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Comparing BA And AA

Mon Jun 10, 2002 4:37 pm


Hello,

when flying via Heathrow to the US on Oneworld you can either fly on BA or AA to many destinations.
Now that AA has more room throughout coach, it seems very logical to fly on AA and not on BA. Anyone agrees ?
Or is BA service a lot better ? What would you choose and why, please ?

Do all BA 747s and 777s have PTVs ? And how about AA 767s ?

Thank you.
 
flyboy36y
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RE: Comparing BA And AA

Mon Jun 10, 2002 4:40 pm

AA will not grant miles on BA flights that are transatlantic. I think BA will not either.
 
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RE: Comparing BA And AA

Mon Jun 10, 2002 4:58 pm


Ohh, that sounds strange.
 
flyboy36y
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RE: Comparing BA And AA

Mon Jun 10, 2002 5:06 pm

Go on the AA website and look up mileage partners. Click on BA and read what it says. It clearly says (sadly) you don't get miles on transatlantic BA flights. I think this is because most people would chose BA and it is not fair to AA. AA offers enough flights that it does not hurt the customer to not have a choice.
 
j-bird
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RE: Comparing BA And AA

Mon Jun 10, 2002 5:27 pm

Having done both flights lately, I would make the following observations:

1. AA more room in coach is definitely worth it in my opinion - at least if you're relatively tall like me. You really feel better on arrival - less cramped and sore relative to BA;

2. Inflight entertainment seemed slightly better on AA- more variety, turned on sooner;

3. Service standards were about the same on both carriers in economy - relatively pleasant crews, decent food, on-time departures/arrivals.

So, to sum up, AA pulls ahead basically on the leg-room. As for the mileage bit, I have no real comment as I collect on JAL currently, although I am contemplating a switch to BA's program.

Hope that helps.

Cheers.
 
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RE: Comparing BA And AA

Mon Jun 10, 2002 5:39 pm

No way BA/AA!

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bkkair
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RE: Comparing BA And AA

Mon Jun 10, 2002 6:42 pm

Flyboy36y, not granting mileage AA/BA and vv. has nothing to do with people choosing BA over AA( although they probably would). It has to do with the US/UK governments not agreeing to let AA/BA cooperate more closely. ( eg. Open Skies and BA/AA not giving up enought slots at LHR).

BA/AA would sorely like to offer mileage and code shares on eachothers services transatlantic.
 
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RE: Comparing BA And AA

Mon Jun 10, 2002 7:07 pm

With respect to Economy class travel, although I've only flown AA domestic, from what I have read and heard, I wouldn't say there is much difference in flying AA or BA across the pond (I've only used BA to the US because they offer student fares, AA don't....)

In the premium market, I think BA are trying to pull ahead with their flat-bed concept, whereas AA hasn't yet got round to revamping the J section yet; in First class, I think BA probably still rules, at least in this region.

Just my thoughts.

Regards
 
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RE: Comparing BA And AA

Mon Jun 10, 2002 10:25 pm

Domestically, I must admit that Club Europe is nicer than MRTC. The seat is leather and there is a little bit more legroom, but this is only on I think intra-UK flights.

Transatlantic, it has been awhile since I flew BA transatlantic(they were still flying the DC-10s!). I admit though, that American surprised me. If you think AA sucks domestically, take a long haul with them, that should change your mind.

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Arsenal@LHR
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RE: Comparing BA And AA

Mon Jun 10, 2002 10:28 pm

Depends on what u want really. BA flies 744's/777's and 767's over the altantic versus AA's 777's/767's. BA's 744's and 777's have PTV's in all classes while AA has PTV's in the 777's only. the 767 don't. Although i gues AA's MRTC is very tempting, legroom is important to pax these days. With BA you are guaranteed at least decent service, if not, excellent service. But i'd say whichever carrier you choose, you'll get good service.

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RE: Comparing BA And AA

Mon Jun 10, 2002 10:30 pm


Thanks for your opinions !
 
blink182
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RE: Comparing BA And AA

Tue Jun 11, 2002 6:32 am

The AA 767s may not have PTV's, but I would still recommend them. They offer good comfort and the engines are pretty quiet after take off, and this is someone who has sat right behind the wing and right over the engines!

It's a really tough choice. I'd say either way, you will win. In a tough decision like this, go with the cheaper price.

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TimeForFlight
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RE: Comparing BA And AA

Tue Jun 11, 2002 6:40 am

Foretting what BA and AA did to VS years ago, I will tell you now to take any British carrier over a US carrier when possible. The simple reason is that US carriers are more concerned with profiting while British carriers are more concerned with customer satisfaction. VS, for example, offers "goody bags" where customers get free "socks," eye covers, pen and notepad, etc. I can't remember what BA offered ahead of the US competition but my flight from ATL-LGW on them a few years back was much more enjoyable then on any US carrier. AA isn't a bad airline. More Room Throughout Coach is a nice amenity, but, as an American, I find nothing worse than putting up with Americans while travelling internationally. The British are quieter, kinder, and more willing while Americans are, well, American... Not an insult to my fellow Americans out there, just a complement to my fellow British citizens out there (I'm a dual citizen...).  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
 
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RE: Comparing BA And AA

Tue Jun 11, 2002 11:01 am

TimeForFlight-
I have flown AA business class and we got amenity kits. In AA economy, you do not get them. With BA and VS, you might. It has been awhile since I flew BA overseas.

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flyboy36y
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RE: Comparing BA And AA

Tue Jun 11, 2002 11:04 am

Bkkair, thank you for telling be about the real reason miles are not granted. I made an assumption.  Smile
 
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RE: Comparing BA And AA

Tue Jun 11, 2002 3:16 pm

I've never flown AA long-haul, but having recently flown BA in World Traveller from JFK to LHR, I must say that BA has the finest economy product of anyone I've ever flown on. Hands down, better than AF, AZ, DL, or US across the pond...

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