Sorry to lose Expat_C and hope you will be back. The Moderators have a tough time as it is but we do value your comments EC. VK too, whilst being blatantly biased towards BA and sometimes ill mannered, is a valuable soursce of information particularly on BA. The more views and coments exchanged the better ! I have learnt a great deal on this thread about LX and EK and will try both carriers in the near future.