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User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4253 posts, RR: 51
Posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 13794 times:

Hi again,

Soon after bringing my previous report online here Air Dolomiti & The Embraer 195 Visiting BLQ (by Airbuseric May 11 2010 in Trip Reports) it is time to present you the next travels completed lately.

My last flight on the beloved Boeing 757 was in August 2002, back then operated by Transavia Airlines and even the ‘famous’ PH-TKC that once went off the runway at AMS after experiencing crosswinds. I was not on that unlucky flight though, but it was the same frame. Before my flight, I once had the pleasure to fly ACE-AMS on the jumpseat in the cockpit, also on PH-TKC. The B757 is a great aircraft. Time to score one again!

Booking were completed a few months in advance, using several booking engines to get hands on the best fares. Also I agreed with fellow reporter OA260 to meet up along the road and have a few champers before taking the ride of the day.


Wednesday May 12, 2010


My alarm clock went off at 04:25, way too early after just completing 4 hours of sleep that night. But with no choice, I got up on the rainy morning and dressed up quickly. I made a few sandwiches to take with me and, just in case I would arrive delayed in the late night for some reason (volcanic ashes?), I decided to take my car to the airport which is a 10 minute drive away for me. And it was so bad on the roads with the heavy rain and start of the morning rush already that early. Anyway, I made it rather quickly (small car, young driver), and stored my car on the airport parking I can use.

I arrived in the terminal building about 75 minutes before my flight. Check in was done the day before, but nevertheless I wanted a real boardingpass, so went to check-in counters at row 21 to reprint mine at the selfservice kiosk. This succeeded and I went through passport control. No security check yet, since I was going to the UK first.

AMS departure hall 3


Now I was in departure lounge 3, used by the intercontinental flights also, and always generating a nice mix of people and cultures. Shops were open, and I checked some prices, bought a little Dutch snack for OA260 (to fill up my bag, lucky him!), and walked to the D-gates. My gate was D16 on this flight, quite a bit of walk actually, but I even managed to save time somehow, and went to the nearby new Starbucks located at the split of the D-concourse. It was quiet there, so I got a brewed coffee and enjoyed the view on the wet apron. Oh yes, the own-made sandwiches went nicely with the coffee.







For our reporter from Finland…



Pre-boarding was in progress for some time already, but the D-gates have a limited waiting area after the security check, so I decided to go just before actual boarding would start. So I did, and after snapping a picture of my plane, I was called for boarding.
Boarding was by row-numbers, of course Gold members and Business Class were able to board at their conveniences. It was 6.55am now, 25 minutes prior departure time.

My A320 at the gate (G-EUUK)


Boarding finished a quarter past 7, nice on time. I was in the last row, middle seat remained empty, were the aisles seats on both rows were taken by Dutch BA-crew in uniform, deadheading to LHR before their duty started.

AMS-LHR
Flight No.: BA 423 Date: 12MAY’10
STD: 0720 ATD: 0719
STA: 0735 ATA: 0749
A/C: Airbus A320-200 Reg No.: G-EUUK
Seat: 27F


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A new registration for me, which is good for my logbook. But the 23rd time on the A320 already (not counted rides on A319/321 btw).

Load on this flight: about 95%

Classical music was playing during boarding and before block-out, until the captain came on the speakers with a friendly welcome. This was followed by the safety demo, on dropdown screens from the ceiling. Crew was in the aisle to watch the cabin during this video. Meanwhile we left the gate ahead of schedule, but taxitime would be long and create a delay on this flight.
As one can expect now, we taxied to runway 36L, yes that’s the ‘Polderbaan’, and had several other departures in front of us or using intersections to pass.
We were airborne 24 minutes later since we left the gate, still raining in AMS.





A few minutes later, already over the Northsea, clouds were open and there was no rain at all anymore below us. Weather on the sea would’ve been good that day. The flight was calm and enjoyable, even more because the 2 BA crewmembers were chatting in my language and openly about the current BA situation, how the managers treat them, and how they behave towards the company. Interesting to hear also some words on BA’s –apparently very bad- First Class product on the B777s, re-configuration planned for the B767 with BA (?), and much more.







It was 10 minutes before landing when I got my Sandwich (smoked salmon/cream cheese), my coffee and juice. The milk in the cup was completely frozen (!), so I had to ask the crew for fresh milk. They gave me right away. The crew was very friendly though. No complaints at all, only that delivery of the ‘meal’ was very last minute and I had to hurry to finish it. The captain was informing us meanwhile about no delays on approach, so a straight in for landing in Easterly direction.





