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ANU-LGW/LHR-NCL Part2 With Pics And Vids  
User currently offlineSketty222 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2006, 1778 posts, RR: 3
Posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 9429 times:

Sorry that part2 has taken so long to show up as a trip report but Ive been a little busy recently.
Anyway, part one can be found at:
NCL-ANU Via LHR/LGW With Pics Part 1 (by Sketty222 Jul 1 2007 in Trip Reports)

As mentioned earlier I was only in Antigua for 6 nights to celebrate my 26th birthday. I spent the first 3 nights at Jolly Beach Hotel and the last 3 nights at Galley Bay. Now for anyone who hasn't been to Galley Bay before, it is a must. Put it on the 100 things to do before I die list because it absolutely amazing.

A few pics from the holiday

Sunset at Jolly Beach
http://i196.photobucket.com/albums/aa135/Sketty22/Antigua2007070.jpg

Me Thinking I'm Magnum P.I
http://i196.photobucket.com/albums/aa135/Sketty22/Antigua2007067.jpg

Caribbean Airlines 737-800
http://i196.photobucket.com/albums/aa135/Sketty22/Antigua2007093.jpg

Jolly Beach
http://i196.photobucket.com/albums/aa135/Sketty22/Antigua2007098.jpg

Cabana at Jolly Beach (one of my favourite shots)
http://i196.photobucket.com/albums/aa135/Sketty22/Antigua2007100.jpg

View from my room at Galley Bay
http://i196.photobucket.com/albums/aa135/Sketty22/Antigua2007123.jpg

Galley Bay Beach
http://i196.photobucket.com/albums/aa135/Sketty22/Antigua2007192.jpg


Well the holiday was coming to an end and it was time to pack the suitcase and check-out of the hotel. We decided to keep the room on at the hotel as the flight didn't leave until 2005 (local time) and also booked a taxi for 1700.
We checked out of the hotel at 1645 and waited for our taxi to pick us up. The journey took about 40 minutes as we had to make our way through St. Johns (the Capital) and it was rush hour traffic, well Caribbean rush hour anyway. Arriving at the airport at 1740/1745 I noticed that it was very quiet.

ANU-LGW
BA2156
27/06/07
2005-0855*1
B777-236ERb]
[b]REG G-VIIO


We made our way to check-in and there was no queue which surprised me as when I'd spoken to my colleagues at work they had mentioned that the flight was quite busy. We were greeted by a nice young woman whose name I cant remember. She asked how many bags we were checking in and I told her one asking her if the flight was busy or not but she couldn't't tell me because check-in was still open in UVF(the flight comes form UVF-ANU and then onto LGW).
She tagged our bag and stuck the corresponding part onto my passport advising us to return to the check-in area at 1900. To the bar..... for a couple of bottles of Carib beer to help kill some time.
Last time I was in ANU there was a viewing area on the upper level of the airport. Unfortunately this had now been transformed into a new departure lounge/gate so there was to be no viewing of aircraft for me today.
The clock was creeping around to 1900 so the wife and I decided to head back down towards the check-in area.

A few pics of the check-in area

http://i196.photobucket.com/albums/aa135/Sketty22/Antigua2007230.jpg

http://i196.photobucket.com/albums/aa135/Sketty22/Antigua2007231.jpg

http://i196.photobucket.com/albums/aa135/Sketty22/Antigua2007232.jpg

We got to the departure area and there was a bit of a queue at the BA desk. I noticed a couple of other people hanging around looking a bit suspicious. I then knew that these were the other standby passengers this evening. We all kind of looked at each other knowing that anyone of us could get on the flight and others may not. Eventually we got to the desk and were told quite abruptly to return at 1930 which we did.
Other staff members started coming forward and with their fingers crossed that they would be getting on the flight this evening. Normally when your travelling on standby you get told no later than around 45minutes before the flight if your on it or not. This evening it was getting closer to 25 minutes before departure and we still weren't clear who was travelling and who wasn't.
There were about 17 people on standby that I could see, mostly from the UK travelling back home but there were some Antiguans travelling to the UK for their own holiday.
The reason for the hold up was a family who all seemed to have different passports and the mother kept shouting down her mobile in Spanish for no reason except that she was really crazy. It seemed that there was some kind of visa problem with one of the gentlemen travelling and this was what was holding us up.

