jafa39
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BMI Baby..Your Experiences

Wed Jun 07, 2006 4:20 pm

I'm flying LHR-EDI return in November (8 quid plus taxes!!) with BMI baby, anyone flown with them on this route or similar?...what a/c can I expect and are they usually pretty reliable etc?

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RE: BMI Baby..Your Experiences

Wed Jun 07, 2006 4:23 pm

Quoting Jafa39 (Thread starter):
I'm flying LHR-EDI return in November (8 quid plus taxes!!) with BMI baby

Will actually be a BMI a/c, either a 319/320 or 321
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RE: BMI Baby..Your Experiences

Wed Jun 07, 2006 4:35 pm

Quoting Gkirk (Reply 1):
either a 319/320 or 321

If it ain't Boeing I'm not going!  Smile  Smile  Smile
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RE: BMI Baby..Your Experiences

Wed Jun 07, 2006 4:41 pm

Quoting Jafa39 (Thread starter):
I'm flying LHR-EDI return in November (8 quid plus taxes!!) with BMI baby

bmiBaby doesn't operate flights ex-LHR, but you can buy tickets indirectly through bmiBaby's website. Another example of bmi's strategy in action.
 
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RE: BMI Baby..Your Experiences

Wed Jun 07, 2006 4:56 pm

Quoting HS748 (Reply 3):
you can buy tickets indirectly through bmiBaby's website

This is what I did as the BMI website was stuffed and I want to fly a Star Alliance member as coming in on NZ2 and will have more than 20 kgs baggage, by keeping with Star Alliance I can negotiate my baggage right through to EDI.
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ba757gla
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RE: BMI Baby..Your Experiences

Wed Jun 07, 2006 5:16 pm

How much was your ticket as , bmi out of LHR is pretty dear?
 
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RE: BMI Baby..Your Experiences

Wed Jun 07, 2006 5:18 pm

BMI Baby are fantatic, as are mainline BMI. I flew LGW-MME for £15 all in on WW! And Ive been on MME-LHR-MME on BD, which was also great. Flying on WW is very relaxed, there's no pomp and ceremony, but the cabin crew were really warm and genuinne.
 
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RE: BMI Baby..Your Experiences

Wed Jun 07, 2006 5:20 pm

Quoting Ba757gla (Reply 5):
bmi out of LHR is pretty dear?

8 quid + taxes which came to 59 quid altogether at the current exchange rate that comes to $171NZ..roughly what you'd pay for AKL-WLG.
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ba757gla
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RE: BMI Baby..Your Experiences

Wed Jun 07, 2006 5:21 pm

BMI should be ok altough it is a airbus you will be going on if not a embraer 145 flys on the less busy times !1
 
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RE: BMI Baby..Your Experiences

Wed Jun 07, 2006 5:34 pm

Quoting Ba757gla (Reply 8):
if not a embraer 145

Hmmm, not flown one of them, should be a novelty, after all I have flown more 737's than most people have flown! So either will be a change, thanks for the info.  Smile
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ba757gla
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RE: BMI Baby..Your Experiences

Wed Jun 07, 2006 5:35 pm

what day are you flying because e145s dont fly all days?
 
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RE: BMI Baby..Your Experiences

Wed Jun 07, 2006 5:37 pm

Up on saturday 4/11, return on wednesday 8/11.
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RE: BMI Baby..Your Experiences

Wed Jun 07, 2006 5:59 pm

Quoting Sevenair (Reply 6):
I flew LGW-MME for �15 all in on WW!

They need to start LGW to LBA!

Quoting Jafa39 (Thread starter):
I'm flying LHR-EDI return in November

Don't forget BD is no longer a full service carrier so you will have to pay for food on board.

Assuming you have purchased a "tiny" fare, you won't be able to choose your seat if checking in online.

Other than that, it should be a good flight!
Next flights: LGW-LBA-LGW, LHR-SIN-SYD, SYD-BKK-LHR, LGW-GRO, GRO-CIA, CIA-MAD, MAD-LGW
 
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RE: BMI Baby..Your Experiences

Wed Jun 07, 2006 6:17 pm

I think that one of the late night flights on a saturday is e 145 but i cant confirm but i know sunday has 1 145 flight. aircraft will be pretty new and in good condition altough the airbus is not an exciting ride!
 
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RE: BMI Baby..Your Experiences

Wed Jun 07, 2006 6:31 pm

Quoting Jafa39 (Reply 4):
This is what I did as the BMI website was stuffed and I want to fly a Star Alliance member as coming in on NZ2 and will have more than 20 kgs baggage, by keeping with Star Alliance I can negotiate my baggage right through to EDI.

Afraid not, BMI don't allow through check in on seperate tickets any more. Even if it is from another *A member.
http://www.flybmi.com/bmi/en-gb/planandbook/throughcheck-in.aspx
 
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RE: BMI Baby..Your Experiences

Wed Jun 07, 2006 7:50 pm

Quoting Lapper (Reply 14):
BMI don't allow through check in on seperate tickets any more.

Oh well, I will split the baggage with a friend who is flying up with me. Thanks for the heads up.

Quoting Ba757gla (Reply 13):
the airbus is not an exciting ride!

I try to avoid exciting flights...boring is fine by me.....too many WLG landings you see!
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RE: BMI Baby..Your Experiences

Wed Jun 07, 2006 7:53 pm

so you have become used to WLG landings then ha ha so anything else is just lame!!
 
