined Feb 2004, 32 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 6431 times:

1. Because I am a member of United's Mileage Plus program, I try to fly Star Alliance if possible.
2. Price.
3. Schedule
4. Aircraft type, legroom, IFE (in no particular order)


User currently offlineKen777 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 8470 posts, RR: 9
Reply 11, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 6394 times:

For overnight flights I use Qantas simply because they are the only airline I know that lets me plug my autopap into a wall outlet - I have sleep apnea and can only sleep with the machine. Rather sad as I prefer the business class seats on BA.

I also use RTW tickets on oneworld when traveling on business and try to use as many sectors as possible with the various members. My overall preference is American because that is where I get the FF miles and free upgrades on LHR to ORD flights.

The only thing I avoid at all costs is a plane smaller than the F 100 or 737.


User currently offlineStefandotde From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 6366 times:

Short legs: price
long haul flights: price & space.


User currently offlineNWA330Tony From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 119 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 6344 times:

the main thing i look for is to make sure its colors are either grey and red or red and white?! and it has a northwest logo on the tail. Also check to make sure its a dc-9, a319,a320 and not a 737.

User currently offlineMarcopolo747 From Brazil, joined Mar 2001, 460 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 6304 times:


1. Most important : on time performance and reliability.
2. Good cost benefit : paying a very cheap fare and then waiting hours to check-in, some hours more because the plane is late and then flying in a dirty plane to a destination that is 100 miles from the place you want to go might turn-out to be more expensive.
3. New and comfortable planes . A 28in seat pitch in a 4 hour flight could ne death.
4. Mileage


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