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#1 tanyak1

Posted 19 January 2013 - 04:31 PM

I'm planning a trip to Europe next year for my 40th, flying into either London or Paris. So many airlines to choose from - what are your recommendations? I'm going without DHand the kids but hopefully with my oldest friend. We're hoping to go premium economy, and my friend uses a CPAP machine to sleep so needs an in- seat power point.

Also we're planning to spilt our time between Paris and London and do sme day trips - any recommendations for accommodation or good day tour companies?

#2 IsolaBella

Posted 19 January 2013 - 04:39 PM

Singapore. Avoid flying into healthrow the taxes are more expensive. The Euro train between pause and London is good.



#3 B.3

Posted 19 January 2013 - 04:41 PM

I worked as an international travel agent for 6 years. In that time I have never once had a complaint about Singapore Airlines. I had clients who would fly no one else regardless of price.

Personally I have never flown them, but to Europe I have flown:

Korean Airlines - absolutely fantastic
Japan Airlines - brilliant
Malaysian Airlines - also brilliant
Qantas - quite poor, never again unless they were the cheapest by quite a bit
British Airways - never again regardless of price, it was probably THE most dreadful flying experience I've had to date
Ansett & All Nipon via Osaka codeshared - no longer available but were also fantastic

We are flying to the UK in September and chose Emirates based on price and also the fact that they can get us into Gatwick instead of Heathrow. Singapore Airlines were the same price but only went into Heathrow and landed about 7:30pm as well so it will just be impossible to negotiate London then get to where we need to go (Brighton) at that hour.

Edited by Bek+3, 19 January 2013 - 09:46 PM.


#4 Lindyloo28

Posted 19 January 2013 - 04:46 PM

We flew to Paris with Etihad back in 2009 and could not fault them, it was a great flying experience, my SIL also flies to Europe alot and flys with Emirates and says they are great as well.

#5 IsolaBella

Posted 19 January 2013 - 04:47 PM

Should add I have done Q'ass BA and Thai to the UK. Do not recommend them.

cathay with their older planes have really bad seats (my folks complaints). Emirates they were not too pleased with either.

My dad has done over 100 trips to the UK in 40yrs.... Singapore is his favourite.

Edited by lsolaBella, 19 January 2013 - 04:51 PM.


#6 Apageintime

Posted 19 January 2013 - 04:48 PM

I enjoyed emirates, but hated qantas, so it'd be ok if you could make sure you didn't get a code share flight.

Otherwise Virgin Australia - particuarly their premium economy is fabulous if you can stretch to that!

#7 blackcat20

Posted 19 January 2013 - 04:50 PM

My sister flew Qatar last year, and I've heard good things from others.. Other options are emirates, Cathay, etihad...
Virgin aus don't fly their own planes to Europe afaik, they codeshare...

Edited by blackcat20, 19 January 2013 - 04:51 PM.


#8 Justaduck

Posted 19 January 2013 - 09:23 PM

We flew Thai, no issues there. I even asked (at 167cm tall) if I could have an exit row seat and got one no worries, no extra cash. Was a bad decision though as they are really cold!

Sorry one issue...I ordered a vegeterian meal (fussy eater so it is my safest bet) and they brought out a regular. But really, nothing major

I paid I think $1400 to fly Bne = Frankfurt in May, only booked it 3 weeks earlier

#9 greengoddess

Posted 19 January 2013 - 09:33 PM

Singapore. I don't fly anything else between Europe and Australia.

#10 girltribe4

Posted 19 January 2013 - 09:40 PM

Another who would only fly Singapore between Europe & Australia original.gif

#11 hayzee fantayzee

Posted 19 January 2013 - 09:44 PM

Emirates or Singapore Airlines.

ETA- Haven't flown with them myself but I've heard good things about Etihad too.

Edited by starboard, 19 January 2013 - 09:47 PM.


#12 Fairey

Posted 19 January 2013 - 09:52 PM

Another vote for Singapore. They are fantastic!

- have never flown with them, but I hear great things about emirates

#13 thespottedcat

Posted 20 January 2013 - 04:18 PM

We did Virgin Atlantic and thought they were great. Even better if you could splurge on upper class! I loved that their seat config in economy meant 2-4-2 so travelling as a couple it felt as though you had your own space and didn't have to have a third person in your row.

Have done Etihad and they were OK too. Nothing to rave about but again had the 2-4-2 seat config. Am flying them again in September but this is based on price/frequent flyer program and also direct connection through to Dublin.

Have to admit though when we did Singapore to Asia that the agent put notes on our file re an anniversary and part way through the flight we were presented with cake and champagne. Pretty good considering we weren't even loyalty members.

#14 le_auteur

Posted 20 January 2013 - 04:28 PM

Singapore, hands down. Brilliant experience on all four legs (BNE>SIN>SIN>LHR) with our 6mo. Have done the trip twice also with QANTAS (and their partners BA and Air France), and there's no comparison. I loved that we flew SAL the whole wy and not on a partner airline for part of the way - Air France was horrible, and BA was only marginally better. Service was excellent and price very reasonable. We booked directly through SAL website for our most recent trip in Sep/Oct and it was a breeze, online/mobile check in 48hrs prior to flight was excellent too, meant we always got the bassinet seats as we checked in first.

ETA: Also heard excellent things about Emirates like PP but haven't flown them myself - their online booking thing was a bit tricky!)

Edited by le_auteur, 20 January 2013 - 04:30 PM.


#15 Spiritosa

Posted 20 January 2013 - 04:45 PM

Just to throw another option into the mix - I fly Finnair a few times a year for work (I work for a Scandinavian company).

They've recently been awarded safest airline, their routes into Europe are good and their business class is very decent for the price.

Probably not as luxurious as some of the other airlines mentioned (particularly the Asian airlines) but it might mean the difference between premium economy and lie flat seats.

Food is good, in-flight entertainment could have more.

All in all, I'm happy enough with their product and I also fly Qantas, Singapore and Cathay for work.




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