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I’ve variously been pre-occupied for the past few months courtesy of the Maybot or away (and desperately trying not to think about the Maybot and her bad dose of Stockholm Syndrome) but there is one constant: BA/IAG management’s seeming determination not to budge one millimetre from their “let’s screw the workers…” mindset.
Neither of my and Senior Management’s recent BA forays to MAA and FCO have been impacted by the Mixed Fleet stoppages or IT meltdowns so I guess we’ve been lucky. But they served to remind (a) just how far behind BA’s hard CW product now is and (b) on a positive note, that the investment into onboard CE/CW catering represents a very welcome improvement/reversion to how things always should have been.
The other common factor is that whether it’s ground staff, cabin crew or flight-deck, none of them has anything positive to say about their leadership. The uniform response is either a grimace or a wince. From sundry conversations, Walsh and Cruz are despised from one end of the company to the other.
One other point, your grasp of EU rules and regs pertaining to the Single Aviation Market continues to impress me.
What’s your take (probably on another thread) on O’Blarney’s recent warnings about the risk of serious travel disruption and the curtailment of services if things proceed as they are with the UKIPTory Brextremists continuing to assert a Panglossian “everything will be for the best in the best of all possible worlds…” and every possibility of a train, plane and automobile crash with no deal in place at the end of March 2019.12 Jul 2017
I believe if you are on a flight that is affected and being operated as QR then you will be informed.
However if you mean “How can I book a flight to experience the QR service?”, this thread on Flyertalk has lots of information.20 Jul 2017
How can I check if a QR bird is operated instead of the BA during the strike on my upcoming flight?
-Look in Manage My Booking.
-Click on the flight number to expand the details
-The flight operator wil be shown under the Depart/Arrive/Stops/Duration info, e.g. “This flight is operated by British Airways”20 Jul 2017
I’ve just done a 24 hour round trip to DOH.
On the outbound, there were a number of QR captains flying back to DOH as passengers, and I got chatting to a couple of them in the bar area. They had been part of a contingent flying to fill in for BA shorthaul on QR airbus, and were astonished by the response they got from pax.
In a nutshell, how can you be so good and BA so poor by comparison?
Hey Ho!20 Jul 2017
Thanks Tom for your help! I have few upcoming flights to London and yes i thouth I would try to book them on the flights if possible operated by QR. Even if it’s a short hop in Europe it’s nice to have a flatbed.21 Jul 2017
QR’s 320 family have differing configurations on their regional business class; some flat, some armchair style, some no different from Y other than centre seat. Luck of the draw.21 Jul 2017
Just flown KRK to LHR tonight on Qatar A320 great business cabin, 2×2 seats excellent service. The extra leg room, I am over 6 foot, makes huge difference to my well being, not tired or discomforted as I usually am after BA. But not happy being strike breaker!23 Jul 2017