Airline Review: British Airways (domestic Economy)
British Airways does not offer many domestic flights, but you can at least reach some British cities from London. We were on a return flight from London Heathrow to Manchester and couldn’t have been more surprised about how short the flight actually was. Catering was nothing but a rush, but the overall experience wasn’t bad nevertheless.
British Airways only offers economy class on domestic flights.
- Airplane: Airbus A319/320
- Cabin Class: Economy
- Daytime: Noon/Afternoon
- Food: Snack
- Seat Pitch: 32 Inch (81 Centimeter)
- Seat Width: 17 Inch (43 Centimeter)
This meant that regardless of the fact that we had a business class ticket for the return flight, the service and the seating were the same. While this was not a problem, we were bothered by the fact that the journey on our first domestic flight was delayed by more than one hour due to thick fog.
As this happens often in London Heathrow, I’d recommend to rather take a train instead of flying this short route.
Seating on the British Airways domestic flight
Both planes we were flying with (an Airbus A319 and an Airbus A320) came with the most modern British Airways interior.
This meant slim black leather seats which actually look very good in my opinion. The seat pitch is average and so is the seat width.
Yet, seating is definitely comfortable enough for a flight of just 30 minutes. As there is no business class, I’d recommend checking in early to secure a seat in the front of the airplane which safes a lot of time when de-boarding the plane.
Food on the British Airways domestic flight
As a full service carrier, British Airways also serves food on the short flight from London to Manchester and back. On British Airways domestic flights, you can choose one item out of a snack basket (comparable to the offerings in US domestic first class on short routes) as well as a drink of your choice.
The items available were of high quality and actually tasted good. Yet, there was nothing really healthy in the snack basket. Due to the short duration of the flight, people sitting in the middle of the plane may be skipped when it comes to service.
Entertainment on the British Airways domestic flight
Something that made us enjoy the British Airways domestic flight were the nice offerings when it comes to entertainment options. There was a choice of British newspapers available upon boarding.
Moreover, British Airways offers its passengers two different magazines and overhead monitors showing information about the flight. Even though there is no Wi-Fi, I was actually happy about the offerings. Especially as it is much more than what other airlines have on offer!
Bottom line British Airways domestic
Even though the flights in the British Airways domestic Economy were extremely short, we actually enjoyed them. Seating is comfortable and the snack options are decent for such a short flight. Even though the service was totally rushed, the attendants were friendly and helpful.
When it comes to a connection flight, I’d definitely recommend flying British Airways domestic Economy. If you are instead just travelling between the two cities, you should better take a train or think about a flight from Manchester to London City (there are a few each day).
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