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London to Bangkok, British Airways, Coach - bad?

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Flew BA to BKK 5 years ago, was not impressed, decided never to fly them again.

 

Since then I've used Thai, which was quite good, Eva, excellent, and Emirates, superb.

I notice some flights on BA that are convenient for me, have things improved with them?



Thank you

 

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If someone is looking for a direct flight from Bangkok to the UK, the only three options are BA, Eva and Thai...  None of them are great and sitting in an Economy seat for that length of time is going to become rather trying. 

 

I suspect the level of tolerance for the flights would come down to the individual journey and how full the flight is - other aspects of the travel come down to personal preference - I believe the seat size is the same, the service on all of them is pretty standard, nothing special, nothing bad.

 

Thus: Ultimately, I guess it comes down to price.

 

If you are not pressed for time, other alternatives would be to take a day flight and stop off overnight at one of the 'Air-side' terminal Hotels in the Middle East (i.e. Emirates or Etihad) which breaks up the flight into 6/7 hour legs and seats into the jet-lag a little. 

This also works well if you need to fly into somewhere other than London, although prices for flying into some of the regional airports in the UK are more expensive than flying in the LHR and LGW.

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Also flew about five yeas ago and a bit naff, though next year was good. I'd only use them again, however, if price right and needed direct. Flown all of them bar EVA, which I hear is good. BA cattle seems to draw in the ruffians more so than the others. Get a window seat and knock yourself out with something. 😉

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Flown with all of them.

 

BA generally OK, although last flight with them which was BKK to LON did not impress.

Delayed departure and they were a cabin crew member short.

Full flight. Service sub par. Other flights have been OK/good.

 

Then flew inter inter Europe, far better,

Both flights within the last 10 days.

 

EVA, never had a bad flight, just have not been able to get a decent price quote for the last few times I have tried.

 

Thai, my last flight with them was my last flight with them.

 

BA or EVA if you want direct.

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BA use a Boeing 777-200ER aircraft on the BKK-LHR route, which are often 19-20 years old. I've heard that the cabin is very tired looking inside as well. I always try to use EVA, but have on occasion got a good deal with Singapore Airlines, who are superb. Thai economy too expensive. Qatar are reasonable if you don't mind a stop in the Middle East.

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I don't think BA run a coach service from London to Bangkok.

 

Seriously, EVA is by far the best direct flight. Prices similar when booking from UK.

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Funny to see this as I have been looking at BA flights just the last few days and they are showing up as only Bt21,985 (Eva is Bt 27k) Also, the BA flight times are very appealing.

 

But, I also flew the same route about 5 years ago, and it really wasn't good. Plane bit old, grub not great etc, plane packed, but the one thing that I really didn't like is the plane was blacked out for the whole journey, even though the entire flight was in daytime, You was NOT allowed to pull the window shades up, I complained about this as didn't want to sit in the dark for 12 hours, plus I don't sleep on planes, especially day flights, I was abruptly told that it was done as some people wanted to sleep, I asked what about the ones that don't want to sleep, this is after all a day time flight, but they weren't having any of it. A disgrace in my book.

 

So, if you're on a budget go for it, if not pay the extra 5k for Eva which is still a good price.

 

Also, BA use Heathrow T5 which can be awkward to get to and a bit soulless.

 

PS: Do you really have to use the word 'coach' I take it you are American?

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I flew the BA BKK-LHR flight on June 1 and returned June 24, in coach.  The plane is a tired old 777 with a tiny blurry seatback screen.  The available space was tiny, as with any large long-range jet. 

 

The biggest issue however, was the airspace over Pakistan was closed (as is now Iran) so we had to fly around it.  We left BKK 1.5 hours late due to the delay on the incoming flight, then 1.5 additional hours in the air, so we missed our last-flight-of-the-day connecting flight to Marseilles, along with most other people on the flight with connections.  The hotel process and getting back to the airport for the 7am flight the next morning was a nightmare.  I'll never do that again.

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42 minutes ago, roquefort said:

I don't think BA run a coach service from London to Bangkok.

 

Seriously, EVA is by far the best direct flight. Prices similar when booking from UK.

Price is good as well, just paid 23, 225 baht, seats are probably the most uncomfortable out of the three though

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BA tend to offer the cheapest direct BKK-LHR flights with the best timings. They are generally mediocre but worth it for the saving and convenience. BA are again threatening summer strikes and EVA flights are currently being cancelled due to a strike.

All in all, not a great situation.

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