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British Airways A318 : Question  
User currently offlinetiktokjake From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2009, 124 posts, RR: 0
Posted (3 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 10931 times:

Hello Everyone,

Just thinking about flying on the BA 318 soon and was wondering a few things that hopefully some of you will know.

1 ) As its portable media devices how do they display the safety video. Do their A318's have flip down screens like the rest of BA's 320 fleet?

2 ) Is a moving map displayed during the flight at all?

3 ) Is there a lounge at LCY?

4 ) Do you think its worth trying something new, as i feel its a safer bet flying BA CLUB from LHR?

Thanks guys  

Me.

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User currently offlineAPYu From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2007, 834 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (3 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 10830 times:

Do the A318 - If only for the extra Tier Points you get on that service.

I cant answer all your questions but from what Ive read elsewhere there is no moving map, there is a small gate lounge at gate 24 at LCY (remembering LCY is not an airport anyone turns up at hours before a flight unlike LHR. BA001 and BA002 require only a 20 minute check in

Would your choice really be affected by the method of showing the SEP demo?? I would imagine its a manual demo as I would find it had to imagine how putting screens on a plane for the sole purpose of the safety demo could possibly be justified.



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User currently offlinetiktokjake From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2009, 124 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (3 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 10362 times:

No, but it probably would be by a moving map. The trouble is that there are hardly ANY videos of BA's 318's online!!

User currently offlineCHRISBA777ER From UK - England, joined Mar 2001, 5964 posts, RR: 62
Reply 3, posted (3 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 10169 times:

13-15 year olds flying to New York on business?

What is the world coming to?  



What do you mean you dont have any bourbon? Do you know how far it is to Houston? What kind of airline is this???
User currently offlineVasu From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 3861 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (3 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 10081 times:

I'd say do it... don't worry too much about the moving map (As its a small plane with premium service aim, perhaps the crew/pilot could give you a few updates about your location if you ask?)

User currently offlinetiktokjake From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2009, 124 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (3 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 9985 times:

Quoting CHRISBA777ER (Reply 3):
13-15 year olds flying to New York on business?

What is the world coming to?  

Thats what my nan says ahah. But my lovely mum I guess works very hard. 


User currently offlineEGCC777LR From Australia, joined Oct 2006, 162 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (3 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 9933 times:
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Quoting CHRISBA777ER (Reply 3):
13-15 year olds flying to New York on business?

What is the world coming to?  

  

Fantastic comment Chris, I was just going to add you to my RR list...... then I remembered I'd done that ages ago  


quote=tiktokjake,reply=0]1 ) As its portable media devices how do they display the safety video. Do their A318's have flip down screens like the rest of BA's 320 fleet?
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Presumably as this is all Business class they will have personal IFE screens to diplay this info.

http://www.airliners.net/photo/Briti...rways/Boeing-777-236-ER/1467032/L/

[Edited 2010-08-18 10:57:07]


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User currently offlinejj8080 From Brazil, joined Aug 2008, 932 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (3 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 9816 times:

This pic just added to the DB may help you:

http://www.airliners.net/photo/Briti...ways/Airbus-A318-112-CJ/1762770/L/

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User currently offlineFlyCaledonian From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 2072 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (3 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 9696 times:

Quoting tiktokjake (Thread starter):
1 ) As its portable media devices how do they display the safety video. Do their A318's have flip down screens like the rest of BA's 320 fleet?

There is no safety demonstration video. Two of the cabin crew do a manual demonstration whilst the third member does the PA explaining everything.

There are no drop down screens on the BA A318s.

Quoting tiktokjake (Thread starter):
2 ) Is a moving map displayed during the flight at all?

No, there is no moving map.

Quoting tiktokjake (Thread starter):
3 ) Is there a lounge at LCY?

As has been said, there is a small lounge at the gate where you can get tea, coffee, soft drinks and some snacks. The airport itself is quite nice. When I flew on BA001 last year there was even a dedicated customs/security lane for the flight.

Quoting tiktokjake (Thread starter):
4 ) Do you think its worth trying something new, as i feel its a safer bet flying BA CLUB from LHR?

Try something new. You get to experience the take-off at LCY on the A318, and the inflight service is very personalised due to the fact there are three crew for a maximum of 32 passengers. The seats are very comfortable, and the portable media device was easy to use and more than adequate. The Shannon stop was also done very efficiently, and it was very quick on arrival at JFK being able to walk round to the domestic baggage claim and just get my bag and go.

I did the flight westbound. I'm not sure I'd do it eastbound, as it'd literally be on the plane, lights dimmed and sleep.



Let's Go British Caledonian!
User currently offlineBA174 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2009, 754 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (3 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 9672 times:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8E-nR4uU3Q

This mini doc gives a great look over the whole service ( in three parts)


User currently offlineVasu From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 3861 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (3 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 9612 times:

Is there onboard internet? If there is, you could use a laptop or something to track the flight!

