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Help me decide which airline to fly.KG 361
May 15, 2003 5:19 PM
After thinking that we would not be going to France to visit my wife's sister and family, it looks like we may be able to. Question is; I can get direct flights from Philly to Paris on AirFrance and US Air, leave approx same time, cost is within pennies of each other. Which airline is better or doesn't it matter? Both flights are economy, FWIW. Thanks for any insight! I haven't flown either one.
May 15, 2003 8:08 PM
Okay, I just said that because my dad is a pilot for Continental. However, I have flown on Air France a few times, and I would rate the "comfort" of the flight pretty poorly. The last time I flew on Air France (last year) I got bumped up to First Class, and aside from having a wider seat, it was worse than flying coach on Continental. Literally. The food was poor quality (worse than a hospital - and I usually LIKE airline food), the service was not as nice, and the seats were dirty and worn out. I should think USAir would be much nicer, though I haven't flown on them in several years, and I can't remember what it was like.

That said, I still always go with whatever is cheaper, but in your case, that's a non-issue. Go USAir.
Air France buys....cycleaddict
May 15, 2003 8:35 PM
Boeing airplanes, while USAir buys only foreign stuff.


I'm going over on Wed. next week and will be on Continental--price was my only criteria...$543 roundtrip from Seattle!! Incredible.

Have fun and be sure to praise the French for having the integrity to not fall for all that WMD hype that the neo cons in this country hoisted upon their ignorant citizenry.

Bon courage!!
re: Help me decide which airline to fly.Alpedhuez55
May 16, 2003 5:01 AM
CHeck USAir. I just got an E-Savers email offerring $389 fares to Paris from Boston. Hopefully they are offering the same from Philly.

Mike Y.
Air France sans doubtjose_Tex_mex
May 16, 2003 5:19 AM
Are you taking your bike? Air France will ship free, US Air will probably charge from $100 - $160.
Air France sans doubtKG 361
May 16, 2003 6:23 AM
Raphael has a Decathalon there that is my size so I won't need to take it; just my shoes and clothes (and helmet=))
May 16, 2003 7:30 AM
... I flew US Air once from JFK to LAX on my company's dime. The flight was $1000.00. They wanted to charge me extra for my bike, I declined.
To make matters worse, they wanted $5.00 for the headsets to listen to the movie. Worse again, they "technically" were charging a listening fee. People who had their own head phones were informed they should pay as well. Given a track record like this, I have never flown them since.

I would inform US Air of my decision to fly Air France solely on the basis of bike policy - even if you are not going to bring yours. Maybe if they lose enough business they will think twice.

Anyhow, when I go to Ireland I travel Aer Lingus, Australia - Quantus. Thus, I would have to go with Air France...

Best of luck, hope you hit the Pyrennes.
Air France was much bettertorquer
May 16, 2003 6:37 AM
than Delta, when we flew to Paris last Spring. Our tickets were billed through Delta, but each leg of the round trip was a "code sharing" AF/Delta flight. Flew Delta out of JFK, returned on an AF airplane, and the service, food and space between rows was better on AF.

My experience with domestic flights is that there is little difference between USAir and Delta. So given your options I would go AF. And even if you don't need to bring a bike, let them know that you appreciate their baggage policy.
A Vote for USAirms
May 16, 2003 6:37 AM
Last summer I flew from Paris to Philadelphia on US Air. The flight was on time, the food was good (by airline standards that is) and each seat had its own video screen. On the way over to Europe, I flew to Geneva on British Airways via London. The British Airways flights were significantly worse than the US Air flight. I have not been on Air France recently (i.e., in the last decade). But, every time I have been on Air France, the flight has been very good. So, I would vote for US Air, but have no reservations about Air France.

BTW: US Air has assured me that there is no fee for taking a bike on an international flight -- I am taking US Air to Madrid in July.
Is this code sharing?pitt83
May 16, 2003 11:43 AM
We flew Virgin from Boston to Gatwick. Same flight had delta seats. Delta seats were a few $$$ cheaper, but Virgin gave free vouchers for Eurorail to the continent.

Code sharing the same flight is common. If so, you may actually be buying the same ticket / aircraft / level of service no matter which you pick.