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Re: How was your flight?

Postby thecakeisalie » Fri Jul 30, 2010 1:43 pm

owena wrote:
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Re: How was your flight?

Postby rangers23 » Thu Oct 07, 2010 6:32 pm

EL AL are pretty decent never had a problem with my trips to israel. I generally try to fly BA long haul but could'nt resist the bargain, singapore airlines gave me on the a380 (600pound to thailand and returning from bali)
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Re: How was your flight?

Postby georginal » Sat Oct 16, 2010 7:56 am

Just had a Customer Service disaster with Emirates (I thought they were renowned for their Service but...) The flight was from Bahrain to London.

On the Bahrain to Dubai leg, which was only 55 minutes long, the Crew were expected to serve a full meal to each passenger. Quite why, I fail to work out. A coffee and a cake or Pizza slice or something would have been far more appropriate in the time allowed. The chap sitting next door to me didn't even get served...at ALL!!! and also I ended up with a tea instead of a coffee to drink.

On the Dubai to London leg they didn't have anyone giving directions onto the plane after the gate, which resulted in several Economy passengers (including myself) walking into first class, only to be told to go back down the passage and into the other door of the plane - why couldn't they just let us go through first class, I don't know. I then got someone elses Vegan breakfast. Luckily I realised and handed it back, despite it being 5 hours into the flight and therefore not being totally awake and alert at the time.

Anyway that was my whinge! They did get us there, and near enough on time to and I did like the Entertainment system where you can just play all movies at the time that suits you, but Customer Services at Emirates - sort yourslves out!!!!
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Re: How was your flight?

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Re: How was your flight?

Postby JaliscoJudy » Sat Sep 03, 2011 10:27 pm


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Re: How was your flight?

Postby sableasy » Tue Sep 13, 2011 1:09 pm

I flew El Al years ago, pre-9/11, before you kids were even born (and oh &&&& I'm really old enough to say that now) and actually had a great flight out ... but was delayed 11hr 40min on the way back, 20min shy of an automatic refund. Also, they took my rucksack to Tel Aviv without me. Yes, the most security-conscious airline in the world is the only one to have inconvenienced me by accidentally taking an unattended package on their flight.

We used to fly with BA a lot, but after switching to a bus at Luton en route Leeds-Bradford and the time the flaps failed on approach to Geneva, meaning landing a little faster than normal and trying very hard to stop before we ran out of concrete ... no.

Recent flights:

Gulf Air via Bahrain: no complaints. The Bahrain - Bangkok leg outbound was delayed by bad weather. I think we spent a while flying around trying to find the approach beacon because there was a wet grey blanket masking everything below us. The Bangkok - Bahrain leg return was also delayed, so I missed my connecting flight at Bahrain, so Gulf Air handled immigration for about twenty of us, took us to the Gulf Suites Hotel, put us up for a few hours in some really nice suites and gave us breakfast, took us back to the airport and put us onto another flight. Two hot showers, four hours' sleep and a buffet breakfast at no extra cost works for me. We came back via Iranian airspace and the cabin crew wanted all the window blinds shut but wouldn't say why. I sneaked a peak, and the mountains were beautiful.

KLM via Schiphol: Could have set off two hours later and still made it for check-in, and LBA's a dull place to spend two hours, but that's not their fault. Change at Schiphol delayed by thunderstorms, and the delay incurred a gate change. There is nothing at the gates in Schiphol. If you're going via Schiphol, hang around the hub. Burn your fingers on the Bitterballen and soothe them with an ice cube from a cocktail or browse the multi-language library or something. KLM looked after us onboard, though, there was reasonable enough food despite them being short hops, there was tea and there was legroom.

Anyone have experience of flying Vietnam Airlines? I spotted them in the SkyTeam list along with Air France and KLM, and direct flights are tempting me.
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Re: How was your flight?

Postby ExplorerWannaBe » Tue Sep 13, 2011 1:43 pm

sableasy wrote:KLM via Schiphol: Could have set off two hours later and still made it for check-in, and LBA's a dull place to spend two hours, but that's not their fault. Change at Schiphol delayed by thunderstorms, and the delay incurred a gate change. There is nothing at the gates in Schiphol. If you're going via Schiphol, hang around the hub. Burn your fingers on the Bitterballen and soothe them with an ice cube from a cocktail or browse the multi-language library or something. KLM looked after us onboard, though, there was reasonable enough food despite them being short hops, there was tea and there was legroom.


Agreed. Personally, I think Schipol is a pit. Even Newark, New Jersey was a better international flight experience. Every other international terminal I've been in has signs or departure information screens to let you know where to go when changing flights -- somehow you're supposed to know to go to these little kiosks at Schipol to find out where to go, walk a kilometer or two and then go through another security check and waiting period before boarding. Ugh!
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Re: How was your flight?

Postby thecakeisalie » Wed Sep 14, 2011 10:37 am

sableasy wrote:Anyone have experience of flying Vietnam Airlines? I spotted them in the SkyTeam list along with Air France and KLM, and direct flights are tempting me.


