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London-Auckland - Whats The Best Way Of Doing It?

Tue Sep 10, 2002 5:24 am

I am planning to travel to New Zealand to see my Fiance's parents who have moved there this week, in March next year. I know all the ways of getting there, and i know about the prices roughly. I was just interested to see which airline you guys thought i should fly with, as there are about seven that I am sweriously considering. Please bear in mind that I haven't booked it yet, and any inside info given by you could very well influence my decision = I guess this is your chance to play travel agent!

Here are the main options I am loking at very seriously. I would like to know wht you guys think of their flight to Auckland, and any info about stuff like meals, entertainment, service, aircraft and possible equipment changes, and the actual flight to Auckland would be very welcome. I know I could just look it up in the Travel Report section, but I'd really like a consensus of opinion on it really.

1) Thai
Heathrow - Bangkok - Auckland

2) Singapore
Heathrow - Singapore - Auckland

3) Cathay Pacific
Heathrow - Hong Kong - Auckland

4) Air New Zealand
Heathrow - Los Angeles - Auckland

5) Air Canada
Heathrow - Vancouver - Auckland

6) Malaysian
Heathrow - Kuala Lumpur - Auckland

7) All Nippon Airlines
Heathrow - Tokyo Narita - Auckland

8) Japan Air Lines
Heathrow - Tokyo Narita -Auckland

9) Asiana
Frankfurt/Paris CDG - Incheon - Auckland

10) Korean Airlines
Heathrow - Seoul / Incheon - Auckland

11) Eva Air
Amsterdam - Taipei - Auckland

12) United Airlines
Heathrow - Los Angeles - Auckland


I know its a big list but i really cant decide between them, and I have a couple of restraining things. Firstly, my missus doesnt fancy Tokyo, or Korea at all. Ive tried telling her, but she isnt keen on Asian food and hates seafood particularly. This is why i'm curious about the meals on the flights you see. She quite fancies Hong Kong, but doesnt fancy Singapore, and the kicker is that i would like to have a couple of days stopover, and i will get cross and annoyed if she is whinging the whole time! Basically, when i've decided, i'll tell her and if she doesnt like it she doesnt have to come, but it would be nice to have her happy too - it makes everything soooooo much easier!!!!!

So what do you guys think? I know Singapore and Cathay are very good, i mean i know all about the airlines but not the actual flights you know?

Any help would be much appreciated!!!

Regards,

CHRIS
What do you mean you dont have any bourbon? Do you know how far it is to Houston? What kind of airline is this???
 
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RE: London-Auckland - Whats The Best Way Of Doing It?

Tue Sep 10, 2002 5:45 am

My advice would be to avoid the United States considering the hassle of extra security. ANA, JAL and Asiana don't continue on to Auckland so you would be looking at Air NZ from Japan and Korean from Korea if you chose those options.

Thai has a stopover in Sydney on the Bangkok-Auckland leg and Malaysian has a stopover in Brisbane on KL - Auckland. However, these two airlines offer the best in terms of economy class legroom on the Asian sectors, with MAS also having PTVs. I've always found service on MAS to be very good.

Between SIA and Cathay, I think Cathay might offer the best in terms of travel connections. They operate a 18-weekly service to London and a 10-weekly service to Auckland. Again, the service on Cathay is top-notch and its hub in Hong Kong can't be beaten, plus British Airways codeshares on its service to Auckland if frequent flier miles are of consideration. Singapore Airlines is also a very good airline, offering the same seat pitch in Economy although I hear that SIA's wisemen entertainment system is among, if not, the best.

Air Canada from YVR to AKL requires a change of aircraft in Honolulu to Air New Zealand. My personal choice would be definitely an Asian carrier, probably either CX or SQ on the basis of their non-stop flights to Auckland and their sterling service.
 
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RE: London-Auckland - Whats The Best Way Of Doing It?

Tue Sep 10, 2002 5:56 am

Thanks very much!

Whats the food like on Malaysian and Thai? How many of the Thai 744's have PTV's and the schedule shows the BKK-AUC flight to be operated by a 743; is this true or do i get one of their A333 or 772 equipment instead?

Anyone know?

What do Singapore fly from SIN-AUC?? A343?

What about MAS? What are they like? Is Kuala Lumpur nice?

I'm stuck!!!!!



CHRIS
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RE: London-Auckland - Whats The Best Way Of Doing It?

Tue Sep 10, 2002 5:58 am

What about Korean? Are they as good as i've heard? Is Seoul nice for a stopover? Do Eva fly to Auckland?


