727_Gal From United States of America, joined Sep 2002, 325 posts, RR: 2 Posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 1971 times:
I know this is a little far in advance, but I'm contemplating studying abroad in London next year, and as I've never flown to Europe before, I was wondering if anyone had any opinions on the best airline to take to London, to either LHR or LGW. I'll start out in MEM, and I don't have a particular preference as to where I want to connect. If this helps, I'm planning on flying Business or First. So based on overall inflight experience, what would you recommend?
Thanks so much
Rickb From United Kingdom, joined May 2003, 243 posts, RR: 9
Reply 4, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 1914 times:
My guess is if you want first or business then BA's product is better than any of the American majors or Virgin - both 1st and Business on BA have fully flat beds. The only problem is that it tends to cost more than the competition. Of the others Virgin's Upper class is comfortable without having the flat bed of BA - United's first is pretty comfortable but very varied service levels (either very good or truly dreadful). BMI's Business class isn't quite as comfortable as BA's but does have very good service - only problem would be a change at MAN.
Sadly can't comment on Delta's, Continental etc. as I havent tried their business products.
Ual777contrail From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 1879 times:
I wonder why rickb thinks the world of BA? Maybe because yer a brit. UNITED's first is pretty darn cool, and if he is going to London to go to school I doubt he is going to go first, or business.
get a good deal on BA,UA,AA,VS any of those will get you where you have to go. And if your looking for the most inexpensive route, price around. All the airlines are good, some on this forum are just picky.
727_Gal From United States of America, joined Sep 2002, 325 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 1827 times:
Ual777contrail, first off, the name 727_Gal generally does not imply a guy. And secondly, I am planning on going Business or First, thanks to my father. I know those are two really anal points I'm making, but I'd rather not be thought of as a guy
And I will look into United, thanks!
RickB From United Kingdom, joined May 2003, 243 posts, RR: 9
Reply 10, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1755 times:
Ual777Contrail - sorry mate I thought I had been quite objective rather than just supporting BA. Does anyone else have a bed in Business across the pond from London to the US?
I even made a recommendation for UAL's 1st class with one proviso so dont know why im getting a hard time
As for thinking the world of BA I freely admit I do - BUT it has nothing to do with being a brit - its simply because out of all of the airlines I have used - BA seem to be the most consistently good, with in many respects a superior product (other than economy). I have similar regard to AA in that virtually all my flights with them have been excellent and MRTC makes economy flying very comfortable - but I have never flown transatlantic with them so I didn't comment on them.
Businessflyer From Singapore, joined Aug 2001, 288 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 1750 times:
There is no better business or first class product on the market at the moment than BA's - the first and business products of the American airlines come nowhere close to BA despite what they may think! VS is also good, but BA is still better - so if you have the money fly BA (it is remarkably expensive though!) If you want to save money try AF via CDG... they have improved enormously in recent years...
Ybacpa From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 1108 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 1640 times:
My personal preference would be to go with Virgin, although I have flown both Continental and Northwest's business classes and found them acceptable, if not interesting.
Granted if its a free ride thanks to your parents (are they looking to adopt?), I would push for the Concorde, either BA or AF, just for the experience.
Whatever you do just make sure you enjoy the trip.
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