pmk
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Traveling LHR-LAS, Need The Absolute Best Airline

Sun May 18, 2003 8:52 am

Okay folks, you've all helped me in the past; now I need help finding the perfect airline. For those of you who haven't read my posts I am a frequent traveler on business jets and travel almost weekly in the US. Having said that I now need to come back from London next year and the company won't let me take the new G200 that far for personal reasons so I must fly commercial. Now that being said let me tell you what this trip is for. My VERY tolerant GF of several years deserves a vacation, I just got a huge promotion and raise and am going to do EVERYTHING on this trip ABSOLUTELY the best.

My girlfriend and I are taking the Queen Mary 2 to Southampton, flying to Gothenburg, Sweden and talking delivery of a new Volvo C70 Convertible. We are then driving all over Europe and eventually ending back in London. We plan to fly back to the US in early May of 2004. Originally we were going to take Concorde -- well so much for that theory. Keeping in mind that I am somewhat of a target due to my business and my GF is somewhat famous and recognizable what airlines do you all recommend?

Here are the restrictions, and please don't anybody take offense or start another A vs B war.

1. No Airbus or McDonnell Douglas aircraft over the ocean.
2. Prefer to make less than three connections.
3. Cost is NOT a major obstacle; but $89,000 to charter is too much.
4. Prefer to avoid New York or LAX
5. Would like to have two seats together, not split across the aisle (like the BA beds).


Thanks for the help.

Peter

[Edited 2003-05-18 02:04:54]
 
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RE: Traveling LHR-LAS, Need The Absolute Best Airline

Sun May 18, 2003 9:12 am

Well as far as I know Virgin Atlantic is the only nonstop service from LHR to Vegas. Full First Class on VA is roughly 7,000 GBP I believe. You should have no problems with their service as far as catering to your needs. For the most part (save Liz Hurley perhaps) they are quiet good when it comes to serving celebrities and other VIP types. Of course the aircraft would be a 747

I would take that option. If not, I would suggest United Airlines. Not direct, you would go through Chicago and switch aircraft, which I would not bother with if I were you. UA is also accustomed to serving VIPs.

Both of these options seem to meet you criteria. Hope this helps. PM
 
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RE: Traveling LHR-LAS, Need The Absolute Best Airline

Sun May 18, 2003 9:23 am

...Forgot to mention, the split aisle will not be a problem in United First on their 777 (which is the a/c serving LHR-ORD), 4 seats abreast, 2 together in the middle. Fairly confident the same holds true for Virgin.

You can connect with a 757 in Chicago for the second leg of the journey if you elect to travel United. As I said, the direct service on Virgin would likely be the right choice.
 
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RE: Traveling LHR-LAS, Need The Absolute Best Airline

Sun May 18, 2003 9:23 am

Gothenburg, Sweden and talking delivery of a new Volvo C70 Convertible


Just out of curiosity, what are you going to do with this fine piece when you fly back to the states? You'll gonna have to pay a hefty amount to be able to take it with you on the flight i'll tell you that.

Or you could just stop by and leave it in my caring hands while you're in town (Gothenburg).  Big thumbs up
 
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RE: Traveling LHR-LAS, Need The Absolute Best Airl

Sun May 18, 2003 9:28 am

The Virgin flight is out of LGW...I don't know if LGW is out of the question or not for you.

If you could go out of LGW, I would advise you take Delta or Continental over all your options. Delta will be using the 777 and 767-300 by that time (MD-11 will be gone), and Continental will be using the 767 or 777. You could connect in ATL, CVG, IAH, or CLE (I ruled EWR out). If you have to go through LHR, I would suggest American. I have heard great things about their First Class, and you would be able to connect in ORD or BOS (JFK is out); service from LGW goes through STL or DFW. Service would be on all Boeings except for potentially US-domestic flights (MD-80s)

Jeff
 
pmk
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RE: Traveling LHR-LAS, Need The Absolute Best Airline

Sun May 18, 2003 9:40 am

Traveling out of Gatwick is fine.

