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Topic: World Traveller Plus In Europe? ARN-LHR-ARN On BA
Username: deltamartin
Posted 2011-09-28 16:39:13 and read 10642 times.

This is a report covering my trip to London in late September this year.

I got an opportunity to travel to London with my parents, as my father would visit an exhibition at Earls Court in London, on behalf of his company, and as both my mother and me works part time at his company, we were both invited to join. He gave me the job of finding flights, and as I flew SK the last time I flew to London, I decided to try the other major player on the route, BA.

As I have yet to fly the Embraer 170-195 series I decided it was suitable to fly the morning E170 service from ARN to LCY on Friday the 23rd of September. The fare was about 75GBP. This flight would also be my first time visiting LCY.
To get back to Sweden, I had to book a flight that did not arrive to late on Sunday, as I still had to catch the 19.55 flight back to Kiruna from ARN. Flight 780 left LHR at 13.50, and offered plenty of time for my connection at ARN. This was great since BA780 is one of BA's European flights operated by 767-300's! A flight I had been eyeing for a long time. So now I finally had a booking. The flight was somewhat cheaper at 60 GBP or so.

So some time went and it was late August and about a month until departure, and I got my schedule for the fall semester, when I realized that I had to stay another night in Kiruna, instead of my original plan of flying from Kiruna on Thursday afternoon, to catch the Friday morning flight. This meant that I had to fly on the early morning flight from Kiruna, which arrived at ARN too late for my flight to LCY.
This meant we had to rebook to a later flight. We decided on BA777 leaving ARN shortly after noon. The rebooking wasn't too expensive at about 60 EUR per person plus the extra cost of the new fare.
This was a flight to LHR scheduled on a A320, so I'd miss out on LCY and the E-Jet. Oh well, another time I guess.
So the simple itinerary for this tripreport is ARN-LHR-ARN.

A couple of weeks before departure, I checked our booking at ba.com to see if there was any seats worth paying to reserve. There wasn't, but I did notice that the seatmap on the 767 wasn't like I expected, it was actually the longhaul version, with the World Traveller Plus cabin! The WT+ seats were not reservable, but I figured they might be available at check in, so I knew I had to be at some place with a wifi connection 24 hours before departure, to be able to check in on my phone, and check if the WT+ seats would be open to choose.

I wont cover the trips to and from Kiruna, as they were just standard domestic SK flights with cramped seating and all that comes with it.

September 23

After arriving at the domestic T4 at ARN, I still had a good 4 hours to kill until my next flight would depart. My parents would be arriving by car some time before our departure.
So, killing time at an airport isn't too difficult. I started off by taking a stroll around the airport. I started by going to the lowcost terminal 2, and went all the way to terminal 5. Nothing out of the ordinary seen.

Tails at domestic T4. I arrived from KRN in the SK aircraft furthest away in this picture.

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Clarion hotel being built between Sky City and the ATC tower.
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T5 departure hall, the queue is for a Tor Air flight to Baghdad.
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After my little walk, I settled down at the balcony above the trainstation at Sky City, and watched some apron action.

View from my seat.
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After an hour or so I decided to head to the landside restaurant upstairs on the middle of the old part of T5. I bought a bottle of sparkling water and enjoyed some apron action on the other side of the B pier of terminal 5.

An AF babybus taxiing to it's gate.
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This UA/CO aircraft pushed back and remained still at the apron during my remaining time at the restaurant. When taking off later I spotted it over at the F-pier so I guess something happened.
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SK to ORD.
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SK to EWR. These are the 2 daily SK longhauls from ARN.
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After some waiting my mother called me and said that they were soon to arrive at ARN, so I went to the T5 parking garage to meet them. After the greeting formalities was done we headed to the bagdrop, I had checked us in the day before and chosen seats 25 ABC at the back of the aircraft. The window seat was for me, ofcourse.

Bagdrop went fast with only one group of people ahead of us in the queue.

When we had gotten rid of our bags we went straight to the security checkpoint, we were directed to a security checkpoint upstairs of the ordinary checkpoint, I never even knew it existed!
We were quickly through in 5 minutes or so.

After quickly working our way through the tax free store, without buying anything, we headed to the Menzies lounge, who offers lounge access for Diners Club cardholders.

