BHXFAOTIPYYC From Portugal, joined Jun 2005, 1644 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (8 years 6 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 4940 times:
We had the same thing at FAO last year. The first thing I noticed in the summer timetable was 738 as equpiment, which I assumed was a typo until you get the "operated by Excel Airways for GB Airways" message under the reservation. What I do not agree with is that they haven't withdrawn I, D, C, and J classes for sale even though as Richardw correctly suggests, there is no Club class.
Breakfast in BHX, lunch in FAO, dinner in TIP, baggage in YYC.
Thank God for my sake, but what about passengers who have paid extra for a premium service and end up on a charter service? I don't think I'd be happy if I turned up to Gatwick to find that the flight I paid over twice the price for was subbed by a charter flight with 29" seat pitch!
Jmc757 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2000, 1310 posts, RR: 6
Reply 12, posted (8 years 6 months 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 4556 times:
Quoting Raffik (Reply 10): Thank God for my sake, but what about passengers who have paid extra for a premium service and end up on a charter service? I don't think I'd be happy if I turned up to Gatwick to find that the flight I paid over twice the price for was subbed by a charter flight with 29" seat pitch!
Theres a difference to "being subbed by a charter flight" and operated by Excel.
Apparently the 737 will be in BA colours, Excel pilots, GT cabin crew in standard BA uniform, with full GT/BA cabin service. My guess is most people won't even notice. Lxlgy has already said its showing as 10C and 168Y, so as long as they only sell 10C seats it should be fine.
The reason is that A320 G-TTOA had to go back to the leasing company, and the new A321 won't be coming for a couple of months yet.
Raffik From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2006, 1736 posts, RR: 4
Reply 13, posted (8 years 6 months 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 4548 times:
Yes, I remember! It was in the news and everything. I found it hard to blame the pax though. And BA didn't handle the situation well- why they chose that (Spanish?) airline is a wonder because as I remember it was an old 747-200 or similar. Some people had paid £4000 for a Business class seat and ended up with a cruddy seat on an old aircraft.
Shamrock_747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (8 years 6 months 22 hours ago) and read 4453 times:
Quoting Jmc757 (Reply 12): Apparently the 737 will be in BA colours, Excel pilots, GT cabin crew in standard BA uniform, with full GT/BA cabin service. My guess is most people won't even notice. Lxlgy has already said its showing as 10C and 168Y, so as long as they only sell 10C seats it should be fine.
That does sound like a shocking number of seats to fit on a 737, considering BA's 737-436 aircraft have a maximum of 147 seats in an all Y config.
Jetset7E7 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2004, 1090 posts, RR: 14
Reply 18, posted (8 years 6 months 21 hours ago) and read 4346 times:
Just heard from XL operations that the aircraft leased to GB Airways will be G-OXLA when it is leased from Miami Air for summer.
Aircraft livery not known as yet, but may operate in Miami Air hybird like last summer, but without the XL.com tail, not sure about BA titles etc.
Quoting Raffik (Reply 10): what about passengers who have paid extra for a premium service and end up on a charter service?
Why single out BA? It is the same for every other airline. All airlines reserve the right to substitute aircraft, airline, level of services etc under their terms of carriage and conditions. If you paid for First/Club, and the substituted aircraft/airline could not offer these services, they will refund the premium that you paid in your fare. Some passengers would prefer that their flight is operated, albeit by a different airline and aircraft, rather than no flight at all.
I had a friend in US who after a bad experience refused point-blank to fly with CO again. She booked a VS flight direct with Virgin, got issued with a VS ticket that gave a VS flight number and she was as happy as the moon. She arrived at the airport only to find that her "Virgin" flight was being, and always had been operated by CO. She was livid and almost refused to fly. OK, it was a code share but try explaining that to someone with very little knowledge about airlines, code shares etc.
MOL on SRB's latest attack at BA: "It's like a little Chihuahua barking at a dying Labrador. Nobody cares."
: GT has historic ties with Gibralter, more at www.gbairways.com , and has done LGW-GIB for a long time, GT's holding company, The Bland Group, also ow
: It was announced on 20 March and is in co-operation with IB who will also fly the MAD-GIB-MAD sectors. The flights start at LGW as GT does not have a
: GB Airways (a franchisee of BA) have been operating LGW-GIB-LGW traditionally. The new thing is the GIB-MAD-GIB. The whole story began when IB announ
: Thankyou for all your great informative answers!
: Probably get better service with Excel than BA anyway
: Read the thread, it's GB, different airline, fool