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Flight to Hong Kong

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by SpicyDuck, 4 Aug 2006.

  1. SpicyDuck


    Joined: 10 Dec 2003

    Posts: 6,349

    I'm about to book a flight to Hong Kong and I've never flown long-distance before. The lowest I've found is £276-£344 for a one-way trip (that's all I need) with Emirates and Qatar Airways.

    Seen as the total journey time is 18-20 hours, I really don't want to be stuck on an uncomfortable or crappy flight. Can you guys recommend one or the other of those two airlines?

    Leaving date can be either the 20th of August or 21st and I have to arrive in Hong Kong before 6pm. It doesn't matter what time I have to leave England.

    I'd love to go First Class, but I can't afford it unless it's under £400. I need it to be as cheap as possible, but I will justify £400 for first class! :D
  2. v_man


    Joined: 21 Dec 2004

    Posts: 580

    Location: London

    You wont get first class on either airline for £400. I've flown with both, and would say

    Better looking air hostesses
    Better in-flight entertainment

    More confortable
    Better Food
    Superior hospitality

    The legroom is pretty much the same for both (http://www.cheapflights.co.uk/travel-tips/legroom.html)
    Personally, i'd fly with Qatar
  3. egt

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 4 Jul 2004

    Posts: 1,732

    Nothing between them, they're both very good. The advantage with Emirates is you get a stopover in Dubai airport. With Qatar it's via Doha airport which is very small and still being constructed (limited seating).

    The deciding factor for me would be which airline got me to Hong Kong the quickest.
  4. theleg


    Joined: 17 Oct 2002

    Posts: 13,420

    Location: UK

    18-20 hours? are you flying via the moon?
  5. NickXX


    Joined: 19 May 2005

    Posts: 7,037

    Emirates is a fantastic airline. However, last time I flew to Hong Kong with them, I had to change at Dubai - which essentially isn't a problem, but a bit of a pain when the flight is so long. Not sure if this is the case anymore.

    Note that it only takes around 12 hours to get to Hong Kong. Long haul is never a problem whatever the airline - as you will always get free booze...
  6. Scam


    Joined: 20 Oct 2002

    Posts: 14,246

    Location: London

    My flight to HK in Sept is only ~12hrs :confused: :)

    We're going with BA. Probably not the best but it's all cattle-class anyway. Get an aisle seat to stretch in, a good book, the blindfold-type things (not for use with the book), and the funky airline socks for sheer style and you'll be in HK before you can say something mildly amusing in Cantonese.
  7. Mulder


    Joined: 10 Oct 2004

    Posts: 3,886

    Location: Bucks

    There really is nothing between Qatar and Emirates, and I've flown with both. If I had to choose I'd go with Qatar as they are usually reviewed more highly.
  8. jamoor


    Joined: 22 Jun 2005

    Posts: 8,824

    Location: Nottinghamshire

    go with the cheapest as there is nothing between them.

    Been on both and are very similar, try going for a stopover at the connecting airport on the way back or there so you can see the city too.

    Also the emirates flight used to go (well it did 3 years ago) via Bangkok to Hong Kong, and this can get annoying as it adds to the journey. (although you could I suppose have a stop in bangkok too)
  9. POB


    Joined: 27 May 2003

    Posts: 5,948

    Location: Its a Small World

  10. meggy-vengeance


    Joined: 25 May 2006

    Posts: 258

    Location: Axford, Wiltshire

    How can anyone sit for that long :eek:
    Canada was bad enough, i'd just die.
  11. SpicyDuck


    Joined: 10 Dec 2003

    Posts: 6,349

    Ahhh, thanks a lot for that. :)

    The 18-20 hour thing is also including waiting around for my connecting flight, as quoted on the site, Expedia.co.uk.

    Looks like it's Qatar Airways for me, then. £276.20, all in. Great! :D
  12. SpicyDuck


    Joined: 10 Dec 2003

    Posts: 6,349

    Booked. Jesus, now I feel a little more nervous. ARGHHHHHH! :p