On the way to the lounge I spotted our plane at gate F61. I was exited since it would be my first time flying BA, and it was actually my first logged flight on an A320. I have flown A319 and A321 previously, and most likely I have also flown A320 when I was younger, but all I remember is that the aircraft's I flew were in the A320-family of aircraft.

G-EUUT at its gate.
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We soon reached the lounge and since my mother was the only one in the group with a diners card we were expecting to have to pay for one or two guests.

Turns out that I got in for free as a guest but we had to pay for my father, the fare was about 16 EUR if I remember correctly.

The lounge was smaller than I imagined, and did not offer too much to drink nor eat. There were sandwiches available and nuts, chips and cookies. I decided to get a sandwich, some nuts and apple juice.

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A beauty spotted from the lounge.
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Sooner or later, boarding time were getting closer, and we headed to passport control, which had no queue and soon we were at our gate, boarding were almost done when we got there with only about 20 people left to enter the jetway.

There was abit of queue in the jetway but we proceeded in a decent pace.

BA777
ARN-LHR
A320-200
G-EUUT

Our aircraft as seen from the jetway.
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Soon I entered the aircraft and showed my BP to the FA, who directed me down the aisle.

When queuing down the aisle I noticed that a lot of passengers stood in the aisle while loading their luggage on the overhead compartments, blocking people behind them to pass. On SK they often announce several times during boarding that passengers should avoid blocking the aisle.

Due to this it took some time to reach my seat but it didn't take too long.

When I reached row 25 I had a little problem finding space for my backpack in the overhead bins, but I managed to squeeze it in across the aisle.

I got seated and settled in, I must say that the seat was comfortable, with nice legroom and winged and movable headrest. It was a leather seat and it was soft, and had an overall nice feeling.
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The load was very good on this flight, I did not spot any open seats.

We pushed back and the safety demo started playing on the overhead screens.
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This is the first Airbus I'm in that has the new overhead panels.
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The KF 717 taking off ahead of us.
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We taxied to runway 19R and performed a rolling takeoff.

Terminal 2 & 3 with the Jumbo Hostel in the background.
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Cargo apron.
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We turned right soon after takeoff, and begun our climb to cruising altitude.

Soon after takeoff the overhead screens were again folded down and an airshow was shown for the remainder of the flight. Yay!

After the seatbelt sign was turned off the service started. I didn't really know what too expect when it comes to eating, but I did know that there was a complementary bar service.

Turns out we got a rather large sandwich with soft cheese and ham. It was rather nice, but you could tell it wasn't freshly made. This was confirmed when I saw that the “Use by” date was the very same day. I don't mind it at long as it's fresh enough.

Once the drinks cart came around a quite a while later I decided on a glass of sparkling water and a glass of orange juice.
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When the service round was complete and the aisle was clear I decided it was time to head to the lavatory. It was roomy enough and seemed to be in a good condition.

Cabin view on the way back to my seat.
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My seat.
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Cabin view from my seat.
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The flight progressed rather well and I spent most of the time by reading a newspaper I picked up at the airport and the BA inflight magazine. The skies were overcast for most of the flight so no ground views were to be seen.
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The picture of Highlife is taken on the inbound flight.

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Some ocean views could be seen though.
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I like this airshow.
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Our routing for this flight.
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As we got closer to UK descent were soon begun. East of London we were informed by the flightdeck that we would be in a holding pattern, and indeed that is what happens.
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A Qantas 747 also in a holding pattern.
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Yup. England.
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LCY. Another time...
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O2 Arena.
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After some nice views of central London and some turns here and there we soon land on Heathrows runway 27L.

AC ad on final approach.
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Touchdown.
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Hey, did I just see you flying above central London or was that just a pal of yours?
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T5.
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We taxied to a remote stand right next to T5A, and we had to wait for a few mins until the first bus pulled up.

Parked at our stand.
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The bus said “BA777”, our flightnumber.
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Deplaning took some minutes but I was in the third bus to the terminal.

