Flybe to Rome

In my head I hear Frank Sinatra croon “Fly Me to the Moon. ..” Ok so I’m more Flybe to Rome but hum along with me I bet you can’t help yourself now can you?

Anyway I digress from my point, which was this…. Time out was required and it had to involve minimal time on the roads. Hence our wonderfully easy and pain free travel from Cardiff to Rome using Flybe

And even though I am sat writing this at Bistro Fiumicino because of a 2HR 20MIN delay for the flight home., I still feel pretty chilled. Fiumicino airport is light bright and airy. Flybe advised us of the delay straight away  (although not the reason) and provided vouchers for food and drink.  And we’ve (have Hubby in tow) just spent 4 wonderful days in THE most amazing capital city.  Plus, when we do eventually touch down in the UK, it will be in Cardiff which is a teeny-weeny easy- peasy airport to navigate and a simple bus transfer to our sons house before a relatively short, but certainly straightforward drive home.

So, the reason for the delay was not the weather in Cardiff.. I thought this a bit odd because, at worst, Cardiff weather might be a bit ‘dreary’… I mean it was pretty improbably that Hurricane Blodwen had hit.

I found out because of the prompt (and unexpected ) response I received to a tweet I made to Flybe

So ‘Thankyou’ Sophie from Flybe. Problems can’t always be avoided.  Sometimes they happen and it’s how we handle them that matters. This is when a company can shine or fall flat on it’s face. It’s that monumental component of business that most businesses throw by the wayside in their pursuit of new customers and profits. However, keeping an existing customer is much more cost effective and I’ll cerainly be using Flybe again. Customer service is EVERYTHING….



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    Berni_Benton @Berni_Benton 

     so what’s the true reason for the 2hr+ delay to 11:25 flight BE4542? Rome blaming Cardiff weather

    flybe @flybe 

    Replying To: 

    Hi Berni, thank you for getting in touch and I am sorry to hear that your flight has been delayed. I have checked this and can see that the delay has been caused by a late incoming aircraft, the previous flight Cardiff to Rome suffered at technical fault this morning. Your flight is now estimated to depart at 13.40 local time. I am extremely sorry for the inconvenience caused – Sophie

    Berni_Benton @Berni_Benton 

     Thankyou for the info. Better have another proper cappuccino

Telecommunications! WHAT Communication?!

Privatisation and customer service are at opposite ends of a scale.  Once telecoms industry privatised, the customer (I you, me, EVERYBODY) was basically totally fucked (excuse my language) the minute any of you were to have a problem that needs fixing.  Like a bunch of kids breaking your favourite vase – you will never find out who did it, they’ll all just blame each other.

Eleven years ago we moved our ‘services’ from BT toTiscali as BT were complete arses during our move…  we upped sticks and took the line, the broadband and the phone away… what we didn’t realise in this ‘act of rebellion’ was that we might not have any contract with BT but they still own all the lines so when there is a problem our provider has to creep to BT and see if they’ll help out and fix it.  So from day one we were up the swanny.  At some point in time between then and now some regulations were put in place and BT Openreach were the ‘missing link’ providing ‘customer service ACTION’ between the script readers with your (our, their) providers and BT who own EVERYTHING

At some other point we tried to switch provider again for a super great business rate. And at some point again the Welsh Government got some spare cash together and decided to solve Wales’ telecoms problems with a national SUPERFAST CYMRU solution…

… and their folks is the start of the ‘nightmare months’.

Ever since the Superfast Cymru​ work in December the broadband here fluctuates from 6 to 0.6. with the low speed lasting from about 4:30 pm until at least midnight (I’m then in bed so it may be slow until breakfast).

Superfast started the work and put in some new cabinets to which our house is not connected we are ‘too far away’ .  The cabinet is not (??) connected properly to the BT exchange as the BT exchange is ’20th Century’ (I quote the latest in a long line of BT Openreach engineering expert) and “what you need in LW is some 21st century telecoms tech”.

So anyway I message Superfast and they say “nothing to do with us mate’… apparently they didn’t touch the ADSL ‘plumbing’.

BT say ‘nothing to do with us mate your contracts with TalkTalk”.

TalkTalk spend 4 months denying they provide our Broadband so can’t provide our wannabee new provider, Axis 4 Business with the appropriate code to switch.  (but there is a separate nightmare chapter)

Eventually  TT (previously written Talktalk)  accept we are their customer . TT engineer booked and is here for 3-4 hours says “nothing to do with us mate”. Complaint is ‘escalated’.  We are told to stay in for an engineer ALL DAY Monday.  We do, no-one comes.  TT say,  ” no we didn’t book someone we only scheduled that we need to book someone”. (I know right!).  BT Openreach Engineer comes, one of us can’t go to work, says after 3 hours, “that’s fixed mate”, leaves .

TT call from us saying it’s not fixed. 2nd day off for Openreach 2nd visit. 5 hours here. Line checked from house to exchange. “it should be fine now mate”. Call to TT to say it’s not fixed.

3rd day home for an Openreach Engineer. No-one arrives or calls. TT ask if probelm is fixed.  PROBLEM IS NOT FIXED

5th Day off for BT Openreach Engineer… We have 40 plus speed readings from the last 4 days listed for him.  Apparently we are ‘better than most’.  He tries a spot of ‘expectation management” says the problem is probably our “virtual speed” as the “actual speed” is fine and has been for months now (!!!! I KNOW). I say, “surely its the speed WE GET that matters” , he agrees. Says it might be a “Hot Vat “(of something like that – he’s a bit cocky and likes to name drop promises to ring his mate at Superfast “i can’t believe its a year til they come back and do the second fix”, says He.  He says that “Hot Vat” or whatever it was is “that Exchange in town runs at capacity when there’s low demand so can’t cope at peak times.”

Here’s the crux.  BT would need accept this as a problem and “they don’t like to do that ” but we’re lucky as HE is a senior so he’ll talk to The Man.  THEY need to agree that the exchange exchange needs to be a priority for change!

Goes off to ” check the line between our exchange and Birmingham (!!!! I KNOW!!!) …anyway apparently “nothing wrong with that mate”.

APPARENTLY “problem is with TalkTalk”

APPARENTLY “they can’t cope with peak demand, victim of their own success” (!!!! I FUCKING KNOW!!!!!!!!!)…. TalkTalk​ BT Openreach​ British Telecom AXA 4 Business ALL OF YOU​ … now personally I don’t give a flying whatsit whose problem it is, I just want the problem fixed!!! I’m self-employed , had 5 days at home – lost earnings for engineers who all blame each other…. SORT IT OUT YOU’RE LIKE A BUNCH OF BLOODY KIDS AN ITS DRIVING MUMMY HERE INSANE.

…sorry readers … not the ‘rosetintedrambling’ you expect from me but ARRGGHHHH MUMMY NEEDS A RUM