Another week and another trip to Edinburgh to view progress on our new project, unlike other trips this would be a day trip.
The alarm went off and 06:00, after the usual morning stuff it was out of the house and off to Heathrow, I arrived just before 7am. The shuttle left some 10 minutes or so later, after a short trip the shuttle pulled up on the arrivals level.
The only problem with being dropped at arrivals is getting to departures, do you take the lift, numerous stairs or the escalator?
Stairs? – No!
And the next one
And the final one
Boarding pass in hand I headed through security, it was 07:18, 9 minutes later I emerged airside.
From my weekly visits, I have to say that security at T5 is not as quick as it used to be, shame as it used to be excellent.
Breakfast was in order so I hit the South Lounge
New feature outside the lounge
A few shots inside the lounge
Decent stuff in the toilets
Left the lounge with plenty of time to spare, today’s flight was leaving from gate 1, the same flight last week left from gate 19! – I kind of thought the same flight on the same day of the week had a good chance of leaving from the same gate, seems not the case.
Heading to gate 1:-
The gate area was busy, looking like another full flight – where is the recession?
A little close:-
General boarding started at 08:45, the front door on the plane closed at 08:58, we had a full load this morning – again!
Push occurred @ 09:03, a short taxi between T5 and T5B led us to 09R, this mornings departure runway.
EUYB held for a DL 333, CO 772 and a LH 320, our turn next, wheels up at 09:23.
Flight time today was advised as 55 minutes, breakfast service started just after passing over the Luton area, the usual hot breakfast.
My only gripe is that the tea/coffee run is done after the meal so you either wait for the tea/coffee or you eat your meal and have the tea/coffee later.
Trays were cleared away during descent, views were rather cloudly, weather not that great!
Wheels touched down at 10:14, some 4 minutes behind schedule.
5 minutes later we were parked at our remote stand. Edinburgh Airport is undergoing extensive upgrade works to the airside departure lounge, as a result pretty much all of the front terminal gates are out of action.
Leaving the plane:-
Once in arrivals I headed off to visit the project, progress is good.
30.04.09 BD59 A320-232 G-MIDR 6A
3rd Flight on this aircraft & 86th A320 Flight
SCH DEP 14:55 SCH ARR 16:25
ACT DEP 15:10 ACT ARR 16:27
After returning the car, I headed off to the BMI self service machines for my boarding pass. I had 6F allocated but looked at the seat map just to see what was around, 6A was free as was 6C, no seat showing for 6B so I took 6A, then off to security, it was 13:35.
Normally security at Edinburgh is just awful, the queues are long and it take a good 10-15 minutes to get through, today there was nobody in the queue, yes nobody, I had a whole machine to myself, not even a minute to clear it today, a new world record!
I’ve taken this flight before so normally expect to see lots of people around, today was different:-
I had a pint and finished the paper then headed down to gate 3, appears our plane was little late arriving as it was just pulling into the gate when I arrived.
Boarding by pre-board then row’s started at 14:55, doors closing at 15:09 – push back occurred 2 minutes later, just in time for the next BD aircraft using the gate:-
MIDR taxied out to the active, holding for a departing Dornier and arriving Flybe Dash 8, our turn arrived, wheels up at 15:24.
Today’s flight was quite full, not as full as the morning BA flight, but not far from it. The decision to take 6A was good as row 6 had the business convertible set up of 2-3, always like to have a little more elbow room.
Row 6 was also the first row of economy so we had the first pick of meals/snack for purchase, not having had lunch I ordered a sandwich and cup of tea, being a Blue Plus cardholder these were free, one of the limited benefits of this card.
The rest of the flight was uneventful, approach was over London, here are a few pictures:-
Wheels down on 27L @ 16:27, just behind schedule.
Durning taxi to the gate, T5C under construction
Can’t fault BA, excellent service as usual, really nice cheerful crew too.
Can’t fault BD either, still a shame they downgraded their product to this BOB one, they used to have a great product, I like many (I guess) chose this flight over BA, it was only £39 when I booked it, the next nearest BA flight was about £40 more.
Airbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4277 posts, RR: 51
Reply 1, posted (5 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 9885 times:
nice comparison on this domestic journey. BA is indeed much better nowadays.
