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  • Marc_ACB
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    BA are taking booking on this route now – I have just booked for a cheeky week in Durban in November- (The 1st weekend of the new service – I’ve lobbied airlines for long enough, so I thought I best put my money where my mouth is).

    Although as its scheduled to be the 787 (and there are other stories/posts re the engine issues and potential wet leases from Qatar) I am not offered a seat selection at this time.

    in reply to: BA to DUR from OCT.

    Marc_ACB
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    I’m excited about this route – finally able to connect my current home with where I grew up in Durban… There are interesting timings on the flight outbound, that I think I will use. The return leg being a day flight – I’m not sure about, traditionally the night flight is the preferred for SA/European flights.

    in reply to: BA to DUR from OCT.

    Marc_ACB
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    Thanks.

    @JH_1234 I wouldn’t be upset – I like the A380, it was more just a curiosity that its down from 66 seats to 18 in J.

    I’ve yet to fly in the A350, but by July I should have had a couple of legs on CX’s A350.


    Marc_ACB
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    I have a couple of the BA F grey fleece throws. The first one came from my first trip in F, I asked the crew if I could keep it and was told “Honey, if they didn’t intend people to take them off the aircraft, they shouldn’t put care instructions on the label”


    Marc_ACB
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    Marc_ACB
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    I personally wouldn’t travel to Russia, but that’s my own opinion and circumstances as a gay man.

    When travelling to areas of concern, I would recommend signing up for alerts from the FCO https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/russia/email-signup. Given the UK/Russia political tensions, I would consider adding the UK Embassy in Moscow to your contact book should you need any urgent assistance while there.

    Safe travels.


    Marc_ACB
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    I’ve had a few instances where I have travelled in a higher cabin to my other half. We will board together, then at the doors I’ll give him a quick kiss and say see you in a few hours.

    On one occasion one of the crew joked that I should have offered to give up my seat (I didn’t feel too bad, he was in J this time, but I’m inclined to always keep my seat), and when doing the initial drinks service said he would send back a glass of the nicer stuff. Turns out, the crew had been super nice and has also given him an F amenities kit.

    On another occasion, on a day flight to NYC (me in J him in Y+), in a fairly empty cabin, I was offered to invite him up for the tea service. The other half is a no fuss kind of guy and would have killed me if I had actually invited him up, but it was a nice touch to be offered.

    On other times I’ve politely ask if I can send him a glass of bubbles, my request will usually be received with a smile and a “aren’t you nice to think about him” and once the initial drinks are served, he will get a glass of fizz and often crew will ask his meal choice preference then too.

    At all times its been an appreciated gesture and never expected but I’ve always been pleasantly surprised by crew and I try follow up with a short thank you note when disembarking.


    Marc_ACB
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    I have read that tourists use only 1% of the water that is consumed. I cannot vouch for that figure. Personally I am against increasing tourist numbers, there are already too many, but I realise that my point of view will not be shared by the many people whose livelihood depends on tourist income.

    Annual visit to S Africa next month, we were planning on a week in the Western Cape, but will go to the Natal Drakensberg instead and stay in Durban for the rest of our stay. Thanks for the ongoing advice.

    As a Durban boy (now living in London) but with family still in the KZN Midlands and the Drakensberg, or as you may hear “uKhahlamba” let me know if you need recommendations for an awesome restaurant/hotel.


    Marc_ACB
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    In the late 90s BA (with the Utopia tailfins) used to do hop/jump flight LHR/JNB/DUR which was I thought popular (the route, not the tailfins) but it was withdrawn in favour of the hub and spoke that BA/Comair have now.


    Marc_ACB
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    I’m a South African (Durbanite), living in London with strong ties to SF and Sydney so the water issue in Cape Town has been on my radar for a while. I came across this Californian article/blog a while back and makes for an interesting read.

    http://www.spur.org/publications/urbanist-article/2016-07-07/learning-australia-s-millennium-drought

    Something needs to be done! But are desalination plants the silver bullet Capetonians are in desperate need of? Or a millstone around the neck of future generations?
    I don’t assume to have the answer here. I agree there has been widespread water (and other resources) mismanagement in the Western Cape (and across the whole of RSA) and the answer probably lies in a mix of water sources (i.e. not over reliant on any one source), but it’s too little too late.

    In the meantime, as a non-resident, I can only support the OP and request that conscientious tourists avoid travel to the Mother City.


    Marc_ACB
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    Is there an option of having a month or so stop over in London, then continue to DUB. This leg could be the start of your next EX-DUB flight pattern.


    Marc_ACB
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    Off topic, but still on headphones. If you use Bluetooth headphones to connect to iPad/iPhone and the instructions are not to use these during taxi, take-off and landing. When exactly does take-off end? When can one turn these Bluetooth devices on?

    I tend to go with when the crew unbuckle or plane levels out. Just something random going through my head on yesterdays flights.


    Marc_ACB
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    With Anglo-Spanish IAG and QR having significant ownerships, and probably other non-British entities and shareholders too, what percentage of BA is British owned?

    I seem to recall that BA have a special voting share, to ensure that the votes capable of being cast by UK shareholders of BA need never fall below a majority. So legally, BA would always be “British Controlled/Owned”. I cant a similar article in the Memorandum and Articles of VA.

    in reply to: Is it goodbye Virgin?!

    Marc_ACB
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    I’ve just tried to book a new HBO flight LHR-DUB and the message that pops up on the app is “Executive Club and oneworld equivalent members cannot choose seats for free or take additional checked bags with this fare”


    Marc_ACB
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    So I’m just back from BCN – LGW.

    BARCELONA – LONDON GATWICK (M/N)
    BA8144(Operated by: Vueling Airlines)

    There was a definite NO to lounge access at BCN, the lovely and friendly lady on the desk had a list off all the BA Gold Cardholders flying Vueling who had complained that day about no entry (I was coming back from the ABS conference, so there were a fair few). I did however get Avios and tier points for the flight and it counted as 1 of my 4 eligible flights to retain gold. So I am well and truly confused.

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