BTW, sorry Mika, the C70 is coming home via Volvo's Overseas Delivery program.

Thanks for the advice so far, keep it coming.

Peter
 
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RE: Traveling LHR-LAS, Need The Absolute Best Airline

Sun May 18, 2003 9:41 am

If you fancy trying a 'different' way of travelling this route, why not try LHR-MAN-ORD-LAS with bmi as far as ORD & then a connecting flight with UA.
The bmi service is absolutely fantastic, and probably well worth the trip to MAN.
If not, I would be inclined to travel with Virgin Atlantic LHR-LAX and then America West LAX-LAS.
 
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RE: Traveling LHR-LAS, Need The Absolute Best Airline

Sun May 18, 2003 9:49 am

Sorry - I'll read all your conditions before I come up with an answer next time!
I guess you'll not be flying 'the business' with bmi, then.....
 
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RE: Traveling LHR-LAS, Need The Absolute Best Airline

Sun May 18, 2003 9:50 am

I would recommend the nonstop Virgin flight out of Gatwick, but from Heathrow, take United, connect at SFO for the short hop to LAS.
 
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RE: Traveling LHR-LAS, Need The Absolute Best Airline

Sun May 18, 2003 10:51 am

PMK-

You want to tell us anything else about your life? Christ, what a braggart!
Keepin' it real.
 
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RE: Traveling LHR-LAS, Need The Absolute Best Airline

Sun May 18, 2003 11:09 am

Phx-

It seems he is in the casino business.

Always fly Singapore. I love their First Class. If you wanna get fancy. Go LHR-SIN-LAS. Althought the SIN-LAS takes an intermediate stop but its the same plane.

They have the sky bed as two together.

AirOne
 
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RE: Traveling LHR-LAS, Need The Absolute Best Airline

Sun May 18, 2003 11:26 am

Take Virgin.. Ozzie Osbourne and his kids go back and forth on Virgin quite often, and seem to enjoy it.

 
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RE: Traveling LHR-LAS, Need The Absolute Best Airline

Sun May 18, 2003 12:13 pm

AirOne- i am pretty sure the SIN-LAS flight has been cancelled!
Come fly with US
 
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RE: Traveling LHR-LAS, Need The Absolute Best Airline

Sun May 18, 2003 12:34 pm

My suggestion. AA LHR-ORD-LAS.
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LufthansaUSA
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RE: Traveling LHR-LAS, Need The Absolute Best Airline

Sun May 18, 2003 2:25 pm

Hmmmm, who does this remind me of...

I know, that chronic liar that was exposed here a year or so ago!...

Jeez, get a life, stop making up a life on the internet...

I am somewhat of a target due to my business and my GF is somewhat famous and recognizable ... my ass...
 
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RE: Traveling LHR-LAS, Need The Absolute Best Airline

Sun May 18, 2003 2:27 pm

Unless you have proof, lets pretend he's for real. You never know...
 
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RE: Traveling LHR-LAS, Need The Absolute Best Airline

Sun May 18, 2003 4:36 pm

Just being curious, why don't you want to take Airbus/MD?
 
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Traveling LHR-LAS

Sun May 18, 2003 6:10 pm

AC849/AC293 on a B744 LHR-YYZ and A319 from YYZ-LAS.
 
Setjet
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RE: Traveling LHR-LAS, Need The Absolute Best Airline

Sun May 18, 2003 7:35 pm

"...so I must fly commercial"

Poor sucker, your company doesn't let you charter a plane for $ 89,000 even though they just gave you a promotion? If I were you I would kick some serious butt @ your company or consider to quit!

To come back to your question:
Why don't you convince British Airways to keep one Concorde until next year to give you a nice charter ride for you and your girlfriend alone!?!?

Man, you must have some serious problems!
 
