Your problem brings back memories.... - from more than 22 years ago, so I am not quite updated on today's situation.
At that time I lived in Toronto and got the opportunity to visit a friend in Bangkok.
There were two options, with both roughly the same travel-time;
(1) Finnair: HEL
(2)Thai Airways: SEA
With the first option I would have to spend quite a few hours at HEL
between the two flights,
-and flying on DC-10s only.
but the second option was straight through , with A310, DC-10 and A300.
Having spent the Christmas holidays in Norway, and this trip happening in late January, I was not too keen on crossing the Atlantic again two weeks later, followed by a 6+ hour wait at the airport in HEL
, I decided to try something new and went for the second option.
I'm glad I did. The service
on Thai was excellent -very friendly cabin crew, and so was the food
Even though I was travelling on Y, I got a 3-seater by myself between SEA
, so I could stretch out and get some sleep on the 10+ hour flight.
The A300 between NRT
was a bit fuller, so I had to do with my single seat.
after sun-down meant the whole leg to BKK
would be in the dark, but we flew over the water anyway, so no great loss. A few minutes after crossing over the beach in the Da Nang-area, I coud notice the smell of charcoal in the airplane -and we were more than 35000' up!
On the way back two weeks later, the A300 got substituted with a B747, we flew up to Tokyo in daylight and I even observed snow on the mountains of Taiwan.
Mind you, this was a bit before IFE got common, so looking out the window was an option.
Seeing Mount Fuji on the approach to NRT
was also memorable.
On the leg between NRT
, I was back on a DC-10 again, got a 3-seater again, saw the coast of BC and Vancouver Island in the morning light before landing at SEA
, transferring to the A310 that Thai Airways kept in North America and back home to Toronto, also in great weather that made the Cascades and Rocky Mountains stand out.
So, my advice is to go west -that's if you haven't moved to Germany yet as you profile says....
Scooter 01[Edited 2013-07-25 19:11:49]
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