Mike77
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Flying To Singapore....What Is The Best Airline?

Thu Jul 24, 2003 9:13 pm

I am flying from San Francisco - Singapore next spring, and I am wondering what the best airline is to use. The obvious choice is SIA. But we get a load of Aisian airlines here at SFO. Is there any other airline that is recommended, or is SIA the definite best choice?
 
Mike77
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RE: Flying To Singapore....What Is The Best Airline?

Thu Jul 24, 2003 9:17 pm

Oooops, I think I should have used SQ to designate Singapore Airlines - SIA. Sorry!
 
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RE: Flying To Singapore....What Is The Best Airline?

Thu Jul 24, 2003 9:21 pm

I have flown from Europe to Singapore 6 times. 5 times on SIA and 1 time on SAS.

In september I will go to Singapore again on SIA.

So my answer is very clear (Check my username). SIA - SQ - Singapore Airlines !!!!!

Have a nice trip.


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RE: Flying To Singapore....What Is The Best Airline?

Thu Jul 24, 2003 9:27 pm

Easy.... going to Singapore, fly Singapore Airlines.
But if you need stopover somewhere...fly others like Cathay pacific (not much different from SQ)... and have a break in Hong Kong
One thing...don't fly Thai..becoz you'll get more tranfer : San fransisco-LA-Narita-Bangkok-Singapore..too many stopover!
 
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RE: Flying To Singapore....What Is The Best Airline?

Thu Jul 24, 2003 10:11 pm


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there are other options as well, just drive down to LAX and make a stop at KUL ...
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RE: Flying To Singapore....What Is The Best Airline?

Thu Jul 24, 2003 10:24 pm

Fly something else, dont fly SQ... dont give them your precious $$.. fly Malaysian or United or something, SQ isnt deserving.

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RE: Flying To Singapore....What Is The Best Airline?

Thu Jul 24, 2003 10:31 pm

Well if you want something completely different, try Asiana (OZ) and experience their "In-Flight Entertainment"
http://us.flyasiana.com/travelplanner/travelplanner_inflight_magic.asp
 
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RE: Flying To Singapore....What Is The Best Airline?

Thu Jul 24, 2003 10:41 pm

fly down to LAX to catch MH's LAX-TPE-KUL then you are guranteed a widebody (either the new A332 or A333) from KUL-SIN...!!! You deserve to be served by the best cabin crew around!  Big grin

Or you can also take BR, CX, KE, JL, NH? Many other options. I think you also need to find out abt their respective fares.
 
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RE: Flying To Singapore....What Is The Best Airlin

Fri Jul 25, 2003 1:04 am

Assuming you are coming back, you probably want to think about frequent flyer miles. SFO-SIN, plus participating in a few promotional offers, should get you the 25,000 miles needed for a domestic ticket here in the US.

So, you might want to consider American carriers in that case... NW, UA and AA all have flights (AA on codeshare) to Singapore.

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RE: Flying To Singapore....What Is The Best Airline?

Fri Jul 25, 2003 2:10 am

Actually, if you are flying from SFO, MH will actually fly you down to LAX for their connecting flight, thus saving you 6-7 hours of driving down the coast. And I think fares from both LAX and SFO will be the same for MH, even though you need to fly an extra segment from SFO.

There are plenty of other options too - CX, JL, NH, KE, OZ, CI, BR, UA, NW just to name a few.
 
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RE: Flying To Singapore....What Is The Best Airline?

Fri Jul 25, 2003 3:28 am

What class are you flying?
If biz class, I'd give CX or UA a nod before SQ.

In coach, I don't have a clue....
 
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RE: Flying To Singapore....What Is The Best Airline?

Fri Jul 25, 2003 3:43 am

SIA is one of the top airlines in the world ! I usually go out of my way to fly with them. They are a member of StarAlliance and you will earn miles as well.

Don't waste your precious $ on UA or NW unless you like lack of service.
 