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RE: Traveling LHR-LAS, Need The Absolute Best Airline

Sun May 18, 2003 8:10 pm

I find this quite interesting:

"Keeping in mind that I am somewhat of a target due to my business and my GF is somewhat famous and recognizable what airlines do you all recommend?"

If you're a target you better stay at home! And as for your g/f is somewhat famous? Man who cares anyway about your g/f (At least I dun). If she's famous and recognizable just charter a plane then, no one's gonna care a s**t about you and her.

You say you're a frequent business flyer that flies nearly every week and you need advice to choose?? Hm....that sounds a bit weird.  Laugh out loud


Best Regards
 
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RE: Traveling LHR-LAS, Need The Absolute Best Airline

Sun May 18, 2003 8:31 pm

I'd go for VS LGW-LAS in Upper Class...I've done it before and it was a very nice flight. Alternatively how about Concorde to JFK then a US domestic from there? Or does Concorde count as an Airbus?  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
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RE: Traveling LHR-LAS, Need The Absolute Best Airl

Sun May 18, 2003 8:48 pm

I recommend British Airways from Heathrow to Los Angeles in First (and then a private jet to LAS). BA do have 2 sets of paired seats (not separated by an aisle) in First, seats 4EF/5EF, so you would be seated next to your girlfriend. You would also be able to dine together as the footstool becomes an extra seat and the table is big enough for two.
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The advantages are that BA offers a very high class product on the ground and in the air. You would be treated as a VIP and handled by our Special Services department at Terminal 4, ensuring you every assistance and discretion possible. BA's First cabin is in the nose of the 744 so you would not be disturbed by people going up and down the aisle as you would on Virgin for instance (in their glorified business class cabin).

Cheers  Smile
 
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RE: Traveling LHR-LAS, Need The Absolute Best Airline

Sun May 18, 2003 9:04 pm

Britair

VS Upper Class cabin is also in the nose of the 744. Some a/c also have an Upper Class section at the front of the upper deck, so in either case there won't be too many people wandering up and down the aisle  Wink/being sarcastic

Cheers
Biggidy biggidy bong
 
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RE: Traveling LHR-LAS, Need The Absolute Best Airl

Sun May 18, 2003 9:15 pm

Thanks, Airchabum, I stand corrected  Smile (*damn, quickly thinks of another reason not to fly VS* lol)......

(oh yeah, i have it.....)

Another note to remember with Virgin to Las Vegas is that the service operates from Gatwick, where most of their leisure routes go from. From Gatwick the MAJOR difference is the service in Upper Class: Their is NO onboard bar or massage facility. So it is kind of "Upper Class Lite" Big grin & therefore maybe not the best fit for PMK's requirements.

Cheers  Smile
 
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RE: Traveling LHR-LAS, Need The Absolute Best Airl

Sun May 18, 2003 9:21 pm

Pmk,

if I was you I would call each and every airline that you would consider for the trip and ask them to send you information about their long haul First Class product.

Then again, please allow the following question: if you are as rich as you claim and can even afford to charter a plane why don't you support airliners.net then with a FirstClass Membership? Don't get me wrong guys. If you cannot afford it or don't want to afford it that's okay with me.

ZSSNC
btw: www.pmkco.com could not be found. Please check the name and try again.

[Edited 2003-05-18 14:33:58]
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RE: Traveling LHR-LAS, Need The Absolute Best Airline

Sun May 18, 2003 9:32 pm

Originally we were going to take Concorde.
No offense, but if you end up in London and you had wanted to take a Concorde, which is basically a product of a company which is known as EADS/Airbus today, than how can you go on stating that you 4. Prefer to avoid New York or LAX???

the C70 is coming home via Volvo's Overseas Delivery program
Once you pick up a car from whoever built it you can scrap the idea that they will again take it in their hands to send it to whereever you want it, at least not for the price you would pay if you just pick the car up in the US. Ohh, sorry I forgot that you are rich.  Laugh out loud

