USAF757300
Topic Author
Posts: 229
Joined: Thu Nov 25, 2004 5:40 am

What Can I Expect From BA?

Thu Apr 07, 2005 8:27 am

I am looking at non-reving PHX-LHR in Jan. or Feb. I was just wondering what I can expect from them in terms of IFE, service, meals, etc..... I have never traveled them before, and I would like to give it a try. I was also looking at NW PHX-LGW I have never been on NW longhaul before, how are they? I hear that the IFE on the new 330s is awesome. I would like to fly on a DC-10 also since they wont be around for a lot longer, are they nice?


Please share your experiences and opinions.


Thanks
 
Kieron747
Posts: 2461
Joined: Wed Feb 16, 2005 7:17 am

RE: What Can I Expect From BA?

Thu Apr 07, 2005 8:32 am

I flew BA London to Montreal and it was the best flight experiance of my life! The plane, a 777 was spotless, the food was lovely (I had chicken and pasta), the flight attendants polite, friendly and courteous, and the IFE was great.

Even though I spent a lot of the time looking at the travel map, there was a choice of several films and TV shows. I found the seats to be comfy (I flew economy) and the whole experience was a pleasure. BA is the best in my opinion, even if my opinion is slightly biased!

Regards

Kieron747

Ps. Did I mention free alcohol!?
 Wink

[Edited 2005-04-07 01:34:21]
Airliners.Net - The Jam Rag Of The Web.
 
mNeo
Posts: 718
Joined: Fri Mar 26, 2004 8:12 am

RE: What Can I Expect From BA?

Thu Apr 07, 2005 8:42 am

I have flown on BA and will fly with them agian this summer on JFK-LHR-SOF and back. I also have to agree that the service is quite good and so is the IFE. The only complaint i have is the seats. Im 6'1 and i still have not found a comftable Y seat across the pond. As you are non revving you might get an upgrade
Powered by Maina
 
cambrian
Posts: 566
Joined: Sat Sep 27, 2003 1:45 am

RE: What Can I Expect From BA?

Thu Apr 07, 2005 8:55 am

Best flight of your life? In that case, you haven't flown very much.

Expect indifferent service, poor IFE compared to airlines offering on demand.

You may be lucky and find some crew who remembered to take their medication, however.
 
AeroArgentina
Posts: 190
Joined: Tue May 08, 2001 4:28 am

RE: What Can I Expect From BA?

Thu Apr 07, 2005 9:00 am

I've flown them on DFW-LGW (777) and LHR-IST-LHR (320) and have been very impressed on their European flights while the transcon was pretty decent.

The European flight had very good food, good IFE (for a 3.5 hour flight), spotless plane, good drinks, and great service. I wish US airlines would learn from that level of service on similar length flights.

On the transcon (probably what u care about anyways), I will say it is much superior to AA and US (the two I've taken internationally). Free booze and good food (for an airline), although their service was ok. Of course it was only one flight so u might see it diferently.
 
khenleydia
Posts: 383
Joined: Tue Feb 15, 2005 2:18 am

RE: What Can I Expect From BA?

Thu Apr 07, 2005 10:04 am

In May I am flying BA from LAX-LHR-LUN. First leg is a 744 Y-class and the second leg is 763? Y-class as well. I know they are in the process of upgrading their 767s but other than that, any experiences or helpful info?

Thanks.
KhenleyDIA
Why sit at home and do nothing when you can travel the world.
 
ba97
Posts: 348
Joined: Sat Apr 10, 2004 9:42 am

RE: What Can I Expect From BA?

Thu Apr 07, 2005 10:13 am

I switched from AC to BA for long haul. I found BA to give you what you pay for and consistant in service. Are there better? Yes. But many worse. That said, flying within Europe they can be spotty. Food is normal airline food but what does one expect. Even Club world is no different than a standard hotel meal. I like the fact I get very few surprises and they are organized.
there is economy class, business class, first class...then Concorde..pure class
 
caribb
Posts: 1502
Joined: Mon Nov 08, 1999 6:33 am

RE: What Can I Expect From BA?

Thu Apr 07, 2005 10:23 am

I'm heading out on BA to AMS from YUL this Saturday... connecting at LHR. I'm only taking BA to have my first flight in a 777. I'm told the seat width on BA economy is really tight. I usually fly KLM and they are ok but also a bit tight as well. So sounds like service is good. I hope the connection goes well. I'm only staying in Europe one day.

One question from on BA.. I'm told I'll only go through passport control in Amsterdam and not London. Isn't LHR-AMS considered a "domestic flight" within the EC? I flew AMS-ATH and never saw customs last December... so how is it I'll be going through customs at AMS and other passengers originating in London won't be? Seems odd, I thought I'd go through customs to enter the EC in England and then use the LHR-AMS flight as an internal flight.
 
manni
Posts: 4049
Joined: Thu Nov 08, 2001 1:48 am

RE: What Can I Expect From BA?

Thu Apr 07, 2005 5:28 pm

The UK is not a Shengen country, that's why you have to clear immigration upon arrival in the UK coming from another destination within the EC, in contrast to flights between Shengen countrys, such as ATH-AMS.
SUPPORT THE LEBANESE CIVILIANS
 
SDLSimme
Posts: 466
Joined: Sun Feb 06, 2005 9:44 pm

RE: What Can I Expect From BA?

Thu Apr 07, 2005 8:14 pm

I flew a BA 744 in world traveller class last month ARN-LHR-BKK and I really liked them. The PTVs were nice. The only complaint I have is that we weren't given a choice of meals, they just gave us something. It was the same thing with breakfast (although breakfast service was delayed due to turbulence and had to be served close to arrival so it was a bit rushed, which I can understand). I don't know if they usually have two choices but on this flight, they didn't.
Otherwise I really liked them. The plane was in good shape and the FAs were friendly.

