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Simple remedy to avoid being ousted in the future, Lugano – buy two F tickets!! While I have never been in the same First – Economy situation, I have refused an upgrade when travelling with family (to be rewarded by KLM with upgrades all round from Amsterdam to Beijing) and have also given my wife the only Business seat available and taken my seat further back….. paragon that I am!!18 Feb 2018
Unless you are travelling before the end of March, QF is probably not an option in First unless you change in Sydney.
QF9/10 on the A380 via Dubai ends then and will be replaced by a 787 routing from Melbourne via Perth (confusingly this will also be QF9/10).in reply to: Best First Class to Melbourne17 Feb 2018
I frequently go to Manila and have never had luggage problems. The challenge with transferring between terminals is the totally unpredictable traffic – you can easily sit for an hour or two going nowhere on a journey of a couple of miles or less. Or you will be there in 10 minutes……in reply to: Transfer in Manila8 Feb 2018
The pull-back on decent newspapers and magazines in lounges has been going on for some time now and not just BA are guilty.
KLM’s lounges at Schipol used to have a reasonable range of English language newspapers but these are long gone.
Those that remain (in other languages) are certainly not intended for removal.
I am going through T5 this week so will report back – I must say I have not seen The Sun there, or rather I have but it masquerades under the name of its sister paper, The Times.6 Feb 2018
The collective view above seems to be that the article which Tom posted is tosh or is everyone buying into an urban myth here about booking which, on a grander scale, is unlikely to be true?4 Feb 2018
Thanks, FDOS – this really made me chuckle. I am still trying to work out how this represents greater customer convenience? Varying baggage allowances by route/ region as well as type of Economy ticket is a recipe for chaos and confusion, I would have thought.
While I use Qatar quite often and have flown Emirates frequently in the past, I have never used Etihad. Probably won’t bother now……in reply to: Etihad cuts baggage allowances1 Feb 2018
I am just back from a family trip with MH LHR-KUL-MEL return in Economy. We booked (and paid for) seats well in advance, upstairs in the small cabin at the rear on the A380 and in the two row forward cabin on the A330 (which used to be Business).
I can say without reservation that the 2-4-2 seating in both areas (we were in the 2s on both aircraft) is as good as it gets in economy. The legroom certainly feels more than the 32″ which seatguru attributes to economy seating. I could easily work on my laptop on the tray table with the seat in front fully reclined and I don’t lack girth!! On the A380, the window seats have the advantage of storage in side bins by the window. The seats are also wide by comparison with the cramped offering of airlines like QR in this class (and, presumably, BA’s Gatwick offering in the future) and very comfortable, even on the 13.5 hour return leg into LHR.
So the hard product is excellent for its type and, as I said, certainly up there as best in class. I wonder what the A350 will offer to passengers at the back of the bus? Service is rather more hit and miss although generally we were very happy with the cabin crew on all flights.23 Jan 2018
Great challenge, Tom
Many people have mentioned the QF First Lounge in Sydney. I rather like its smaller cousin in Melbourne which tends to be quieter but offers the same quality of service.
QF are doing a really good job refurbishing their Business lounges system-wide. I was in the new Domestic Lounge in BNE a couple of weeks ago and think it is a fabulous place and certainly a leader in domestic lounges.
I would also like to put in a vote for the very small but comfortable MH First Lounge in Heathrow T4 – the service is personalised and attentive and the food offering varied and excellent quality.
Finally, to go with the flow, CX’s Pier in HKG is a real pleasure to visit. The Wing is fine but is let down by its crazy layout.
To counter the positive assessments of AY’s Helsinki Premium Lounges, I think they are bland, lack areas of privacy and have limited food offerings. They are generally overcrowded as well. Not as bland as KLM Lounges in Schipol, mind you…..in reply to: 100 Best Airport Lounges worldwide16 Jan 2018
After a challenging finger count (as I don’t really keep much of a record)
12 airlines (BA, AY, QF, QR, MH, KL, EI, BE, AT, VN, PR, LM, NZ)
New Airlines – Royal Air Maroc, Loganair (in new guise)
New Airport – Casablanca
Favourite International Lounge – CX Pier in HKG
Favourite Domestic Lounge – QF Business in Brisbane (revamped and just opened)
Best Lounge service – MH First in LHR
Worst lounge – Third party lounge in PSA and QR oneworld lounge in DOH (not the QR Business or First lounges)in reply to: Personal statistics for 20172 Jan 2018
Yes, that is correct. Left turn for Club World and a few Economy rows (depends on CW demand). For a quick exit if in Economy, the best row is 9, just forward of the door. On my last two trips, the main cabin passengers were held back and the forward cabin, before Economy first followed by CW were allowed off.in reply to: BA's 76719 Dec 2017