Anyone flown with the following airlines? Ive got decent prices for flights to Thailand in Nov with the following but usually we stick to Star Alliance carriers but with efforts to keep costs down (maybe by over £150+) these guys are coming up cheaper. Thing is they are all middle eastern carriers and lve no experience of them (whats food like, inflight entertainment, can you get a glass of wine with your meal, seat pitch, flight crew attitude etc etc)
- Royal Jordanian (THE cheapest flight to BKK for £430 rtn inc tax from LHR)
Thanks for helping me make up my mind!
[ Edit: Edited on May 29, 2007, at 2:38 AM by Purdy ]
Emirates. Great service, but squishy economy class seats.
Plus, the guy sitting next to me reading the electronic Koran for 12 hours, whilst nodding back and forth, had me feeling uncertain.
We have not used any of them personally, but Kris' sister and brother-in-law have flown Emirates several times. They have had nothing but great things to say about the service. K's sister has MS and requires the use of wheelchairs at the airports and bulkhead seating on the planes. Emirates has been very accommodating in fulfilling these requirements. They wish they could fly Emirates everywhere. They also used Emirates prior to her illness and were pleased with the service.
Flew on Emirates in 2003 from Perth to Athens, then Cairo to Dubai and back to Perth.
Probably one of the top 5 airlines in the world, and they bumped us up to business class on the Dubai - Perth leg home.
That helped get my vote
I would recommend Emirates, and friends and workmates also rate the airline highly.
Seem to remember decent food, individual entertainment units on back of seats and quaffable wine.
This is sounding good folks - Emirates are coming in with a very reasonable price!
Emirates are a very good choice, and consistently come out at the top of passenger satisfaction surverys. Have heard good things about Qatar as well, and they seem to be trying to compete against Emirates. Not heard anything either way about either of the others, and obviously have no first hand experience.
Other options - there's a new low cost airline starting up between KL and England, who might be worth a look. Special Offers to Singapore or HK (budget airlines already fly HK - Gatwick) might also work out cheaper, even with additional connecting flights.
Also, look at package holidays to Phuket and similar. They often work out cheaper than the flights. Then you can basically just junk the hotel and other stuff and just use the flights (with, obviously, an option of pre booked accom as well if you want to use it for a night or two) - a friend who's wife is currently working in Thailand does this fairly regularly and swears by it on proce grounds.
You cannot go wrong with the following three,
But avoid RJ, for the only reason that the Airport is not so good if you have a long layover.
As much as Emirates are getting good reviews, certainly consider QR, newer planes, great food etc.. New connections via Washington (direct to Doha) and New York via Somewhere in Europe...
Etihad New York - Abu Dhabi I think direct!
My first choice would be Qatar Airways, even though I have Gold Card with Emirates, for economy service, QR best all round!
Now l have another flight to throw into the equation - lve got return flight for Thai for £481 to BKK out of LHR - direct to BKK and the big bonus for me is that they are part of Star Alliance so we get frequent flier miles & membership miles (& my other half is GOLD so we get lounge access!) so as long as that price holds out until end of June when l book then we will go with Thai.
Ive only ever flown short hop with them from BKK to Phuket so what are Thai like long haul?
Cheers for all the advice guys (esp Rich seeing as how he has is a non flyer!)
Thai Airways is a pretty decent airline.
Flew them to Myanmar and back last year and certainly had no complaints, and flew Thai from Perth to Athens back in 2003 and that was OK.
Hope they eventually change the light purple upholstery!!!
I flew with Qatar, to Thailand, the last time.
The inflight service, was nothing short of excellent.
However, u will probably have to spend some time in Doha airport.
The downside is if u usually like to have a few drinks, while waiting at airports u wont be doing that at Doha airport.