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User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8503 posts, RR: 55
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Given I have a few large gaps in my spotting log for France, I decided a day’s spotting @ CDG was required to help reduce the gaps.

25.04.08 BA314 A320-232 G-EUUJ 5A
2nd Flight on this aircraft & 74th A320 Flight
SCH DEP 14:05 SCH ARR 16:25
ACT DEP 14:27 ACT ARR 16:32


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Nicole dropped me off outside T5.

Hmm, lift’s are still missing………
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I headed in, the check-in area was very quite, hardly anyone around.
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As usual I used a self service machine, for some reason it could not find the booking with my Exec card, had to type in the booking reference to find it, thankfully I had it with me – often don’t!
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Passport/security control was quick get through, I took the south security lane, there were no queue’s.

Once airside I decided to check out the North Galleries as I’d not been there before, however upon arrival the agent suggested I use the South Galleries as it would be better for reaching my departure gate, I took her advise as she was trying to help.

A few pictures along the way,
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The Cloud 'thing'
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The lounge was quiet, unlike the last visit, there was no classical music playing. As expected, there were numerous food offerings, both hot and cold.
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Not a good picture, but I did not want to use the flash - It's a small cinema area in the lounge
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The aircraft was departing from B38 today, this is from T5B, so I had to catch the transit link.
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After a quick trip to the loo,
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Boarding had started, note no priority pre-board.
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Once aboard I took 5A, the main door closed at 14:06, 5C remained free. Load in Club was 17 out of 25 possible.

View from my window
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Push finally occurred at 14:27, appears all the push back crew’s were busy so we had to wait until one appeared.
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EUUJ taxied out to 27R, after holding for a few departures it was out turn
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wheels off the ground at 14:51
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Work has started on T5C
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Today’s inflight service consisted of sandwiches with scones & clotted cream. The sandwiches were a mix of egg and watercress(or similar) and turkey(I think) with what tasted like a sun dried tomato paste, whatever they were, I enjoyed both along with the scone. Took a V&T to drink along with a cup of tea, most enjoyable I must say, wish this flight was longer.
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Wheels touched down at 16:32, just 7 minutes behind schedule despite our delay leaving Heathrow.

Unlike the last few visits to CDG there were no queues at passport control, before I knew it I was in the lobby at the Sheraton.

Here are a few pictures from my room at the Sheraton.
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26.04.08 BA323 A321-231 G-EUXE 6A
3rd Flight on this aircraft & 20th A321 Flight
SCH DEP 17:55 SCH ARR 18:10
ACT DEP 17:58 ACT ARR 18:42


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I took avail of the late checkout and left the room just before 4pm. The airport terminal concourses are relatively narrow to it took a little while to navigate past unseasoned travellers, you know, those that stop for no reason mid stride, those with bags spilling into the walk-way etc.

Self service machine worked without question, no queue at passport control and before you know it, I’m in the rather limited shopping area, you can tell BAA don’t run this airport.

Nothing worth buying and no spotting here, place is just awful, I retreat to the AF lounge – they also accommodate BA and a few other airlines.
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I’m not at all keen on this lounge, drink offerings are poor – they don’t even have French beer!
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Food, forget it, some crisps and pretzel type things, that’s all. Not even any cheese, we all know the French make great cheese.
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After 2 beers and a couple of packs of snacks (I’d not eaten since breakfast) and a good few pages of my book it was announced boarding was ready for the flight, a short walk to gate 30 and through the x-ray machine, laptop had to come out but shoes managed to stay on.
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Got into line only to realise boarding had not actually started, since all the seats were still taken I decided to stay in line and send a text or 2 before turning off the phone.

Boarding actually commenced at 17:38.

Club consisted of 6 rows today, 30 seats in total, despite row 6 being empty and only 2 out a possible 5 sitting in row 5, the overheads above 6 A-C were full of bags, appears some economy passengers had filled them already, I actually find this quite rude, but less of that, managed to find space for my bag above row 4.
The main door closed at 17:57.

Of 21 of the 30 Club seats were full, economy looked pretty busy, not sure of the exact load. Hot towels were offered prior to pushback.
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I nice taxi out to the runway nearest T1, collecting a few more planes from my log. After holding for a landing Fedex MD-11 and a departure by KD Avia,
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we taxied onto the active runway and began to taxi down the runway, then pulled off at the next intersection, after that a taxi around the other side of T1. At this point I thought perhaps we had changed runway and were heading for another, however as we begain to head back to T2 the crew made an announcement that a bag from BA327 had been loaded in error, we had to return to the gate to off load it.
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Once parked on a remote stand the captain came out and used the FA intercom to speak to the passengers, this was a nice touch as most passengers could see him and see that he was just as irritated as we were – big thumbs up for that.