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RE: BMI Baby..Your Experiences

Wed Jun 07, 2006 8:09 pm

Quoting Ba757gla (Reply 16):
so you have become used to WLG landings then ha ha so anything else is just lame!!

Far from it, I love smooth landings, being thrown about like a peanut in a tumble-dryer doesn't get to be more fun the more you do it!  Smile
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RE: BMI Baby..Your Experiences

Wed Jun 07, 2006 8:30 pm

I have very few bumppy landings and to me they are a bonus unless you get sick !1
 
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RE: BMI Baby..Your Experiences

Wed Jun 07, 2006 9:55 pm

So, what takes you to that part of the world? MME is my home airport, and I used to work on the ground there for BD.

Quoting HS748 (Reply 3):
Another example of bmi's strategy in action.

So you are complaining about the cheap fares available, right? bmibaby is a known brand for 'tiny fares', so why not use this as a marketing tool for the cheapest fares on bmi?

Quoting Lapper (Reply 14):
Afraid not, BMI don't allow through check in on seperate tickets any more. Even if it is from another *A member.

You may find that NZ will still through check if you ask. If they do, all it means is that they will be recharged if it does not make the connection and has to be delivered to you, rather than being at BD's expense.
 
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RE: BMI Baby..Your Experiences

Wed Jun 07, 2006 10:36 pm

Quoting UK_Dispatcher (Reply 19):
So you are complaining about the cheap fares available, right?

Wrong!
 
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RE: BMI Baby..Your Experiences

Wed Jun 07, 2006 10:53 pm

Quoting HS748 (Reply 20):
Wrong!

I think we are all used to people jumping on the bandwagon and bashing bmi at any opportunity, so I was naturally inclined to take your comment as being cynical towards them (sadly, this has become the norm, which is why I took it that way). Apologies if I read it the wrong way - maybe you were complimenting them on their strategy.... Or maybe you were merely commenting that this is their strategy, but without any positive or negative undercurrent....

Please clarify so I know!
 
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RE: BMI Baby..Your Experiences

Wed Jun 07, 2006 11:12 pm

Quoting Jafa39 (Reply 11):
Up on saturday 4/11, return on wednesday 8/11.

Will be an A320 on the return. The flight on the Saturday could be either ERJ145 or A320 depending on what flight it is.

BD56 and BD60 are ERJs, if it's neither of those two then it's A320.
 
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RE: BMI Baby..Your Experiences

Wed Jun 07, 2006 11:37 pm

'Afraid not, BMI don't allow through check in on seperate tickets any more. Even if it is from another *A member.'

I found this out last month when I flew back from AKL to LHR I had a seperate ticket to go up to MAN, NZ like were having none of it, they changed the RULES 4 days before i flew back , even if you try and explain to them its cheaper doing it in bits, in the end i missed my flight because NZ were late into LHR and ended up with good old Virgin Trains home to Manchester,

tho just booked my next trip back to NZ in Aug, and did it from MAN to DUD, and THAT SET me back some 6,500 NZ$ !! and thats flying cheap class,!

overall BD and WW are good tho still need to pull there socks up a bit!
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RE: BMI Baby..Your Experiences

Thu Jun 08, 2006 2:16 am

Quoting UK_Dispatcher (Reply 21):
I think we are all used to people jumping on the bandwagon and bashing bmi at any opportunity, so I was naturally inclined to take your comment as being cynical towards them (sadly, this has become the norm, which is why I took it that way). Apologies if I read it the wrong way - maybe you were complimenting them on their strategy.... Or maybe you were merely commenting that this is their strategy, but without any positive or negative undercurrent....

Please clarify so I know!

I was indeed criticising bmi's lack of a coherent strategy. However, I would add that I'm not a bmi basher for the sake of it, I'm a once loyal gold card holder who has been badly let down by bmi's descent into chaos and confusion. And I don't always bash them - only recently I started a thread about bmi's latest positive financial results.
 
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RE: BMI Baby..Your Experiences

Thu Jun 08, 2006 3:04 am

"MME is my home airport, and I used to work on the ground there for BD."
hey UK_Dispatcher its mine too and ws my first airline job,a bit before your time i imagine. We had the viscounts flying then when i started and then we operated THE DC9, the only one they had at the time. In those days MME-LHR wa their prime route. Oh those were the days .....
 
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RE: BMI Baby..Your Experiences

Thu Jun 08, 2006 4:18 am

whats the flying time MME-LHR im intersted? klm still fly to MME as well?
 
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RE: BMI Baby..Your Experiences

Thu Jun 08, 2006 5:39 am

Quoting UK_Dispatcher (Reply 19):
So, what takes you to that part of the world?

You talking to me?  Smile I have to attend a conference for the international organisation of which i am the NZ CEO (sounds glamorous eh?).

Quoting ScottishLaddie (Reply 22):
BD56 and BD60

BD61, so i guess its Airbus time. Pity, never flown an Embraer, was quite looking forward to it.
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RE: BMI Baby..Your Experiences

Thu Jun 08, 2006 7:14 am

I will be flying with bmibaby to Belfast from Manchester (for a day trip) in two weeks time. I'm interested to see if they have improved since I last flew on them in Jan 2005. I'll make sure to write a report!  Wink

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