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BMI Baby..Your Experiences  
User currently offlineJafa39 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 3962 times:

I'm flying LHR-EDI return in November (8 quid plus taxes!!) with BMI baby, anyone flown with them on this route or similar?...what a/c can I expect and are they usually pretty reliable etc?

Ta

Jafa39

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User currently offlineGkirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24961 posts, RR: 56
Reply 1, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 3962 times:

Quoting Jafa39 (Thread starter):
I'm flying LHR-EDI return in November (8 quid plus taxes!!) with BMI baby

Will actually be a BMI a/c, either a 319/320 or 321



When you hear the noise of the Tartan Army Boys, we'll be coming down the road!
User currently offlineJafa39 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 3950 times:

Quoting Gkirk (Reply 1):
either a 319/320 or 321

If it ain't Boeing I'm not going!  Smile  Smile  Smile


User currently offlineHS748 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 3943 times:

Quoting Jafa39 (Thread starter):
I'm flying LHR-EDI return in November (8 quid plus taxes!!) with BMI baby

bmiBaby doesn't operate flights ex-LHR, but you can buy tickets indirectly through bmiBaby's website. Another example of bmi's strategy in action.


User currently offlineJafa39 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 3926 times:

Quoting HS748 (Reply 3):
you can buy tickets indirectly through bmiBaby's website

This is what I did as the BMI website was stuffed and I want to fly a Star Alliance member as coming in on NZ2 and will have more than 20 kgs baggage, by keeping with Star Alliance I can negotiate my baggage right through to EDI.


User currently offlineBa757gla From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2006, 760 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 3911 times:

How much was your ticket as , bmi out of LHR is pretty dear?

User currently offlineSevenair From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 1728 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 3905 times:

BMI Baby are fantatic, as are mainline BMI. I flew LGW-MME for £15 all in on WW! And Ive been on MME-LHR-MME on BD, which was also great. Flying on WW is very relaxed, there's no pomp and ceremony, but the cabin crew were really warm and genuinne.

User currently offlineJafa39 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 3905 times:

Quoting Ba757gla (Reply 5):
bmi out of LHR is pretty dear?

8 quid + taxes which came to 59 quid altogether at the current exchange rate that comes to $171NZ..roughly what you'd pay for AKL-WLG.


User currently offlineBa757gla From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2006, 760 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 3900 times:

BMI should be ok altough it is a airbus you will be going on if not a embraer 145 flys on the less busy times !1

User currently offlineJafa39 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 3887 times:

Quoting Ba757gla (Reply 8):
if not a embraer 145

Hmmm, not flown one of them, should be a novelty, after all I have flown more 737's than most people have flown! So either will be a change, thanks for the info.  Smile


User currently offlineBa757gla From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2006, 760 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 3887 times:

what day are you flying because e145s dont fly all days?

User currently offlineJafa39 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 3881 times:

Up on saturday 4/11, return on wednesday 8/11.

User currently offlineSam1987 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 946 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 3853 times:

Quoting Sevenair (Reply 6):
I flew LGW-MME for �15 all in on WW!

They need to start LGW to LBA!

Quoting Jafa39 (Thread starter):
I'm flying LHR-EDI return in November

Don't forget BD is no longer a full service carrier so you will have to pay for food on board.

Assuming you have purchased a "tiny" fare, you won't be able to choose your seat if checking in online.

Other than that, it should be a good flight!



Next flights: LGW-LBA-LGW, LHR-SIN-SYD, SYD-BKK-LHR, LGW-GRO, GRO-CIA, CIA-MAD, MAD-LGW
User currently offlineBa757gla From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2006, 760 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 3843 times:

I think that one of the late night flights on a saturday is e 145 but i cant confirm but i know sunday has 1 145 flight. aircraft will be pretty new and in good condition altough the airbus is not an exciting ride!

User currently offlineLapper From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 1567 posts, RR: 7
Reply 14, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 3829 times:

Quoting Jafa39 (Reply 4):
This is what I did as the BMI website was stuffed and I want to fly a Star Alliance member as coming in on NZ2 and will have more than 20 kgs baggage, by keeping with Star Alliance I can negotiate my baggage right through to EDI.

Afraid not, BMI don't allow through check in on seperate tickets any more. Even if it is from another *A member.
http://www.flybmi.com/bmi/en-gb/planandbook/throughcheck-in.aspx


User currently offlineJafa39 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 3772 times:

Quoting Lapper (Reply 14):
BMI don't allow through check in on seperate tickets any more.

Oh well, I will split the baggage with a friend who is flying up with me. Thanks for the heads up.

Quoting Ba757gla (Reply 13):
the airbus is not an exciting ride!

I try to avoid exciting flights...boring is fine by me.....too many WLG landings you see!


