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Old 9th Mar 2018, 13:01
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Any truth in BA A321LRs from other UK airports ?
All A321neoLR currently on order fro IAG are planned for Aer Lingus. If any are planned, and that's a big 'IF', they're unlikely to be under the BA brand more likely be under the 'Level' brand.
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Old 10th Mar 2018, 08:52
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Not only interiors, or exterior appearance. Been working quite long time, +30years, as mechanic/engineer and sadly noted that general condition of aircrafts is not one of 1st item on many companies list anymore.
Donīt know about BA, but saw and worked on with some other previously well respected airliners and now a days their a/c:s are just in everyday or even crap condition.
Personally still old federation engineer, sometimes really struggle with all these beancounters ideas just to do only minimum maintenance. Just worried about new generation guys whose balls are not big enough yet to say NO if something is just a crap.

Sorry off-topic, but it may be connected to this tatty interior/exterior discussion.
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Old 10th Mar 2018, 12:11
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Originally Posted by Corrosion View Post
Not only interiors, or exterior appearance. Been working quite long time, +30years, as mechanic/engineer and sadly noted that general condition of aircrafts is not one of 1st item on many companies list anymore.
Donīt know about BA, but saw and worked on with some other previously well respected airliners and now a days their a/c:s are just in everyday or even crap condition.
Personally still old federation engineer, sometimes really struggle with all these beancounters ideas just to do only minimum maintenance. Just worried about new generation guys whose balls are not big enough yet to say NO if something is just a crap.

Sorry off-topic, but it may be connected to this tatty interior/exterior discussion.
The last time, apart from the third world, I saw aircraft as shabby as some BA airframes was PanAm just before it
went bust. Hardly an endorsement for the so called British 'flag carrier' !!
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Old 19th Mar 2018, 22:54
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First A320 NEO G-TTNA should be joining the fleet very soon.

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Old 13th Apr 2018, 14:13
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What do people think of BA's plans to offer no frills long hail fares with checked baggage costing extra? The way ahead or an over-reaction to others? I think that PeopleExpress did it back in the early 80s and maybe Laker but it died out. I'm sure that PE's charges were less in real terms than the Ģ40 BA is advocating - can anyone remember what they were?

I suppose that it makes sense for those doing long weekends in places such as New York but I can see overhead bins getting full very quickly and problems if families get split up - it already happens with LoCos.
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Old 14th Apr 2018, 11:16
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What do people think of BA's plans to offer no frills long hail fares with checked baggage costing extra? The way ahead or an over-reaction to others? I think that PeopleExpress did it back in the early 80s and maybe Laker but it died out. I'm sure that PE's charges were less in real terms than the Ģ40 BA is advocating - can anyone remember what they were?

I suppose that it makes sense for those doing long weekends in places such as New York but I can see overhead bins getting full very quickly and problems if families get split up - it already happens with LoCos.
I can see why they're offering it. It gives them a chance to potentially increase what would have been their original base fare anyway by giving the image that you're getting an additional service. It also streamlines the product from the domestic and shorthaul offering too. Don't forget these "Basic" fares still include the full service on the booked flight - so on longhaul a full complimentary bar and meal or snack service is still provided in World Traveller.

However, any encouragement to increase cabin baggage in an aircraft cabin these days is a BIG negative. People fighting for overhead locker space, slow boarding and increased delays when it eventually has to be added to the hold anyway are just some of the headaches it creates. I know the 747/777 aircraft suffer from lack of overhead locker space "down the back" on busy flights, but this will also translate into further issues on the A320 fleet as passengers transfering onto their onward connecting flights with the same "Basic" fare to/from the UK and Europe...
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Old 14th Apr 2018, 17:22
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6x ex TAM/LATAM 773's for BA Fact or fiction?
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Old 14th Apr 2018, 20:53
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6x ex TAM/LATAM 773's for BA
Some fact some fiction.

Previous info from BA shows 3 A model 772s leaving the fleet to be replaced by 3 77Ws. They could be from TAM or EK - other operators are available.

Willie Walsh has recently been singing the praises of the new build 77W fleet so a boost from 3 to 6 sounds feasible.
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Old 16th Apr 2018, 11:17
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On the LGW B777 front, I flew LGW-BGI in CW last week and, whilst I expected a less than Emirates experience, I was overall pleasantly surprised by the nick of G-VIIW. Primary reason for splashing out on CW was sleeping space. One glaring error was the lack of charging for devices, either plugs or USB. CC explained that there was a socket that needed some kind of adapter, but they did not keep them onboard.

In 2018 in long haul that's got to be one of the few airlines still doing this.
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Old 16th Apr 2018, 11:44
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In 2018 in long haul that's got to be one of the few airlines still doing this.
I flew Lufthansa late last year, curiously the old A340 had this installed whereas the A380 didn’t.
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Old 16th Apr 2018, 12:29
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As more refurbished 777s come online at Gatwick the power socket issues should be resolved.
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Old 16th Apr 2018, 13:34
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Amazing!

A mate tells me they're now pretty standard on BUSES in Reading............ and free
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Old 16th Apr 2018, 13:55
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Some of the newest Go Northeast buses have free wifi, free charging (USB and plug) and interactive table seats where you can play things like snakes and ladders via an app... Almost enough to make me want to get the bus
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Old 16th Apr 2018, 15:14
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And with some of the delays you hear about BA, may even be quicker too
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Old 17th Apr 2018, 08:18
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And you can buy yr own sandwich s....
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