My experience today has helped to confirm my preference. With a recent change in my role at work, I am now doing much more travel within Europe than Long Haul. Being based in London and living fairly near to Heathrow, you can get pretty much anywhere direct on BA. I have been wondering if there is a better option to my default of booking onto BA.
Our company policy means that we fly economy on flights less than 6 hours, and so it means I have been experiencing BA economy a lot. The sad (or good thing for me) is that I have learnt the layout of the planes and thanks to pre-selecting seats online have worked out how to get the best seats with either huge leg room or the club style seat that is in the first row of economy.
One thing had been thinking was that economy was not such a bad thing. That was until I returned from Barcelona on a code share flight that meant I was on an Iberia plane. (BA own part of Iberia and are trying to buy the whole thing).
I am tall (6′ 2″) and the seats on Iberia are so close that my knees were rammed into the back of the seat and just out broke my knees when the person in front put their seat back. It would have been very cosy and uncomfortable had the row I was in been full – as it was not I could sit at an angle so as to get my legs into some sort of comfort.
Unlike BA you also had to buy any drinks and snacks. The fares do not seem to be better than BA and so also offers worse value. On BA in economy you get rolls or wraps and free drinks and tea/ coffee.
BA here I come again!!