Push back 2 occurred at 18:39, we followed the same taxi route and finally took off at 18:51
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Once released the crew began the inflight service The meal this evening was smoked mackral with horseradish potatoes and salad. The fish was nice but I’m not a fan of horseradish so just had the fish and salad. I took a nice bottle of red too. The meal made a nice change from the usual offerings, though I question the use of horseradish as not everyone likes that. There were 2 Australian women in 5 A & C, they were really pleased with the meal, I guess it makes a nice change from domestic Qantas food.
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Meal trays were collected in good time, approach over London, looked good tonight, just a shallow layer of light cloud as we approached Heathrow.


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Wheels touched down on 27R @ 18:42, some very heavy breaking followed, can’t recall the last time it was quite like this!

Short taxi over to T5 main, passing the new PIA 77W, AP-BID – another new one for the log.

Nicole was picking me up this evening, pretty neat as I didn’t have to worry about getting other transport to the car. I was in the car some 10 minutes after landing – if that, we headed to our local for a pint

Overall?

CDG is a dump, we all know that.

T5 is like walking into paradise after travelling from CDG. Yes, a huge amount of work is still to be carrier out to finish the terminal, the more you travel through it the more you notice needs sorting, that apart, if BAA keep this place clean and well looked after, it will be a welcoming gateway and give you the same feel you got when you first arrived at HKG, SIN and I imagine ICN.

BA, despite the delay on the return and the questionable meal on the return, they were great, look forward to my next BA flights.

Thanks for reading, hope you enjoyed my trip.

Kind Regards

Mark

Future confirmed flights:-

BD LHR-JER 319
BD JER-LHR 319
BD LHR-DUB 319
BD DUB-LHR 319
BA LGW-PMI 735
BA PMI-LGW 735
BA LHR-JFW 744
CO EWR-HNL 764
AA HNL-LAX 752
BA LAX-LHR 744


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User currently offlineUK_Dispatcher From United Arab Emirates, joined Dec 2001, 2592 posts, RR: 30
Reply 1, posted (6 years 3 months 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 6784 times:

Nice report & pics, Mark.

Parts of CDG are indeed a dump - especially from where you departed. I've been there myself and thought the same.

Keep them coming  Smile


User currently offlineEICVD From Ireland, joined Mar 2008, 2149 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (6 years 3 months 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 6769 times:

Hi Mark
Nice trip report, some excellent photo's there especially of T5 from the air. The longest airbridges in the world must be at T5?
Looking forward to your next reports.


User currently onlineDanTaylor2006 From UK - England, joined Feb 2006, 495 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (6 years 3 months 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 6732 times:

Nice trip report  Smile

Loving the photos of Terminal 5, as I said with your last report. I still maintain my view that it's going to be a great terminal when all is done and dusted... it's just a case of 'when' it'll be done and dusted completely. The photos from Galleries are making me, yet again, want my trip to Zurich to come faster so I can use them!

Once again... great report & pics!



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User currently offlineRogerbcn From Andorra, joined Sep 2006, 1197 posts, RR: 20
Reply 4, posted (6 years 3 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 6013 times:

Hola Mark!

Thanks for another brilliant TR.

T5 looks really cool and the BA lounge is something really nice... I want ot try it soon.

I am surprised to see BA flies an A321 to Paris, I guess many connecting passengers.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
we all know the French make great cheese.

 redflag 

That's really funny. All their cheese is sent abroad. Indeed, when I fly LX they offer you French cheese and I always wonder why they do not offer some of their great ones.

I think the EU commission on food, as much as they like messing into many things, should step in and make each country offer their own cheese.  Wink

Salut!

Roger



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User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From France, joined Sep 2003, 5136 posts, RR: 55
Reply 5, posted (6 years 3 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 5922 times:

Hi, Mark,

another well written BA story, thanx for posting.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
& 74th A320 Flight

Impressive!

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
& 20th A321 Flight

Also not bad!

That´s the perfect weekend occupation for us aviation interested, isnt´t it.
Tell this the "standard crowd", heading to Paris, not for the Museums or the Eiffel,
no, plane spotting is the target, great fun!.

Hope to read more soon.
Any sidestep scheduled around your trip to JER?.

Best regards,
Markus (FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8503 posts, RR: 55
Reply 6, posted (6 years 3 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 5891 times:
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Hi All, thanks for the reads and comments.

