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Airline Thread Anonymous 07/29/14(Tue)18:15 UTC+1 No.880297 Report

Can we get a nice airline chat thread going?

>who do you like flying with?
>who do you hate flying with?

I'm flying to South Korea with Finnair next month. Never flown with them before, are they any good?
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Anonymous 07/29/14(Tue)18:23 UTC+1 No.880302 Report

how's malaysian airlines?
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Anonymous 07/29/14(Tue)18:23 UTC+1 No.880303 Report

>>880297

Should have gone with Korean Airlines yo
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Anonymous 07/29/14(Tue)18:25 UTC+1 No.880306 Report

>>880302
Pretty good in general, but they don't deserve the rep they've gotten through (largely) no fault of their own.
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Anonymous 07/29/14(Tue)18:30 UTC+1 No.880309 Report

>>880306
that pic is golden lmao
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Anonymous 07/29/14(Tue)18:35 UTC+1 No.880312 Report

Finnair is always pretty decent, but nothing really special. I've been using Finnair when flying from Helsinki to Tokyo three times, never been too disappointed with them yet.
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Anonymous 07/29/14(Tue)18:46 UTC+1 No.880318 Report

Heard aeroflot is now the most punctual airline.
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Anonymous 07/29/14(Tue)18:46 UTC+1 No.880319 Report

>>880306
however illogical it is, few people are going to fly with an airline they percieve as 'cursed'
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Anonymous 07/29/14(Tue)21:15 UTC+1 No.880412 Report

>>880302
I know you're trolling, but I used to work in Malaysia and until recent tragedies, the biggest, constant complaint was that their flights were very often delayed (also, curiously, not entirely the airline's fault, but I noticed over the course of around 200 flights between BKK and KUL that Thai and Air Asia were much more likely to leave and arrive on time than Malaysia).
>>880297
My favorite airlines are, in no particular order, Singapore, Thai, Cathay Pacific, Emirates, Lufthansa, and Virgin. All of the Asian carriers above are perhaps obviously much better on long-hauls and international flights than on short or domestic hops. My least favorite airline used to be American, but they gave me exceptionally good service recently on a complex flight between San Francisco, CA, and Zihuatanejo, GRO, Mexico, so I've decided that they're at least as good as the totally mediocre American average. I've also had good results with Korean, Asiana, and Turkish, and OK results with Swiss, although I think many of their planes need updating--they have the single-best booze service I have experienced.
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Anonymous 07/29/14(Tue)21:18 UTC+1 No.880414 Report

>>880412
Is Lufthansa really that good?
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Anonymous 07/29/14(Tue)21:24 UTC+1 No.880418 Report

>>880414
It's probably mediocre by European standards. And the food is kind of weird. But I have status on United, in the same alliance, so I've flown them a lot, and have been pleased with the quality of service. I've never had a luggage problem or a serious delay, which is more than I can say about probably half of the carriers I've used (I flew too much for a period of around five years). Lufthansa has always been accommodating, and on time, in my experience.
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Anonymous 07/29/14(Tue)21:31 UTC+1 No.880423 Report

>>880297
every airline is good
except italian ones
every. airline.
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Anonymous 07/29/14(Tue)23:00 UTC+1 No.880475 Report

>>880414
They serve sauerkraut and sausage and they are not ashamed.
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Anonymous 07/29/14(Tue)23:49 UTC+1 No.880513 Report

>Ryanair
>Flight arrives on time
>DA-DA-DUR DA-DA-DUR DA-DA-DUR-DUR-DUR-DUR music and some recording comes over the tannoy loudly proclaiming their on-time flight statistics
Thanks for making such on irritatingly big deal out of actually arriving on time. How bad a reputation does Ryanair think they have that inflicting this shit on people at the end of their flight is a good idea?
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Anonymous 07/29/14(Tue)23:56 UTC+1 No.880520 Report

>>880513
>inflicting
It's 3 seconds of noise; it shouldn't upset you. Their reputation isn't that bad for what they are and what they do - the real anger people have towards them is usually about some fee or fine they have imposed that the customer didn't know about. If you realize who they are and what they are trying to do, they're OK.
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Anonymous 07/29/14(Tue)23:59 UTC+1 No.880522 Report

