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I shudder to think what the fare would be, but THIS is what intercontinental flights should be like!!

http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/312373_1015244358...
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Let's see. We just priced roundtrip first and business from Newark to Australia. Most is that or better. Price???? $19,000+

Bob ... not paying THAT
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Yeah, that is excessive.

They could probably reduce per-passenger costs if they had a second level, basically "bunk beds". Twice as many passengers per flight, half the cost (roughly). I'd pay more for an actual bed on such long flights (not $19K extra, but maybe 2-3x a normal fare).

1poorguy (can't sleep sitting up)
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We just priced roundtrip first and business from Newark to Australia. Most is that or better. Price???? $19,000+

You could save a few thou by booking one flight round trip EWR-LAX in coach and then the Australia leg round trip in business. I'm totally with you. I've made the round trip from LAX in steerage and it is brutal.

Chili
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Nice seats -

I just looked at booking a trip to Europe on Lufthansa. While not quite the same seats, they do lie flat and allow you to relax and sleep. Special fares are running 2800 to 3800 R/T including all taxes and fees.
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Well, per Ormont, here is the crossing on Cunard for about $1,000 per person. Full bed PLUS food and drink (not peanuts).
http://www.cunard.com/cruise-search/book-a-cruise/cruises/qm...

bob
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Actually, if I were retired and time was not a factor I would consider ocean crossings like that if the price was comparable. Planes have speed on their side, which is important when you are taking a 2-week vacation.

1poorguy
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