|Quoting Tradewinds (Reply 38):|
It gets a little trickier when you consider the freebies you tend to get on the Japanese carriers (especially for kids; I have a 3-year-old we travel with to Japan regularly so those things matter a lot!). It is good to see DL finally competing in terms of a decent Y product, though. My IFE for about a decade was Halcyon and beer!
I did actually fly both Northwest and United once each on the JFK
route in the 00's - I don't remember much about those flights except that I was upgraded to business class on United, which was nice, but there was *still* no IFE. Talk about a competitive disadvantage. No wonder there was no one flying business on that flight (they told me I was upgraded for weight balance!). I did drink quite a bit on that flight; it was free and I was bored.
The one old ANA 744 I got stuck on I do remember, because we had counted on them having PTV's (which they generally did at the time) and were a bit late for the flight and in a rush, so I had *nothing*. I spent the entire 14 hours leafing through the in-flight magazine. That was tough. My wife slept but I can't sleep on planes. These days I always buy a couple of my own magazines in advance, just in case.
I don't have kids so I don't know what other advantages JAL and ANA have over DL
flying from the US. I do obviously like the service on the Japanese carriers but I'd probably have to just try DL
to see if JAL or ANA is still worth the premium once DL
installs PTV's. One thing in DL
's favor is Economy Comfort - I'd pay a couple hundred bucks to be guaranteed more legroom (I'm 6'4"), which you can't really do on ANA or JAL... JAL's PE
is just too expensive and ANA just doesn't have anything like that anymore. But up to now, I'd have rather taken my chances on getting an exit row if I'm guaranteed a PTV. I'll just have to try DL
sometime in the future to see if the PTV's and Economy Comfort now make them a decent option for me on this route.
I'm tired of being a wanna-be league bowler. I wanna be a league bowler!