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  • TominScotland
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    Its the absurdities that frustrate. We flew into Calgary a couple of weeks ago and are flying out of Vancouver tonight. Yesterday, I wanted to explore a possible upgrade from WT+ to Club using Avios. Not possible because our journey included a land transfer…. Err, what? How do they know we did not fly from Calgary to Vancouver (we did not) and what has that got to do with it anyway…..? I suppose I could call the Gold Line but should I need to?

    in reply to: BA's appalling website

    TominScotland
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    Slightly taking the topic sideways, I hate checking out of hotels and being asked to wait while Housekeeping ascertains that I have not removed the TV and the bath!! Most recently (on Saturday), I had to wait 15 minutes while this took place – maybe I look dishonest?

    So lets apply this to aircraft. If airlines fitted centrally controlled seat-belts and passengers could not release their own belts after landing, cabin crew could then release each traveller individually, having verified that nothing has been purloined……. Disembarking an A380 might then take, what, 3 hours?


    TominScotland
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    FCTraveller – ii is also ‘obvious’ that BA have purchased data on traveller preferences from Cambridge Analytica (so as to ensure they are not met) and who, in turn, arranged the bugging of all business travel agents in the country!! If I have learnt anything in my (secluded) life it is that when anyone makes a claim that something is ‘obvious’, it definitely means that it is anything but………


    TominScotland
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    rferguson, this makes sense as ‘payment’ for the free drinks can be with BAEC Gold or silver cards which will then show zero for that first purchase. May also be quite an effective sales technique as some folk will undoubtedly purchase something else alongside their free drink.

    I suspect that, after early practical problems, people are coming to accept BOB and, from my observations, it is operating quite smoothly on both short and longer flights. On my recent return from LCA, the young couple sitting near me quite willingly purchased food and drink to the value of over £40 for their (admittedly) long flight (by European standards).


    TominScotland
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    I agree, delivering service to Manchester must be hell!! Being pedantic, BA does not offer a Domestic Business Class product, it is the same as you would have received on the almost exactly the same distance from Heathrow to Amsterdam.


    TominScotland
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    I really don’t see the issue here. Holiday periods are low demand from mainstream business travellers so there is greater capacity in the lounges. Its a small thing to offer Gold and above members when they are travelling with family. Why the hyperbole?


    TominScotland
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    Just returned from very quick GLA-LHR-LCA return trip, with the Larnaca legs on the 767, booked in Economy. The outbound saw two upgrades to CE which was nice but, given the seat configuration on the 767 not a huge benefit except for the excellent meal on offer in CE. I was in a window-aisle set which does not have the benefit of the free middle seat which the centre seating has so is quite cramped, especially for working. I had chosen an exit seat in Economy and would probably have been better off there from a working perspective. The flight appeared to be 100%+ full with, presumably, off-duty crew in spare crew seats.

    While the 767 is good for the one hour flight from Glasgow (see above) it is not really fit for purpose for a 4 – 4.5 hour journey as CE. Legroom is tight and the IFE is a joke. As noted, the lunch was excellent and the drinks selection (of which I did not partake) appeared to be good, judging by neighbours’ choices. Because of the need to de-ice at Heathrow, we ran about 45 minutes late but, with two doors used at Larnaca, were off the plane quickly.

    On the return, I was not upgraded so occupied my exit seat in Row 27 which was excellent for the work I needed to do after my meetings. The legroom, of course, was also a real plus and, on balance, offers a better option than CE, especially if you want to use a laptop or read bulky documents. The third party lounge in Larnaca is quite good if busy with an Emirates departure around the same time as BA so I was able to anticipate BOB and have a pre-boarding dinner. For similar reasons to the outbound, the flight ran a bit late. In any case, this flight is scheduled to make same night onward connections impossible – presumably, it leave London late morning in order to pick up transfer traffic from the US. So I had booked the Ibis near-by on Avios, returning to T5 on the excellent 423 service to catch my early flight to Glasgow.

    On both 767 legs, I was welcomed by the CSD to acknowledge my 5 years of Gold tier membership of the BAEC which was nice. Given that I am very rarely recognised like this on BA, it was also a surprise. 5 years would be right as it was then that I moved over to BA as a BMI refugee.

    in reply to: BA's 767

    TominScotland
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    A fairly widespread trend, not just BA (Gatwick). BA joins a 10 across club of
    Aeroflot
    Air Canada
    Air France
    Air New Zealand
    Alitalia
    American Airlines
    All Nippon Airlines
    Austrian Airlines
    China Southern
    Emirates
    Etihad
    JAL
    Jet Airways
    KLM
    Philippine Airlines
    Scoot
    TAM

    with Cathay having announced plans for 10 across. If Austrian have 10 across, how long before the rest of the LH group follow suit? I have experienced 10 across with KLM and Emirates and, actually, it is not too bad (and I no wafer!!).


    TominScotland
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    CathayLoyalist2 – errrrr, read Pat’s post above!! Aer Lingus ARE IAG……….


    TominScotland
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    Just measured 42cm outside my back door (not a drift) and snowing heavily right now…..


    TominScotland
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    Never seen such deep snow up here over the past 20 years so hardly surprising, Tom. EK27 from Dubai was forced to circle for what seems to have been about an hour (luckily carrying enough fuel) before landing immediately the runway opened again briefly at 13.00. EK28 does not appear to have departed as yet.


    TominScotland
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    Canucklad, what you propose would be good BUT I don’t think that a move back to PIK on any scale is on the cards. My reading is that the plan is to move the planes to the EDI base – hence the new routes.


    TominScotland
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    Lugano

    I also suspect it depends on the type of aircraft and the way that bags are loaded. When I check bags through to Glasgow via LHR (usually on a narrow body for the final leg), invariably those bags that are tagged from London appear first followed by bags that have transited (like their owners) in LHR. This is particularly the case when the transit time in LHR is quite long. There is certainly no distinction made between Priority tagged bags and others. Elsewhere, the picture can be different. In BKK a couple of weeks ago, tagged bags came off the BA 777 first.


    TominScotland
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    I got am amazing fare for Club World (hardly more than Economy) and have just returned from Bangkok after a brief business trip.

    The aircraft are ancient, aren’t they? The forward Club World cabin does feel cramped – I was in 2G on the outbound and 2D on the return. The limited bin space forward is annoying as well. I did not use the IFE at all – the tiny screens are very poor for Business – but, on the return, it was something like 3 hours into the flight before the CSM managed to get it fully operational, after receiving instructions from LHR!!

    I know that there was extended discussion at the time that BA switched BA09/10 to a terminator and then later the return from BKK from a night to a day flight. It is clearly now a low revenue route which I could see moving to LGW. I would say that 80%+ of passengers in Club World appeared to be retired couples on vacation, probably paying the lowest Business fares available.

    Very variable Mixed Fleet service – unlike other routes I have been on where MF operate, many of them appeared to be fairly mature (but not necessarily that good!!).


    TominScotland
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    Likewise, Adrian

    Thanks for your personal response to my queries.

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