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RE: Traveling LHR-LAS, Need The Absolute Best Airline

Sun May 18, 2003 11:35 pm

Your GF is somewhat famous/recognizable .... sounds like the famous woman with the beard (they have/had in the circus)
 
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RE: Traveling LHR-LAS, Need The Absolute Best Airline

Sun May 18, 2003 11:48 pm

I think I can help out here; you can borrow my second BBJ for as long as you want (for free, of course...), then getting rid of all the unwanted attention the two of you might get on a scheduled flight with common, regular, passengers...  Big grin

P.S. I guess that you won't join me when I going by myself in my A319CJ...  Laugh out loud
 
pmk
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RE: Traveling LHR-LAS, Need The Absolute Best Airline

Mon May 19, 2003 1:16 am

Thanks for your help for those of you who did. I'm leaning toward either BA from LHR or VS from LGW.

Sorry, I'm just not comfortable on Airbus aircraft over the water and DC-10's I avoid like the plague.

When I travel in the US I travel only on Spirit, because the company has a contract with them. Usually I pick up a seat on the Corporate A/C on it's way through as we have a semi-regular schedule
 
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RE: Traveling LHR-LAS, Need The Absolute Best Airline

Mon May 19, 2003 1:38 am

Hi Britair

Thanks for yr reply. Yes the LGW Upper Class service is different to those on the LHR based a/c and the IFE isn't as good on the LGW 744's but then I'm sure our friend Pmk will be busy doing important businessman type things on his lap-top anyway  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

Incidentally...do BA offer bar/massage in First/Business class? I've only flown Clubworld once (which I thought was excellent btw) but didn't notice anything.

Cheers
Biggidy biggidy bong
 
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RE: Traveling LHR-LAS, Need The Absolute Best Airline

Mon May 19, 2003 1:56 am

My, oh my, sounds like a nice trip. When do you leave? I imagine you must have booked the QM2 quite a while ago, as I hear her inaugral season is more or less booked up already.
 
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RE: Traveling LHR-LAS, Need The Absolute Best Airl

Mon May 19, 2003 2:44 am

Hi Airchabum, no, no bars or massages in Club World  Smile We do have Raid the Larder though if that counts  Big grin
 
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RE: Traveling LHR-LAS, Need The Absolute Best Airline

Mon May 19, 2003 2:53 am

What are you guys like, a guy asks a simple question and asks for advise and you take the p!ss out of him basically! So what if he is rich or has a recognizable g/f - he asked a simple question he expects a simple answer in return!  Yeah sure

I would go with BA there first class looks extremely comfortable, and too bad I can't tell you what its like as I fly in October to JFK in 1st class on BA.

Have a good trip anyway & ignore these guys.

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gigneil
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RE: Traveling LHR-LAS, Need The Absolute Best Airl

Mon May 19, 2003 3:03 am

Uhm, European delivery of cars to US customers is a popular and standard practice - Volvo, SAAB, Mercedes, BMW, and Porsche all offer it. You fly over to Europe, drive the car around Europe, and give it back to the manufacturer who then ships it to you via their normal methods. Its also not notably more expensive - especially since they have to ship it to you anyway. Don't slam things of which you know nothing, Max.

I agree adding the "I'm somewhat of a target and my girlfriend is famous blah blah blah" was an unnecessary step.... also the "I'm not comfortable on an Airbus aircraft over the water" statement further reduces the credibility of this post on an aviation related website. I can understand avoiding DC-10s, many have old and outdated interiors although I hear Northwest's are very pleasantly refurbished on the inside.

Clearly the best route is nonstop from London to Las Vegas on Virgin, no matter how important or not you are.