User currently offlineflyerboy1990 From United States of America, joined Jul 2010, 177 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (3 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 9207 times:

So you are a bit young to take this flight! I took a 4-flight daytrip and one leg was from DCA to LGA and I felt a bit uncomfortable being so young in jeans and a sweater. EVERYONE had suits and blackberries and laptops! I know this isn't as exclusive as the BA A318, but this is how it will be.

Anyway, enjoy all the little luxuries of the service, on the ground and in the air!



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User currently offlineAesma From France, joined Nov 2009, 6539 posts, RR: 9
Reply 12, posted (3 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 7624 times:

Is there UM service on this flight ? 

PS : I'm jealous !



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User currently offlineSSTsomeday From Canada, joined Oct 2006, 1276 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (3 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 7374 times:

Quoting FlyCaledonian (Reply 8):
The seats are very comfortable, and the portable media device was easy to use and more than adequate.

Just out of interest, why do they use these portable devices instead of a regular business class seat with the IFE pulled out of the armrest or on the back of the seat in front?



I come in peace
User currently onlineBoof From Australia, joined Apr 2008, 173 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (3 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 6424 times:

Quoting SSTsomeday (Reply 13):
Just out of interest, why do they use these portable devices instead of a regular business class seat with the IFE pulled out of the armrest or on the back of the seat in front?

I think it is due to weight. IFE cables etc weigh heaps and as the A318 isn't really built for those big business class seats they stripped a lot of the non essential stuff out of them. Even though there are only 32 seats the IFE cables would be significant. For the length of the flight the media players would be fine, also the service is aimed at business travellers so you are either working, eating or sleeping, if you want to watch a flick the digiplayer will do the job.

By the way I'm also jealous as that is one flight I've really got my mind set on trying one day.



If only B6 flew in Australia...
User currently offlineoffloaded From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2009, 871 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (3 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 4941 times:

As all of your questions have been answered in full I can't add any additional info, but having done this flight myself last November and enjoyed the experience and novelty of it, I would recommend you go for it.


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User currently offlineSSTsomeday From Canada, joined Oct 2006, 1276 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (3 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 3788 times:

Quoting Boof (Reply 14):
By the way I'm also jealous as that is one flight I've really got my mind set on trying one day.

I suppose the 757 can't fly out of London City, right?

I think if they could get rid of the Ireland stop and have an expedited immigration lane in New York, they could easily double their passengers on this route.

Does London City have restrictions in addition to runway length, such as noise abatement or A/C type?

Quoting Boof (Reply 14):
I think it is due to weight. IFE cables etc weigh heaps and as the A318 isn't really built for those big business class seats they stripped a lot of the non essential stuff out of them.

Ahh. Makes sense.



I come in peace
User currently offlineJER757 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2006, 350 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (3 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 3634 times:

Quoting SSTsomeday (Reply 16):
Does London City have restrictions in addition to runway length, such as noise abatement or A/C type?

Yes. The runway is LCY is extremely short, hence the A318 is has a severely restricted TOW. This is the main reason they stop in SNN (ie to take on more fuel). They just happen to utilise the SNN by doing customs/immigration there.

BA have said if they could operate LCY-JFK non-stop they would do so. However they're making the best of the necessity of the fuel stop in SNN. Most reports you hear are glowing - seems to be paying off!



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User currently offlineAV8AJET From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1334 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (3 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 3581 times:

Are you able to ZED fare on this flight?


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User currently offlineAPYu From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2007, 834 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (3 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 3369 times:

Quoting FlyCaledonian (Reply 8):
I did the flight westbound. I'm not sure I'd do it eastbound, as it'd literally be on the plane, lights dimmed and sleep

I believe they have introduced a meal service on the Eastbound now based on customer feedback.



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User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8509 posts, RR: 55
Reply 20, posted (3 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 3271 times:
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I'm on BA001 next month, really looking forward to the experience.

I'll post a TR upon my return.



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User currently offlineLHR380 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (3 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 3264 times:

Quoting AV8AJET (Reply 18):
Are you able to ZED fare on this flight?

No  


User currently offlineAV8AJET From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1334 posts, RR: 1
Reply 22, posted (3 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3171 times:

Quoting LHR380 (Reply 21):
No

That's a shame!!!



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User currently offlineskipness1E From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2007, 3199 posts, RR: 1
Reply 23, posted (3 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 3086 times:

I think that they really need the higher fares to fill the cabin on this one. It's a very niche operatoin and having flown through LCY, it's great from a passenger standpoint but you don't need to spend several grand on an A318 to the West of Ireland to experience the impressive departure on a jet from the short runway and the view over the Wharf. Save your money mate and try a BA ERJ-190 instead. Really......

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