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Old 01-10-2013, 08:26 AM
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Virgin Air and Lufthansa are awesome. Unfortunately, I rarely get to fly either one, but every time I have, the flights have been so pleasant.
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Old 01-10-2013, 01:16 PM
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I like Jet Blue. They have great rates on flights to places I want to fly to and the service and amenities are a step above any other domestic carrier for the same price.

For international flights, I really liked Air France, though that's only from a couple experiences. I flew from Paris to Marrakech, Morocco once and the flight had beautiful and smiling French women as flight attendents who were more than happy to top off your glass with more wine--even a few minutes before landing--and the food was baked salmon that was actually good. And this was just a fairly short flight in coach. Everyone had a smile on their face on the plane and it was like a party from takeoff until landing.

The worst flights I've taken are US Air--though one flight from Rome to Boston on Alitalia turned into the worst flight experience of my life. The plane was late, they lost our luggage, and then the flight attendents rudely told us to go wait in a line past security before getting our connecting flight. We waited in a long line, they told we had to go to our main destination to do anything about our luggage. Then we ended up missing our connecting flight because they didn't check us in for both flights and we had to run across the terminal to check right at the moment when they stopped checking people in. We had to wait at the Alitialia desk to try to get anyone to help us, while the same rude flight attendent argued with us that it was our fault. Finally I got one employee to help us, and we ended up staying in the airport hotel overnight with no luggage--yet having to walk three times back to the Alitalia desk to find someone to confirm and print a boarding pass for our rescheduled flight. Finally we got out of Boston after almost a 24-hour nightmare of a layover.

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Old 01-10-2013, 01:31 PM
Location: The Pacific Northwest
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I just traveled to Zurich with Swiss Air. It was phenomenal. Everyone who worked there was beautiful, the food was excellent, large comfortable seats with a ton of leg room, tons of TV shows/movies to choose from; free, unlimited beer/wine/liquor. I imagine my coach experience was better than first class for a lot of US airlines.
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Old 01-10-2013, 05:25 PM
Location: VA
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Domestic: Southwest

Otherwise Singapore is the absolute best airline I have ever flown on, very pricey but worth it for those long haul flights.
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Old 01-10-2013, 08:10 PM
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Originally Posted by pigeonhole View Post
"Tower Air" (no I'm joking, that company is long gone)
Hahahaha. I am surprised anyone remembered Tower air. I flew a chartered flight with them from Califonria all the way to Saudi Arabia in operation Desert Storm. Several hundred soldiers and their M-16s in the seat right beside them. What a hellacious 20 hours that was.
My favorite has been Lufthansa. Better than any domestic although I have had good experiences with Alaska the couple of times I have flown them.
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Old 01-13-2013, 03:50 AM
Location: Europe
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Iberia, but I have to admit that the services have been cut and the link with British Airways is totally rubbish.

I also liked TAP Portugal, Lufthansa, Luxair, Delta, Swiss air...
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Old 01-13-2013, 06:15 AM
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mostly i only fly with KLM (Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij)

probably second would be cathay pacific cos i was upgraded to first class
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Old 01-13-2013, 12:10 PM
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Korean Air has always been fantastic for me. Sometimes it is worth it to pay a little bit more for quality on extremely long flights. I'd say Korean Air rivals Singapore in terms of excellence. I almost never fly an American airline abroad because they're usually subpar.
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Old 01-13-2013, 11:54 PM
Location: Western Part of the country
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Domestic--Southwest has always served me right and I don't need frills to get me from point A to B safely and politely. I usually fly overnight or on an early jag to minimise disruptions or other tomfoolery.

International--I would give the edge to Cathay and Singapore is right there with them. On long haul I'll pay extra for comfort and polite friendly airline personnel.

A lot depends on your attitude but I'd rather fly in a comfortable friendly atmosphere than with crotchety low class people. I was on a flight once where we were in Denver and we had to wait on the ground for 2 other planes to land so we could get to Seattle. This one hag complained so long and hard (with her young son in tow) finally this one old man told her to shut up in such a sarcastic way that I must of laughed for hours internally. Certain passengers can make a tedious situation worse than it needs to be. We get it lady you are gonna be late in Seattle to fly over to Spokane I think it was.

I think not making your connections too close together would alleviate a lot of people's drama in life!
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Old 01-14-2013, 12:11 AM
Location: Pittman Center, Tennessee
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