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1. Posted by torvalds (Budding Member, 5 posts) 1 Jun '06 04:45

Hi. I will be flying to Austrailia and I REALLY hate planes. So all I basically want to know is what Airlines are the best for long haul flights like this? Im flying from Northern Ireland. Ive been told that some planes are more roomy than others and some have playstations and stuff like that :) Its a real long flight and i'll be alone so I would like plenty to keep me amused on the way.

2. Posted by moutallica (Respected Member, 122 posts) 1 Jun '06 08:46

I've taken Malaysia Airlines, and they were quite good. Great service, and you get your own little TV at each seat to get movies and shows on-demand (meaning you get to watch what you want, when you want). There's also some games to play too.

One suggestion I would have is to try and find out the prices of different airlines for the trip you want. Then, go to http://www.airlinequality.com/ and see what other people have to say about them. This way, you can find a good price, with a good airline.

Another tip is to get there early and request an emergency exit row. I did that for my last flight, and it was great. Imagine having no seat in front of you, so you can stretch out as much as you'd like.

3. Posted by Ava_Aus (Inactive, 21 posts) 1 Jun '06 08:57

hey there,

When I come over to see my family in the UK i usually use emirites. They are a little more expensive but I find the service extremly good and there is a little more leg room and has those monitors that have TV shows, gameboy, movies etc

If you would like something a little cheaper Malaysian and Singapore airlines I have also found to be quite good.

4. Posted by road_trip (Full Member, 203 posts) 1 Jun '06 10:07

Quoting Ava_Aus

hey there,

When I come over to see my family in the UK i usually use emirites. They are a little more expensive but I find the service extremly good and there is a little more leg room and has those monitors that have TV shows, gameboy, movies etc

If you would like something a little cheaper Malaysian and Singapore airlines I have also found to be quite good.

I agree about Emirates. Their flights are amazing, the entertainment system is simply amazing (Movies, music and games on demand). I found the cabin crew quite rude though and I've flown with them 8 times now.

I don't think Virgin fly to Aus, but I found the cabin crew extremely welcoming and friendly.

Getting to the airport early wont guarnatee you extra legroom but it will certainly help; I've turned up many times at the check-in before it opened and still not got it because some selfish 5'x" has already taken them (being 6'6", its so difficult to fit comfortably into anything but an exit seat)

5. Posted by flo jo (Respected Member, 414 posts) 1 Jun '06 11:38

I will go with singapore airlines no hesitation. I flew with them since I was little and I always had a ball, they are just excellent.
They used to give me games and colouring when I was young and they give me drinks and peanuts now so I love them.

I dont know if I have been lucky or what but I always request the exist seat and I get it most of the time.

Top of the list

6. Posted by torvalds (Budding Member, 5 posts) 1 Jun '06 18:48

Hmmm I like the sound of these monitors and stuff :) I was kinda lucky the last time I flew from florida because she gave me the exit row twice without even asking.

I might have hit a hurdle with my plans anyway, it seems that the rent down under isnt so cheap so I may never get to use your great advice guys. Anyway ill maybe start another thread here for some tips.

Thnaks for the help everyone!

7. Posted by Jase007 (Travel Guru, 8868 posts) 2 Jun '06 02:52

Cathay Pacific are good.
I flew return to nz at xmas time, and would fly them again.

8. Posted by Steve-o (Budding Member, 4 posts) 2 Jun '06 03:31

Quoting torvalds

Hi. I will be flying to Austrailia and I REALLY hate planes. So all I basically want to know is what Airlines are the best for long haul flights like this? Im flying from Northern Ireland. Ive been told that some planes are more roomy than others and some have playstations and stuff like that :) Its a real long flight and i'll be alone so I would like plenty to keep me amused on the way.

Greetings from Melbourne!

I presume you'll be flying economy and what you want is an aeroplane with good seat pitch (room between rows of seats) and an airline with the latest in-flight entertainment gadgets.

Both Malaysia Airlines and Air New Zealand offer 34" of seat pitch on their 747 aircraft and could be choices to look at because of the space they give you. Qantas has a 31" seat pitch which is about industry standard. I find a couple of extra inches can make a difference.

With Malaysia Airlines, you would likely have to fly them out of London to Kuala Lumpur and then onward to your destination in Austalia. I am not sure where in Australia you are going, but they use a combination of 747-400s and 777-200s on their routes from Kuala Lumpur to the various cities in Australia.

Air New Zealand is another option out of London, but they are currently operating to New Zealand and beyond going westbound, which means going via the US & New Zealand. As the US got rid of airside transit (at the few airports where it did exist), it will be necessary to enter the United States in-transit at LAX. A lot of folks aren't keen on having to enter the US these days -- as a non-US citizen you'd have to go through US Customs & Immigrations, get fingerprinted, photographed, etc -- just to make a re-fuelling stop at LAX prior to re-boarding and going onward to Auckland. At least you can stay in airside transit at Auckland!

Both Malaysia and Air New Zealand have good IFE systems. You can check the site www.seatguru.com for information on different aeroplanes, their seat pitches, and the best seats.

road_trip mentions Virgin Atlantic - I don't know about their seat pitch in economy, but they do fly from London to Australia (via Hong Kong). Here in Australia we also have Virgin Blue as a domestic carrier, but they are a low cost/budget airline.

Anyways, I hope you enjoy your trip to Australia and have a good time here. What part of Australia you travelling to?

Regards,

Steve-O - -snip-

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9. Posted by Lush88 (Full Member, 66 posts) 3 Jun '06 20:12

I have flown with afew different airline companies, and the only one that stands out by far is EMIRATES. Its alittle expensive but the quality of service was outstanding, i thought it was worthwhile. (Defintely for the experience and comfort)

In comparison to the other airlines who had staff that looked like they didnt want to be there!!!!

All the best.:)

10. Posted by dwalker66 (Full Member, 210 posts) 4 Jun '06 04:56

I always recomend Emirates, as they have great flights regionally from the UK, BHX/MAN/GLA/LGW and LHR, so you would not have to transit in london, making it a much better start to the flight, and depending on where you are going in Oz, SYD/MEL and PER are direct flights from DXB, so you would not have to hang around Singapore of Bangkok like many others. BNE has a stop in SIN.

If you go with emirates, try to book online, even in economy you get 30% more miles, and UK-OZ, that's a lot of extra miles!

Have you seen www.seatguru.com a great site for making comparisons with seat sizes etc, they also take you through each airlines entertainment systems too.

Well worth a look.