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Re: Which Airline?
« Reply #1120 on: June 7, 2022, 05:00:17 pm »
I'm guessing you flew with TUI? Their 787's are nothing special. It's when you step onto an A380, A350 or B777 with a proper airline that you feel the gulf in class, similar to us and Everton.

Yes was TUI. Flying on an A380 with Emirates later this year to go to the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and staying with a mate who lives in Dubai, canít wait! Weíve paid for seats upstairs but still in economy, canít afford Business unfortunately. Weíre in a 2, think the seat configuration was 2-4-2 in economy upstairs.
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Re: Which Airline?
« Reply #1121 on: June 7, 2022, 05:15:31 pm »
Yes was TUI. Flying on an A380 with Emirates later this year to go to the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and staying with a mate who lives in Dubai, canít wait! Weíve paid for seats upstairs but still in economy, canít afford Business unfortunately. Weíre in a 2, think the seat configuration was 2-4-2 in economy upstairs.

Its nice upstairs even in economy, they are 2-4-2 The window seat has a cupboard next to it to stash stuff in. The bogs are huge, like a proper room, you go down the big double staircase to get to them and its none of this standing cramped shite.
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Re: Which Airline?
« Reply #1122 on: June 7, 2022, 10:44:58 pm »
Its nice upstairs even in economy, they are 2-4-2 The window seat has a cupboard next to it to stash stuff in. The bogs are huge, like a proper room, you go down the big double staircase to get to them and its none of this standing cramped shite.

I spoke too soon. Paid £134 for the pair of those seats as we preferred not to have someone next to us and for the novelty of being upstairs on a flight then when I checked again after I posted earlier theyíve switched the plane for a 3 class one which means economy downstairs in a 3-4-3 config only and theyíve shoved us into the base seats which cost nothing, not even given us the Ďpreferredí or extra legroom ones. Bastards wonít even give me my money back which I had paid to upgrade to those seats. Spent 40mins on the phone only to be told that my whole flight will be cancelled if they issue a refund on the seats. First time with Emirates and itís already a bad experience before Iíve even left my house.
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Re: Which Airline?
« Reply #1123 on: June 8, 2022, 10:43:48 am »
I have found Emirates massively over rated when i have flown with them.

2 hours to get a drink and they seemed more concerned with calling out how many nationalities and languages they had in the crew than serving passengers.

Singapore on the other hand were incredible. Cocktail list handed out in economy as the wheels lifted o0ff at Heathrow and nothing was too much trouble.

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Re: Which Airline?
« Reply #1125 on: January 6, 2024, 10:09:09 am »
737 Max again!

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Re: Which Airline?
« Reply #1126 on: January 6, 2024, 06:44:14 pm »
Keep your seatbelt on!



https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2024/jan/06/alaska-airlines-grounds-boeing-737-max-9-planes-after-mid-air-window-blowout

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737 Max again!

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Re: Which Airline?
« Reply #1127 on: January 6, 2024, 07:26:44 pm »
I have found Emirates massively over rated when i have flown with them.

2 hours to get a drink and they seemed more concerned with calling out how many nationalities and languages they had in the crew than serving passengers.

Singapore on the other hand were incredible. Cocktail list handed out in economy as the wheels lifted o0ff at Heathrow and nothing was too much trouble.
Singapore is best airline I've been on as well.

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Re: Which Airline?
« Reply #1128 on: January 6, 2024, 08:25:58 pm »
First time the I went to Oman to visit my brother went by British Caledonia, it was by far the best flight I have been on. Comfortable planes and really good service on the plane, came home by BA and noticed the difference straight away.  ::)
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Re: Which Airline?
« Reply #1129 on: January 7, 2024, 03:09:16 am »
My folks just happened to be talking about Singapore Airlines just now. For them, the big plus is that SA flight attendants keep toilets clean whereas British Airways won't touch them so they remain filthy until landing. Kind of a big deal when flying Sydney to New Delhi.

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Re: Which Airline?
« Reply #1130 on: January 7, 2024, 04:11:44 am »
My folks just happened to be talking about Singapore Airlines just now. For them, the big plus is that SA flight attendants keep toilets clean whereas British Airways won't touch them so they remain filthy until landing. Kind of a big deal when flying Sydney to New Delhi.

Least they could do considering their pricing which is always premium, plus their fleet is always new and well maintained.
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Re: Which Airline?
« Reply #1131 on: January 7, 2024, 12:57:42 pm »
I have found Emirates massively over rated when i have flown with them.

2 hours to get a drink and they seemed more concerned with calling out how many nationalities and languages they had in the crew than serving passengers.

Singapore on the other hand were incredible. Cocktail list handed out in economy as the wheels lifted o0ff at Heathrow and nothing was too much trouble.

Singapore sounds great. I actually ended up with economy upstairs on the way out in the end and economy downstairs on the way back after Emirates changed the plane multiple times following on from my posts over a year ago. A380 both ways. Upstairs the service was excellent, I guess maybe because itís a smaller section to serve. Downstairs I didnít see any service though really which was pretty disappointing.

