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Most Important Aspect Of Long-haul Flying

Wed Feb 09, 2000 1:13 pm

Just a mini survey to see what others regard as the most important aspect of long-haul flying.

(1) comfort of the seat/cabin
(2) quality of the food/ beverage service
(3) quality of the in-flight entertainment
(4) other(s)

My preference definitely goes to the seat/cabin especially on the 24hr Australia-Europe flight.

Would you prefer to fly ultra long haul(16-18hr) non-stop or would one stop be preferable just to stretch the legs properly? I think I would prefer the non-stop service, but flight length must become an issue at some stage.

As an aside I see Emirates wins a swag of Airline awards, and justifiably so. However, I was surprised to see their 777s configured 3-4-3 in economy as opposed to the normal 2-5-2 or 3-3-3. Do other airlines have 10 abreast seating in their 777s?

RE: Most Important Aspect Of Long-haul Flying

Wed Feb 09, 2000 1:35 pm

For me, the MOST important issue for long-haul flights...ANY flight...is safety.

Given a safe flight, I would vote in this order:

1. Cabin/seat comfort (must sleep!)
2. Quality of the in-flight entertainment (music and movies to lull me to sleep)
3. Quality of the food/beverage service

If I was fortunate to fly Business or First Class, where I could stretch out and sleep, I would vote for a 16-18 hour nonstop segment (God help us!). If flying Economy, I could not imagine being cooped up and crammed in for more than about ten hours at any one stretch.

Sorry, don't know if any other airlines have 10-abreast Economy seating on their 777's.

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RE: Most Important Aspect Of Long-haul Flying

Wed Feb 09, 2000 4:09 pm

To be honest I've never been on a flight longer than 9 1/2 hours, but seat room is my biggest desire. Also, if I had to, I'd take a connecting route rather than do a 14 hour aerial marathon.
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RE: Most Important Aspect Of Long-haul Flying

Wed Feb 09, 2000 4:19 pm

TG has 10 abreast in eco and 8 abreast in business.

For me the most important aspect of long-haul flying is:

Seat-pitch, legroom, seat-pitch, legroom, .....
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RE: Most Important Aspect Of Long-haul Flying

Wed Feb 09, 2000 7:17 pm

Safty comes first.

After that seat/cabin/food is very important for long flight. I have several times flown from Singapore, Bangkok, Hongkong and KL nonstop to Europe on economy class. Flight time 11:30 to 14:15.

I have tried to stay in the same aircraft for 21 hours. That is too long. I will think that 15-16 hours is about maximum for most pax.

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10-abreast 777s

Wed Feb 09, 2000 8:49 pm

BA has several high-density 10-abreast 777s that they use on Gatwick-Florida/Caribbean runs.


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