D From South Africa, joined Sep 2001, 52 posts, RR: 0 Posted (12 years 18 hours ago) and read 1659 times:
One-way ticket from Zagreb to Johannesburg
The first leg of the trip that lasted almost 18 hours in total began in Zagreb, Croatia. I was to move from Zagreb to Johannesburg. Originally I was to fly with Swissair, but due to their financial troubles I decided to fly with BA instead, which I did not regret.
I was really sad to leave the country and the town in which I have so many good friends and in which I lived for 14 years, but the time has come to make a new beginning. The day was beautiful, really great for flying. As my good friend and I packed up my stuff into the car and left for the airport. I had a chance to see the last of the city and places where I used to roam while I was there. When we arrived to the airport, we noticed the tighter security was enforced. We had much more luggage than we were allowed to take with us (around 86 kg). After saying goodbyes, I proceeded to the gate area one hour before the flight. That hour flew by really quickly. While waiting, I saw 2 Avros, one from Crossair, and another from Lufthansa. There were bunch of A320s and A319s of Croatia Airlines, BA 734, and a CSA 735. Time passed quickly, and I had to get on the bus to the aircraft. The airplaine was clean, but really tired looking and old. Stewardesses were great. We were served drinks many times, and a tasty lunch. The business class was almost empty - there was only one guy in there, while the economy was 70% full. The trip went without a glitch, we didn't have any turbulence, and the weather accross Europe was pretty good that day, so I was able to see many things through the window. After flying over La Manche channel, we started to descend to London Gatwick. All in all, a great flight in all aspects.
The second part of the trip was the LHR-JNB route. I didn't have any time to waste, since I had to catch the Speedlink bus to Heathrow.
Flight 057, B747-400 (G-CIVR), World Traveller Plus (NOT)| Club World
Departure 21:00, Arrival 09:30
Since I had to take all that baggage that I had (all 86 kg) + handbaggage to the Heathrow in the bus, check in was necessary. And that's where all my problems began, but luckily everything ended happily. I was supossed to fly in World Traveller Plus class, and the excess baggage that I had, I had to pay for. That was expected, but the flight was overbooked so I couldn't get my seat in the WTP. The kind lady at the BA desk gave me a free upgrade to Club World, and I had to pay for the half of the excess. This was the first time for me to fly in such luxury Great! After sorting this out, I proceeded to the gate. While waiting, I saw a Kenya Airlines B767, two KLM 737s, two BA 744s, one BA 777 (I think), JAL 744, Alitalia 767, and many others. I couldn't wait to get aboard, and give this flying pleasure a try. And I was not dissapointed at all. There were two stewardesses and a steward for the Club World cabin. They were exceptionally great, and did not fake a smile. The flight went without a single glitch, and it was the first time I came out of the flight rested instead of tired. BA really takes care of the details, which make the whole flying experience much better.
All in all, BA really stand up to their name. I did not fly them before, but I am sure that I'll fly with them from now on, however doubt that I'll fly on Club World so soon... Back to the masses.
Hope you enjoyed this report! If you have any questions, I'll be happy to answer them.
D From South Africa, joined Sep 2001, 52 posts, RR: 0 Reply 2, posted (12 years 18 hours ago) and read 1560 times:
The seats were the brand new Club World class seats, with all the gizmos and gadgets you can imagine... I didn't spend any time with the entertainment system because I was way too tired... and that's when the bed seat got in handy I am quite tall and the space was not really adequate for me to be sleeping straight, but with the seat in a more upright position it was great.
Food service was excellent, with a great choice (I chose chicken curry, but there was roast beef and salmon salad)... Deserts included cheese and biscuits or fruit.. For breakfast we had a choice between the usual omlette/saussage/bacon stuff, or cereals, or fruits and croissants with marmelade. I took the last and it was also good.
I was sitting in the last isle row, so I couldn't see anything through the window. Some old people were sitting there and they shut the blinds immediately on boarding. Real aviation enthusiasts.
Flight was very smooth and comfortable, with just occasional and slight turbulence. We landed in Jo'berg on time, and that's where a really pleasent trip ended...