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  • FaroFlyer
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    I am very interested to receive everyone’s comments about “where the bedding comes from”. Who would care? Is this just a hangover from the designer logo craze? If you do care about branded bedding on an airplane, why? I’ve become curious about this since United has shot themselves in the foot over and over with the launch of “Polaris”. Bedding is from Saks Fifth Avenue … the bedding’s OK but the new seats are being installed so slowly that Polaris has become a joke.

    I totally agree. Aren’t there more important things in life than a duvet on a plane? We see more or less the same comments again and again, from the same people, about BA CW seats. If you don’t like it don’t buy it. If you do, great.

    Maybe I am just old and grumpy.


    FaroFlyer
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    Years ago, when we were in the UK, our neighbours son got a holiday job as a baggage handler at BHX. He told us that some of the baggage handlers played a game of looking for bags on the same flight going to the same holiday hotel. They would open the cases and switch towels around, imagining what the owners would think when they sat round the pool and saw somebody with their towels.

    I don’t condone this, but I could see the funny side.


    FaroFlyer
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    If you walk away – its a good landing!

    If they can use the plane again it’s a very good landing


    FaroFlyer
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    Sitting in the lounge at DUS waiting for AB to Munich. Bought the ticket last week. Added BA Gold card which gave me fast track security, priority boarding and preferred seating, all at no additional charge.

    Similar situation to Monarch. Offering too much for too little.

    I shall miss them both

    in reply to: Air Berlin will cease

    FaroFlyer
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    Fully agree. It is very confusing, and not user friendly

    in reply to: BT Forum

    FaroFlyer
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    Has anyone experience of claiming on their insurance for this sort of situation?

    I use Amex Platinum card insurance and they are telling me that I cannot claim on the travel insurance policy for any additional costs incurred. They tell me that this is a retail claim and I can only claim as a failed retail transaction. To make it more interesting they are insisting that I prove how much of my RT ticket was outbound FAO > BHX and how much was inbound BHX > FAO. My view is that, if it is a retail claim, then the retailer, Monarch, failed to fulfil the agreement to get me both ways. It is a bit like buying a suit from BHS just before it failed, and finding a major flaw in the jacket. Would they argue that the trousers are OK, so only pay half?

    I also have an RT for December which will not be usable.

    Any help would be appreciated.


    FaroFlyer
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    I am also sorry to see Monarch go, although it was more or less inevitable. My other favourite is Air Berlin. Both offered a high standard of service which was too high for the prices they could charge.

    Everyone that I have spoken to takes the view that it was good while it lasted, but too good to last. Monarch offered Gold card holders extra leg room seats, and priority boarding, at no charge, and you only needed 16 sectors to achieve gold. Most of their Gold cards are / were probably commuting to second homes and were flexible with dates, so could easily earn Gold status. In a couple of years I have spent €60 or €100 on a return flight just to renew Gold, and I know many people who did the same. Extra leg-room seats cost ~ €28 per sector so there was an almost instant return.

    Not only did you get the seats and PB but you also earned miles for free flights, and could change 1 or 2 flights a year without charge.

    I have an AB flight next week. It will be interesting to see if my BA Gold card still gets me priority boarding, and a Gold card welcome.


    FaroFlyer
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    BBC reporting that Monarch has indeed ceased trading and all flights cancelled.

    CAA will be setting up rescue flights to collect those abroad already.

    Turns out that those who booked flights directly with Monarch Airlines since 15th December 2016 have no ATOL protection and need to claim from credit card providers etc. They kept that quiet….

    Flights only are not ATOL protected. ATOL is a Tour Operator’s insurance and covers packaged tours / holidays. No secret.

    I write as someone booked on Monarch this afternoon from BHX to FAO. Not been notified about cancellation yet, but Mrs. F and I are now booked on FR from Luton this evening. Just got to tell Europcar their car is going somewhere else.


    FaroFlyer
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    But did it include a full pat down Faro? Mrs.LP was subjected to that pleasure! ?

    Drat! Missed out again.

    Contrary to Speedbird’s experience I was through passport machines in and out in just a few minutes. Returning to BHX I had to wait 24 minutes, and 18 minutes at BHX again today. LHR T5 last week was also a matter of minutes.

