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Differences between foreign and U.S. airlines

Sep 16th, 2008, 07:12 PM
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In China, the aircraft may start taxiing before everybody's sat down and fasten their seatbelts.
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Sep 16th, 2008, 07:52 PM
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On flights to/from the USA there is an announcement stating "No congregation in any area or in corridors". Yet, the same airline that I flew had two lounges where passengers could chill out!!! - Nice lounges and flowing alcohol and food.......

I'm talking about the Emirates A380.
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Sep 17th, 2008, 02:25 AM
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On Qantas and South African Airlines, the pilot announced that sleeping on the floor was not permitted.

Egypt Air is a dry airline.
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Sep 17th, 2008, 02:38 AM
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I've been on several Garuda flights where passengers
were up and about collecting their carry on luggage the minute the plane touched down. And not so much as a peep from the flight attendants.

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Sep 17th, 2008, 02:42 AM
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On Pakistani Airways, many of the routine announcements start "Insh' Allah". So the pre-landing one, in English,goes "If God is willing,we will be landing soon"

A conditionality I'd just as soon wasn't there.
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Sep 17th, 2008, 03:02 AM
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I hear you flanneruk...

I was on an overnight business class SIA flight not too long ago where the flight attendant tucked in my blanket after I'd returned to my seat. Never had that happen on a US airline.

I never seem to have an empty water glass when flying on SIA either, regardless of class.

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Sep 17th, 2008, 04:03 AM
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I rarely seem to have an empty wine glass on BA.

Invaribly on intercontinental BA flights, even though I almost always travel in cattle and have no SuperDiamond With Knobs On status, the FAs spot the lush in 61 Z and keep me tanked up. Probably takes one to know one.
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Sep 17th, 2008, 07:13 AM
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"I rarely seem to have an empty wine glass on BA."

How much would your wine cost you on a U.S. airline like American ($6) or Delta ($7) for your round-trip flights?


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Sep 17th, 2008, 08:40 AM
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I've been on several Garuda flights where passengers
were up and about collecting their carry on luggage the minute the plane touched down. And not so much as a peep from the flight attendants.


There is a reason that Garuda is banned from flying to Europe...
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Sep 17th, 2008, 05:32 PM
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travelgourmet -

Yes, there is, but I doubt it has anything to do with
passengers who can't follow the rules.

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Sep 18th, 2008, 08:35 AM
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"How much would your wine cost you on a U.S. airline like American "

$6. I had one glass of the stuff American sell about a year ago and it was the best news my liver's had in years.

Put me off wine for - oh, at least five hours. Till I got on the connecting BA flight from MIA and got back in with the mumsy stewardesses and their winning "I s'pse you'd like another Shiraz, Mr F? You're just as bad as my old man" ways.

Incidentally, the ever-maligned Air India is every bit as good at having handsome middle-aged stewardesses who've long found out that the fastest way to a fat old bloke's heart is through a permanently filled wineglass. Air NZ and Qantas aren't far behind, either.
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Sep 18th, 2008, 12:05 PM
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Another few differences:

1) The international luggage allowances for US airlines (non-TATL destinations) are more generous.

2) At least on paper, US airlines are generally more generous with carry-on allowances.

3) Unlike many European airlines, most US airlines let you choose your seats in advance on virtually all flights.

4) US frequent flyer programs are, generally more generous for the coach flyer. Most fares accrue 100% mileage, as opposed to the partial and no credit fares common among European and Asian carriers. Also, elite mileage bonuses are generally more generous. Finally, despite recent fees on award tickets, the cash outlay for a ticket from most US programs is significantly less than most foreign programs.

But, for the most part, like Clevelandbrown, I don't think there is that much difference between the US and European carriers. Certainly, there is more differentiation among the two groups than between the two groups. The major Asian carriers, of course, are significantly better than either.
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Sep 18th, 2008, 04:38 PM
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<<But, for the most part, like Clevelandbrown, I don't think there is that much difference between the US and European carriers.>>

You're in the minority, based on awards and ratings from millions of other airline travellers

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Sep 18th, 2008, 05:15 PM
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One gives you free booze the other one doesn't. End of story.
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Sep 18th, 2008, 05:38 PM
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<<One gives you free booze the other one doesn't. End of story.>>

So if someone was deciding between US Airways and Virgin Atlantic that would be your answer.

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Sep 18th, 2008, 05:48 PM
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I am in a complete state of shock that it wasn't wally who first mentioned the free booze. ;-)
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Sep 18th, 2008, 08:32 PM
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"So if someone was deciding between US Airways and Virgin Atlantic that would be your answer.

Geordie"

It's not exactly a fair comparison. I wouldn't call Virgin Atlantic a "European carrier" - it's a long haul carrier out of LHR.
Comparing Us Air to SAS would be more like it(they both fly within their continent as well as TATL) and there is indeed very little difference between them. Some of my worst flights ever were on SAS in Europe in both economy and so called business.
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Sep 18th, 2008, 09:46 PM
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<<It's not exactly a fair comparison.>>

I know it isn't a fair comparison, ones's crap and one isn't, that was point I was making to the previous poster.

<<I wouldn't call Virgin Atlantic a "European carrier" - it's a long haul carrier out of LHR.>>

An interesting spin on things.

Airlines like SAS are 3 star airlines and deserve to be, along with all the major US airlines. They are on their knees trying to find a buyer.

Rather than relying on just one persons experience, just go to Skytrax and see how low they rate the major US airlines against the major European airlines.

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Sep 18th, 2008, 11:05 PM
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Geordie,
You know very well why I said it was not a fair comparison - you were comparing apples to oranges. I gave you an example of apples to apples - I know you know what I meant.
Let's agree to disagree.
You keep flying your European [email protected] and I'll keep flying my US [email protected] (in my case AA). You can fly Virgin Atlantic from LHR to Berlin or Paris or any other place in Europe (if you can).
We'll both be happy.
Anyway, this is not what this thread was all about in the first place.
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Sep 19th, 2008, 12:36 AM
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Geordie,
<<It's not exactly a fair comparison.>>

It is not a fair comparison because you are comparing a top UK based TATL carrier to the worst US TATL carrier. Similarly, it wouldn't be fair to compare AA or Delta with TAP, LOT or Olympic.I know which one of those I would rather fly across the pond (would you pick Olympic over AA?)
We may differ on which one we prefer, but you should compare Virgin with AA (and the like) and US Air with Olympic (or SAS, as the case may be - or, one [email protected] with another, to use your words)
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