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RE: Flying To Singapore....What Is The Best Airline?

Fri Jul 25, 2003 4:18 am

Marcopolo747,


Please don't talk about service and say SQ is ok, UNITED is 10 times better, sorry. And besides, UA is way cheaper as well.......
 
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RE: Flying To Singapore....What Is The Best Airline?

Fri Jul 25, 2003 4:39 am

KL 911,

Your concept of service is obviously different from mine.
 
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RE: Flying To Singapore....What Is The Best Airline?

Fri Jul 25, 2003 5:06 am

Is that a trick question?

Folks go out of their way to fly Singapore Airlines - I've taken a train to New York from Washington DC to fly to Germany from JFK rather than suffer with Lufthansa or United.

You go to Singapore - you fly Singapore Airlines. United is a dreadful option.
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Greg
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RE: Flying To Singapore....What Is The Best Airline?

Fri Jul 25, 2003 5:21 am

Hey Jaysit...how is it dreadful?
I do Singapore regularly (monthly).....about half the time on UA..and each experience has been great.
Not as good as CX..but the f/a's on UA beat the hell out of SQ each and every time.
How is there biz class sub par? We actually pay a premium to fly with them (or CX).
 
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RE: Flying To Singapore....What Is The Best Airlin

Fri Jul 25, 2003 5:23 am

Umm...thats a no brainer. Fly Singapore.
 
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RE: Flying To Singapore....What Is The Best Airline?

Fri Jul 25, 2003 5:41 am

SQ & CX are two of the best Asian carriers bar none, so I would go with either of the two. They’re comparable in service, but as the SQ flight is a same-plane service, I’d choose SQ from a convenience standpoint.

You can choose CX & with the plane-change at HKG, maybe get in some spotting…?

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RE: Flying To Singapore....What Is The Best Airline?

Fri Jul 25, 2003 5:47 am

Greg, I am not familiar with UA's trans pacific business class, but if it is the same as the trans atlantic business class, then I would avoid it at all costs. Carriers like BA, Virgin, Lufthansa, KLM, Singapore, Cathay, etc. have better service, better food, more comfortable seats, etc. Even Delta's business elite is much better. In my opinion, UA's business class product is way below average. If you pay a premium to fly with them, as you say, you really need to re-think your strategy! By the way, UA's economy class product is quite good internationally, especially on the 777.

To Singapore, I would obviously take SIA. Obviously, their image is partly a hype, but they are pretty good, just like MAS and Cathay.
 
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RE: Flying To Singapore....What Is The Best Airline?

Fri Jul 25, 2003 5:51 am

United Biz, IMHO, are better than Northwest or, sadly enough, Delta's bizElite.

But they really do pale in comparison with SQ (and I'm talking about pre-spacebed days). Sorry. Thats just been my experience. Tastes vary.
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Greg
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RE: Flying To Singapore....What Is The Best Airline?

Fri Jul 25, 2003 5:54 am

UA's transpacific product is quite good...at least on par with the CX and SQ. The one we avoid is NW---and that's only because of the questionable equipment used...

I've done US to Singapore with them five times already this year. Other than an occasional late departure they have all been very good...(at least in the int'l portions)

SQ is attractive because they have lowered their corporate fares about 40% in most transpac markets...so it's likely we'll be taking them soon again...

Perhaps my opinion will change.
 
Mike77
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RE: Flying To Singapore....What Is The Best Airline?

Fri Jul 25, 2003 6:19 am

Thank you for all the info regarding SFO-Singapore flights. It humors me how so many people have such differing and volatile opinions. I would love to know why certain people absolutely HATE a certain airline. I have been on 25 different airlines and have never hated any of them - disliked, yeah, but not hated! Anyway, overall concesus seems to direct me to SIA. I am flying First Class, so it seems like SIA would probably be the best option. I am curious to fly an American carrier over there, but I figure that flying to Asia, it makes sense to fly an Asian airline.


Michael