Our aircraft when deboarding.
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Last picture of our plane while in the bus.
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After the short busride to the terminal a short walk to immigration followed.
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At immigration they had separate queues for every desk. I don't like that, I very much prefer when there is one line and the passengers are directed to the next open desk.
With the one line per desk system you risk getting behind a passenger that for some reason take longer to get through immigration, or having a staff member at the desk that isn't as efficient as the others.

Didn't take too long though and in a bit over 5 minutes I was through. Once we reached the luggage belt our bags were already there waiting for us so we were soon out in the arrival hall.

We used the underground to reach our hotel, Hilton Docklands, it was a nice hotel but it was quite far from any underground station so to reach it you had to take a bus from Canada Water. To compensate for that, the hotel offered a free shuttle ferry service across the Thames, to Canary Wharf, where both DLR and the Underground are within walking distance.
We had breakfast included in the price.

Underground.
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Our room.
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Canary Wharf as seen from our hotel in the morning.
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Next followed a couple of days in the always charming town of London. We didn't do too many touristy things, since we all have visited London several times before.

Canary Wharf as seen right after stepping off the boat from our hotel.
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The next day, we did however visit Madame Tussaud's, which was a first time for me. It was a nice, if crowded, experience.

The most Swedish thing I could find.
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Putin was there.
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And Obama.
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And another leader.
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And someone for us A.netters!
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When we were done with watching wax figures, we made our way to Earls Court for the exhibition.

An easyBus heading for STN.
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The 100% design exhibition was at Earls Court Two, at Earls Court One there was some gaming exhibition going on. Outside there was a couple of tanks promoting a game called World of Tanks.
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Earls Court One exterior.
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Earls Court Two exterior.
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The exhibition was rather exiting with some interesting ideas and such.

I noticed that there was free WiFi available, and since the clock was almost 13.50, the time when online check in at ba.com would open.
When changing our preassigned seats at row 29, I realized that I had made the right choice of checking in as early as possible, as the World Traveller Plus seats were up for grabs!
I quickly chose seats for us at row 11, the second of four WT+ rows.

On the remainder of the day we were at the Westfield Shopping Center, doing some shopping and grabbing some food. The building is actually really impressive.
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After this we made a rather early retreat to our hotel.

September 25

The next day we did not bother doing anything else than just eating breakfast and then heading back to Heathrow. We decided to pay for a taxi when going back.

During the ride to the airport, I spotted this car.
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I wonder if its easy to clean!

We arrived at LHR about two hours before departure. Before heading into the terminal we went to to the very edge of the passenger drop off zone, where we had decent views of aircraft's departing 27R.

LHR T5 drop off zone.
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SK 737 heading to the skies.
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UA 772 in battleship grey livery.
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AC 77W.
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Kuwait Airways 744.
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After our mini spotting session we headed inside and printed our boarding passes in a self service machine and dropped of our bags in one of the numerous bagdrop desks. We did not have to queue at all, nice!

The landside of T5 was impressive with high ceiling and lots of natural light.
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They had some problem with the FIDS.
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After finishing a bottle of water we had, we went through security, not much queue here either, and we were through in about five minutes.

Once airside, we were, as usual on airports nowadays, in the middle of a shopping mall. We strolled around abit before settling down in a corner with great views of the apron between T5A and T5B.

A 767 heading to ATH.
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With T5B in the background.
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I must say though that T5 was a tiny bit below my expectations. I'm not at all saying that the terminal was bad, I'm just saying that it wasn't as good as I expected. It didn't feel as roomy as I had expected, nor was it easy to take any nice photos since the glass wall was so far away. It was still a quite nice terminal experience though, I guess I just had my expectations too high after recently visiting T1 at BCN.
And besides, T5 is still waaay better than T3 at LHR, the only terminal I have previously been to at Heathrow.

Shopping-mall.
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After some waiting, while my family was shopping, we decided to grab some food at a place called Itsu, where we grabbed some Japanese food. I decided on some sushi rolls and miso soup, together with a bottle of sparkling water.
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When done with our meal, a gate had been assigned to our flight, so we went to our gate A8 to wait for boarding to be called.

BA780
LHR-ARN
Boeing 767-300
G-BNWY

When boarding was called, families with infants were called to board first, then those eligible for the fast track lane, then 28-39 and finally 10-27. It wasn't really enforced though, since we spotted several people allowed to board, whose boarding zone hasn't been called out yet. I suggested we would join the queue too but as the polite Swede my mother is, she insisted on waiting until we were allowed to board.

