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  1. Car sizes

    Hi Trev, May have a result. Heres what you do-from a very helpfully guy called Glen in BF Reservations. Check what you want on line, for dates and best prices etc. Then book by telephone. They will then add a note that you have checked your car size is in the right box and make a note as such on the booking. I'm not sure what the note will be but I should not get an automatic new version asking for more money (unless I go and fit roof bars). Seems that the Berlingo type vehicle does cause a problem along with a few others that vary by model type. Most people claim not to know their height size it seems. The use of an automatic correcting program after you've booked does allow rapid checking in. Just didn't want the agro of reclaiming the overcharged amount. SFD
  2. Car sizes

    Morning all, Here we go again. Booking my trips for next year. Get ticket and invoice Version 1- hooray. Next day get Version 2 as an amendment and vehicle now has increased in height again. Talk about "computer says NO"!!!! The extra charge of £41 "Will be taken". Anyone have any idea how I get a refund after check in? I've tried Customer services and Reservations -all promise BUT it doesn't work.I sent all the car manufacturers info but that's a waste of time. Their bloody system just uses that god awful brainless system called CarWeb I reckon. Anyone know Mike Bevins number? Trip advisor keeps entering my head. Good company BUT I dread a booking system like this. Sfd
  3. Car sizes

    Result, sort of! Checked in at Plymouth on the 25th. No one in the queue at 6am at all. Explained the saga and promised that my booking reservations email will not have the note saying that my car is over the 1.83m limit according to BF (or Carweb that they use). I was advised to say the vehicle was a "leisure" vehicle! They are of course right in including such a warning on the ticket as I may have added a roof rack etc. Interestingly the Carweb dispute team never did reply within the 7-10 working days or at all. BF Customer services rescued the situation. My suggestion is that if your manufactures handbook or the sales blurb shows a range of model heights then check that BF don't assume incorrectly that you now enter a different price bracket and more importantly that the final payment for the fare has not had the higher rate included in the balance. Easy to miss when payments are taken automatically on cards. SFD
  4. Ferry companies and airlines

    A number of things killed off the TriStar. It was great for US coast to coast with suitcases (the lower galley didn't help). No space for freight, so internationally not good when freight was increasing. A great holiday aircraft. But then the B737 beat that with 2 engines. Long range, the new big twins ventured further into long haul over oceans. Twins rule. That's what killed the 3 engine concept and also now 4 engines. Wait for the first A380 to be put in the desert. Airbus can't sell them. I know little of the 10 but was taken aback by its simplicity. (all anglepoise lamps, switches and levers!) compared with a high tech elegant design from Lockheed.The 10 developed into the MD11 and still serves well in the world. The long haul TriStar500 didn't sell well, was shorter, less seats and over powered. Sorta like the B747SP. The travelling public is generally not worried how many engines a plane has or that it might have to fly for 90 mins on one motor. SFD
  5. 2018 Schedules & Prices - Now Available

    True Trev. Just warning Club members it ain't a bargain. That's my point. Why should a member pay more and get less?
  6. 2018 Schedules & Prices - Now Available

    Just got a mail from BF about the new offer of Up to 4 days in France from only £69 per person Tried it using my Club membership with a mpv, cheapest cabin both ways, out of Plymouth to Roscoff 1-5 Nov 17. Result- offer price £213, Regular price with 2 "free" breakfasts - price £209. Bargain? £4 less plus 2 breakfasts without the bargain offer!
  7. Ferry companies and airlines

    Lovely to see Charlie Alpha again. Did lots of hours in her as a Flight Engineer. At the time the best airliner around bar none. The spoilers used on approach as "Direct Lift Control" SFD
  8. Ferry companies and airlines

    The crew seats were flat panels! We had sheepskins put on them. Lockheed did deliver them with 3 lovely suitcases fitted under a jump seat. Cant understand how they disappeared. Big Airways had 6 new dash 500 TriStars but nothing in the bank to pay the wages. The RAF got them for a song plus a couple of ex Pan Am. Think the seats were ripped out and put back in backwards (an RAF requirement). Happy Daze SFD
  9. Ferry companies and airlines

    Hi Paully, Auto spoilers are on/off as selected but it firmly reduces the landing run after touch down, not before. On the 747 the firm touch down was drummed into us from Boeing trainers.Floating was a no-no. On the TriStar you could crab it in and touch down on one leg and kiss the ground. With a long runway, firm touchdowns are not necessary. Touchdown at the "correct" place, probably covered with rubber as well is drummed into pilots. The short haul airliner of today will be knackered by its cycles in 10 years with its "firm" landings. Last arrival I was on as a holidaying pax was a crash followed by passenger applause. I think they were grateful that they had arrived alive! Energy management of a 40,000 ton ship at 1 knot and 60 tons plane at 140 knots! Ah yes airline food. One US hostie took a "spare" steak home, put in her fridge and next morning it had turned into purple sludge and "melted" back to its reconstituted state. Enjoy the flight mate, SFD
  10. Ferry companies and airlines

    Having spent 30 years dragging my body around the world in an airliner I discovered ferry travel late in life. What a difference. Sure, you need a plane to go really long haul but somewhere along the way we lost the pleasure that the journey can bring in many ways. Airports and airlines don't do it for me anymore. One thing that stood out for me was why every time I arrive in a Boeing 737 or little Airbus do pilots bang it down into the concrete in some Spanish airport. The other day arriving from Roscoff the Commandant slowly brought the Arm gently into her Plymouth mooring. You wouldn't know we had arrived it was so good. What a great bunch of pros all round. SFD
  11. Car sizes

    Yeh, drove an Electric Ion a year ago. Likewise impressed. We really need to knock this pollution thing on the head. My new grand child was born in central London a few weeks ago just after a monitoring point 100m from her home exceeded EU pollution limits during that hot spell a month ago. SFD
  12. Car sizes

    Hi Jonno, Been Adblue on my 1.6 diesel 6 speed Berlingo from new in 2015. Nitrogen oxide reduction along with SCR exceeds Euro 6 standards and reduces fuel consumption. Only thing that beats that is a hybrid or EV. SFD
  13. Car sizes

    Exactly the same as me. Changed CAR to a Berlingo (no bloody roof fittings at all) without changing the form. Absolutely charming lady told me I'd got the car type wrong. No "naughty boy stuff" but said she would let me off this time! Since found out that there was no cost difference anyway. She didn't appear to question the height at all. Not too sure I enjoyed being put in the MPV/4x4 group as I 've made the effort to move to more fuel efficient, cleaner cars. I've now been shoved into the gas guzzling monster kid carriers, the shame of it! No more will I gasp at the "Yummy mummies " filling up with £100 of diesel in their shopping/school trucks. I did ask one if she was saving the planet! SFD
  14. Car sizes

    Whoa- This is doing my head in!! SFD