Sorry lots of questions!!!!!!


CHRIS
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RE: London-Auckland - Whats The Best Way Of Doing It?

Tue Sep 10, 2002 6:02 am

Without a doubt go via Hong Kong with Cathay and have at least 3 days stopover. It's a fantastic city, you and you're fiance will love it I can assure you.

I would go back right now if I could!

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RE: London-Auckland - Whats The Best Way Of Doing It?

Tue Sep 10, 2002 6:06 am

Yup Eva Flys to Auckland ....Taipei - Auckland - Taipei , operated by a 767-300

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RE: London-Auckland - Whats The Best Way Of Doing It?

Tue Sep 10, 2002 6:42 am

My, your fiance is a fragile little flower, isn't she?  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

Assuming the missus has never been to Asia, and that she is likely to whinge about conditions and food during your stopover, then it might be best to go through Los Angeles with NZ. Their service is good, food on board is also good, and you may not encounter an Asian choice. Seat comfort is ok, legroom is standard, and there are no PTVs, which can be a drag on such a long flight.

If you do wish to fly through Asia with a stopover, then HKG and SIN will probably be easiest on your fiance - they're the two most westernised cities with plenty of non-Asian food. Seoul, Taipei, Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok may be a bit harsh for a "sensitive" first-time traveller to Asia.

SQ and CX both have PTVs and they usually have a choice of two meals, sometimes three. One will be Asian and one will be a Western choice. Of course, there is a danger that the Western choice may be a seafood option, and unfortunately that is a risk you run. You might want to simply request a Western vegetarian meal just to eliminate the risk of your fiance having to eat either seafood or Asian food on any of the flights.

SQ operates 3x daily LHR-SIN vv and 1x daily SIN-AKL, all with 744s with PTVs. They also codeshare 1x daily with NZ on a 767. The NZ planes have no PTVs.

 
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RE: London-Auckland - Whats The Best Way Of Doing

Tue Sep 10, 2002 7:11 am

Going via the US and/or Canada has the advantage that you´ll have a bigger baggage allowance: 2 pieces of 32 kilos vs. 20 kilos on Asia flights.

Ever thought of doing this as a round the world trip?

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RE: London-Auckland - Whats The Best Way Of Doing It?

Tue Sep 10, 2002 8:19 am

www.airline-network.co.uk are doing MAS specials to Aust/NZ until Sept11. You don't only get the option of staying in Kuala Lumpur (some info can be found at my website www.angelfire.com/on/khian) as MAS also allows all transit passengers to fly via any Malaysian city (yes including Borneo) and/or Singapore.

Service on MAS is great and food is fab...

check also www.malaysiaairlines.com.my
 
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RE: London-Auckland - Whats The Best Way Of Doing It?

Tue Sep 10, 2002 9:55 am

Cathay Pacific usually offer three options in Economy class on long-haul sectors, plus self-service snack bars on London/Hong Kong definitely (I'm not sure about HKG/AKL).

Singapore operate 747-400s on SIN/AKL while Cathay usually use the A340.
 
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RE: London-Auckland - Whats The Best Way Of Doing It?

Tue Sep 10, 2002 10:39 am

BA/QF LHRLAXAKL. Easy! The LHRLAX is flown by BA and the LAXAKL is flown by QF which BA codeshare on.
 
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RE: London-Auckland - Whats The Best Way Of Doing It?

Tue Sep 10, 2002 10:46 am

I remember reading a travel guide, it says: If you're travelling to country A, then you might really consider the airline based in country A.

Basically Air NZ provides the unique New Zealand styles of service which will makes you feel like you're in NZ already when onboard ANZ's plane.

I think that's what the travel guide trying to suggest.

As a result, I suggest ANZ. One-stop same plane service, no transfer hassals or pressures if you're flying CX/SQ and connecting flight at HKG/SIN.

 
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RE: London-Auckland - Whats The Best Way Of Doing It?

Tue Sep 10, 2002 10:49 am

Hmmmm....what about considering a 'oneworld' fare? Then you could fly LHR-MAD on British Airways or Iberia and then MAD-SCL-AKL on LanChile. The overall Ecomony Class (Clase Turista) service and entertainment is exquisite on LanChile, with fine wines, ptv's, ergonomical seats, more space, delightful catering and plenty of room in the over-head compartments and cabin toilets. The Madrid to Santiago de Chile flight is nonstop and it connects just in good timing with the nonstop service from Santiago de Chile to Auckland (3 times a week), all of which on the comfortable and modern A340-313X.


