Best Airlines for long flights?

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11. Posted by Fern1 (Full Member 53 posts) 17y Star this if you like it!

Quoting Jase007

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

This is a timely thread, I'm trying to plan a trip to Guernsey, (Channel iSlands)to follow up on my genealogy, this is my first time out of the country and even flying, so I'm real apprehensive. Its a long way, by what I've been reading about 29.5 hours. I'm wondering just how hard or tedious is it to fly non stop, or is that asking too much.? I don't want to spend much time in other countries as my time will be limited. Should I fly direct to London, (Heathrow) or via america? by some of the posts America is a bit of a pain to go through.Is it any cheaper via america?
Would appreciate any help or advice, thx.

12. Posted by Jase007 (Respected Member 8870 posts) 17y Star this if you like it!

I did the flight to NZ direct (so i made it in time for my dad's birthday). That was: London- Hong Kong - Auckland - Dunedin, forgot how long it was in the end (approx 38hrs in total), but if you can have a day to chill somewhere i'd take it.
I had 10 days in HK on the way back, it made the flight much easier (24hrs cooped up in a plane in one stretch is not the best way to travel).
Direct long hauls are ok if your desperate to get to somewhere fast or you cannot afford to have a stop over.

Have a great trip,

13. Posted by loubylou (Respected Member 664 posts) 17y Star this if you like it!

Quoting Steve-o

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!

Air New Zealand have just announced a new route to the UK via Singapore as too many people were complaining about the transit through LAX.


14. Posted by Fern1 (Full Member 53 posts) 17y Star this if you like it!

Thx. Jase, will take notice of your advice.Going in the off season would save a few dollars too,the thing is just how cold is it in Britain ?, I'm wondering what the autumn weather is like.?

Donna,Thx, I'll check Air New Zealand's new route, I have noticed that they are a bit more expensive than some of the other airlines,.but maybe it's worthwhile.

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