Ps76 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (4 years 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 19671 times:
Just thought I'd try to upload a few pics from a flight I took recently from London Heathrow (terminal 5) to Chicago OHare airport. Was quite a cool flight and hope the pics turn out ok etc.
Anyway on with the pics.
Was quite dark when I left home in the morning (with my mum) for the flight to Chicago (we were going for a wedding for 2 weeks) and to see an old friend of mine from when I was working in the South Pacific (a long time ago). We took a cab from our home which is between Heathrow and Gatwick to Heathrow. BA295 leaves Heathrow terminal 5 at 11.35am and is about an 8 hour flight.
Was light by the time we arrived at Heathrow terminal 5 departure concourse.
Heathrow Terminal 5 landside:
Heathrow Terminal 5 landside:
Carluccio's (Heathrow Terminal 5 landside). We had some breakfast (scrambled eggs with mushroom I think if I remember right) because we were still quite early for the flight and the bag drop had not opened yet.
Pretty soon after a little breakfast we dropped our numerous bags off (2x23kg each I think which was quite generous) and headed through security. This pic is of Heathrow Terminal 5 airside just after security.
Heathrow Terminal 5 airside. Terminal 5 airside I found to be quite pleasant (I have flown from there once or twice before but not any long distance) and it has lots of shops and restaurants and space to sit/relax or use the internet terminals (paid).
Terminal 5 airside:
I forget which gate we boarded from but we had to take a bus to our aircraft (Boeing 777). This is a pic from the shuttle bus.
Ps76 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 3, posted (4 years 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 19570 times:
Flying over a town west of Heathrow (the departure was basically straight out with a turn to the right towards the North-West I think). There's a stately home maybe with a nice garden and a golf course too I think:
Pretty soon after takeoff the FA came round with a drinks offer (I had an apple juice). This was to be followed by lunch which was really pretty nice and more than enough food for the flight (especially since I had had breakfast in Terminal 5) and later during the flight a sandwich/snack/coffee. They also came round often during the flight offering soft drinks which was pretty nice and more than enough.
In cruise (over clouds now):
Lunch (there was a choice of chicken or beef and I took the chicken, my mum too). Was pretty nice Chicken Tikka Masala with salad to start (with Italian dressing), bread roll, very nice rasberry and chocolate dessert, red wine.
Ps76 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 4, posted (4 years 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 19551 times:
Cruising at 38,000ft heading towards the Ocean south of Iceland and west towards Chicago:
South of Iceland heading west:
In Cruise (over the ocean):
Coming up on the South coast of Greenland (unfortunately was cloudy so didn't see Greenland). To pass the time I watched a couple of movies: G.I. Joe and some of Transformers 2. Not the most intellectual stuff but pretty good popcorn movies to help pass the time (which did go suprisingly quickly).
In cruise near Greenland over the Altantic Ocean:
Flying over Canada (Newfoundland?) heading West towards the great lakes and Chicago:
Ps76 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 10, posted (4 years 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 18603 times:
Heading towards Chicago:
Close to Chicago now heading West, although we would fly downwind of the airfield and land on the East Runway:
The water looked quite inviting although it was probably pretty cold(!):
Reaching the West coast of Lake Michigan (descending):
Downtown Chicago in the distance. I took a tourist flight in a Cessna 172 a few days later and saw downtown and Meigs field from 1,500ft. which was pretty cool and cool to see the John Hancock Building etc. I also drove to downtown and spent some time on Michigan Avenue which was pretty cool too.
Flying downwind for Chicago OHare's Easterly runway.
Ps76 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 11, posted (4 years 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 18572 times:
Turning left to base leg. We got vectored out quite far away from the city but it was a pretty cool view (lots of nice fields and houses etc.):
Houses/fields etc. for low down:
Turning left (onto final approach I think):
On finals heading East:
Passing an airport on finals:
A golf course. My brother had come to Chicago a few years ago in the fall and told me it was beautiful. Unfotunately I had kinda missed the fall and most of the leaves had already fallen from the trees but was still quite cool to see the scenery etc.
About to touch down:
Turning off the runway/the terminal:
American Airlines MD-80 (not a common sight in the UK). Was cool to see US traffic and there is I think an American Airlines Boeing 737 next generation with winglets in the picture too. The next day I flew to Boston on an American airlines Boeing 757 which was pretty cool. I had some Lobster Bake and basically returned the same day but was a cool chance to fly an American airline again which really wasn't bad at all. They didn't feed you for free any more but did give you a free drink and the fare wasn't that expensive at all too.
