Feroze From India, joined Dec 2004, 794 posts, RR: 3 Posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 8449 times:
I will be travelling to BOM from LHR later this year. The fares for the two airlines are very similar and I am having a hard time deciding which to choose!
Problems with VS:
1. Because it's the A343, the UC Suites may not be installed
2. The discount fare does not include the chauffeur service to the airport.
3. The arrival time into LHR means the Arrivals Lounge will be closed.
So, all in all, which would you choose. Overall service, comfort, lounges (I think BA has a Terraces lounge at BOM).....any advice would be appreciated. Thanks.
Comorin From United States of America, joined May 2005, 4861 posts, RR: 16 Reply 3, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 8390 times:
Fbgdavidson's excellent trip reports notwithstanding, you will need to compare CW vs UC on the UK-India legs as it is a very different experience. The transatlantic service on any airline is "Blue Riband" and is an airline at it's best. Mind you, I don't think BA deliberately cuts back on its India service, but it does feel like a step down.
From what I hear, the best J class service UK-India may be Jet Airways.
Feroze From India, joined Dec 2004, 794 posts, RR: 3 Reply 4, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 8368 times:
Thank you both very much for your useful insights. I will now address each of you in turn:
I won't have the advantage of the limo service or Kerbside C-In. It's no problem as I will be driving to LHR and leaving the car there. When I arrive in BOM I have to take a 9W flight a few hours later - I will therefore be taking the evening flight out to arrive in BOM at sensible-o'clock. The flight back is up for debate. With BA I have a choice. Thanks for telling me about the expensive night's sleep! Oh, and Jet Airways LHR-BOM J Class is too expensive (compared to VS and BA). And I won't be connecting at LHR (cos London's 'ome!)
Thanks for the links to the trip reports (shameless plugs notwithstanding!), I will go through them in turn when I get home tonight. I have been to vflyer and seen the reports there.
I'm leaning towards BA (refined) over VS (OTT) - would I be correct in this assumption?
Wrighbrothers From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 1875 posts, RR: 9 Reply 5, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 8351 times:
Quoting Feroze (Reply 4): I'm leaning towards BA (refined) over VS (OTT) - would I be correct in this assumption?
At a slight bias, i'd say that is correct, but it depends what you want/ like, if you want professional posh waiter style flying, then BA is good, but if you don't mind Virgin products and Branson in your face ( ) then VS isn't a bad airline, but personally, gotta be BA.
Always stand up for what is right, even if it means standing alone..
Comorin From United States of America, joined May 2005, 4861 posts, RR: 16 Reply 6, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 8335 times:
I think you should go BA because CW Upper Deck is a defining experience, and it can become your benchmark to judge future trips.
Make sure you get a window seat upstairs, and you're all set for a real treat.
BCAL From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2004, 3384 posts, RR: 18 Reply 8, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 8315 times:
Well I am biased, but I would point out that BA offers a choice of a morning or evening departure from both LHR and BOM, consistent high standards of service both on the ground and in the air, an established brand and years of experience, the possibility of a new Club World seat and new IFE by June, use of the lounges at both airports and a far superior product. They also offer you a choice of a 744 or 777.
VS, on the other hand, just has a early evening departure from LHR, inconsistent standards of service, constant plugging of Virgin brands/products and SRB's face thrown at you everywhere, often the oldest aircraft in the VS fleet allocated to the route, a relatively new brand in India, and (according to colleagues who have travelled VS between UK and India) a feeling that VS cabin crew are anti-Indian.
MOL on SRB's latest attack at BA: "It's like a little Chihuahua barking at a dying Labrador. Nobody cares."
Feroze From India, joined Dec 2004, 794 posts, RR: 3 Reply 9, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 8301 times:
Thanks very much for all your pointers. I have now booked my flights: I'm on the evening flight (772) LHR-BOM - my diary constrained me to this flight - and I'm returning on the UD on the 744 (window, Comorin!). On your heads be it!
On a side point: it's amazing how much fares have come down since the glut of non-stop flights appeared last year!