The best photo I could get of G-BNWY from the gate area.
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After a not too long wait we were allowed to board and we headed down the jetway.

Our aircraft as seen from the jetway.
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Last look at T5A.
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When entering the aircraft I showed my BP to one of the FA's and I was directed to the second aisle. Gotta love widebodys!

I got seated at my World Traveller Plus seat 11K. The seat was very comfortable, with three buttons to adjust the seat, there was one for recline, one for the footrest, and I'm not sure what the last button was for but I believe it was something regarding the seatback. Anyway I didn't dig too much into it since it was such a short flight.
The seat was very much comparable to the Economy Extra seat I had on my flights CPH-DXB-CPH with SK in march this year.
The only negative aspect about this seat was that there was a missing window. It wasn't too bothering though since still had an entire window for myself and I was aware of this when choosing the seat, thanks to Seatguru.

Legroom.
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Cabin view from my seat.
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The PTV showed the welcome screen to begin with.
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After 15-20 mins we pushed back and started taxiing. The safety demo was played on the screens.
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We taxied towards runway 27R, and since I was seated on the right side of the aircraft I got some nice views over the always busy Heathrow Airport.

BA has a really impressive operation.
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2 AC birds and one from Iran Air at T3.
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LH group at T1.
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AZ 1 I for AKL via LAX I believe.
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Swiss, and another SK bird.
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I'll be flying one of you guys in January.
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Rivals, but still so close to eachother.
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A short queue for takeoff, an Air India 777 and Virgin A340 took off ahead of us among others, and soon it was our turn.
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We took off and turned right soon after to line up for our route to Stockholm.
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LHR is down there,
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Bye England, see you in January!
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Shortly thereafter the service round begun. We were served early due to being seated so far forward. It was the exact same sort of sandwich with soft cheese and ham. Again it tasted nice and it was washed down together with a glass of orange juice and apple juice.
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Soon after takeoff the PTV screens were actually turned on, I did not expect that! I played around abit with it and it seemed decent.
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The airshow seemed to believe we were heading to New York though! I guess ARN isn't in the system.
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The crew who spent most time in our part of the aircraft were one older male, and a middleaged female and a male. They were nice and did their job well.

The flight was rather uneventful, and I started watching an episode of Big Bang Theory on my PTV. Suddenly some of the IFE were turned off, and only the basic features like the airshow remained available. Oh well, I don't complain, PTV with AVOD for half a European flight and airshow the rest of the time is more than you can ask for!

When watching Big Bang Theory.
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The fuselage reflection on the engine.
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I decided to take a walk around the cabin. As expected it looks rather old fashioned with those overhead bins and such.
The economy seats also looked very comfortable, couldn't get any good pictures of one though since the load of this flight was very good, and I only spotted a couple of open seats. A load of over 95% I'd estimate.

WT+ cabin.
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WT cabin.
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I went back to my seat and the flight progressed smoothly. The skies were overcast most of the time, so not many views of the ground.

I did spot the coast of Denmark though.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/London%202011/DSC03791.jpg

I purchased a box with two models of BA aircraft's, one A320 and one A319. Both of them for 10£ is good value in my opinion.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/London%202011/DSC03799.jpg

Sooner or later the descent started. We flew north of Stockholm and ARN and turned right for a landing on runway 26.

Our route.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/London%202011/DSC03803.jpg

After breaking through the clouds.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/London%202011/DSC03805.jpg

After landing we made a quick taxi to gate F69 at the end of the F-pier.

Breaking on the runway.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/London%202011/DSC03809.jpg

The jetway was docked into door L2, just as in LHR, and we were among the first ones off the plane, after the Club Europe passengers that is.

Our seat after the 2 hour flight. Note the missing window.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/London%202011/DSC03815.jpg

Nose section of our 767.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/London%202011/DSC03816.jpg

Last view of our aircraft through the dreaded blinds.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/London%202011/DSC03819.jpg

We made the long walk down to the base of the F-pier and downstairs to Immigration. Due to the CA 777 from PEK who landed right ahead of us there was quite a queue, the longest one I've ever seen in Sweden actually, but the EU-queue didn't take too long.

