BA0284 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2005, 299 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (9 years 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 4626 times:
Yeah I traveled GB airways from LGW - HER and I think it is better than the main British Airways. I flew on the A321 there and the A320 on the way back. THe food generally is a little better I believe and the service seems to be better than BA.
Flying on the A321 was very comfortable, very easy to fly that for 4 hours. There seems to be extra pockets of room on there, it just seems more airier and comfortable. Flying the A320 back was...awful!! It was clearly smaller, I felt really cramped and slightly claustrophobic. Alright for short haul, but for medium haul...not the best!
LHR is always going to busy. The GB airways flight from LHR departs at 15:15, so its going to be a bit quieter then, it may work your way. They've opened the second big shopping area, so its good for shopping.(if that's your idea of bliss!!) Plane-wise, its always busy. Food wise, quite good, bit of everything.
LGW is also quite nice, and it will be silent at 16:00 (when the majority of the flights go from, there maybe a 7am flight). The terminal will be empty! Plane wise as well, all the flights from the US would have departed. Shopping wise it isn't bad, food wise, not that good, just a few expensive cafe's and an odd restaurant.
BCAL From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2004, 3384 posts, RR: 15
Reply 3, posted (9 years 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 4606 times:
I have flown GB Airways several times LGW-LPA and LGW-AGP on both their A320s and A321s. As regards the aircraft, apart from the lengthened fuselage I did not notice any difference between the A320 and A321s.
I always prefer LGW to LHR, simply because living on the south coast LGW is much easier to get to (25 minutes by direct train/40 minutes by car) compared with LHR (90 minutes minimum by train with 2 changes and 120 minutes by car on the congested M25). It really depends on where you are starting your journey to the airport. LGW North Terminal is certainly more user-friendly, modern, and superior over LHR Terminal 1, which is showing its age.
Service on GB Airways is on par with BA, sometimes better and perhaps more "polished". I have never had cause to complain about GB Airways cabin service, their staff are professional, pleasant, and helpful. Unless I was too handsome or important (sic!), they also seemed more generous with free drinks and wine on GB Airways - they quite happily gave you refills and extra small bottles of wine without charge in coach. Food was adequate, certainly not gourmet and on par with BA mainline.
Seat configurations are the same as BA mainline. The only drawback on GB Airways is the lack of IFE and seat back screens (although I believe this is now changing). However, with the majority of their flights under 4 hours, this is not important.
You will find several reports about GB Airways on carsurvey.org, most of which are favourable.
I have never flown BMed, so I do not know how they compare with GB Airways.
MOL on SRB's latest attack at BA: "It's like a little Chihuahua barking at a dying Labrador. Nobody cares."
Crosscountry From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2005, 127 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (9 years 3 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 4532 times:
Few with them to Tunis a few years back.
They lost my luggage on the way out!
Three days in the sahara with no clean pants!
It was on a press trip as well...paid for by GB and Tunisian tourist board...oopps!
Seemed a little better than standard BA onboard.
Got upgraded to Club Europe on the way back....mmmmm!!!!!