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Best Airline Australia-Europe In Y?

Sat Apr 29, 2006 9:09 am

Hello all,

I'd be interested to hear which airline you choose when travelling from Australia to Europe and back in economy (by Europe I mean any of the major cities - London, Paris, Frankfurt, Berlin, Rome)?

I hear Virgin Atlantic is rather good in Y, as is Singapore and obviously Qantas.  Wink

Not too sure about Austrian, Lauda, or Thai though. Anyone here have experience with these carriers on these routes?

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RE: Best Airline Australia-Europe In Y?

Sat Apr 29, 2006 4:31 pm

Emirates is supposed to have great economy class.
 
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RE: Best Airline Australia-Europe In Y?

Sat Apr 29, 2006 4:50 pm

I would either go with SQ via SIN or NZ via AKL and LAX or HKG
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RE: Best Airline Australia-Europe In Y?

Sat Apr 29, 2006 6:15 pm

British Airways, of course.
 
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RE: Best Airline Australia-Europe In Y?

Sat Apr 29, 2006 6:26 pm

I would say Emirates looks like a great option.
VS, yes possibly, but they do have a little less legroom in the cabin than otehrs and its not always up to par. Fine for 10 hours, but not for longer.
Malaysian seems to be highly preffered by many people in Y as well, they have a 34" legroom too.

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RE: Best Airline Australia-Europe In Y?

Sun Apr 30, 2006 1:48 am

EK is most of the times great... If you get the A345 you'll never regret your choice...

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RE: Best Airline Australia-Europe In Y?

Sun Apr 30, 2006 3:33 am

One of my friends flew Emirates from Germany to Sydney in Y.
He said it was the best experience he's had flying.
From the food selection, staff service, and IFE.
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RE: Best Airline Australia-Europe In Y?

Sun Apr 30, 2006 9:46 am

It looks like I'll be slumming it in Y from Sydney to Frankfurt via Singapore on Qantas at the end of the year.

Gulp.

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RE: Best Airline Australia-Europe In Y?

Sun Apr 30, 2006 9:16 pm

Quoting QANTASforever (Reply 7):
It looks like I'll be slumming it in Y from Sydney to Frankfurt via Singapore on Qantas at the end of the year.

Why don't you take BA in WT+ ? ... If you do take QF Y, avoid the back of the plane like the plague. It's too cold. Get Y seats as close to the front as possible. I did row 71 last month and it was hell on earth. Good service though!
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RE: Best Airline Australia-Europe In Y?

Sun Apr 30, 2006 10:54 pm

I personally would go the long way and take Air New Zealand. Recently refurbished 744s with PTVs and 34inches of pitch with that friendly Kiwi hosipitality would certainly make the time pass by a little quicker. And with the new AKL-HKG-LHR route, you could fly completely around the world with a single airline of which little old Air New Zealand will be the only one that you can do that on.
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RE: Best Airline Australia-Europe In Y?

Thu May 04, 2006 5:15 am

No one has mentioned CX or JL. My brother is comming with JL and I hope to be going with them next year. KL is also a good option, flew with them last year AMS-SIN and had a very nice flight. I also flew SYD-SCL-MAD with LA and IB and had great flights.
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RE: Best Airline Australia-Europe In Y?

Thu May 04, 2006 5:38 pm

Quoting QANTASforever (Thread starter):
I hear Virgin Atlantic is rather good in Y

You have to be kidding - IMO Virgin Atlantic is bloody awful in Y
  • restricted leg room due to location of IFE box under the seat in front of you (so you have to sit dead straight and still, otherwise you will soon experience extreme discomfort)
  • poorly designed seats
  • very amateur and rude F/As who are only selected by their looks
  • overpriced fares
  • restricted selection of drinks (try Virgin Vodka with Virgin Cola for the ultimate bad taste experience)
  • constant plugging of Virgin products and services
  • appallingly bad meals (even by airline standards) and
  • Mr Branston's face appearring everywhere.
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RE: Best Airline Australia-Europe In Y?

Fri May 05, 2006 3:17 am

EK in Y.
NZ these days would also be good, plus you get to stopover in LAX or SFO and you can come back through HKG come October.
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RE: Best Airline Australia-Europe In Y?

Sun May 07, 2006 11:27 am

On such a long flight go with the airline with the best seat pitch. It really makes a difference on such long flights.
My experience so far is that TG, MH and NZ have more pitch then QF, EK, CX and SQ.
TG is not considered in the same league as SQ and CX but minus the PTVS -the Thai service and food are better IMHO.

Whatever you do avoid VS - a leg cramp nightmare. I couldn't wait to get off a 6 hour trans-atlantic. I could not fathom a OZ-Europe on them!

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RE: Best Airline Australia-Europe In Y?

Mon May 08, 2006 3:02 am

Qantas and BA of course.

NEVER will fly VS, heard to much bad stuff bout em, and also there Y is meant to be awfull. On a OZ trip it will be 100 times worse
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RE: Best Airline Australia-Europe In Y?

Mon May 08, 2006 4:25 am

I have only flown MAN-BNE on EK and thought it was quite good. I am going again in about 10 months and I hope to go with SQ.

The freinds I visited in OZ are Australian and have done the UK-OZ trip about 10 times. They Have tried QS and BA and advised us to avoid it like the plague unless good prices. They have also used CX which they thought where ok, but now use SQ exclusively as they rate their flights with SQ as excellent
 
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RE: Best Airline Australia-Europe In Y?

Thu May 11, 2006 2:04 pm

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RE: Best Airline Australia-Europe In Y?

Thu May 11, 2006 3:45 pm

Quoting JoeCattoli (Reply 5):

I have also flown MXP-DXB-PER with EK... It was just great! B773 & A345
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RE: Best Airline Australia-Europe In Y?

Sun May 14, 2006 8:33 pm

Depends where you are going... if its LHR then you could always fly NZ from Australia to AKL-LAX-LHR 34" Y legroom, really good AVOD IFE. From November NZ is flying AKL-HKG-LHR also.
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RE: Best Airline Australia-Europe In Y?

Fri May 26, 2006 9:19 pm

Gday ..

Deffo NZ, especially for the Y Class legroom.

The cabin crew on NZ, I've always found brilliant as well. One of the friendliest groups of people you could wish to meet.  Wink

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RE: Best Airline Australia-Europe In Y?

Mon May 29, 2006 7:01 am

Quoting RoseFlyer (Reply 9):
I personally would go the long way and take Air New Zealand. Recently refurbished 744s with PTVs and 34inches of pitch with that friendly Kiwi hosipitality would certainly make the time pass by a little quicker.

Balance this with the insane experience of being an international transit passenger at LAX. Point is, the concept doesn't exist, so you must 'arrive', clear immigration and customs, collect luggage and start the whole sordid process from the beginning. Need a good reason to do that!
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