This ends my tripreport about my trip to London.

To sum things up,

BA provided me with two nice flights without any delays nor other complications. The service was great and both crews were nice.
The WT+ on the inbound was a great bonus. The seat was very comfortable and I could fly a much longer flight with that hardware.
The widebody on a non-charter flight within Europe was a nice and rare experience.
I think BA will be my preferable choice when flying between Stockholm and London in the future, mainly due to their service onboard, and that it is a more “exotic” choice for me as a Swede.
After all, I have another flight booked with them in January on the LHR-ARN route.

Heathrow T5 was a fresh and nice terminal with nice seating areas with great apron views. Although it wasn't as roomy as I had hoped, especially not in the downstairs shopping area. Still provided me with a nice terminal experience though.

My next tripreport will be in about a months time, when I will be flying ARN-CPH-MXP-ARN, trying out easyJet for the first time, and flying Lufthansa Italia on one of their last days of operation.

Topic: RE: World Traveller Plus In Europe? ARN-LHR-ARN On BA
Username: jcs17
Posted 2011-09-28 17:40:51 and read 10517 times.

Great report and that's nice you were able to get on an intercontinental-configured 767.

Does anyone know if the intercontinental configured 763s show up routinely in European operations?

Topic: RE: World Traveller Plus In Europe? ARN-LHR-ARN On BA
Username: The777Man
Posted 2011-09-28 17:55:46 and read 10489 times.

Hi Martin!

Thanks for a nice report with nice pictures !

Service looks nice and great that you got to fly on two different aircraft types!

I have also flown on G-BNWY on its first revenue flight on 15May96 also on LHR-ARN! Captain made an announcement regarding that. I've also flown SK 763 LHR-ARN and managed to watch a movie on that flight.

What do you do in KRN ?

Looking forward to your next report!

The777Man

Topic: RE: World Traveller Plus In Europe? ARN-LHR-ARN On BA
Username: 767747
Posted 2011-09-28 19:16:17 and read 10344 times.

Good report!

That's great you wound up on a 767 for the LHR-ARN flight. I bet those Club Europe passengers were pleased with the Club World seats for such a short flight!

Y+ looks pretty spacious on the 767; Its nice they run it in the 2-2-2 configuration.

Thanks for sharing!

Matthew

Topic: RE: World Traveller Plus In Europe? ARN-LHR-ARN On BA
Username: PlaneHunter
Posted 2011-09-28 20:58:42 and read 10215 times.

Hi Martin,

nice report with good pictures! You were lucky to get that 763 with long-haul cabin, the seats look very comfortable.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
The airshow seemed to believe we were heading to New York though! I guess ARN isn't in the system.

Nice. I guess you would have preferred to go to NYC?

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
Due to the CA 777 from PEK who landed right ahead of us there was quite a queue, the longest one I've ever seen in Sweden actually, but the EU-queue didn't take too long.

Well, at MUC you can easily end up in the same queue...


PH

Topic: RE: World Traveller Plus In Europe? ARN-LHR-ARN On BA
Username: airbuseric
Posted 2011-09-29 00:14:48 and read 9962 times.

Hi Martin,

really nice to read about your recent BA experience and the 767 WT+ flight. It seems that it's confirmed again that BA does serve sandwiches on European flights, where some people nowadays say that's it's only 'nuts' that you would get. You're a lucky man, good choice to check-in early and take the best seats. Although, when the person on 10K would've reclined, your window would've been gone   The 767 is back on LHR-AMS this winter as well, and although I did some 767 flights before, this one is a must to catch (I think).

Regards
Eric

Topic: RE: World Traveller Plus In Europe? ARN-LHR-ARN On BA
Username: sultanils
Posted 2011-09-29 02:51:39 and read 9737 times.

Hello Martin,

A report featuring a BA763 intra-Europe, great stuff. A bit too bad you missed out on the E-Jet but like you said, plenty of oppurtunities to come, no? I've been thinking about that B763 flight as well, but since I always tend to make daytrips, the timing of that particular flight is not so good. But maybe someday, you know?