Eventually the check-in staff started to call the staff members forward and were told we were all going to be travelling home tonight. Thank God, it had been a long day and I was ready for my Club World bed, fingers crossed  Wink

Handing us our boarding cards the check-in agent told us to hurry up as we only had 20 minutes because the flight was boarding already. This kind of scared me a little because we still had to pay the departure tax of USD20.00 per person and make it through security.
The departure tax was paid in about 5 minutes which surprised me as it normally takes longer and we headed over to the security queue. This was little bit different as I started to get a bit of a bollocking from the emigration agent. "Where have you been Mr Burnett???" I started to explain the situation and why I was late and he started to have another go advising that I should't be coming through security so soon before the flight departure time.

After being told off by emigration I made my way to the security checkpoint which was 2 or 3 metres away.
I took all of my change out of my pocket along with my wallet and phone etc. Walking through the scanner without beeping was a new experience for me as I always set the alarms off for some reason or other. Picking up my change the security agent asked what I was to do with all my Eastern Caribbean change that was in the tray. I explained that I was always give my change to BA's charity, 'Change for good', who donate it to charities Worldwide.
Her response was " That is Caribbean money, it should be staying in the Caribbean!"
I started to laugh her comment off but then realised she was being 100% serious. I decided that she was definately not getting it now and that BA would probably put it to bettre use than she would and I walked off towards the gate.

The flight was leaving from gate 3 and there were still quite a few people in front of me waiting to board. Boarding in ANU is very similar to disembarking the aircraft only the walk to plane is a little longer.
After making my way to the aircraft I climbed the steps looking at the massive GE90 that was going to help me cross the Atlantic and reached the cabin crew member. I was sitting in seat 30C this evening and my Wife was sitting behind me in seat 31C. All of the standby passengers were allocated seats in Economy, the only exception being a gentleman that turned up with the cabin crew. He had been allocated a seat in economy but when he boarded was asked to wait in the forward galley as he would be travelling in Club World this evening.
I know the topic of airline staff being upgraded before commercial passengers has been discussed to length on here
but the fact that this guy was upgraded really annoyed me. He was only upgraded because he was dating/ friends with one of the female cabin crew. To be honest if he was BA staff then I wouldn't have such a problem with it but the fact that he wasn't made it a whole lot worse because my wife has been BA staff for 6 years now and has never experienced Club World or First. Anyway, rant over and back to the report.

Doors where closed at 2014 and we started our taxi towards the end of the runway. There was a couple sitting in seats 31AB next to my wife and the bloke wasn't very well. They had travelled from St Lucia and he was complaining of having a fever, although the plane itself was very hot as well. My wife has a bit of a phobia of sitting next to people who are ill when travelling as she doesn't take nicely to the sight and smell of vomit. He seemed ok for the time being though.

We reached the end of the runway and began the turn to line ourselves up with the runway, taking off towards the North of the Island. The take-off roll seemed very long and the lady sitting in the window seat in my row mentioned to her husband that she could see the end of the runway when taking off. I didn't think it was that long a take-off but it was definately one of the longest I've experienced.
The wheels had left the ground and we were 67ft in the air(I quote from the moving map details) when the woman in front of me decided that it was time to fully recline her seat. The guy next to me started to shake his head and had a bit of a giggle to himself. A bit of a giggle, he wasn't sitting behind her!
Ive always thought that BA's economy product was ok and there was plenty of room even with the seat in front reclined. I think that this seat must have gone back further than any other seat ever because I had about 4 inches between my forehead and the PTV.
The seat belt signs went off and I decided that I would head to the galley for a drink of water so that I could take my medication. I was listening to one of the cabin crew mention that he was going to start the drinks service in WT+. I jokingly said " you cant take me with you can you?". He laughed and said he could take me up there, show me around and drop me back off at the galley but that was about it as it was completely full this evening. This cabin crew members was very funny and would walk throughout the cabin singing songs to the passengers.... funny guy.

I got back to my seat and kind of slided and bent myself into my seat, the guy to my left having another quick giggle at the situation.
Eventually the meal service started and the choices were chicken curry or pepperpot stew with potatoes. Again I chose the chicken curry. The lady in front of me still had her seat fully reclined as I was receiving my meal so I leaned forward and asked her if she could put her seat upright just while I was eating. No response, so I tapped her on the shoulder and again asked politely if she could mover her seat to the upright position while I ate. No response, so I moved her headset gently off her ear and again asked if she could move the seat to the upright position. Again no response. I mentioned it to the cabin crew member handing out the meals who asked the woman and she put the seat upright straight away.

