B764 From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 767 posts, RR: 1 Posted (13 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2668 times:
Besides AA having MRTC and LHR, which B772 is a better ride to London? Inflight entertainment (an inflight map is mandatory), meals/drinks? Besides LHR being closer to London, do most people prefer LHR to LGW? Whats the airport like? Transportation to London, easy to navigate, etc. Thanks in advance.
N175dz From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2000, 274 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (13 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2647 times:
I am not bothered by the LHR/LGW debate, when in London I'll happily use either airport. IMHO, both are easily reachable by train from central London. There is a Gatwick Express to London's Victoria station and a Heathrow Express to London's Paddington station. I haven't used them for a while, so I'm not sure about fares. LHR and LGW are both fine airports to travel to/from, although T3 at LHR can be a heck of a mess when it's busy!
I'm sorry to say I've not flown AA or CO, so I can't comment on that, but I can say that AA has two advantages that I can see - MRTC and complimentary beverage service in Y.
Panamair From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 5287 posts, RR: 24
Reply 2, posted (13 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2604 times:
Actually, AA has now quietly switched to US$4 for alcoholic beverages in Economy as well. For Economy, another difference would be the 2-5-2 config on AA vs. 3-3-3 config on CO - depends on your preference, whether you're traveling alone, etc.
For Business, CO is definitely better than AA with a 2-2-2 config vs. 2-3-2 on AA.
TWFirst From Vatican City, joined Apr 2000, 6346 posts, RR: 51
Reply 3, posted (13 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2574 times:
CO has 2-class service whereas AA has three. CO's BusinessFirst is fantastic, while AA's Flagship Suites are incredible and truly traditional First Class, although the food isn't any better than CO's in BusinessFirst. CO's BusinessFirst seats recline nearly flat and have privacy hoods. Their IFE has 14 or so channels of movies and music, plus video games. Their flight display plays constantly on the overhead monitors. I've heard that although the 3-3-3 config in CO's economy is preferable to the 2-5-2, the seat pitch is not as good on CO's 777's as on AA's.
DesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7907 posts, RR: 14
Reply 4, posted (13 years 5 months 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 2502 times:
Everyone has already highlighted the differences between the in-flight products. Which is in coach pretty much the same.
As for LHR vs LGW. What I find interesting is that Gatwick has far better rail connections than Heathrow. LHR only has Heathrow Express to Paddington and is at the end of the Jubilee line on the tube... good luck lugging your luggage onto the tube. Whereas Gatwick is on mainline rail. Gatwick Express runs directly to Victoria station for 11 pounds each way. Plus Thameslink runs to London Bridge, Blackfriars, Thameslink, Farringdon, and St. Pancras... much more convient if you have business within the City of London or the Docklands. Plus you are on a mainline longhaul route on Virgin trains... which means direct service to Oxford and Birmingham, certainly not more than one change.
But then it ultimately comes down to what ticket is cheaper.
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Arsenal@LHR From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 7792 posts, RR: 18
Reply 5, posted (13 years 5 months 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 2481 times:
I haven't flown AA or CO, but with AA having MRTC i would seriously consider AA, since leg room is important to any passenger. From what i've heard, CO's service is decent on transatlantic flights so really it depends on your budget and personal preferances.
With LHR and LGW, both are wonderful airports, but really busy. T3 at LHR can be really crowded on every day of the week, especially during the day. Both airports have decent transportation to the city. If you want to see planes, then i suggest flying into LHR.
Mia777 From United States of America, joined Sep 2002, 1165 posts, RR: 5
Reply 7, posted (13 years 5 months 3 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 2345 times:
I flew EWR-LGW on a CO 772 in...BusinessFirst. I must say it was quite the experience! Very, very nice cabin and it was a fairly quick flight. However getting from LGW to South Kesington was rather long, though it was in rush hour...I like AA because I live in Miami but CO was definitely awesome!
Fanoftristars From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 1658 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (13 years 5 months 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 2238 times:
I've never been to LHR, but I know LGW is a cinch to fly into. I've heard too many stories of horrid delays at LHR. Gatwick Express was awesome, it only takes 25-30 minutes to Victoria Station, and the scenery is great along the way. I think if you buy what the english call a return ticket (Round Trip) it's only 17 or 18 pounds for the express. I think it's worth the extra money over thameslink.
Whatever you choose, have an excellent trip to the UK, I can't wait until I can go back! (I've got about 10,000 more skymiles until I can go!)