Kangar From Ireland, joined Feb 2000, 395 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (15 years 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 2354 times:
BA is not too bad, their service is not class leading, but by no means the worst either. Their reputation lies in being a good solid airline, with an excellent name for safety. Some south east asian majors receive all the plaudits for their service, but their safety ethos leave a lot to be desired.
Aussiestu From Australia, joined Mar 2001, 780 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (15 years 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 2333 times:
No BA is not bad. And despite what people on here say they do look after their economy pax as well. Its the same seat pitch as most majors and you get PTVs on a lot of aircraft. No not every aircraft has them but then they do have rather a lot of aircraft to fit out and this cannot all be done in a single night. The premium pax. gets a lot but they also pay a lot. BA has some of the highest airfares in the world and when you pay big money you expect good things.
The crews are good and safety wise they are better than a lot of carriers around. Most people who badmouth BA tend to be those who have had problems with BA before and so seek revenge on here. But then most of us who travel have had bad experiences with an airline at some stage and so the ideal thing is to just not travel with that airline again. Yes air your views on here once but then leave it!!!!!
ContinentalEWR From United States of America, joined May 2000, 3762 posts, RR: 12
Reply 7, posted (15 years 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 2288 times:
BA is overall, a very good, reliable, and competitive airline. It does a very good job of looking after the
business traveller, the bread and butter of its, and
most major airlines' business however I have found
service in the main cabin very good overall. The
cabin crew are generally pleasant, efficient, and
the route structure is phenomenal.
777kicksass From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2000, 668 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (15 years 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 2278 times:
I had a great flight with them (LHR - Nice, France) and we were in a half empty 763 and the ecomony seats were leather and had loads of room!! They had to be pretty similar to buisness class!! I also got to sit in the jump seat for landing at LHR which was nice! The staff were very nice.
They are a very good example and a good flag carrier!
Richardw From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 3841 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (15 years 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 2252 times:
The trip to Lisbon was probably a GB Airways flight in BA colours, and yes it is good.
The problem with BA and other large airlines is the inconsistency in the aircraft. If you fly out on a newish 747 400 with pTV and back on an older 747 without pTV then you are going to be disappointed.
Pick an airline with the type of aircraft you prefer is the simple answer.
BY291A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (15 years 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 2244 times:
For such a massive airline, I think it has to be expected that BA will have to swap aircraft in order to best utilise aircraft on the routes where they are needed. I don't know if you live in the UK, but if you do, then you will have seen BA's television advert where they give a list of destinations where there new first class is available. They only have a certain number of aircraft fitted out with it at the moment, and they have to make sure that the aircraft with the new first class are put on the routes advertised as having new first class. You may be lucky and have a brand new 747 going spare on that day, and you might not be so lucky another day, but unfortunately that is just the way it works.
Also, if BA319 went to Lisbon from LHR as he seems to imply then it wasn't a GB Airways aircraft in BA colours, but a British Airways mainstream fleet aircraft, namely an Airbus A320 aircraft (BA 500/502) or a Boeing 757-200 aircraft (BA 496/504). If he was travelling to/from Gatwick, then yes he probably would have been flying with GB airways, but the service is very similar.
BA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11200 posts, RR: 57
Reply 13, posted (15 years 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 2238 times:
No way! BA is the best!
Okay, I'll be serious now,
BA isn't a bad airline at all. Although I must say, there economy class is nothing like KLM's or Lufhansa's, overall BA is a good airline. There staff is quite nice, especially the ticketing staff (at least in my experience). During the past 3 years, all I have been traveling on to cross the Atlantic is BA. However, this summer I'll be flying on LH.
"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need." - Khalil Gibran
AndyEastMids From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 1107 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (15 years 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 2224 times:
I've flown BA quite a bit, but where ever there is a choice I avoid them. Every time I have flown with them, something has gone wrong or at least not been quite right. OK, so other carriers are not perfect either, but with BA things not being right seems to be a habbit.
I shall site the example which finally made me decide to avoid BA whenever possible:
On a full 757 from Madrid to Heathrow one Friday afternoon late last year, I was in the back row of Club Europe (business class). When the crew FINALLY got to serving a drink, the chief steward said "Sorry sir, we've only got plastic glasses left. That's very British Midland, I know, but I hope you don't mind"
Now I didn't mind the plastic glass at all. However, its all very well providing c**p service, but suggesting such c**p service is on a par with the competition is beyond belief. I've flown BD or IB LHR-MAD since.
BTW: I told that guy I was a gold card holder with BD (which I was), that I used to work for BD for nine years (which I did), that I'd made a note of his name (which I also did) and that I'd pass his comments on. I think he got a bit of a shock!