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  • garrison76
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    Hi nmtraveller. I was there last weekend and faced with the same problem. We got 25 mins in the CX lounge, and then moved on to the JAL Sakura Lounge. It’s a bit bright and austere, and the furniture is laid out in a very regimented fashion. But we thought it was comfortable and were very impressed with the F&B selection. It was also pretty much empty! Definitely worth a visit I would say.

    in reply to: BKK lounge

    garrison76
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    I would never even pay the £4900!

    in reply to: BA/QR comparison

    garrison76
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    Not making accusations, K1ngston, just expressing my opinion, for that is what this forum is all about, n’est-ce pas? It seems for you and alainboy56, racism is very much in the eye of the beholder, and we clearly have very different points of view.

    Toodle pip.


    garrison76
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    alainboy56 – read the Daily Mail much? Have to say I find some of your earlier posts offensive and racist. It might be ok to be prejudiced against Bangladeshi people wherever you live in the Gulf (where presumably they are treated as slave labour), but here in London we’re proud of our multicultural, open and welcoming city. It may not be the UK that your father “braved his life in WWII for”, but it’s 2017, not 1945.


    garrison76
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    Many business travellers (especially on longer flights) do like to use the otherwise dead time to do some work on their laptop and it is impossible in a 30″ pitch.

    Indeed – I don’t deny that. I have tried – and failed. Had my first ever flight on Vueling a few months back and got my first experience of 29″ seat pitch, if BA go down the same route CE will be even more of a joke. I don’t disagree with you, FDOS, just being lawyerly I guess… 🙂


    garrison76
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    @FDOS: Yes, a little more space due to having an empty seat next to you. Don’t think Alex said anything about leg room? No need to twist it.

    And we all get it, HBO pax getting to check their luggage and get on board before CE/GCH is annoying, and it’s clearly a major bugbear of yours currently. But (a) I very much doubt there are that many pax who are deliberately playing the system, as your posts seem to suggest, and (b) can I respectfully ask you to change the record?

    Space is 3 dimensional, not just width ways and Alex did not define lateral space only, in a business class cabin, it is a reasonable expectation to be able to work on a laptop on the table (given the aircraft config is used on routes up to 3-4 hours in length).

    You can doubt what you like, but I witness it every time I fly a domestic connector (which is often) and some are unaware, but there seem to be many who do know how to game the system. Don’t forget that many HBO travellers are shuttling to/from London and learn very quickly how to maximise their journey (fair enough, the airline is causing the problem, not them).

    first class check in and boarding is a publised benefit of holding a gold card – BA is systematically reneging on this – I was #31 on board, last time and the first in the priority queue – it may not bother you, but it bothers the people standing next to me in the queue.

    As for your request, you can ask what you like. BT is the editorial authority and you are not.

    Exactly my point – space IS three dimensional (i.e. length, BREADTH, depth), and Alex didn’t say legroom. So I think you just reinforced my point? Not trying to get into a slanging match here, but I do think your response was twisting Alex’s words to suit your point, even though they don’t in fact support it.

    As to BT being the editorial authority, I don’t deny this, nor am I trying to censor your posts. I am just saying that you have made the point a number of times in various posts, and I’m sure many who read this forum (including me) get it and have similar views, but personally I don’t think it needs to be made repeatedly at every possible opportunity. Just makes the forum a bit repetitive and a little boring. But that is just my view, and as you rightly say I can ask what I like. It was merely a polite request, if you want to keep grinding your axe/banging your drum on here then that’s your choice. Not really sure what this achieves, though, or what it adds to the forum overall.

    Have you taken it up with customer relations? Or tried emailing the powers that be? I realise it’s unlikely to elicit much of a response, but perhaps more productive (and better directed) than ranting on an internet forum?


    garrison76
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    @FDOS: Yes, a little more space due to having an empty seat next to you. Don’t think Alex said anything about leg room? No need to twist it.