Quoting UK_Dispatcher (Reply 1):
Nice report & pics, Mark.

- Thanks Ian, glad you enjoyed my trip.

Quoting UK_Dispatcher (Reply 1):
Parts of CDG are indeed a dump - especially from where you departed. I've been there myself and thought the same

- The place is shocking in parts, people slag off Heathrow, they should visit CDG, things ain't that bad at the row!

Quoting EICVD (Reply 2):
Hi Mark
Nice trip report, some excellent photo's there especially of T5 from the air. The longest airbridges in the world must be at T5?

- Thanks, re the the airbridge, not sure but some of them are very long!

Quoting DanTaylor2006 (Reply 3):
Loving the photos of Terminal 5, as I said with your last report. I still maintain my view that it's going to be a great terminal when all is done and dusted... it's just a case of 'when' it'll be done and dusted completely

- I agree, when finished it will be superb, they just need to keep it clean and well maintained once done.

Quoting DanTaylor2006 (Reply 3):
The photos from Galleries are making me, yet again, want my trip to Zurich to come faster so I can use them!

- You'll enjoy, plent of different areas, it's really cool!

Quoting Rogerbcn (Reply 4):
Hola Mark!

Thanks for another brilliant TR.

- Hi Roger, thanks  Smile

Quoting Rogerbcn (Reply 4):
I am surprised to see BA flies an A321 to Paris, I guess many connecting passengers.

- Yes, quite a few on this flight, most seemed to be connecting to the Hong Kong flights.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 5):
Hi, Mark,

another well written BA story, thanx for posting.

- Thanks Marcus, always a pleasure to have you read.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 5):
Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
& 74th A320 Flight

Impressive!

- It's not bad, though the 737 fliights are pretty pathetic by number.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 5):
That´s the perfect weekend occupation for us aviation interested, isnt´t it.
Tell this the "standard crowd", heading to Paris, not for the Museums or the Eiffel,
no, plane spotting is the target, great fun!.

- Too right, who want's to be stuck in queue's at the tourist sites??

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 5):
Any sidestep scheduled around your trip to JER?.

- Afraid not, I've not taken the future Mrs away since we did the A380 and Australia last year, I figured a couple of nights in Jersey would be nice, I've not told her yet  Smile

Regards

Mark



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User currently offlineStefanPAD From Germany, joined Dec 2005, 282 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (6 years 3 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 5841 times:

Hi Mark!

Thanks for your detailed TR and the nice pics. I enjoyed to read it.

Many voices against CDG here, I think. I had two transits there so far. Both were a breeze, no complains. But I had all flights on AF from HAJ to JFK and back, so no terminal changes. Transit took only 20 to 30 minutes both ways.

I'm intrigued by LHR's T5. I hope to visit it sometime.

Regards,
Stefan


User currently offlineContact Air From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 1154 posts, RR: 14
Reply 8, posted (6 years 3 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 5838 times:

Hi Mark,

nice to read another interesting report from you - with a great selection of pictures.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
before you know it, I'm in the rather limited shopping area, you can tell BAA don't run this airport.

 laughing 

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Nothing worth buying and no spotting here, place is just awful, I retreat to the AF lounge -- they also accommodate BA and a few other airlines.

Interesting to read that BA doesn't run an own lounge at CDG while they do have own lounges at some much smaller airports, like at my home airport STR for example.

By the way: I have heard that taking photographs at CDG might be a problem. Did you realize anything about that or weren't there any difficulties at all?

Regards
Christoph


User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From France, joined Sep 2003, 5136 posts, RR: 55
Reply 9, posted (6 years 3 months 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 5795 times:

Hi, Mark,

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 6):
- Afraid not, I've not taken the future Mrs away since we did the A380 and Australia last year, I figured a couple of nights in Jersey would be nice, I've not told her yet

Hey, good idea, especially the surprising part for Mrs. BA319-131!.

Best regards,
Markus (FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8503 posts, RR: 55
Reply 10, posted (6 years 3 months 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 5734 times:
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Quoting StefanPAD (Reply 7):
Hi Mark!

Thanks for your detailed TR and the nice pics. I enjoyed to read it.

- Thanks Stefan  Smile

Quoting StefanPAD (Reply 7):
Many voices against CDG here, I think. I had two transits there so far. Both were a breeze, no complains. But I had all flights on AF from HAJ to JFK and back, so no terminal changes. Transit took only 20 to 30 minutes both ways.

- I imagine CDG is fine if you don't have to change terminals, though there is no doubt (in my mind) that the place is a dump, really don't enjoy travelling through it.

