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User currently offlineTedstriker From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 16 posts, RR: 0
Posted (10 years 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 2803 times:

I am travelling LON to LAX at the end of April, and have a choice between NZ ,AA or UA (BA & VS are full for the dates in question). I have not flown on any of these airlines internationally before, and the price between them is very similar.
Would be grateful for any thoughts on which carrier to go for. At the moment I figure between NZ or AA as the seat pitch is more generous than UA. It will be economy class travel.
Thanks in advance.

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User currently offlineQANTAS747-438 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1886 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (10 years 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 2771 times:

I have flown NZ internationally and they are pretty good. The crew is super friendly and they live up to their slogan, "The World's Warmest Welcome." My flight was pretty good with awesome headrests that twist and turn to fit the position and contours of your head. It makes a huge difference if you want to tilt your head to sleep or something like that. I didn't receive any amenities and I didn't quite get the full service that has always been praised about NZ. I attribute this to the fact that I flew LAX-SYD, which ended up being their least profitable route, and therefore, they were probably cutting back on my flight. However, I've heard great things about NZ on the AKL and LHR route. So give NZ a try! At least you're guarranteed to be on a 744!




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User currently offlinePicarus From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 299 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (10 years 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 2770 times:

Assuming you don't hold premier status with UA and are not eligible for E+, then yes, seat pitch would be less in UA Y. But, in my experience, it's easy to get reassigned to E+ if the flight is not full.

As far as inflight service, NZ blows the other two away IMHO. But if you're a big fan of PTVs, then you'll be disppointed with the lack thereof on NZ's 744s. Another disadvantage is the you'll arrive at the overcrowded and dumpy T2 at LAX.

Just some thoughts....

Picarus


User currently offlinePicarus From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 299 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (10 years 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 2770 times:

Assuming you don't hold premier status with UA and are not eligible for E+, then yes, seat pitch would be less in UA Y. But, in my experience, it's easy to get reassigned to E+ if the flight is not full.

As far as inflight service, NZ blows the other two away IMHO. But if you're a big fan of PTVs, then you'll be disappointed with the lack thereof on NZ's 744s. Another disadvantage is the you'll arrive at the over-crowded and dumpy T2 at LAX.

Just some thoughts....

Picarus


User currently offlineFlyLondon From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 377 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (10 years 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 2766 times:

Personally I would go for Air New Zealand. The service will be better and the seating looks impressive from the website. See below:

http://www.eu.airnz.com/travelinfo/ontheplane/pacificclass/pacific_class_seating.htm

Also it would be good to fly an "alternate" airline with whom you can only realistically fly to LA or Auckland whereas AA you can go anywhere in North and South America and so could save for another trip.


User currently offlinePilottim747 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1607 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (10 years 3 days ago) and read 2703 times:

I'd go with NZ, unless you have a great need for a PTV. Air New Zealand has outstanding service and a very comfortable cabin. Seat pitch on their B744 coach cabins is 34", almost unheard of these days.


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User currently offlineTedstriker From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 16 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (10 years 3 days ago) and read 2697 times:

Thanks for all the feedback.

PICARUS - unfortunately no UA premier status for me. Have not been to LAX before so not sure how T2 compares to the others

FLYLONDON - great point about being able to try AA / UA to other cities.

I guess I will give NZ a try. Although am very surprised to learn no PTV's in economy for such long sectors. Will have to make sure I get a window seat & take a good book!

Cheers again!


User currently offlineWorldoftui From Sweden, joined Aug 2007, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (10 years 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 2649 times:

I am a fan of UA, but you may want to have a look at the trip report I made. Flew NZ from AKL-HNL. Long flight, although not 747, but will give you an idea of service levels to expect with NZ?

http://www.airliners.net/discussions/trip_reports/read.main/42326/

Mark


User currently offline747srule From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 427 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (10 years 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 2610 times:

It would depend on what type (777 or 747)and what time you want to fly.AZ flies 747's;the other two 777"s . AZ leaves LHR later, so you wold arrive at LAX around 1900.


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User currently offlineQF744 From Australia, joined Feb 2004, 415 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (10 years 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2525 times:

if you are flying NZ, expect a massive lack of entertainment!

that would, however, be the only bad thing i could say about NZ.

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User currently offlineZK-NBT From New Zealand, joined Oct 2000, 5190 posts, RR: 11
Reply 10, posted (10 years 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 2457 times:

NZ are great, never flown either AA or UA though.

NZ will be installing PTV's in the 744's starting this year, pity they won't be there for you though.

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