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Topic: British Airways - What Are They Like?
Username: Ryanair737
Posted 2004-01-07 19:42:03 and read 5016 times.

Hi,

I'm flying BA for the first time in February from MAN to LHR to CPT return. The flight numbers are BA 1393 to Heathrow, BA 43 to Cape Town, BA 42 to Heathrow and BA 1408 to Manchester. Has anyone had any good experiences with British Airways on either short-haul and long-haul flights. What is the food and the entertainment like for World Traveller passengers on BA long-haul? And finally, Does anyone know how to find out the registration of the aircraft that have been operating to CPT over the last few days?

Thanks
Ryanair737

Topic: RE: British Airways - What Are They Like?
Username: EZYAirbus
Posted 2004-01-07 19:55:57 and read 4940 times.

Hi Ryanair,

I flown BA long-haul to Singapore and found the service superb! Food was excellent, f/a's very friendly and helpful, entertainment is good, plenty of programs as well as the latest movies to watch, loadsa radio stations too, I also noticed on the flight, it was a 744, they have a plaque at the rear of the cabin with the planes registration, type, engines and a short description of the world tail, obviously now it will be the union flag. anyway hope you have a super flight and have the excellent service i received, also if you get there early enough, request bulkhead seats! no chance with exit seats though!

Glenn

Topic: RE: British Airways - What Are They Like?
Username: Pe@rson
Posted 2004-01-07 19:57:59 and read 4928 times.

I've flown LGW-ATL (772) and LHR-CAI-LHR (744 both ways) with BA - and found the service of a very high standard indeed. You should have no problems whatsoever.

Topic: RE: British Airways - What Are They Like?
Username: Nonrvsmdmf
Posted 2004-01-07 20:00:08 and read 4917 times.

I have only flown BA once. Joburg to Capetown but the service
was excellent.

Enjoy Capetown, its a wonderful city for holiday.

Topic: RE: British Airways - What Are They Like?
Username: Kevin
Posted 2004-01-07 20:00:30 and read 4911 times.

British Airways is the world's favourite airline. Flew them many times and enjoyed every single bit of it!

Topic: RE: British Airways - What Are They Like?
Username: Ba319-131
Posted 2004-01-07 20:04:07 and read 4882 times.

I use BA on all domestic and europeans from LHR,plus i've done some flights to the Good Old U S of A - always great service and clean planes.

Enjoy the trip and if you have time pop it up in the trip reports section.

Topic: RE: British Airways - What Are They Like?
Username: Greg
Posted 2004-01-07 20:08:34 and read 4856 times.

warm apple pie....
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Topic: RE: British Airways - What Are They Like?
Username: GBOAC
Posted 2004-01-07 20:14:34 and read 4835 times.

I fly BA regularly...they are my preferred carrier. I can't say I've got any complaints - quite the opposite in fact! I've taken around 30 BA flights in the last year, most longhaul World Traveller Plus, but also several shorthaul Euro Traveller. Can't recall any major gripes (or from any previous years).

I've never flown to CPT but on longhaul in WT you can expect a reasonably comfortable seat with a 31" pitch (on a 744 which I assume they operate to CPT it should be 3-4-3...in World Traveller Plus it's 2-4-2 with 38" pitch). You get 12 channels on the PTV (18 in WTP) - a couple of kids ones, some comedy ones, a moving map and several films (mostly recent). You can check this out in advance at:

http://www.britishairways.com/travel/entertainhighlights/public/en_gb

In WT you usually get a beverage service after take-off then the meal service with the option of a second drink. Food (the first/main meal) is generally pretty good for economy - decent size too. Reasonable range of on-plane Duty Free if that interests you. High Life magazine is usually worth a read the first time each month.

I think BA's shorthaul product is great - a lot of flights now cost only marginally more than LCCs but you still get a paper when you board and they've just upgraded the 'All Day Deli' so you get a "packed lunch" style meal which has a hot sandwich/panini and usually a yoghurt + muffin or similar. Again, free drinks too. The seats (usually 31" again on most a/c) are now all (or certainly all the ones I've seen) the Club Europe leather style seats (but with the middle one included unlike in Club Europe itself)...I find them very comfortable. Easily my favourite shorthaul cabin. (NB I don't know if all of this applies to UK Domestic and MAN-LHR is a very short hop anyway).

