After a deep investigation about airlines, taking in account our journey planning (cities we want to visit), flights timetables, service quality and prices, finally we choose Air France.
In first term London was our primary option (first stopover), and Paris the second stage of the journey. This decision by itself filtered a lot of companies, having only two options at last, British Airways and Air France. Then, prices got the command, Air France is cheaper than British for a round trip Buenos Aires-London (up flight with a stop), London-Paris (by Eurostar) , and Paris-Buenos Aires (down direct flight).
The service on board was really good, I mean, kind flight attendants even speaking spanish, good meals, abundant french cheeses, and excellent red wines and champagne!!
So, I recommend this airline for a trip of this intercontinental characteristics (almost 14 hours flying...). otherwise, if your plans are different (for sure they are) I recommend you make a selection process similar to the mine.
I flew American Airlines from JFK to London-Heathrow. They have about 6 flights a day going and coming from Heathrow. They leave about every 2 hours. Good flight with no delays and plenty of security.
The Flight Centre is a long established company which has expanded over the last 30 years and i have bought tickets there on several occasions. The staff are friendly and highly skilled at finding the flight for you. They now have almost 100 shops throughout the country. Use the website to find the one nearest you.
To get to London it is easiest and cheapest to choose on of the low-budget companies like Easyjet or Ryanair. We chose Easyjet, as I live near Amsterdam Airport and Ryanair doesn't fly from here. Easyjet will fly from Amsterdam to Luton and Gatwick, to fly to Luton is cheaper on most flights. I paid around 100 EURO's, which is quite expensive for an easyjet flight to London, because I booked relatively late. The fare for a single ticket can start already at 14.90 incl. taxes!
Recently Basiqair also started to fly to London. Basqair flies to Stansted and fares start at 9 EUR one way excl. taxes.
Ryanair flies to London Stansted from the dutch airports Eindhoven, Groningen and Maastricht.
BMI flies to Heathrow from Amsterdam....return fare as low as 112 EUR incl. taxes.
Malaysia Airlines infant bassinet dimensions are 29.52 inches x 13.38 inches x 8.8 inches and the infant maximum weight allowance is between 11kg and 15kg depending on the infant size.
We paid SGD1066 per adult and SGD376 per infant for the return air tickets (SIN-KUL-LHR-KUL-SIN) by Malaysia Airlines during UOB credit card promotion (SGD668+++).
We flew from Singapore (14 Oct 06 at 0650hrs) to Kuala Lumpur (14 Oct 06 at 0750hrs) by MH8 [1 hr]. Departed Kuala Lumpur (14 Oct 06 at 0900hrs) to London Heathrow (14 Oct 06 at 1510hrs) [13 hrs 10 mins].
We departed London (28 Oct 06 at 1800hrs) to Kuala Lumpur (29 Oct 06 at 1325hrs) by MH7 [12 hrs 25 mins]. Departed Kuala Lumpur (29 Oct 06 at 1540hrs) to Singapopre (29 Oct 06 at 1635hrs) by MH605 [55 mins].
I flew with BA for the first time last month to London and found their service excellent. People are very kind and smiling, everything is just perfect both on board and at the Heathorw airport. Look forward to flying with BA again.
I highly recommend taking either QANTAS (the Australian Airlines) or SINGAPORE AIRLINES. I've taken BRITISH AIRWAYS a few times already... and so far, they have disappointed me in terms of their service. :-(
Cabs in London are VERY expensive. The journey from Heathrow Airport to Central London costs approximately GBP30 (depending on the traffic condition also) and should take about 20 minutes. The fare quoted is based on my early morning arrival (6.00AM).
One important tip (for first time tourists visiting London): Don't look lost and have that clueless look on your face.
On my FIRST visit here several years ago, the cab driver took full advantage of my inexperience (then) and didn't stop the meter from running even though I had reached my destination! He took his time to remove my luggages from his cab... then slooowly brought it to the Reception Desk of the Hotel that I was staying in.... went back and THEN STOPPED the meter! He even conveniently took GBP2 for himself as tips! Can you believe such dishonest cab drivers exist?? Since then, I have been VERY wise and alert!! And I'm delighted to announce that I have never faced such a problem again on my subsequent visit.
You can also take the Airbus to Central London. It will make crucial stops within the city. The only snag is that you'd have to lug your luggages right to the doorstep of your hotel or B&B..... since there'd be no porters around to help you. But it sure is cheap compared to taking a London cab and being fleeced by one! ;-)
On my last trip, I flew American to London and Virgin on the way back. Although I had economy tickets (premium economy on Virgin) for both trips, the difference was huge. I think most people are familiar with American, so I won't go into details there. On Virgin, you pick from an entire library of movies, a toiletry pouch that included socks and a toothbrush, as many blankets as you want, all you can drink champagne, wine, and even brandy, two full meals plus two snacks, and flight attendants with cool British accents.
Flight taken on 11th february from LHR to MIA. wonderful flight. smooth. excellent Lunch. great champagne.
Virgin has to be one of the best service oriented western airlines.
a bit longer than normal flight today, 8 hr 30 minutes. scones and tea for afternoon before arrival.
saw a wonderful japanese movie on board: invitation to cinema orion. enjoyed that very much. watched a bit fo BrickLane by Monica Ali.
a nice chenin blanc from coastal south africa, salmon and cream to begin, tagine de poulet with couscous and meditarranean vegetables. goat cheese.. this was the lunch
Etihad is the National Airline of the United Arab Emirates and is one of two international Airlines of the UAE (the other is the Larger and More Known Emirates, owned by the Emirate of Dubai). It name in Arabic Means Union. Eithad, Emirates and Quatar Airways are now more popular than many European and American Airlines as they have a very generous baggage allowance for passengers like allowing two 30 kilos (66 pounds) check in bags for travel to the americas, instead of only the standard two 22 kilos (44 pounds) allowance and one 30 (66 pounds) kilos allowance for a check in bag going to europe or asia or africa or australia instead of the standard 22 kilos (44 pounds).