Quoting Contact Air (Reply 8):
nice to read another interesting report from you - with a great selection of pictures.

- Thanks Christoph, glad you enyoyed.

Quoting Contact Air (Reply 8):
Interesting to read that BA doesn't run an own lounge at CDG while they do have own lounges at some much smaller airports, like at my home airport STR for example.

- Yes, rather odd this especially given the frequency of BA flights into CDG. LX have their own lounge, not really sure why BA don't have their own one.

Quoting Contact Air (Reply 8):
By the way: I have heard that taking photographs at CDG might be a problem. Did you realize anything about that or weren't there any difficulties at all?

- Yes, read all about this, so my terminal/lounge ones were all quite discret, don't want any trouble with the local police.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 9):
Hey, good idea, especially the surprising part for Mrs. BA319-131!.

- Ha, first time she has been called that!! - Funny, very funny Marcus, like it  Smile

Regards

Mark



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User currently offlineShamrock350 From Ireland, joined Mar 2005, 6321 posts, RR: 14
Reply 11, posted (6 years 3 months 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 5644 times:

Great report Mark!

The photos are very good, T5 looks fantastic and I can't wait to use it sometime. BA may get a lot of bad press but it's nice to hear they continue to provide a good service in the air.

When I finish college, I've got a lot of flights I want to take and BA/T5 is at the top of my list!

Shamrock350


User currently offlineAIR MALTA From Malta, joined Sep 2001, 2486 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (6 years 3 months 22 hours ago) and read 5378 times:



Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 10):
- I imagine CDG is fine if you don't have to change terminals, though there is no doubt (in my mind) that the place is a dump, really don't enjoy travelling through it.

Well tell me about CDG and espacially AF. AF is selling 45 min transfer tickets on their website. I have had that on my VIE-CDG-GIG flight back in January. We arrived 11 late at CDG 2D and I obviously missed my connection to GIG at CDG 2E. 2 weeks before my flight I warned AF that transferring between the 2 terminals would be impossible in 45 min and they said that I had enough time to do that. I have sent mails and called and they did not care. When I complained at the airport about that, they simply asked me not to book such tight schedules!!!! And they told me I should complain to OS for being 11min late (The flight was an AF code shared flight operated by OS). When I complained to OS, they told me AF/KL policy was :

1- To let you book 45 min transfer time at CDG. They are the only airline doing so at CDG.
2- To send angry passengers to OS when the flight arrives late. They told me that even when OS flight lands on time, passengers still miss their connections.
3- To rebook late passengers on their next available flights. They will never try to reroute you sing another airline. That's why they are making a lot of profits. That happened to a lot of passengers.

So be careful when using AF and CDG.

I am sending AF a very angry mail!!!



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User currently offlineRonerone From Jordan, joined Aug 2004, 1653 posts, RR: 53
Reply 13, posted (6 years 3 months 16 hours ago) and read 5260 times:

Mr. Mark,

Another fantastic report my friend! Excellent pictures too! Now i really wanna try this new Galleries lounge.

Your hotel room looks like your typical small french type of room .. cosy, but small maybe?

However, CDG does indeed look like a dump!

Thanks a lot for your effort .. keep them coming  Smile

Regards,
Roni



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User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8503 posts, RR: 55
Reply 14, posted (6 years 3 months 15 hours ago) and read 5221 times:
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Quoting Shamrock350 (Reply 11):
BA may get a lot of bad press but it's nice to hear they continue to provide a good service in the air.

- Yes, too much bad press a times, I think they are an easy target, tough they don't help themselves at times!!

Quoting AIR MALTA (Reply 12):
be careful when using AF and CDG.

- Don't worry, I'll ensure I have a decent layover if ever using them

Quoting AIR MALTA (Reply 12):
I am sending AF a very angry mail!!!

- Keep us posted, be interesting to see what they reply with.

Quoting Ronerone (Reply 13):
Another fantastic report my friend! Excellent pictures too! Now i really wanna try this new Galleries lounge.

- Thanks Roni. I've had 2 visits now and still enjoy it, be interesting to see how they cope in peak summer.....

Quoting Ronerone (Reply 13):
Your hotel room looks like your typical small french type of room .. cosy, but small maybe?

- Yep, pretty small though I've had some smaller ones in Paris central!

Thanks for all the reads and comments.

Regards

Mark



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User currently offlineMSYYZ From Canada, joined Oct 2005, 851 posts, RR: 8
Reply 15, posted (6 years 3 months 15 hours ago) and read 5191 times:

Thanks a lot for the very nice report , you took some high quality pics , what kind of camera are you using ?


