Having flown to Germany via YVR
many, many, many, many, many times via various airlines and European Gateways, BA
is now my prefered choice mainly because of their later departure/arrival times making it less tiring since you arrive closer to the local bedtime instead of wasting half a day while half asleep. BA
85 usually arrives in YVR
just after 1800 local time, just enough time to get out of the airport, grab a bite and check in to a hotel for a good nights sleep so you're refreshed the next morning for a day of exploring. BA84 usually departs at about 2030 local time so not only will you have almost a whole extra day to visit but you can also sleep late so you won't be too tired for the flight back.
I usually fly Y class and to be honest, the service between the main carriers (AC, BA
) is really minor in difference so that isn't a major decision factor for me. Price wise, all the major carriers are usually within $100-$150 of each other, so again, not a major decsion factor for me.
is wonderful, I honestly don't understand why so many people still complain about LHR
, even before T5
, I've always enjoyed connecting through LHR
is well AMS
, super easy airport to navigate and lots of windows overlooking the ramp. FRA
is another great airport to cnx through, albeit the signage is quite confusing at best, but for people who've travelled through there many times before, its not as daunting as a first timer. FRA
's T1, at least for me, really has a nostalgic feel for me, something about the low ceilings, lack of windows and constant clicking of the board in the main terminal just reminds me of being home in Germany again. Shame that DUS
lost theirs in the fire.
If you're a real airplane nut, then I would strongly reccommend KLM with the MD11 ... not many chances to fly on such a wonderful bird anymore, but if you're really hell bent between AC
, I'd go with BA
simply for the departure/arrival times, even though they're only just over 2 hours apart.