B742
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Favourite European Hub And Airline

Wed Jan 18, 2006 1:55 am

What is your favourite European Hub and airline?

For example; KL at AMS or AF at CDG...

I have a joint favourite  Smile

Swiss International Airlines at Zurich

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Virgin Atlantic at London Heathrow

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Also like Finnair at HEL and British Airways at LHR  Smile

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RE: Favourite European Hub And Airline

Wed Jan 18, 2006 4:51 am

Gotta be FRA and Lufthansa - fabulous Airline

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RE: Favourite European Hub And Airline

Wed Jan 18, 2006 5:09 am

Quoting B742 (Thread starter):
Virgin Atlantic at London Heathrow

Totally agree with you there, I think that Virgin's presence at Heathrow is really significant.


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Great airport too, awesome variety of airlines and aircraft. Try counting the number of planes in this shot!  Wink

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RE: Favourite European Hub And Airline

Wed Jan 18, 2006 6:11 am

Well, I know, whom I will NOT nominate, but after that it gets tough ...

- KL @ AMS makes my list
- LH @ FRA & MUC is also on my list ...
- ZRH, CPH and VIE aren´t bad either ...

So, I will nominate LH @ its double-hubs FRA & MUC

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RE: Favourite European Hub And Airline

Wed Jan 18, 2006 8:57 am

I would say AF @ CDG
 
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RE: Favourite European Hub And Airline

Wed Jan 18, 2006 9:32 am

Quoting HT (Reply 3):
Well, I know, whom I will NOT nominate, but after that it gets tough ...

- KL @ AMS makes my list

I must agree with you there, AMS is one of my favourite European hubs, and KLM give you a plethora of aircraft, anything from a F50 all the way up to a 747; with plenty in between, another would be BA at LHR, plenty of arrivals and departures and a wide variety of Aircraft.

I think this is getting a tougher list to make as Airlines rationale their fleets into one maybe two manufacturers. It's not like the old days  old , when airlines had a wide and varied fleet.

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RE: Favourite European Hub And Airline

Wed Jan 18, 2006 9:41 am

KLM at Amsterdam tops my list. After transferring there 8 times between the US and India, It's my 2nd home.... It's my 2nd home that I miss  Sad

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RE: Favourite European Hub And Airline

Thu Jan 19, 2006 12:36 pm

For me it's absolutely Lufthansa at Frankfurt International! They are truely superb. A second one, and very close to LH was Swiss Air at Zurich. Swiss just doesn't cut it. Air France is good too, but CDG needs to be ditched for a better airport.
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RE: Favourite European Hub And Airline

Thu Jan 19, 2006 9:09 pm

For me is AF@CDG and SAS@CPH

I also use regularly LH@FRA but I really hate this airport.
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RE: Favourite European Hub And Airline

Fri Jan 20, 2006 8:45 am

LH at FRA but just b/c of its huge-ness.
SN at BRU is a cute little hub...
 
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RE: Favourite European Hub And Airline

Fri Jan 20, 2006 8:49 am

I'd go with KL's AMS, then LH's FRA and finally AF's CDG.

In that order.

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RE: Favourite European Hub And Airline

Fri Jan 20, 2006 8:52 am

Hands down, KL @ AMS. I love AMS.

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RE: Favourite European Hub And Airline

Fri Jan 20, 2006 3:56 pm

LX at ZRH - great airline and lovely airport
Also LH at MUC - again nice new airport terminal, airline only let down by average lounges (light grey seats with yellow piping anyone - there is a reason we don't see these for sale furniture shops)

Special mention also to BA at LHR - wonderful service, great lounges (simply the best showers!) - just need all their planes to be at the same terminal (soon)

But LH at FRA - noooooo!!!! The lounges (AHHH!! Especially when packed to the rafters early on a Saturday morning) and the walk from international to European terminals is a real slog after a long overnight flight. And then we have their happy go lucky staff...
 
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RE: Favourite European Hub And Airline

Fri Jan 20, 2006 4:09 pm

It's a bit more difficult in my case.

Favorite European scheduled carrier would be AF with their comprehensive worldwide network, multiple departures from many German airports and still fairly good cabin service.

Their main international hub however, CDG, is a close to being a nightmare.

The LH operations at MUC and FRA would be a good example of how to run a hub operation. Unfortunately, LH has really become a poor airline compared to other competitor's standards in all but the (still highly important) factors of punctuality and reliability.
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RE: Favourite European Hub And Airline

Fri Jan 20, 2006 6:03 pm

No hub / carrier combination for me...

Preferred European airport: Amsterdam Schiphol
Preferred European main carrier: Turkish Airlines
Preferred European regional airline: Air Nostrum
Preferred European LCC: Air Berlin
 
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RE: Favourite European Hub And Airline

Sat Jan 21, 2006 6:36 am

Levent:

Turkish Airlines? I flew them twice. The staff was pleasent, and that was about it. Lufthansa, KLM, and Air France are head and shoulders above them in every concievable catagory for me. Another good European airline in SAS and Ukraine International.

