GKirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 25037 posts, RR: 56 Posted (13 years 10 months 2 weeks ago) and read 1381 times:
Who is your fave UK carrier?? My favourite is bmi British Midland closely followed by Gill Airways and Monarch Airlines. All offer superb service in my opinion and @ Gill, there is a real family feeling onboard there a/c.
When you hear the noise of the Tartan Army Boys, we'll be coming down the road!
Zoomer From Netherlands, joined Dec 2000, 218 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (13 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 1315 times:
For an objective answer to this question one would have to have flown on all British operators to judge which is best. How many of you above have done that? It's the same with all these "your favourite" or "best" questions. I only fly on BA, BD and KLM-UK (if that still qualifies as British) and thus I would choose one of those. I could be doing Monarch, British European and the rest an injustice. Sorry to be a party pooper!
Cedarjet From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 8289 posts, RR: 54
Reply 15, posted (13 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 1309 times:
Haven't flown BA for years but they are pros. I have flown a few times with Virgin on the other hand and they do not feel like pros. There is a wafer-thin facade of good service (PTVs, amenity pack, regular water and OJ runs etc) but their crews seem to be idiots. BA crews are stern and not always supermodels but they know what they're doing. In an emergency I'd hate to be on Virgin. So I'll fly BA for my next few flights where the choice is VS/BA.
Jersey European (now British European - hey, it's BEA!) were always great for a 50 minute flight when I used to go to Belfast a lot.
fly Saha Air 707s daily from Tehran's downtown Mehrabad to Mashhad, Kish Island and Ahwaz
Englandair From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2000, 2228 posts, RR: 3
Reply 17, posted (13 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1302 times:
I'm undecided as to whether bmi british midland are best, or Virgin Atlantic are. They're both superb airlines by my experiences with them, but I can't judge short haul flights against longhaul ones. So I'll just have to fly BD longhaul and VS shorthaul to make up my mind
NG737PSR From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 305 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (13 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1292 times:
As I fly as cabin crew I tend to be quite a critic when I fly, both in terms of what I think is good service and what I think bad. So here goes with the ones I've flown recently and order of preference.
1st place - British European - Just about every flight I've done with them has been consistently good from Gatwick to both Jersey and Belfast, I love flying on the 146 and the crews work incredibly hard and always seem genuinely friendly.
2nd - Buzz - very impressed with a couple of Stansted - Berlin flights on the B737-300, love the range of food and drinks on board and being able to buy a full meal tray if you like. Friendly cabin crew and a good company image, also early on both flights I did with them. Would like to try a 146 flight with them to compare service against the 737s
3rd - British Airways - I do regular flights Gatwick-Manchester/Glasgow with them, they are efficient but seldom come across as genuinely friendly on domestics, I know the flights are short, but a bit more interaction on boarding would not go amiss, they mostly just stand in the cabin and seem not particularly interested in being there.
Have travelled with them on London-Seattle and found the cabin crew friendly on a whole, but those B747-200s really need to go a.s.a.p very tired aircraft indeed.
Generally their World Traveller/Euro Traveller represents good value for money. And I've found most staff I've come into contact with helpful and efficient.
4th - Monarch - have flown with them a couple of times now on their A320s - they have a really good onboard product are safe and reliable, but usually let down by frosty/miserable cabin crew - happy to interact with one another, but quite brusque when dealing with the customers - which is a shame.
As for scratchcards on a scheduled crown service - tacky, tacky, tacky!