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LHR-LIS: TAP Vs. BA  
User currently offlineBaguy From Australia, joined Mar 2006, 546 posts, RR: 1
Posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 4008 times:

Every year, my family holidays in a village on the Algarve called Alvor.

This year the flights to FAO are so expensive, my father has decided that it is too expensive to fly there. So we have two choices, FR STN-SVQ and drive to Portugal or TAP/BA LHR-LIS.

I have managed to convince him that LHR-LIS is a better option (mainly because i dont really fancy FR).

The price difference between TAP and BA is about £50. (BA more expensive).

Opodo also found the cheapest option was to go TAP out BA back.

So i just wanted the opinion of others as to who they would choose, and as to what we can expect service wise on both carriers.

Thanks,

BAguy

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User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11645 posts, RR: 60
Reply 1, posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 3999 times:

Aside of BA's crew speaking the Queen's English with that quintessential British accent I couldn't find much between the two carriers.

I flew PDL-LIS-LHR with an A310 of TAP and then a B757 of BA up to Heathrow, the seats and pitch both felt comfortable, the crews were both polite and the cabins were both smart and well presented. TAP gave me a hot roll which wasn't bad and a nice change from a cold meal, whist BA's service centered around a sandwich. They were both great flights and there was little between them.

Given the choice again I'd just fly whichever was cheapest, or in your case I'd take the itinerary which lets you go out on one carrier and then back on the other.


Dan  Smile



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User currently offlineLHR380 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 3978 times:

I agree with Dan.

2 Different carriers, 2 different aircraft (One being the 757 if its operating that flight) 2 different experiences.


User currently offlinePewpew320 From New Zealand, joined Mar 2009, 117 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 3962 times:

Then you can compare and let us know  Wink

User currently offlineBaguy From Australia, joined Mar 2006, 546 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 3945 times:

We have just booked BA due to it now being £150 cheaper. But, unfortunately it is an A320 both ways AND Terminal 3  Sad

BAguy


User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11645 posts, RR: 60
Reply 5, posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 3935 times:



Quoting Baguy (Reply 4):
We have just booked BA due to it now being £150 cheaper. But, unfortunately it is an A320 both ways AND Terminal 3

In 50 years time when there are only a handful of A320s left flying in forgotten corners of the world, you'll be glad that you got an extra BA 320 flight  Wink



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User currently offline747438 From UK - England, joined Jan 2007, 838 posts, RR: 5
Reply 6, posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 3918 times:



Quoting Baguy (Reply 4):
AND Terminal 3

Hey, T3 ain't that bad.


User currently offlineBaguy From Australia, joined Mar 2006, 546 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 3890 times:



Quoting 747438 (Reply 6):
Hey, T3 ain't that bad.

I know, but I havent been to T5 yet and didnt realise till after we'd booked it. Oh well, theres always another time.


BAguy


User currently offlineBaguy From Australia, joined Mar 2006, 546 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 3744 times:

Do all BA flights from T3 depart from remote gates?

Thanks,

BAguy


User currently offline747438 From UK - England, joined Jan 2007, 838 posts, RR: 5
Reply 9, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 20 hours ago) and read 3699 times:



Quoting Baguy (Reply 8):
Do all BA flights from T3 depart from remote gates?

All from gate 24 which is the coaching gate.


User currently offlineBabybus From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (5 years 4 months 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 3668 times:

I did LHR-LIS with TAP. The aircraft was nice and at the time it was cheaper than BA. I also got to fly CS-TEX when it was first painted in the new colours.

The service was nothing special and the staff were really plain faced, unsmiling and unhelpful. They didn't even bother with a safety demonstration. I didn't mind that as I get bored of hearing them.

Booze is available on the flight but you have to ask. They keep it on a lower shelf of the trolley. They will 'tutt' when you ask but ignore that.

When we landed at LIS they loudly played that very famous Portuguese song, (Not) 'Start me up' by the Rolling Stones. An odd way to arrive in Lisbon.

BA is a much better service.


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