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

Your Favourite British Airline?

Sun Apr 29, 2001 12:47 am

Who is your fave UK carrier?? My favourite is bmi British Midland closely followed by Gill Airways and Monarch Airlines. All offer superb service in my opinion and @ Gill, there is a real family feeling onboard there a/c.
When you hear the noise of the Tartan Army Boys, we'll be coming down the road!
 
GOT
Posts: 1843
Joined: Sun Dec 31, 2000 6:44 am

RE: Your Favourite British Airline?

Sun Apr 29, 2001 12:56 am

I like BMI and BA. Maybe hard to like both but I do.

GOT
Just like birdwatching - without having to be so damned quiet!
 
Thom@s
Posts: 11674
Joined: Thu Oct 19, 2000 2:03 am

RE: Your Favourite British Airline?

Sun Apr 29, 2001 1:02 am

Gill and BA.

Thom@s
"If guns don't kill people, people kill people - does that mean toasters don't toast toast, toast toast toast?"
 
passenger
Posts: 59
Joined: Tue May 03, 2011 5:14 pm

RE: Your Favourite British Airline?

Sun Apr 29, 2001 1:05 am

British Airways
 
aussiestu
Posts: 752
Joined: Tue Mar 20, 2001 7:32 pm

RE: Your Favourite British Airline?

Sun Apr 29, 2001 1:07 am


Both BA and Virgin. Is that a crime?????
 
baec777
Posts: 1232
Joined: Sat Oct 30, 1999 5:01 am

RE: Your Favourite British Airline?

Sun Apr 29, 2001 1:09 am

British Airways

Baec777  Smokin cool
 
gkirk
Posts: 23345
Joined: Thu Jun 15, 2000 3:29 am

RE: Your Favourite British Airline?

Sun Apr 29, 2001 1:12 am

Loads Of BA (London Airways) fans in here, aint there? Although I ddo admit there service is decent but not great.
When you hear the noise of the Tartan Army Boys, we'll be coming down the road!
 
sushka
Posts: 4657
Joined: Thu Nov 18, 1999 12:33 am

RE: Your Favourite British Airline?

Sun Apr 29, 2001 1:13 am

1st. BA
2nd.Virgin Atlantic
3rd. Monarch
Pershoyu Spravoyu Litaki!
 
America West
Posts: 1151
Joined: Sun Mar 25, 2001 6:54 am

RE: Your Favourite British Airline?

Sun Apr 29, 2001 1:49 am

British Airways
 
Oliver
Posts: 144
Joined: Tue Oct 12, 1999 4:02 am

RE: Your Favourite British Airline?

Sun Apr 29, 2001 1:55 am

Definitely FlighLine. It's such a bad airline that I begin to like it!
 
Ndebele
Posts: 2847
Joined: Mon Apr 09, 2001 3:16 am

RE: Your Favourite British Airline?

Sun Apr 29, 2001 2:09 am

1) British Airways
2) Manx
3) Easyjet
 
SInGAPORE_AIR
Posts: 11619
Joined: Mon Nov 13, 2000 4:06 am

RE: Your Favourite British Airline?

Sun Apr 29, 2001 2:50 am

1) Virgin Atlantic
2) bmi British Midland
3) Easyjet
4) Buzz
5) Go
6) British Airways
Anyone can fly, only the best Soar.
 
flight152
Posts: 3211
Joined: Fri Nov 24, 2000 8:04 am

RE: Your Favourite British Airline?

Sun Apr 29, 2001 3:05 am

British Airways!


Click for large version
Click here for full size photo!

Photo © Derek Ferguson



Click for large version
Click here for full size photo!

Photo © Kevin Horton



Click for large version
Click here for full size photo!

Photo © Vasco Garcia



Click for large version
Click here for full size photo!

Photo © PixAir

 
ZOOMER
Posts: 216
Joined: Sun Dec 03, 2000 11:01 pm

RE: Your Favourite British Airline?

Sun Apr 29, 2001 3:55 am

For an objective answer to this question one would have to have flown on all British operators to judge which is best. How many of you above have done that? It's the same with all these "your favourite" or "best" questions. I only fly on BA, BD and KLM-UK (if that still qualifies as British) and thus I would choose one of those. I could be doing Monarch, British European and the rest an injustice. Sorry to be a party pooper!
 
klm672
Posts: 2514
Joined: Mon Oct 04, 1999 6:09 am

RE: Your Favourite British Airline?

Sun Apr 29, 2001 3:58 am

BA
Virgin
GO
 
cedarjet
Posts: 8101
Joined: Mon May 24, 1999 1:12 am

RE: Your Favourite British Airline?