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Good Luck....
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RE: London-Auckland - Whats The Best Way Of Doing It?

Tue Sep 10, 2002 1:47 pm

While the service and food is very ordinary, Thai allows you to route through Bangkok, Brisbane and Sydney in either direction, allowing you to stop in all these places at no extre charge (bar departure taxes).

So that's probably the best option stopover wise. And they're often the cheapest.
 
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RE: London-Auckland - Whats The Best Way Of Doing It?

Tue Sep 10, 2002 2:36 pm

EVA's AKL service is only 2x weekly but there are 2 NZ operated TPE-AKL flights aswell all on 767-300ER's!

Not talking from experience but I would take NZ, SQ or CX.
Korean also are fairly cheap usually and operate daily 747-400's through AKL.
 
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RE: London-Auckland - Whats The Best Way Of Doing It?

Tue Sep 10, 2002 2:47 pm

Food on MH esp for LHR - KUL amongs the best. In Y you'll get 3 choice, western, asian, and vegetarian (please anyone correct me if I'm wrong). But not so sure for KUL - AKL sector.
 
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RE: London-Auckland - Whats The Best Way Of Doing It?

Tue Sep 10, 2002 2:48 pm

With NZ you can fly somewhat more exotic routings,

Such as LHR-LAX-PPT-RAR-NAN-AKL

Lots of nice ol Pacific Islands you know  Smile

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RE: London-Auckland - Whats The Best Way Of Doing It?

Tue Sep 10, 2002 3:38 pm

I say your best bet and easiest is to keep it nice and simple... Air New Zealand, LHR - LAX - AKL. Great airline, and you get to see LAX!
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RE: London-Auckland - Whats The Best Way Of Doing It?

Tue Sep 10, 2002 4:36 pm

Singapore Airlines:

3X daily with Boeing 747-400 from LHR to SIN.
1X daily with Boeing 747-400 from SIN-AKL.

Singapore Airlines is a great choice. Ask her to spend a few days in Singapore. I promise you she'll love it. There are three meal choices on board SIA flights to and from Europe.

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RE: London-Auckland - Whats The Best Way Of Doing It?

Tue Sep 10, 2002 4:48 pm

This is really such a long flight that you really want to minimise the amount of time in the air and avoid going via Japan or Korea. In addition, you really do need a PTV system otherwise 20 plus hours takes forever to go by! I would strongly say go via HK with Cathay or SG with SQ and forget all other options! HK is a far more exciting and interesting city than SG but I personally think that SQ has a better PTV system than CX for the long haul routes. So my recommendation would be to fly down with SQ via Singapore and stop over here for a night or two. SQ used to do these very good stop over deals for S$1 per night! I don't know whether they still to do that. And if your wife really is a first timer to Asia than she would probably prefer SG over HK. It is slightly easier for westerners! You won't find a Mon Kok in Singapore!
 
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RE: London-Auckland - Whats The Best Way Of Doing It?

Tue Sep 10, 2002 4:49 pm

I am at school so I can't do the normal product and services information you would expect on board Singapore Airlines.

Departing London Heathrow on 2 March 2003 at 1100 and arriving in SIN at 0750 on 3 March - SQ317 - Megatop 744
Departing Singapore on 3 March 2003 at 0900 and arriving in AKL at 1125 on 4 March - SQ285 - Megatop 744.

Departing Auckland on 29 March 2003 at 1415 and arriving in SIN at 0835 the same day - SQ286 - Megatop 744
Departing Singapore on 29 March 2003 at 2320 and arriving in LHR at 0630 on 30 March - SQ322 - Megatop 744.

Cost is for two people with tax included: GBP 1562.40.

Compared to Expedia.co.uk's cheapest fare with Malaysia Airlines at GPD1609.60, it's definately cheaper.
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RE: London-Auckland - Whats The Best Way Of Doing

Tue Sep 10, 2002 6:28 pm

Well, with ur restirctions, basically, you don't have many choices left! You want a stopover, but isn't keen on Singapore, or Asian food. So the two most "westernised / modernised" city, with plenty of non-asian food is Singapore and Hong Kong. So of course, Hong Kong wins, since she doesn't fancy Singapore.

Of course, you may choose to go the other way, via LAX, with Air NZ! I wouldn't choose this though. As much as you might think that PTVs are useless, they are pretty handy for such a long flight. And CX and SQ would be good choices for that, unlike AirNZ, which doesn't offer PTVs.

