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  • MartynSinclair
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    LHR. T5 F lounge now promoting alcohol free beer and some delicious sparkling tea options.


    MartynSinclair
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    Swissdiver

    on my way to BKK tonight, will look in the arrivals hall to see what’s available if no one else posts in the interim.

    I have sent you a private email via the BT team …

    Kind regards

    Martyn

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    MartynSinclair
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    Yes the crew did exactly what they had been trained to do and they did it bloody well.

    What I think was very extraordinary – and it has never been mentioned whether a similar emergency had been practised in a simulator before hand, is the aircraft remained virtually unsubmerged, everyone was able to stand on the wings and the aircraft didn’t break up. May not be a ‘miracle’ – but certainly not your average crash landing after a double engine failure on climb out.


    MartynSinclair
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    BAEC and Brexit have similarities, both are far from perfect and generally its all about compromise..

    I agree about the GUV, 99.99% (there will always be one who can use them) USELESS for longhaul. I’ve had 4 of them over the last 6 years, never managed to use any, even for a one way.. for longhaul. However, there is value to be had when travelling with a partner when using for European travel. I used one in the summer to Barcelona (5 days notice) and yes, it was value, of sorts.

    If your travel pattern is purely longhaul, then again, you have lots of choice in different airlines and executive clubs, but combine your travel pattern with European travel and it does make sense to give your business to an airline with an extensive longhaul and European network, to accumulate benefits.

    There are some very good lounges both in London and some excellent lounges worldwide that BAEC members have access to.

    The saying “who wants my business” is interesting. Yes on CX I always have a personal welcome, but does it show the airline really want my business or is it just a gimmick.. I guess its all down to personal preferences.

    BAEC is far from perfect, but over the years, the avios points earned, have saved me significant amounts of money for easily obtained free European travel and the lounges have been enjoyed, even if on one occasion the lounge distracted me so much I missed a flight.

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    MartynSinclair
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    I know its early days but I am finding Marriott points are being added each time, but previously SPG, points take forever and 2 out of the 3 recent stays have had to be manually adjusted.

    I know one of the SPG thread moderator from FlyerTalk & he was telling me the integration has been a complete mess and lots of people complaining..

    I think the name of the revised programme is one of the smaller problems…


    MartynSinclair
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    Far more civilised than a night flight on a grubby 27 year old BA 747.

    I prefer night flights on a “grubby” BA aircraft. Despite all the negatives, at least overnight, for the majority of the flight I am unconscious on the very comfortable (for me) CW window seats, upstairs on the 380.

    Again, for me, BA may have a very inconsistent and dated CW product, but it serves it’s purpose at best, efficiently. I have the added bonus of multiple free European flights (through avios) via an extensive route network from 3 different airports (Gatwick, Heathrow and City) all within 60 minutes from my home.


    MartynSinclair
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    Part of my work involves conflict and dispute resolution pre litigation or Ombudsman. I believe the larger the firm, the more they hold the belief they are untouchable. In this instance, amongst other failings, BA or their contractor, places rat poison in an area close to or next to (can not identify the exact position within the lounge) areas of food either being served or consumed. Any smaller firm or restaurant would probably be closed down, temporarily or otherwise, until the rodent problem had been solved.

    I am currently dealing with a FTSE listed company where there is clear written evidence, from the firm and admissions of:

    1. The firm willfully withholding and filtering documents subject to a DSAR that were non exempt.

    2. An office manager of a professional firm providing professional advice to a client, without a valid practising certificate

    3. The firm changing the mailing address of a client to their office address without gaining permission or indeed asking the client & subsequently, mail not being received by the client.

    I wont bore you with points 4 – 10 suffice to say these failings fall within the category of regulatory failings. The firm involved however considers the failings merely as concerns & simply shows no care to the damage they have inflicted on the client.


    MartynSinclair
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    Has anyone yet been charged for the Gatwick drones, if they happened?

    Equally to the point is their any physical evidence (even just a picture) of drones flying within the Gatwick and Heathrow perimeters? Surely either the police, airport authorities or even the army must have recorded something….

    in reply to: Heathrow drone

    MartynSinclair
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    Lifetime for an electronic product? Not sure it makes sense… It will be outdated at some stage.

    Agreed & I would happily pay double or even treble price again for an updated product. There was no other product on the market (that I knew of) that came close to trakdot.

    My beef with the firm is the way they are still taking money for products that do not work & since October, have left all customers blindsided with promises of an “upcoming announcement”.

    I accept 2G is dated and no longer works – unless you have a product that works, stop selling your products.

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    MartynSinclair
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    With hand baggage only and arrival into A Gates, generally manage to get outside and into car within 10- 12 minutes… most times..

    in reply to: Heathrow can do it!

    MartynSinclair
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    the seat in front of me was covered in stains where liquid had been spilled down the back of the seat etc, etc. The food was revolting – I would not have given my steak to a stray dog, it was truly disgusting.

    Any pictures… I hope you will post them…


    MartynSinclair
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    Perhaps this is why BA charges less than all the others, they provide so much less?

    For point to point, BA do not charge less, in fact they are quite expensive, hence why I use ex-Europe. This is no different to using an ex-UK ticket if I wanted to accumulate Star points with one of the European carriers.

    Interestingly, my last couple of longhaul’s on BA, the upper deck on the 380 were not full and I had no seat companion.


    MartynSinclair
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    Most of my BA J class travel is overnight longhaul (Asia). I manage to sleep sufficiently well in the current seat. I find the new bedding fiddly, tend to just throw the duvet over me without ‘making up the bed’. The pillow is a great improvement though. Food did improve on rollout but now find it mediocre at best.

    Dislike facing backwards (window seat) but I guess one needs to compromise. As for stepping over people legs at night, another compromise, I apologize profusely when I step over them, but there is absolutely nothing you can do if you need to get out of your seat.

    Having ‘facetime’ with a stranger is uncomfortable, but I tend to put the screens up as soon as possible.

    My main wish for any new J class, would crew / cleaners / maintenance ensure the seat areas are clean, fresh and the ‘toys’ all work. But in any decent airline, that would all be pretty standard in any cabin & all seats face forward.

    Very strangely, I sleep much better in the J seat over the current F seat (and no, I will not turn the occasional upgrade down 🙂 )

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    MartynSinclair
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    was it you openfly who a couple of years back who wrote to BAEC about this issue and they confirmed that alcohol free beer was going to be trialled in the lounges. I think it was, very briefly… it could still be there….

    I have to own up, I have had my moments in the lounges – but since my episode in August (missed flight), I have cut back dramatically. Easy for the self righteous, but the airlines and airports don’t exactly encourage a non alcoholic airport/flying experience…

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