Flying on British Airways

Jan 26th, 2003, 01:53 PM
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We flew B.A. Manchester- Gatwick-St.Lucia over the New Year.We chose to pay a supplement to fly B.A. as the featured tour was on B.W.I.A.-not that there's anything wrong with Bee-Wee, But we are Executive Club members and they threw in the shuttle to London free.
The flight out was great and perhaps what was best was the head rests that I'd not come across before.The whole "cushion" moves up and down to accomodate short or tall passengers, and it has wings either side which move outwards and so provide excellent support for your head whilst you are asleep.
We arrived in St. Lucia without feeling like we'd been on a plane 10 hours.
The flights in each direction were on time.I had hoped though that we would have been able for the first time ever to have got emergency exit seats as we checked in at Manchester at about 4p.m. on the Sat. and we weren't leaving Gatwick until 10 a.m. on Sun.However we were told that the emergency seats were all taken. I really don't believe it!
The final reason I was pleased we had gone B.A. was that the corresponding B.W.I.A. flight was 33 hours delayed!
Jan 26th, 2003, 03:35 PM
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Linda - To me the most important factor given equal pricing is comfort!! The distance between seats (pitch) on BA is 31 inches, while on AA it is 33-35 inches and to me (6'5") that makes a lot of difference! Rather than adding more rows to the cabin, at least AA has opted for customer comfort and I personally will pay more for an AA flight rather than the cramped cabin on BA. Kudos to AA!
Jan 27th, 2003, 08:04 AM
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We flew BA to Rome and back from Venice last October. We had orignally bought tix in coach however opted for the World Traveller Plus tix ($200 more round trip) and were quite glad we did. There is far more leg room and the opportunity to recline somewhatwhich we felt made a huge difference. We flew coach on United to and from Paris a few years ago and felt as if the flights would never end. I lso thought the food and service on British was far better than any US carrier I have flown.I'd say do a comparison with the carriers you're inclined to use and see if the price of $200 more is something you can swing or isn't much more than what you'd planned on spending. It is so very worth it!
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Jan 27th, 2003, 08:09 AM
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I agree the reservation thing is a nightmare with British. We finally drove out to SFO to deal with ticket changes. I did find the handling of passengers however in the airports to be quite organized. While in Venice we watched as passengers for soon to leave flights were pulled from lines and dealt with immediately.
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