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CO B772 Vs AA B772 Transatlantic

Tue Dec 10, 2002 11:12 pm

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.
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RE: CO B772 Vs AA B772 Transatlantic

Tue Dec 10, 2002 11:25 pm


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.

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RE: CO B772 Vs AA B772 Transatlantic

Wed Dec 11, 2002 12:27 am

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.
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RE: CO B772 Vs AA B772 Transatlantic

Wed Dec 11, 2002 12:54 am

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.
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RE: CO B772 Vs AA B772 Transatlantic

Wed Dec 11, 2002 2:40 am

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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RE: CO B772 Vs AA B772 Transatlantic

Wed Dec 11, 2002 3:00 am

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.

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RE: CO B772 Vs AA B772 Transatlantic

Wed Dec 11, 2002 7:26 am

I like Gatwick better, taking the subway to Heathrow with the dozen stops and transfers sucks compared to the one-stop service on Thameslink.

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RE: CO B772 Vs AA B772 Transatlantic

Wed Dec 11, 2002 7:47 am

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!

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RE: CO B772 Vs AA B772 Transatlantic

Wed Dec 11, 2002 9:02 am

You don't have to make a dozen stops or transfers to get from Heathrow to Paddington anymore... there's a nonstop Express now.

But from there to Central London I don't really know how far it is.

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RE: CO B772 Vs AA B772 Transatlantic

Wed Dec 11, 2002 9:12 am

Ive flown to LHR on AA Business and it was really good. The service was great and the food was pretty good.

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RE: CO B772 Vs AA B772 Transatlantic

Wed Dec 11, 2002 3:10 pm

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!)

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