Do BA Still Play Boarding Music?

Old Jun 19, 2010, 7:32 pm
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Question Do BA Still Play Boarding Music?

I've heard many of people who work with me say that BA plays boarding music, but I have never heard any music on-board. In-sight on this please.

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Old Jun 19, 2010, 7:39 pm
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Short answer, yes.

But firstly it seems to be limited to long haul aircraft, and secondly they don't always turn it on. Probably a 50/50 chance of it being turned on, and I assume there could be an even lower chance since I reckon some of the aircraft don't have the facility anyway.
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Old Jun 19, 2010, 7:39 pm
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Do you know what, I think they do? It's the sort of thing you only notice subconciously unless the music is really great or really grating.

Only reason I recall it is I remember thinking how British it is of BA to play classical-ish music, whereas other on other airlines I've noticed it's usually a bit more 'modern'. It was inoffensive enough, I'd say.

This was on two recent loghaul flights.
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Old Jun 19, 2010, 9:38 pm
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I was on BA for the first time a couple months ago for four flights (2 long haul, 2 short) and I remember the music on two of those flights, probably the long haul flights. I think it struck me as I remember hearing it before and trying to remember where, and it was the same music they play while you're on hold with them.
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Came back from MAD two weeks back and boarding music was played including the "traditional" BA tune. (Flower Duet from Lahkme). Suspect that it depends on the senior crew member.

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Flew to and from ANU a couple of weeks ago and the music was on then....
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Yes, they play the same, tedious Flower Duet music approx 50% of the time during boarding. It does my head in. I really get sick of hearing it. Luckily there seems to be some cabin crew discretion as to whether it's on or off.

(I am a musician, so I am not anti-music, but I am am anti-the-same-music-each-time-without-variation).

At least with BMI you generallly get random pop hits when you board, rather than BA inflicting the same tedious tune all the time.
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Old Jun 20, 2010, 3:54 am
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Originally Posted by beardedgeologist
Yes, they play the same, tedious Flower Duet music approx 50% of the time during boarding. It does my head in. I really get sick of hearing it. Luckily there seems to be some cabin crew discretion as to whether it's on or off.

(I am a musician, so I am not anti-music, but I am am anti-the-same-music-each-time-without-variation).

At least with BMI you generallly get random pop hits when you board, rather than BA inflicting the same tedious tune all the time.
I've not had any boarding music, shorthaul or longhaul, for the last couple of years. I miss it - I've done 10 sectors in the last 3 weeks and heard no boarding music at all.
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Old Jun 20, 2010, 6:21 am
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Originally Posted by beardedgeologist
(I am a musician, so I am not anti-music, but I am am anti-the-same-music-each-time-without-variation).

At least with BMI you generallly get random pop hits when you board, rather than BA inflicting the same tedious tune all the time.
If you think BA are bad, try flying Jetstar in Australia (Qantas' LCC), they play their annoying themetune none stop throughout the entire boarding process.
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Old Jun 20, 2010, 6:44 am
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Originally Posted by beardedgeologist
Yes, they play the same, tedious Flower Duet music approx 50% of the time during boarding. It does my head in. I really get sick of hearing it. Luckily there seems to be some cabin crew discretion as to whether it's on or off.

(I am a musician, so I am not anti-music, but I am am anti-the-same-music-each-time-without-variation).

At least with BMI you generallly get random pop hits when you board, rather than BA inflicting the same tedious tune all the time.
Your experiences are very different to my own. I rarely hear music played on board BA nowadays but when I do, the crews seem to favour Antonn Dvořk's Serenade for Strings in E Major, Op.22, II. Tempo Di Valse and Op.22, III. Scherzo, Vivace.

It has been years since I last heard the Flower Duet played. Agree with you though, playing the same track day in, day out can become tedious. Just think of the poor OS crews who have to listen to Strauss's Blue Danube repeatedly each day.
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I would rather NOT have boarding music on.

IB tend to play their boarding music on with the volume on high!. At least I learnt that Christmas carols/songs had the same tune in English as they were in Spanish - or it may have been an English tape after all.
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I had 5 BA sectors last week, and 4 of those had boarding music - return flights to MAN and EDI. CDG-LHR did not have boarding music.
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Old Jun 20, 2010, 7:57 pm
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Urgh...Flower Duet is cringe-inducing. Not heard it in a while now on the 747 or 777s I have been flying.
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Old Jun 20, 2010, 8:09 pm
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BA's boarding music isn't too bad. I heard really awful, headache-inducing boarding music on a recent flight on an airline. I cannot remember which one, but I suspect it was Jetstar International. It was highly annoying, and it was quite loud too.
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Old Jun 21, 2010, 2:17 am
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I like the Flower Duet. It reminds me of flying home on BA when my iPod plays it on shuffle.

However - the acoustic guitar remix on the phone lines is starting to grate, but that's probably because the longer one has to listen to it the more irritated one gets that they're not answering the phone...
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