MSYtristar From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 6570 posts, RR: 50 Posted (12 years 9 months 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 2476 times:
I may be fortunate enough to visit Australia upon my graduation in two months, so I was wondering what is the better airline to take to Sydney....QF or UA? I will be flying out of New Orleans, so a connection in LAX or SFO would be required. I have never been on a 747, so I'm excited regardless of the airline. I have a feeling that QF would be a better choice. Your opinions and insight would be greatly appreciated.
Seriously though, when I fly to another country I prefer to fly that country's national carrier to get the full in your case 'Aussie experience'. You can fly United anywhare anytime here in the US.
How many opportunites will you have flying to Sydney?
KaiTakFan From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 1588 posts, RR: 6
Reply 6, posted (12 years 9 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 2281 times:
Hahaha good correction superfly! I was about to say...
Anyways I dont think UAL has PTVs in Economy class yet. Everytime I fly down to SYD its in Biz class and I have never once seen PTVs in Y class when I take a walk down the aisle's mid flight. Although I am a die hard UAL fan and fly them all the time non-rev, I will say fly ANZ... I really enjoyed their seats on the 747-400! Have fun and drink heaps of VB while your there!
Cap'n Dan From Canada, joined Aug 2001, 231 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (12 years 9 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 2270 times:
I flew UA LAX-SYD in Biz, and SYD-LAX in Econ back in 1997. I was not particularly impressed with either. Business class was not much better than domestic biz (i.e. no ptvs, poor recline), and econ was, well, pretty standard. FAs were rude and bitchy. I can't speak for Qantas, though...
IMissPiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6293 posts, RR: 33
Reply 10, posted (12 years 9 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 2223 times:
There is no U in Qantas! Sorry, just had to do it.
I do agree with you. I always fly the national carrier when I vist another country. Not just for the cultural experience. To me, it is a matter of politeness. I also don't go to McDonalds or Burger King in another country. This is not being polite, I just hate them both.
Mah4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 32782 posts, RR: 72
Reply 12, posted (12 years 9 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 2205 times:
UA does not have PTVs on thier 744s and I don't think we'll be seeing them anytime soon. However, if you fly Qantas, some of thier 744s (and eventually all, but right now a very small number) have PTVs. Don't know about AirNZ.
Crosscheck From Australia, joined Jun 2000, 153 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (12 years 9 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 2194 times:
Qantas only has PTV's fitted on 2 747-400's at this stage, with a third due online January 2002. VH-OJR is one of the aircraft fitted with PTV's, and this aircraft is config'd for Pacific flying, and often operates the SYD-LAX sector. VH-0JE and soon to be VH-OJC are both config'd for European operations, and are unlikely to be seen in the USA. My suggestion is to fly Qantas.
ILUV767 From United States of America, joined May 2000, 3141 posts, RR: 8
Reply 16, posted (12 years 9 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 2192 times:
Mah4545 wrote: UA does not have PTVs on thier 744s and I don't think we'll be seeing them anytime soon. However, if you fly Qantas, some of thier 744s (and eventually all, but right now a very small number) have PTVs. Don't know about AirNZ.
Actually, all of UA's 747s have PTVs...just not in coach. I know, its sad, but, it is an evening flight, and most passengers choose to sleep when flying south. All of the business class seats, as well as flight suites have PTVs.
United features Economy Plus giving passengers additional room.
KaiTakFan From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 1588 posts, RR: 6
Reply 17, posted (12 years 9 months 1 week ago) and read 2153 times:
Well Aero... I know that VB is all over Australia on tap and not to many other beers can claim to that! But fosters... hmm dont think anyone drinks fosters down there! only seen it happen once!! VB all the way!
Mr.BA From Singapore, joined Sep 2000, 3423 posts, RR: 21
Reply 18, posted (12 years 9 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 2125 times:
I have never flown UAL so I guess I am in no position to compare Qantas and UAL. Flew Qantas before and I must say they are excellent. Give Qantas a try. I think no matter what flight you choose, you will still feel good........................... because you are flying in a B747-400!
B20XX From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 39 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (12 years 9 months 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 2094 times:
I flew UA twice to SYD, once in Y on once in Y+. The extra few inches in economy plus make a lot of difference on a 14-15 hours flight. Anbody knows the seat pitch on QF or NZ?
BTW, I've never seen PTVs on UA 744.
Travelin man From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3504 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (12 years 9 months 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 2062 times:
Well, I haven't flown either airline between LAX-SYD (actually I've never been to OZ). But I will be flying UA LAX-SYD in First in February, and QF domestically during that trip (SYD-CNS), so I'll post a report in March!
One thing to consider: If you sign up with the UA frequent flyer program, and take United (or NZ for that matter), you'll get about 15,000 frequent flyer miles, which is more than half-way towards a free domestic ticket in the US.
Alternately, if you are an AA flyer, I believe you get AA miles when flying Qantas (although I'm not sure about that).
Just something to think about: With which airline do you want the ff miles?
AJ From Australia, joined Nov 1999, 2391 posts, RR: 24
Reply 24, posted (12 years 9 months 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 2024 times:
I agree with the national airline angle.
In the past I've flown SQ to Singapore, TG to Thailand, VN to Viet Nam, QV to Laos, BA to the UK, KL to the Netherlands etc etc. It gives a wider perspective and a chance to experience and airline you can't fly from the US to anywhere else!
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