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British Airways Voted UK's Favourite  
User currently offlinekdhurst380 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2010, 191 posts, RR: 0
Posted (3 years 1 week 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 4425 times:

http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/...ys-tops-airlines-poll-2372260.html

1. British Airways
2. Virgin Atlantic
2. Thomson Airways
4. easyJet
5. Emirates
6. Thomas Cook Airlines
7. Singapore Airlines
8. Monarch
9. Ryanair
10. Qantas & American.

These are apparently the Brits' favourites.

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User currently offlineMolykote From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 1341 posts, RR: 15
Reply 1, posted (3 years 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 4321 times:
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So this is a downgrade from "The World's Favourite Airline" then?  Smile

[Edited 2011-10-18 07:57:46]


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User currently offlinepoLOT From United States of America, joined Jul 2011, 2261 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (3 years 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 4308 times:

Britons voting primarily for their hometown carriers? Color me shocked.

User currently offlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17080 posts, RR: 10
Reply 3, posted (3 years 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 4292 times:

Quoting kdhurst380 (Thread starter):
9. Ryanair
10. Qantas & American



Love how FR is before QF and AA. Can you even compare FR to QF and AA?



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User currently offlinemogandoCI From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (3 years 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 4223 times:

Quoting B747forever (Reply 3):
Love how FR is before QF and AA. Can you even compare FR to QF and AA?

it's not so much about FR v. QF/AA, but more that with JV and metal neutrality, QF/AA is charging you pretty much the same fare as BA while providing lesser hard product and less service.

BA pretty much duplicates every route that QF/AA flies into LHR (if not all of it), so if you're already loyal to oneworld, the incentive not to fly BA is small (other than timing).

surprised Cathay didn't make it into the top 10 at all.


User currently offlineJL418 From Italy, joined Jun 2009, 493 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (3 years 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 4223 times:

Proud to be a future BA employee!

User currently offlineEuroWings From UK - England, joined Sep 2011, 298 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (3 years 1 week 1 day ago) and read 4052 times:

That survey tells us absolutely nothing useful, it's such a random mix of carriers! It was conducted by Gocompare.com, who are just a price comparison website (focusing on insurance rather than travel). I doubt that Thomson and Thomas Cook are even known outside of select countries in northern Europe.

[Edited 2011-10-18 09:30:30]

User currently offlinebevisisback From Netherlands, joined Oct 2009, 65 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (3 years 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 3761 times:

Quoting mogandoCI (Reply 4):
it's not so much about FR v. QF/AA, but more that with JV and metal neutrality, QF/AA is charging you pretty much the same fare as BA while providing lesser hard product and less service.

I think its more to do with the fact that more Britons fly FR than AA/QA, or are more aware of the brand. I am impressed (though not surprised) that easyjet are six points ahead of FR.

Come to think of it Im also surprised flybe, jet2 or monarch didnt feature.


User currently offlineEuroWings From UK - England, joined Sep 2011, 298 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (3 years 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 3746 times:

Quoting bevisisback (Reply 7):
Come to think of it Im also surprised flybe, jet2 or monarch didnt feature.

Monarch was number 8. Jet2 don't operate any scheduled services from Southern England, which is often why they don't feature on lists. They are a big name in Northern England, Scotland and Northern Ireland though.

[Edited 2011-10-18 12:29:35]

User currently offlineLGWflyer From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2011, 2348 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (3 years 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 3728 times:

I would have voted for US Airways.


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User currently offlinebevisisback From Netherlands, joined Oct 2009, 65 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (3 years 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 3649 times:

Quoting EuroWings (Reply 8):
Monarch was number 8.

Oh yeah so they were,silly me!

Its a shame jet2 missed out, i hear good things about them.


User currently offlinerichierich From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 4278 posts, RR: 6
Reply 11, posted (3 years 1 week 19 hours ago) and read 3521 times:

I consider myself to be somewhat knowledgeable about the airline industry and I would have been hard-pressed to name 10 British carriers off the top of my head. In reading the list, I can see I am not the only one!!


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User currently offlineBabybus From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (3 years 1 week 19 hours ago) and read 3492 times:

Take that all with a pinch of salt.  

