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Poll: Best East Coast Hub, Airline To LHR/Europe?  
User currently offlineVH-BZF From Australia, joined Oct 1999, 866 posts, RR: 0
Posted (16 years 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 556 times:

Just wanted your thoughts on the best U.S East coast hub & airline to fly to London & or Europe?

Last time I flew across the Atlantic in 1997, I flew UA on a B767-300 to LHR from IAD/Dulles. I found IAD to be a good airport & UA's service was good & as much as I love the B767, I do enjoy a B747!

What are your thoughts?

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User currently offlineD L X From United States of America, joined May 1999, 12395 posts, RR: 51
Reply 1, posted (16 years 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 460 times:

IAD is okay, but there is a very significant population north of Washington in the Northeast. It is very inconvenient to fly to Europe via IAD from the Northeast because you end up going back over where you came from, wasting time.
I flew to Paris via IAD from Boston. That added at least 2 hours to my flight time. (One hour BOS-IAD, then the hour that it took to fly back almost directly over BOS to go over the ocean.)

For the US, the best hub to fly to Europe would have to be Boston hands down. All flights from the east coast and south heading for Europe fly over Boston. However, BOS makes a terrible domestic hub because it is way off in the corner of the country.

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User currently offlineVH-BZF From Australia, joined Oct 1999, 866 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (16 years 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 454 times:

Do ORD & ATL count as 'East Coast'? I guess what makes a good hub great, is it's access(& minimal ATC delays!), service & ease of getting around!
The last time I was at Newark (nearly 10years ago!) I flew in from Gatwick on Continental & had to wait over an hour to be processed through immigration (a Virgin Atlantic flight had landed just prior to us!)...aaarrrrggghh! I hope for CO's sake they have improved passport control at EWR, because I think IAD beats EWR hands down when entering the USA.


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User currently offlineN863DA From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 48 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (16 years 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 449 times:

For one airline's operations, you cannot beat Delta Air Lines out of Atlanta, and, to a lesser extent, New York Kennedy.

Delta serves more cities in Europe than some of the major transatlantic airlines put together.

Atlanta Hartsfield is a nice airport with loads of facilities for everyone, and has vast connections around the country and across the Atlantic. You can't beat Atlanta for transatlantic destinations, assuming you want to stay on the same airline.

As for the best airline to London (albeit Gatwick) and Europe, Delta is far and away your best bet. Altho, beware, the one route that ironically they don't serve (and have no immediate plans to do so as far as I am aware) is between New York Kennedy and Gatwick. Other than that, they have almost every destination you can imagine - and, if nothing else, you can guarantee that if Delta don't serve the destination direct from ATL or JFK, then Air France will thru Charles de Gaulle.



User currently offlineXaqrun From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (16 years 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 434 times:

British Airways is simply the best !

User currently offlineEzra From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 491 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (16 years 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 424 times:

I have to agree that Delta's transatlantic operations from JFK and ATL are pretty amazing. To walk around the JFK Worldport between the hours of 5:00 and 8:00 pm, when the international flights depart, is like stepping back into the glamorous days of the jetset. I often endure the long ride on the A train just to make this an evening activity!

Does Delta not serve London from JFK because the market is already saturated, or because most o/d traffic at that airport prefers LHR, for which Delta does not currently have the right to service?


User currently offlineFlyguy1 From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 1748 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (16 years 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 410 times:

Whenever you think of transatlantic travel from the east coast, JFK has to stand out. Airlines such as DL, AA, BA, and TW have multiple flights daily. Most of the major european carriers operate 3-4 R/Ts per day. DL alone has 20 non-stop flights, no one can beat that.

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User currently offlineAF777 From Canada, joined Jun 1999, 223 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (16 years 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 408 times:

I agree that JFK is the premier Airport to Europe. Especially now that 2006 pretty much every terminal will have been havily rebuilt or blown-up in favor of much more modern beautifully designed terminal. Especially T1 T4 and AAT8.

User currently offlineGoooooaaal From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 87 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (16 years 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 401 times:

BA from BOS to LHR three times a day! This is your best bet by far.

User currently offlineBigtidi From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 45 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (16 years 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 390 times:

The best East Coast hub is hands down Continental's Newark Hub. Take a look at the domestic feed that Newark has, then take a look at the international destinations served from Newark. It's Amazing, this is also why it is Continental's most profitable hub. All of this in the premiere city in the US and the biggest air travel market in the world. Continental's Newark hub is the most envied hub in the airline industry. AA and DAL will try to build up JFK but it will never be EWR.

User currently offlineUSAirways737 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 1026 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (16 years 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 379 times:

I've never been to PHL so how is that? They are remodeling it or maybe they have already. Does it even compare to other East Coast airports?

User currently offlineJohn G From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2000, 85 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (16 years 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 375 times:

Does PHL still have that funny separate "overseas terminal" down past the sheraton hotel?

User currently offlinePedro757 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (16 years 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 360 times:

EWR is the #1 airport on the East Coast. Continental serves more European cities from the New York Area than any other airline. EWR is a goldmine!!!!!  

User currently offlineVirginA340 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 15 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (16 years 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 341 times:

I recomend EWR and JFK. With airlines I recommend Virgin, United and Continental

User currently offlineSTT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 17577 posts, RR: 50
Reply 14, posted (16 years 22 hours ago) and read 324 times:

Newark by far is the best hub on the East coast,especially for European-Domestic connections.

A new IAB area and arrivals hall opened at Terminal B in 1996,and is frequently rated as one of the best by frequent flyers.

Continental is currently building their own IAB that will be connected to their Terminal C,this is part of their Global Gateway project.Global Gateway is a $1.3 Billion expansion of Continental facilities at Newark.

Currently all Continental and Virgin Atlantic flights to London arrive and depart from the same gates at Terminal B.As you may know Continental and Virgin Atlantic code share on each others routes,Virgin has one of those drive up check in services at Newark's Terminal B.A limo is provided at no extra cost to Upper Class passengers at Newark and London.

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User currently offlineORD From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 1398 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (16 years 18 hours ago) and read 308 times:

While CO's Newark hub is good, and certainly could be considered one of the best for travel to Europe, I would hardly call it the most envied hub in the airline industry. I think that distinction would go to either DFW, ATL or ORD.

And I wouldn't classify Newark as the premiere city in the U.S., either. New York would be up there, but not Newark.