bakyunham
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Best Airline To Europe

Tue Nov 20, 2001 3:29 pm

For a trip from SFO to their respective hubs, what airline would you choose for a trip to Europe?

Air France, British Airways, Lufthansa??

Any comments appreciated, Thanks
Mike from Stellenbosch, South Africa
 
malina
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RE: Best Airline To Europe

Tue Nov 20, 2001 4:29 pm

How about KLM to AMS/Schiphol?
Great airline - excellent airport...
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mfricke
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RE: Best Airline To Europe

Tue Nov 20, 2001 4:31 pm

I have flown often between the West Coast and Europe, and the best flight I have had have been on either Lufthansa out of LAX or SFO or AerLingus out of LAX.
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Tue Nov 20, 2001 4:59 pm

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Captain.MD-11
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RE: Best Airline To Europe

Tue Nov 20, 2001 8:48 pm

It depends what you want from an airline.

1. Good food - Air France (so I hear)
2. P.T.V's - BA, Virgin (Air France on A340/777)
3. Service - Virgin
4. What aircraft - 777-744-A340?

A few years ago I flew SFO-LHR on a BA 747-200 (not much to write home about!)

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MAC100
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RE: Best Airline To Europe

Tue Nov 20, 2001 10:23 pm

I'd go with BA.
 
fritzi
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RE: Best Airline To Europe

Wed Nov 21, 2001 1:24 am

I think that Lauda Air and Austrian Airlines are the best. They have great food, service, safety, food, aircraft and they also have PTV´s on their longhaul fleet.

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KWSea
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RE: Best Airline To Europe

Wed Nov 21, 2001 3:13 am

I agree, BA's old 747-200's were not the best. But they are all gone now and I just did a round trip SEA-LHR-SEA on the BA four class 747400.
The service and comfort was excellent, I highly recommend them. I did a FRA-YVR on LH (on the return they oversold the SFO-FRA flight-I had to fly BA) and they seemed very plain, nothing special.
 
David Viking
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RE: Best Airline To Europe

Wed Nov 21, 2001 3:23 am

I would definitely choose Finnair because their Business class is where First class is on other airlines and because they operate the MD-11!

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NWA ARJ
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RE: Best Airline To Europe

Wed Nov 21, 2001 5:56 am

I would have to say Northwest or KLM to their Amsterdam hub. Great airlines, great airport.
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SailorOrion
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RE: Best Airline To Europe

Wed Nov 21, 2001 6:04 am

My personal opinions

trips I liked:

KLM to AMS (good airline, great airport)
Lufthansa to FRA/MUC (very reliable airline, MUC great if you get a connetion, since it aint too big)
United to wherever they fly (the 777 is great to fly on)
Singapore to FRA (great airline, not-too-great airport)
Swissair (no comment)

trips that delivered what I expected and payed for.
Delta (decent airline)
British Airways (good on the 777, poor on the 742, LHR is a mess)

trips that I didnt like:

Iberia (airline is ok, MAD is a pain)
Air France (good airline, but CDG is a nightmare for connections, and yes, I speak at least some french)
Northwest (wasnt too good overall performance, AMS is great)

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Jer32382
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RE: Best Airline To Europe

Wed Nov 21, 2001 3:29 pm

US AIRWAYS TO MUNICH!!!!!!!!!!! LOL
 
SailorOrion
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RE: Best Airline To Europe

Wed Nov 21, 2001 3:41 pm

What's so funny about that?
US Airways has a pretty good transatlantic service, and MUC definetly better for connections than messy airports like FRA, CDG, LHR; MAD or MXP.....

 
bakyunham
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RE: Best Airline To Europe

Thu Nov 22, 2001 3:56 pm

A few of you have made references to connections at CDG. I am probably going to use an intinerary from Travelocity that puts me on BA SFO-LHR. I plan on treveling down to Morocco and flying Air France CMN-CDG-SFO. The time for connection in CDG is 1.5 hours. Will that be okay. What sort of headache is CDG?

Thanks
Mike from Stellenbosch, South Africa
 
hb-iqj
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RE: Best Airline To Europe

Thu Nov 22, 2001 4:40 pm

I think you should connect via JFK and take the Concord to Paris or to London.

Its expensive, but just great.



 
SailorOrion
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RE: Best Airline To Europe

Thu Nov 22, 2001 4:42 pm

If you fly only on Airfrance, CDG is quite ok if you have 90 minutes time. Just one little hint that helped me a lot: DO NOT follow the signs. Get the next customer service agent (who speaks english, since I dunno how you French is), and ASK for directions. Made me felt like a moron, but saved me of miles and miles of walking in circles.

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Take An American One Or SAS

Thu Nov 22, 2001 5:42 pm

I hear often that American airlines are very good. Many European airlines could learn from them. If you want to choose a European one; take SAS; sturdy and one of Europe's most beautiful liveries and female flight attendants (although I do not know for sure whether they fly to and from SFO or not)!
 
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RE: Best Airline To Europe

Thu Nov 22, 2001 5:53 pm

Singapore Airlines to CPH and LHR from Toronto
Singapore Airlines to FRA and AMS from New York
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