I've been doing my homework on kayak.co.uk looking for some flights from Manchester to Sydney, returning Brisbane to Manchester in April, traveling with my Mrs and 6 and 4 year olds. We did it with Singapore Airlines when they were 0 and 2 and I'm well aware from other trips of Singapore's world class service. On the other hand Emirates are the quickest and fly A380s's all the way, and Etihad are the cheapest by a long shot (around £1000 cheaper for all of us) as they currently have a sale who's restrictions we fit. I'm not interested in any of the Chinese airlines or Finnair over the top but are there any other considerations?
- Is an 8 + 8 + 8 (BNE-SIN-[same plane]-AUD-MAN) journey better than an 14 + 8 journey with kids of this age?
- I've heard Abu Dhabi airport is a bit average and transfers can be shambolic. Any experience with this?
- Does anyone know the likelihood of Singapore, Emirates or Qantas having a sale any time before or after xmas (travel around 6th April 2014)
- Any general experiences with Etihad vs Emirates and their respective hubs with kids (I know Singapore is the best but had no issues with Emirates when I went with them to the far east).