If you're considering other Asian airlines, don't! Especially TG. I did LHR-AKL once on TG, it was horrible. Not the service, but the number of stops. You forgot to add SYD on your list. Others? They'll just be going out of your way....
 
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RE: London-Auckland - Whats The Best Way Of Doing It?

Tue Sep 10, 2002 6:46 pm

Singapore is much easier for Westerners to come to. You should persuade your wife to come down to Singapore. Hongkongers generally do not speak English that well, compared to Singaporeans.

Like I said, she will SURELY enjoy Singapore, even if the stopover is only for a day or two. If you finally come down here, you should visit the zoo and Orchard Road. You won't be disappointed.

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RE: London-Auckland - Whats The Best Way Of Doing It?

Tue Sep 10, 2002 6:52 pm

You could consider....

LHR (VS) HKG (NZ) AKL - GBP833 return plus tax (booked thru NZ direct)

LHR (NZ) LAX (NZ) AKL - GBP833 return plus tax (booked thru NZ direct)

LHR (NZ) LAX (NZ) PPT/NAN/RAR/APW/TBU (take your pick of one) (NZ) AKL - GBP944 plus tax (booked thru NZ direct) - If you want you can add more islands at GBP45 per extra stop.

NZ's strengths are - legroom (34" in the 744 compared to 32" on most others) genuinely warm and friendly in-flight service, good food.
Weaknesses - no PTVs.

If you're going on NZ transitting through LAX, you won't need to collect and recheck your baggage, but will need to fill in customs/immigration forms to clear US authorities for the 2 hour transit.



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RE: London-Auckland - Whats The Best Way Of Doing It?

Tue Sep 10, 2002 6:56 pm

I would suggest flying Lan Chile via SCL, if she isn't keen on asia
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RE: London-Auckland - Whats The Best Way Of Doing It?

Tue Sep 10, 2002 8:11 pm

Asiana fly LHR-ICN too..
try them, You wont regret!
Korean Air service is great too
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RE: London-Auckland - Whats The Best Way Of Doing It?

Tue Sep 10, 2002 9:14 pm

Hi CHRISBA777ER,

You should consider flying via Buenos Aires  Big thumbs up

You can do LGW-MAD-EZE-AKL (MD88-B742-A342)

As you plan to fly in March this is the best opportunity to stay in Buenos Aires for 2 or 3 days as autumn is starting. I promise you will enjoy it very much.

Here below is the flight info:

AR1133 LGW-MAD-EZE 17:45 / 07:15 (Flight time 16.30) Tue/Thu/Sun


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RE: London-Auckland - Whats The Best Way Of Doing It?

Tue Sep 10, 2002 9:24 pm

Don't avoid the US just because of security. I travel in the US constantly (I live there) and have never had major problems with security. To board an aircraft in the US, you will need to present your ID three times:

1. Once to get a boarding pass
2. Once to get past security
3. Once to get on the plane

When passing through the security, you may be "wanded" and asked to remove your shoes.

When I left CDG in November 2000, I experienced the exact same "inconvenience" except the shoe part.

The point is that airport security in the US is not so inconvenient as to cause you to go the other way around the world to avoid it.

Another option is American Airlines, LHR to LAX and then transfer to Qantas for LAX to AKL. This way you get MRTC on the LHR LAX sector with PTV's and Qantas will likely have PTV's on LAX AKL by the time you will be traveling. Additionally, you will each have enough FF miles for a free trip in the continental US. Perfect if you would like to visit the US for the your honeymoon.
 
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RE: London-Auckland - Whats The Best Way Of Doing It?

Tue Sep 10, 2002 11:01 pm

I would suggest flying United Airlines LHR-LAX on a 777, stay a few days and then on to AKL again on another UA 777. Really nice plane with PTVs, friendly service and the added benefit of Channel 9 where you can listen to ATC. Security is not that much of a hazzle to the US, about the same as anywhere else. You also get to spend a few days in Los Angeles which is a great city with lots of variety with both beaches and mountains. The777Man
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RE: London-Auckland - Whats The Best Way Of Doing It?

Wed Sep 11, 2002 7:19 pm

Hye Guys..

Like Many i have to say AirNZ!!
They have the best service i could ever think of!! 100% New Zealand! Many people say that us Kiwis know Customer service the best...LOL....Blush!

When will you be travelling??
If in Early 2003, i cant promise anything but AirNZ will be redoing their inflight cabins...Maybe PTV's are on the list?? I think they would be with QF now installing them!! hint hint...