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User currently offlineCgnnrw From Germany, joined May 2005, 1143 posts, RR: 2
Reply 16, posted (6 years 3 months 15 hours ago) and read 5191 times:

Very nice pics of T5 at LHR. Appears they're getting bugs worked out. Enjoyed the pics of CDG too. Another tip for good spotting is infront of the Novotel. I just posted some pics from my last trip to Paris. In case you ever want to save a few EURs I can recommend the IBIS Hotel as well. Not as posh as the Sheraton but close to the action too.


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Reply 17, posted (6 years 3 months 15 hours ago) and read 5175 times:
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Quoting MSYYZ (Reply 15):
Thanks a lot for the very nice report , you took some high quality pics , what kind of camera are you using ?

- Hi, glad you enoyed it. The camera for this TR is a Sony DSC-T9, when I'm taking decent spotting pictures I break out the Canon EOS 400D.

Quoting Cgnnrw (Reply 16):
you ever want to save a few EURs I can recommend the IBIS Hotel as well

- I may use that next time, as I'll want to hit a few pictures too - the Sheraton is not cheap!

Rgds

Mark



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User currently offlineKhaleej777 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2007, 90 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (6 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 5017 times:

Thanks for another enjoyable trip report, Mark. New T5, BA Club Europe and a day watching planes - just perfect!
Best wishes, Khaleej777


User currently offlineSketty222 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2006, 1776 posts, RR: 3
Reply 19, posted (6 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 4896 times:

Hey Mark,
Some great pics of T5 on your way out of LHR. The galleries looks really good, especially since the last time I was in there, pre 27th March.

I also concur that CDG is a dump. I prefer LHR T3 to CDG anyday of the week  Smile


Keep up the good work on these TR's, Im looking forward tot he JER trip if you do a report on it, just to see how it compares to BA out of LGW

Cheers
Lee



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User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8503 posts, RR: 55
Reply 20, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 4482 times:
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Hi Lee, thanks for your comments.

Quoting Sketty222 (Reply 19):
Hey Mark,
Some great pics of T5 on your way out of LHR. The galleries looks really good, especially since the last time I was in there, pre 27th March.

- I really like the Galleries, very nice, feels much more relaxed than the old T4 lounges.

Quoting Sketty222 (Reply 19):
I also concur that CDG is a dump. I prefer LHR T3 to CDG anyday of the week

- So right, T3 is actually ok IMO

Quoting Sketty222 (Reply 19):
Keep up the good work on these TR's, Im looking forward tot he JER trip if you do a report on it, just to see how it compares to BA out of LGW

- JER TR is on the way, just need some time to put it together.

Regards

Mark



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User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10887 posts, RR: 37
Reply 21, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 4197 times:

I looked at your trip report to see how many Concorde pictures were in it!  goodvibes 

Congratulations for the pic of Concorde F-BVFF. Although I do not like to see Concorde put up on stilts, I must say that your picture of her is a total success.

This is the kind of trip that will allow you to see 4 Concordes in one day. Two at the Air Museum at Le Bourget including the First To Fly prototype F-WTSS, then FF at CDG and AB at Heathrow.

I prefer seeing Concorde G-BOAB at LHR. She is in a real life situation on the tarmac by the engineering base like she could be towed for flight at any moment. She is taken very good care of, always looking nice and clean. The plans are that she is going to be moved to T5 but there is no set date yet.

Thank you again for this trip report.  airplane 



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User currently offlinePKflyer From Pakistan, joined Apr 2008, 46 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 4194 times:

Hey.

Great Trip Report. Even for a short sector this was a great Trip Report. The pictures were first-class.

Thank you ever so much for sharing.
Kind Regards

Arslaan



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User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8503 posts, RR: 55
Reply 23, posted (6 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 3771 times:
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Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 21):
Although I do not like to see Concorde put up on stilts, I must say that your picture of her is a total success.

- Thanks Madame Concorde, I quite like this shot, not bad from a moving plane!

Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 21):
The plans are that she is going to be moved to T5 but there is no set date yet.

- Yes, that was/is the plan but i've not heard anything about it moving for a while.

Quoting PKflyer (Reply 22):
Great Trip Report. Even for a short sector this was a great Trip Report. The pictures were first-class.

Thank you ever so much for sharing.

- Thanks for reading, glad you enjoyed it.

Kind Regards

Mark



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User currently offlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17052 posts, RR: 10
Reply 24, posted (6 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 3766 times:

Great TR

The pics are really good.

Glad that you enjoy your flights with BA. Looking forward for the time I will visit T5.


Thank you for sharing

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