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1. Posted by craigwalsh (Budding Member 35 posts) 12y

craigwalsh has indicated that this thread is about Australia

Wanted to find out from people who have made the long haul out of the UK already who they thought was fantastic to fly with and who they thought was dire!
Im planning on travelling out of Manchester but if there are other services running out of a different airport then wouldnt be bothered about the extra travel time.
And of course if anyone has a great "i got upgraded to 1st class storie" im sure everyone would like to hear and you would enjoy making us green with envy!! (plus if you want to give out some hints of blagging your way into 1st class im sure we'd all want to hear)

Many Thanks in Advance

2. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 12y

Hi Craig,

Well, my worst experience to date has been with Air France. I just found their service, both on board in terms of entertainment and in terms of the staff really bad. Right behind them is pretty much every single US airline I have ever flown, although I have good memories of Continental but that might be because I was a kid when I did most of my flights with them...

Best, Singapore Airlines, hands down. Then again, I haven't flown Emirates yet, that's a very well known one too... one of these days I can only hope :)

Other than Singapore, I have also had very good flights on Thai, Air NZ, British Airways and Qantas.

Maybe in the far future I'll be able to kick back in one of those business class lying down chairs on a flight to Australia, now that would be flying!!!



3. Posted by stevieh (Respected Member 613 posts) 12y

Hi Craig,
I would echo the previous statement about Thai (Not the newest or poshest, but good service and pretty hostesses!), Air New Zealand (good service, very good food) and Singapore (only did one 7hr overnighter with them, but very good).
Also great was ANA - All Nippon Airlines. I don't know whether they come as far as the UK, but they were excellent. Good food, service and individual screens.
I flew back from Chicago to Manchester on BMI and that was probably the best long haul I've done. Individual screens, superb food including a toastie for breakfast as we arrived over the UK! Excellent.

I flew Gulf from Heathrow to Kathmandu (via Abu Dhabi) once, and they were good too. On the way back, I was ill and rushed off the plane to get to the loo. Consequently I managed to get near the front of the queue for checking in for the following flight. When I got on ans looked for seat 10E, I found myself in 1st class and got the only decent sleep I've ever had in more than 50,000 miles of flight! Don't know why or how, but it was a nice surprise. Maybe they saw the colour of my face and felt sorry for me!

4. Posted by loubylou (Travel Guru 664 posts) 12y

I have to say Emirates are a fantastic airline, nice food (we had steak last year!), seat back entertainment with games and lots of food and drink in between!

One of my friends flew with Cathay Pacific and said it was the worst airline she had ever flown with, which is surprising as I thought they were one of the best. Air Canada is a bad airline too!


5. Posted by jeffp (Budding Member 15 posts) 12y

So far it has to be Singapore Airlines for me.

Tidy legroom, good service with friendly faces, good food, and a great video-on-demand tv system that lets you choose what to watch and when.

I did a 9hr followed by a 12 hour to New Zealand and they were very good. I would use them again no problem. They were also a very good price compared to other airlines at the time.

(My New Zealand Diary)

6. Posted by brad_cat (Budding Member 15 posts) 12y

Quoting loubylou

One of my friends flew with Cathay Pacific and said it was the worst airline she had ever flown with, which is surprising as I thought they were one of the best. Air Canada is a bad airline too!

D'oh! I'd heard nothing but good things about Cathay Pacific. Thats what I'm flying to OZ on next month. Ah well, its cheap.

7. Posted by Peter (Admin 5845 posts) 12y

I've spoken to people who enjoyed flying Cathay - I guess these experiences can be different for different people.

Joining the choir though; Singapore Airlines is my absolute favourite. A bonus is that you get to stopover in a very nice airport. I haven't flown Emirates either, but hear they are pretty much on par.

Thai and Malaysian have also been good to me. Actually, we quite enjoyed the service from Austrian as well.

I tend to agree about service from American airlines, although we had some flights with United last year, which were remarkably decent (with a very nice steak served!).

I've also heard good things about Air NZ. Usually, it's just a case of picking the cheapest one that you feel comfortable with. For example, Maybe Air Garuda will be the cheapest, but they had a few major crashes several years ago. It's hard to shake that kind of publicity. So then, you have to choose whether that concerns you much or not.

8. Posted by soliqa (Respected Member 284 posts) 12y

i've only flown one long-haul flight and that was with singapore airlines, but i would definitely recommend them. the food was surprisingly good for airline food, and the entertainment consoles on the back of the seats sure helped pass the time. and singapore airport is just fantastic aswell!!


9. Posted by moutallica (Respected Member 122 posts) 12y

They list Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific and Qatar Airways as the only 5 star airlines.

10. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 12y

I flew Malaysia Airlines from Western Australia to London . They offered a free domestic flight as a bonus. Perhaps you may care to consider a few days break in Malaysia on the way to Oz.