Besides the generous baggage allowance, they have state of the art inflight entairtainment systen with touch screen lcd's, free toiletries for long travel (a comfy sock, tooth brush and tooth paste and a eye mask) even for economy class passengers and don't forget the prices as they are cheaper to fly than other carriers like Delta, United, Lufthansa, Air France, KLM, etc.
Eithad is based at the Abu Dhabi Airport Terminal 3 and The airline operates more than 1,000 flights per week to over 120 passenger and cargo destinations in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia and the Americas, with a fleet of 117 Airbus and Boeing Planes and they partly own some Airlines as well like Virgin Australia and Alitalia and Air Serbia and Jet Airways, etc and has code share with many airlines.
I tried riding their new A 380 flight to London from Abu Dhabi, They have twice daily flights from Abu Dhabi to London (Airbus 380 and Boeing 777 Planes). They Land at Heathrow Airport Terminal 4.
The only disadvantage of Eithad is that they only have their own Airline Rewards club of which you cannot transfer miles to other airlines like in One World Alliance or the Sky Team.
London (Administration offices only/ No ticket office , 200 Hammersmith Road , LONDON, W6 7DL United Kingdom
Mon-Fri: 9 AM - 5:30 PM, Ticket Desk located at Heathrow Terminal 4 open Daily 5:15am - 9.00PM
This was the most fabulous and modern way of going overseas in style back in the 70's.
The Qantas 747b was the most advanced 747 version produced by Boeing. It stood as tall as a 6 storey building at the tail, and it's wings streched nearly 70.51m from tip to tip. The aircraft weighed approximately 345 tonnes fully laden and ready for take-off and had a cruising speed of 920km/h@10,666m.
London Taxi Cab was the only way to go until we worked out the 'Tube' or the 'Underground' as I remember people calling it.At home we were used to a small and quiet RAAF based tropical city called Townsville, up in North Queensland Australia. As kids we got around on our push bikes and would come home when the sun went down... it was a great way of living. In London we could hardly understand what we were seeing thru the throngs of people and organised caos that greeted us... but we didn't want to miss a thing!London was a gobsmackingly whirl of cars, double-decker red buses and thousands of people massing at the trafficlights waiting to cross the road...All I wanted to know was, 'where had all the horse and carts gone'... and 'when were we going to see the Queen'.
Best (and cheap) way to get to London is either with EasyJet or RyanAir (check http://www.easyjet.com or http://www.ryanair.com for more info)
Best way to get around London is the tube!!
Buy yourself a Travelcard for a day or a week.
The traffic above ground is just too much (therefor tooooo slow). Walking is fine as well.
If you're on a budget trip and don't want to pay too much for your airline ticket you can use one of many low cost airlines that fly to/from London:
Virgin Express (www.virgin-express.com):- From London (Heathrow) to (via Brussels):Barcelona, Copenhagen, Madrid, Malaga, Milan (Linate), Nice, Rome. There also is a direct service to Brussels sixty times a week!
KLMuk BUZZ (www.buzzaway.com): From London (Stansted)to: Bordeaux, La Rochelle, Lyons, Marseilles, Montpellier, Paris, Poitiers, Toulouse, Berlin, Cologne, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Vienna, Gerona, Jerez de la Frontera, Murcia, Milan and Helsinki
Easyjet (www.easyjet.com):From London (Luton) to: Aberdeen, Amsterdam, Athens, Barcelona, Belfast, Edinburgh, Geneva, Glasgow, Inverness, Liverpool, Madrid, Malaga, Nice, Palma, Zurich. In the summer there are extra flights to Nice from London Gatwick.
Ryanair (www.ryanair.com):From London Stansted to: Aarhus, Alghero, Ancona, Biarritz, Brescia, Brussels, Carcassonne, City of Derry, Cork, Dinard, Dublin, Esbjerg, Frankfurt(Hahn), Genoa, Gothenburg, Hamburg(Lubeck), Kerry, Knock, Malmo, Nimes, Oslo, Perpignan, Pescara, Pisa, Salzburg, Shannon, St.Etienne, Stockholm, Trieste, Turin, Vasteras, Venice. There also are flights from London Gatwick and Stansted to Dublin.
FROM N. AMERICA:
Icelandair (www.icelandair.is):To London from (via Reykijavik): NewYork, Baltimore-Washington, Boston, Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, Minneapolis, Halifax, NovaScotia
Virgin Atlantic (www.virginatlantic.com): To London from: Athens, Boston, LosAngeles, Miami, NewYork, Orlando, SanFrancisco, Washington, Orlando
I am Heathrow's biggest critic. It really is my last resort when travelling anywhere.
However, I'm just back (23-1-9) from a day trip to the great metropolis via the world's worst airport, and to my utter astonishment, nothing went wrong. Of course, I'd no checked in bags, but anyway.
Not only that, but it was a Friday - the worst to be using LHR.
My 8.55 am BMI flight form EDI left 10 minutes early! Not only that but ATC did not delay us at LHR (on a Friday morning...) so we arrived early too.
The 4.25 back from LHR was boarded and doors closed 10 minutes before departure time, but we had to wait until 4.25 to push back. We were still 15 minutes early into EDI.
Top marks to BMI.
Flights to London are easy to find, but it's hard to know if you're getting the best deal on your London flight. Make sure to shop around to different airline websites and booking engines, and look out for sales throughout the year.