N
 
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RE: Traveling LHR-LAS, Need The Absolute Best Airline

Mon May 19, 2003 3:35 am

I will admit this thread does seem rather odd. Some valid questions were raised, such as how it is possible that someone who apparently travels as much as PMK does would need advice on a rather trite issue-all one has to do to evaluate the options for a nice LHR-LAS trip would be to venture over to expedia or travelocity or a similar site.

Curiosity got to me (please understand, unfortunately I am at work on this beautiful day, so this setting lends itself to curious wanderings on the internet). It seems that PMK has had some other threads that seem a bit odd in the same respect-that someone who is in the position to be making rather extravagant purchases appears to know so little about what he is dealing in (such as significant a/c purchases). I'm not trying to pass judgment, but perhaps there may be a credibility issue here, so I feel this is a valid post. When I read a post on this forum, especially those that are seeking assistance, I would hope that they are honest inquiries, not something else. I will post a couple of other threads from PMK for others to view (again, bear with me, I'm bored).

In an earlier post I talked about the Safire S-26. I am VERY interested in acquiring one. I will have the money to hire a pilot and to acquire the aircraft. Before I send a deposit, what do I have to be concerned with? What are the expenses involved, what does maintenance cost, what maintenance is required? Is there a book about what has to be considered when purchasing an aircraft? I want an aircraft, what do I need to know. This A/C sells for the price of a well equipped Bonanza so it would qualify as a general aviation aircraft, what do I need to know?-PMK

I would hope that if one were about to send in a deposit on a Safire that they would have done a reasonable amount of research on it. At least they should have an idea of what expenses might be involved, especially as it pertains to maintenance.

Now down to business, my company has asked me to find a large exec-jet, old and used but safe. I have been looking on the net and have found a few 727-200's from the 1960's but they have all had recent C and D checks so I guess they'd be safe. Management says they want a bigger plane that a 727, but smaller than a 747, something like a L-1011, DC-10(god forbid) perhaps something built in the 1960-70's. Am I forgetting any other acceptable aircraft, anything Soviet worth looking at? For those of you who would suggest something like a C-141 Skylifter or a C-5 Galaxy, don't bother I already asked  Smile/happy/getting dizzy-PMK

Something larger than a 727? And they tasked him with this responsibility? I would imagine that any organization considering making such a purchase would likely go through an aircraft dealer/broker as opposed to just tasking an employee (who apparently is no expert) with the purchase.

In closing, hopefully these are valid and honest inquiries on the part of PMK. I would hope someone would not sit around making up stories on this forum. I just thought they seemed a bit odd and curious, so I decided to bring the issue up. Perhaps I am the one who is mistaken.
 
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RE: Traveling LHR-LAS, Need The Absolute Best Airline

Mon May 19, 2003 3:36 am

What are you guys like, a guy asks a simple question and asks for advise and you take the p!ss out of him basically! So what if he is rich or has a recognizable g/f - he asked a simple question he expects a simple answer in return!

I have no problem with him having a rich or recognizable g/f but if that really is the case does it make him a better person? I guess 99% of the people here care s*** about who or what his g/f is. And in this case I could not do anything else but laugh about the style how a person raises himself high above all of us...

Gigneil, if it's the case ok. I was wrong but doesn't make this tale look more realistic.  Wink/being sarcastic

This does remind me of ILS btw...

Max
 
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RE: Traveling LHR-LAS, Need The Absolute Best Airline

Mon May 19, 2003 3:39 am

Go with Virgin Atlantic. The best by far. The IFE is great and service is just as good.

Fly

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RE: Traveling LHR-LAS, Need The Absolute Best Airline

Mon May 19, 2003 4:50 am

Pmk:

well... let´s wait for a non-stop LHR-LAS with easyJet or Ryanair. perhaps in your dreams it can be the same as your first class HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!

