Peq From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (14 years 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 3110 times:
I hope to travel to Australia soon, and i was just wondering about all those intelligent people out there, which is the Best Airline to OZ, and why?
Is it the service, connection time, reliability,in flight entertainment?
BNE From Australia, joined Mar 2000, 3187 posts, RR: 12
Reply 2, posted (14 years 2 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 3074 times:
You have plenty of options.
MAS via Kaula Lumpur.
SIN via Singapore of course.
Having the PTV aboard would be a deinfite bonus, QANTAS and British Airways are looking at putting installing them in future.
Royal Brunei are offering really cheap flights at the moment.
For something different you could fly Air New Zealand via USA. and New Zealand.
Marcelduchamp From New Zealand, joined Sep 2000, 87 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (14 years 2 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 3063 times:
I guess it would depend on your departure and destination cities. If one of these are considered a "secondary" city, the airlines with the best service may not operate there and thus increasing your travel costs.
CX, SQ - fabulous service with PTVs.
NZ, UA, QF, TG and BA - no PTVs, average service.
Singapore, Hong Kong and Kualar Lumpur have great airports. But only Changi has the CBD close at hand for a quick break. Kowloon or KL are pretty far from their airports. Bangkok and LAX are certainly not that hot.
Ansett/Air New Zealand and Qantas have the widest networks in Oceania. If you're flying to say, Alice Springs, go by one of them. If you're departing from somewhere like Munich or Salt Lake City, United/Ansett or Lufthansa/Ansett would be the way to go...
Seriously, SQ is not the biggest international operator in Australia (after QF and NZ) for no reason. It carries a huge number of Australia-bound pax and that is very telling evidence.
Air Taiwan From Australia, joined Dec 1999, 1518 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (14 years 2 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 3055 times:
I would recommend either SIA or MAS.
2 x daily LON KUL
2 x daily KUL SYD
daily KUL BNE
2 x daily KUL PER
also I think they have the cheapest price among major airlines (not including airlines like BI and VN... they would probably cheaper)
KLIA is just GREAT!! I've been there twice and I LOVED IT!!
3 x daily LON SIN
3 x daily SIN SYD/PER
2 x daily SIN MEL
daily SIN BNE
Changi is also very good, especially if you want to go to the city and take a stopover break...
Or you can find out about the VS/AN LON-HKG-SYD fare... two excellent airlines!
Victor Hotel From Australia, joined Aug 2000, 305 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (14 years 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 3021 times:
If you are flying Economy and it is a fairly long flight, probably SIA, or CX, are the way to go especially if it is a long flight. If you are flying Buisness then I would say Qantas, their buisness class is very very good, and it is no worse than sia or cx's I dont think, if not it is better.
MS861 From Australia, joined Jul 2000, 37 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (14 years 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 3016 times:
As previously stated, there are thousands of options coming from the UK/Europe.
For cheaper fares try:
Vietnam Airlines (Qantas codeshare from Ho Chi Minh)
Egyptair (via Cairo and Singapore Changi)
Equ: A340-200, B777-200
KLM (very cheap now; via Amsterdam)
Garuda (ok,cheap. via Denpasar, Bangkok and Frankfurt)
Equ: A330-300, B747-400
For Intermediate fares try:
Lauda (excellent airline; via Kuala Lumpur and Vienna)
Olympic (good airline, via Bangkok and Athens)
Japan Airlines (excellent service, via Tokyo Narita Intl)
Equ: B747-200/300, MD11, B747-400
Ansett/All Nippon Airways (good,star alliance, via Osaka)
Gulf Air (ok servicesafety, via Singapore and Bharain)
For Top range airlines try:
Malaysia (superb service, via Kuala Lumpur)
Equ: B747-400, B777-200
Qantas/BA (excellent atmosphere, via Singapore)
Cathay Pacific (outstanding, via Hong Kong)
Equ: B747-400, A340-300
Singapore Airlines (one of the best, via Singapore)
Emirates ( best in the world, via Singapore and Dubai)
Air New Zealand (long trip, via Auckland and LAX)
Equ: B747-400, B767-300ER
Thai (warm, friendly, via Bangkok)
Equ: B747-400, B777-200/300
I hope this helps you greatly. These are a list of the best airlines servicing Australia from abroad. But beware, many of these flights terminate at Sydney and will require a connection to other captial cities, usually included in ticket price. There are many Australian domestic airlines servicing main cities. They all provide seamless connections with partner airline or through agreements. These airlines are:
Qantas: B767-200/300, B737-300/400, Bae146-100/200 and Dash 8-400.
Ryanair From United Kingdom, joined Jul 1999, 654 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (14 years 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 3001 times:
I think CX are by far and away the best, space, supurb food and wonderful service but you tend to pay for the quality. The service is more like Business in an economy seat.
SQ are alright, but the service and food have slipped big time from the glory Singapore Days. I'd fly them but wouldn't look to fly them.
NH/AN I flew a few months back and was very happy with, ANA had good food, space and service while Ansett service was good, but space and food a little mean.
BA has bad space and service is unpredictable, it can be very good, but I've had more than a fair share of horror experiences on BA on the route. Food can be awful, in the past I've refused to eat it. Once in First Class (not my usual place!) the service was so bad, the then chief BA 747 Pilot who was also aboard went round and apologised to everyone.
QF space is OK but not great, food edible, service passable. Of the last 7 people I know to have flown QF on the route, 5 have vowed never to fly them again, I wouldn't go that far, but would try to avoid.
Generally, the more wiz bang gizmos, like PTV's, Inseat Phones etc etc, the worse the other aspects of the service, which in order to pay for the gizmos go out the window. It's a long way, a good airline makes a big difference.