I would fly an international carrier because their service is usually better than the U.S. carriers. For example you can fly United from Indiana to Chicago and take a flight on Lufthansa to Frankfurt and then fly to Switzerland. Or you can fly American to Chicago and then fly British Airways to London and then connect to Switzerland. Whatever you choose, I would open up a frequent flyer account and then choose airlines that are in an alliance. The connections will be smoother and the miles you earn can be put on one airline's account.
Hi, I live in Indiana, too.
The best airlines to fly overseas are Asian carriers such as Cathay Pacific and Singapore, but that doesn't make much sense for you flying to Switzerland.
Generally flying a Western European carrier will provide you a better in-flight experience than a US-based carrier, although I've heard good things about NW's international. American, United, and Delta aren't that much different int'l than domestic.
Have fun in Switzerland. In 1994 we took the tram to the top of Mt. Pilatus and had a snowball fight, in June.
The most comfortable airlines I have ever flown are: Swissair, Cathay Pacific, Lufthansa, and the best by far Singapore Airlines (unrivaled). I am going off comfort and service. And, Singapore Airlines has both of those in spades--not to mention the food, it is lovely. The times I flew Singapore Airlines the cuisine rivaled that of a 3 star NY Times restaurant.
But, I really doubt any of that will make a bit of difference. You have never flown abroad, and you live in Indiana--not like you have much of a choice. I imagine you'll check for the lowest possible fare on travelocity or expedia and just book that. Hell, do you even have much of a choice out of Injun'Ana? I imagine you'll have to connect through Newark, so your option is probably Continental, Contiental, and uh...Continental. Why are you even asking this question?
Out of the major European airlines, Air France has the best food, Virgin Atlantic the best entertainment (video games, lots of movies, etc.), and Lufthansa has the best service.
My daughter just returned from the Netherlands and flew on Continental. She said the flight was great..especially the food. They actually over fed them!
I've been on many flights before, but once on Virgin Airlines. It has a nice look, comfortable feeling and nice food, in my opinion.
Try to fly on a european airline--Swiss international, austrian, air france, or british airways!
i hear that Cathay pacific has good reviews.but i prefer eva airline.
depends on the flying class
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