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Old 17th May 2019, 15:28
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If they offerred Tea or Coffee with the scone, then I think it reasonable. As it stands it smacks of Ryan Air pricing. Nothing wrong with FR pricing - but don't pretend it's something else. I suspect there is a specialist department at BA whose only job is to hand mistakes out on a plate (pun intended).
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Old 17th May 2019, 16:04
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Kiev and St Petersburg gone from BA network as of W19/20
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Old 17th May 2019, 18:49
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Kiev and St Petersburg gone from BA network as of W19/20
Really?! Oh that's tedious. Replaced with more flights to Palma and Ibiza no doubt. Well done BA.
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Old 17th May 2019, 19:07
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very iffy in terms of loads, yields, sanctions, business etc, so sound decision and can be easily reinstated should circumstances change. If punters want higher class non low cost sun and brings in profits... why not. The empire-style legacy routes are no longer obliged.
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Old 17th May 2019, 19:59
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Originally Posted by kingston_toon
Really?! Oh that's tedious. Replaced with more flights to Palma and Ibiza no doubt. Well done BA.
Can we take it that you're not a shareholder, then ?
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Old 18th May 2019, 13:16
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The VC10 is still my favourite aircraft, I never had the chance to fly on one, I do remember as a young travel agent consulting the BA timetable in early to mid 80s to see where the VC10 operated to, there weren't many destinations from memory.
I am a bit puzzled by this, as BA stopped flying the VC10 in March 1981...

Maybe the RAF would have been a better bet?

I flew in a RAF VC10 home from Ascension in May 1984....lovely!
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[QUOTE=ATSA1;10474249]I am a bit puzzled by this, as BA stopped flying the VC10 in March 1981...
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Which would be within early 1980s
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Old 18th May 2019, 15:42
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Kiev and St Petersburg gone from BA network as of W19/20
Really?! Oh that's tedious. Replaced with more flights to Palma and Ibiza no doubt. Well done BA.

Can we take it that you're not a shareholder, then ?

St Petersburg just a few years ago ran to a daily A321. Furthermore, returns within the working week would price up to £900 (Y) or even more. A significant proportion of the pax also were through connections from the USA. How did BA just lose that market. They're not going to get yields like that on Palma/Ibiza.
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Old 18th May 2019, 16:33
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Originally Posted by WHBM

St Petersburg just a few years ago ran to a daily A321. Furthermore, returns within the working week would price up to £900 (Y) or even more. A significant proportion of the pax also were through connections from the USA. How did BA just lose that market. They're not going to get yields like that on Palma/Ibiza.
Which competition are getting said St Petersburg yields now?
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Old 18th May 2019, 17:10
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An absolute vile company to work for. At least the CEO knows how to wear a hi viz in an office environment when dealing with their IT errors caused by outsourcing to India!

. . . and don't get me started on how they treated Peter Burkill after the triple 7 crash at LHR! Even the poor crew of the 777 LAS fire incident were treated poorly!
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Old 20th May 2019, 10:37
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As someone mentioned BA seem to have a lets do something minor but eye catching that makes us look stupid and cheap and nasty .

And being BA under Cruz they are just nasty and not cheap- very sad , but as the old adage goes if you pay monkeys you get peanuts (that 'll be 2.99 for the nuts sir)..
my personal rule of thumb of late being that having flown LHR to CDG more times than I remember I have done 3 trips in last 6 months 2 AF one BA and AF were far far better experiences which never ever used to be the case. It seems to a management 21st Century style oprtation, let the airline get on wth itself and we as managers will run a round salami slicing things off the edges on the assumption the core stays intact-
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Old 20th May 2019, 11:16
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Used to fly LHR CDG a lot but switched to the Eurostar - faster door to door if there is business in either cit , normally cheaper and a lot pleasanter and more comfortable seating (they have CUSHIONED SEATS rather than wooden benches..........)

When I connect through either I've taken to AF more and more - I'm not sure they've got any better but BA have certainly gone a long way downhill I'm afraid - it seems a non-stop struggle every time
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Old 6th Jun 2019, 21:20
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A350 seen in full colours. Still don't get why with all their existing winglet aircraft they've opted to paint the slimmest sharklet style ones on this delivery. Looks weird like a FlightSim model
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Old 8th Jun 2019, 06:21
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Originally Posted by pax britanica
As someone mentioned BA seem to have a lets do something minor but eye catching that makes us look stupid and cheap and nasty .
Like putting the three Retro 747s onto domestic routes for specials in August, taking incredible bookings at eye-watering prices* and then... cancelling them a week later and refunding.

When I phoned BA to obtain my refund yesterday ( 2x £170 for Glasgow to Heathrow! ) the clerk said that BA were planning 'something else' for their 'centenary'. Probably something Heathrow-based and underwhelming.

* enthusiasts were desperate to book and when I last looked at the Glasgow tickets they were over £360 one-way in economy, for 25 August. Business was £471.
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Old 8th Jun 2019, 17:56
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Like putting the three Retro 747s onto domestic routes for specials in August, taking incredible bookings at eye-watering prices* and then... cancelling them a week later and refunding.

When I phoned BA to obtain my refund yesterday ( 2x £170 for Glasgow to Heathrow! ) the clerk said that BA were planning 'something else' for their 'centenary'. Probably something Heathrow-based and underwhelming.

* enthusiasts were desperate to book and when I last looked at the Glasgow tickets they were over £360 one-way in economy, for 25 August. Business was £471.
On pricing, I nabbed a Club Europe fare very early on, one way from GLA to BHD via LHR for £350. Turned out somewhat cheaper than what others were paying for economy before they sold out. It seemed the fares went north, very quickly based on demand as everyone began to hear about it.

Refund in progress.
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Old 8th Jun 2019, 18:01
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Good to hear that BAs forward planning is up to it's usual heights ...
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Old 8th Jun 2019, 20:53
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Originally Posted by El Bunto
Like putting the three Retro 747s onto domestic routes for specials in August, taking incredible bookings at eye-watering prices* and then... cancelling them a week later and refunding.

When I phoned BA to obtain my refund yesterday ( 2x £170 for Glasgow to Heathrow! ) the clerk said that BA were planning 'something else' for their 'centenary'. Probably something Heathrow-based and underwhelming.

* enthusiasts were desperate to book and when I last looked at the Glasgow tickets they were over £360 one-way in economy, for 25 August. Business was £471.
why get a B747 LHR-GLA whwn u cud het B747 LHR-JFK for similar money??
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Old 8th Jun 2019, 21:01
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This seems like a tremendous own goal. They have found a formula which - for a limited time - people will pay above the odds to fly on a 747 in a BA retro livery on domestic routes but have cancelled it!

If operational delivery was the issue, a programme which committed two of the three 747-400s to each doing two domestic round trips from LHR each that day - and perhaps the A319 too - would surely have been deliverable with the third 744 in the fleet as flexibility to cope with any disruption issues.

As it is, they’ve lost revenue and disappointed people. Just what you surely would not want ?
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Old 8th Jun 2019, 22:10
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Originally Posted by 2Para
why get a B747 LHR-GLA whwn u cud het B747 LHR-JFK for similar money??
You can get to GLA and back on your day off. Not quite true for JFK, at least not comfortably and without raising questions by US Immigration
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Old 8th Jun 2019, 23:00
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why get a B747 LHR-GLA whwn u cud het B747 LHR-JFK for similar money??
Because some people don't live in South East England, possibly.
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