I am planning to do a RTW trip in July, but it won't be with a RTW ticket from Star Alliance or oneworld. I am not doing the trip to visit many places over the globe but rather to combine some business in Hawaii, Bangkok and Istanbul in one trip.
So I've spent many hours researching the best options, keeping the costs down, and I came up with the following:
- Vienna to Toronto on Air Transat, overnight in Toronto
- Toronto to Honolulu, doesn't really matter which airline
- Honolulu to Bangkok on China Airlines
- Bangkok to Istanbul and then to Vienna on Turkish Airlines
It would be my first trip on Air Transat, and the flight is scheduled on the A-310. I know that this airline has 3-3-3 layout in economy, but I believe there are also some 2-3-2 seats in the back and the seat pitch seems to be alright. Any experiences out there on long haul flights with Air Transat? Would it be worth it to upgrade this flight to Club Class?
On the Toronto to Honolulu leg, I don't really care which airline but I think I'd prefer to fly on a wide-body. Six-hours-plus in economy on a narrow-body just doesn't sound too appealing...
Another option is with Air Berlin from Dusseldorf to Vancouver or Los Angeles. But I would only do this if I can book an XL seat on the A330, as the other economy seats have a pitch of only 30 inches if I am correct, and there are only a few XL seats per flight...
On the Bangkok to Istanbul leg, Turkish Airlines would be the fastest option. Although I am seriously contemplating taking the Emirates A380, as I've never flown on this bird before. The fare would be about $80 more, but it would also involve a long layover in Dubai.
So I guess my main question is the one about Air Transat, but any other input from people who have done something similar or have good tips is more than welcome.