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British Airways Transatlantic Oct2009

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British Airways Transatlantic Oct2009

My husband and I just returned from a 21 day cruise/shore trip from Phoenix to Athens with connections in London and our return flight from Istanbul to Phoenix again connecting overnight in London. I was most disappointed with British Airways. These flights are over 10 hours and the 747-400 used are a disgrace for passenger comfort. Seats are regular domestic type that are not very wide. They sit three sections of three-four-three with some rows having 2 seats. We have flown Iberia to Europe before on much more confortable environment. Seats were wider and more plush. Mind you Iberia was also economy. I would certainly not fly BA again on such a long haul as long as they continue to use these vessels. Unlike the agent who sold me the tickets stated, we were not PAMPERED at all.

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11. Re: British Airways Transatlantic Oct2009

From your previous posts you stated that Iberia gave you seats that did not recline as well as poor service etc. If you have been flying them in the intvening period maybe you could post a glowing review, then we will know which airline to fly with not just the ones to avoid. Then TrishP and the rest of us wouldn't be so confused

12. Re: British Airways Transatlantic Oct2009

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Miami, Florida
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13. Re: British Airways Transatlantic Oct2009

I cannot believe the childlike behavior on this forum. I am most amused! I sincerely hope that a TA monitor reviews this as this forum is designed to assist travelers not to bash other members because of their opinions. You do need to travel more often........

I will no longer reply to this non-sense.

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14. Re: British Airways Transatlantic Oct2009

To ludiandrade's point, pitch and width don't tell the whole story. They don't cover the thickness or support of the seat. Two similar sized seats can feel very different. We should probably just accept her (assumption) assessment of the comfort level that was recently experienced. Having just returned from Berlin on a comfortable economy seat (nice to have been there for the Wall party), I know comfort is subjective... Mrs. GM was very uncomfortable all the way.

But on the other side of the discussion, anybody posting an opinion needs to be ready for people to disagree. Disagreement is *not* rudeness, nor have I seen anybody attacking or attributing motive to anybody else except one... the OP.

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15. Re: British Airways Transatlantic Oct2009

There is a cabin of 2-4-2 seating on BA's 744s: World Traveller Plus, or Premier Economy. Slightly wider seats with 38in of pitch. Very pleasant way to fly.

'BA has a policy that certain tickets are not able to select their seats until 24 hours prior to departing. That is also very inconvenient as many purchase their tickets - like I - several months in advance then get a very bad seat.' Did you check in on line at T-24h or wait and check in at the airport? I suspect the latter. BA's seating policy is one that I don't particularly agree with, as I don't think it is exceptionally fair to those who can't select their seats at the time of booking. It is, however, the airline's policy and until changed then the best way to take advantage of available seats is to use OLCI. Can it be a bit of a pain to find a computer (if one doesn't carry a laptop) at T-24h? Yes - but the chances of 'very bad seats' increases if one doesn't take advantage of what BA offer.

'Iberia does have very bad service in arriving times and other matters...' Hm. Does any airline satisfy? I wonder.

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