As a former Delta Gold Medallion and KLM Royal Wing and later Platinum I wish you fun at with Air France, Delta and KLM. Because I sure didnt have fun with them.
They have a decent inflight product in coach, but nothing to write home about. However, service has become lower in Coach, just live with it. On European flights, AF
offers water, tea, coffee and a cookie, SK
offer nothing anymore, IB
is in the same boat with them. KL
serves no alcoholic beverages in Y anymore, while on BA
you at least get most drinks and a snack for free. If you pay higher fares, which no tourist hardly ever does, some airlines however offer a premium economy class, like AF
I also dont remember that my longhaul flights in coach have been giving better service over the last few years. The service used to be higher, however it has come down on almost all airlines. As all airlines are trying to save some money.
KLMs World Biz seat on the B777 is horrible, NWs World Biz and DLs BizElite was a great product years ago, but not anymore. AFs old C, which is currently upgraded, however, also not finished yet, is basically the same style than LH
The problem here is that AF
and KLM are probably the worst airlines in Europe, maybe add AZ
into this, when anything goes wrong with your flight plans. After having spend hours at ticket desks, waiting in endless lines in AMS
, getting loads of different information about the same issue or losing my luggage rather often, I really appreciate the reliablity of LH
By the way, dont forget that other airlines dont have PTVs on all their flights. All CO
757 transatlantic flights, not sure about the 762 service, will surely not have PTVs. Both Delta and KLM have PTVs in coach only on their new B777. On Deltas B763, which is used on most Transatlantic Routes, and on KLMs B747, M11, and B763 there is also no such thing. NW
D10s, which are still used often over the Atlantic, and B744s have no PTV. To be fair, the D10s are currently faced out. UA
also has no PTV in its B744, and I am not sure about the B763, cause I have been on one without PTVs, but heard they have them now.
Dont forget to bring $5 notes when you want to have an alcoholic drink on American carriers. I think US also charges for headsets now. Delta also just reduced the number of FA
on transatlantic routes to enhance the service levels.
Having flown on the high rated (I personally dont understand the hype about them, neither I do about the Dubai Duty Free) Emirates airlines in coach on a B777-300 with 10 seats in a row, just make sure you dont get on those. Because this aint comfortable, specially when you have a PTV box underneath the seat in front of you.
And finally just make sure you dont sign up for BA
Executive Club, as low fares will get hardly any miles, much less than they do in Miles and More. Not sure about which other airlines offer a mileage earning Credit Card in Germany, so you might miss out on a lot of miles, which you could burn on SQ
or other Star Airlines, if you dont want to fly LH