Discuss culture, living, traveling, relocating, dating or anything related to the Asian countries - China, The Philippines, Thailand, etc.
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You can enjoy very pleasant attentive flight staff with Cathay, JAL or Singapore Air, or you can fly
an American carrier and enjoy those burned out truck stop waitresses in the skies with an attitude!
I've never had any bad experiences on western airlines oddly enough. All the attendants were friendly, helpful and sometimes flirty to me. *shrugs*
That's more than I can say about the TSA faggots. But even my most extreme experiences(I've had agents check my bags MULTIPLE TIMES during the same flight for no disclosed reason and have been cleared, must be my "rock collection" LMAO) had been problem-free.
I always fly to Thailand on EVA Air - Taiwanese, fantastic flight and new planes, never had an accident on record and extremely friendly.
AirAsia is the best cheap airline I have been in, although I do personally think EasyJet in UK is very good.
The difference between American-based airlines and Asian-based airlines is like the difference between night and day, particularly the Korean-based airlines. I once had a flight from Dalian, China to Tokyo, Japan via Japan Airlines immediately followed by a flight from Tokyo to Los Angeles via American Airlines. Needless to say, they two flights were dramatically different.
For starters, yes, most Asian-based airlines make it a priority to hire young, attractive stewardesses. There's no political correctness in the hiring and firing procedure of Asian stewardesses. Obviously, you couldn't say the same about American-based airlines. Most of the stewardesses on American-based airlines that I've encountered were 45+ and generally not attractive in the slightest way. And let's not forget the stereotypical gay stewards on American-based airlines. While it may not be true all of the time, it's certainly true enough of the time. I've seen many many stewards on Asian-based airlines, and they usually looked the polar opposite of gay. Surprisingly, some of the stewards I saw on Chinese-based airlines had a "macho" look.
Second, most Asian-based airlines will always feed you a meal or snack, regardless of how long your flight is. For example, I had many flights within China that were about an hour, yet all of the passengers on all of the flights were always given a snack box and drink, regardless of the short flight time. The snack box usually had a sandwich, fruit, nuts, and small bottle of water. We're lucky if we even get a can of soda on short flights within America.
Finally, there's a dramatic difference between the attitudes of Asian stewardesses and American stewardesses. Maybe I was just unlucky (which I doubt), but on the many flights I had on American-based airlines, the stewardesses were always old and bitter. They couldn't mask their bitterness at all. Always snapping at the slightest requests from customers or always having a "permascowl" on their faces. I've been on quite a few flights in Asia, and I've never witnessed that kind of behavior from the Asian stewardesses. I've been on many flights with mostly Chinese passengers, and let me assure you that Chinese passengers are 100X more annoying than American passengers, yet the stewardesses always kept their cool and usually had a smile on their faces.
If anyone is ever going to fly from America to Asia, or fly somewhere within Asia, I strongly recommend Korean Air, Asiana Airlines, and China Southern. The stewardesses are almost always at least an 8 out of 10 looks-wise (especially on Korean and Asiana), and usually they're a 10 out of 10 service wise. On the other hand, sadly Asian-based airlines tend to be just as delayed as American-based airlines.
Now don't even get me started on the difference between American airport security personnel and Asian airport security personnel...
Everdred said it perfectly. Usually, the airlines from Asia and the middle east are the best in the world in terms of service, quality of the food but also the hotness/friendliness of the flight attendants.
As a rule of thumb, I ALWAYS avoid flying through the US for 2 simple reasons:
1) the way the custom guys at immigration treat you almost like a criminal and 2) the crap quality of service and food. from Canada, flying to Asia or South America, going through a connection in the US costs about anywhere between 200-500 cheaper than avoiding the US. First time I went to Thailand, my ticket would have cost 950 bucks had I flown with Delta through Detroit and Tokyo but instead flew with Etihad Airlines through Abu Dhabi. Yeah it wasn't cheap at 1450$ but the service was impeccable. Before each meal, they give you a menu, not for show but for you to choose what you want. Then, they don't give you those stupid plastic forks/knife but SILVER. And the food was delicious. Couscous royal with lamb, Hagen Daz ice cream and unlimited booze. And this was in ECONOMY! Plus the FA were all young, friendly and good looking.
My brother flew 2 years ago to Dubai with Emirates and he said he was blown away. The seats were huge, the size of business class seats for Air Canada (lol) and the food absolutely delicious. I could go on and on about the awesome service at Etihad and other Asian carriers. Regarding service and food/snacks, I recently flew from Toronto to Edmonton, which is a 4 hour flight and during that flight, the only thing they gave us was a cup of water. Everything else was for purchase. My father in the summer flew from Toronto to Los Angeles and even for that flight, nothing was offered. Unreal! Oh and it gets better. Last year, coming back from BKK, I had my return flight from Hong Kong. From BKk to HK, a 2 hour flight with Thai International Airways, one of the top 5 in the world, full breakfast and drinks. The 2nd leg of the flight, HK to Toronto, a 16 hour flight no less, the food was a scandal! You know those 2 or 3 bucks instant noodles that you can buy in convenience stores? well they had the nerves and audacity to serve us that with crackers for dinner! On a 16 freaking hour flight. For a flight that cost me 2k! There was almost a riot inside the plane as everybody was really upset. And this is from the so called best airline in North America. If that is the best airline in North America, then one can imagine how it is with the other American based ones...lol
However, this time around when i went to China via HK, flew again with AC as i'm a frequent flyer with them and the food was a tad bit better. On the other hand, I remember flying from BKK to Phuket, which is under an hour, as soon as the plane was in cruising altitude, they started serving snacks and unlimited drinks/booze. For a 55 minute flight!
For me so far, Etihad and Thai Airways International have been the best airlines I've flown with. I'd love to fly with Emirates and Singapore Airlines which I've only heard very high praise about. Anyone in here has flown with these airlines and can share their experience with us here?
Cathay Pacific are awesome - really big comfy seats in economy and always great food. Also the best air hostesses!
Now we can fly China Southern direct from London to Guangzhou, which is super convenient.
JAL is quite good. Virgin Atlantic are good but the British staff can be a bit matronly. They do keep you stuffed with food though!
Air China - I didn't like these as my seat was broken and they had hardly any English movies.
Continental - I flew to NY on these and I'm surprised the ancient 757 made it across the Atlantic!
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