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Which airline would you choose for a long coach flight?

Let's say you were going to fly to the other side of the world and it would be in coach.  Which airline would you choose?  Forget if the airline actually flies there or not.  (If you want to pretend you could fly JetBlue to India, then go for it.)   Which would you choose?

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  • Maja Gray

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    Took me 2 sec. to think of which airline:

    1st Choice: Quantas

    2nd Choice: Any other Non USA Carrier! The rest of the world seems to have gotten customer service & quality better then any of the US carriers.

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  • Valerie Stimac

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    Great question... I'd go with the Virgin family.

    They seem to

    A) love their work, and
    B) love taking people from place to place.

    It's one of the few airlines anymore that seems to actually care about the passenger's experience.

    I asked them about it once, on a long-haul from Chicago to London... their answer was that it's better to keep the customer happy when you're going to be stuck for any number of hours in a small cramped tube in the sky together. :)

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  • Brian Huang

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    Singapore Airlines is by far the best. EVA Airline is decent too. Just stay far away from any US carriers you will be fine.

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  • Amanda ONeil

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    When I lived in Vietnam, I would fly between NYC and Ho Chi Minh City a couple times a year. Cathay Pacific was the best. They're efficient, have a pleasant flight staff and their long haul flights are well organized. You'll find snacks and drinks in the open kitchen, you're free to wander the cabin and they pretty much leave you alone between meals until landing. I really liked the NYC - Hong Kong - HCMC route.

    I've heard good things about Singapore Airlines - notably they bump up early check in people to business or first class if they're over booked.


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  • Ahson Ahmad

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    Emirates has the best economy service on long-haul flights that I've seen. The seats do seem to have gotten tighter in recent years, maybe that's just because the plane is always packed! But their service is great.

    I have not flown Etihad, Qatar, Qantas, Singapore and Cathay Pacific yet, but I hear they are all great - I do need to try them at some point!

    Air Canada is rubbish domestically or to the US for the most part but funny enough their long hauls are great.

    Stay away from the US carriers like the plague. Unless you are in business it's not worth it. My experience with United has been very hit and miss.

    British Airways transatlantic economy is meh, same with Lufthansa, but their premium economy products are ok.

    Virgin Atlantic is fantastic - especially in Premium Economy. Don't be fooled by the name, this is much closer to a business class product (without the lie flat seat), but their economy is decent as well.

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  • Aunt Gigi

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    Air Canada has some beautiful new planes. Luftansa is very good, as well.

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  • Rob Chopra

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    Qatar, Emirates or Cathay Pacific

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  • Adam Alvin

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    Saudi Airlines is one of the most classy airlines for long distance flights to anywhere in the world. The airline is known for its safety, friendly flight attendants I think it is the only low-cost airline I would choose for a long distance flight in Middle-east because of its value for money.

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  • Janelle Kennedy

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    Definitely JetBlue. They don't have any flights longer than 5-6 hours, but if they did I'd want to fly them in coach class. Their seat pitch in coach is 34 inches, which is a good 2-3 inches more than the competition, and when you're 5'11" like me every inch helps. They also offer satellite TV, and their customer service, although behind most non-U.S. airlines, is better than all other U.S. airlines with the exception of Hawaiian and Virgin America. British Airways is also a good choice...their economy class product was recently overhauled, and now all seats on widebody aircraft have individual monitors, a wider array of programming, and the seats have been widened. The cabin service is quite good as well.

    A good rule of thumb when travelling to/from the USA: avoid U.S. airlines. The product lags behind most international carriers and the employees are mostly a bunch of unionised robots who only care about their own benefits, do only the bare minimum of what their job description involves, and don't give a crap about the customer.

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  • Pau Van

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    I've always enjoyed flying with Cathay Pacific.

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  • Eiliyah Hana

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    My obvious choice would be Emirates. They are the best and are well connected to most of the continents. I had a flight on Emirates Airlines from Kuwait to New York. It was long, almost 14 hours but I enjoyed a lot during the journey. The food, the entertainment inside flight, the service - everything on Emirates spells class. Try once, i am sure you wont regret.

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      Emirates spells class, unless you're Israeli or have an Israel visa stamp on your passport. · (0 likelikes)

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  • Lola G

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    I flew from Panama to Amsterdam on KLM. It was a long flight but I enjoyed it due to their great customer service, good food and comfortable seats. The plane was roomy and clean too. I would definitely use their airline again if I had a long flight :)

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  • Breanna Wilson

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    Virgin ALL THE WAY!

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    My best experience ever was on Cathay Pacific (New York to Hong Kong). I can't say enough good things about them.

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  • Benjamin Forde

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    Emirates & Singapore

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  • cao tan

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    1-Singapore airlines 2-Qatar airways 3- Thai airways

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  • Arthur Laing

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    Cathay Pacific or Emirates.

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    Air Canada has great new planes with comfortable coach seats.

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  • For the long haul I am thinking of the following for service and comfort not necessarily in order

    Asiana, Korean Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Emirates, Qatar, Kuwait Airways - sorry but I agree with the response of Maja Gray

    "Any other Non USA Carrier! The rest of the world seems to have gotten customer service & quality better then any of the US carriers."

    US carriers will be my last choice.


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  • Andrey Yusupov

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    I like to eat, so Philippine Airlines and Asiana are two of my favs. You get two full meals plus a sandwich on only a 10 hour flight (from Hawaii to Asia). Plus extra goodies like warm socks and teeth brushing stuff. The pitch and width of economy seats in Asiana coach is impressive. Have yet to check out the heavy hitters Qatar, Emirates, etc.

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