Both shorthaul and longhaul I find the crews generally friendly, helpful and courteous - happy to answer questions, etc. If you're nice to them, they're nice back  Smile

One final word - if you're flying discount fares only, you won't be able to join the Executive Club any more. But if any of your 4 economy fares are qualifying (Y/B/H from memory), might be worth joining before you go so you can at least pick up a few miles (25% on discount fares, 100% on qualifying fares) but also use on-line check-in 24hrs before the flight to try and get the seat you want.

Happy travels!

Phil

Topic: RE: British Airways - What Are They Like?
Username: BA757
Posted 2004-01-07 20:42:51 and read 4791 times.

Well re-food on your flight, on BA1408 I am 99.9% sure you will a chicken sandwich. Its absolutely lovely, by far the best chicken sandwich I have ever eaten.

You will enjoy BA, its a truly world class service from a world class airline.

Adam

Topic: RE: British Airways - What Are They Like?
Username: KAL744
Posted 2004-01-07 20:49:35 and read 4763 times.

Have flown BA several times, but onlz on short haul flights within Europe. Also here I enjoyed my flights with British Airways every time. Reall very good airline, anyway, in any caze much better than my home carrier "Lufthansa"!

KAL744

Topic: RE: British Airways - What Are They Like?
Username: RiverVisualNYC
Posted 2004-01-07 20:58:23 and read 4730 times.

BA shorthaul is nothing special, but longhaul they offer a very competent service, as befits their long history. While they don't always have the best food or fanciest IFE or nicest FAs, they have a fantastic record when it comes to safety and reliability. I lived for a few years in the Gulf (before the current nonsense) and my local BA station had such a perfect dispatch record that when there was a technical problem causing a delay, it made the local newspaper! They aren't the flashiest or the cheapest airline, but when you need to get somewhere around the world on time, BA is your airline.

Topic: RE: British Airways - What Are They Like?
Username: LanAlemania
Posted 2004-01-07 21:00:16 and read 4730 times.

You'll have a nice trip with them. I flew CGN - LHR - ORD - LHR - CGN with them and experienced an overall very friendly attitude.

As for the miles: I'm a member of LanChile's LanPass, and I got 25% of the mileage, though I travelled not in one of the classes which GBOAC wrote down, so watch out if not another oneworld-FF-program could get the miles for you.

Topic: RE: British Airways - What Are They Like?
Username: Kilavoud
Posted 2004-01-07 21:06:41 and read 4694 times.

I do not fly anymore with BA because I want to fly with Star Alliances Airlines.

But I have got only good memories of this great Airliner, when flying a few times Geneva-London-Madras and back.

Cheers. Kilavoud.

Topic: RE: British Airways - What Are They Like?
Username: Ryanair737
Posted 2004-01-07 22:08:03 and read 4631 times.

Thanks for your comments guy's, much appreciated.  Smile

I don't think were on a discount fare Phil, but I wouldn't be able to join the Executive Club anyway because I'm not 18 yet.  Sad

Do BA still give out menus to World Traveller passengers?

Regards
Ryanair737

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Topic: RE: British Airways - What Are They Like?
Username: Sabena 690
Posted 2004-01-07 22:14:15 and read 4604 times.

Excellent airline, excellent aircrafts, excellent service!

Frederic

Topic: RE: British Airways - What Are They Like?
Username: EZYAirbus
Posted 2004-01-07 22:19:01 and read 4586 times.

I wasnt given a menu when I last flew BA in 2002, things may have changed since then though!

Glenn

Topic: RE: British Airways - What Are They Like?
Username: Greg
Posted 2004-01-07 22:19:10 and read 4588 times.

All kidding aside, I did just over 300K miles in 2003 in Club World.
By far, they are my carrier of choice across the Atlantic.
I don't think I've ever had a bad trip on them.

