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Old 19th Apr 2011, 12:34   #961 (permalink)
 
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Some interesting posts...I flew Ryanair from AGP to EMA last month and regretted not being able to buy anything from the airport shops as my bag was already quite full (thanks to the 15kg limit on the hold baggage!). It was clear from the airline's regulations that buying any duty-free would not be tolerated if it meant an extra bag of any type. As a precaution I never buy anything that can't fit in my bag.
So generally no cheap booze.

Some people joined the queue for boarding with two bags (one of which was a plastic carrier bag from an airside shop). I expected this to cause trouble but it seemed to be ignored.

Boarding began half an hour before the flight time but the plane took over 45 minutes to load as the flight was full (so we arrived at EMA late). It was pretty tiring standing for all that time (there was a long wait at checkin as well) and I would have paid to reserve a seat just so I could join the flight after the queue had dispersed.
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Old 19th Apr 2011, 13:35   #962 (permalink)
 
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go to the unmanned check in desks and weigh your bag. last time i tried this there were 3 desks next to each other. weighed my bag and got 3 different answers. if airlines are going to be strict then they need to be fair in enforcement.
And thats without the check in agents foot against it .
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Old 19th Apr 2011, 14:42   #963 (permalink)
 
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I think the requirement to avail of this will be you must be ready to board 1st rather than waiting until the last.


If you were 1st then you would not have to buy it,you would sit there for free.
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Old 19th Apr 2011, 14:49   #964 (permalink)
 
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Just continue with the 'love', i've just booked 2 returns to ALC in September from LGW on.... EasyJet...

Ryanair - 35 cheaper, better flight times, better Aircraft (in my opinion), but bull*hit marketing, cabin crew talking 'sales' for the entire sector, and the constant PA annoyance every 5 minutes swayed it for me.

I also like the feeling that when flying with EZY you are treated like a passenger, not an 'inconvenience'.
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Old 19th Apr 2011, 14:51   #965 (permalink)
 
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Waffler - that's true; the people with seat reservations would have to be called on board first. But you can sit down and wait until the gate opens rather than join in the crush, so it's beneficial.

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Old 19th Apr 2011, 15:58   #966 (permalink)
 
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I think it's unfair to insinuate that FR cabin crew view passengers as an "inconvenience".
I, too, prefer EZY and their CC but most of the FR crew I meet are really friendly and pleasant. The PA stuff and the marketing is intensely annoying but that's not the crew's fault. They must hate it as much as us.
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Old 19th Apr 2011, 16:44   #967 (permalink)
 
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BHD runway decision which resulted in FR pullout may be reviewed

See link : BBC News - George Best Belfast City Airport: new inquiry call
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Old 19th Apr 2011, 16:44   #968 (permalink)
 
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The PA stuff and the marketing is intensely annoying but that's not the crew's fault.

How can it be annoying it not like every announcement cuts into your IFE "now that is annoying".
I simply book print and board, watch the crew do there thing on landing on water then plug my iphone in and watch a move or have some music on, I never hear anything and can see when the drinks trolloy is on it way.

Infact I find Ryanair flights the most relaxing and uninterupted flights there is.
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Old 19th Apr 2011, 17:36   #969 (permalink)
 
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How can it be annoying
You've obviously never been on a 6:00am flight when your attempt at sleeping is interrupted by continuous announcements about train tickets and scratch cards...
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Old 19th Apr 2011, 17:44   #970 (permalink)
 
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Infact I find Ryanair flights the most relaxing and uninterupted flights there is.
Or on a flight at late in the evening when it really would be polite to put the cabin lighting on a lower setting other than "Stupidly Bright"!
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Old 19th Apr 2011, 17:45   #971 (permalink)
 
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Read my post again ! once onboad my iphone goes on and I hear nothing ... The point I am making is the PA's that cut into your IFE on other flights with other Airlines annoy me 10x as much as any announcement for train tickets which I repeat I dont hear.

And as for turning the lights down have you ever took a red eye on BA with the heating turned up so much you cant sleep anyway and dont get me started on the sour faced CC that are about 100 yrs old and look like if they have to talk to one more Passenger they would rather jump from the Aircraft at 34,000 feet.
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Old 19th Apr 2011, 18:05   #972 (permalink)
 
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Ryanair To Trial Reserved Seating
Way to go (as long as it's optional). Now waiting for some carefully selected connecting flights.
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Old 19th Apr 2011, 19:59   #973 (permalink)
 
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Read my post again ! once onboad my iphone goes on and I hear nothing ... The point I am making is the PA's that cut into your IFE on other flights with other Airlines annoy me 10x as much as any announcement for train tickets which I repeat I dont hear.
My MP3 works with all airlines not just Ryanair!!!
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Old 19th Apr 2011, 20:06   #974 (permalink)
 
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Thanks for backing up my point !!!
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Old 19th Apr 2011, 20:12   #975 (permalink)
 
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daz211

No one mentioned BA did they?

However from a customer service point of view (in-flight) Ryanair are sh1t I'm afraid. However if the price is right or they are the only ones going...

They could 'tweek' a few more things other than reserved seating (those already mentioned) before I'd choose them over Easy. And I'm happy to pay a bit extra if Easy duplicate the route.

Oh and on the BA subject daz211... At least they're conversational in 'English'. Comes in handy should said plane suddenly burst into a ball of flames *or similar*.
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Old 19th Apr 2011, 20:31   #976 (permalink)
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I know what you mean about the level of english within ryanair , but all crew are icao level 4.

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Old 19th Apr 2011, 20:44   #977 (permalink)
 
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Well each to there own re- FR v EZY but as for CC speaking bad english I for one have taken enough flights in my time with many world wide Airlines that If I need to get off in a hurry I would know what to do also BRACE BRACE BRACE and leave the A/C now leave everything and JUMP JUMP JUMP would be easy to hear even in chinese...
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Old 19th Apr 2011, 20:56   #978 (permalink)
 
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daz - I think you trying to compare two totally different scenarios here, and also pretend to be more travelled than you are.
The main points are:
Do you prefer Ryanair or Ezy? We all have our own point of view, and nothing will change our minds.
Do we like BA? Nothing to do with this thread - having flown with numerous airlines, every flight has pros and cons, but this is NOT the place to compare them.
Come on the U's ! [I assume you know what I am referring to ?]
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Old 19th Apr 2011, 20:56   #979 (permalink)
 
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Training crew in their shout commands when evacuating an aircraft, I'd beg to differ IMHO.

Anyway...
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Old 19th Apr 2011, 21:05   #980 (permalink)
 
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wowzz

I have/do travel the world more than most, I work in aviation and my job takes me all over the world, I work for an Airline that has offices in every country in the world and most cities in the world we have many A/C ranging from 146's to 744's so I would concider myself very well traveled. as for the rest of your rant what do you mean by the U's ?
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