Edit: Iím so dopey I didnít realise I was responding to a really old post also  :lmao Iíll leave it as maybe the info will be useful for someone in future
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Re: Which Airline?
« Reply #1132 on: January 8, 2024, 03:30:00 pm »
i am going business class to Chennai in March on Etihad. 1st time with them so will be interesting to see how it is.

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Re: Which Airline?
« Reply #1133 on: January 8, 2024, 03:52:24 pm »
Good time to be flying long haul with United Airlines, I'd say, especially on a Boeing. Can't wait.

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Re: Which Airline?
« Reply #1134 on: January 8, 2024, 04:12:39 pm »
Good time to be flying long haul with United Airlines, I'd say, especially on a Boeing. Can't wait.

737 Max.... ;)

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Re: Which Airline?
« Reply #1135 on: January 8, 2024, 04:20:23 pm »
Good time to be flying long haul with United Airlines, I'd say, especially on a Boeing. Can't wait.

Its only the 737's that are causing issues, short haul plane, so you'll be fine. It'll be a 757, 777 or a 787 you'll be on most likely
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Re: Which Airline?
« Reply #1136 on: January 8, 2024, 04:28:51 pm »
Its only the 737's that are causing issues, short haul plane, so you'll be fine. It'll be a 757, 777 or a 787 you'll be on most likely

I know, I know. Just making light of the fact I'm flying through the States on an American airline/aircraft after that incident.

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« Reply #1137 on: January 8, 2024, 04:38:27 pm »
I know, I know. Just making light of the fact I'm flying through the States on an American airline/aircraft after that incident.

Parts of a 737 could fall on top of you......................
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Re: Which Airline?
« Reply #1138 on: January 8, 2024, 04:57:41 pm »
I know, I know. Just making light of the fact I'm flying through the States on an American airline/aircraft after that incident.

Make sure to pick an aisle seat.

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Re: Which Airline?
« Reply #1139 on: January 8, 2024, 05:13:23 pm »
Parts of a 737 could fall on top of you......................

A domino effect. Who is checking MY plane if Boeing has all their crews fixing the Maxs, again  ;D

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Re: Which Airline?
« Reply #1140 on: January 8, 2024, 06:32:17 pm »
Parts of a 737 could fall on top of you......................

What a great story that would be for all the relatives though. Just imagine them coming together for all the big family gatherings and talking about how Trump's tiny tiny hands flew across the country in a Boeing, landed at the destination, was happy about having arrived there safely and then a big piece of a 737 drops right on their seat on the plane, through the roof and right on their seat. They'd be talking about that even in ten generations...

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Re: Which Airline?
« Reply #1141 on: January 8, 2024, 06:35:58 pm »
i am going business class to Chennai in March on Etihad. 1st time with them so will be interesting to see how it is.
It's a good product, not as good as Singapore or Emirates, but I'll never fly them due to their links to the cheats. Crooked airline.

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« Reply #1142 on: January 8, 2024, 06:42:50 pm »
I've just booked a Singapore to Manchester flight on Singapore Airlines for later this year. It always used to be the case that they were excellent, but before booking this flight, I read a lot of criticism of their A350 product. Lots of people saying the seats are really uncomfortable in all classes. I booked anyway because the flight was direct and therefore lesser environmental impact, plus seat selection was free unlike Turkish and Qatar so overall it was cheaper. But can't say I'm looking forward to a 14 hour flight in a shit seat. First world problems and all that.
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Re: Which Airline?
« Reply #1143 on: January 8, 2024, 06:45:33 pm »
Flew Singapore recently. Decent enough, havenít flown long haul in about 13 years so donít have a lot to compare it to. Flew economy (obvs) but was good enough in terms of comfort, entertainment and food. My baggage didnít make it but think thatís more the airport rather than the airline to blame. Although they were. Bit shit in the aftermath, took over a week for it to turn up and that was after Iíd had to chase the airport a few times who tracked it down for me. Got about four automated emails a day from Singapore saying they were working hard to find my bag which got annoying pretty quickly!

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« Reply #1144 on: January 8, 2024, 06:51:18 pm »
What a great story that would be for all the relatives though. Just imagine them coming together for all the big family gatherings and talking about how Trump's tiny tiny hands flew across the country in a Boeing, landed at the destination, was happy about having arrived there safely and then a big piece of a 737 drops right on their seat on the plane, through the roof and right on their seat. They'd be talking about that even in ten generations...

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« Reply #1145 on: January 8, 2024, 08:35:38 pm »
Had a flight to London from the States in early December. Worst one ever.

Pretty sure it was the 737. DC to LHR.

Arrived in plenty of time for flight at 10PM. Everyone gets on plane. Plane does not leave. We all sit in out seats on the plane for 90 minutes. Mechanical problem. They can't fix it. Everyone gets off plane and we get on another plane a few gates down. We are set to leave at 1AM as all bags/food/drink etc. is moved to new plane. Plane pushes back from gate and then a mechanical light comes on as we are taxiing to runway. Back to the gate we go and arrive about 1.15AM. We are told to get off the plane but do not leave the gate. At2AM we are told plane will be going nowehere and we get a new plane and crew at 10AM or so.
Finally takes off at 11AM or so, 13 hours late.
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Return flight was on time but they lost my bag with Xmas presents in it for almost three weeks.