Topic: RE: British Airways - What Are They Like?
Username: BlackandWhite
Posted 2004-01-07 22:22:54 and read 4563 times.

flew LGWATL in Y and IADLHR in WTP in Oct no menus on either flight

Topic: RE: British Airways - What Are They Like?
Username: CO737800
Posted 2004-01-07 22:25:02 and read 4557 times.

I have done BA a few times from YVR to London the first few time I was on a 742 then 744 then a 777 great service on all flights, and good food.

Topic: RE: British Airways - What Are They Like?
Username: Arsenal@LHR
Posted 2004-01-07 22:27:45 and read 4529 times.

The word i like to use when describing BA is consistency, very rarely will you encounter nightmare service from BA on the ground or in the air. I've flown BA many times on UK domestic, European and long-haul flights and the service has been good if not excellent on all the flights. My own judgement on BA is backed up by many friends and relatives i have who have flown BA and have nothing but praise for it.

Topic: RE: British Airways - What Are They Like?
Username: Ryanair737
Posted 2004-01-07 22:28:53 and read 4521 times.

Its a shame that they don't do menus anymore. Not many airlines do menus in Economy now.

Ryanair737

Topic: RE: British Airways - What Are They Like?
Username: Sabena 690
Posted 2004-01-07 22:31:56 and read 4503 times.

6 of the 10 flights in this trip report are about BA (all are short haul):
http://www.airliners.net/discussions/trip_reports/read.main/35637

Topic: RE: British Airways - What Are They Like?
Username: Ryanair737
Posted 2004-01-07 22:35:33 and read 4481 times.

Thanks for the link, great set of trip reports there.  Smile

Food looks great.

Ryanair737

Topic: RE: British Airways - What Are They Like?
Username: Jaysit
Posted 2004-01-07 22:43:53 and read 4438 times.

Excellent in all classes of travel.
The Asian carriers may have higher service standards, but I just like BA. Its unobstrusive, relaxed, yet crisp service.

Topic: RE: British Airways - What Are They Like?
Username: FlyCaledonian
Posted 2004-01-07 22:53:34 and read 4418 times.

Never had the pleasure of flying longhaul with BA but have flown domestic and European. No complaints at all about them and as most people have been saying really efficient.

Have flown MAN-IOM - 45 minutes on an ATP yet you still get hot drinks and a sandwich! Probably what you'll get MAN-LHR.

Online check-in is great too if you can get who you're travelling with to register. Flying out of LGW to VCE made life so much easier. Just checked in at home before setting off and only had to show passport, details and hand over my luggage. No queues!

The motto from BA's coat of arms (sadly no longer displayed) sums up this airline - To Fly To Serve

Topic: RE: British Airways - What Are They Like?
Username: Sushka
Posted 2004-01-07 23:01:32 and read 4382 times.

I flew:
CDG-LGW 737-500
LGW-CDG 737-400

Both were great flights. The F/As were great ans I had nice chats with the pilots.

I would like to go longhaul with them

Topic: RE: British Airways - What Are They Like?
Username: Bd1959
Posted 2004-01-07 23:22:34 and read 4348 times.

Hi Ryanair,

I flew MEL-LHR-MEL with them in 2003, as has already been stated by others here, in a word: consistent. Even down to that comment about the best chicken sandwich, I wonder if they use the same "recipe" globally, cos I had a great chicken sandwich with them as a snack before arrival in SIN.

The only gripe I have is their WT seat pitch: I'm not too tall (5'7") but it's a squeeze even for me. The flight MEL-LHR was in a bulkhead seat which I thought would give me more leg room, but then of course there's no seat in front under which to stick one's feet and on the return leg the IFE unit blocked half of the room under the seat in front. Fortunately BA were good on both flights at agreeing to my request for aisle seats. I found the IFE easy to use and although boredom set in on the 21 hrs, you won't have that problem on the SA runs.

Crew have always been very professional and I've yet to come across a bad BA ship.

Enjoy the trip and let us know how you go.

BD1959

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Topic: RE: British Airways - What Are They Like?
Username: Carduelis
Posted 2004-01-07 23:22:51 and read 4346 times.

I've never done UK - Cape Town on any flight - only on QE2 CPTSOU, so can't pass any comment.