Inside OHare Terminal 5 (international terminal) arrivals. I found OHare to be a pretty nice airport when flying out of it, especially to Boston and now South Carolina too where I've come to see an old friend for a few days. Before security there's not much but after security there are many nice shops and restaurants/coffee places etc. Although I've made a couple of cool flights here I haven't made a trip report yet as have been a bit weary of arousing suspicion bringing out my camera and taking photos of the drinks etc.(!) but I might do in the future (I've booked a flight to Minneapolis on a United Express Embraer 170 which should be pretty cool too).
That's pretty much all the pics I managed to take. British Airways were once again very good (though they're not that cheap so you pay for it). But the FA was very friendly and provided good service throughout and the scenery/route was cool to see Greenland and Chicago. If I get the chance to take some photos of downtown Chicago I might try to post them later.
The flight was I would say pretty standard for British Airways which is to say very good. The FA for our section was very professional and friendly, the food was good, the seats comfotable with good seat pitch, the movie selection good, the captain friendly. When I was young I used to think British Airways were not so good but these days they really are a pretty pleasant way to fly with good food, service etc.
The flight I think was pretty full in economy but the Boeing 777 feels quite roomy with 3-3-3 seating (I know some air carriers use 3-4-3 seating I think in economy on the 777 but with BA it does feel quite comfortable). And we were quite close to the toilets too (sorry no pic) so it wasn't too difficult to stretch our legs etc.
Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 8): I'd not realised BA still offered an amenity kit in economy, quite imressed!
On the 2 or 3 transatlantic flights I've done with British Airways they have always offered amety kits in economy which is quite cool. It's a nice way to enter the airplane and the headphones are of not bad quality too. My mum took the rest of my amnety kit so I can't say if the socks/toothbrush were good etc. but was definitely nice to have.
Food was very nice and was nice to have wine too. I don't really feel like I need to eat tons on a plane since I'm basically just sitting there but the amount was just fine (more than enough) and the curry was pretty nice too. I like hot curries but I understand they can't make it too hot since it's a flight and they can't make it too hot for people. But the rice was very nice and the curry wasn't too greasy or anything. I'd say it was on a par with a pretty good Indian restaurant (only no poppadoms!). The desert was also very nice (although I like desserts in general so maybe I'm biased!)
Anyway sorry again for posting the report in parts and it not being all uploaded at once (was having a problem uploading from where I was) but hope it turned out ok as a whole. Will try to post a report on the flight back (night flight) too although taking photos at night is always pretty difficult for me.
Airbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4125 posts, RR: 51 Reply 15, posted (4 years 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 18242 times:
Good report! Brings back some memories of my latest BA B772 flight LGW-JFK, which was pleasant also. About your meal; it seems the curry is like a package from a supermarket or so (with that seal). I can't remember seeing such meals before on BA...Is this something new?
"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
Ps76 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 16, posted (4 years 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 18223 times:
Just to say merci for the reply/encouragement etc. I didn't know that British Airways even flies LGW to JFK so that's pretty cool (I know they have some pretty nice destinations from Gatwick and would like to fly from Gatwick more since that is closer to my house although Terminal 5 is nice too).
Regarding the meal I didn't find anything different about it or if it was from a supermarket or anything(!) (it might be just how it turned out in the photo). Was to me quite a standard meal you get from UK catering companies (would love to try some from more European catering companies/airlines too but to Europe I normally fly only short haul - although Swiss airlines have pretty nice sandwiches).
Ps76 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 18, posted (4 years 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 17185 times:
Just to say merci for the reply/encouragement etc. When I took the flight in the Cessna I went from Chicago Executive Airport in the North so was cool to learn about Schaumburg Regional Airport which I'm figuring is to the West of OHare/downtown. Chicago is definitely a pretty nice city (both downtown and in the regional areas like Evanston/Northwestern University).
FlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1705 posts, RR: 41 Reply 19, posted (4 years 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 16970 times:
Nice little read about your pleasant ride to Chicago. Looks like BA economy is still quite a decent product. How is the IFE on the triple sevens?
You took exactly the same approach into ORD as I did last February flying MAN-ORD on AA. Very familiar pictures along that approach path, even though back then it was freezing - and the lake looked even colder!
Quoting Ps76 (Reply 3): There's a stately home maybe with a nice garden and a golf course too I think:
Dude, that's the Windsor Castle!
