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  • AlanOrton1
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    I think there is a Qantas lounge.


    AlanOrton1
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    I’d take the breakfast in the F lounge any day of the week over the AA flagship lounge offering.

    Very limited selection at JFK this morning and all somewhere between cold to not quite luke warm. Not good.
    As for the choice, or lack thereof, of magazines….


    AlanOrton1
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    I spotted an AA 737 painted in the TWA colours at MIA on Monday!


    AlanOrton1
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    I’m not sure all routes even got to experience the trolley service – am I right in thinking LGW never had this initiative rolled out?

    Last time I flew on a route with this service was to ORD. I felt it worked well, however, I received the food courses before the other pax around me (GCH perk?), so there was little in the way of waiting. That said, I can see how those waiting a longer amount of time would find it slow.


    AlanOrton1
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    Montysaurus – this may not work for you, though it might be worth looking into:

    I’ve never wanted to do a full ex-EU itinerary, though have been tempted given the cost saving, however about 3 years ago, via the TC I use, found a good fare with QR AMS-DOH-HKG / SIN-DOH-LHR.
    It was a decent saving over an ex LHR fare, though not as low a full ex EU fare. (I simply added a LHR-AMS sector to the above).
    Given your desired itinerary it might be worth looking at QR, possibly AY as well, departing AMS but returning to LHR. Or even a straight return to AMS and then you only have one additional leg from AMS-LHR to add to your journey.


    AlanOrton1
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    Er, QF do not fly A380 PER-LHR


    AlanOrton1
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    Yes, never had an issue. Their coffee onboard works for me.


    AlanOrton1
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    I flew yesterday with AY, LHR-HEL-HKG. Here is brief review and my thoughts as a first time user of AY’s service to Asia. (I return PEK-HEL-LHR next week).

    Check-In
    Area B of T3, waited about a minute before swift check in process, where I was invited to use either No 1 Lounge or Cathay’s, with agent advising the CX one was much nicer. Also invited to use Fast Track, which took less 5 mins to clear.

    Lounge
    I went to the Qantas lounge as I hadn’t been to this space since it was the old London Lounge. Impressive and spacious, set over 2 floors. The ground floor looked to be entirely a dining facility. I wasn’t sure it was operating when I arrived at 16:45 as the lounge was very quiet, and not being particularly hungry I went upstairs and sat at the cocktail bar and did a little work. WiFi worked very well. There was a perfectly adequate buffet set up at one end of the 1st floor.

    Flight 1
    12 rows of business class on this A321 with only 9 pax. The seat was a newer, slimline offering with the middle seat kept free. Pillow and blanket on the seat. Overall I found the seat hard on the back so not particularly comfortable. Legroom was fine, though pax in front did not recline their seat.
    Service was friendly and professional. Two choices for the meal, I had the meat dish (pork) which was enjoyable and ample. Full bar service before the meal, during it and afterwards. Nice glassware. Wine & champagne served in individual bottles.
    We pushed back bang on time and with a tail wind, landed 15 minutes ahead of schedule, which was helpful as I’d only allowed 45 mins for my connecting flight to HK. (Still within MCT).

    Helsinki airport
    Compact terminal, easy to navigate. Stopped briefly in Finnair’s Premium Lounge. Hard to say too much more than it was ‘fine’, given I was there for no more than 10 mins. The more comfortable seating looked to be towards the rear of the lounge. Good speed, free WiFi though out the terminal.