    And we all get it, HBO pax getting to check their luggage and get on board before CE/GCH is annoying, and it’s clearly a major bugbear of yours currently. But (a) I very much doubt there are that many pax who are deliberately playing the system, as your posts seem to suggest, and (b) can I respectfully ask you to change the record?


    garrison76
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    Presentation is up, and there’s come good news: the £400m investment in CW is being made with the “Ambition to create an experience that exceeds that of our key competitors”, focusing on four key areas:
    – Transform food & drink
    – Step change in service
    – Best night’s sleep (noting new seat in development)
    – Best ground service
    Has BA finally decided it’s time to come up with a product that generates revenue through challenging the competition, rather than squeezing in as many J pax as possible??


    garrison76
    Participant

    No, I don’t think so. This just brings it in line with most of the rest of the second-hand G-GAT birds: http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/british-airways-executive-club/1623508-gatwick-airbus-fleet-2015-a-14.html

    No reduction in leg room, thankfully – any less would be criminal. I flew one of these from Fuerteventura recently and didn’t manage to bag an exit row. It was very claustrophobic, particularly as we were in the row behind CE and had the divider and curtain in our faces…


    garrison76
    Participant

    Had my first experience of QR J a few weeks ago, AMS-DOH-BKK and return.

    @slotski: We had to wait well over an hour for showers at DOH on our way back from BKK – there was a (very long) waiting list in operation. We kept being told to come back in 30 minutes, then 15 minutes, then ten minutes, and ended up just hanging around outside until showers finally became free. I would suggest you check in with them as soon as you arrive in case the same is true when you’re there. The BA arrivals lounge at T5 is much better on this front – enough showers for the number of people who want to use them (although the showers aren’t anything like as nice as QR’s, which, once you got to use one, are very nice indeed).

    A lot of people were complaining about having to queue to use one of the small number of cubicles in the gents, too. I have to say that, for a lounge of that size, they do seem to be very low on showers and toilets.

    Overall, though, I was very impressed with J on the 787 and the A380 – although the 787 was probably marginally better, it was my first time on the big bus so it was all rather exciting. The seats on both are fantastic – I’ve never slept so well on a plane. And the lounge/bar on the A380 was a nice touch. But the small cabin on the 787 and high ceilings due to no central overhead lockers make this the most stylish J cabin I’ve ever travelled in, with a really luxurious and spacious feel.

    Food and wines were very good (although not as good as I had expected given comments here and elsewhere), and, like others, I found the service to be a bit too formal and not very friendly. But overall a very good experience, and for about £950 return phenomenally good value. I will definitely use QR again when heading east if the price is right.


    garrison76
    Participant

    SimonS1 – the OP made no mention of BA – why the assumption that this was the airline he and his wife were flying with??


    garrison76
    Participant

    canucklad, I know what you mean – was quite shocked when I saw them at T5 last week, almost paramilitary looking as you say. But then I imagine Ms May and the lovely people at the Home Office are more concerned with scaring off the “swarms” of nasty immigrants who are coming over here to steal our jobs, our benefits and our NHS than with welcoming anyone (especially not Johnny Foreigner)…


    garrison76
    Participant

    I still get excited every time I get on an aeroplane, even for a short haul flight in Y… And while not a super frequent flyer I have flown a fair bit. Generally do LH in J and love having some down-time in a comfy seat-cum-bed with no internet connection (why oh why oh why is there this drive to install wifi on aeroplanes??) where all you can do is read, eat, sleep, listen to music, have a drink or two, maybe watch a film – it’s bliss!

    Indeed, for leisure travel I often look forward to the flights as much as holiday itself, a prime example being our trip to Thailand in November, when I shall be sampling Qatar J for the first time from AMS to BKK via DOH – 787 on the AMS-DOH legs and A380 on the DOH-BKK legs. First time in the big bus too. It’s still three months away but just writing about makes me almost wet myself I am that excited… Am I possibly a wee bit sad??

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