JBLUA320 From United States of America, joined May 2002, 3170 posts, RR: 20 Reply 3, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 3802 times:
I took Continental on this route on a 762 and 772 and couldn't fault them on anything. I'd reccomend Continental. The only thing missing that VS offers is an amenity kit.. but really, its not that long of a flight, anyway.
Geoffm From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 2111 posts, RR: 7 Reply 8, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 3761 times:
CO definitely. My most recent trip was a couple of weeks ago on that route. Great service, and those 777s are nice!
I'd choose VS second as they used to be a good airline, although standards have slipped recently it seems.
BA would be my last choice as they are consistent - consistently poor. Crew that appear to not care less.
In terms of London airports, some people prefer Gatwick, some Heathrow. Some will say Heathrow is nearer, but that all depends where you're going, since Gatwick is quicker to the South Ken musuems, for example. I think CO is the only airline that uses LGW; BA and VS appear to send all their flights to LHR.
Garri767 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 9, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 3754 times:
i would definately choose CO at 6:00
1. they have the smallest of the 3 aircrafts
2. smaller aircraft, fewer ppl, more focus is put on u
3. co has great service, choose it over ba anyday
4. 6 pm because i love having a half red eye and half normal flight
Speedbird2155 From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 855 posts, RR: 5 Reply 10, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 3752 times:
Quoting Geoffm (Reply 8): BA would be my last choice as they are consistent - consistently poor. Crew that appear to not care less.
I must on this issue defend BA cabin crew. BA crew are some of the most caring you will find anywhere and are always professional and good. Sometimes BA crew can take caring and trying to help to a point where it can be annoying for ground staff, because they give passengers the impression that we can solve it all. To say that they 'appear to care less' is far from the truth. As for their service it is always good and professional....they know how to remain calm and don't act like amuzed teenagers like some other airlines. I work for BA, but recently flew back to the UK with another UK carrier and while the crew were very friendly, the level of service left much to be desired. However, I won't make blanket statements that their crew are poor, because it might have been only that flight.
I'd suggest you take the flight that is most convenient in terms of departure and arrival times and airport (CO - LGW, BA/VS - LHR). Also, if you have an aircraft preference then maybe that can also help. I don't know about CO's service standards, but BA and VS are both good and better than most, although you can get some bad times. But hey, crew are human and won't always be at 100%.
Geoffm From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 2111 posts, RR: 7 Reply 11, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 3744 times:
Quoting Speedbird2155 (Reply 10): However, I won't make blanket statements that their crew are poor, because it might have been only that flight.
I thought that might raise a few hackles, especially to a BA employee. Okay, to be fair I have had a friendly flight crew on one flight... out of TWELVE in the last few years. Does that put it into perspective? I'm not saying they're bad, just that you feel like "yet another passenger" rather than a valued customer. I've also flown CO and VS across the pond and find their crew much more friendly. Perhaps BA are more friendly "up-front", but we're talking coach/economy here.
At the end of the day, everybody has their own experiences and opinions. It's up to COEWR2587 to decide which sounds better.
LTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 12665 posts, RR: 13 Reply 14, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 3663 times:
Consider if you can get Frequent Flyer miles from your choices (or other airlines). BA, while in the same alliance for FF miles with AAdvantage, you can't get AA miles on BA flights across the Atlantic. VS has no FF partner that I recall, BUT with CO, you can get their FF miles. If already a CO FF member, you can get a quick 7000 miles. Besides, like BA, on CO you can get a 777, the convenience of EWR (since like me it is part of your screen name, so assume you live near EWR) although flying into LGW may be a flaw. Check the info for getting to/from LGW to central London, I believe there are direct trains to Victoria Station for LGW, as well as bus services.
JetBlueAtJFK From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1687 posts, RR: 3 Reply 15, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 3654 times:
Well if the price doesn't isn't the main focus I would pick VS, so what if it is late, they are all evening and if you leave at 6 then you will probably get in pretty early. I would say VS for the IFE,and service is nice, there aren't any bad points really.
BA next because IFE is pretty good and the times are good, they have the earlier one, and the later one, good if you miss any of them!
LHR to me seems easier, but that is b/c are stop was notting hill gate and that was more east then west so it was easier to LHR. Never been to LGW but I say go to LHR, it is bigger and really cool/fun. I don't know if LGW has the mall in the terminal but the harrods with discounts, can't beat it. We did alot of shopping in there.