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Comment from: Brandon Tucker [Member] Email
One of my biggest mistakes is having flown KLM on my first trans-Atlantic flight. Since then I've flown mostly U.S. carriers and its just not even been close to the level of luxury.

Even flying within Europe, I love the newspapers and the coffee when you get on board, the stylish and smiling flight attendants...

Upon landing in Prague, Czech Airlines softly plays Smetana's Moldau, the country's most famous symphony. If that isn't a suitable welcome into a foreign land I don't know what is.
05/07/08 @ 14:28
Comment from: Jennifer Mario [Member] Email
I don't know--I flew Alitalia from Barcelona to Rome and back a few years ago and it was not the pleasant experience you're describing. It was more cramped and dingey than any US flight I've taken. The only upside was the free wine. Maybe they've gotten better since then?
05/07/08 @ 14:53
Comment from: Jonas Heimisson [Visitor] Email
I work at an airliner in Europe and know something about this. Alitalia is a very crappy airliner and it hasn't improved at all. They are in fact about to go under.

But I have to agree with you about the difference in US and Euro airliners. The service tradition is richer in in Europe. The main transatlantic airliners in Europe keep a very high service level, e.g. BA, Air France, SAS, KLM and even smaller ones like Icelandair.
05/07/08 @ 16:57
Comment from: Kiel Christianson [Visitor] Email
Oh, and you haven't lived until you've flown JAL, Korean Air, or Singapore Air. Talk about service, luxury, and, well, humanity.

Thanks to U.S. deregulation (begun under Carter, then completely codified by Reagan), airlines were freed to slash prices, then had to slash services to cover the lower revenue. And now, thanks to 25 years of minimal if any profits, they don't have two dimes to rub together, much less a nice pot of liquid assets to help soften the blow of high fuel prices.
05/07/08 @ 20:50
Comment from: BV [Visitor]
You want REAL "luxury"? Fly Qatar Airlines...period.

Out bound from Dulles was 'coach' class. Recieved free food (better than any I've had in 1st class on any US carrier) whenever you wanted it, free drinks - including beer/wine/spirits and they're Muslim - and a 14 inch LCD terminal on the seat in front of you to watch whatever first-run movie YOU want (there was a selection of about 50) that ALSO does duty as an MP3 player!!!

I flew back to the US in their 'business class' and OMG...it was everything coach had PLUS the seats turned into BEDS and the food was BETTER yet!

I fly about 150K miles a year both within the US and abroad. The ONLY US carrier I use is Continental, and that's just because they are the best of a bad lot. At least I don't have to fly coach within the US - now THAT would be a fitting punishment for our legislators (an hour in Newark smacks of 'cruel and unusual punishment'....lol).
05/08/08 @ 12:50
Comment from: OrlandoGolfBlogger [Visitor] Email
I took a flight from London to Orlando via Virgin Airlines and I thought I was accidentally bumped up to first class. They gave you this little goodie back that had tooth paste, a tooth brush, those sleeping eye cover things, ear phones, soap, lotion, the whole 9. I was really impressed.. Oh, failted to mention, FREE booze! Ofcourse the connecting flight from VA to Orlando was a bit different...
05/08/08 @ 16:36
Comment from: ORL [Visitor] Email
American Airlines does suck. The execs put money in their pocket for bonuses but they don't do routine maintenance on their planes? Give me a break. I guess if a plane crashes it doesn't matter, because the execs still received their bonuses. They should arrest every executive who was involved and new that those planes were not maintained. This airline is ridiculous. I feel sorry for the employees who are probably getting the shaft while money is being pocketed. Criminal charges need to be filed.
05/16/08 @ 11:59

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