I knew the woman spoke fluent English because I heard her having a conversation with the guy sitting in the aisle opposite her, so my only guess is that she was completely and utterly rude.
I was half-way through my meal when my plastic glass of wine was sent flying all over my tray. The woman in front of me had decided that she had finished her meal and she was to get her full allocation of seat space at this precise moment. I was going to ask her to move her seat forward again but realised that I wouldn't get any response from her, so I struggled on with my meal.
When the cabin crew came around to remove the trays she kind of looked at me, shook her head and smiled as if to agree with my predicament and sentiments.
I ordered double G+T, another bottle of wine and turned on the ipod. The sound of Lenny Kravitz helped me off to a bit of sleep for a couple of hours and I awoke when it was light outside, about 3 hours from London.

I got out of my penned in area and made my way to the bathroom to stretch my legs and wake up a little bit.
I grabbed a couple of shots of the cloudy sky

http://i196.photobucket.com/albums/aa135/Sketty22/Antigua2007235.jpg

http://i196.photobucket.com/albums/aa135/Sketty22/Antigua2007236.jpg

Cabin view from the back of the aircraft
http://i196.photobucket.com/albums/aa135/Sketty22/Antigua2007237.jpg

I made my way back to my seat and started to speak to my wife who had had no sleep whatsoever.
The guy next to her was being sick all night and I had managed to sleep through it all. They were a German couple and it turns out that his girlfriend/wife had been shouting at him in German, quite loudly, for being sick on the plane.

My wife makes me aware that he was very sincere and apologetic for not feeling to great and eventually spent the last 2 hours of the flight, before the seat belt signs were turned on, at the toilet.

Breakfast came around but I declined it as I still didn't have any room to eat it.
The Captain came on the tannoy to give us the info on the routing into LGW and to let us know that we would be landing in 35 minutes unless we were put into a holding pattern.
10 minutes later the seat belt signs came on and the cabin crew came around asking for all seat belts to be fastened, headsets to be handed back and seats to be put into the upright position.
The lovely lady in front of me acknowledged the crew ad put her seat upright which actually shocked me. 10 minutes to landing call was given by the captain and the crew took their seats. This seemed to be a sign for the woman in front to recline her seat again.
This really annoyed me and made her aware that the seats were to be in the upright position for landing in case of an emergency and if she kept it reclined it blocked the row behind her.
With a tut and a shake of the head she moved seat forward again.

We landed very smoothly at 0840 and taxied towards that North terminal. The doors of the aircraft opened and we made our way off the plane. I again made sure to thank the crew for their service and made my way to immigration.
The queue for UK nationals was very small and we were through within 10 minutes and on our way to the baggage area. I kept looking at my watch because just like the outbound trip we had to make our way across to LHR on the speed link coach.
Looking at the monitors our bags were to be brought onto belt 4. All passengers made their way to belt 4 and then a tannoy sounded advising that they were having problems opening the hold door on our aircraft and that they would update us with any info as soon as they could. 15 minutes later we were advised that the bags were now going to go to belt 7 and they were on their way now. I moved across to belt 7 and ended up standing next to this absolutely stunning woman. I could have sworn she was a supermodel as she was so beautiful and a heaving bosom on her  Smile
Anyway, she was standing next to this Italian guy who looked very very familiar. Eventually I realised that it was Gianluigi Buffon, the Italian goalkeeper and the woman with him was Alena Seradova, the ex miss Czech Republic and now model and TV personality.
SHE IS BEAUTIFUL

Eventually at about 0945 my bag turned up and we went through customs and headed towards the National Express counter to buy tickets for the Speedlink coach.
20 minutes later and we were on our way to LHR T1 on a crowded bus with an Asian man sitting asleep next to me who could wake the dead with his snoring.
We pulled into the central bus station at 1108 and I knew it was going to be a rush to try and catch the flight we were hoping to get on. I pulled my bag out of the coach's hold myself and started the marathon run to T1. Well it seemed like a marathon run after an overnight flight and then the bus journey from hell.