>>880475
I fly a lot with Lufthansa and they never served Kraut in the whole time

my sister is stuardess and kraut wont be served on any airline for some shitty reasons
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Mr.Shankly 07/30/14(Wed)02:46 UTC+1 No.880618 Report

Etihad experiences? Compared to Emirates? (I have flown with Emirates before)
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Anonymous 07/30/14(Wed)04:55 UTC+1 No.880671 Report

>>880618
Only flown them once; assuming you're not flying first or biz, they are comparable to Emirates or just a hair slicker. I hear the business class seats are mostly better; I think it's a slightly newer fleet.
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Anonymous 07/30/14(Wed)05:15 UTC+1 No.880675 Report

I've never had a truly mindblowingly great flight. Then again, I've never flown a transpac first class flight. I'd like to do that, but I don't know if I can justify spending like $15k to go to Tokyo.

I life in SF, so I fly a lot of United an Virgin America. They're both fine, and they've changed a bit in recent years. United's always been pretty reliable for me, but with surly service. I think they've been working on the latter recently. All the FAs were pretty nice on my last flight.

Virgin America is kind of the opposite. Good in-cabin service, but not as reliable in terms of delays. They seem to be doing better in that department.

Overall though, what's interesting is how useless the mainstream FF programs have become. I'm still kinda slanted toward Mileage Plus because I have one of their Chase cards, but unless you fly a fuck ton and get one of the higher status levels, having status is useless. I think I've waited longer in the "elite" United lines at SFO than the regular lines at T2. Now they base it all on how much you spend, so maybe it'll shift back? I guess I've always found the whole thing kind of funny. First class meals aren't that great, and airport lounges (even the nice ones) are kind of a joke. Most frequent flyer people I've met on flights are fine, but there's always that one insufferable business douche who needs to be told by the FA like 3 times to turn off his goddamn phone.

Anyway, so many airlines are skimpy with service overall now that I just buy a sandwich in the airport and zone out on the plane. I think it mattered more when it was harder to keep yourself entertained on the plane for 5-10 hours, but you can just watch some movies or play some games on your laptop or tablet or whatever and you're there before you know it.
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Anonymous 07/30/14(Wed)08:38 UTC+1 No.880742 Report

>>880675
You need to turn off your phone in the US? I thought it was a third world thing. In Europe its usually fine
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Anonymous 07/30/14(Wed)16:35 UTC+1 No.880865 Report

>>880742
You used to have to turn it off entirely, but the FAA changed that recently. Everywhere I've flown too, you need to turn off your cell service.
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Anonymous 07/30/14(Wed)17:57 UTC+1 No.880911 Report

>>880297
Finnair is decent on long-haul, but has been going the way of budget airlines inside Europe - in quality, not price. Their business class long-haul is quite nice, since there is no first class. Pretty good for the price overall since they're one of the cheapest to Asia.

>>880522
>kraut wont be served on any airline for some shitty reasons
Literally. Flatulence?
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Anonymous 08/03/14(Sun)14:04 UTC+1 No.882302 Report

>>880297
Virgin Australia or Singapore Airlines for international.
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Anonymous 08/03/14(Sun)14:11 UTC+1 No.882303 Report

>>880306
D-Did Pilot Parker die as well?
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Anonymous 08/03/14(Sun)14:20 UTC+1 No.882305 Report

I'm flying tomorrow with TAP Portugal.
Please tell me I did a good purchase
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Anonymous 08/03/14(Sun)14:53 UTC+1 No.882312 Report

For budget travel within Europe Wizz Air is good, cheap, and flies to heaps of places.
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Anonymous 08/03/14(Sun)17:39 UTC+1 No.882359 Report

>>880522
>>880911
But I have been served sauerkraut with sausage on several Lufthansa flights between Germany and London. I did not dream this, anons. It happened! Please believe me ;_;
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Anonymous 08/03/14(Sun)18:35 UTC+1 No.882370 Report

>>880297
Finnair are good, especially if you travel via. Helsinki, their transit halls are amazing
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Anonymous 08/03/14(Sun)18:39 UTC+1 No.882371 Report

Air Koryo is my preferred choice.
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Anonymous 08/04/14(Mon)04:09 UTC+1 No.882535 Report

>>880297
I like going delta mostly because I get drink passes for free. Not a fan of united airlines since it seems like everytime I fly with them the turbulence is awful. Pretty petty stuff I guess. Worst flight was st Louis to south korea, saw two sunrises.
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