- Going to Japan who is best to fly with?
BA from LHR direct
If you want to save some £ you can look at a stop inc travelling via say Paris, from memory the roite is up over the top so none of the usual suspects like Middle East carriers work. You might want to look at say Cathay via HK
Edit: seem cfh post, Singapore air are fabulous (lived theer 2 years and use them a lot) but imho Sing is a bit too far South to make sense for uk to JapanPosted 3 years agothecaptainMember
Virgin, though you’ll have to get to/through theifrow.
Failing that, we generally chose KLM for a Schipol change to stock up on cheese and stroopwaffels at the airport (living in Japan and visiting the UK/Europe). Though the kettling system at Schipol for the flights to the UK is crap, especially when there’s a delay.
Of course it may depend where you’re going in Japan – I’m assuming Tokyo.
Paris and Frankfurt are the two other obvious 1-stop routes – I wouldn’t go for a far east stopover myself.Posted 3 years agothecaptainMember
Last time I dared to use a Japanese carrier for long-haul the seat pitch seemed ridiculous – might have just been unlucky, the internet suggests they are all much the same really. Would be ok if you’re under 5’6″ though, and the food will add to the experience, as will the 250 Japanese gawking at you and asking if you can use chopsticks (don’t worry, I’m joking, that only starts when you land there).Posted 3 years ago
dantsw13, I’m a regular in CW or F to the US, about once a month. Heading back to Asia on a more regular basis again now as well. Spend plenty of time in the 77, depending on routes obviously.
Will have to track your sectors! Come and join me for a refreshing beverage when you’re on crew rest. Or, even better, make sure I’m in F more often…! 😉Posted 3 years ago
Vondally, not really. Until recently International carriers were only allowed into NRT, HND was JAL ANA only. BA recently supported JAL through bankruptcy, and part of the deal was a slot into HND. Its like LHR/LGW really.
CFH – I mainly fly HND/NRT/PVG/HKG/EZE/GIG, but I occasionally venture west to SEA/DEN/SAN/SFO, in fact I’m off to SEA tomorrow. I take my bike nearly everywhere – Im planning a ride around Bainbridge Island, but someone planned the rugby for 0900 West Coast time so I can’t decide which one misses out!
I’ll keep an eye open for you on my flights – I’m assuming your sartorial elegance will make you obvious?Posted 3 years agowobbliscottMember
Don’t go from Heathrow unless it’s a lot cheaper. It’s a god awful place that is horrendous to get to. If Manchester is your local airport then I suspect one of the gulf carriers will be the cheapest and best. Emirates, Qatar and Etihad all fly out of Manchester. They are basically the best airlines in the World. Why would you go to eat grow to fly a worse airline?Posted 3 years agouponthedownsMember
Just flown back from Osaka to Manchester with Emiratres changing at Dubai. Although Emirates was good and the flights were on time it is the bloody long way round compared to over the top from LHR or Schiphol and if things go wrong with your transfer you’ll be stuck in Dubai seven hours from home. On the way out to Shanghai the A380 was stuck on the tarmac at Manchester for 3 hours due to technical problem which meant I missed my connection in Dubai and had to re-route via Taipei. Next time I need to go to Japan I’ll probably go back to using KLM from Schiphol.Posted 3 years ago
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