ATCguy
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Delta Vs. United Long Haul

Sun Aug 19, 2012 4:33 pm

Delta vs. United long haul on a 777. 13+ hour flight. Which would you choose and why? Thanks!
 
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RE: Delta Vs. United Long Haul

Sun Aug 19, 2012 5:47 pm

UA, but only for Miles&More.

Class, destination?
 
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RE: Delta Vs. United Long Haul

Sun Aug 19, 2012 6:06 pm

Quoting ATCguy (Thread starter):
Delta vs. United long haul on a 777. 13+ hour flight. Which would you choose and why? Thanks!

Probably another airline if there's that choice. Wouldn't want to spend 13+ hours on either airline's 777.

But Delta because they treat me much better than UA does.
 
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RE: Delta Vs. United Long Haul

Sun Aug 19, 2012 7:09 pm

Delta is going to have much better entertainment options than UA for sure.
 
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RE: Delta Vs. United Long Haul

Mon Aug 20, 2012 8:03 pm

Economy. Possibly economy plus on United. Does Delta have something like that? Going to Dubai.
 
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RE: Delta Vs. United Long Haul

Mon Aug 20, 2012 9:48 pm

DL. Better entertainment, food and crew service. Buy up to Economy Comfort.
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RE: Delta Vs. United Long Haul

Mon Aug 20, 2012 11:03 pm

Which class of service?

I’m not sure it makes much of a difference. I’d choose based on schedule, price and mileage accrual. Delta and United offer very similar products on board. Both have IFE on the 777s in economy, 3-3-3 seating, flat seats with 5 course meals in business class, and all the things I look for (presuming you get the reconfigured 777s which are most of them now with United). There are many die hard loyal fans of both on A.net and a few will whine that Continental is gone, but in reality the two offer extremely similar service.
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RE: Delta Vs. United Long Haul

Tue Aug 21, 2012 7:18 pm

Seems UA has been having more reliability issues than usual lately. I think if i was going to DXB i would jump at the chance to use EK
 
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RE: Delta Vs. United Long Haul

Wed Aug 22, 2012 11:23 am

Quoting ATCguy (Reply 4):
Does Delta have something like that?

They have Economy Comfort..

I've never flown with the "new" UA, so I can't say much as far as UA goes. BUT, I've noticed that on long flights DL's faux-leather seats get quite uncomfortable. After a TATL flight with DL (A330) the seat felt kinda "wet" (not soaking.. just kinda.. sweaty) after arrival. On the way back I flew a different airline with cloth seats and the wetness (that sounds so gross!) wasn't a factor.

DL's IFE is acceptable selection-wise, flight attendants are nice enough, and their catering actually tastes like food.
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RE: Delta Vs. United Long Haul

Wed Aug 22, 2012 12:19 pm

Quoting ghifty (Reply 8):
DL's IFE is acceptable selection-wise, flight attendants are nice enough, and their catering actually tastes like food.

There is a large difference between the IFE on the A330 and the 777's, the 777 has loads more options than the 330.
 
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RE: Delta Vs. United Long Haul

Wed Aug 22, 2012 10:52 pm

Quoting ATCguy (Thread starter):
Delta vs. United long haul on a 777. 13+ hour flight. Which would you choose and why? Thanks!

I'm guessing the option is heading across the pacific somewhere....

If I'm going to SYD then I'd choose VA, other TPAC I'd choose SQ, CX or KE. Neither DL or UA come anywhere close to those airlines for quality of service or hard product in Y. VA and KE get Skymiles and SQ offers Mileage Plus if that's a factor.
 
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RE: Delta Vs. United Long Haul

Thu Aug 23, 2012 1:43 pm

Actually going from ORD to DXB. No direct flights so I'm looking at where to connect. UA through IAD or DL through ATL. I know many people have said they would jump at the chance to fly EK, but they are at least $500/ticket more expensive, and for 2 people, I'm not paying an extra grand just to try Emirates. I could do EK through LHR with American and BA, but their flight schedule is terrible, arriving DXB anywhere between 9:30 PM and 2 AM. UA arrives DXB at 4:30 PM and DL arrives DXB arround 7:00 PM. This is how I've narrowed it down to UA or DL.
 