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
so I'd miss out on LCY and the E-Jet.

Like I said, too bad, would've been a great combo with the 763 ex-LHR.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
it was actually the longhaul version, with the World Traveller Plus cabin!

Bonus points for you there. Were these seats available at OLCI or were they requested (and paid for) at regular checkin?

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
for a Tor Air flight to Baghdad

Hmm, not quite the most attractive of destinations. The carrier though is definitely worth a try!

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
my first logged flight on an A320

First on an A320, really?

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
This is the first Airbus I'm in that has the new overhead panels.

It's a bird from 2007, so rather recent.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
Note the missing window.

If my eyes don't fool me, I DO see a window right  

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
and flying Lufthansa Italia on one of their last days of operation.

Enjoy that one while it lasts!

Sultanils

Topic: RE: World Traveller Plus In Europe? ARN-LHR-ARN On BA
Username: deltamartin
Posted 2011-09-29 06:41:43 and read 9427 times.

Hi Everyone and thanks for all the comments!

Quoting jcs17 (Reply 1):
Does anyone know if the intercontinental configured 763s show up routinely in European operations?

I don't know really but so it seems, I do recall reading atleast one other tripreport with the longhaul 767 on a European flight. I also remember reading somewhere that they didn't have a single spare shorthaul 767, so whenever one goes tech they must be replaced by a spare in the longhaul configuration.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 2):
What do you do in KRN ?

I'm studying Space Technology at the Upper Secondary School of Space Technology. It isn't really as fancy as it may sound, It's basically just an ordinary Technology education with some extra subjects such as Astronomy and Astrobiology.

Quoting 767747 (Reply 3):
I bet those Club Europe passengers were pleased with the Club World seats for such a short flight!

I'm willing to bet that too! Too bad they used the L2 door at both LHR and ARN since I would have loved to take a closer look at them.

Quoting 767747 (Reply 3):
Y+ looks pretty spacious on the 767; Its nice they run it in the 2-2-2 configuration.

Yeah, I found the cabin to be very comfortable.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 4):
You were lucky to get that 763 with long-haul cabin, the seats look very comfortable.

Indeed it was!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 4):
Nice. I guess you would have preferred to go to NYC?

Well, kinda, but I'm actually going there in just a months time so it wasn't too bad going to ARN this time.  
Quoting airbuseric (Reply 5):
You're a lucky man, good choice to check-in early and take the best seats.

Yeah, I'm glad I found a free and working WiFi at the time of check in.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 5):
Although, when the person on 10K would've reclined, your window would've been gone

That's true! Luckily that never happened though.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 6):
A bit too bad you missed out on the E-Jet but like you said, plenty of oppurtunities to come, no?

Yeah, the E-Jets will probably be around for some years to come, it seems popular with both the airlines and the passengers.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 6):
Were these seats available at OLCI or were they requested (and paid for) at regular checkin?

They were free to grab when doing OLCI. They were not available to choose if paying to choose seat before checkin.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 6):

First on an A320, really?

Yup. Haven't flown too much in my earlier years and when I did it was mostly SK and in later years DY, none of which has the A320.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 6):
Enjoy that one while it lasts!

That's the plan!  

Martin

Topic: RE: World Traveller Plus In Europe? ARN-LHR-ARN On BA
Username: gabrielchew
Posted 2011-09-29 08:31:08 and read 9256 times.

It's great that your shorthual 767 was subbed for a longhual one. I'm flying LCA-LHR in Club Europe in Feb, and REALLY hoping to get upgraded to a longhual 767. The shorthual ones are really tatty. I'm srpised that it was scheduled to be a longhual 767 so far in advance - I thought they only made last minute subsitutions. At least it worked out well for you!

it's a shame yopu didn't get to fly in on the E70 to LCY - very nice planes, and LCY is such a great airport for arriving at. How come you you were working in Earls Court, but staying in the Docklands - it's the wrong side of London!

Topic: RE: World Traveller Plus In Europe? ARN-LHR-ARN On BA
Username: FlyingFinn76
Posted 2011-09-29 11:23:55 and read 8975 times.

Hi Martin,

A nice small report on your "semibusiness" trip to London. These photos remind me that I should really go back there for a proper visit some time soon...

