acelanzarote
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Who To Fly With LHR-LAX

Wed Jan 11, 2006 8:38 pm

Hope to visit LA in March while back in the UK, have the option of flying with BA, Virgin, United, American or Air New Zealand direct all for about the same price. Who is the best/worst for service and entertainment?

Thanks
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RE: Who To Fly With LHR-LAX

Wed Jan 11, 2006 8:47 pm

I'd go VS, BA second choice, any US airlines a distant panting third. Have done VS into LAX and SFO and found them excellent for both service and entertainment. Good IFE and the FAs were really friendly and helpful on the long flight. BA is similarly good, but VS beats it on colour  Smile
 
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RE: Who To Fly With LHR-LAX

Wed Jan 11, 2006 8:54 pm

Why don't you fly one one way and one back?  Smile Either way, I'd go Air New Zealand or British Airways. I'm flying BA on that route in 2 weeks time, can't wait!

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RE: Who To Fly With LHR-LAX

Wed Jan 11, 2006 9:21 pm

If you get one of the new NZ aircraft, probably NZ/VS (maybe BA). If its an old NZ aircraft, then probably go with VS/BA
 
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RE: Who To Fly With LHR-LAX

Wed Jan 11, 2006 9:37 pm

Go UA just because it's such a laugh. Surly FA's/Prison gaurds. Bad food from plastic baby trays. Pay for drinks on Atlantic services. Greyhound bus decor on board their aircraft and not much prettier on the outside. If a FA greats you with a smile and hello (as a Y pax) at the door of the plane, I would be most surprised indeed! Every time I've flown UA, not a single FA has smiled or said hello to me on the long walk from the door to row 50-something.

My real suggestions are either NZ or VS. I haven't flown BA recently, so can't comment.
 
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RE: Who To Fly With LHR-LAX

Wed Jan 11, 2006 9:46 pm

What is the difference in Flying time between NZ & VS/BA
 
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RE: Who To Fly With LHR-LAX

Wed Jan 11, 2006 9:57 pm

Hi

I have flown BA, VS and AA to the US. While I prefer BA to VS, I wouldn't rule out AA either. I know they get a lot of criticism but when I flew with them from LHR to MIA and back it was a really nice flight and the crew were also great on both flights (although that was a couple of years ago-maybe its changed now)! I guess it just depends on your experience.
 
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RE: Who To Fly With LHR-LAX

Wed Jan 11, 2006 10:17 pm

Well I've only flown UA and had better experiences than CX777fan, but I'd go for NZ. Just for the fun of flying "different", I mean you will surely have other opportunities to fly BA, UA, VS or AA  Wink

By the way, thanks for your website. I'm going to the Canaries Islands next month and I'm very excited about that trip !
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RE: Who To Fly With LHR-LAX

Wed Jan 11, 2006 10:43 pm

You have not stated what class you will be flying in. If you plan to fly in economy, I would steer well clear of VS. Whilst IFE might be good if you are flying in a VS plane that has the latest system, I found the standards of service on all my VS flights appallingly bad and/or amateurish. On some flights, the cabin crew tried to be comedians, poking fun at passengers, which might be acceptable if the service was good but is unacceptable when the service is poor.

Seat pitch in coach on VS leaves much to be desired - my legroom was restricted by the IFE box under the seat in front.

VS have a restricted selection of drinks - often their own brands - and it appears that beverage/meal service to the VS cabin attendants was a chore. At least on BA/NZ, service is polite, professional, and courteous and a wider range of drinks is available. On red eye flights, VS cabin crew disappear once the meal service has finished, and are not seen again until it is time for breakfast. Rarely does a member of the cabin crew patrol the aisles or come round with water/fruit juice for passengers who are awake. On one occasion when I went to the galley to ask for some water, it seemed that the cabin crew were discussing their previous night's party like some drunken young women returning from a night on town. On another occasion when I reported that a toilet was filthy and had run out of paper, the cabin crewmember asked what I wanted her to do. I told her that some more paper would be helpful for starters. I was abruptly told that cabin attendants were not cleaners!

Another annoying aspect of VS, apart from the fact that they clearly do not live up to the hype, is the constant plugging of VS brands and products.

I cannot say anything about UA or AA, as I have not flown with them.
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RE: Who To Fly With LHR-LAX

Wed Jan 11, 2006 11:01 pm

Dont forget that on VS in economy there seats are arguably the most uncomfortable in that class of any airline i have flown.........awful!!.......UA Economy plus is great for the extra legroom, however having said that NZ are a very good airline in my eyes, always had great service etc, so I would give them a stab.
 
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RE: Who To Fly With LHR-LAX

Wed Jan 11, 2006 11:05 pm

Quoting Airtrainer (Reply 7):

By the way, thanks for your website. I'm going to the Canaries Islands next month and I'm very excited about that trip !
I hope you enjoy then!

Quoting BCAL (Reply 8):

yes it will be economy! Just hope the holiday dates are agreed by my work!

[Edited 2006-01-11 15:08:12]
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RE: Who To Fly With LHR-LAX

Thu Jan 12, 2006 3:54 am

Quoting BCAL (Reply 8):
If you plan to fly in economy, I would steer well clear of VS. Whilst IFE might be good if you are flying in a VS plane that has the latest system, I found the standards of service on all my VS flights appallingly bad and/or amateurish. On some flights, the cabin crew tried to be comedians, poking fun at passengers, which might be acceptable if the service was good but is unacceptable when the service is poor.

Seat pitch in coach on VS leaves much to be desired - my legroom was restricted by the IFE box under the seat in front.

VS have a restricted selection of drinks - often their own brands - and it appears that beverage/meal service to the VS cabin attendants was a chore.

On red eye flights, VS cabin crew disappear once the meal service has finished, and are not seen again until it is time for breakfast. Rarely does a member of the cabin crew patrol the aisles or come round with water/fruit juice for passengers who are awake. On one occasion when I went to the galley to ask for some water, it seemed that the cabin crew were discussing their previous night's party like some drunken young women returning from a night on town

Have to say my girlfriend's experience tallies with yours. She usually flew BA when she came to see me from SFO and IAD but she booked at short notice so used some CO miles to fly VS out of EWR. She said she'd never fly them again out of choice. Restricted legroom, uncomfortable seats, awful food, took two hours to get meal service running on a red-eye EWR-LHR, unprofessional staff, stingy portion of drinks  thumbsdown  She did say the IFE was the saving grace on what otherwise would have been an awful flight.

Having said that Y on any airline is never going to be a pleasurable experience, personally I'd probably buck the trend and go for UA. Yes, what I am doing advising someone to fly UA but the fact is if you can score a seat in E+ for whatever the small cost is you are bound to have a much better flight thanks to that legroom. Unless you fly BA, get sloshed for free on the cheap wine and try to forget that in 11hrs you are going to need to be prized from your seat by crowbar....
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RE: Who To Fly With LHR-LAX

Thu Jan 12, 2006 6:09 am

I'd pick NZ and/or BA. It depends. May be much more expensive to pick two different carriers etc....
 
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RE: Who To Fly With LHR-LAX

Thu Jan 12, 2006 7:16 am

the new config is guranteed on the LHR run, you may as well get 34" and a PTV on NZ.... It beats all the other configs on the route that's for sure.
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