Below is a copy of my response on the MAN
Quoting Skidmarks (Reply 59):
BACX are suspending the following routes: SNN
wef 11/09, also ORK
all at MAN
along with FCO
Another sad day in the slow and continual demise of BA
ops. anywhere other than London. Having just got back from NCE
, all I can say to management is "You did it to yourselves."
On the way out: G-MANS BAe146-200: u/s Club toilet, a piece of light trim falling from the flourescent strips onto a mightily pissed off lady in 2A, no tax free sales (Sorry, the flight's not long enough - it was 2 1/2 hours for God's sake!), no priority baggage tagging.
On the return: G-GNTZ BAe146-200: Pre-assigned seats not honoured, my meal tray had a broken handle which meant it was continuously in the down position (purser said "Don't worry, it's been like that a while!),Purser overheard saying "My legs are killing me so let's get this over and done with quickly" - drinks, meal, coffee and duty free all done within 45 minutes of airborne; NO drinks service with the meal, they followed the girl doing coffee with the tax free trolley whilst we were all still eating (some duck and noodle crap which could have been any fowl sic, and probably was). They served a womean in 4C
a vegetarian meal which she promptly and very loudly spat out.....because it was meat, cabin crew not seen again as they hid behind galley curtain, ignoring call bells (there were 22 of us in Club) until descent commenced. Mrs Shamu asked for a bottle of wine (after she'd eaten her meal without anything to drink). The stewardess said "I think we've run out." How can you run out if you've not even done a drinks round ! She came back down the aisle with an armfull of champagne and wine, seemingly expecting anyone who wanted a drink to stop her for one. Not surprisingly, no-one fancied white wine with coffee. Forward Toilet again u/s. Cruise was a pathetic (even for a knackered 146) FL
240 - bumpy all the way home. Baggage took FIFTY minutes to get on the belt from engine shut down at a time when there was only one other flight into T3
The experience was shocking. Despite being eligible for staff travel, over time I have still managed to accumulate over 300,000 BA
Miles. From the heady days of flying First Class with BA
non-stop to Hong Kong from MAN
, we are reduced to a swarm of knackered turboprops and cramped Amazons flying mainly domestics. Where has the fight, the spirit that was BA
gone ? ( And don't say "TO LONDON!") Almost any route BA
have pulled off, someone has made a better go of it afterwards.
Does Manchester need BA
? Does BA
need Manchester? NO to the first and Only for the Shuttle to the second.
Does this give a golden opportunity to GB
Airways to step in and take up some of the routes ? I was amazed we had 22 Club passengers on our NCE
in a little 146. There must be yield in some of these routes with premium loads that good.
is not the higher power controlling Manchester's destiny, despite the fact it likes to flex its muscles and object when carriers want to start routes from there. Manchester Airport is the master of its own destiny. It should take this opportunity to give BA
a reality check with a huge kick up the a$$. If BACX's MAN
ops are reduced to mainly props, then force them all to park remote in what used to be the south bay, releasing T3
for operators serious about their commitment to the airport.
Who knows, even someone in BMI
might have the foresight to see that BA
's loss could be someone else's golden egg.
So I drive a 4x4. So what?! Tax the a$$ off me for it...oh, you already have... :-(