*******
 
kanebear
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RE: Traveling LHR-LAS, Need The Absolute Best Airline

Mon May 19, 2003 5:14 am

I would fly BA LHR-PHX and charter a jet to connect from PHX to LAS in that situation... I wouldn't think a Lear 35 would cost more than $5,000 or so r/t for that short a hop although you may wish to use a larger plane. Never flown VS but their product is not a true first class and indeed is sold as business class. BA provide a wonderful product in F and if you truly warrant the VIP treatment you say, they have a Special Services department who will be able to do a 'meet and greet' at the plane, and get you to/from the FBO. Also, on the 744 4E/F and 5E/F are not separated by an aisle. there is a partition that can be raised or lowered but it is quite cozy.

Frankly I think it's all a bit idiotic however, just fly BA LHR-ORD (and enjoy the seclusion of the 747), connect to AA ORD-LAS (AA special services meet you at the plane, I've seen it done) and be done with it. I've seen plenty of stars flying LAS-ORD (most recently BB King) and I know they didn't go through checkin/security/etc with the rest of us so there ARE facilities to bypass what the hoi polloi go through.

P.S. Why on earth would you want a Volvo C70? Awfully pedestrian don't you think? Perhaps a Mercedes SL350/500/55/600/65? Jaguar XK-8/R? Having driven some of the above (SL500/55 and XKR) as well as having testdriven the C70, I can say honestly it pales in comparison.

[Edited 2003-05-18 22:17:38]
 
gigneil
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RE: Traveling LHR-LAS, Need The Absolute Best Airl

Mon May 19, 2003 5:18 am

There is no such thing as a Mercedes SL65, although that would be orgasmic if there were. The SL55 AMG is certainly a crowd pleaser.

What exactly do you have to be in terms of celebrity to warrant Special Services?

Many a celebrity does seem to prefer VS over BA, don't know why. The "business" class service on VS certainly puts many first class products to shame, but clearly not BA's.

N
 
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RE: Traveling LHR-LAS, Need The Absolute Best Airline

Mon May 19, 2003 5:31 am

PMK- if your company is so rich and you have so much money then why are you flying spirit? i mean come on they dont even have a first class although i belive they ahve a bussiniess class, but even so why are you flying spirit? also if you have so much money why are you buying a volvo?
Come fly with US
 
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RE: Traveling LHR-LAS, Need The Absolute Best Airl

Mon May 19, 2003 5:46 am

Keeping in mind that I am somewhat of a target due to my business and my GF is somewhat famous and recognizable

And then you are going to take delivery of a convertible? How dare you? I suggest to chose this fine car instead:



The safest vehicle in its class: Bullet-proof, mine-proof and air-portable (!). And - contrary to real tanks - the "Dingo" has windows!

Man, will your best friend Arnold Schwarzenegger (with his small, boring Hummer) be jealous!
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BFS
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RE: Traveling LHR-LAS, Need The Absolute Best Airline

Mon May 19, 2003 7:25 pm

No offence, but I really have to admit I find this hard to swallow. If you are sincere about your fabulous life, I apologise. However, I can't help remember that 12 year old who crashed his brand new car (was it a Volvo too?) after having been paying too much attention to the flying pigs overhead who got quite a grilling for wasting all our time with his invented lifestyle.

Again, I apologise (and am extremely jealous) if you are being honest, but we'll just have to see.
 
FFlyer
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RE: Traveling LHR-LAS, Need The Absolute Best Airline

Tue May 20, 2003 1:56 am

Volvo is the only European make which has a different kind of duty-free vehicle delivery program: You buy (pay) the car in Europe, but the vehicle is not by the customer to the US. You simply go to the local dealer in the US, and pick up the car from their lot. There is the paperwork and advance arrangements, but in principle it works that way. At least Volvo itself says that they are the only make doing it this way.
 
gigneil
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RE: Traveling LHR-LAS, Need The Absolute Best Airl

Tue May 20, 2003 2:57 am

The others aren't duty free obviously... with the others you buy the car from your local dealership, and travel to Europe to take delivery of it and tour the facility, then they ship it to you.