I have done the LHRMANLHR several times and what you get is far superior to most First Class US domestic flights. Even if advertised as around 50 minutes, I have actually flown it in 27 minutes from take-off to touch-down!

You will get an 'all-day-Deli sandwich box with a sealed cuplet of water, plus juice, tea, coffee, alcoholic beverages, if you want them, and seconds if you're cheeky! All in around half an hour! Great!

Bon Voyages!

Topic: RE: British Airways - What Are They Like?
Username: Shamrock_747
Posted 2004-01-07 23:30:23 and read 4313 times.

In 2003 I flew on BA domestic in Traveller and long haul in Club World and Concorde. I have to say that all flights were fantastic and exceeded my expectations - they seem like a very professional airline and far better than my experiences with them in the 1990s. The food, drink, service and entertainment were all very good.

Topic: RE: British Airways - What Are They Like?
Username: Qantasclub
Posted 2004-01-07 23:46:10 and read 4264 times.

BA is great. Despite what some people may say, they are as good as an airline this size gets-consistency, professionalism and service that often impresses. A lesson to the US carriers that you can still be big and care across the board about your passengers. I would fly them anyday, and seeing as they are linked closely with Qantas, I often get to.

Topic: RE: British Airways - What Are They Like?
Username: Eg777er
Posted 2004-01-07 23:51:25 and read 4245 times.

You should enjoy your flight on the world's favourite airline. One with an unmatched history of service, quality and innovation.

As a Brit, and a die-hard one at that, there's no feeling in the world like walking up the airstairs to a "BRITISH AIRWAYS" Jumbo in the midst of some Third-World hell-hole.

It's like a little bit of England (the older, nicer, more distinguished version) at 35,000 feet.

Topic: RE: British Airways - What Are They Like?
Username: A330Fan1
Posted 2004-01-08 02:30:54 and read 4193 times.

Hey! I've taken BA a few flights, in August 1999:

LAX - LHR, BA 747-400
LHR - Rome, BA 767-200
Rome - LHR, BA 757-200
LHR - CDG, BA 757-200
LHR - LAX, BA 747-400

Both the long segment flights were great, will cool movies, awesome food (menus!!!), good seats and attentive flight attendants, and an overall happy and comfortable cabin. The inter-European flights were good too, with good snacks...very short flights...overall, a good experience with BA  Smile

-A330Fan1

Topic: RE: British Airways - What Are They Like?
Username: Marcopolo747
Posted 2004-01-08 02:41:13 and read 4165 times.


I've flown BA in the past 10 years on several intercontinetal and European routes and most of the time it lived up to its slogan : the world's favourite airline . It's certainly one of my favourite airlines.

Have a good and safe journey !

Topic: RE: British Airways - What Are They Like?
Username: BAJax
Posted 2004-01-08 05:43:25 and read 4110 times.

eg777er: "...there's no feeling in the world like walking up the airstairs to a "BRITISH AIRWAYS" Jumbo in the midst of some Third-World hell-hole."  Big thumbs up

It's very gratifying to hear all of these positive comments about BA. That's why I am very proud to have them as my employer!  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

Rgds,
BAJax

Topic: RE: British Airways - What Are They Like?
Username: Letit
Posted 2004-01-08 09:14:04 and read 4080 times.

Ryanair737:

Try http://www.lhr-lgw.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk for the details of the registrations on the LHR-CPT flights and more.

I always feel at ease on BA, like eg777er I feel I'm almost home as soon as I get on a BA flight. In ecconomy it is among the best of those I've flown and the service on my one flight on Concorde was outstanding (well, the whole flight was outstanding...)

Topic: RE: British Airways - What Are They Like?
Username: JMChladek
Posted 2004-01-08 09:38:27 and read 4044 times.

Well, I count myself as a BA lover now having used them for my first trip to the UK. I WILL use them again in the future as the service was very good. My trip report is at:

http://www.airliners.net/discussions/trip_reports/read.main/38442/

The first leg was Club class due to a fluke (read it and you'll see). So, go towards the end if you want to read about what it was like in WT class on my return trip. I was more then satisfied with both flights.