    Flight 2
    A359 for this flight with the larger of the two business class configurations. I sat in 7A, in the second last window seat of the front / main cabin. This was the furthest forward window seat available at time of booking, one month prior. Every business seat was occupied. Cabin does feel spacious with no overhead bins above the centre seats. I received a OW Emerald greeting, had my meal order taken early and the meal was delivered early as well.
    AY sent numerous emails before my flight, one was the offer to pre-order a meal. The meal itself was good, without being exceptional (for airline food). Standard 3 courses, with choice of 3 whites, 3 reds and a rosé. Enjoyed the German Pinot Noir.
    Seat is very similar to CX, with plane being new, it was in pristine condition. I’m just over 6ft and had no issue stretching out fully. In my opinion, you can’t beat a single seat, by a window with direct aisle access when flying alone.
    Reasonably good selection of IFE, Bose earphones supplied.
    Small delay departing, though still landed 15 minutes early.

    Summary
    I’m responsible for my travel budget, so am always keen to get a competitive price alongside pretty strict schedule demands (no long layovers, evening flights out of LHR, flying on specific dates). If AY flights are a few hundred pounds cheaper than the next best priced OW option, then I’d happily fly this route with them again. With this booking they were about £1,000 cheaper than the next best OW carrier.
    The downside with AY, from my perspective, is the 2 x 3 hour flights in a fairly uncomfortable seat.
    AY have an A359 service to and from HEL & LHR, so if the timings worked to utilize this, it would be hard to find too much to fault.
    I’ve flown CX the most over the last 3 years on this route as they’ve more often that not had a sale on at the time I’ve booked via my TC (always around a month prior to travel). Hands down winners for me.
    I used to fly QR but over the last few years their prices have increased and when there has been a competitive fare, there has always been a long layover or similar which detracts. (I try not to be away from the family for any longer than I have to).
    Given the competitive price, no issues during the flights and landing early I was more than satisfied with the experience.

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    AlanOrton1
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    It has been a little while since I flew on the upper deck on SQ, but from what I can remember, and I wouldn’t take this as 100%, they are not up against the wall of the toilet, though I don’t recall them having different legroom.

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    AlanOrton1
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    You do earn Avios and tier points, though you’ll earn less Avios than compared with BA, though more tier points.

    Personally I don’t think there is much of a difference between the CX 777 & A350, both have a very similar (excellent) hard product.


    AlanOrton1
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    AUD$2,400 seems fair for an Oz to Europe return in PE and like others have said, CX’s product is as good as most of the major airlines who offer this cabin type.
    Having travelled in a fair amount of PE cabins, I find them all much of a muchness. If you can get the front row, I’d always aim for that.

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    AlanOrton1
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    Hi Samuel – I have flown both and would opt for CX, purely because the seats are a bit more spacious and private. If you go for a window seat, there is no-one next to you and you have direct access to the aisles.
    If you are a BA GCH you can access the F section of the LGW lounge, which is perfectly decent.


    AlanOrton1
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    Hi Martyn – I think you were treated fairly, though this is only my opinion.

    You changed your ticket and were charged per the rules of the ticket you purchased. I suspect if you had purchased a higher fare type within the class you travelled, there may not have been a fee change at the level you paid.

    Forgive me if I have this wrong, but you missed the AMS-LHR sector, so not sure the airline should refund you for this if travelling on a non refundable ticket type.

    You mention the airline then waived any fee / cost for missing the first sector.

    The other argument is they could have cancelled your ex AMS round trip ticket altogether and made you purchase a new LHR-HKG return which I suspect would have been somewhat more expensive.

    It sounds like you missed the initial flight for purely genuine reasons. If you were on a LHR-HKG return ticket they may possibly have been able to get you on the later flight (if your original flight was the earlier of the two evening services), without charge. However, given the more ‘complex’ routing it seems on balance, to me at least, the outcome was fair.


    AlanOrton1
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    My apologies! I was thinking only of the Lon-hel-hkg leg.

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    AlanOrton1
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    560 TP with QR.

    Am taking AY (for the first time) to HKG and back from PEK next week.

    Main reason being cost and schedule. They were about £1k cheaper than QR and neither CX or BA had a sale on at time of booking.

    Normally try to use CX for this itinerary as they are often priced competitively.

    Will be interested to see how AY compare with other OW and *A carriers.

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