Anyways...
I think AirNZ is great...U must also visit RAR (Rarotonga) My hometown!! It is the best pacific island! HOT, SUNNY, BEAUTIFUL BEACHES!! that is why we are known as the "Jewel of the Pacific" It diffenately is a Jewel thats for sure!!

Back to airlines...
Korean Air is a VERY VERY good airline also! They offer three choices on-board, 2 western and one Asian Usually bibimbap! Which is the best Airline meal i have tasted in my life! That is why they always win the best meal award!! They offer PTV'S, 34" pitch, Great service, and one of the most modern and beautiful cities in the world!
SEL is truly one amazing city, and with what people say about it not being a westernised city., let me tell you it is!! Most citizens talk english, Signs are al in English and Korean, MANY MANY cheap things and great quality, alot of friendly people, great scenery again in local SEL! Not very polluted in my opinion! Considered to HKG and TYO. It is fun, relaxing and exciting!

But once again, i can only recommended AirNZ! Theya re so fun, you get three options also, very personal service, even in coach, the best food and alcoholic beverages in teh industry, leading Flight Attendants who know how to treat their passengers, and Great safety! They are also part of the star alliance which means you can take many other wonderful carriers within the star alliance such as BMI, OS, LH, SQ, TG, just to name a few.

Please keep us updated,
enjoy my hometown...AKL...oh yer, Auckland is AKL not AUK...lol...but its sweet we know what youa re saying!

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RE: London-Auckland - Whats The Best Way Of Doing It?

Wed Sep 11, 2002 11:07 pm

korean air do have PTV ? noo... i flew hkg-icn-lax-icn-hkg. all the flights didn't have ptv. 773,772 and 744 all don't have ptv.
 
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RE: London-Auckland - Whats The Best Way Of Doing It?

Thu Sep 12, 2002 12:06 am

You should fly with Singapore Airlines - OAG's Airline Of The Year.

Connections are convenient and a stopover in Singapore is great - if you go to the right places.

With Singapore Stopovers (Singapore Stopover Splendour with cheaper hotel prices could be available - not available after September 2002 at present), a hotel room per night twin share could cost between US$64 and US$188 Also you get...

• Airport-hotel-airport transfers on seat-in-coach basis. 
• Free SIA Hop-on tourist bus service plying through main tourist belt.
• Free admissions to Sentosa Island, Images of Singapore Musuem at Sentosa Island, Singapore Zoological Gardens, Night Safari, Jurong BirdPark, National Orchid Garden, Singapore River Boat Tours.
• Free admission to your choice of 4 National Heritage Board Museums.
• Complimentary 'Brew-of-the-Day' at The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf.
• 50% discount on food at hotel's coffeehouse from à la carte menu only. 

Also, you could explore the bustle of Bugis Street - full of restaurants according to out own Financial Times. Singapore has a wide variety of cuisine and I am sure some of the Singapore members of this forum will be most obliged in helping you pick a suitable Western-Asian restaurant or similar.

Anyway, travel there in style with Singapore Airlines (and maybe Air New Zealand).

All Singapore Airlines flights to and from London and Auckland are by Boeing 747-400 MEGATOP. 

In Economy Class, there is a wide selection of food and wine prepared by the International Culinary Panel - Gordon Ramsey is a member - no Delia. Both International and Asian selections are available - so the girlfriend can't complain really.

On board, the seats are ergonomically designed with winged, height-adjustable headrests, a footrest and a nice seat pitch.

With KrisWorld - the world's most advanced inflight entertainment system - you are able to experience a plethora of audio and visual features that will definately seemingly shorten your comfortable experience on Singapore Airlines.

Steal some toiletries, eau de cologne and aftershave lotion and more from the toilets for your own personal use.

Finally, you'll get to experience the inflight service that Singapore Airlines is famed for.



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RE: London-Auckland - Whats The Best Way Of Doing It?

Thu Sep 12, 2002 3:00 pm

Yep they sure do have PTV's!!
Confirmed from Korean Air themselves to me. They started installing them in March of last year!
GOSH, they must be taking their time huh!

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RE: London-Auckland - Whats The Best Way Of Doing It?

Thu Sep 12, 2002 3:11 pm

I have just returned from a long 7 week trip through Australia, New Zealand and the US. US security is not a hassle at all - just perhaps a little inconvinent, I was pulled over twice at the gate and wanded, frisked etc, but at least they had a sense of humour. We flew up from Auckland to LA with Qantas on a leased BA plane which was average and finally back from Seattle with BA which gave me the impression that it had about as much leg room as just any other charter carrier.

