gkirk
Posts: 23345
Joined: Thu Jun 15, 2000 3:29 am

BMI Vs BA On Domestic Flights

Fri Feb 25, 2005 7:09 am

Looks like I will be flying EDI-LHR-EDI in June and am just wondering about what the service is like on both BMI and BA. Will probably be flying BMI because they are marginally cheaper than BA, but would like a comparison of both airlines as I've never flown either of them on a scheduled flight before (flew BD on a charter flight in 1992 on a 737-300)
When you hear the noise of the Tartan Army Boys, we'll be coming down the road!
 
Shamrock_747
Posts: 1499
Joined: Thu Mar 28, 2002 3:25 am

RE: BMI Vs BA On Domestic Flights

Fri Feb 25, 2005 7:17 am

Not much difference in the two, down to personal preference really.

There is a full bar service and snack served on both BA and BD. BA have 34" seat pitch (31" in the last few rows) and leather seats, bmi are 32" and cloth seats. In terms of aircraft I much prefer a BA 757 to a BD Airbus and the crews on BA have been better in my experience.
 
gilesdavies
Posts: 2267
Joined: Tue Dec 02, 2003 7:51 pm

RE: BMI Vs BA On Domestic Flights

Fri Feb 25, 2005 7:22 am

BA have never offered 34inch legroom in any of their economy seats except for maybe the odd emergency row.

The official legroom for BA is 31 inches and this applies to both Short/Long Haul flights.
 
ScottishLaddie
Posts: 2309
Joined: Sat Jan 03, 2004 8:30 am

RE: BMI Vs BA On Domestic Flights

Fri Feb 25, 2005 7:22 am

bmi/BA's price is right!?  Big grin

[Edited 2005-02-24 23:24:05]
 
Shamrock_747
Posts: 1499
Joined: Thu Mar 28, 2002 3:25 am

RE: BMI Vs BA On Domestic Flights

Fri Feb 25, 2005 7:26 am

Quoting Gilesdavies (reply 2):
BA have never offered 34inch legroom in any of their economy seats except for maybe the odd emergency row.


About two thirds of the 757 cabin and almost the entire A320 cabin have 34" seat pitch. They are seats which can be converted from Club (2-3) to Traveller (3-3). There is no Club on domestic routes though.
 
Horus
Posts: 5131
Joined: Sun Feb 22, 2004 1:04 am

RE: BMI Vs BA On Domestic Flights

Fri Feb 25, 2005 7:28 am

Gkirk, thought you'd fly NCL-LHR??? Anyway since standards at BA and bmi are similar go with the airline you prefer or the one you haven't tried recently. Also check what aricraft they'll use on the flights you want.

Horus
EGYPT: A 7,000 Year Old Civilisation
 
gkirk
Posts: 23345
Joined: Thu Jun 15, 2000 3:29 am

RE: BMI Vs BA On Domestic Flights

Fri Feb 25, 2005 7:31 am

Horus, NCL-LHR is more expensive than EDI or GLA-LHR by about £20  Wow!
When you hear the noise of the Tartan Army Boys, we'll be coming down the road!
 
Demoose
Posts: 1891
Joined: Thu Mar 08, 2001 8:06 am

RE: BMI Vs BA On Domestic Flights

Fri Feb 25, 2005 7:36 am

If price is the main factor then choose whichever is cheapest, I had a great trip with Bmi to LHR in 2003 on their A321/320, got a cockpit visit and crew were fantastic which made the trip even more memorable. Both bmi and BA have similar service short haul, do Bmi do the hot breakfast on morning flights like BA do? Thats the only thing I can think that separates the two apart from the different a/c types and timings. Whichever you chose i'm sure you won't go wrong. But if you haven't tried British Airways, i'd go with them!

Mark
Take a ride...fly across the sky
 
cragley
Posts: 390
Joined: Tue Jul 20, 2004 6:09 pm

RE: BMI Vs BA On Domestic Flights

Fri Feb 25, 2005 7:21 pm

Ive taken about 20 domestic flights with BMI in the past few months. I tried BA once and went straight back to BMI.

BA had leather seats and was totally packed, while I have only been on 1 fully booked BMI flight.

Maybe that is why I prefer BMI, more space cause there are less passengers.
 
Pe@rson
Posts: 16001
Joined: Sat Jan 13, 2001 6:29 pm

RE: BMI Vs BA On Domestic Flights

Fri Feb 25, 2005 7:32 pm

Flown BD and BDC quite a few times. The level is service is OK - you get a drink and a one-bite-and-it's-gone snack - but not necessary on such short flights, like MAN-EDI/GLA and LHR-MAN. The cabin was always clean and tidy, and the cabin crew members were always polite, friendly, courteous and professional.
"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
 
gkirk
Posts: 23345
Joined: Thu Jun 15, 2000 3:29 am

RE: BMI Vs BA On Domestic Flights

Fri Feb 25, 2005 7:39 pm

Pe@rson, Im surprised you didnt ask why I wasnt flying FR PIK-STN-PIK  Wink/being sarcastic
When you hear the noise of the Tartan Army Boys, we'll be coming down the road!
 
sevenair
Posts: 1486
Joined: Sun Feb 04, 2001 7:18 am

RE: BMI Vs BA On Domestic Flights

Fri Feb 25, 2005 7:39 pm

I think they are very similar. Both airlines we can be proud of, and airlines which are a pleasure to fly on. Both offer their 'deli' thing. which usually consists of a sandwich. I believe BA give you it on a tray, whereas BMI give you it in just is wrapper. But thats about it.
 
Pe@rson
Posts: 16001
Joined: Sat Jan 13, 2001 6:29 pm

RE: BMI Vs BA On Domestic Flights

Fri Feb 25, 2005 7:41 pm

Quoting Gkirk (reply 10):
Im surprised you didnt ask why I wasnt flying FR PIK-STN-PIK


Can't say I'm interested in the airline you fly with.  Smile You can fly with whichever airline you like: you are a grown-up.
"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
 
gkirk
Posts: 23345
Joined: Thu Jun 15, 2000 3:29 am

RE: BMI Vs BA On Domestic Flights

Fri Feb 25, 2005 7:42 pm

More importantly, what lagers do they sell onboard?  Wink/being sarcastic
When you hear the noise of the Tartan Army Boys, we'll be coming down the road!

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: a300, ACDC8, AS512, Baidu [Spider], bill142, cougar15, hayzel777, ikolkyo, Miami, rutankrd, sassiciai, tcaeyx, thomasphoto60 and 225 guests