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The Best Airline To USA  
User currently offlineLxsaab2000 From Switzerland, joined Feb 2004, 325 posts, RR: 1
Posted (10 years 10 months 19 hours ago) and read 5709 times:

Probably some friends of mine and I will have a trip into USA the next summer!! We are thinking an itinerant holiday (I wish to see many american cities).... What do you think being the best carrier to USA?(only about direct flight from Italy); the best in all sides (cleanliness , catering , connections in the american Hubs , F/A courtesy, comforts on aboard and other parameters....)

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User currently offlineDeltabobo From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 207 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (10 years 10 months 19 hours ago) and read 5676 times:


DL has direct connections from FCO (DL 70/71) to ATL. Flt 74 from ATL to MXP is available. You can pretty much go anywhere in the nation from Atlanta.

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User currently offlineBoysteve From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 960 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (10 years 10 months 19 hours ago) and read 5622 times:

Choose a European one, some American carriers now make you pay extra for alcohol in economy class!

User currently offlineCOAB767 From Guam, joined Nov 2003, 1377 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (10 years 10 months 19 hours ago) and read 5606 times:


CO is the best. You get state of the art 767 aircraft from CO / LIRF), Italy">FCO to EWR and modern aircraft to your final destination.

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User currently offlineOneworldman From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 190 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (10 years 10 months 19 hours ago) and read 5564 times:

I say American Airlines

American has direct service from FCO (AA 111/110) to Chicago, which I personally think is a much nicer not to mention bigger city than Atlanta. Not to mention the fact that AA has a flight to and from NYC practically every hour form Chicago, (and we all know that New York is the greatest city on Earth). Or you could just fly directly to NYC and forget all the rest.

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User currently offlineCoexjhknight From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 20 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (10 years 10 months 19 hours ago) and read 5517 times:


Best service in my book!

User currently offlineCaymanair From Cayman Islands, joined Apr 2004, 856 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (10 years 10 months 19 hours ago) and read 5471 times:

I'd say Delta also. Atlanta (IMO) is the best place to connect to basically everywhere in the US (considering your options) maybe you shouldn't book all your fligths yet. Book the section to ATL and back, and book sections of your travel at different times. You can try out more airlines, and with Air Tran and Jet Blue around, possibly cheaper!

User currently offlineDanny From Poland, joined Apr 2002, 3517 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (10 years 10 months 19 hours ago) and read 5454 times:

No direct but the best - Scandinavian!

User currently offlineN670UW From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1608 posts, RR: 7
Reply 8, posted (10 years 10 months 19 hours ago) and read 5442 times:

I would say Continental (MXP/FCO-EWR) or US Airways (FCO-PHL).

Continental has great service and modern aircraft, and you can connect to points all across the Americas from EWR.

US Airways' A330's (aircraft used for FCO-PHL) are very nice, and you'll arrive into PHL's new international terminal. PHL has connections all over the eastern U.S. and several transcontinentals.


User currently offlineAnsettB727 From Australia, joined Mar 2004, 227 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (10 years 10 months 19 hours ago) and read 5441 times:

I'm with Boysteve! $5 for a G and T on AA, absolutely zilch on BA!! I'd be flying Alitalia. Or, if you don't mind a short layover, LH, AF, BA, KLM.

User currently offlineLxsaab2000 From Switzerland, joined Feb 2004, 325 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (10 years 10 months 18 hours ago) and read 5350 times:

Hi guys , thanks to everyone;I don't know exactly where we'll arrive and which cities we'll visit ;but I think that our departing city will be at 80% Rome because my group comes from every part of Italy (from North to South) and also in order to choose between a lot of alternatives to USA in terms of carriers!
So from what I've read probably the better choices are AA or CO!!
I heard in Italy that DL is the one of the worst american airlines on atlantic service,(also if it's the most deep-rooted on european market!)but at the same time it seems very nice on internal flights ,is it true?
and how is the NW 333 on CO / LIRF), Italy">FCO/DTW? is Detroit a good american hub? is it a good alternative where starting american holidays?

[Edited 2004-05-04 23:25:01]

User currently offlineJBLUA320 From United States of America, joined May 2002, 3180 posts, RR: 18
Reply 11, posted (10 years 10 months 18 hours ago) and read 5328 times:
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Go Continental!! Great 767/777 aircraft with PTVs, good legroom (32" on the 762), clean comfortable cabins and dependable service. They might make you pay for the alcohol, but who really cares?

From New York, you can go anywhere between Continental and jetBlue for low prices-- and NYC is of course a great place to start and end your trip to the states.

Definately fly Continental.


User currently offlineDalflyer From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 56 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (10 years 10 months 18 hours ago) and read 5227 times:

Hi There!
I can tell you that Delta has an awesome international service although I haven't flown on the European flights yet (I've only flown on Delta's Latin American flights.). Yeah, I know you have to pay for the alcohol, but overall their international service is great.
If Rome is your departure point, then you can fly to Atlanta, New York, or Cincinnati on Delta. All three cities can connect you to almost anywhere you want.
Well, take care.

"The Original Dalflyer"

"fly somewhere fun!"~Delta

User currently offlineUsair330 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 835 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (10 years 10 months 18 hours ago) and read 5218 times:

LX I say go with US Airways. I flew on US Airways A330 from PHL to SJU and it was the best flight I ever had. The service is great and you'll enjoy the VOD. Also the seating was very comfortable considering the fact that it was Economy!

