AF773
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CO Or NW For LGW To BNA?

Mon May 30, 2005 5:19 pm

Hey all,

I am in the process of booking a ticket from London to Nashville. As I am an elite plus Flying Blue gold member with AF/KL, I want to fly on another skyteam member. THis way I can enjoy all amenities of this elite level.

I will be flying in cattle class. Any thoughts on CO and NW's service regarding IFE, PTV, pitch, connection, aircrafts etc...?

Many thanks,

AF773
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RE: CO Or NW For LGW To BNA?

Mon May 30, 2005 5:28 pm

I would go with CO: I assume that you would fly LGW-EWR-BNA. CO offers a good product, LGW-EWR is a 777 route which means a comfortable aircraft with good IFE (PTVS throughout), EWR is a very convenient connection airport, etc, etc. You could also try the CO LGW-EWR flight that operates a couple of days per week with the 757, if you wanted to try narrowbody transatlantic service, but as far as comfort, the 777 is a better choice. I think that NW is flying DC10s into LGW this summer - the comfort level is less than the CO 777s but it is a chance to fly a classic.

Both CO and NW offer a good reliable product - the service in coach on both carriers is good but nothing special, a lot depends on the crew. I fly CO a lot and simply prefer their product.
 
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RE: CO Or NW For LGW To BNA?

Mon May 30, 2005 5:28 pm

I say go for NW. Detroit is an easier immigration & transfer experience than Newark, plus you would have mainline service the entire trip as opposed to transfering to an RJ (most likely) on CO. IFE (except if a DC-10), PTV, and pitch are pretty much equal.
 
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RE: CO Or NW For LGW To BNA?

Mon May 30, 2005 5:35 pm

If you can get on an A330, I would go with NW. If not, go with CO.
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RE: CO Or NW For LGW To BNA?

Mon May 30, 2005 6:01 pm

misread flight info.

[Edited 2005-05-30 11:02:06]
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RE: CO Or NW For LGW To BNA?

Mon May 30, 2005 6:15 pm

CO has 31" pitch on the 777.

Either way, EWR or IAH, you will connect with a Regional Jet to Nashville, and they have limited overhead space, so if you have a larger carry on, make sure to pack in it a smaller bag to carry vital items as, they will gate check the larger bag on boarding the Regional Jet. You will get it back as you exit the plane. (I assume they do it the same way in Europe, but since I've never flow an RJ in Europe, I don't know). The RJ on CO has 31" pitch.

There are fewer flights to Nashville from EWR than from IAH. You may have plenty of time to clear customs and get a relaxed meal at the EWR before your flight. There are various kinds of places to eat in Terminal C, the CO terminal for both international and nearly all domestic. (IAH has nashville flights every 1.5 to 2 hours all day). If you take the IAH flight, the airport has brand new international arrivals building, then two full service eateries in impressive new Terminal E and one in terminal C and in terminal B (where the RJs depart) as well as various other quick food, sweets shops and bars all around.

You can also connect in CLE for fun, if you don't mind the 757 from LGW with no personal video, just overhead movies. And CLE isn't a great airport, though the RJ terminal is new and nice.

On NW, you will connect in Detroit or MSP, and it looks like it is all DC10. The flight will be a a very old DC9 to and from Nashville, or on certain flights, an A320. The DC9 has 30-31" pitch and no video system. Avoid the back rows, obviously as there are no windows and the engines are very loud. I do not know much about DTW.

CO has power ports (first half of economy) and personal video (all seats) on the 777, but NW does not have it on the DC10 for coach.

PS - (In any CO city with a President's Club, if you sit outside the door to the President's Club lounge, you can connect to the internet wirelessly for free)

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RE: CO Or NW For LGW To BNA?

Mon May 30, 2005 10:10 pm

Yea.. I'd go Continental. Your EWR - BNA leg will be on a Embraer 145, but it will be non stop and direct.

In any CO city with a President's Club, if you sit outside the door to the President's Club lounge, you can connect to the internet wirelessly for free

..or you can sit at the gate and use the free wireless. At EWR it's everywhere.
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AF773
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RE: CO Or NW For LGW To BNA?

Mon May 30, 2005 11:47 pm

Hello

Thanks all for your replies. I think I'll go with CO.
I suppose I'll get lounge access anyway with my Flying Bue Gold card.

Thanks again,

AF773
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RE: CO Or NW For LGW To BNA?

Tue May 31, 2005 1:36 am

If you can fly the DC-10 then fly NWA, but if not fly the 777 from CO!

Rob!

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