gatwickgunner
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Whats Bwia Like Lhr-anu

Mon Mar 17, 2003 5:53 am

hi,im fling to antigua from heathrow next week,just wondering what bwia are like,what to expect inflight,and how reliable are they,any help you can give would help,cheers
 
trintocan
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RE: Whats Bwia Like Lhr-anu

Mon Mar 17, 2003 8:57 am

BW from LHR-ANU - expect long lines at check-in (go as early as possible - 3 hours before departure). Once on board (you will either get the A340 or a wet-leased plane - they have been doing a lot of wet-leases of late since the last TriStar was retired) you would get a drink after take-off, followed by lunch after about 1 hour and then a snack about an hour from ANU. The IFE will include a feature programme on the islands BW serves plus 2 movies (the southbound flight is in the day so 2 are shown, on return in the night only 1 is shown). The music selection features some 7 channels including soca, reggae, Indian music and some international selections. If a wet-leased plane is used the music may be that of the source airline but the movies should be BW's.

The southbound route takes you across South England, South Wales and along the South coast of Republic of Ireland. Once Eire has passed the plane heads south with only open sea. The crew will request the blinds be drawn during the movies so, unless you are quick enough and peek, you will miss the Azores (3hr from LHR). The plane flies directly over Santa Maria Airport (some of the TriStars have made unscheduled landings there). The IFE is stopped a few minutes before landing in ANU and is not restarted for the short onward leg to POS.

Overall expect good service and hospitality. I hope that you enjoy your flights with BWIA.
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bhxforever
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RE: Whats Bwia Like Lhr-anu

Mon Mar 17, 2003 9:40 am

I flew BWIA LHR-ANU-LHR a couple of years ago and it left a lot to be desired! The aircraft was delayed for two hours while the crew looked for a misplaced fire extingusher (or so they said) which was later found on the plane, sounds like a bit of a saftey hazard! The crew didnt appear to wear a common uniform, they all had different things on, but they seemed friendly enough. Everything rattled when the plane moved, and the projector screen swung about during takeoff! Flight was mainly empty so 5 seats in the middle were good for a lie down! As far as I can remember the tristar was extremely quiet during cruise, and the service was ok-ish, on the whole they were ok!
 
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RE: Whats Bwia Like Lhr-anu

Mon Mar 17, 2003 1:44 pm

Bhxforever:

Your flight sound like a handful of mine not LHR but to other BWIA destinations.

Now they were the same uniform a nice green that is very business like a strking contrast with the festive livery. I have found the staff on BWIA to be very friendly. Actually I love how the Tristar rattled on take off, taxi and true some turbulence not bad mild turbulence. The airline has an excellent safety record and it has been said that Bwee pilots dont leave the ground unless they feel the aircraft is fit for flight.


Please let us have a trip report.
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Panman
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RE: Whats Bwia Like Lhr-anu

Wed Mar 19, 2003 11:00 pm

Well actually the IFE is switched on after ANU, unless I flew with an imposter.

Then again I believe you were refering to the L1011 while I flew A340.

In the last 14 years that I have consistently used BWIA. (and I go home at LEAST once a year - sometimes two and three times). Only twice have I been delayed more than 30 minutes (which I consider acceptable).

Once was 8 hours when the inbound flight was diverted to Manchester as Heathrow was closed due to fog - they couldn't get a slot back.

The other time was this year (Jan 15th) when the motor in the jetty broke down and it could not be removed from the plane (British Airports Authority & Heathrow Airport Ltd to blame).

Though I had a friend use them last week and the flight was delayed by 12 hours (thanks to the Air Holland 767 going tech).

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trintocan
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RE: Whats Bwia Like Lhr-anu

Thu Mar 20, 2003 8:08 am

Yes, that Air Holland thing is going crazy. My mom flew with them on Saturday last and the plane left POS 4 hours late. They seem to be having a lot of trouble dealing with the post-Carnival rush when they have only 1 suitable plane of their own (A340). Perhaps they should have kept 9Y-THA active until after this busy season.

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chepos
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RE: Whats Bwia Like Lhr-anu

Thu Mar 20, 2003 8:23 am

Here's a pic of the Air Holland 767 departing LHR bound for the Caribbean (BWIA flight). Good timing - you guys mentioning how unreliable the Air Holland 767 is and a pic of it appearing on A.Net. Aren't they also wet leasing a tristar from Euro Atlantic of Portugal.

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RE: Whats Bwia Like Lhr-anu

Thu Mar 20, 2003 2:33 pm


I thought that the Tristar was only for the MAN flight on the weekend and the once weekly flight to LHR from one St Lucia I think. Thus making it possible to be used on LHR flights to get rid of the carnival traffic. Doesnt Wet Leasing to planes cost more than dry leasing the 340. Sound like mass confusion down at BWIA.

I would really like to know why THA and reported to be sold to Euro Atlantic. Can any one tell me if TGJ has left Trinidad to fly with Star Air which is reported to have bought N3140D and TGJ.
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9Y-ISA
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RE: Whats Bwia Like Lhr-anu

Fri Mar 21, 2003 12:14 pm

Hmmm...a L1011, a B767 and apparently an A310. What else are they going to lease to do the european routes..maybe a B747 or even a B777.

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Anyways, BWIA is always my first choice to the Caribbean and would always recommend them to anyone. They give good service and an great safety record. Flying out of LHR should expect delays though, mainly because of the tail end of the Carnival season and for the fact that they are using the one aircraft for that route. If the purpose of your trip is to relax in the Caribbean then BWIA is the right choice. You'll hear the Steel Pan music when boarding together with a Caribbean flight crew and Caribbean meals. Let us know how the flight was when you get back. Have a safe trip!!!
 
Going64
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RE: Whats Bwia Like Lhr-anu

Mon Mar 24, 2003 6:25 am

Why blame the Air Holland 767 as it is only wet-leased. The late departure had nothing to do with going tech but only with the fact that a very late request was made to perform the flights. Air Holland exists currently on being a flexible wet-lease company and with 3 airplanes (of which one is is always flying for Air Gabon) you can't suit everybodys needs by the second. So blame the planning people of BWIA!
The Tristar you're talking about was wet-leased for approx. 2 weeks in may or june 2002! This was due to the fact that the machine they were supposed to lease was a real problem maker and therefore messing up the flight schedules. This was the former G-BYAR and is now in storage at Manchester after returning to the lease company (thank God they did that).
 
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RE: Whats Bwia Like Lhr-anu

Mon Mar 24, 2003 10:07 am



Going64:

You are confusing me. The Tristar that 9Y-ISA and I am talking about and probally is the one leased from EuroAtlantic to replace BWIA last L1011 9Y-THA which was retired on Jan 28th 2003.

The aircraft that you seem to be talking about is another Tristar that was operated when the first A340 was introduced back in June of 2002. As I remember a problem with the roster system along with training crews for the A340 led to some confusion and a sick out by pilots.

So is there anyone who knows what is going down with the next A340 for BWIA. Is it in storage or still in Air Canada's fleet. Isnt the current arrangement expensive for BWIA with the leasing of these aircrafts
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