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User currently offlineTristar4ever From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 84 posts, RR: 1
Posted (11 years 1 month 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 3289 times:

i`m posting this trip in response to the recent glut of ryanair reports, thought it would be nice for a change!

bmi baby
ww5505
Manchester-Belfast
737-300
`Rock-a-by-baby`
cost £7.90
wed 25th June


Well this flight was a chance for me to smaple bmi baby and compare it to easyjet. flying from manchester airport is great as it is only 10minutes away from my house, and i`d do anything to aviod flying from liverpool! amazingly this is my 12th flight this year, more than my friends have taken in their entire lives! i`m so lucky to go to uni on mainland britain, meaning i can only fly or take the ferry home to belfast, while having just got back from Barcelona with easyjet would give me a chance to compare them. so anyway the flight was booked in april, costing an amazing £19 return, it think thats about 22euroes, i`ve also booked a few other baby flights, costing £27, while a weekend at the v musical festival is costing me £60 to fly yo eastmidlands, not bad considering the other flights where so cheap, while easyjet was charging the same to liverpool anyway.
I arrived at manchester airport at 1 for the 2.40 flight, there was plenty of bmi baby signage around terminal 1, its presence was definatly felt, while substantial product defination from mainline bmi should avoid the problems experienced by continental lite for example in regards to customer confusion. the checkin que was fairly long, about 20 people, with only one desk open. the neighbouring desks where occupied by swiss, and completly abandoned yet still opne, complete with a pissed off business man loking to check in. a second desk was opened, still with swiss flight being show. checkin was fast and friendly with the regualar bmi staff. i went to the car park roof to escape the crowds in the airport, manchester is great for watching planes, with the viewing park and pub especialy good, they also have the discontinued avro rjx aircraft sitting there for people to look at. so i made my way to departures at 1.40, the que was ridiculously long, summer season must be here. so they pulled any belfast and dublin passengers to a specialy channel, of course we are all `high security` risks and need special rude treatment. my photograph was taken, the registered to a bar code on my bording card, quite a clever system. them i was rudly directed to a different security desk with no one on it, so i rejoined the rest of `the irish` at the `special` security check. once i finaly cleared that i headed to start bucks and sat watching our aircraft at the gate, i must say, bmi babys colours look great close up. i wondered to gate 4, which is really just a long corridor with some seats, the pilots and 3 flight crew walked past and borded through the gate, i`d never seen that done before. the bmi staff, police and avaince staff all gathered as bording commenced. i must say, the turn arounds certainly are not a tight with baby, then i supose the schedualing dosnt require that. anyway they borded in 2 groups, front stairs seated up to row 11, and everyone else through the back. people qued in 2 lines for 2 gates agents, who again directed us to either end of the aircraft. i was seated in 10f so boarded through the front. i was greated by a warm smile and hello, the staff seemed happy and energetic, much like bmi. the aircraft was configered much like easyjets 737`s, with no front galley. while the seats where the old early 90`s bmi blue seats, the ones they used before installing the flexi business class seats. accordingly the interior was dark and very dingy, i was really surprised, while legroom was definatly tighter than easyjet. anyway boding was done realy fast, despite the full load, which is good for bmi. we taxied to the old runway, i dont understand the point in having 2 runways, then only using 1, we had to wait for a PIA and Cargolux 747`s to land, while an air china cargo 747, bmi and british airways erj-145`s departed before us. takeoff was quite long, with much vibration. the flight was uneventfull with the crew offering people a full range of drinks and snacks for sale, considerably cheaper than easyjet who charged £1.50 for a small can of coke! the flight was clear all the way, the detail flying over the isle of man was incredible, we flew over belfast lough and cave hill while on approach. landing wasstandard, although the cabin rattled and shook like an airbus, just kidding, but it sounded like it was about to fall apart! we arrived at the gate ontime at 3.40, exactly ontime. again the head fa was curtious and pleasant on the way out. much like the way of low cost airline airports, belfast was deserted, yet within seconds, a gatwick and newcastle flight landed right after us.
overall i though bmi baby did exactly what they are supposed to, while easyjets aircraft are much nicer to fly in, the service in comparable on both, however bmi`s ground staff are much better that the liverpool easyjet staff who are terrible, while the departure gates are a joke in liverpool. so basicly i will choose bmi baby because they operate from manchester, which is much better and more convienient that liverpool, and i feel like i`m supporting bmi while they go through some tough times.

cheers,
mike

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User currently offlineNdebele From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 2899 posts, RR: 23
Reply 1, posted (11 years 1 month 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 3184 times:

Thanks for this interesting report. Are all Northern Ireland flights "high security", and you wrote Dublin is also considered as "high risk"  Confused How do they find out where you are flying, do you enter the gates for Northern Ireland flights through another security checkpoint than the other gates? Or how did they find out who is travelling on which flight?

I'm planning to take bmi Baby on Munich-Cardiff-Munich in September, so this report is highly appreciated. Just as a sidenote, the lack of paragraphs and capital letters made your report very inconvenient to read, I'm sure it wouldn't have been too much additional work to use capital letters and add some paragraphs, this would have made your report much more reader-friendly.

