Capital146 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2003, 2125 posts, RR: 47 Reply 9, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 2501 times:
Quoting BMIbaby733 (Reply 1): They will run the 737's until they literally fall to pieces!!! (currently held together by duck tape so won't be long
I'm sure that the CAA would have taken action if they were deemed unsafe, which they are not.
Quoting Zkojh (Reply 2): they might have some a321's from the main fleet as bd don't want them
Think these are being returned to the lessors, no chance of WW getting them.
Quoting Voodoo (Reply 4): Thats sort of says it all when a LCC gets cast-offs from a larger competitor
Makes no difference whether their 733's were from EZY or, for example, LH. What matters is how well they have been maintained. Given EZY's excellent punctuality and safety record, this would indicate the aircraft have been kept in good condition. On the matter of aircraft age, also remember EZY took delivery of some of the very final 733's built (around 1998 if I remember correctly), so still very young.
Quoting Antonovman (Reply 5): knowing BMI they will probably buy 2 of every type of aircraft available
WW only operate B737s. Whether it's a -300 or -500 makes little difference apart from the number of seats.
Quoting Orion737 (Reply 6): The 733s and 735s BMIbaby operate are very tatty. The cabins are a real mess, scruffy, worn seats and carpeting etc
From my own experiences with WW, I would actually agree on this point to a degree. A refurb certainly wouldn't go amiss on the the WW aircraft I have flown on, but no need to replace the B737's just yet, a quick spruce up on the inside would do the trick at a fraction of the price of purchasing new aircraft.
Quoting Jmc757 (Reply 8): I'm flying bmiBaby at the end of January, so I will be able to see for myself. Its costing (£/mile) less than the bus into town, and I'm sure it will be a damsite better!!
I'm sure you'll find them totally fine, as I have. In respect of fares, some people have mentioned they are expensive, however my WW experiences to date have been very good indeed, a day return on MAN-ORK-MAN in August this year, for under £35 incl taxes (with a free upgrade to the emergency exit extra-legroom seats once onboard! ) and MAN-GVA-MAN for a skiing holiday a couple of winters ago for just £30 incl taxes! All flights arrived early and were excellent value for money.
ACdreamliner From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 516 posts, RR: 1 Reply 11, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 2319 times:
Quoting Orion737 (Reply 6): The 733s and 735s BMIbaby operate are very tatty. The cabins are a real mess, scruffy, worn seats and carpeting etc.
While I dont question their airworthiness, the impression many passengers gain of BMIbaby may be dubious, considering the dirty exteriors and interiors of those tired 737s.
i've never read a post i disagreed with as much. I love flying baby, and domestically i would NEVER fly anything else domestically in the UK than Baby or BD mainline.
crew are very friendly, seats are comfortable and don't have bum inprints from overuse, like the ones i've had on all 3 of my O2 flights, the flights have always been on time, or more typically early in my experiance. Only just last thursday we were 40 minutes early into EDI from EMA, on WW5193. Left the gate 20mins early and flight time was twenty minutes shorter than billed.
I spoke to the crew on the way out (i was last off being in 24F) and they were saying the only problem is that it was an hour till they had to head home!
They are clean to look at, and i just love the branding! In my opinion, its only a matter of time unfortunatly before it becomes another 'Tango' and gets merged into mainline. Then hopefully the A319's will take the routes...
as it is, BD mainline is becoming baby with bigger prices, so a half way house willbe reached with the BD branding and star connections
BFS From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 736 posts, RR: 2 Reply 12, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 2202 times:
I'm afraid I have to disagree. I fly with WW quite often, and all I can really say is they are ok. Aesthetically, they have improved recently with the blue and pink headrest covers brightening up the drab cabin (ugly early 90s seat fabric!) and the fact that they finally have a real uniform and not the dreadful white t-shirt, red puffa coat combo. But tatty is the word that generally comes to mind, one exception being an aircraft I went on a few weeks ago which was actually very nicely finished for some reason (I got the impression it was ex-BA but I may be wrong). The price to pay for this nice aircraft was a 3 hour delay, and compared with easyJet they do seem to be delayed a lot more often, and certainly more expensive.
All in all, a fine, fairly competent transport company, but nothing special - sadly just like their mother airline as become.
Orion737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 14, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2069 times:
Flown several times on the 735 (Various fleet members) on the EMA-EDI run and EMA-GLA run.
The flights were punctual and reasonably cheap (£70 return avg) the service was typical LCC (satisfactory for a short flight) the aircraft was dirty on the outside and in every case, the cabin was showing signs of age and lack of servicing/refurbishment. Worn seats, Wripped in some cases, stained carpets, dirty overhead bins and wall pannels etc.
I suppose with the short turn around times and intensive flying schedule the tidiness and cleanliness of the cabin is considered unimportant. Maybe so to some, but it does create a negative impression.
Planesarecool From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 4106 posts, RR: 12 Reply 15, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2051 times:
Quoting Orion737 (Reply 14): I suppose with the short turn around times and intensive flying schedule the tidiness and cleanliness of the cabin is considered unimportant
What do you think the cleaners and cabin crew work their butts off for during turnaround? And why on most low cost flights do the cabin crew come around and collect all the rubbish before landing? They make every effort to keep the aircraft clean, and it isn't their fault if a passenger spills their orange juice and stains the carpet, or a baby sh*t's its nappy and goes all over the seat. They can't afford to take an aircraft out of service and refurbish it every time this happens.
Orion737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 16, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 2017 times:
I never knew no-frills airlines employed cleaners during turnarounds. I thought they did away with cleaners and instead engaged the cabin staff in collecting rubbish etc during the turnaround. I think this is the problem, the cabin staff are unwilling/unable in the short time they have to vacum the aircraft, as cleaners would do during turnaround. This results in a scruffy cabin environment, particularly on late evening flights when the aircraft has done several trips and without a hoovering.
Planesarecool From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 4106 posts, RR: 12 Reply 18, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 1979 times:
Quoting Orion737 (Reply 16): This results in a scruffy cabin environment, particularly on late evening flights when the aircraft has done several trips and without a hoovering.
Its only one example, but last sunday, i flew a Ryanair B737-200 from Bristol-Dublin on its 10th (!!) flight of the day (After flying Dublin-Girona-Dublin-Bristol-Dublin-East Midlands-Dublin-Leeds/Bradford-Dublin-Bristol), and other than the slight scruffiness of the plane which was taken out of service two or three days later, it wasn't untidy at all.