User currently offlineBa757gla From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2006, 760 posts, RR: 2
Reply 16, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 3771 times:

so you have become used to WLG landings then ha ha so anything else is just lame!!

User currently offlineJafa39 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 3751 times:

Quoting Ba757gla (Reply 16):
so you have become used to WLG landings then ha ha so anything else is just lame!!

Far from it, I love smooth landings, being thrown about like a peanut in a tumble-dryer doesn't get to be more fun the more you do it!  Smile


User currently offlineBa757gla From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2006, 760 posts, RR: 2
Reply 18, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 3717 times:

I have very few bumppy landings and to me they are a bonus unless you get sick !1

User currently offlineUK_Dispatcher From United Arab Emirates, joined Dec 2001, 2597 posts, RR: 30
Reply 19, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 3649 times:

So, what takes you to that part of the world? MME is my home airport, and I used to work on the ground there for BD.

Quoting HS748 (Reply 3):
Another example of bmi's strategy in action.

So you are complaining about the cheap fares available, right? bmibaby is a known brand for 'tiny fares', so why not use this as a marketing tool for the cheapest fares on bmi?

Quoting Lapper (Reply 14):
Afraid not, BMI don't allow through check in on seperate tickets any more. Even if it is from another *A member.

You may find that NZ will still through check if you ask. If they do, all it means is that they will be recharged if it does not make the connection and has to be delivered to you, rather than being at BD's expense.


User currently offlineHS748 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 3611 times:

Quoting UK_Dispatcher (Reply 19):
So you are complaining about the cheap fares available, right?

Wrong!


User currently offlineUK_Dispatcher From United Arab Emirates, joined Dec 2001, 2597 posts, RR: 30
Reply 21, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 3604 times:

Quoting HS748 (Reply 20):
Wrong!

I think we are all used to people jumping on the bandwagon and bashing bmi at any opportunity, so I was naturally inclined to take your comment as being cynical towards them (sadly, this has become the norm, which is why I took it that way). Apologies if I read it the wrong way - maybe you were complimenting them on their strategy.... Or maybe you were merely commenting that this is their strategy, but without any positive or negative undercurrent....

Please clarify so I know!


User currently offlineScottishLaddie From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2004, 2385 posts, RR: 8
Reply 22, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 3575 times:

Quoting Jafa39 (Reply 11):
Up on saturday 4/11, return on wednesday 8/11.

Will be an A320 on the return. The flight on the Saturday could be either ERJ145 or A320 depending on what flight it is.

BD56 and BD60 are ERJs, if it's neither of those two then it's A320.


User currently offlineZkojh From China, joined Sep 2004, 1722 posts, RR: 1
Reply 23, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 3552 times:

'Afraid not, BMI don't allow through check in on seperate tickets any more. Even if it is from another *A member.'

I found this out last month when I flew back from AKL to LHR I had a seperate ticket to go up to MAN, NZ like were having none of it, they changed the RULES 4 days before i flew back , even if you try and explain to them its cheaper doing it in bits, in the end i missed my flight because NZ were late into LHR and ended up with good old Virgin Trains home to Manchester,

tho just booked my next trip back to NZ in Aug, and did it from MAN to DUD, and THAT SET me back some 6,500 NZ$ !! and thats flying cheap class,!

overall BD and WW are good tho still need to pull there socks up a bit!



CZ 787 to AKL can't wait.
User currently offlineHS748 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 3465 times:

Quoting UK_Dispatcher (Reply 21):
I think we are all used to people jumping on the bandwagon and bashing bmi at any opportunity, so I was naturally inclined to take your comment as being cynical towards them (sadly, this has become the norm, which is why I took it that way). Apologies if I read it the wrong way - maybe you were complimenting them on their strategy.... Or maybe you were merely commenting that this is their strategy, but without any positive or negative undercurrent....

Please clarify so I know!

I was indeed criticising bmi's lack of a coherent strategy. However, I would add that I'm not a bmi basher for the sake of it, I'm a once loyal gold card holder who has been badly let down by bmi's descent into chaos and confusion. And I don't always bash them - only recently I started a thread about bmi's latest positive financial results.


25 Antonovman : "MME is my home airport, and I used to work on the ground there for BD." hey UK_Dispatcher its mine too and ws my first airline job,a bit before your
26 Ba757gla : whats the flying time MME-LHR im intersted? klm still fly to MME as well?
27 Post contains images Jafa39 : You talking to me? I have to attend a conference for the international organisation of which i am the NZ CEO (sounds glamorous eh?). BD61, so i guess
28 Post contains images Ryanair737 : I will be flying with bmibaby to Belfast from Manchester (for a day trip) in two weeks time. I'm interested to see if they have improved since I last
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