Next time it will be Air New Zealand for me - they have great leg room, good seats, smart planes and plenty of fluids served through the night.
 
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RE: London-Auckland - Whats The Best Way Of Doing

Thu Sep 12, 2002 6:17 pm

LOL! Sorry Singapore_Air, can't resist it. No offense, so don't mind me! But now I really understand why they call you the SQ press agent!  Big grin

CHRISBA777ER, I would seriously reconmend you taking either SQ or CX, but since you said that your fiancee doesn't fancy Singapore as a stopover, SQ would be out of the option then.....

AirNZ's cool, but hey, I prefer CX and SQ, with the PTVs.... Better service as well!
 
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RE: London-Auckland - Whats The Best Way Of Doing It?

Thu Sep 12, 2002 6:28 pm

Like I said, Singapore is easier to navigate about. Hong Kong is much bigger and it can be easy to get lost. Here in Singapore, you can't even get lost because its so tiny.

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RE: London-Auckland - Whats The Best Way Of Doing It?

Thu Sep 12, 2002 8:55 pm

Hi Chris

As long as your wife isn't a whinger about spicy food and hot weather then I would say Bangkok is the best destination for a stopover (closely followed by Kuala Lumpur). Out of the airlines, Singapore Airlines, Malaysian and Cathay are the best options.
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RE: London-Auckland - Whats The Best Way Of Doing It?

Thu Sep 12, 2002 8:55 pm

I say go for Singapore Airlines . IF Emirates do fly to Auckland , i would have choosen that airline if i would you but too bad they dont . Why Singapore Airlines ? Well , You be flying a very good airline which offers great services , with PTVS too on the B747-412 aircraft . In addition , you will stop over one of the most modern airports in Asia , spottings planes at Changi airport is great as there are a couple of good viewing gallerys to go to .
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RE: London-Auckland - Whats The Best Way Of Doing It?

Fri Sep 13, 2002 3:09 am

I'm doing this flight next spring, around February probably. My routing is LHR-SIN-CNS-SYD-AKL-LAX-LAS-LHR.

My circumstances are different in that I have family in Port Moresby, Sydney and Auckland, I'm also meeting up with my wife in Vegas for a week at the end of it all. My ticket will almost certainly be a one world RTW fare, but that is because it allows me to make the trip to POM from Australia as part of the RTW journey. I would prefer a Star ticket so that I could try out SQ and NZ but it would add alot to the total cost.

I'm also different in that I love SIN and will be making every effort to have a stopover there. If anyone has any advice on a trans pacific routing I would be grateful, I'd like to get from AKL to SFO without having to go back to SYD and preferably with a stop in HNL or maybe even EZE.

It's such a long way from LHR-AKL that there are loads of routings that you can make, and my advice for Chris is that if you check out a RTW fare it really opens up lots more options for you. I can't recommend any particular airline except BA, but then they are tied up with QF whose standards are considerably lower.


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RE: London-Auckland - Whats The Best Way Of Doing It?

Fri Sep 13, 2002 6:24 am

Qantas744: What a trip! If you could create a new thread I'll try and find you a nice price.

Unfortunately, it seems to be a OneWorld trip but I'll see what happens.

Anyway Username: CHRISBA777ER, how's the plans?
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RE: London-Auckland - Whats The Best Way Of Doing It?

Fri Sep 13, 2002 7:13 am

Qantas744: Are you aware that your trip could cost £4100 per person in Economy?!
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RE: London-Auckland - Whats The Best Way Of Doing It?

Fri Sep 13, 2002 1:33 pm

Chris,

my my... what a flurry of options you have! All the best in making your decisions and do keep us a.netters updated of the goings on! Once again, do remember that your wife-to-be would be in Asia for the first time. If she is adventurous, try Hongkong and Bangkok! It does not get more Asian than that, especially Bangkok! Its cosmopolitan enough for modern amenities to be there but still a step back in time where people are still steeped in past rich traditional cultures like hand-clasped greetings and little English. And the food, oh man... i always die and go to heaven when I eat Thai food!

Hongkong is similar to Singapore but less English spoken. Clean, efficient, relatively safe. Singapore is too organised and clean to have a good feel of the Asian culture. But if your wifey is not too adventurous, its a good start.

So have you made up your mind yet?
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RE: London-Auckland - Whats The Best Way Of Doing It?

Fri Sep 13, 2002 1:37 pm

I'd be interested to see if you could find a Star Alliance routing to POM-but as far as I can remember it's only QF that fly there, codesharing with Air Niugini.


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