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User currently offlineRaffik From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2006, 1718 posts, RR: 4
Posted (8 years 7 months 20 hours ago) and read 3888 times:

I am booked on BA1395 MAN-LHR with a 13:35 departure from Manchester, and on my booking, it says that a "Snack" will be served. I am not expecting alot on a 40 minute domestic flight, but what exactly should I be expecting? Will there be a full beverage service- sandwich or just pretzels?

A friend flew NCL-LHR on a 13:30 (approx) flight and said she got a packet of crisps!

Thanks in advance


Happy -go- lucky kinda guy!
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User currently offlineConcorde001 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 1230 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (8 years 7 months 20 hours ago) and read 3888 times:

On morning services and evening services, a hot sandwich or hot snack is served to all passengers. On the midday or afternoon flights you will be served a packet of crisps and some beverages!

User currently offlineDemoose From Canada, joined Mar 2001, 1952 posts, RR: 23
Reply 2, posted (8 years 7 months 20 hours ago) and read 3876 times:

Flew BA MAN-LHR in March, outbound was a 08:30 departure, and was served a slightly warmed panini, with choice of tea, coffee, orange juice and water. I returned on LHR-MAN at 19:00 and was served a sandwich with full complimentary bar. It's nothing to write home about really, not at all as good as the full english breakfast I got served last year on MAN - LGW with BA.

Mark



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User currently offlinePlanesarecool From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 4124 posts, RR: 11
Reply 3, posted (8 years 7 months 20 hours ago) and read 3872 times:

Quoting Concorde001 (Reply 1):
On the midday or afternoon flights you will be served a packet of crisps and some beverages!

When did this come into affect? I flew a 12:50 LGW-MAN flight in December and got a tortilla wrap, which was very tasty indeed. I'm flying LGW-MAN next week on a 10:45 departure, will i just get a packet of crisps on this flight?


User currently offlineFeroze From India, joined exactly 10 years ago today! , 794 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (8 years 7 months 20 hours ago) and read 3861 times:

Quoting Planesarecool (Reply 3):
When did this come into affect? I flew a 12:50 LGW-MAN flight in December and got a tortilla wrap, which was very tasty indeed. I'm flying LGW-MAN next week on a 10:45 departure, will i just get a packet of crisps on this flight?

Perhaps LGW and LHR have different catering policies(?)


User currently offlineConcorde001 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 1230 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (8 years 7 months 20 hours ago) and read 3861 times:

Quoting Planesarecool (Reply 3):

I'm not too sure about flights from LGW, but from LHR BA had been trialing crisps on midday, afternoon flights and then decided some months ago (some time in late 2005 I think) to implement such a catering policy on flights under an hour, with the exception of early morning and late evening flights where frequent flyers valued a hot snack.


User currently offlineRaffik From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2006, 1718 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (8 years 7 months 20 hours ago) and read 3844 times:

Quoting Concorde001 (Reply 1):
On the midday or afternoon flights you will be served a packet of crisps and some beverages!

That doesn't sound particularly fair! They serve a hot breakfast in the moring and a hot dinner in the evening, then surely they can offer something inbetween to midday travellers- a sandwich atleast! Oh well, I guess I'll just have to grab something at the airport.



Happy -go- lucky kinda guy!
User currently offlineCarduelis From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2001, 1586 posts, RR: 10
Reply 7, posted (8 years 7 months 19 hours ago) and read 3802 times:

Quoting Raffik (Reply 6):
They serve a hot breakfast in the moring and a hot dinner in the evening

It is not possible to serve a hot meal LHR MAN due to the time in the cruise - I actually did the journey once in 27 minutes take off to landing.

You will always get a full bar service on the flights, together with tea, coffee, juices, etc. The last time I did the flight I had a warm panini in each direction.

MAN LGW being a slightly longer flight does allow for hot food to be served.

All in all you should be very impressed at what the crew can actually do in the very brief cruise time. It is far superior to what some American Domestic so called First Class get!



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User currently offlineStarGoldLHR From Heard and McDonald Islands, joined Feb 2004, 1529 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (8 years 7 months 7 hours ago) and read 3685 times:

Quoting Carduelis (Reply 7):
It is not possible to serve a hot meal LHR MAN due to the time in the cruise - I actually did the journey once in 27 minutes take off to landing

Not True.