I flew Vietnam Airlines from Ho Chi Minh to Siem Reap and return, no complaints but nothing remarkable either. It was only a 2 hour flight (or less, can't remember) so there isn't a whole lot to reminisce about in the first place, but I believe it was on time, comfortable, and only half full since it was rainy season. I think I had a hot meal, also, but I could be confusing that with every other flight in southeast Asia. ;)
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Re: How was your flight?

Postby sableasy » Wed Sep 14, 2011 11:16 am

Thanks, thecakeisalie.

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Zuleika wrote:Ryan Air is to be avoided at all costs - the hidden extra costs are now downright annoying - I hear they have even started charging to use the toilet on a flight - bloody tightwads. EasyJet are OK though for a budget airline and would pick over Ryan air anyday.
Ryanair launches own prepay card as only way for customers to avoid fee

The airline currently charges anyone paying with a debit, credit or Visa Electron card an "admin fee" of £6 per one-way flight that can only be avoided by using a Mastercard prepaid debit card.

But the airline has announced it is launching its own prepaid Mastercard, the Ryanair Cash Passport, on 4 October and only passengers using that card will avoid the £6 fee. From 1 November, anyone using another brand of prepaid Mastercard will also be charged the £6.
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Re: How was your flight?

Postby ExplorerWannaBe » Mon Sep 19, 2011 7:37 am

Zuleika wrote:I too have had AWFUL flights in Iberia aswell as TAP - Portugese carrier.


I had a pretty good experience flying TAP between Lisbon and the Azores Islands albeit about 4 years ago now. Flight was smooth and comfortable, food service was adequate. Only thing I didn't like was the 20 kg weight limit on checked baggage.

Zuleika wrote:Over here in the UK/Europe, Ryan Air is to be avoided at all costs - the hidden extra costs are now downright annoying - I hear they have even started charging to use the toilet on a flight - bloody tightwads.


I flew Ryan Air between Dublin and London a couple weeks ago. Yes, they have added fees everywhere but roundtrip airfare for two adults was still just 124 pounds. That's darn cheap; cheap enough that I didn't care they were trying to sell stuff every 10 minutes. Of course, Dublin-Stansted is a short flight so it could have been more annoying on a longer flight.
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Re: How was your flight?

Postby cruellasjc72 » Sat Oct 08, 2011 6:32 pm

Oman Air - Muscat to London last year, flight to Trivadrum was basic ok... on the way back I changed my mind completely. Muscat departure lounge there was quite a few people with pizza boxes to take on the flight instead of eating. Then on the flight there was an elderly gentleman who had been unwell and his daughter was escorting him to the bathroom and because he had been unwell vomit was dropping onto the carpet. It was very embarrasing for him and when the staff didn't bother to clean it up and allow it to be treaded into the carpet was disgusting. I will never fly that airline again because of this - more for repect for this elderly gentleman.
Etihad - LOVE THEM - brilliant service every time to India, registered to their awards system and managed to get an upgrade on one leg of most return trips (4 flight involved). Cabin crew great, entertainment choice brilliant - I love Indian movies so happy as larry
Air India - last choice - when I saw the cabin crew dump their luggage at the gate and wander off to do whatever they wanted before they boarded thought in for a fun one. Service rubbish - London/Mumbai/Delhi 1 drinks trolley (yes you could ding them for more but most airlines offer more than that) and vile food. On arriving into Mumbai ok monsoon runways closed delays etc last thing you want to hear a member of staff saying to somebody basically shut up as we lost XXX passengers in a crash recently in this weather. Needless to say I was on edge flying down to Kochi and same back to London when I returned and oh they had to do emergency landing in Kochi the day I left same flight!!!
Gulf Air - not too impressed after checking in at Trivandrum and being advised flight on time to Bahrain, but actually it was 4 hours late, bumped to later flight to London and they thought we wouldn't notice just issuing the onward flight border tickets. I was the only one in group who noticed - ALWAYS check your boarding cards incase.
All I say is register for their awards system, dress smart and fingers crossed!!!
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Re: How was your flight?

Postby kat6942 » Mon Oct 31, 2011 12:41 am

Nobody should ever get me started on American Airlines. I have had some terrible experiences with them. Most of my flights are paid for with AA frequent flyer miles so unfortunately it's not an option. Last winter I took trips to London and Vienna/Prague/Hungary/Salzburg so I got to know Heathrow entirely too well as they are incapable of routing a flight anywhere but. I took 4 1-way trips with them between Chicago and London and 3 were disasters. The first was fine, miraculously. On the second I had business class for the first time ever only because they were out of economy class frequent flyer mile tickets. I had a broken chair. On a 7 hour flight. For weeks I was having back spasms. On the flight I was taking handfuls of Ibuprofen.