Sun Apr 29, 2001 4:04 am

easyJet.

Haven't flown BA for years but they are pros. I have flown a few times with Virgin on the other hand and they do not feel like pros. There is a wafer-thin facade of good service (PTVs, amenity pack, regular water and OJ runs etc) but their crews seem to be idiots. BA crews are stern and not always supermodels but they know what they're doing. In an emergency I'd hate to be on Virgin. So I'll fly BA for my next few flights where the choice is VS/BA.

Jersey European (now British European - hey, it's BEA!) were always great for a 50 minute flight when I used to go to Belfast a lot.
fly Saha Air 707s daily from Tehran's downtown Mehrabad to Mashhad, Kish Island and Ahwaz
 
Guest

RE: Your Favourite British Airline?

Sun Apr 29, 2001 4:14 am

Zoomer,

You're absolutely right; I guess we should interpret the question as "If you have flown any British airlines, what did you think about the overall service/efficiency etc.?"

Personally, out of the British airlines, I've only ever flown BA and GO.

My family and I have flown BA for many years now, and to be honest, they are a damn reliable airline. Not perfect, but if you want to get there safely and efficiently, BA is the way to go.

Comments above based on comparison with other international airlines.

Rgds,
CP
 
englandair
Posts: 2193
Joined: Tue Oct 10, 2000 4:34 am

RE: Your Favourite British Airline?

Sun Apr 29, 2001 4:28 am

I'm undecided as to whether bmi british midland are best, or Virgin Atlantic are. They're both superb airlines by my experiences with them, but I can't judge short haul flights against longhaul ones. So I'll just have to fly BD longhaul and VS shorthaul to make up my mind Big grin
 
NG737PSR
Posts: 280
Joined: Wed Feb 07, 2001 2:49 am

RE: Your Favourite British Airline?

Sun Apr 29, 2001 4:41 am

As I fly as cabin crew I tend to be quite a critic when I fly, both in terms of what I think is good service and what I think bad. So here goes with the ones I've flown recently and order of preference.


1st place - British European - Just about every flight I've done with them has been consistently good from Gatwick to both Jersey and Belfast, I love flying on the 146 and the crews work incredibly hard and always seem genuinely friendly.

2nd - Buzz - very impressed with a couple of Stansted - Berlin flights on the B737-300, love the range of food and drinks on board and being able to buy a full meal tray if you like. Friendly cabin crew and a good company image, also early on both flights I did with them. Would like to try a 146 flight with them to compare service against the 737s

3rd - British Airways - I do regular flights Gatwick-Manchester/Glasgow with them, they are efficient but seldom come across as genuinely friendly on domestics, I know the flights are short, but a bit more interaction on boarding would not go amiss, they mostly just stand in the cabin and seem not particularly interested in being there.

Have travelled with them on London-Seattle and found the cabin crew friendly on a whole, but those B747-200s really need to go a.s.a.p very tired aircraft indeed.

Generally their World Traveller/Euro Traveller represents good value for money. And I've found most staff I've come into contact with helpful and efficient.

4th - Monarch - have flown with them a couple of times now on their A320s - they have a really good onboard product are safe and reliable, but usually let down by frosty/miserable cabin crew - happy to interact with one another, but quite brusque when dealing with the customers - which is a shame.

As for scratchcards on a scheduled crown service - tacky, tacky, tacky!
 
VirginLover
Posts: 918
Joined: Sun Mar 19, 2000 8:46 am

RE: Your Favourite British Airline?

Sun Apr 29, 2001 4:45 am

Virgin Atlantic, but of course  Smile
 
gkirk
Posts: 23345
Joined: Thu Jun 15, 2000 3:29 am

RE: Your Favourite British Airline?

Sun Apr 29, 2001 4:50 am

Zoomer, You have a very valid point there.
When you hear the noise of the Tartan Army Boys, we'll be coming down the road!
 
Jetstreamer
Posts: 324
Joined: Thu Apr 12, 2001 5:52 am

RE: Your Favourite British Airline?

Sun Apr 29, 2001 4:54 am

Cedarjet,

Just to reassure you that Virgin crew are not "idiots". If you had been through their six week training course you would know that they are more than able to handle any emergency situation.
 
Guest

RE: Virgin Atlantic

Sun Apr 29, 2001 4:56 am

Never flow a British airline but I prefer Virgin Atlantic. Their corporate identity is an evergreen and is very well balanced. Very, very good!
 
deltairlines
Posts: 6874
Joined: Mon May 24, 1999 4:47 am

RE: Your Favourite British Airline?

Sun Apr 29, 2001 5:18 am

British Airways is the second best airline in the world (after Delta, of course)

Jeff

Who is online