LHR-NCL
BA1332
28/06/07
1140-1250
A320-111b]
[b]REG G-BUSF


Making our way as quick as possible to the BA staff travel desk I explained to the agent, Tommy, that I was listed as standby on the BA1332 at 1140 and I was hoping to catch that flight.
Tommy gave me a very stern look and said " dont you think your leaving check-in a little bit late sunshine, as the flight does leave in 23 minutes!"
I explained to him what had happened at LGW and he acknowledged the situation and asked if 2 emergency exit seats would be ok for us. I said that any 2 seats would be fine as long we could catch the flight. He issued our boarding cards and told us to make our way to gate 5D ASAP. Security was a breeze apart form the little boy who had his signed MAN U football taken off him screaming the place down. A little bit louder than the boys screaming was his mothers whilst she shouted at the security staff

We got to gate 5D just as it was closing and we had to get a coach to the aircraft which Ive never had to do before for a domestic flight. The coach made its way to stand 120 something and I noticed that we were ravelling on G-BUSF, an A320-100. Ive never travelled on a -100 before and was looking forward to it.
climbing the rear steps I saw a couple of people that I knew, said hello and made my way way to seat 10F. It was a change having a window seat especially since I was on standby. Unfortunately the window was all scratched so I knew my pics wouldn't come out at their best

G-EUPS A319-100
http://i196.photobucket.com/albums/aa135/Sketty22/Antigua2007238.jpg

The doors eventually closed and the Captain came on the tannoy to give us our routing and our flying time which was 50 minutes.
We pushed back and started our taxi towards the runway passing an abundance of BA aircraft

Look at all of these BA planes
http://i196.photobucket.com/albums/aa135/Sketty22/Antigua2007239.jpg

http://i196.photobucket.com/albums/aa135/Sketty22/Antigua2007240.jpg

I had my eyes glued to the window hoping to catch another glimpse of the AC 777-300 but no such luck this time.
I did however see a Clickair A320 and before we got close to it I got really confused and thought it was a Silkair A320.
I really needed more sleep, what was I thinking, a Silkair A320 at LHR

Clickair
http://i196.photobucket.com/albums/aa135/Sketty22/Antigua2007241.jpg

http://i196.photobucket.com/albums/aa135/Sketty22/Antigua2007245.jpg

BMI
http://i196.photobucket.com/albums/aa135/Sketty22/Antigua2007243.jpg

As we got closer to the runway there were more and more aircraft waiting to take-off.

Virgin A340-300
http://i196.photobucket.com/albums/aa135/Sketty22/Antigua2007244.jpg

The A340 pulled onto the runway and started what seemed like a very slow take-off run. Ive heard on the forum before that the A340's climb really slowly and boy did this A340 climb really slowly

A340-300 starting its take-off run
http://i196.photobucket.com/albums/aa135/Sketty22/Antigua2007248.jpg

Another BA aircraft awaiting take-off clearance
http://i196.photobucket.com/albums/aa135/Sketty22/Antigua2007246.jpg

AA 777-200
http://i196.photobucket.com/albums/aa135/Sketty22/Antigua2007247.jpg

Eventually it was our turn to take-off and we powered down the runway. I had realised that we would be taking off towards T5 and hoped to get a decent video of it on take-off






Take-offd was quick and we climbed quite quickly to about 5 or 6 thousand feet where we stayed for about 5 minutes or so.
I took a few pics of the countryside around LHR

http://i196.photobucket.com/albums/aa135/Sketty22/Antigua2007250.jpg

http://i196.photobucket.com/albums/aa135/Sketty22/Antigua2007251.jpg

http://i196.photobucket.com/albums/aa135/Sketty22/Antigua2007252.jpg

We started to climb again and headed towards our cruising altitude of 26,000 ft and soon the nice clear views started to disappear and were replaced by clouds

http://i196.photobucket.com/albums/aa135/Sketty22/Antigua2007253.jpg

We had been at cruising altitude for about 10 minutes when we started our descent into Newcastle. The captain came on again to tell us we would be flying over Leeds and then heading out towards Yarm, Teeside, Durham, Sunderland and then to the east of NCL before we would make a left turn to line up with the runway.

Teeside
http://i196.photobucket.com/albums/aa135/Sketty22/Antigua2007254.jpg

Sunderland
http://i196.photobucket.com/albums/aa135/Sketty22/Antigua2007255.jpg

http://i196.photobucket.com/albums/aa135/Sketty22/Antigua2007256.jpg

We headed out over the North Sea before making the left turn towards the airport

The North Sea
http://i196.photobucket.com/albums/aa135/Sketty22/Antigua2007257.jpg


Landing in NCL




Apron in NCL
http://i196.photobucket.com/albums/aa135/Sketty22/Antigua2007258.jpg


The flight arrived early at 1244 and pulled onto stand. BA own the air bridge at NCL so they always operate out of gate 3. Within minutes the dorr was open and we were on our way.