Not wanting to get technical here but why would GoCompare do a survey like this and who exactly did they ask? They haven't over-loaded us with parametres for their study in that article.

I like the way the guy uses the word 'Bucket shop'. I haven't heard that phrase for about 25 years.

British Airways is currently my favourite American airline.


User currently offlineskysurfer From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2004, 1136 posts, RR: 12
Reply 13, posted (3 years 1 week 19 hours ago) and read 3482 times:

Is it just me or does anyone else find BA expensive?

Before anyone jumps on me, I do see other carriers on various routes more expensive but overall BA seem to cost a hell of alot on most routes.



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User currently offlinebevisisback From Netherlands, joined Oct 2009, 65 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (3 years 1 week 19 hours ago) and read 3458 times:

It is a very odd survey, seems particularly odd that the list doesnt extend past no 10 and they refer to FR being at 'the bottom'. Surely there was more airlines named than this ten. That or they gave them a list of 10 and asked them to rank them by popularity.

User currently offlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17080 posts, RR: 10
Reply 15, posted (3 years 1 week 18 hours ago) and read 3403 times:

Quoting skysurfer (Reply 13):
Is it just me or does anyone else find BA expensive?

Before anyone jumps on me, I do see other carriers on various routes more expensive but overall BA seem to cost a hell of alot on most routes.

Do you compare BA out of LHR nonstop with another carrier via their hub to the destination?

It is normal that BA is more expensive out of LHR nonstop compared to other carriers with connections.



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User currently offlineThomasCook From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2004, 796 posts, RR: 8
Reply 16, posted (3 years 1 week 18 hours ago) and read 3402 times:

Quoting mogandoCI (Reply 4):
it's not so much about FR v. QF/AA, but more that with JV and metal neutrality, QF/AA is charging you pretty much the same fare as BA while providing lesser hard product and less service.

BA providing a better hard product and service then QF? You've got to be kidding, please explain...start with Premium Economy, then lets talk A380.

Regards
ThomasCook



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User currently offlineLX138 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2009, 401 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (3 years 1 week 18 hours ago) and read 3364 times:

Quoting EuroWings (Reply 8):
Monarch was number 8. Jet2 don't operate any scheduled services from Southern England, which is often why they don't feature on lists.

Do people in the north generally not vote then?  



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User currently offlineLGWflyer From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2011, 2348 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (3 years 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 3260 times:

I think people should just move on, so we have our top 10 of Britain's favourite airlines voted by 3000 people who which I highly expect to not have involved you.

If any survey should be done by the way, im sure the brits of A.net like myself would decide our top 10.  



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User currently offlineVV701 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 7625 posts, RR: 17
Reply 19, posted (3 years 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 2996 times:

Quoting bevisisback (Reply 14):
It is a very odd survey, seems particularly odd that the list doesnt extend past no 10 and they refer to FR being at 'the bottom'. Surely there was more airlines named than this ten.
Quoting Babybus (Reply 12):
Not wanting to get technical here but why would GoCompare do a survey like this

GoCompare are a price comparison web site covering a large range of "products". These "products" include airline flights. Having found the cheapest - or whatever - on your chosen route their site then gives you the opportunity of booking the flight.

Of course unlike many here on a-net, the average person has little idea of which airline flies which route. So one advantage of web sites liked Gocompare is that they provide a list of airlines with the prices on offer on the potential passenger's chosen dates on the route of his or her choice.

In terms of the survey there is no information that I can find on how the sample of 3,000 respondents were selected or what the exact questions were that they were asked. However an intelligent guess might be that the sample was skewed because it only consisted of individuals who had booked a flight on or through the GoCompare web site. So, for example, it might be biased against business travelers if few business flights are booked on this web site.

Quoting bevisisback (Reply 14):
It is a very odd survey, seems particularly odd that the list doesn't extend past no 10 and they refer to FR being at 'the bottom'.

Publishing the "top ten" is a traditional activity be it best selling books or recordings or, as here, favouite and least favoured airlines. But when a list of the top ten is published there is no implication that they are the only books, recordings or, as here, airlines.

