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User currently offlineJetpixx From St. Lucia, joined Jul 2004, 942 posts, RR: 1
Posted (11 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 2810 times:

I have not had the pleasure of taking a flight on an airline such as Cathay Pacific from YVR-JFK or Pakistan Int'l from ORD-MAN. Does anyone know if airlines charge more for the luxury of enjoying their services, if they match fares on popular routes or what the service is like. I recently read about these types of flights, such as Air Tahiti Nui's 340 service between LAX-CDG. It is good stuff that you can fly on an international carrier, but enjoy their unique service. It went on to mention that service that we take for granted, such as NW 320s, are a real treat to people travelling from NRT to places like MNL, etc.

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User currently offlineConcordeBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (11 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 2776 times:

Depends on the airline and what they offer.

Take Air India from LHR to ORD/JFK for example. Many choose to patronize their service since they charge so much LESS than AA/UA/BA/VS in premium classes.

User currently offlineETStar From Canada, joined Jan 2004, 2103 posts, RR: 7
Reply 2, posted (11 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 2779 times:

Generally, I see that airlines with 5th freedom rights do match fares offered by the carries of the two points they serve. I have seen competitive prices on SQ's FRA-NYC, Phillipine's discontinued YVR-SFO flight that forced AC, AS and UA to slash their fares on those days that PR flew the route (about 3x per week), Ethiopian's BKK-HKG and BKK-CAN which is half what others offer to name a few...

And if anyone cares to know, it now costs less to fly from London to New York than to fly Vancouver to Las Vegas (both return)! When will we be libereated?

User currently offlineGlobeTrekker From Netherlands, joined Dec 2003, 851 posts, RR: 14
Reply 3, posted (11 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 2670 times:

I used to enjoy SQ AMS-EWR flights when they still operated it. It was a 747-400 and you get SQ's superb services. The fares were very competitve comparing to KL/NW and CO flights.


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User currently offlineAirAmericaC46 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 590 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (11 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 2655 times:

I will be flying Emirates EK HKG-BKK next month and it is the cheapest fare: $180 compared to very high priced CX and TG. I heard business class on KQ on this route is even cheaper than the economy fares of CX and TG!!

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