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We flew with Emirates for a UK trip.
Perhaps not the cheapest but certainly the quickest!
The flight has just one stop in Dubai and it's quick! Just 1.75 hours for transfer to connecting flight!
Less than 24 hours flying on our return.
Paying a little bit extra can be well worth it for the convienience of a quick flight, with longer travel times you can end up spending more with buying meals, transfers, hotel rooms and the like, not to mention fatigue as well, I have heard of people missing their connecting flight when falling asleep between flights.
Do your research and do not always accept what a travel agent tells you is only available. You can easily research schedules, planes and seating plans (seat guru), I have of late opted for flights which on certain A380 configurations have approx 50 economy seats upstairs generally quieter, quicker attentive service and almost guaranteed meal choice also all the window seats are in pairs with a storage compartment between seat and window, nice and roomy.
Its big money so research, research to get what you want.
A lot to be said for paying more for a shorter journey time if you're in a hurry, but personally I prefer to break it up a bit, even if only to wander around airport shops - after sitting doing nothing for far-too-many hours, the last thing I want is to jump straight onto another plane and sit doing nothing for another far-too-many hours!
Its not about been in a hurry it more of comfort and convienience, thats why you need to to some research, it must be a long time ago or old planes if you have to sit around doing nothing, I personally find plenty to do, what, with all the seat back entertainment, films, games, TV. as well as newspapers, magazines and books, then you have the meals, snacks and drinks services, getting up and having a walk, chat to crew and other passengers and of course a little snooze now and again, almost like being at home sat infront of the TV all evening then going to bed with a good book before going to sleep!
Usually the best connections are 2-4 hours giving a nice break plenty of time to look around airport shops, but a 10+hour wait!!! even city centre shops could not keep you occupied for that long! and thats when the extra costs and fatigue start to creep in and usually make for a more unpleasnt journey.
Another tip for those long journeys is if you can make your return leg in a different month to your outward trip then you get a whole new lot of films and programmes on the seatback.
As I said its about research to get the best for you.
Kidding - not a bad perspective to have.
Could just do with a bit more room at times though.
The 380 down to Dubai was great but but the 12 hour plus on a 777 was a little tighter!
Flipping jet lag is doing my head in
But I have to say it's not as bad as when we travel with Singapore and have the 16 hour wait in Changi.
Might go to the gym later this arvo after I've caught up on a bit more work - that will make me sleep tonight!
Yes Tyke mind set has a lot to do with it. I am 6'2" so usually have problems with the layback seat in front hitting my knees but the way these newer planes seats recline i do not have that problem. I also appear to be lucky with jet-lag, but that maybe has something to do with the research I do in finding the better flights more suited to me in both timing and comfort. We usually fly once a year and the trip could be just to England or a round the world (with the round the world ticket sometimes a cheaper option at Xmas time) This November we fly with Malaysia to London, they were one of the cheapest but we begrudginly had to pay extra for the upstairs A380 seats, but more than worth it in our opinion.
I enjoy taking a break in between flights, unless I'm in a hurry.