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Old 01-28-2011, 10:53 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'll be flying to London, England in July. I would truly appreciate some opinions on what airline to take. I'll be flying from LAX. I'm considering Virgin Atlantic or British Airways. And, I will be flying economy.
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Old 01-29-2011, 01:55 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Virgin Atlantic is the best bet out of LAX.
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I think Air New Zealand also does the LAX-LHR-LAX route.



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Virgin Atlantic would be my choice...
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BRITISH AIRWAYS everytime, and if you book well ahead..they should be the cheapst,.. or 2nd choice air new zealand.
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As with all flying experiences, it depends on your crew on the flight. I have flown LAX - LHR with air New Zealand and BA, both were good, but have had indifferent service from BA on other routes. Never flown with Virgin Atlantic so can't comment. If it were me, I would fly BA as they have the new terminal 5 at Heathrow now whereas the others use Terminal 3 which is dated and overcrowded. I suppose your choice will be dictated by price, but as mentioned, book early and BA is competitive.

One thing to keep an eye on though is that BA cabin crew have an ongoing dispute with management and have just voted for more strike action. Although at the moment there are no dates and management have vowed to use other staff to staff the cabins to keep flights operating, you may end up with my friend serving you who is usually an airframe engineer!! Good luck
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As with all flying experiences, it depends on your crew on the flight. I have flown LAX - LHR with air New Zealand and BA, both were good, but have had indifferent service from BA on other routes. Never flown with Virgin Atlantic so can't comment. If it were me, I would fly BA as they have the new terminal 5 at Heathrow now whereas the others use Terminal 3 which is dated and overcrowded. I suppose your choice will be dictated by price, but as mentioned, book early and BA is competitive.

One thing to keep an eye on though is that BA cabin crew have an ongoing dispute with management and have just voted for more strike action. Although at the moment there are no dates and management have vowed to use other staff to staff the cabins to keep flights operating, you may end up with my friend serving you who is usually an airframe engineer!! Good luck
Good point about the BA cabin crew strikes coming up. A friend of mine got stuck in Dallas for several days during the last round, last year. And although Terminal 5 is new and modern, in my opinion and experience it's nothing more than a giant shopping mall with BA planes around the outside.
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Air Newzealand seems a good option, the brand new Boeing 777-300ER!!



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Old 02-03-2011, 03:07 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Whichever airline you choose, be sure to tell us about your experience on them!!
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I would definitely choose Air New Zealand. They are flying with brand new B777-300ER, as 1:200Freak already said, the inside looks good, if you ask me.... and: Their crew have got that cute Kiwi accent
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BA in return has stewardesses, who look like the queen^^
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I would definitely choose Air New Zealand. They are flying with brand new B777-300ER, as 1:200Freak already said, the inside looks good, if you ask me.... and: Their crew have got that cute Kiwi accent
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BA in return has stewardesses, who look like the queen^^
oh................ hang on...my sister is cabin crew for ba on there 744 and T7 fleet..and she dosent look like QUEEN...
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oh................ hang on...my sister is cabin crew for ba on there 744 and T7 fleet..and she dosent look like QUEEN...
Hmmm... maybe the less attractive one only work on European routes like the one to Berlin.
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oh................ hang on...my sister is cabin crew for ba on there 744 and T7 fleet..and she dosent look like QUEEN...
I hope not; Freddie Mercury ain't all that cute.
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yes, indeedy..
BA shorthaul crew have always been not that easy on the eye.... bless my sis as i write this post she is somewhere over russia on her way back from Hong-kong.. only another 6 hours--ish left to run...oh the joys of a 4.30am arrival at LHR
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AA- $587 w/ stop in ORD
BA- $604 nonstop LHR
VG- $1,173 LHR

All are outbound only/Economy. Dates are departing June 1 (not sure when you will be going, but this should be reasonably accurate). I would stick with AA. Low price+fairly good long haul service.
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yes, indeedy..
BA shorthaul crew have always been not that easy on the eye.... bless my sis as i write this post she is somewhere over russia on her way back from Hong-kong.. only another 6 hours--ish left to run...oh the joys of a 4.30am arrival at LHR
Is she cute?
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Old 02-04-2011, 11:40 AM   #17 (permalink)
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ermmmm ... yer i would say so...
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