N
 
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RE: Traveling LHR-LAS, Need The Absolute Best Airline

Tue May 20, 2003 6:51 am

Okay heres what i got for You. I say take VA non stop from LGW. If that is not possible then you can try to take AA to MIA then go to LAS if the times allow. If not. Then i say take UA to ORD. If you never been to Miami i say you should maybe stay a few days there. take AA or BA to MIA. Another Wonderful place you can go to is Nassau. But i am pretty sure that is LGW on BA. I say you stay a few days there. Wonderful Island. Stay at Atlantis if you do. Then take AA to MIA and then LAS. But if you dont want to spend a few days in nice cities then just take UA or AA to ORD SFO or BA to Denver, San Diego, Seattle. If you want to do any of the Nassau or Miami ones then contact me for more information on that VIA e-mail at pilot54563@aol.com. Good luck.
"It was just four of us on the flight deck, trying to do our job" (Captain Al Haynes)
 
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RE: Traveling LHR-LAS, Need The Absolute Best Airline

Tue May 20, 2003 10:44 am

That is a very good life indeed to live but clearly you have yet to discover how the true VIPs such as the head of states and the royalty travels. If the trip is to be traveled from LHR for instance, the private VIP lounge at the terminal which their airline is at will be open for the VIP before their arrival at the airport. I'm not talking about regular airline lounges, but actual VIP lounges with suites and everything. Once the VIP arrives they will be greeted by airport personnel and airline ground staff in charge with a bouquet of flowers. Then all the VIP has to do is sit and wait while other passengers to board the plane, and sit tea or coffee. Meanwhile, the airport personnel checks in their luggage for them and get their boarding passes and travel documents ready and make sure that everything is taken care off. Once all the passengers are on board, the airline personnel in charge of the flight will come into the VIP room, and take them in the car to the plane, next to the jetway, and board the plane by going up the steps on the side of the jetway and into the aircraft. That way the VIP will never have to deal with the hassle with other passengers in the terminal. And they will be make sure that they find their seats ok. While on board the cabin crew will actually stoop down to take care of them and serve them in everyway. In first class, they will actually lock one of the lavatory from the outside so no other person can use it but only for the convenient of the VIP. Once the plane lands at the destination, the cycle begins again. The airport and airline ground personnel will be ready to greet the VIP in the jetway, they will be let out first of course. Go down the stairs from the side of the jetway to avoid the hassles in the terminal (depending on airport sometimes they can go through the terminal taking the golf cart to VIP room), and into the VIP room and wait, while the personnel is getting the VIP's luggage and taking his travel document through immigration. To make things easier and do the job of the ambassador of the state, the ambassador and his wife and staff will also come to the airport to greet the VIP on both arrival and departure, and coordinate with the airport staff that everything runs smoothly!
A lot of work and preparation let me tell you that! lol..from past experience- Don't ask!
 
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RE: Traveling LHR-LAS, Need The Absolute Best Airline

Tue May 20, 2003 10:51 am

Virgin Atlantic! They have the only nonstop service operating from LGW-LAS. If you absolutely must fly out of Heathrow, then fly BA to LAX and then back track to LAS, on WN. The flight from LAX to LAS is 45 minutes and it is cheap.

However, given that McCarran International Airport is just five minutes by car to the Las Vegas Strip, it makes sense to fly nonstop rather than wasting the time connecting. LAX is a horrible airport.

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RE: Traveling LHR-LAS, Need The Absolute Best Airline

Wed May 21, 2003 5:12 am

Send the G/F FedEx... no one will recognize her wearing a purple and white dress....

Gee, I'm going to LAS too, hope I don't run into Pmk cause I don't think my poop smells as good as his....
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RE: Traveling LHR-LAS, Need The Absolute Best Airline

Wed May 21, 2003 6:25 am

Take BA to Seattle, then connect to AS to head to AS / KLAS), USA - Nevada">LAS... that's the way I'd do it anyway.

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