Back in the days when BMI was a full service airline flying an fully loaded F100 from LHR to MAN.. the stewardesses would be pushing a trolley up the centre of the plane as the plane climbed... rapidly serving a meal over Coventry before pushing that same trolley up hill again as the plane descended into MAN.

Breakfast would be Sausage, Bacon, Scrambled Egg and Beans with a muffin.

Lunch was a simple prawn cocktail and smoked salmon with bearnaise sauce, pieces of fruit and a breadroll

Dinner could be a piece of roast chicken with mashed potatos gravy and asparagus.

At this time the air fare WAS £50 including taxes RETURN, upto £120 in business and you got 1000 airmiles for the roundtrip regardless of fare and lounge access thrown in.
Finally a newspaper was waiting for you as you boarded.

How times change... now it's an empty A320, pay for yesterdays wrapped dry sandwich (assuming they havent sold /thrown it out already and the uy in 20A hasnt already bought it) £60 is a "bargain" fare and no airmiles at all and first class is £200.

Oh and.. those good old days... 2002 !



So far in 2008 45 flights and Gold already. JFK, IAD, LGA, SIN, HKG, NRT, AKL, PPT, LAX still to book ! Home Airport LCY
User currently offlineRaffik From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2006, 1718 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (8 years 7 months 6 hours ago) and read 3649 times:

Why bother with the food at all- a packet of crisps is midly insulting- they should either provide a sandwich - fairly easy and quick to distribute, or just offer a free beverage service. So there's absolutely no chance of recieving anything other than a packet of crisps on my flight?


Happy -go- lucky kinda guy!
User currently offlineLGWspeedbird From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2005, 459 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (8 years 7 months 6 hours ago) and read 3632 times:

Quoting Feroze (Reply 4):
Perhaps LGW and LHR have different catering policies(?)

We are catered by different companies, Alpha flight services at LGW and Gate Gourmet at LHR. Thats why LGW was not affected by the catering strike.

LGWspeedbird



upcoming flights LHR-LAX-HNL-SFO-LHR
User currently offlineHS748 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (8 years 7 months 4 hours ago) and read 3571 times:

Quoting Concorde001 (Reply 1):
On the midday or afternoon flights you will be served a packet of crisps and some beverages!

To be more precise, a packet of crisps and one beverage! This is BA's idea of full service.


User currently offlineFlyCaledonian From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 2103 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (8 years 7 months 3 hours ago) and read 3540 times:

For f***s sake, it's probably BA's shortest scheduled flight from LHR and people posting on here are talking like they should get a three course meal! Having flown 10 1/2 hours with CO EWR-HNL and got a salad and a bag of pretzels for that I think BA shorthaul catering is pretty good. The vast majority of passengers probably don't want something to eat mid morning or afternoon. Think I'm kidding? I've been on many short flights where people won't bother with the food because flight so short and time of day. I value BA as a full service airline, but if they can remove excessive costs by not providing meals where people don't want them and keep fares lower so much the better. It seems some people on this site demand as their god given right a meal because they've paid for it! Get a grip, it's not the golden days of flying anymore and the realities are here. Oh, and both BA and bmi are hurting on the LHR-MAN route due to Virgin Trains taking a greater market share with regular half service at just over 2 hours. Again, another reason to reign in costs.


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User currently offlineLuv2fly From United States of America, joined May 2003, 12150 posts, RR: 49
Reply 13, posted (8 years 7 months 2 hours ago) and read 3488 times:

Wow even what they have down graded the catering service to, is more than we ever got here in the States. I was on a Comair flight once from CVG to DTW the plane only seats 50 pax, the load was less than half and the lone FA said that due to the short length of time she was unable to even offer a beverage service on this flight! Now years ago when I flew DL mainline from DTW to CVG they did a complete beverage service on a 727. There is no service in this so called service industry!


You can cut the irony with a knife
User currently offlineMyt332 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 9112 posts, RR: 70
Reply 14, posted (8 years 7 months 2 hours ago) and read 3471 times:

MAN-LHR


BA1383 27MAR06 - 27OCT06 - 0600 dep
BA1385 10MAY06 - 27OCT06 - 0725 dep
BA1387 26MAR06 - 27OCT06 - 0820 dep

Are all listed as HX which is a Hot Baguette.


BA1389 27MAR06 - 28OCT06 - 1000 dep
BA1391 28MAR06 - 27OCT06 - 1115 dep

Are all listed as RB which is Refreshment and Beverage, aka a muesli bar these days. (Well it was both times I flew with an RB catering code this month to or from MAN.)