I used to fly BD quite often years ago, also did quite some flights in their C class, top class product. But nowadays, no,... I wouldn't choose them so soon again.
Good pics. T5 pics good too, it's a nice terminal, but still LHR. I dislike that place, especially the security and transfer facilities...
"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
DALCE From Netherlands, joined Feb 2007, 1721 posts, RR: 7
Reply 5, posted (5 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 9335 times:
You have covered more flights on the 320 than I have logged in total
That's amazing! How many UK registrated 320 are still missing from your log?
Nice comparison between BA & BD, where BA clearly takes the lead. THe BOB product is a real bummer for BD as they seem to have their act together quite well.
Thanks for sharing your report!
Quoting B747forever (Reply 3): Seems you had a flawless BA flight, and also a great BD flight.
- Yes, both were good flights, no issues.
Quoting JFKMan (Reply 4): Very nice TR! A good comparison of BA and BD. I enjoyed it.
- Cool, thanks for the line
Quoting DALCE (Reply 5): You have covered more flights on the 320 than I have logged in total
- Ha, amazing!
Quoting DALCE (Reply 5): How many UK registrated 320 are still missing from your log?
- Too many!
Quoting DALCE (Reply 5): Nice comparison between BA & BD, where BA clearly takes the lead. THe BOB product is a real bummer for BD as they seem to have their act together quite well.
- I still think BD are missing a trick, they have the ability to create a real decent product, however don't seem interested in it, it's almost as if they are quite happy to take whatever is left when the other carriers are sold out.
Why not? - Would have been some nice morning exercise.
Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter): breakfast service started just after passing over the Luton area, the usual hot breakfast.
The free hot breakfast that BA offers on domestic flights is really a great thing that sets them apart from any competitor. It looks good. I have never tried it as unfortunately they don't offer it on European international flights in Economy.
JER757 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2006, 350 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (5 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 8616 times:
Quoting Contact Air (Reply 11): The free hot breakfast that BA offers on domestic flights is really a great thing that sets them apart from any competitor.
Yeah but they took out the hash-brown from it a year or two back. It was the best bit!!
Good TR anyway. Its a shame BD have the BOB product. As said above they do have the opportunity to grow a great business, but it just ain't happening. They also have some of the best looking aircraft around in my opinion!
PlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6939 posts, RR: 77
Reply 17, posted (5 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 7592 times:
very nice report with many great pictures as usual.
Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter): My only gripe is that the tea/coffee run is done after the meal so you either wait for the tea/coffee or you eat your meal and have the tea/coffee later.
The tray looks quite small and the presentation could be better IMO.
Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter): Row 6 was also the first row of economy so we had the first pick of meals/snack for purchase, not having had lunch I ordered a sandwich and cup of tea, being a Blue Plus cardholder these were free, one of the limited benefits of this card.
At least there were sandwiches available. When I flew BD between LHR and DUB in March (0700 departure) they weren't able to sell anything which was simply ridiculous. Too bad I haven't found the time yet to write a report. But I'll definitely post it in a few weeks after my return from California.
Nice comparison between BA and BD and some great pictures. Flying different airlines on the same route is probably the best way to compare their products.
- Thanks Christoph, yes, quite correct, same route, same plane type, very different service.
Quoting Contact Air (Reply 11): The free hot breakfast that BA offers on domestic flights is really a great thing that sets them apart from any competitor. It looks good. I have never tried it as unfortunately they don't offer it on European international flights in Economy.
- Brakfast is great, shame it's not served on the european flights, if they did, what on earth would be get in Club?
Pawsleykat From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 1978 posts, RR: 11
Reply 19, posted (5 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 7352 times:
Brilliant report Mark!
I love seeing trip reports to/from EDI as it's my home airport.
The inactive domestic jetbridges is doing my head in now. Because of the expansion of the departures area, it is impossible to see over the runway, and the International Pier (Gates 1-5) doesn't exactly offer a very good view of the threshold of Runway 06.
BA's service is surely second to none on the domestic routes. I would pick them over BD anyday.
First Class passengers are my favourites. They can't get any further forward without an ATPL.