Trip #3 was the real winner. Anyone who has used their FFM knows that they always put you on the first of last flight of the day so I sat at the airport for hours waiting for the last. Just as the second to last flight was closing the gates, they decided to cancel our flight. They claimed it was mechanical problems but that line was not long enough. I will swear too the grave that they cancelled it due to low profits. I waited in line for over an hour to get re-booked and the person I worked with had a serious listening disorder. He kept insisting that I wanted a hotel for the night (in my home city) so I could take an evening flight out the next night and get in two days later. Apparently he didn't see a problem with the fact that I was meant to be on a train to Prague at that time and would be arriving in the wrong city and missing an entire leg of my trip. Eventually I talked him into giving me a hotel voucher in Heathrow instead (of course, Heathrow) and taking the next flight the morning after to Vienna. They wouldn't give me my luggage back so I had no fresh clothes or toiletries but I went back home to come back to the airport in 8 hours to wait another few hours. That flight was maybe half full even after almost all of the flight from the previous night boarded thus proving my point that there was no mechanical problem. The only direction we got on what to do to get our hotel and meal vouchers was to ask at the gate. Since we got there at 11 PM there wasn't so much anyone there. A few of us mobbed the baggage counter that was also dealing with lost luggage complaints. Apparently no one had notified them that anyone was coming and looking for a hotel voucher. Not being American, they believed us and wrote us one anyway and sent us out just in time to make the last bus of the night. Still no luggage with me, they noted that my flight was not for the next morning but the day AFTER! That guy was really set on getting me there way late. I had to catch the bus so went off with no plan. Incidentally, the hotel was not told to expect us and we realized that our meal vouchers had all been written for the day that ended while we were waiting for them to find us rooms. Oy to the! I got up at 3 AM to get to the airport and beg for an earlier flight.

And now my best airline experience. Thank god for the nice woman at British Airways who saved my trip. At 4 AM she moved mountains. She somehow found my luggage, got me booked on a 6 AM flight to Vienna, no problem. It took minutes. When they asked why I had changed my flight in the first place, I told them that AA cancelled it. They looked shocked because I'm guessing that doesn't happen so often at BA.

And my return flight. It was not cancelled or delayed but had the most ignorant awful staff I've ever dealt with and can't believe these people were working a flight connecting the US to the world. There was a very nice English family of Indian descent in the row in front of me. The mother politely asked if there would be a vegetarian option, which was enough to start WW3. Three stewards took turns coming over and berating her for not ordering a special meal in advance. She explained that she'd never flown AA before and didn't know; she just wanted to know if there would be anything she could eat. They just kept yelling at her and her husband that it was too late to do anything and if she has such severe dietary restrictions she needs to make special arrangements. She looked like she was going to cry and her husband was politely saying that this wasn't the procedure when they flew BA. In response the whole plane heard this horrible woman spit out, "SIR, this isn't Air INDIA." I was so embarrassed just listening to the cow. Later the horrible woman finally checked the meal options... and one of them was vegetarian so they berated these people for nothing. Apparently this family's food needs made the in-flight gossip. When serving pizza for the second meal, a stewardess leaned over the kids and condescendingly asked, "Do they have pizza where you're from, little boy?" First of all, no. You do not ever need to ask someone that. And second, the kid was wearing a shirt from his London basketball league. REALLY!?!? To make matters worse, this was during the Egyptian crisis and the people sitting behind me were immigrating from Egypt. A steward came to make conversation and asked, "But aren't you afraid Egypt's going to become a Muslim country?" I wanted to die.

Unfortunately I will fly them again as I have more FFM but do not relish the prospect.
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Re: How was your flight?

Postby mleen » Sat Nov 19, 2011 3:27 pm

I used KLM to fly to Lima. The service was exellent as well as the drinks and the food. When I flew to Cameroon, we flew with Air France, also very nice... But these are all European airlines. Never tried one from outside of Europe.

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Re: How was your flight?

Postby foggybridges » Sat Mar 31, 2012 9:11 pm

Anyone fly on Ethiopian Air? I have a Wash DC- Addis Ababa and am a little worried...
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Re: How was your flight?

Postby collywobbles » Sun Apr 01, 2012 12:03 pm

hi :)
Just thought i would share my experience with the russian Aeroflot or Aeroflop coming home from cancun long flight during the night after flying through electrical storms over the everglades mediocre food, air hostess from the kgb up and down the aisle telling people "TO SIT " and when we woke after travelling all night hoping to get some breakfast poor guy next to me rubs his hands and askthe charming "hostess"when is breakfast going to be served to which she replied in her best kgb accent BREEKFAST VHAT DO YOU MEAN? YOU VANT BREEKFAST? THERE IS NO BREEEKFAST ON THIS PLANE OOPS! that put us in our place we still had 3 hrs to go toland at Shannon It was hailarious :lol: it was like been at school do as I say or else haha to end it all no breeekfast until we landed utterly starving. the had no drin on the plane no tv either, i think it the went out of buisness soon after PS I always find BA quiet good Thai Airways 1st class Ryanair a nono they dont charge for toilet roll yet ! :lol: I use Aerlingus all the time to go to london :lol:
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