What muddies the waters here is that the survey asked respondents for their favourite and least favourite airline "bearing in mind cost, the service and the overall comfort of their journey".

With such a question there is no reason why a single airline should not appear in the top ten of the list of favourite and in the top ten of least favourite airlines. And apparently FR polled the highest proportion of votes as "least favourite airline" with 19.3 per cent of respondents. But nevertheless FR also managed to achieve position number nine (presumably by those respondents where cost was the overwhelmingly important determinant) in the top ten of most favoured airlines.

In summary it is possible that a fuller more descriptive title for the results from this survey might be:

"Top ten most favoured and least favoured airlines amongst 3,000 passengers booking their flight through the Gocompare web site."


User currently offlineblueshamu330s From UK - England, joined Sep 2001, 2988 posts, RR: 23
Reply 20, posted (3 years 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 2971 times:

Quoting skysurfer (Reply 13):
Is it just me or does anyone else find BA expensive?

Before anyone jumps on me, I do see other carriers on various routes more expensive but overall BA seem to cost a hell of alot on most routes.

You might find this link interesting:

BA fares compared with EasyJet & Ryanair

Rgds



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User currently offlinelhr380 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (3 years 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 2896 times:

Quoting skysurfer (Reply 13):
Is it just me or does anyone else find BA expensive?

What routes do you fly and what times of year?


User currently offlineLX138 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2009, 401 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (3 years 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 2809 times:

Quoting lhr380 (Reply 26):
Quoting skysurfer (Reply 13):
Is it just me or does anyone else find BA expensive?

What routes do you fly and what times of year?

Or more importantly, how many bags do you want to check in, when do you tend to book and do you like checking in at the airport? (If we are comparing to certain other carriers)
    



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User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19236 posts, RR: 52
Reply 23, posted (3 years 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 2779 times:

Quoting blueshamu330s (Reply 25):
BA fares compared with EasyJet & Ryanair

Not really: it doesn't even include the average airfare (easily findable in the airlines' reports) upon which to add whatever you want. Had they done this - obviously they haven't because BA would appear much higher and its differential much lower, thereby defeating the object and confirming general public perceptions - it would have been fairer and more accurate.



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User currently offlineTCASAlert From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (3 years 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 2760 times:

Quoting blueshamu330s (Reply 25):
You might find this link interesting:

BA fares compared with EasyJet & Ryanair

Except that is just an advertisement on BA's site, they are hardly going to admit to being worse value for money are they. It also does not take into account the base fare. Sure FR's flight may be £24 for extras for a return flight where BA don't charge, but FR's flight is probably only 1p anyway compared to BA's £80. So you're £55.99 better off with FR for example.

Plus BA also conveniently forget to include a line for "Credit Card charges", which they charge for.

[Edited 2011-10-19 04:58:36]

25 SKAirbus : The sort of people that use Go Compare are the sort of people that most likely would go for price over quality when it comes to choosing an airline. T
26 charliecossie : Can't really argue with that statement. However, the poll results suggest the complete opposite. Unless the voters consider BA much cheaper but also
27 EuroWings : That only works if you won't sacrifice BA frills and turn up expecting a BA flight. The easyJet checked baggage prices are also exaggerated considera
28 mogandoCI : can you honestly say QF Business and First are better than BA ? BA has flat bed in biz across the entire fleet. Can QF claim that ?
29 VV701 : I think you could be right. After all FR does not offer a lie-flat first class ticket from the UK to SYD as BA does. And the price of a single BA F C
30 Pe@rson : But it would still be more meaningful and fair than not paying any attention to them whatever - per BA. Indeed, BA could quite easily find FR and EZY
31 GT4EZY : I can't imagine this survey ever being 'that' scientific. BA would always get high scores as there is the patriotism element, Virgin Atlantic meanwhil
32 Viscount724 : Did you read the poll question? It asked 3000 Brits to name their favourite airline, not their favourite BRITISH airline.
33 VV701 : What exactly would you find meaningful about comparing the average fare in Europe for an airline with a multi-class product - e.g. BA's Club Europe a
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