LHR-LAX - AA 777ER or BA A380 in J/D

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  1. garyst16
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    I will be flying to the UK in December and have the option of returning to LAX on an AA 777ER or a BA A380 - both in Business... I have flown the older AA777's with the wedgie seats but never on an ER. I have also never flown on an A380. Any thoughts?

    I may have an unused SWU to burn on the return which would get me into F on AA but do nothing for me on BA... I have however flown in F on AA and although the extra space is nice, it was nothing over the top...
     
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    The new 77W is supposed to be top notch ... and if you can use the SWU on it why not?
     
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    If you havent done a 380, I say try that. Having said that, I really do like the 77W's J. I travel 136/7 often and the crew is great. If you can, do one each way.
     
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    I actually have the option of doing just that... 777ER over and the A380 on the return...

    thanks for the comments
     
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    If it was me I'd take the 777 and use the SWU unless you have other uses for it.
     
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    Just to be very clear, AA has 2 version of the 777. the 777-200ER and the 777-300ER. The 300 is longer than the 200, and the ERs have more range than the base models (sometimes called A models) - but coded 777 for 777-200 and 773 for 777-300s, that is why many airlines use 77W to differentiate the 777-300 from the 777-300ER. The W is due to the boeing name for Worldliner.

    The 77W seats are miles apart from the 772 seats in J. These are lie flat with direct aisle access. All the seats face forward and everything is top notch. It is my favorite airline seat to fly in the sky (along with its variations used on US Airways, Cathay and EVA)

    For a flight from LHR to LA, sleep maybe less of a concern as its a daytime flight. IFE may be a concern. I love the IFE and choices on AA.
     
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    Correct. I was referring to the 77W when I stated 777ER. I've heard rave reviews about this aircraft and have wanted to see for myself. I may just do the 77W on the outbound (LAX-LHR) and the A380 on the return.
     
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    AA's LAX-LHR route is operated solely by the 77W, so there really wasn't a question about which aircraft you were talking about. ;)

    Splitting the itinerary between the two is a good idea. BA's A380 debuted tonight on the LAX-LHR route, so the number of folks with first hand experience on this bird is going to be much more limited than AA's newer J product. Try them both, and be one of the few that can talk about BA's J seat on the A380 for the next few months. :)
     
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    I just got off the LHR-LAX flight on the A380. I'll have photos up in the next couple days but I'm somewhat inclined to say that the AA seat is going to be better in C and certainly the AA 77W F will be better than the BA C. I like the A380 - very quiet and a great ride - but the BA C product isn't all that.
     
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    I would do the exact same if I had the option.
     
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    I will be flying Business... not really concerned about the seats in C!
     
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    C = business, so you should be concerned. At least a little. ;)
     
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    oops... my itin selections were showing J or D... C was not an option...:confused:

    Thanks, DD, as always for keeping me pointed in the right direction
     
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    C = Coach is what most ppl immediately think (I think). That's why I think lots of people use Y/J/F as seat abbreviations.
     
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    To be honest I've never really seen anyone use C = coach.

    On AA, C inventory is for upgrade space from Y to J.

    I believe C might be the fare class used for full fare business class on the airlines WanderingAramean uses more often than AA, thus the interchange. :)

    J is not universally accepted as the designator for business on all airlines as easily as F/Y are for first/economy, so confusion arises at times.
     
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    +1
     
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    Mine will not be an upgrade from Y. This will be a full fare (ouch) business class ticket.
     
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    Are you footing the bill? Then ouch indeed. Hopefully your employer is doing this though?
     
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    My employer will be paying... but still ouch at $7K (AMS visit included)
     
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    Sucks for your employer, but nice for you. Enjoy the trip! Definitely think BA's A380 in J one way (return from London) and hopefully AA's F on the 77W (SWU upgrade from J on the LAX-LHR leg to enjoy the room/bed on the overnight) is the way to go.
     
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    Me neither. In fact, I cannot think of any airline off-hand where C does not book in to the business class cabin.

    And I would be surprised if there is a post on either this site or FlyerTalk which calls economy/coach "C" in this context. The only place I've seen it in the past couple years is in the way United defines their award prices where C/B/F are used but it is the second letter in the "fare" there.
     
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    Were you in Y/J/F? You still in LA?
     
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    Ticketed in World Traveler (economy). Flew most of the time back there but also spent some in F chatting (and drinking) with a couple others on the flight. Didn't sit in Club World (business) nor World Traveler Plus (Premium Economy) but walked through those cabins several times.

    Left LA on the redeye back to JFK about 3 hours after arriving.
     
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    Is the F cabin a bit claustrophobic with 14 seats up there or is it done well enough that it's not a big deal relative to other F products?
     
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    Not claustrophobic at all IMO. Seats are 30% larger than the 744 and very roomy. Divider between the middle pair was nice, too. Easy to have a conversation over it when down and full privacy when up.
     

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