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RE: Delta Vs. United Long Haul

Thu Aug 23, 2012 4:04 pm

Quoting ATCguy (Reply 11):

Well, if you're going from ORD I'd suggest UA since flying via IAD is over 600mi shorter than via DL.

As others have said, if your ignore the load DL and UA cheer-squads then the two are fairly similar.

Also, if you fly from ORD a lot but are not yet MileagePlus then I'd again suggest UA. Obviously they are much more significant than DL in Chicago, and you can get to most places non-stop. You'd get 15,314 points for flying ORD-IAD-DXB-IAD-ORD - already enough for a one way domestic/N America trip (not to mention that UA award availability is significantly better than DL)
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RE: Delta Vs. United Long Haul

Sun Aug 26, 2012 8:50 pm

Quoting ATCguy (Reply 11):
I could do EK through LHR with American and BA, but their flight schedule is terrible, arriving DXB anywhere between 9:30 PM and 2 AM. UA arrives DXB at 4:30 PM and DL arrives DXB arround 7:00 PM. This is how I've narrowed it down to UA or DL.

why dont you try KLM, AF, TK or Swiss?
 
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RE: Delta Vs. United Long Haul

Mon Aug 27, 2012 12:03 am

With all the merger-related issues that have arisen at United, you may want to stay with Delta. I would probably wait a year before flying United again.
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RE: Delta Vs. United Long Haul

Mon Aug 27, 2012 12:49 am

Etihad fly ORD-AUH nonstop daily on the 777-300ER. Fantastic airline - mega IFE options, yummy food, good crew. Abu Dhabi to downtown DXB is under an hour by luxury coach and is free of charge (whereas you'll have to pay for a taxi from DXB to get downtown - so in some ways AUH makes more sense than flying to DXB).

If you want to fly into DXB, it has to be Delta. The new United is an awful mess, I just flew it and will avoid for a while to come, whereas Delta's contemporary product is very nice and consistent. United will give you an old 777-200ER but with Delta you'll probably get the top-of-the-range 777, the -200LR.

Finally, does it make sense to fly a domestic airline to one of Emirates' hubs in the US? JFK or IAD (after Sep 12) all work for you, and there's YYZ (guaranteed A380) as well.

Have a nice trip!
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RE: Delta Vs. United Long Haul

Mon Aug 27, 2012 4:38 pm

Thanks for all the replies. I've looked at pretty much everything people have suggested. As for AF, KLM, TK, Swiss and such, I've checked all of them. The prices were fairly similar to UA and DL, but again the flight schedule wasn't nearly as convenient.

I've also looked at flying to IAH, DFW, JFK, or IAD and then taking EK, but for two people that's almost $1,000 more. Not really worth it to me. Also looked at Etihad and the coach connection to Dubai, but again that's significantly more expensive than UA or DL. I'm well aware of the saying you get what you pay for, but not sure it's worth an extra $1,000 just to avoid UA or DL.
 
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RE: Delta Vs. United Long Haul

Tue Sep 11, 2012 1:06 am

The UA product is fine. I've done numerous EWR-HKG-EWR trips in both Y and J. It is what it is. Go for the flight times and the dollar amount.
 
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RE: Delta Vs. United Long Haul

Wed Sep 12, 2012 6:25 pm

I really don't think you can go wrong either way. Although recently Delta has done more to earn my respect, I just flew IAD-FRA on a United 777 and it was great. The seats were comfortable, IFE was VERY good, food was decent (but I don't have very high standard for airline food, it's not like it was Lufthansa or anything), and the crew was fine.

Delta's 777s have always looked very clean and new though, so it may just come down to deciding cloth or leather seats...
 
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RE: Delta Vs. United Long Haul

Thu Sep 13, 2012 7:33 pm

I would highly suggest looking into the EY option of flying from ORD to AUH and then taking the Etihad luxury transfer from AUH to Dubai.
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