    Last week at CPH, LHR and AMS no need to remove glasses for passport machines. BHX I had to on both occasions. Are all machines the same, or are there different manufacturers?

    in reply to: Long Schiphol Queues

    FaroFlyer
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    Just a quick update. Mrs.LP passed through security just now in 1 minute flat.
    She will report later as it was not a good experience overall.

    I passed through on Monday 18 Sept, but it took me twice that time:-)

    in reply to: Long Schiphol Queues

    FaroFlyer
    Participant

    God bless the French. We Brits taught them everything they know about strikes!


    FaroFlyer
    Participant

    If the objective is to fly from industrial heartland to industrial heartland then flights should depart from BHX or MAN. LHR is close to the financial heartland, but not an industrial one.

    There is no significant restriction on flights from BHX or MAN and this would be a wonderful opportunity for any airline to capture the market, if it exists.

    Never let the facts get in the way of a good story.

    UK manufacturing employment (source ONS, 14 June 2017), expressed as ‘000 of jobs)

    Total – 2,627

    London – 127
    SE England – 279
    SW England – 236
    E England – 217

    Total – 732

    E Mids – 293
    W Mids – 323

    Total – 616

    North East – 115
    North West – 318
    Yorks/Humber – 293

    Total – 726

    Now you could discount some of the E England population, then again the NE, NW and Yorks is also probably not really one contiguous area, so I’ll leave the numbers as they are.

    These official statistics show the incorrect nature of your proposition.

    According to your figures, 50% of those in manufacturing employment are in North or Midlands therefore MAN has to be more logical than LHR.

    It is unreasonable to blame IAG / BA for not supporting manufacturing by having flights to destinations that do not have a big demand. Nor is it reasonable to say that BA / IAG have some duty from the dim and distant past as slots were somehow gifted to them.

    It would be reasonable to build a 3rd runway at LHR next week and say to airlines that they must buy slots. The Government could also make it a condition that each airline successfully buying slots must use 1 slot, or 10% of slots, whichever is higher for remote destinations. If BA buy 30 then 3 must be “charity” slots, or if IB or AZ or AF or VS…buy 2, 3, 5 slots then 1 per airline must be a “charity” slot) Then it would be fair to criticise BA / IAG.

    IAG / BA are Spanish listed, but not necessarily Spanish owned, and it is with the full approval of UK and EU. It is not some sleight of hand designed to penalise British business. Buying BMI, and the slots, was available to any airline with deep pockets. Only BA dug deep.

    Flightlevel talks of a monopoly and, as it is Friday, we have to ask why there is only one monopolies commission.


    FaroFlyer
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    It’s easy to knock Canucklad, but I think he has a point.

    Airlines are regulated businesses and as such BA has the privilege of being *allowed* to be the main player out of Heathrow.

    There should be a strategic alignment with the UK’s policy, which at the moment is Brexit. Having a million flights a day to the US is not going to help nurture trade with the countries around the world that offer an offset against the potential lost opportunities in Europe.

    If IAG/BA won’t support this, then let the government do some regulating and put arrangements into place that deliver what UK industry needs to move forward – moving BA’s operating base to Stansted would be a good start.

    If the objective is to fly from industrial heartland to industrial heartland then flights should depart from BHX or MAN. LHR is close to the financial heartland, but not an industrial one.

    There is no significant restriction on flights from BHX or MAN and this would be a wonderful opportunity for any airline to capture the market, if it exists.


    FaroFlyer
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    IAG may not listen ‘though they do read them! After the holiday IT failure they advertised here to thank staff for their efforts.
    Its a good (or bad) feedback for them and BT magazine is in every longhaul J class cabin.

    Flightlevel, I was referring to the BT Forum, not the magazine, which is always enjoyable.


    FaroFlyer
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    canucklad wrote

    “As our legacy national carrier I’d like to think they would support our exporters/importers by having more faith in inaugurating/re-starting direct flights to countries other than the US. In particular, investing in African economies that seem to be on the rise.”

    IAG / BA is a quoted company, in business to generate profit, and dividends, for the benefit of shareholders. It is not a DTI export initiative. It seems that many posters on BT are totally against BA whatever it does. Too expensive, shoddy service, outdated seats, poor food, race to the bottom……….

    Why do posters think that BA / IAG would listen to opinions on this forum? The airline is profitable and, in my view, very competitive. Looking at HKG next month in Club and the fare is ~ €1750, which is frankly cheap. When it had bucket seats 15 years ago, I was paying 50% more every month. Not the best, nor World’s Favourite, but decent product and value

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