Overall these flights weren't my best with BA. The service in places wasn't at the high level it should be and the longhaul flight was ruined by a woman deciding that I shouldn't eat my meal and therefore reclining her seat onto my forehead. To top things off my bag was lost for six days and when my luggage was received it wasn't in the greatest of conditions.
Never mind though, I'm sure Ill fly them again in the future

Hope you enjoy and please give me any feedback on what what was done well and what could have been done better


Lee


There's flying and then there's flying
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User currently offlineTrintocan From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2000, 3257 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 9348 times:

What an interesting trip report! A journey from the warm and sunny Caribbean to NCL, that is certainly quite a trip. I have not been into the ANU terminal for 8 years. I do remember the viewing area being open when I first visited in 1981 but I do not remember it back in '99. Seat allocations can indeed be hit and miss in the Islands, when I first flew BA from TAB to LGW back in 2001 I was told at check-in that seat allocations were not possible at the time becasue the flight was in GND and available seats would only be released once the plane had been boarded there. A few minutes later I was allocated a seat but not before my request for a window was met with a mean stare. I wrote a trip report about this trip on this forum. The official at Emigration should perhaps have had a word with the BA agents afterwards, after all it was their fault that you were sent forward so late!

I also got to fly on the A320-100 last month, your video reminds me so much of the type, those CFM engines are indeed the cliched kitchen appliances when they run, especially on taxi! Overall I was impressed by BA's service on the MUC route which I flew, especially appreciating the compliementary snacks and drinks they served which is so unlike many other carriers these days, both low-cost and heritage. Then again, this is ironic I mention this seeing as you mention Clickair. How is Clickair really different from IB, after all I did have to buy snacks on IB when I flew them 2 years ago.

Time to look forward to POS later this year on BA...

TrinToCan.



Hop to it, fly for life!
User currently offlineJafa39 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 9348 times:

Quoting Sketty222 (Thread starter):
Her response was " That is Caribbean money, it should be staying in the Caribbean!"

Had the same thing in Goa but the guy was a bit greasier about it.

Quoting Sketty222 (Thread starter):
My wife has a bit of a phobia of sitting next to people who are ill when travelling

Me too...germs eeeuuuwwww!  Smile

Quoting Sketty222 (Thread starter):
This seemed to be a sign for the woman in front to recline her seat again.

WTF??? On Air NZ they enforce the seats up at mealtimes rule, never a problem eating.

Quoting Sketty222 (Thread starter):
next to this absolutely stunning woman. I could have sworn she was a supermodel as she was so beautiful and a heaving bosom on her
Anyway, she was standing next to this Italian guy who looked very very familiar. Eventually I realised that it was Gianluigi Buffon, the Italian goalkeeper and the woman with him was Alena Seradova, the ex miss Czech Republic and now model and TV personality.
SHE IS BEAUTIFUL

I take it Mrs Sketty doesn't read yer TR's mate  Wink

Great report, Antigua looks very purty.

XX


User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8589 posts, RR: 54
Reply 3, posted (7 years 5 months 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 8649 times:
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Great return trip, really enjoyed the read, pic's were great, the beaches and water look just fantastic!

Quoting Sketty222 (Thread starter):
My wife has a bit of a phobia of sitting next to people who are ill when travelling as she doesn't take nicely to the sight and smell of vomit

- Ohh, me too, the whole sick thing, yikes, nasty!

Quoting Sketty222 (Thread starter):
I knew the woman spoke fluent English because I heard her having a conversation with the guy sitting in the aisle opposite her, so my only guess is that she was completely and utterly rude.

- It would appear so, why are people like this?

Regards

Mark



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User currently offlineSketty222 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2006, 1778 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (7 years 5 months 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 8620 times:

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 3):
Quoting Sketty222 (Thread starter):
I knew the woman spoke fluent English because I heard her having a conversation with the guy sitting in the aisle opposite her, so my only guess is that she was completely and utterly rude.

- It would appear so, why are people like this?

I know, I dont mind people when they recline their seat because it is their right to do so but a little courtesy would be nice

Lee



There's flying and then there's flying
User currently offlineSemsem From Israel, joined Jul 2005, 1779 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (7 years 5 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 8598 times:

It does not help that legroom on BA is a measly 31" on long haul flights. Great pictures. At least you got your luggage.

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