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Your Favourite British Airline?  
User currently offlineGKirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24913 posts, RR: 56
Posted (13 years 3 months 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 1255 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.



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User currently offlineGOT From Sweden, joined Dec 2000, 1912 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (13 years 3 months 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 1233 times:

I like BMI and BA. Maybe hard to like both but I do.

GOT



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User currently offlineThom@s From Norway, joined Oct 2000, 11951 posts, RR: 47
Reply 2, posted (13 years 3 months 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 1227 times:

Gill and BA.

Thom@s



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User currently offlinePassenger From Italy, joined May 2011, 1 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (13 years 3 months 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 1221 times:

British Airways

User currently offlineAussiestu From Australia, joined Mar 2001, 780 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (13 years 3 months 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 1220 times:


Both BA and Virgin. Is that a crime?????


User currently offlineBaec777 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 1231 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (13 years 3 months 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 1218 times:

British Airways

Baec777  Smokin cool


User currently offlineGKirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24913 posts, RR: 56
Reply 6, posted (13 years 3 months 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 1215 times:

Loads Of BA (London Airways) fans in here, aint there? Although I ddo admit there service is decent but not great.


When you hear the noise of the Tartan Army Boys, we'll be coming down the road!
User currently offlineSushka From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 4784 posts, RR: 14
Reply 7, posted (13 years 3 months 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 1216 times:

1st. BA
2nd.Virgin Atlantic
3rd. Monarch



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User currently offlineAmerica West From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (13 years 3 months 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 1210 times:

British Airways

User currently offlineOliver From Switzerland, joined Oct 1999, 144 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (13 years 3 months 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 1208 times:

Definitely FlighLine. It's such a bad airline that I begin to like it!

User currently offlineNdebele From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 2899 posts, RR: 23
Reply 10, posted (13 years 3 months 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 1206 times:

1) British Airways
2) Manx
3) Easyjet


User currently offlineSingapore_Air From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 13738 posts, RR: 19
Reply 11, posted (13 years 3 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 1198 times:

1) Virgin Atlantic
2) bmi British Midland
3) Easyjet
4) Buzz
5) Go
6) British Airways



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User currently offlineFlight152 From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 3388 posts, RR: 6
Reply 12, posted (13 years 3 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 1197 times:

British Airways!


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User currently offlineZoomer From Netherlands, joined Dec 2000, 218 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (13 years 3 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 1189 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!

User currently offlineKLM672 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 2433 posts, RR: 3
Reply 14, posted (13 years 3 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 1187 times:

BA
Virgin
GO


User currently offlineCedarjet From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 8060 posts, RR: 54
Reply 15, posted (13 years 3 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 1183 times:

easyJet.

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.



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User currently offlineCapt.Picard From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (13 years 3 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 1179 times:

Zoomer,

You're absolutely right; I guess we should interpret the question as "If you have flown any British airlines, what did you think about the overall service/efficiency etc.?"

Personally, out of the British airlines, I've only ever flown BA and GO.

My family and I have flown BA for many years now, and to be honest, they are a damn reliable airline. Not perfect, but if you want to get there safely and efficiently, BA is the way to go.

Comments above based on comparison with other international airlines.

Rgds,
CP


User currently offlineEnglandair From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2000, 2228 posts, RR: 3
Reply 17, posted (13 years 3 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 1176 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 Big grin

User currently offlineNG737PSR From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 305 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (13 years 3 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 1166 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!


User currently offlineVirginLover From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 958 posts, RR: 14
Reply 19, posted (13 years 3 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 1168 times:

Virgin Atlantic, but of course  Smile

User currently offlineGKirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24913 posts, RR: 56
Reply 20, posted (13 years 3 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 1160 times:

Zoomer, You have a very valid point there.


When you hear the noise of the Tartan Army Boys, we'll be coming down the road!
User currently offlineJetstreamer From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2001, 329 posts, RR: 4
Reply 21, posted (13 years 3 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 1161 times:

Cedarjet,

Just to reassure you that Virgin crew are not "idiots". If you had been through their six week training course you would know that they are more than able to handle any emergency situation.


User currently offlineAir Orange From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (13 years 3 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 1161 times:

Never flow a British airline but I prefer Virgin Atlantic. Their corporate identity is an evergreen and is very well balanced. Very, very good!

User currently offlineDeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8894 posts, RR: 12
Reply 23, posted (13 years 3 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 1157 times:

British Airways is the second best airline in the world (after Delta, of course)

Jeff


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