Topic: RE: British Airways - What Are They Like?
Username: SpeedbirdEGJJ
Posted 2004-01-08 10:19:45 and read 4007 times.

Fore the last few days the BA059 has been operated by:

6th: G-BNLJ
7th: G-CIVD
8th: G-BNLD

Cheers
Ryan

Topic: RE: British Airways - What Are They Like?
Username: AApilot2b
Posted 2004-01-08 11:28:01 and read 3954 times.

I like BA alright. Just keep an eye on your luggage. Four out of my last five trips with BA, they have managed to lose my luggage.

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Topic: RE: British Airways - What Are They Like?
Username: Ryanair737
Posted 2004-01-08 16:56:48 and read 3805 times.

Thanks for all your comments, BA sound great. Do BA have amenity kits for World Traveller passengers?

Ryanair737

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Topic: RE: British Airways - What Are They Like?
Username: EZYAirbus
Posted 2004-01-08 17:05:00 and read 3786 times.

Looks like we have a lot of BA fans all over the world, to me personally they are without a doubt the best airline you could fly with, I have enjoyed every flight I have taken with them and am prepared to pay the extra on a domestic service rather than choose an LCC!

10 outta 10 for everything

Keep up the good work BA


Glenn

Topic: RE: British Airways - What Are They Like?
Username: Ryanb741
Posted 2004-01-08 17:15:24 and read 3748 times.

What you bet with BA is consistency - 8/10 guaranteed for all flights. They have actually greatly improved since the mid 90's where IMHO they were beginning to provide ragged service on some flights. BA certainly isn't as exotic as some of the Asian carriers, but what you get is a very British experience. Plus Terminal 4 at LHR is by far the best terminal at Heathrow.

Topic: RE: British Airways - What Are They Like?
Username: Foxtrotyankee
Posted 2004-01-08 17:25:04 and read 3720 times.

One thing about BA that is great is their breakfasts! Especially on short haul flights, their breakfasts are second to none!!!

Topic: RE: British Airways - What Are They Like?
Username: EZYAirbus
Posted 2004-01-08 17:31:52 and read 3694 times.

what brekkers can i expect on feb 11th LHR-CDG? BA302

Glenn

Topic: RE: British Airways - What Are They Like?
Username: Foxtrotyankee
Posted 2004-01-08 17:37:07 and read 3680 times.

EZYAirbus,

Expect some sausage, scrambled egg and beans, piping hot. Then after that, enjoy a fruit scone with butter and strawberry jam.

Topic: RE: British Airways - What Are They Like?
Username: EZYAirbus
Posted 2004-01-08 17:44:58 and read 3657 times.

cool cant wait British Airline with British Breakfast, sausage egg and beans *licks lips*

Glenn

Topic: RE: British Airways - What Are They Like?
Username: Ryanair737
Posted 2004-01-08 17:54:02 and read 3630 times.

Glenn,

Expect something like this on your BA flight:



Ryanair737  Big thumbs up

Topic: RE: British Airways - What Are They Like?
Username: EZYAirbus
Posted 2004-01-08 17:56:53 and read 3624 times.

looks gross, mind you all aircraft food does until you try it, bmi give me a panini on a LHR-DUB flight, bacon was still frozen, hope BA breakfast is better!

Glenn

Topic: RE: British Airways - What Are They Like?
Username: Foxtrotyankee
Posted 2004-01-08 18:00:29 and read 3615 times.

That's it! Forgot about the bacon. Indeed it does look awful but believe me, it tastes great.

Topic: RE: British Airways - What Are They Like?
Username: GBOAC
Posted 2004-01-08 18:41:53 and read 3565 times.

Ryanair737 - no amenity kits or menus in economy. Don't forget, they're trying to cut costs  Smile No kits/menus in WTP either (just in case you were lucky and got upgraded) - although I did hear they were going to make changes to the WTP in-flight service in 2004, so that may not be true any more (don't know what the changes were meant to be). BTW You may be too young to join EC, but if you're travelling with family who are over 18, a Household Account is an option. Check http://www.ba.com/ for details.