BA1395 27MAR06 - 28OCT06 - 1330 dep

Listed as DB which is Delibag / Box aka a sandwich, breakaway biscuit and a small plastic water.


BA1399 26MAR06 - 27OCT O6 - 1530 dep

Is listed as RB which is Refreshment and Beverage again. The crap one.


BA1403 27MAR06 - 27OCT06 - 1710 dep
BA1405 28MAR06 - 27OCT06 - 1825 dep
BA1407 27MAR06 - 27OCT06 - 1920 dep


Are all listed as DB which is the Delibox again which isn't too bad as I've said.

There may be some discrepancies there but it's official and correct to my knowledge.

Also don't forget that as far as my morals go, from BA1391 you're allowed to have something alcoholic from the bar!



One Life, Live it.
User currently offlineLotsatLHR From United Kingdom, joined May 2006, 43 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (8 years 7 months 1 hour ago) and read 3414 times:

Quoting StarGoldLHR (Reply 8):
Not True.

Back in the days when BMI was a full service airline flying an fully loaded F100 from LHR to MAN.. the stewardesses would be pushing a trolley up the centre of the plane as the plane climbed... rapidly serving a meal over Coventry before pushing that same trolley up hill again as the plane descended into MAN.

Breakfast would be Sausage, Bacon, Scrambled Egg and Beans with a muffin.

Lunch was a simple prawn cocktail and smoked salmon with bearnaise sauce, pieces of fruit and a breadroll

Dinner could be a piece of roast chicken with mashed potatos gravy and asparagus.

At this time the air fare WAS £50 including taxes RETURN, upto £120 in business and you got 1000 airmiles for the roundtrip regardless of fare and lounge access thrown in.
Finally a newspaper was waiting for you as you boarded.

How times change... now it's an empty A320, pay for yesterdays wrapped dry sandwich (assuming they havent sold /thrown it out already and the uy in 20A hasnt already bought it) £60 is a "bargain" fare and no airmiles at all and first class is £200.

Oh and.. those good old days... 2002 !

Kudos to you, sir!



ta-ta-for-now!
User currently offlineCarduelis From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2001, 1586 posts, RR: 10
Reply 16, posted (8 years 7 months 1 hour ago) and read 3404 times:

Quoting StarGoldLHR (Reply 8):
Not True.

Back in the days when BMI was a full service airline flying an fully loaded F100 from LHR to MAN.

I was following the subject headline of BA MANLHR. It is not possible to serve a hot meal, BA style, in the time mentioned. Believe me, I was in BA Catering for several years!

Obviously BMI found that it could not be done in any proper style, so they amended their service.

Recently, I flew from HNL to ORD on AA and had to pay $5 for something wrapped in something else! UGH! Plus $5 for a drink.

I then continued to LHR and was served a mini pizza which was impossible to eat due to being so hard the plastic knofe and fork could not make any impression on it! All in all my approx 16 hours on AA was crap!

What BA provide, any time of the day MANLHR is still far superior to what I endured HNL ORD LHR, and as previously stated, it is more than what you get on US domestic First Class. Also BA do not charge for drinks! Or headsets!



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User currently offlineHighpeaklad From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2004, 538 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (8 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 3332 times:

If I was BA I'd scrap any sort of service at all. I feel so sorry for the cabin crew on these flights, it must be the equivalent of the 100metres in athletics - fast as you can out of the blocks, give it all you can, then collapse exhausted. You can see the determination in their eyes, leaping out of their seats as soon as the aircraft has rotated (or so it seems), charging down the aisle with the trolley, followed by a very brisk, and by sometimes by necessity brusque service, quick refuse collection and they're down!
I've never had a flight over 30 minutes, so hats off to all of you and your hard work!

Chris



Don't try to keep up with the Joneses - bring them down to your level !
User currently offlineMyt332 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 9112 posts, RR: 70
Reply 18, posted (8 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 3326 times:

Quoting Highpeaklad (Reply 17):
I feel so sorry for the cabin crew on these flights

Why though? Working for BA isn't conscription!



One Life, Live it.
User currently offlinePlanesarecool From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 4124 posts, RR: 11
Reply 19, posted (8 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 3317 times:

Quoting Myt332 (Reply 14):

Do you have the catering information for the Gatwick flights - specifically for BA2906?


