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What airline would you fly coach on to Europe?

What airline would you fly coach on to Europe?

Jun 11th, 2001, 07:42 AM
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The most important issue for long haul flights is seat pitch, and American wins hands-down up to 36" it's almost as much as business used to be (38"). Service is normally ok. Depends where your priorities lie, but I'd put up with dreadful food, grumpy attendants etc so long as the seat was comfy.
Jul 26th, 2001, 04:03 PM
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MORE ABOUT LUFTHANSA PLEASE!!! I am flying coach to Greece in two months and I know nothing about Lufthansa or flying internationally. Thank you!!!
Jul 30th, 2001, 08:46 PM
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British Airways...I heard they have an excellent 'track' record...
Jul 31st, 2001, 06:44 AM
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I live in London and fly transatlantic three times a year.

WARNING - Avoid BA and Virgin. Their greatest fans are people who have never flown them but "have heard " or "have been told" how great they are. These airlines spend most of their money on public relations to create this hype in order to "premium charge" North Americans. They have appalling leg room in coach (Watch the DVT claims roll). Virgin's staff are only slightly less obnoxious than BA's (but they are catching up fast)

American is the only airline worth doing this journey in coach with. The freebies other airlines give out
(cheap and nasty amenity packs that you have paid through the nose for)are worthless. The extra leg room American give is priceless !
Jul 31st, 2001, 11:49 AM
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In contrast to the above post (Avoiding BA and Virgin) I have to disagree.
Having flown with them on numerous occasions, I have to say both are god but Virgin is better.
Virgin has seat back TV's in coach ( although BA is upgrading their fleet-all 777's are equiped and the rest of the 747 fleet is being updated) a better amenity pack , a better dinner service with after dinner liqeuers(?) a pre order duty free service and a better frequent flyer program (at least for discounted fares.)

BA do fly from more US destinations to the UK.
Aug 4th, 2001, 02:43 PM
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I have to respectfully disagree with some previous posters and recommend British Airways wholeheartedly. We just returned from a trip that involved six BA flights and we were well cared for, all flights were on time, no luggage lost, friendly helpful staff on the ground and in the air. My children were well attended and entertained. We met other family members in Europe who had flown over on either Lufthansa or Alitalia and all had nightmare stories of 7 hour delays and/or lost luggage. I won't go to Europe on any other airline but British Airways.
Aug 4th, 2001, 06:25 PM
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Avoid Alitalia! Attendants are rude. Plus they do not give you any amenities (is it too much to ask for a 2nd brea roll? I did and attendant said we were allowed only one.)
KLM, BA, and Air France, were excellent. My highest priority is polite service and amenities since it is a long flight (from Chicago)and creature comforts are important.
Aug 10th, 2001, 05:06 AM
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American only American - would not send m y dog on BA after the experiences I've had with this third world airline(wet and broken seats, staff without class screaming at passengers)

They are all rubbish but only American gives legroom for humans and I can't believe that people would prefer a tv set to somewhere decent to sit.
Aug 11th, 2001, 07:51 PM
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Have bben loyal to B.A. but am less so after last flight LA to London - 11 hours in a seat that wouldn't recline at all--don't they check the seats before a transatlantic flight? B.A. also didn't help us at all when we made a mad dash through Heathrow to connect after their flight from Paris came in late [the captain announced that all transfers would get help!]. Also, am getting tire of their cramped World Traveler seats.
Jan 25th, 2005, 07:12 AM
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If you want a glass of wine with dinner, all of the US airlines will charge you $4 or $5 dollars. British Airways doesn't. That means I'm willing to pay a little more with BA. Also, BA turns off the fasten seat belt sign soon after take-off while Continental likes to keep it on for the entire flight. (There could be a bump) If you fall asleep on Continental, you will be woken up at 4:00 a.m. with the flight attendant saying, "the captain has not turned off the fasten seat belt sign. Please return to your seat." This often happens when they are pouring hot coffee.
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Jan 27th, 2005, 10:56 AM
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i flew BA once. The oven was broken and we had to wait on the plane for an hour or two.

i've always like delta
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Jan 28th, 2005, 04:47 AM
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I wish Delta would clean their carpets.
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Jan 28th, 2005, 04:51 AM
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I think you have a better chance of getting bumped up a class on British Airways since they have four classes of seating. This only happens if the plane is full but has happened to me three times! Since most US airlines only of Business and Economy seating and everyone has tons of unused miles, your chance of getting bumped up (unless you use miles) doesn't exist!
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Jan 30th, 2005, 05:57 PM
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Feb 4th, 2005, 09:29 PM
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Good grief. Just be glad you're not living back 100 years ago. Even the worst coach seat is NO PROBLEM. You're just sitting there for 8-10 hours...it's not manual labor. The next time you get a little knot in your neck, think of your ancestors crammed on a boat for a couple months. Toughen up a bit and try to keep in perspective how ridiculously easy it to zoom around the planet these days in your relatively warm, padded "coach seat".
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Feb 6th, 2005, 02:25 PM
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I have flown back and forth a number of times with BA and each time was comfortable and fine. Yes, coach is not roomy, but we are slim so it did not matter to my family.

I had one trip back to the US on Air Lingus years ago that was unsettling, the plane rattled and roared. I swear I thought I was on a flying lawnmower.

My daughter who is living in Europe flew SAS this past fall, great trip she said. She also just round tripped home for the holidays on BA and then on down and back to Capetown, South Africa. Shee reported that and though the flight was LONG, it was comfortable. She loved her BA experince and would do it again ina heartbeat. Oh, and she was upgraded at Kennedy for the trip to London to the roomier coach seats. Loved it.
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