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BMI Vs BA On Domestic Flights  
User currently offlineGkirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24960 posts, RR: 56
Posted (9 years 9 months 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 5900 times:

Looks like I will be flying EDI-LHR-EDI in June and am just wondering about what the service is like on both BMI and BA. Will probably be flying BMI because they are marginally cheaper than BA, but would like a comparison of both airlines as I've never flown either of them on a scheduled flight before (flew BD on a charter flight in 1992 on a 737-300)


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User currently offlineShamrock_747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (9 years 9 months 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 5877 times:

Not much difference in the two, down to personal preference really.

There is a full bar service and snack served on both BA and BD. BA have 34" seat pitch (31" in the last few rows) and leather seats, bmi are 32" and cloth seats. In terms of aircraft I much prefer a BA 757 to a BD Airbus and the crews on BA have been better in my experience.


User currently offlineGilesdavies From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 3047 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (9 years 9 months 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 5859 times:

BA have never offered 34inch legroom in any of their economy seats except for maybe the odd emergency row.

The official legroom for BA is 31 inches and this applies to both Short/Long Haul flights.


User currently offlineScottishLaddie From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2004, 2385 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (9 years 9 months 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 5861 times:

bmi/BA's price is right!?  Big grin

[Edited 2005-02-24 23:24:05]

User currently offlineShamrock_747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (9 years 9 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 5842 times:

Quoting Gilesdavies (reply 2):
BA have never offered 34inch legroom in any of their economy seats except for maybe the odd emergency row.


About two thirds of the 757 cabin and almost the entire A320 cabin have 34" seat pitch. They are seats which can be converted from Club (2-3) to Traveller (3-3). There is no Club on domestic routes though.


User currently offlineHorus From Egypt, joined Feb 2004, 5230 posts, RR: 59
Reply 5, posted (9 years 9 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 5834 times:

Gkirk, thought you'd fly NCL-LHR??? Anyway since standards at BA and bmi are similar go with the airline you prefer or the one you haven't tried recently. Also check what aricraft they'll use on the flights you want.

Horus



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User currently offlineGkirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24960 posts, RR: 56
Reply 6, posted (9 years 9 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 5845 times:

Horus, NCL-LHR is more expensive than EDI or GLA-LHR by about £20  Wow!


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User currently offlineDemoose From Canada, joined Mar 2001, 1952 posts, RR: 23
Reply 7, posted (9 years 9 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 5820 times:

If price is the main factor then choose whichever is cheapest, I had a great trip with Bmi to LHR in 2003 on their A321/320, got a cockpit visit and crew were fantastic which made the trip even more memorable. Both bmi and BA have similar service short haul, do Bmi do the hot breakfast on morning flights like BA do? Thats the only thing I can think that separates the two apart from the different a/c types and timings. Whichever you chose i'm sure you won't go wrong. But if you haven't tried British Airways, i'd go with them!

Mark



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User currently offlineCragley From Australia, joined Jul 2004, 428 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (9 years 9 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 5677 times:

Ive taken about 20 domestic flights with BMI in the past few months. I tried BA once and went straight back to BMI.

BA had leather seats and was totally packed, while I have only been on 1 fully booked BMI flight.

Maybe that is why I prefer BMI, more space cause there are less passengers.


User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19243 posts, RR: 52
Reply 9, posted (9 years 9 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 5675 times:

Flown BD and BDC quite a few times. The level is service is OK - you get a drink and a one-bite-and-it's-gone snack - but not necessary on such short flights, like MAN-EDI/GLA and LHR-MAN. The cabin was always clean and tidy, and the cabin crew members were always polite, friendly, courteous and professional.


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User currently offlineGkirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24960 posts, RR: 56
Reply 10, posted (9 years 9 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 5665 times:

Pe@rson, Im surprised you didnt ask why I wasnt flying FR PIK-STN-PIK  Wink/being sarcastic


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User currently offlineSevenair From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 1728 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (9 years 9 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 5659 times:

I think they are very similar. Both airlines we can be proud of, and airlines which are a pleasure to fly on. Both offer their 'deli' thing. which usually consists of a sandwich. I believe BA give you it on a tray, whereas BMI give you it in just is wrapper. But thats about it.

User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19243 posts, RR: 52
Reply 12, posted (9 years 9 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 5659 times:

Quoting Gkirk (reply 10):
Im surprised you didnt ask why I wasnt flying FR PIK-STN-PIK


Can't say I'm interested in the airline you fly with.  Smile You can fly with whichever airline you like: you are a grown-up.



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User currently offlineGkirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24960 posts, RR: 56
Reply 13, posted (9 years 9 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 5655 times:

More importantly, what lagers do they sell onboard?  Wink/being sarcastic


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