Congratulations on catching that long haul 767 on the way back - it certainly looks so much better than the short haul versions which are very tatty and worn down. I flew the same flight as you in January and that 767 was almost falling apart, well at least the cabin interior was! Nice service, though - just like on your flight!

Shame about missing the E-jet and approach into LCY (something which I haven't done yet either, despite flying out of LCY several times!), but hey, it keeps things more interesting when you have something to look forward to!

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 5):
really nice to read about your recent BA experience and the 767 WT+ flight. It seems that it's confirmed again that BA does serve sandwiches on European flights, where some people nowadays say that's it's only 'nuts' that you would get.

It depends on the duration of the flight. I think around two hours of (scheduled) flight time is the cut off limit for Sandwiches. Hence ARN and HEL get sandwiches, AMS, CDG, PRG etc. just birdseed.

Topic: RE: World Traveller Plus In Europe? ARN-LHR-ARN On BA
Username: deltamartin
Posted 2011-09-29 17:44:35 and read 8547 times.

Hi again and thanks for further comments!

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 8):
I'm srpised that it was scheduled to be a longhual 767 so far in advance - I thought they only made last minute subsitutions.

That's what i thought too, so I was rather surprised aswell when seeing the longhaul seatmap!

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 8):
How come you you were working in Earls Court, but staying in the Docklands - it's the wrong side of London!

Well, we didn't really spend that much time at Earls Court, just a couple of hours, so it wasn't really a problem.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 9):
Shame about missing the E-jet and approach into LCY (something which I haven't done yet either, despite flying out of LCY several times!)

Yup, I hear that approach can be quite spectacular!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 9):
it keeps things more interesting when you have something to look forward to!

That's true! I'm sure I will fly there some day.  

Martin

Topic: RE: World Traveller Plus In Europe? ARN-LHR-ARN On BA
Username: LGWflyer
Posted 2011-09-29 18:07:04 and read 8521 times.

I very much enjoyed your Trip Report!   Loved the pics! I hope you enjoyed England on your very short stay. Look forward to your future TR's, keep up the good work!   

Topic: RE: World Traveller Plus In Europe? ARN-LHR-ARN On BA
Username: deconz
Posted 2011-09-30 03:18:07 and read 8316 times.

Excellent trip reports. What a treat to get a long haul configured 763!!!

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
AZ 1 I for AKL via LAX I believe

AZ is Alitalia. That was NZ 1 and it was indeed heading to AKL via LAX.

Cheers

Topic: RE: World Traveller Plus In Europe? ARN-LHR-ARN On BA
Username: SPLTA
Posted 2011-09-30 06:09:58 and read 8181 times.

Hi Martin,

a very interesting and detailed report with some great pictures. Thanks for sharing!

It's good to hear you got a long haul configured 767. Congratulations on securing seats in WT+ section!
It looks you had really good flights on BA. The sandwiches look tasty. Wish BA sent their 767 to WAW...

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
and flying Lufthansa Italia on one of their last days of operation.

I flew WAW-MXP -WAW this week and I really enjoyed it. I think you're gonna like it.

Looking forward to read your next reports.

Regards,
SPLTA

Topic: RE: World Traveller Plus In Europe? ARN-LHR-ARN On BA
Username: deltamartin
Posted 2011-09-30 06:21:27 and read 8168 times.

Hello again and thanks for the comments!

Quoting LGWflyer (Reply 11):
I hope you enjoyed England on your very short stay.

I always enjoy visiting the UK! One of my favourite countries.

Quoting deconz (Reply 12):
AZ is Alitalia. That was NZ 1 and it was indeed heading to AKL via LAX.

Of course, just me being bad at remembering the right code when writing when I'm tired!  
Quoting SPLTA (Reply 13):
I flew WAW-MXP -WAW this week and I really enjoyed it. I think you're gonna like it.

Many people seems pleased with them, can't wait to fly them myself!

Martin

Topic: RE: World Traveller Plus In Europe? ARN-LHR-ARN On BA
Username: akhmad
Posted 2011-10-01 12:10:27 and read 7660 times.