User currently offlineHighpeaklad From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2004, 538 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (8 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 3310 times:

Quoting Myt332 (Reply 18):
Why though? Working for BA isn't conscription

No, but its like drawing the short straw at work. You working your balls off to a tight deadline while you know colleagues are having tons more time to do the same sort of job.

Still you get to fly and be paid so it can't be that bad  Smile

Chris



Don't try to keep up with the Joneses - bring them down to your level !
User currently offlineSpeedbirdie From United Kingdom, joined May 2006, 926 posts, RR: 52
Reply 21, posted (8 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 3301 times:

Quoting Highpeaklad (Reply 20):

Drawing the Short straw??
I much prefer doing a quick MAN to anything else to be honest! 30 Minute flight each way, service is done quickly and there is no time to hang about! Love it!



Never give up..
User currently offlineHighpeaklad From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2004, 538 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (8 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 3290 times:

That's what I like to see, someone who loves their work. Can't argue with someone who actually does the job.

Hope to see you on my next flight (August 5 10.00 MAN- LHR) if you're flying

Chris



Don't try to keep up with the Joneses - bring them down to your level !
User currently offlineMyt332 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 9112 posts, RR: 70
Reply 23, posted (8 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 3288 times:

Fresh from an intranet in the know.


BA2906 30MAR06 - 27OCT06 - dep 1045


The code is coming up as RB Refreshment and Beverage. I'm not sure what that translates as ex LGW however. It's probably the same but you never know, different caterers so perhaps a slightly different meal?

Hope that helps.



One Life, Live it.
User currently offlineRaffik From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2006, 1718 posts, RR: 4
Reply 24, posted (8 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 3242 times:

Quoting Myt332 (Reply 14):
BA1395 27MAR06 - 28OCT06 - 1330 dep

Listed as DB which is Delibag / Box aka a sandwich, breakaway biscuit and a small plastic water.

Excellent- I look forward to that! They served a Delibag as a second meal on my LHR-JFK flight last year, so I'm guessing it's something like that?

I hear what people are saying about providing a meal service on a short sector, but what we need to remember is that BA is a full service airline, and people expect drinks and a snack, even on a short flight like this one. I flew Beirut-Damascus with JAT and they managed to do a juice run on a 20 minute service on a 737-300...

I will let you know what is served after I return on thursday.



Happy -go- lucky kinda guy!
25 Post contains images A340600 : Make the most of it, the hot breakfast is still going until July (I think) ex LGW, though this could have changed already, this is the service i'm un
26 Raffik : Just to let you know that I took this flight today and I was served a egg mayo sandwich with wholemeal bread, a Breakaway chocolate/Biscuit, chilled w
27 Shamrock_747 : Your favourite tipple from the bar served with a bag of seeds. Seriously!
28 StarGoldLHR : Ive got to admit... With airlines, if you pay for it on a "true" LCC or fly BA... the food offering is generally better than the other full service an
29 Cedars747 : I wish i could say the same to Sas Braathens,nothing free at all on 1hour 50 minutes flight from TOS to OSL"it's a shame"! Alex!!!
30 Myt332 : That's the best you can expect on UK domestic other than the hot breakfast! Not bad really. What, vodka and sugar? Oh wait, that's bmi! I have to say
31 R44flyer : I flew the BA LHR-EDI route last weekend and was pleasantly surprised. Sure on the way up it was mid morning on an A320 which meant the usual Egg Mayo
32 Post contains links Feroze : Found this on the BA website: http://askba-questions.custhelp.com/..._created=1140516481&p_sp=undefined Domestic flights from London Heathrow Time Abe
33 DavidT : To be honest, a warm panini on a 35 minute flight is more than enough! Considering when I flew UA SFO-SEA I only got a drink and some pretzels for a 2
34 Kaddyuk : British Airways are generally Excellent on this route. I'm a regular traveller (At least once every other month) between London and Manchester and i'l
35 Post contains images Speedbirdie : Ah, you must have been on the same flight as my father that day then
36 Edina : Full Breakfast served on GLA/ABZ/EDI & Paninis on NCL/MAN up to 0959.
37 Raffik : I was in seat 17A - the flight was very full- I could see why they deployed the 757 on this flight. I was surprised at the number of BA cabin crew an
38 Carduelis : They are not re-positioning, they are commuting to LHR from their homes in Manchester, generally on standby tickets. You will also see a lot of red-c
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