dlouise
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Choosing Between Two Itineraries

Fri Aug 22, 2008 4:56 pm

I'm an anxious flyer. I handle it ok, but there are things I do that help give me the illusion of being safer. One of those is choice of aircraft I fly on. I much prefer newer planes -- probably no surprise there.

I am flying from SFO into Bangkok and back home out of Hanoi soon.

My choice is between Eva Air, and Asiana.

Eva has brand spanking new 777-300ERs on all legs except for the leg between Hanoi and Taipei, an older md-90. Asiana flies new (but not quite as new) 777-200s for the long leg, and older 767s (10-15 yrs old) on the Seoul - BKK and Hanoi - Seoul routes.

I know it doesn't matter, both will in all likelihood be perfect choices, but what would you do? I will be flying economy on all, and the long haul flights are comparable in length.

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RE: Choosing Between Two Itineraries

Fri Aug 22, 2008 5:56 pm

If it were me I'd go for the double-widebody flights. If you go trans-pac on a widebody, you might not be very comfortable on a narrow MD90 after such a long flight. I don't know how long the layover or anything is so it really is up to you.
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RE: Choosing Between Two Itineraries

Fri Aug 22, 2008 8:33 pm

Quoting Dlouise (Thread starter):
I know it doesn't matter, both will in all likelihood be perfect choices, but what would you do? I will be flying economy on all, and the long haul flights are comparable in length.

I would decide on
- timings (departure times, arrival times, layover not too long and not too short)
- fares

If these factors turn out to be comparable, like Smcmac32msn said, the leg in a bigger (roomier) B767 might be the better experience for you than the (still very good and safe) MD-90. Also, the B767 will be a bit less prone to turbulances, if there should be any.

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RE: Choosing Between Two Itineraries

Sun Aug 24, 2008 4:29 pm

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I would go for Cathay Pacific out of SFO or Thai Airways out of LAX.

- CX flies 744 to HKG and BKK but you have to go to HAN through HKG with mix of A330 and A321 on Dragon Air.
- TG flies A340-500 non-stop to BKK out of LAX and A300 to HAN.

You'll get a better fare on TG.

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RE: Choosing Between Two Itineraries

Sun Aug 24, 2008 6:00 pm

I am actually planning to leave soon -- in about a week (!), and TG is out of my budget (~1500 not including my trip to LAX).

Cathay through Hong Kong is possible, but still more expensive than Asiana or Eva and from what I can tell, they don't get better ratings service-wise.

Right now I am leaning towards Asiana -- flying into Phnom Penh and out of Hanoi (though there is a niggling voice that tells me to fly a 747 over the Pacific; the 4 engine comfort thing -- plus the sheer size of the 777s engines intimidate me).

At any rate, I need to buy today. And Asiana and Eva are the best deals. Any last minute opinions welcome  Smile

Thanks to all.
 
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RE: Choosing Between Two Itineraries

Sun Aug 24, 2008 6:09 pm



Quoting Dlouise (Reply 4):
plus the sheer size of the 777s engines intimidate me).

See it the other way 'round: The bigger the size of an engine, the more spare power it can provide.
The relative noise some B777 engines make during take-off are a positive sign that they are working well.

Quoting Dlouise (Reply 4):
And Asiana and Eva are the best deals. Any last minute opinions welcome

Both airlines have a similar reputation.
And both airline's hubs (ICN vs. TPE) are within reach of typhoons.
If a typhoon should affect your travel, I can imagine that flying through INC (which also is the little bit more modern airport than TPE, AFAIK) could cater for more options.

Based on this and the a/c in use, I would lean to recommend Asiana for you.
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RE: Choosing Between Two Itineraries

Mon Aug 25, 2008 4:25 pm

Thanks all - I booked on Asiana into PNH and out of HAN.

I'm excited now that I'm over that hurdle!
 
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RE: Choosing Between Two Itineraries

Mon Aug 25, 2008 8:15 pm



Quoting Dlouise (Reply 6):
I booked on Asiana into PNH and out of HAN.

I'm excited now that I'm over that hurdle!

Enjoy your vacation and do not let the flights negatively influence the overall experience !
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