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If you check the trip reports page.... you'll find some reports of people that have flown and enjoyed there A330 experience with US Airways!  Smile

User currently offlineMatt27 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (10 years 10 months 17 hours ago) and read 5168 times:

Go Scandinavian or Virgin!!!

User currently offlineErj170 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 6802 posts, RR: 17
Reply 15, posted (10 years 10 months 16 hours ago) and read 5107 times:

I like the US Airways.. cool crew, nice planes, good destinations...

Aiming High and going far..
User currently offlineLeviticus From New Zealand, joined Oct 2007, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (10 years 10 months 16 hours ago) and read 5071 times:

Fly Scandinavian  Big thumbs up

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As a backup my favorite is LH !

User currently offlineHugojimenez From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (10 years 10 months 16 hours ago) and read 5023 times:

I recommend you AZ, LH, or BA over any U.S. carrier. They are usually below in service (even CO). All three (as well any major European carrier) serve most major U.S. destinations.

But if you want to try a great U.S. airline, fly DL. Atlanta is a pretty nice hub, with connecting flights to almost anywhere in America!

User currently offlineSupersonic78 From Switzerland, joined May 2004, 146 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (10 years 10 months 15 hours ago) and read 4973 times:

I would say, def LX (Swiss Int. Air Lines)
Daily flights to JFK, BOS, MIA, ORD and 5 times a week to EWR
and great conx on AA due to cooperation....

and by the way, its "Europes leading airline"

User currently offlineL410Turbolet From Czech Republic, joined May 2004, 5767 posts, RR: 19
Reply 19, posted (10 years 10 months 14 hours ago) and read 4913 times:

Go for Virgin Atlantic or Swiss!!!

User currently offlineLeo777 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 112 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (10 years 10 months 14 hours ago) and read 4858 times:

I agree with oneworldman (Eusebio) fly AA ORD-FCO you can connect to any city out of ORD and while you are at it you can visit the second greatest city Chicago!

You got to be careful if you don't know where you're going, because you might not get there.
User currently offlineMY7E7 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 76 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (10 years 10 months 14 hours ago) and read 4826 times:

I don't work for an airline and am not bias  Smile/happy/getting dizzy I think it's a matter of where in the US you want to vacation. If you fly a euro carrier (besides AZ) you may need to connect twice to get to your final destination. I would definately avoid that and take a US carrier. CO, DL, UA, AA they are all good alternatives. I always had good service on DL from ZRH-ATL. I've flown UA several times to IAD. CO is very good too to EWR. I'm not an AA flyer, but the three gateways I mentioned all offer good connections to where you will need to go.

I'm not always right but that's no reason to insult me
User currently offlineL1011Lover From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 989 posts, RR: 14
Reply 22, posted (10 years 10 months 14 hours ago) and read 4820 times:

Definetley DL!!!!

Best European route network, best schedule, best hubs, best connections in the US, great maintenance, good fleet, wonderful and professional F/A´s overall just a very professional and great carrier!

All other US carriers are ok as well and I would take them in the following order:


I would prefer a US carrier over any European airline, because I think they´re just much more professional and the F/A´s just have a lot more personality and seem to be more passioned and skilled!!!
They sometimes might be old, but F/A´s at European carriers just can´t beat them in kindness and professionalism!!!

User currently offlinePoh2 From Venezuela, joined Oct 2003, 219 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (10 years 10 months 12 hours ago) and read 4763 times:

I'd go with SWISS. I've flown them to Newark and Miami a bunch of times and they're great. You can fly into ZRH from Milan or Rome.

Happy flying!

"Life is too short to take everything seriously."
User currently offlineKevin752 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 732 posts, RR: 4
Reply 24, posted (10 years 10 months 11 hours ago) and read 4739 times:

Well I think that you should fly American Airlines. I happen to love AA and you may get a 777 but most likely a 767-300ER will take you to the US. Well, whatever airline that you choose have a great trip. However, you should look in to Lufthansa and connect in AB) (FRA / FRF / EDDF), Germany">FRA and that WOULD BE BETTER THAN AA to tell you the truth.

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25 EddieDude : My first choice would be to do a combination of AZ & DL. Maybe you can fly AZ to BOS (for example), then visit all the cities you want in the States a
26 Ual777contrail : I would go UAL, nothing special about European carriers and UAL is one of the best US fliers. we fly more domestic widebodies than any other, 777's an
27 ROSWELL41 : Honestly, if you are going to take a US carrier Delta would be the choice. From Rome you can go nonstop on Delta to: JFK, ATL, CVG. If New York is you
28 Post contains images Michand : Depends a lot on where you want to go in the U.S. But I'd definitely recommend Scandinavian, as they have flights to New York, Chicago and Seattle and
29 FlyIGuy : I'd Say if your coming here for the first time fly Alitalia direct to the Nations Capital...Washington D.C. and check it out. Just My 2 Cents FlyIGuy
30 FlyIGuy : Forgot to mention it's United's and Independence Air's hub. If you wish to go to east coast cities for cheap prices fly Independence, but if you wish
31 4jaded : If you wish to travel on a US carrier I would recommend Continental. The Newark hub is really very good. There are easy and inexpensive ways to get to
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