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    After your advice on Emirates / KLM.
    I basically have two choices (other than travelling down to London) for next April from Newcastle.
    Emirates via Dubai or KLM/China Airlines via Amsterdam.
    I know it is all down to personal opinion but as i havent flown with either i am open minded.
    The price difference is small with Emirates being slightly higher.
    Simple as that, who do you lot recommend
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    Emirates have a good reputation and safety record. If I were making the choice, I would be booking Emirates.

    I've flown them a couple of times to Dubai and Australia, and no complaints from me.

    Flown KLM countless times short-haul, they are fine. Air China however has a less than perfect safety record, not flown on them, but that reputation kind of puts me off.
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    KLM long haul have rather jaded planes, (I think they buy planes second hand from SIA). The food is appalling as it is in the Netherlands. Schipol is a good airport though but allow enough time to run the 27km between the gates.
    It may have changed but any route that flies from Bangkok to the UK via Amsterdam seems to get customs interested for some reason.

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    Flown with Emirates from Birmingham for the last 2 years and thoroughly recommend them. Excellent personal in-flight entertainment and the food is usually good.

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    Doesn't look like you will need much persuading after the previous replies but Emirates every time for the reasons given already - newer planes, great service, plus one further point, stops in the Gulf are about half way to BKK and therefore a great place to stretch your legs, rather than after the hop over the channel. Well worth a few quid more.

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    A mate has recently flown the other way,from Bkk to Toontown.
    He had the same choice as you're facing and went for Emirates. He normally flies Air China and rated Emirates above that routing and reckoned it was so good that it would draw travellers away from the more usual Newcastle/Schipol/Bkk option.

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    I have flown both routes (actually from London not Newcastle) and I preferred the change over in Amsterdam because I like to sleep and the shorter flights via Dubai mean I need to wake up.

    I also like Schipol

    Emirates had excellent service etc but I found the stop over in Dubai very tiring.

    As for safety records if my flight lands and I'm still alive then that's fine by me.
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    Originally posted by ash:
    ...As for safety records if my flight lands and I'm still alive then that's fine by me.
    "If" being the operative word - I would also add "one piece" to that sentence too
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    Emirates for me.

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    Have flown Emirates Man/Dubai BKK 5 years at different times of the year and the service has been A1 every time
    Have booked to fly KLM/China via Amsterdam for August 08 as the fare was nearly £200 cheaper each.
    As my parents are flying out with us,this was the deciding factor what with them being on a pension all i got was
    Will be watching this topic carefully as i have never been to Schipol .
    How does it compare to Dubai on a scale of 1-10

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    I have flown KLM out of Birmigham via Amsterdam before. The airport at Amsterdam is very modern and is ok for a few beers whilst you wait for your flight.

    The only thing was there was a serious lack of entertainment on the plane - so if you can live without that (which I can't hence fly with Emirates) it's a good airline and good prices.
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    How does it compare to Dubai on a scale of 1-10
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    Thanks

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    But it is a VERY big airport and with parents you should make sure you know how long it will take you between gates to allow plenty of time.

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    don't fly china airways there an absolute shower

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    In what way Rattana?
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    I have flown several times with China airways and they were perfectly okay. The service was good and I landed in BKK in one piece . I can't comment on the in flight entertainment or the food however as I normally sleep until the wheels hit the ground.
    Amsterdam is one of my favorite airports but its quite big and the distance between gates can be huge.

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    Originally posted by ash:
    ... I can't comment on the in flight entertainment or the food however as I normally sleep until the wheels hit the ground.
    So you don't know whether the service was good, bad or indifferent?
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    So you don't know whether the service was good, bad or indifferent? Big Grin
    True never thought of it that way but I enjoyed the flight and it was so quick
    ash

    Thinking about it I also had a very nice dream
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    Thanks for all the coments.
    Surprise Surprise we have gone for Emirates, i was probably going to anyway but just wanted some thoughts.
    Now the next dilemma. Coming home we have a 7 hour wait in Dubai so we are thinking of flying home a day or 2 early and having a stopover in Dubai.
    Anyone done this before ???
    Have called Emirates and they have said getting a visa for Par shouldnt be a problem, hotel sorted can get Hilton through Par's work. However we are going to be furnishing our house when in Thailand and i know my finances are going to be very stretched by the time we come home. Is Dubia as i imagine it,very expensive. Dont want to be a "Cheap Charlie" but if my 2 days in Dubai are going to cost as much as the previous three weeks in los (food & drink wise) then its a no go !!
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