Candid76 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 748 posts, RR: 4 Posted (9 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 3789 times:
I've just returned from a trip to the Caribbean which turned out to be something of an adventure! A hydraulic problem with 9Y-JIL on leaving Bridgetown last Saturday night led to a two day unscheduled stay in Port of Spain, involving the most unbelievable catalogue of incompetence, excuses and disorganisation I've ever seen! Eventually we were sent back to Manchester via LHR two days later after BWIA claimed they didn't have enough money to subcharter.
A full report will be posted in Trip Reports as soon as I get the chance, maybe next week, believe me it will be well worth a look!
Ahhh...WestIndian! I see they are still up to their old tricks. Better Walk If Able is famous for doing that.
Long time ago they called massive delays 'rescheduling' and if the poor passengers didn't have a contact number in the pnr, they had to endure what you went through. It was no fun being an agent for WestIndian. We'd be sitting around waiting for the departure script to show up and then you'd hear the printer going crazy! That was a sign of 'rescheduling'. At least this happened at Piaco where they can (sometimes do something). When the break down happens in another station like UVF/BGI/ANU you gotta wait for the part to be flown in. I got so many stories about BWEE that would make your eyes fall out.
Seems like the 'BUS' is starting to having issues just as my dear L1011's had. Imagine you are racing down the runway, almost to rotation and the b*tch comes to a grinding halt, the seat belt cuts into your skin and you bounce around like lottery ball! El captain said it was 'a hydraulic issue'.
Turk223 From Barbados, joined Aug 2003, 404 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (9 years 3 months 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 2974 times:
I worked with BW at BGI from '88 until '93. The stories I could tell you... I remember BW609 was an overnight YYZ-BGI-POS service arriving at BGI at around 4:30 AM - would often overfly BGI and go direct to POS supposedly due to maintenance. We would joke that the Trini (Trinidadian) crew just wanted to get home sooner! Of course, the passengers in BGI traveling to POS to connect to GEO, TAB, and AUA weren't too happy... neither were the BGI staff.
2 and 3 day delays were not "rare occurrences" - I can remember more than 5. It was tough to work with BW becuase as West Indians, we all had some pride in working for BeeWee - being around since 1940 means that most of us grew up with some BeeWee experiences either with family visiting from abroad or traveling with BeeWee.
I used to defend BW a bit - the service could be very good (at least before IFE and flat first class seating came around) and I've been on many on-time fights with excellent service. But, the bad ones are talked about more often!
My humble opinion? It's time for BeeWee to "retire". It's a financial drain on the government and "brand loyalty" isn't as great as before... People fly the cheapest and don't base airline choice on whether or not it's patriotic much. I've tried many times to fly home (to BGI) on BW but always find better fares on US, AA, AC, and now DL. LIAT could pick up the airbridge service between TAB and POS and otherwise other carriers could pick up the slack in N. America and Europe services. I'd like to see LI become stronger and consider regional jets for longer routes and even expand out to KIN or MBJ (like back in the 70s).
BW just can't compete with the big "foreign" carriers by offering poor service (more often than not according to reports), unreliable operations, no stong alliances, and NO MONEY. POS really can't become a hub for S. American routes as is discussed because Copa seems to have that wrapped up. Also, they're good at what they do!*
*backing from CO helps too...
BW is best remembered as a part of West Indian history that served our nations well. I don't think they can carry out that role any longer...
WestIndian425 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 1024 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (9 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 2845 times:
This is sad news indeed, and it looks like history repeating itself. We know the definition of insanity is to continue doing the same things and expect a different result. BWIA needs to either work very hard to restructure quickly (and cut that pride thing out -- seek outside help if necessary), or the wonderful government of T&T should just squash and start over.
Quoting Turk223 (Reply 11): My humble opinion? It's time for BeeWee to "retire". It's a financial drain on the government and "brand loyalty" isn't as great as before...
I totally agree. I feel the same way, as I've grown up flying BWIA JFK-POS/UVF/BGI/GND.
Perhaps it's not as serious as we think, but it certainly is not going well right now. As for alliances, I wonder how the agreement with UA is working.
God did not create aircraft pilots to be on the ground
Turk223 From Barbados, joined Aug 2003, 404 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 2571 times:
I think the ARN flights (BW982/983) ended in '94? I remember is was northbound on Tuesdays and southbound on Wednesdays - I think the routing was POS-TAB-BGI-ARN for 982 and the reverse for 983...
In the early '90s, BeeWee had quite a few European cities being served: LHR, FRA, MUC, CGN, ZRH, and ARN - now it's just LHR and MAN (GLA and BFS - ended VERY quickly recently)... I guess the money wasn't there from the continental Europe flights - the majority of the passengers used IT fares and service was mainly once a week except for LHR (FRA might have been twice a week at one time).