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Re: Which Airline?
« Reply #1146 on: January 9, 2024, 03:08:27 am »
I've just booked a Singapore to Manchester flight on Singapore Airlines for later this year. Ö

Itís worth going to have a look at the butterflies in T3 at Changi. Itís airside  outside / inside garden quite magical and very peaceful  - set you up for the long flight.

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Re: Which Airline?
« Reply #1147 on: January 9, 2024, 08:23:46 am »
some 380s coming out of mothballs to meet current demand

good news if you want to get the chance to travel in the quietest most comfortable plane, the newly refitted Emirates Business class would be a dream

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Re: Which Airline?
« Reply #1148 on: January 9, 2024, 09:09:08 am »
I CANNOT understand how people (airlines) keep ordering 737 MAX planes, it is fucking mental... and the fact also Boeing haven't been slapped into a different universe, mental.

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« Reply #1149 on: January 9, 2024, 10:24:43 am »
I CANNOT understand how people (airlines) keep ordering 737 MAX planes, it is fucking mental... and the fact also Boeing haven't been slapped into a different universe, mental.

The 737NG's, produced since 1997, actually have an excellent safety record, so this likely influences purchasers - personally I'd be ordering A320's if I was buying planes for an airline, we're flying with TUI in June 2025 and i'm hoping they swap our plane for a 787 as we are due on a MAX. An ex employee of Boeing said they outsource so much now that quality control is suffering. My lads flying instructor knows a Boeing test pilot, gonna have a chat with him on Saturday..
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Re: Which Airline?
« Reply #1150 on: January 9, 2024, 03:10:58 pm »
the big plus is that SA flight attendants keep toilets clean whereas British Airways won't touch them so they remain filthy until landing. Kind of a big deal when flying Sydney to New Delhi.


That service would be more important when travelling from New Delhi to anywhere
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Re: Which Airline?
« Reply #1151 on: January 9, 2024, 03:22:07 pm »
Lots of positive singapore reviews which is good. Looking to fly to Singapore for a few days then onto Sydney in 2025. Looks like Singapore will get my £££ unless the price is vastly different elsewhere.

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« Reply #1152 on: January 9, 2024, 04:45:27 pm »
It's a good product, not as good as Singapore or Emirates, but I'll never fly them due to their links to the cheats. Crooked airline.

Its a work booking so had no choice when they came up cheapest sadly. I will take some disinfectant wipes to clean down before i touch anything!

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« Reply #1153 on: January 9, 2024, 04:54:50 pm »
Its a work booking so had no choice when they came up cheapest sadly. I will take some disinfectant wipes to clean down before i touch anything!


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« Reply #1154 on: January 9, 2024, 05:15:10 pm »
Its a work booking so had no choice when they came up cheapest sadly. I will take some disinfectant wipes to clean down before i touch anything!

What if they put you on this plane? (Yes its used for commercial flights)  ;D

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« Reply #1155 on: January 9, 2024, 07:01:33 pm »
Disguting! Sooner it's scrapped the better, hate seeing it at Manchester.

The other reason airlines go for 737's over A320's is simply they're cheaper. For a reason I guess. If it's Boeing, I aint going!

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« Reply #1156 on: January 9, 2024, 08:14:06 pm »
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« Reply #1157 on: January 9, 2024, 08:31:51 pm »
good news if you want to get the chance to travel in the quietest most comfortable plane, the newly refitted Emirates Business class would be a dream

Did Emirates business class in an older A380 last year and it was far the best experience I've ever had on a plane. GF has just done Manc to Singapore (via Abu Dhabi) on an Etihad A380 business class, and other than it being a bit more modern looking said Emirates was better.

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« Reply #1158 on: February 5, 2024, 09:38:39 am »
Just did a flight to NZ and back through the States. I would not recommend taking the 2 hour transit option in either LAX or San Fran. It is barely enough time to get through all the hoops they make you jump through. There are major works going on at LAX, they don't offer any assistance or sign posting to help you navigate their shithole of an airport. So after having to go through customs check, get your checked in luggage, re-checking it in 20 metres later you have to hope you get through security with everyone else, not just the people from your flight, on time. Only the US make you do all this and they simply don't have the facilities/resources for it. At San Fran, one of their runways is shut down. So while the airport is nicer you can end up stuck on the tarmac waiting for a gate like I did, losing 50mins. Security was a quagmire and after finally getting through I was told my gate was closed, boarding finished. I ran anyway and they let me on, closing the doors behind me, stranding around 30 people from my previous flight and, as I found out later, my luggage.

Got a nice comparison between United Airlines long haul and Air NZ. The interior of the UA planes just feel a whole lot more plastic and cheap compared to how the Air NZ planes are fitted out. More leg room on the Air NZ planes too.