EZYAirbus - LHR-CDG is a very quick flight (flew it in November and it was literally up then down again!). The food you get will depend on the class of travel. In Euro Traveller, it'll be the All Day Deli. In Club, you may get a proper breakfast...but it'll be a rush to get it served and eaten!

Phil

Topic: RE: British Airways - What Are They Like?
Username: EZYAirbus
Posted 2004-01-08 18:48:18 and read 3547 times.

flying in Euro Traveller, seems strange that a 757 operating the route, any idea how many Exec Club points i will get on this?

Glenn

Topic: RE: British Airways - What Are They Like?
Username: BestWestern
Posted 2004-01-08 19:02:46 and read 3499 times.

You get a small amenity kit on long haul - toothbrush, eyemuffs, etc.

Remember to check-in online before travel to get the best seat. (24h in advance if you are an exec club - otherwise 12h).

now has best-seat seatmaps on BA 747's - the front cabin of WT is the best - usually quietier - try and get the front bulkhead row.









Topic: RE: British Airways - What Are They Like?
Username: GBOAC
Posted 2004-01-08 19:05:51 and read 3488 times.

Glenn - if it's a qualifying fare (as I said above, I think from memory this is Y/B/H) then for each segment you will get 20 EC points and 100% of miles flown (minimum 500 which will apply here). Otherwise you'll just get 25% miles (minimum 125). Silver and Gold members get a 25% and 50% tier miles bonus on top of this.

There is a thread somewhere else on here about 'shortest route for a big plane' - just a demand thing normally. Lots of people seem to want to fly between LON and CDG! I think when I flew it last I was on the last flight back from CDG (BA329) and it was only an A319.

Phil

Topic: RE: British Airways - What Are They Like?
Username: GBOAC
Posted 2004-01-08 19:11:42 and read 3474 times.

BestWestern:

You get a small amenity kit on long haul - toothbrush, eyemuffs, etc

I stand corrected, of course! Very sorry about that! I don't really class this as much of an amenity kit and rarely use it so I forgot about it completely! Ryanair737 - you also get flight socks and headphones in this for the IFE (although I'd recommend bringing your own headphones which you're comfortable with).

Phil

Topic: RE: British Airways - What Are They Like?
Username: Britair
Posted 2004-01-08 20:30:59 and read 3435 times.

I have been watching this post for a day or two, expecting to see a tirade of abuse hurled at BA. I am really really impressed that our company is held in such high asteem. Thanks guys for all the lovely comments. As a member of the BA family it really means alot.

Cheers Smile

Topic: RE: British Airways - What Are They Like?
Username: JMChladek
Posted 2004-01-09 10:15:01 and read 3341 times.

I've still got my BA amenity kit from my return flight in WT, very nice. The mini toothbrush will come in very handy for a couple upcoming trips.

As for breakfast on BA, unfortunately we didn't get the egg, sausage, tomato breakfast on the longhaul to LHR from ORD. It was just fruit and yogurt. I imagine if the flight were longer, it would have been something more substantial though. I do admit I wasn't much of a tomato eater before going to the UK, but two weeks there warmed me up to them.  Smile

Topic: RE: British Airways - What Are They Like?
Username: Pe@rson
Posted 2004-01-09 12:07:28 and read 3300 times.

"Not many airlines do menus in Economy now."

UL do - and it's EXTREMELY well-presented, as if you're in Business.

Topic: RE: British Airways - What Are They Like?
Username: Foxtrotyankee
Posted 2004-01-09 13:42:59 and read 3240 times.

I wonder if the BA First Class Molton Brown amenity kits still have a disposable razor in them.

They also included, shaving foam, Muscle Rub, moisturiser, toothbrush, toothpaste, small towel and came presented in a Molton Brown bathroom bag.

Topic: RE: British Airways - What Are They Like?
Username: AirGabon
Posted 2004-01-09 16:30:59 and read 3150 times.

"Not many airlines do menus in Economy now"

AF does it...

Topic: RE: British Airways - What Are They Like?
Username: Ryanair737
Posted 2004-01-09 16:43:48 and read 3137 times.

The BA Amenity Kits sound great.  Big thumbs up

Its good that AF and UL still do menus in Economy Class.

Ryanair737


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