Readytotaxi From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2006, 2910 posts, RR: 3 Posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 14 hours ago) and read 17241 times:
Back in December BA had a half price offer for your Executive miles, Club World for just 50,000 miles return instead of the usual 100,000. As I had some spare I booked two trips to the USA, this is my second to Florida for some of that much needed sunshine and the chance to be a kid again in the Theme parks.
Departure was from Gatwick at a reasonable time of 11:20, I took the train from London and was at the airport in about 40minutes,very smooth trip, as I only travel with hand luggage,if I really need it I buy it when I get there, check-in was simple. The airport was quite for a Sunday and the departure lounge only about 30% full. Had only been in the lounge about 15 minutes when there was an annoucement that the departure area had been evacuated and we should all remain where we were.
Looking out the window could see the people being moved to a safe spot.
It was about a 8 minute walk to the gate and when I arrived,with 30minutes to closure was suprised to find the area almost empty, it seems that there was a light load today and most people had already gone onboard, I hurried on.
I was welcomed aboard and found my favorite seat, newspapers and pre-take drink offered, I just had water, well it was not mid day yet.The Club World cabin was 80% full and quite loud. We pushed back early because of the light load and after a quick taxi we took off to the East and climbed out of Gatwick.
Once we had got to crusing altitude staff came round with menu and toilet bags, the menu in Club to the USA always seems very good and lots to pick from.
I settled for the Chardonnay 2006 for the whole of the flight, I have had this before and it hits all the right notes and light enough for a 9 hour flight.I was starting to feel hungry now so got the table out. Feed me!
I think an overnight from the eastcoast in Club should be a full breakfast, infact I filled in a comment card on the last flight moaning about it and to my amazement got a "sorry" letter and 5,000 miles, did not expect that.
Just a note about the cabin interiors on the Gatwick based 777.
My outbound aircraft was G-VIIT first flight May1999
Inbound aircraft was G-VIIO first flight Jan1999
I found that the fittings are starting to show many signs of wear.
Hope they get the new ClubWorld on these aircraft soon, it is a great product and
really enjoyed the trip and the service. Have to wait until May for the new holiday.
Thanks for reading,hope you liked it.
[Edited 2009-03-19 08:17:17]
[Edited 2009-03-19 08:18:47]
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SKORD From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2008, 562 posts, RR: 0 Reply 3, posted (4 years 9 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 14023 times:
Thanks for report!! Im knocking on 40's door and i still love Disney, and Florida, to death!
Seeing your report has got me all excited for my up-coming trip there in June... hopefully flying MAN-FRA-MCO on LH Business. One question though, what, and where, is the very "blue" looking ride/pool?
Once again, thanks for posting.