Anyway, thanks again for sharing your experiences with us!


User currently offlineDemoose From Canada, joined Mar 2001, 1952 posts, RR: 23
Reply 2, posted (11 years 1 month 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 3162 times:

Thanks for the report,

I flew bmibaby last week to Amsterdam and i'd agree they're not bad for a low cost airline. However, their aircraft certainly show their age and the cabin looks like a 1970's railway carriage with navy blue and red striped seating. Didn't like their uniform much, is it meant to represent a 'baby grow' or something? The flight deck crew didn't sound very happy on my flights, but the cabin crew were friendly and we got a freebie too, well a Nutri-Grain bar, yummy.

I'd fly them again, but in my opinion they seem over priced compared to Easyjet and Ryanair. I mean bmi mainline from Heathrow to Amsterdam worked out cheaper than with Bmibaby from EMA, same days same times. No wonder bmi is losing money!

Mark



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User currently offlineTristar4ever From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 84 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (11 years 1 month 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 3155 times:

hey,

Ndebele
sorry bout the paragraph thing, i`m just being lazy, i typed it out in the text document file thing, then didnt bother changing it when I pasted it here, sorry!

In terminal one, the main security section has a different channel marked fastlane, so they walked along the que demanding any belfast or dublin passengers to `come this way now`. i dont think dublin is high risk, becasue it was only the belfast flights which had picture security. When flying from terminal3, they have a seperate `lounge` for belfast with a notable amount of extra security! i suppose thats a good thing! i do get slightly worried when travelling as a lone male, you see them looking at you!

Have a great trip an enjoy cardiff.

Demoose
yeah lots of people have said it is expensive, i dont think its any worse than easyjet when booking last minute, but i think they`re on course to make a profit next year, although i never believe anything bmi say! the mainline product is in trouble, they are lowering the pices to stupid levels to fill seats, never a good thing!

how much do the flight crew get paid, is it the same as mainline? then again, maybe it was a case of less £££ with baby, or bye bye job!? i was just amazed at how cheap the interior looked, i rememeber flying with bmi in the early 90`s thinking how bad it was, they`ve clearly had those seats sitting in storage somewhere, then again, i suppose they`re saving money that way, a change for bmi!

mike


User currently offlineBFS From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 738 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (11 years 1 month 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 3094 times:

Sounds good, I really must try them when I head back to uni in September. I can't wait to see the early nineties seats, if only for a bit of nostalgia from my first ever flight on a BD737.

RE extra security, very often when flying between mainland UK and Belfast you find exclusive gates with a stronger security presence around, for example BA in T3 at MAN, easyJet at LTN, maybe Go at STN and I think BA and BD used to share a special gate for BFS flights at T1 in LHR. I have never seen this on international flights to Belfast though. I wonder how long we will remain high risk!


User currently offlineEGFF From UK - Wales, joined Sep 2001, 2201 posts, RR: 12
Reply 5, posted (11 years 1 month 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2995 times:

Nice report mike,

"amazingly this is my 12th flight this year"

Well, you've almost caught me ... im on 15, lol

Ndebele ... im abit concerned that you've chosen to come to Cardiff  Laugh out loud
If you need abit of assistance i'd be more than willing to come down for a few hours and show you around, take you to the "half decent" spots  Smile
Regards
Shaun  Smile



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User currently offlineKevin752 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 726 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (11 years 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 2945 times:

Interesting report. I have just read a report in my Airliners magazine about BMI Baby and I was interested to fly with them next time I am in Europe. I never have flown on easy jet either.


"Keep Climbing"
User currently offlineTrintocan From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2000, 3229 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (11 years 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 2924 times:

An interesting trip report. I must really try bmi baby myself as after all they have a base here in CWL.

TrintoCan.



Hop to it, fly for life!
User currently offlineNdebele From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 2899 posts, RR: 23
Reply 8, posted (11 years 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2908 times:

Ndebele ... im abit concerned that you've chosen to come to Cardiff
If you need abit of assistance i'd be more than willing to come down for a few hours and show you around, take you to the "half decent" spots


Hey EGFF, that would be great! I'll be at CWL during the first weekend of September (that's 06th/07th September), also for you, Trintocan: would be great to meet you guys there!
Talking about CWL: Don't worry, beside LHR/LGW/MAN, I also like to visit the smaller British airports from time to time, having been to airports like Newquay, Southampton, Plymouth, Prestwick, ... oh and I'm planning to visit the Isle of Man as well, but prabably not this year.


User currently offlineEGFF From UK - Wales, joined Sep 2001, 2201 posts, RR: 12
Reply 9, posted (11 years 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2873 times:

"An interesting trip report. I must really try bmi baby myself as after all they have a base here in CWL."

Hey TrintoCan, i've flown them 9 times ... twice out of Cardiff and i must say they are very good, the handling is good too at Cardiff .. very smooth.
Can we count on you to be around on the 06th or 07th?
Regards,
Shaun  Smile



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