I didn't like them as much as I liked QF on the way back though  Wink
A319-A321, A332-A333, RJ85, B733-B738, B743-B744, B752, B762-B764, B772-B773, CRJ200-CRJ700, Dash 8 Q300-Q400, ERJ 145,
 
wheelsatc
Posts: 111
Joined: Mon Oct 18, 2004 6:39 am

RE: What Can I Expect From BA?

Thu Apr 07, 2005 8:25 pm

BA and VS are the best airlines in Europe by some distance. They are better at different things but generally BA are very good.
 
caribb
Posts: 1502
Joined: Mon Nov 08, 1999 6:33 am

RE: What Can I Expect From BA?

Thu Apr 07, 2005 9:04 pm

Manni - BA is telling me I don't have to clear customs in the UK, I clear them in AMS... that's why I brought it up.. it would seem more logical to clear customs upon the EC Nation you are entering.
 
Flighttime
Posts: 62
Joined: Thu Jan 20, 2005 9:54 pm

RE: What Can I Expect From BA?

Thu Apr 07, 2005 10:12 pm

You don't have to clear customs or immigration in London if you are in direct transit to another destination (ie you are not entering the UK if remaining airside). Shengen only applies to travel commencing and ending within the Shengen area, I believe.
 
TimRees
Posts: 298
Joined: Thu Aug 02, 2001 2:09 am

RE: What Can I Expect From BA?

Thu Apr 07, 2005 10:24 pm

Quoting Cambrian (Reply 3):
Best flight of your life? In that case, you haven't flown very much.

Can't agree....why do people knock BA so often.
As airlines go, I think in Y class at least, BA is difficult to beat.

I've flown quite a lot with many airlines and BA beats all US airlines across the pond hands down, and in my experience were better than some of the 'favourites' long haul such as SQ and QF. I'd say CX was an equal. I used to be a VS fan, but I'd say in Y class BA now beats Sir Richard's product.

Can't talk for premium classes (yet) unfortunately!
 
leeshu
Posts: 1
Joined: Sat Jan 03, 2004 4:59 am

RE: What Can I Expect From BA?

Fri Apr 08, 2005 3:18 am

This is my first post.
I travelled to New York and back last week with BA, they upgraded us to World Traveller Plus out from Heathrow, which in my opinion has the best IFE and games I have seen in a while, the crew were very friendly and had time to chat to the passengers. I would recommend BA transatlantic.
one day I might post something....
 
Kieron747
Posts: 2461
Joined: Wed Feb 16, 2005 7:17 am

RE: What Can I Expect From BA?

Fri Apr 08, 2005 3:23 am

Quoting Cambrian (Reply 3):
Best flight of your life? In that case, you haven't flown very much.

Expect indifferent service, poor IFE compared to airlines offering on demand.

You may be lucky and find some crew who remembered to take their medication, however.

Jees dude,

I have flown quite a lot actually, transatlantic on British Airways, United and Air Canada. In my humble opinion British Airways was the best in every respect.

Kieron747
Airliners.Net - The Jam Rag Of The Web.
 
KLMA330
Posts: 703
Joined: Fri Feb 11, 2005 1:37 pm

RE: What Can I Expect From BA?

Fri Apr 08, 2005 3:40 am

What you can expect is service befitted of an airline which once held the title "The World's Favourite Airline". Although they may not use that line anymore, I think they are at least One of the world's favourite airlines. Service is great, efficient, professional, with British eloquence. Granted it's been a while since I've flown them, but even still, BA is BA  Smile
 
ACDC8
Posts: 7175
Joined: Thu Mar 10, 2005 6:56 pm

RE: What Can I Expect From BA?

Fri Apr 08, 2005 5:09 am

BA is a great company to fly. Last time I flew them was LHR-YVR and we had lamb w/ mint sauce for lunch, not bad for econo class. Their Club World is really good too, I like how the seating is arranged.

cheers,
Patrick
A Grumpy German Is A Sauerkraut
 
fbgdavidson
Posts: 3563
Joined: Thu Oct 14, 2004 6:25 am

RE: What Can I Expect From BA?

Fri Apr 08, 2005 5:22 am

BA is pretty solid in terms of service across all classes, it doesn't vary wildly like some airlines (*cough* VS *splutter*  ) although in my opinion Y is Y is Y. It is always going to be grim!

While BA aren't as hot as CX and SQ they are a fair way above the average carrier, I am just fortunate to be UK based and fly them on 90% of my flights. Club World certainly is a very decent J product, see a few of my trip reports...

[Edited 2005-04-07 22:23:27]
"My first job was selling doors, door to door, that's a tough job innit" - Bill Bailey
 
Speedbird2155
Posts: 684
Joined: Wed Feb 02, 2005 7:44 am

RE: What Can I Expect From BA?

Fri Apr 08, 2005 8:19 am

As a BA employee, I'd just like to say thanks to all of you that have faith in us as a quality carrier. It can be a bit depressing when we keep getting knocked and your efforts to ensure passenger satisfaction never seem to be appreciated. However, knowing that so many of you believe in us is an inspiration to continue to do the best we can to make you happy. As an airline, we recognise that we can get it wrong at times, but when we do, we will make the effort to handle the situation and make it right. I recently had the opportunity to have a lengthy conversation with one of our top gold cardholders, who has also travelled extensively with other carriers and hearing his views on why he keeps flying BA certainly was an eye-opener. I always remember that conversation and the words he used and use that as my inspiration to keep going.

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: ra132914 and 22 guests