Quoting Ps76 (Reply 3): Was pretty nice Chicken Tikka Masala with salad to start (with Italian dressing), bread roll, very nice rasberry and chocolate dessert, red wine.
Hmm, that packaging looks exactly like the microwave-ready meals you get cheaply at the supermarket - frankly a bit disappointing for an airline meal. At least it isn't labeled "Tesco Value" .
Brilondon From Canada, joined Aug 2005, 3804 posts, RR: 1 Reply 20, posted (4 years 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 16401 times:
Really great trip report on your flight to the "excited states". FYI the stately home is in fact Windsor Castle. Have been over many times and it just doesn't get old, flying over it that is not the castle, it is old. Did you get to see anything in Boston? Love to see a trip report about the rest of your journey. This was well done and I hope even though you went to Boston I hope you had an enjoyable trip to the U.S.
Ps76 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 23, posted (4 years 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 15355 times:
Just to say merci for the comments/encouragement etc. Was cool you got to read about the trip a little(!)
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 19): Looks like BA economy is still quite a decent product. How is the IFE on the triple sevens?
British Airways economy is still at least in my opinion a pretty good way to fly. They might not be the cheapest ticket but their prices aren't too bad and they keep you pretty comfortable for the flight. The IFE wasn't touch screen this time (unlike LGW-TPA) but there were more than enough channels (I think over 15) with plenty of movies in the selection etc. It would be cool to see a few older movies in there too but I guess that's kind of a niche market. But lots of TV, movies, radio and of course the very cool moving map was more than enough for the medium-length flight.
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 19): You took exactly the same approach into ORD as I did last February flying MAN-ORD on AA. Very familiar pictures along that approach path, even though back then it was freezing - and the lake looked even colder!
Was definitely quite a cool approach over the suburbs. I always think it's pretty cool arriving in the US from London where the scenery is so different and Chicago doesn't dissappoint with a good mix of suburbs and out of town places with nice fields etc. Was pretty happy we got vectored pretty far out as it gave more time to enjoy the scenery from low down.
My bad(!) Right in my back yard and I don't know what it is(!) Merci for the heads-up (even though I probably should have known what it was!)
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 19): Hmm, that packaging looks exactly like the microwave-ready meals you get cheaply at the supermarket - frankly a bit disappointing for an airline meal. At least it isn't labeled "Tesco Value" .
Hope the taste was better.
It didn't feel too much like a microwave meal or anything luckily and felt pretty much like a standard airline meal (maybe it just turned out that way in the pic?). Taste was good too.
Quoting Brilondon (Reply 20): Did you get to see anything in Boston? Love to see a trip report about the rest of your journey.
Unfortunately I didn't get to see Boston except from the air (which was cool) because I had to be back for this wedding and the flight was cheap and I really only wanted to fly an American airline and they had cheap tickets to Boston. Did get to have some Lobster Bake and Sam Adams beer at the airport restaurant though. But staying longer/renting a car/motel etc. would have just made it too expensive but maybe next time. Would love to write a trip report about the flights on American Airlines (they're really not that bad at all) but over here with secrity etc. (which is understandable) I just feel like I would look too suspicious taking photos of everything but maybe on one of my next flights (I'm flying to Minneapolis and Detroit too while I'm here with United and American Eagle again). Right now I'm in Charlotte where I came to South Carolina to see an old friend and that flight was pretty cool too (would have been cool to write a report). It was with American Eagle on an ERJ (my first time on a ERJ and it was pretty small when I was standing up in it!). But sitting down it was very comfortable and the flight was cool (we had 2 female pilots too).
Quoting Shamrock321 (Reply 21): Can I give some constructive criticism? Dont put in so many I thinks! Everywhere you put them the info was correct, dont second guess yourself, you know your stuff!
You make a pretty good point now I'm rereading it. Will try to write a bit more positively in the future (or at least use I guess instead of I think all the time!)
Quoting B747forever (Reply 22): Seems that BA did a great job, which they mostly do. That is why I keep flying on them.
British Airways are from my experience too a pretty fine airline these days both short and medium-haul (I haven't tried them long-haul yet but maybe if I go to China next year I will).
Ps76 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 25, posted (4 years 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 12733 times:
Just to say many thanks for the reply/encouragement etc. Cool the pics turned out ok (and there were quite a lot of pics of the approach into Chicago OHare which was quite cool flying over the suburbs a bit etc.). I tried to make a report of the return trip but my camera batteries died before the flight ended. There were some really nice views coming into London (the weather was really clear) but I'll see if I post the uncompleted report.