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Help choosing an airline, please

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Hi all, this is my first post on this forum, and am very much looking forward to all the objective advice I'm sure I'll receive!

We need help choosing an airline for our first trip to Europe. The last time I had a long haul international flight was a hundred years ago on Varig to Brazil; I was much younger then, excited, and couldn't have cared less about comfort :-). Alas, time has marched on and now such things are important to me, so here I am asking for your advice.

We live in Nashville, and have easy access to all major airports in the US, so I've been focusing on flights leaving from the NYC area as they seem to be best price wise. Oh--our destination is Rome (FCO).

We've narrowed the list down to four, and I'd very much like your advice/opinions on which YOU would prefer. Our goal is to get to Rome comforably, in as large an economy class (or preferred economy) seat as possible, with as few layovers as possible (less opportunity for lost luggage). Here's what we've come up with:

UA: pros: we can book straight through from Nashville, possible to upgrade to "comfort" economy, earlier arrival in Rome, heavier carry on luggage allowance. Cons: "comfort economy" still a bit smallish (not a true "premium"), longer layover in NYC.

Turkish Air: Pros: Beautiful looking/comfortable premium economy; cons: longer flight with later arrival in Rome, layover in Istanbul with only one connecting flight to Rome (if we're late we're stuck in Turkey), limited carry on allowance, and not so great reviews.

Alitalia: Pros: direct flight to Rome, affordable/attractive premium economy seating; cons: bad reviews, limited carry on weight

TAP portugal: Pros: super inexpensive coach fares to Rome, standard coach seat sizes seem larger than most; Cons: layover in Lisbon limited, concern for luggage transfer

Of these four, which would you choose? Are there others I may not have thought of? Thanks so much for your kind replies!

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