Why do people here hate Frankfurt International? FRA is an amazing airport. It is well thought out; staffed with helpful people; signs for everything are everywhere. It is my idea of what an airport should be. It is in stark comparison to CDG which is my idea of what an airport is NOT to be.
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RE: Favourite European Hub And Airline

Sat Jan 21, 2006 9:10 am

Even though I hate bits of LHR, it is still my fave - so BA and LHR.
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RE: Favourite European Hub And Airline

Sat Jan 21, 2006 9:27 am

For me it's KLM @ AMS.

Decent airline (not the best but fairly good) and a great airport. They make an outstanding combination.
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RE: Favorite European Hub And Airline

Sat Jan 21, 2006 9:29 am

AF, CDG

AMS's cool for the spotting, but I really dislike the terminals, it's disorganized these times as well
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RE: Favourite European Hub And Airline

Sat Jan 21, 2006 9:40 am

Quoting Timology (Reply 18):
I really dislike the terminals, it's disorganized these times as well

Well I admit that some areas are disorganized/excessively crowded and others need a facelift, but overall I think it's a very nice airport complex.
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RE: Favourite European Hub And Airline

Sat Jan 21, 2006 11:47 am

Quoting Moparman (Reply 15):
Turkish Airlines? I flew them twice. The staff was pleasent, and that was about it. Lufthansa, KLM, and Air France are head and shoulders above them in every concievable catagory for me. Another good European airline in SAS and Ukraine International.

I flew KLM a lot between 1980 and 1995 and they were one of the best airlines in the world, but I think they have gone downhill dramatically over the past few years. I think South-East Asian airlines or Emirates for example are much better. Lufthansa is ok and I don't like Air France. Turkish Airlines is one of the few main carriers which are improving their service and I think they will gain importance over the next few years. Better service and better food, IMO.
 
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RE: Favourite European Hub And Airline

Sun Jan 22, 2006 8:31 am

For me, BU at OSL (what can I say, I'm 1/2 Norwegian (and 1/2 Canadian)).
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RE: Favourite European Hub And Airline

Sun Jan 22, 2006 9:28 am

I hope that with the new terminals at MAD, Iberia will be able to improve their image in front of the customer's eyes and MAD will also improve it's image as a hub.

MAD currently hosts about 400 daily IB operations, so it's a real hub for the airline.
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RE: Favourite European Hub And Airline

Sun Jan 22, 2006 9:36 am

BA @ LHR
The world's favourite airline.
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RE: Favourite European Hub And Airline

Sun Jan 22, 2006 9:40 am

1st place - Luxembourg Airlines at Luxembourg Findel Airport

2nd place - Aer Lingus at Dublin Airport

3rd place - Flybe at Belfast City Airport
 
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RE: Favourite European Hub And Airline

Sun Jan 22, 2006 10:36 am

Quoting IBERIA747 (Reply 19):
Well I admit that some areas are disorganized/excessively crowded and others need a facelift, but overall I think it's a very nice airport complex.

I read a few weeks ago they introduced something with Gate announcement 20 min before boarding.. I'm guessing a lot of people are confused by that, since not all the people check the screens or know what time it is
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RE: Favourite European Hub And Airline

Fri Jan 27, 2006 1:59 pm

For me definitely AMS and KLM. I love KLM, hence I fly via AMS and love it too. Great tranfer, no bus hassle (thats why I TRULY hate CDG and LHR and would nver tranfer via this airports), great shopping and great plane park. Well, plus KLM, great service and wine and F/A´s (hot, tall, blonde Dutch girls).
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RE: Favourite European Hub And Airline

Sat Jan 28, 2006 2:21 am

Quoting Moparman (Reply 15):
Turkish Airlines? I flew them twice. The staff was pleasent, and that was about it. Lufthansa, KLM, and Air France are head and shoulders above them in every concievable catagory for me. Another good European airline in SAS and Ukraine International.

= TK is far better than AF. And IST is a much more plesant connection experience than CDG  Smile. However, my favorite in Europe remains KL @ AMS.

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RE: Favourite European Hub And Airline

Sat Jan 28, 2006 2:31 am

Quoting TACAA320 (Reply 23):
BA @ LHR
The world's favourite airline.

What? BA??

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RE: Favourite European Hub And Airline

Sat Jan 28, 2006 2:53 am

Quoting TriStar500 (Reply 13):
CDG, is a close to being a nightmare.

Completely agree!! Anytime I got through CDG I really had tremendous experiences. Hope to never get back there... thumbsdown 
SK and CPH are pretty nice but I've never been to AMS which I think should be really a nice hub.

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RE: Favourite European Hub And Airline

Sat Jan 28, 2006 3:23 am

For me has to be BA at LHR: great airline and a great airport, with lots of variety. A fantastic combination! I also like MAD and IB, although people will say they are very bad...MAD new terminal will be impressive!
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