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Flying BA MAN-PFO In July,what To Expect?

Tue May 09, 2006 7:49 am

Hi, im flying BA from MAN-PFO in July (17th to be exact) and was wondering what level of service etc to expect. We flew LHR-LCA last yr and got a 767, which although a nice flight, was very worn and tired looking (this is coming from my stepdad who is petrified of flying and never notices anything about a plane, and he was very shocked at the state of the cabin, being BA) anyway, I think we are flying on GB Airways this time, so I am guessing an A320/321, I was just wondering if there is any difference in the level of service and what state the a/c are in? Any info appreciated.
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RE: Flying BA MAN-PFO In July,what To Expect?

Tue May 09, 2006 6:23 pm

You will be on a GB Airways A320.Expect standard BA service and seating - complimentatry bar, complimentary meal, standard 31" pitch with leather seats. I think you also get IFE on dropdown screens.
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RE: Flying BA MAN-PFO In July,what To Expect?

Tue May 09, 2006 10:03 pm

Quoting Mhodgson (Reply 1):
You will be on a GB Airways A320.Expect standard BA service and seating - complimentatry bar, complimentary meal, standard 31" pitch with leather seats. I think you also get IFE on dropdown screens.

Well I think GB airways standards are lower than those of BA. I took BA/GT to Tunis in March and we got a light snack which consisted of a slice of pizza (same both ways), plus a fruit pot. The flight was well 02h30. BA's policy is to offer a meal on trays for flights over 02h30.

The only IFE was the moving map. I don't know if they have films on longer range flights.

But at the end of the day, the standards are better than those of AZ, LH or AF.

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RE: Flying BA MAN-PFO In July,what To Expect?

Tue May 09, 2006 11:24 pm

how much was your ticket to PFO just wondering
 
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RE: Flying BA MAN-PFO In July,what To Expect?

Wed May 10, 2006 5:40 pm

Well, we got a really good deal through ebookers.com, same as we did last time, £220 rtn, with really decent flight times, whereas all the charter flights we looked at were well in excess of £300 to PFO. It was a little cheaper to LCA, but those were from LGW and LTN, and the additional travel time to London plus having to park the car there or get the train and stay in a hotel meant what you saved on the ticket you paid out anyway on the other stuff, this way we can get a cab to MAN from Stoke on Trent for £60 rtn. As long as the cabin is in a better state than on that 767 we had last year it doesnt matter if we get a meal or IFE, we'll read anyway and just take sarnies anyway, wont starve if we dont eat for 4 hours.
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RE: Flying BA MAN-PFO In July,what To Expect?

Thu May 11, 2006 6:20 am

Quoting AIR MALTA (Reply 2):
BA's policy is to offer a meal on trays for flights over 02h30.

No it isn't.
 
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RE: Flying BA MAN-PFO In July,what To Expect?

Thu May 11, 2006 7:11 pm

Quoting Speedbirdcrew (Reply 5):
No it isn't.

So what is being offered on flights to St.Petersburg, Tripoli or Lisbon?
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RE: Flying BA MAN-PFO In July,what To Expect?

Thu May 11, 2006 7:18 pm

From LHR its a half tray I *think* however from LGW you will only get a sandwich now. And I don't think it was ever policy either, its like anything people get what they want, cheap fares and less food.
 
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RE: Flying BA MAN-PFO In July,what To Expect?

Thu May 11, 2006 10:51 pm

This is from ba.com's Your questions :

British Airways will make further changes to its catering in Euro Traveller on flights from Heathrow, following the changes introduced in December in response to customer feedback and the need for the airline to focus on reducing cost as part of its shorthaul review.

We continually review every aspect of our service and have taken on board feedback from our customers. As a result we have taken the opportunity to refine the on board catering service on flights at certain times of the day to ensure we can better meet the needs of our customers.



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With effect from February 16, we will offer the following:

European flights up to 1.5hours in duration:


Time Service
Breakfast up to 09:29 Warm panini and orange juice
Late Morning 09:30-11:29 Drinks service
Lunch 11:30-13:59 Sandwich and dessert
Afternoon 14:00-16:29 Drinks service
Evening after 16:30 Sandwich and dessert


European flights up to 2.5 hours in duration


Time Service
Breakfast up to 10:59 Warm panini, fruit pot and muffin
Rest of Day 11:00 onward Sandwich and dessert

A complimentary bar service will be available on all flights. All catering will remain complimentary.

There will be no changes to the catering offered in Euro Traveller on flights of more than 2.5 hours or in Club Europe.

We will continue to review the catering we offer on all our shorthaul flights.
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RE: Flying BA MAN-PFO In July,what To Expect?

Fri May 12, 2006 6:44 am

There are no longer hot meals in Euro Traveller on any BA operated flight ex-LGW. The change in catering also sees a reduction of crew numbers on certain flights which is part of a cost saving initiative specific to BA LGW only and shouldn't directly have any affect on GT operated flights, nor BA from LHR.

Longer European flights out of LHR such as ATH and LED continue to have hot meals in Euro Traveller. It is possible that LHR will also see some changes to catering over the next few months but there are no definate plans.
 
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RE: Flying BA MAN-PFO In July,what To Expect?

Fri May 12, 2006 5:31 pm

Quoting AIR MALTA (Reply 2):
Well I think GB airways standards are lower than those of BA

Is this comment based on the simple fact that you did not get the meal you expected? I have always found GB's standards equal or better than the mainline BA.

Quoting AIR MALTA (Reply 2):
BA's policy is to offer a meal on trays for flights over 02h30.

As has already been pointed out, BA's policy has been changed in response to passengers' feedback

Quoting AIR MALTA (Reply 2):
The only IFE was the moving map

Has IFE become so important to some passengers that they cannot survive a flight of under 3 hours without it? How on earth do you think passengers kept themselves occupied on flights before IFE was introduced, often lasting days (rather than 180 minutes)?
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RE: Flying BA MAN-PFO In July,what To Expect?

Mon May 15, 2006 4:11 pm

To make it clear BA is my favourite airline...

Quoting BCAL (Reply 10):
Is this comment based on the simple fact that you did not get the meal you expected? I have always found GB's standards equal or better than the mainline BA.

Well I booked VIE-LON-TUN on BA rather than the direct VIE-TUN on TU beacause it was cheaper and I was curious to fly BA and BA/GT flight. I was expecting a hot meal as stated on ba website (fligh time 3 hours arriving at 22:00 in Tunis) but we got snack.

Quoting BCAL (Reply 10):
Has IFE become so important to some passengers that they cannot survive a flight of under 3 hours without it? How on earth do you think passengers kept themselves occupied on flights before IFE was introduced, often lasting days (rather than 180 minutes)?

No... But even the moving map is fine for me.
But to say the truth I really like those canadian hidden cameras shows which I have seen on European routes on LX or on SAA domestic routes in South Africa. If BA have the drop down screens they could invest in some of those comedies.

And to conclude this... BA has one of the best Shorthaul products in Europe.. May be Finnair is slight better.
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