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Jul 9, 17, 12:32 pm
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Posted By bealine

I think the clue lies in the "long taxi". ...

I think the clue lies in the "long taxi". You're quite right that the double bing advises the crew the aeroplane is entering the live runway and tells them to get strapped into their seats.
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May 31, 17, 9:21 am
Replies: 201
Views: 39,256
Posted By bealine

Meanwhile, in India, I think I may have stumbled...

Meanwhile, in India, I think I may have stumbled across the power surge problem..........
May 31, 17, 8:19 am
Replies: 57
Views: 8,703
Posted By bealine

I am genuinely sorry to advise that, despite...

I am genuinely sorry to advise that, despite staff wanting to help you, they will not be allowed to. All the gate agents (as you refer) are allocated their tasks by a computer system that "knows"...
May 31, 17, 4:04 am
Replies: 54
Views: 7,850
Posted By bealine

It is very rare that we have spare aircraft, I...

It is very rare that we have spare aircraft, I assure you. When one goes tech, another is found by "stealing one from another service" and then cascading onwards. FT'ers may have heard the reason...
May 30, 17, 4:43 pm
Replies: 426
Views: 61,520
Posted By bealine

A Power Surge was the reason quoted.

A Power Surge was the reason quoted.
May 30, 17, 4:39 pm
Replies: 142
Views: 14,094
Posted By bealine

Just as well the country's security forces don't...

Just as well the country's security forces don't rely on instinct, I guess! :p
May 30, 17, 4:38 pm
Replies: 142
Views: 14,094
Posted By bealine

The numbers were published in a newspaper after...

The numbers were published in a newspaper after the Manchester tragedy - may be exaggerated somewhat but, as an ex-squaddie, I wouldn't argue too much with those figures. Anyone who is prepared to...
May 30, 17, 4:27 pm
Replies: 426
Views: 61,520
Posted By bealine

Probably. As you know, British Airways seldom...

Probably. As you know, British Airways seldom make quick decisions, so I would be surprised if this hadn't been mooted and discussed with the supplier long before Alex appeared on the scene. ...
May 30, 17, 4:14 pm
Replies: 54
Views: 7,850
Posted By bealine

I think this aircraft was flying around for a...

I think this aircraft was flying around for a week or so with this problem and the planners were trying their best to utilise it on routes with light loads as much as possible. If it's the...
May 30, 17, 3:53 pm
Replies: 60
Views: 9,301
Posted By bealine

This is not at all unusual - I've seen this on...

This is not at all unusual - I've seen this on Continental / United a few times as well. If, as I suspect, the crew are working one or two members down (which is likely during times of disruption...
May 30, 17, 3:43 pm
Replies: 426
Views: 61,520
Posted By bealine

As far as I can see, simplistically, if you...

As far as I can see, simplistically, if you decide to run any business you have three simple choices - you go exclusively for the top end of the market and accept the fact your market is rather...
May 30, 17, 2:51 pm
Replies: 10
Views: 1,796
Posted By bealine

I might have pipped you by a minute or two...

I might have pipped you by a minute or two icegirl, but your pictures are better and there are more old ones to look at!
May 30, 17, 2:40 pm
Replies: 10
Views: 1,796
Posted By bealine

LHR Terminal One - The Final Chapter

I know it's "The Mirror" folks, but please will you forgive me if I say a few "Hail Mary's" and "Paternosters" tonight? The reporter was given a final tour around the old building as everything is...
May 30, 17, 2:34 pm
Replies: 142
Views: 14,094
Posted By bealine

The screening is not infallible as a few...

The screening is not infallible as a few newspaper journalists have proved over the years. There are some 24,000 known people in this country sympathetic to terrorist causes of which some 3,000...
May 30, 17, 7:04 am
Replies: 142
Views: 14,094
Posted By bealine

Whilst that is true, and British Airways don't...

Whilst that is true, and British Airways don't insist on the agent asking for ID, a polite request for ID is a belt and braces approach, and one which is to be reasonably expected given the...
May 30, 17, 5:22 am
Replies: 426
Views: 61,520
Posted By bealine

Digressing for a moment - Do you know, it was a...

Digressing for a moment - Do you know, it was a shocker when BA scrapped the Bremen route from Gatwick? There was a flat fare of 173.60 as it was operated by "CityFlyer Express (I remember the...
May 29, 17, 1:08 pm
Replies: 426
Views: 61,520
Posted By bealine

No

FT knows I'm no management toady, but I will stand by Alex Cruz in this case. Why? Because Alex is doing exactly the job the IAG Board and the Shareholders expect him to do (in fact, the cuts...
Mar 25, 17, 2:03 pm
Replies: 7
Views: 1,095
Posted By bealine

On ba.com, the allowance for UK Domestic is one...

On ba.com, the allowance for UK Domestic is one bag. I think the two piece allowance was "enhanced" some time ago. Of course, your status allows one extra bag (as long as you're not on an HBO...
Mar 2, 17, 4:19 pm
Replies: 11
Views: 3,601
Posted By bealine

Indeed, children under 18 years old regardless of...

Indeed, children under 18 years old regardless of class of travel or card status are not allowed in the lounges without being accompanied by a responsible adult.
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Feb 28, 17, 7:08 am
Replies: 13
Views: 2,802
Posted By bealine

What the OP may have observed on a UK Domestic...

What the OP may have observed on a UK Domestic flight is the discreet movement of a prisoner under police escort which would account for three individuals - the suspect and two officers. It's not...
Feb 23, 17, 10:45 am
Replies: 117
Views: 16,496
Posted By bealine

Sad - you and I both used to work for an airline...

Sad - you and I both used to work for an airline that cared! :(
Feb 23, 17, 5:33 am
Replies: 117
Views: 16,496
Posted By bealine

For me, that summed up BA's strategy over the...

For me, that summed up BA's strategy over the past 20 years.

When Easyjet and Ryanair appeared on the scene, BA had no need to worry - the two market segments were totally opposed and attracted...
Feb 22, 17, 6:24 am
Replies: 21
Views: 4,053
Posted By bealine

As a Heathrow based Aircraft Dispatcher, and very...

As a Heathrow based Aircraft Dispatcher, and very much part of "Ramp Operations", I can tell you there is absolutely not one grain of truth in this ridiculous "news" story. The staff have access to...
Feb 20, 17, 4:52 am
Replies: 266
Views: 42,921
Posted By bealine

This post is intended to be helpful, without...

This post is intended to be helpful, without compromising my employer or placing any liability on them.

To bring the thread back on topic, I have a lot of sympathy as I flew back from Tokyo on a...
Feb 16, 17, 4:10 pm
Replies: 49
Views: 6,174
Posted By bealine

As always, Mr T, you're quite right. The...

As always, Mr T, you're quite right.

The pressure to minimise the time for aircraft turnrounds has come from the cost-cutting measures started by Bob Ayling under the "Business Efficiency Plan"...
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