Hi Martin,

Very nice report. Apparently, BA was popular among us this summer. Nice to know that you got assigned a 763 with long haul configuration for your inbound flight and that you managed to pre-select a WT Plus seat.

Pity about your missed opportunity to fly into LCY, but as you have rightly stated, there is always a next time.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
I suggested we would join the queue too but as the polite Swede my mother is, she insisted on waiting until we were allowed to board.

You just have to obey your mother. That is the way it is.   


Thank you for sharing.

Best wishes,
Suryo

Topic: RE: World Traveller Plus In Europe? ARN-LHR-ARN On BA
Username: FLIEGER67
Posted 2011-10-01 13:02:05 and read 7622 times.

Hi Martin,

pretty good to follow you´re BA long-haul on short-haul story, well done.
Good that you managed to catch these seats on the 767 and congrats to the first 320, many more to come, for sure.
Also nice pictures.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):

My next tripreport will be in about a months time, when I will be flying ARN-CPH-MXP-ARN, trying out easyJet for the first time, and flying Lufthansa Italia on one of their last days of operation.

That sounds also really interesting.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)

Topic: RE: World Traveller Plus In Europe? ARN-LHR-ARN On BA
Username: deltamartin
Posted 2011-10-01 17:28:12 and read 7485 times.

Hi Suryo and Markus!

Thanks for your comments!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 15):
Pity about your missed opportunity to fly into LCY, but as you have rightly stated, there is always a next time.

Yep, I'm sure I'll fly there some day!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 15):
You just have to obey your mother. That is the way it is.

Indeed.  
Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 16):
congrats to the first 320, many more to come, for sure.

Yup, got a coupled scheduled already.

Martin

Topic: RE: World Traveller Plus In Europe? ARN-LHR-ARN On BA
Username: MSS658
Posted 2011-10-03 13:57:58 and read 7152 times.

Hi

Nice trip report, enjoyed reading it. Quite surprised to see an international configured 763 on the LHR-CPH route. Glad you where able to make it.


Greetings
Marc

Topic: RE: World Traveller Plus In Europe? ARN-LHR-ARN On BA
Username: OA260
Posted 2011-10-03 14:35:53 and read 7129 times.

Great report. I have not seen Earls Court Exibition Centre for years. They used to have the World Travel Market there before it moved to Excel in Docklands.

Really nice you got WT+ Cabin on the return leg. That was great to get. Never knew they had that config !

Thanks for the report.

OA260 / Philip  

Topic: RE: World Traveller Plus In Europe? ARN-LHR-ARN On BA
Username: deltamartin
Posted 2011-10-04 05:37:46 and read 7040 times.

Hi again and thanks for the additional comments!

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 18):
Quite surprised to see an international configured 763
Quoting OA260 (Reply 19):
Really nice you got WT+ Cabin on the return leg. That was great to get. Never knew they had that config !

Yeah, I'm lucky that it wasn't the ordinary shorthaul config on my flight!

Martin

Topic: RE: World Traveller Plus In Europe? ARN-LHR-ARN On BA
Username: Ps76
Posted 2011-10-05 10:35:43 and read 6832 times.

Hi!

Many thanks for the trip report. Was nice to go along with you for the couple of flights (at least in writing). Those sandwiches looked pretty good. I've been also on a British Airways flight to Tampa in the US and they served us very nice food and wine. Interesting to see that flight to Iraq. My parents are from Iraq and I'm Assyrian. I believe there are lots of Assyrians in Sweden (for better or worse!) although they normally travel to Irbil in the North I think. Anyway cool that you had a good time in London too. That hotel room looked pretty nice!

Many thanks for the post,

Pierre

Topic: RE: World Traveller Plus In Europe? ARN-LHR-ARN On BA
Username: deltamartin
Posted 2011-10-07 09:28:33 and read 6577 times.

Hi Pierre!

Thank you for your feedback!

Quoting Ps76 (Reply 21):
Those sandwiches looked pretty good

Yeah they tasted nice! I'm glad it wasn't an egg mayonnaise sandwich that I have seen in some other tripreports, since I'm not that fond of egg. And mayonnaise isn't my favourite either!  
Quoting Ps76 (Reply 21):
That hotel room looked pretty nice!

Yeah it was nice.

Martin


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