Star_world From Ireland, joined Jun 2001, 1234 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 3513 times:
These happy comments clearly aren't from anyone who flies on BA's Euro routes regularly! The 737s are AWFUL from a passenger perspective, when compared with the A319s in particular... The interiors look so much more dated, the seats are older, and one of the biggest things I miss is the overhead map display - it's amazing how much you get used to that when flying BA, compared with other Euro airlines like LH for example...
I fly at least one EU trip a week with BA and I hope this doesn't last long!
JGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 14, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2914 times:
The 734's might be nice to look at but they're not as nice to fly in as newer Airbus equipment. Sad but true. Also, baggage on BA Airbus equipment is containerised, which seems at least to result in shorter baggage delivery times, especially at Terminal 1 LHR.
AlanUK From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 15, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 2808 times:
My first post - be kind!
BA is only returning a couple of 737s to LHR because of shortages of parts and engineer difficulties on the Airbus fleet. NO 319s from LHR are going to LGW yet! Even though, all 737s will eventually leave Gatwick for an all Airbus fleet too.
Having worked on the 737s for a while, I can tell you that they ARE dreadful, even if pilots say they prefer flying this "real" aircraft... The cabin is dark and tatty, usually accompanied by a rotting smell. The aircraft is noisy and nowhere near as fuel efficient as the latest 319/320s that are being delivered to BA.
The reason that BA's 321 (first one due for delivery 15th OCT.) will not have IFEs is simply fiscal: BA did not want to spend extra cash on the screens! Shame, especially as these aircraft will eventually replace the 757s on the longer short haul routes such as ATH/SVO/IST.
BY188b: BA has indeed contracted Titan airways to operate some shuttle flights because of this 319/320 parts/engineer shortage.
Horus From Egypt, joined Feb 2004, 5230 posts, RR: 61 Reply 16, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 2757 times:
JGPH1A, I won't disagree with you there, the Airbuses are obviously more comfortable to fly, but thats understandable considering they're much newer, more modern, and technologically superior to the 737Classics. I have to say I haven't flown as many Classics as I'd like (flown with MS, BA, U2 and FR) but there is something special about flying these older aircraft...perhaps because we know they won't be flying for much longer.
AlanUK From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 20, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 2656 times:
Hopefully, the arrival of the 321 will help ease the problems at BA. But in my opinion, the airline is finally accepting the fact that too many cuts have been made in the wrong areas! Engineering is permanently short of staff and supplies. And we all know the situation on the ground!
Ba319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8353 posts, RR: 55 Reply 21, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 2626 times:
The problems with the 'fleet' are due to a new electronic maintenance program,since being introduced,additional parts have been required for servicing creating a shortage in the supply chain,thus causing aircraft to have longer down time than estimated.
It is not an Airbus problem before all those 'pro' Boeing guy's 'n' gal's get in to bash Airbus and BA.
JGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 23, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 2504 times:
Horus - re: but there is something special about flying these older aircraft...
You kids today ! I refuse to consider the 737-300/400/500 as a Classics - I remember when it was new - I only flew on my first 300 in 1993, which is only 11 years ago ! The only classic 737's are the 100 and 200.