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Flying GB Airways (BA), What To Expect?

Fri Jan 06, 2006 3:06 am

I am planning on flying either from LHR or LGW to Marrakesh (RAK) in Morocco...

How are GB Airways? They operate a fleet of A320 and A321's!

I can either fly on the A321 from LHR or the A320 from LGW, which is better?

Is LGW's North Terminal or LHR's Terminal 1 better?

How is GB Airways compared to Bmed and BA?

How are the cabins on board?


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RE: Flying GB Airways (BA), What To Expect?

Fri Jan 06, 2006 5:18 am

Quoting B742 (Thread starter):
Is LGW's North Terminal or LHR's Terminal 1 better?

Do you need to ask?  Wink

I've heard the service is a little more polished than BA mainline. Champagne from a 75cl bottle as opposed to mini 17.5cl bottles and such like...

Here is a report from LGW-PFO
MLA-LGW
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RE: Flying GB Airways (BA), What To Expect?

Fri Jan 06, 2006 5:49 am

Yeah I traveled GB airways from LGW - HER and I think it is better than the main British Airways. I flew on the A321 there and the A320 on the way back. THe food generally is a little better I believe and the service seems to be better than BA.

Flying on the A321 was very comfortable, very easy to fly that for 4 hours. There seems to be extra pockets of room on there, it just seems more airier and comfortable. Flying the A320 back was...awful!! It was clearly smaller, I felt really cramped and slightly claustrophobic. Alright for short haul, but for medium haul...not the best!

LHR is always going to busy. The GB airways flight from LHR departs at 15:15, so its going to be a bit quieter then, it may work your way. They've opened the second big shopping area, so its good for shopping.(if that's your idea of bliss!!) Plane-wise, its always busy. Food wise, quite good, bit of everything.

LGW is also quite nice, and it will be silent at 16:00 (when the majority of the flights go from, there maybe a 7am flight). The terminal will be empty! Plane wise as well, all the flights from the US would have departed. Shopping wise it isn't bad, food wise, not that good, just a few expensive cafe's and an odd restaurant.

Hope this helps!!!

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RE: Flying GB Airways (BA), What To Expect?

Fri Jan 06, 2006 6:32 pm

I have flown GB Airways several times LGW-LPA and LGW-AGP on both their A320s and A321s. As regards the aircraft, apart from the lengthened fuselage I did not notice any difference between the A320 and A321s.

I always prefer LGW to LHR, simply because living on the south coast LGW is much easier to get to (25 minutes by direct train/40 minutes by car) compared with LHR (90 minutes minimum by train with 2 changes and 120 minutes by car on the congested M25). It really depends on where you are starting your journey to the airport. LGW North Terminal is certainly more user-friendly, modern, and superior over LHR Terminal 1, which is showing its age.

Service on GB Airways is on par with BA, sometimes better and perhaps more "polished". I have never had cause to complain about GB Airways cabin service, their staff are professional, pleasant, and helpful. Unless I was too handsome or important (sic!), they also seemed more generous with free drinks and wine on GB Airways - they quite happily gave you refills and extra small bottles of wine without charge in coach. Food was adequate, certainly not gourmet and on par with BA mainline.

Seat configurations are the same as BA mainline. The only drawback on GB Airways is the lack of IFE and seat back screens (although I believe this is now changing). However, with the majority of their flights under 4 hours, this is not important.

You will find several reports about GB Airways on carsurvey.org, most of which are favourable.

I have never flown BMed, so I do not know how they compare with GB Airways.
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RE: Flying GB Airways (BA), What To Expect?

Sat Jan 07, 2006 3:28 am

Quoting BCAL (Reply 3):
The only drawback on GB Airways is the lack of IFE and seat back screens (although I believe this is now changing)

Oh, come on... would you really need a seat-back screen for under 4 hours?  Silly
 
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RE: Flying GB Airways (BA), What To Expect?

Sun Jan 08, 2006 1:32 am

GB airways are quite nice both A320's and 321's have bright cabins, crew are friendly.

RAK has been quite popular lately some days the A320 has operated and other days if its doing LGW-FEZ-RAK-LGW then the A321 has been on the route.

As long as theres no technical delays then GB airways are fine.

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RE: Flying GB Airways (BA), What To Expect?

Sun Jan 08, 2006 5:52 am

Thanks guys for the replys  bigthumbsup 

I have chosen to fly from LGW on the A320  Smile

Thanks for the trip reports Fbgdavidson, I realy enjoyed reading them, unfortinatly i'm in economy  Wink

Quoting BA0284 (Reply 2):


Hope this helps!!!

It did, thanks very much  Smile

Quoting LGWspeedbird (Reply 5):
RAK has been quite popular lately some days the A320 has operated and other days if its doing LGW-FEZ-RAK-LGW then the A321 has been on the route.

Thanks, any idea on the load factors on the LGW-RAK flights?

Has anyone ever been to Marrakesh here, what's it like?

I'm planning on doing a trip report aswell  Smile

Thanks again for the help Big grin

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RE: Flying GB Airways (BA), What To Expect?

Mon Jan 09, 2006 3:18 am

Few with them to Tunis a few years back.
They lost my luggage on the way out!
Three days in the sahara with no clean pants!
It was on a press trip as well...paid for by GB and Tunisian tourist board...oopps!
Seemed a little better than standard BA onboard.
Got upgraded to Club Europe on the way back....mmmmm!!!!!

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