Viscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 21464 posts, RR: 24 Reply 3, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 3677 times:
Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 2): I'd take the 763, the economy cabin is 2-3-2 vs 3-3-3, much nice as a passenger on the 763 & IMO,they are quieter than the 777, are real noisy bird!
Agreed. Can't beat the 767's 2-3-2 economy configuration with just a.1 in 7 chance of a middle seat, vs. 1 in 3 on the 3-3-3 BA 777. And no passengers on the 763 have to climb over 2 other passengers to leave their seat, unlike all window seat passengers on the 777. However, if you do pick the 777 flight you can be glad you're on BA and not on an EK 777 with their cramped 10-abreast 3-4-3 seating in Y class.
The only minor thing in the 777's favor is that it's slightly faster then the 763, as indicated by the 20-minute faster block time for the 777 flight in the schedules you quote.
Ajs123uk From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2007, 55 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 3663 times:
As a BA crew member who works on 747,777 and 767 I wuld definately go for the 767 over the 777 option for your flight from Dubai.
All BA longhaul 767 have AVOD all 777 have PTV but not all of them have AVOD.
The config on the 767 in economy is a much more comfortable 2-3-2 and for some reason the service on the 767 always seems to run more smoothly than on the 777, probably due to the fact there are less passengers!
The 767 may be old but I can't notice any obvious comfort differences, yes its a bit slower than the 777 but not that much.
Gabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 2512 posts, RR: 13 Reply 5, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 3640 times:
Thanks for all the opinions. I think I'll go with the 767, especially as it means an hour less time hanging around in LHR. The 767 interior does look a bit 80's though compared to the 777.
Quoting Ajs123uk (Reply 4): As a BA crew member who works on 747,777 and 767
Good to have someone who works on the 767 and 777 chipping in. Any reccomendation over a good seat? Where does the cabin serivce start on LHR-DXB? How about for the B744 DXB-LHR? You don't happen to be working any DXB flights in late Feb? On short overnights, do you get dinner and breakfast, or just one or the other?
Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 3): The only minor thing in the 777's favor is that it's slightly faster then the 763, as indicated by the 20-minute faster block time for the 777 flight in the schedules you quote.
This actually works slightly better as you get 20 mins extra to 'sleep'.
Quoting JetBlue777 (Reply 1): you might be unlucky and be on the BA 767s that doesnt have PTVs
Ajs123uk From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2007, 55 posts, RR: 0 Reply 6, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 3624 times:
Yes all longhaul 767 have PTV with AVOD (and in my experience seem to be the most reliable with the AVOD system, in fact all longhaul aircraft have PTV, 747 all AVOD, 777 mostly all AVOD)
DXB- LHR flight overnight on the 747 was actually my last flight, service wise in economy was cold snack box and drinks after take off from DXB with a hot breakfast before landing into LHR.
With the LHR-DXB overnight flights I would imagine the 767 and 777 flights would be bar, hot dinner, tea and coffee after take off and cold breakfast (ie muffin!!!!) tea and coffee before landing. (The 747 LHR-DXB is a daylight flight and has bar, hot lunch, tea/coffee after take off and sandwich before landing.)
Service wise on the 767 2 crew will start at the front and work backwards and usually 2 from the back will work towards the middle (although since they have taken one crew member of it maybe one crew member doing a "horseshoe" at the rear of the cabin depending on how the loads are!
Seats wise I can't remember what row the emergency exit seats by door 3 are I'm afraid but If you can try and avoid the row just in front of doors 3 as there is a toilet there on the left that some people find bothersome.
Am starting a standby block mid Feb so don't know yet what my roster is for then, sorry. Hope you have a good trip,
All the best, Alan.
Gabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 2512 posts, RR: 13 Reply 7, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 3540 times:
Thanks Alan for that, most helpful! My plans have changed a bit because work suddenly asked me to work the weekend I was going to go, so now thing will fly into DXB, then overland to MCT, and fly back from there (via AUH), probably in early March. unfortunately this means missing the B744, but there we go.
Does anyone know how to book an openjaw with different class? e.g. LHR-DXB in WT, MCT-LHR in WTP? Seems like you have to book by phone.
Nibog From Ireland, joined Apr 2009, 310 posts, RR: 0 Reply 8, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 3485 times:
I have to say,I am traveling to DXB in April,and i am looking forward to going out on the 747 daylight flight and my return was to be on the 767,alas my flight was dropped and I have now been changed to the 777 for the return leg to LHR,and I was sooo looking forward to the 767!!!! There are 3 of traveling so hopefully there should be no issues and we get seated together!!
Gabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 2512 posts, RR: 13 Reply 9, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 3419 times:
Well I'm all booked up now at late March. I've got the B767 outbound LHR-DXB in WT, then return MCT-AUH-LHR on B777 in World Traveller Plus. Just hoping now for some reward availbility to open up on Club World on the return.....