Unsurprisingly we landed on runway 09L, which is exactly pointing East of course, and strongly braked to vacate the runway quickly. No wonder, with a BA 777 on very short finals behind us. I love LHR traffic!





We used terminal 5A (spot 515) for arrival, but had to hold short for some 5 minutes since the gate was occupied by a company A321. The captain came on the speakers another time. He apologised for the inconvenience. Also, he gave OK to make phonecalls during this stay, he joked ‘we made it already to the ground, so I can’t harm us anymore’, and he joked that it would be time to finish the work on T5-C. Nice words, good job!

My transfer was hassle free. Just down the escalator to take a bus to get myself to another terminal (T3 in this case). I had to take the second bus, and had some time to use the very modern lavatories in T5. Good job BAA! How long before you finish T1-3 and 4 reconstruction works? 
Transfer T5 > T3


The transfer bus was packed, but I managed to grab a single seat in front. LHR bustours always allow to see some nice traffic, for me including the SQ A380 preparing another trip from T3.

In the shuttle bus to T3



And after arriving in T3, the necessary security check again. A group of Brits behind me. Speaking loudly, dirty jokes, very bad smelling and used quite a bit of alcohol already in the morning. Exactly my view on this kind of Brits. Kind of stereotype I guess…
It took about 15 minutes to pass the check, but in general went fine and in a friendly way.

A quick visit to BA Customer Service to get also my boarding pass reprinted for a real one here. No problem at all and friendly service also here.

I had a bit of time to spend for waiting, and apparently also some money to spend at HMV. Looked around at Dixons and then took my seat near the Harrods shop, where I read my ebook for about an hour. Meanwhile OA260 texted me that also he was on the way.

After quite a while OA260 showed up. We had a quick talk and decided to go to the BA First Galleries in T3. There we spend a few hours, enjoying some drinks. Also, when we arrived, we were just in time to order a breakfast menu (until noon), and also later, we got a 3-course ‘dinner’ in the dining room. The pictures will show the lounge to you:









Nice design isn’t it? Do you see what I mean? It’s Concorde!




























At 2:40pm, “gate open” was announced on the screens. For your info, BA does not make calls for boarding in the lounge, so beware yourself. Don’t drink to much wine, otherwise you might not notice you flight leaving. On the other hand, some more time spending in that lounge wouldn’t bother me neither.
We checked the walking time to gate 24A, apparently a bus-gate, and the staff told us 10 minutes. In the end -including a photostop for OA260 checking out the new MS B77W-, lasted only 5 minutes until we were at gates 24. Busgates indeed. And we would not make it to the first bus, but got ourselves on the second one leaving to the apron.
Since quite a lot of people got re-seating (due to an aircraft change), we worried about our seats, but it turned out to be fine for us with no changes. Aircraft changed from A320 to B757 according the staff. Strange, we thought. Ever since we booked the flight, it was listed as B757-equipment. The reason for us to fly on this leg!



The bus was economy-less style. Overcrowded. The Indian driver maybe thought he drove the bus at Calcutta or Mumbai Airport. Come on, we are in Europe, and the next bus was standing by already. Some more space would’ve been nice. But on the other side, the ride only took 2 minutes maybe. Not too bad in the end.
Life became even better when the beautiful Boeing 757-200 was waiting for us on stands 186. Boarding via a single stairs, via ‘L2’ door, just in front of the wing.









LHR-BCN
Flight No.: BA 480 Date: 12MAY’10
STD: 1525 ATD: 1537
STA: 1830 ATA: 1853
A/C: Boeing 757-200 Reg No.: G-CPES
Seat: 34A


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Boarding finished on time. After we got on the plane, a few more buses came bringing more passengers, but I was happy to be in the last row, middle seat remained empty. The aisle seat occupied by a very friendly Asian lady. OA260 was on the other side and one more row forward, also he had good (older) company in his row, and a vacant middle seat. Other rows were mostly completely occupied, so I guess the load was nearly full on this service.



The safety demo was done manually, since these 757’s have not the modern equipment on board as we found earlier that day on the A320. And after this was completed, the captain came on the speaker mentioning about a short start-up delay by ATC, since many other aircrafts were queuing up for the departure runway, and for environmental reasons it would be better to stay on stand for a while then running the engines for nothing, he said. A very fair and understandable statement I would say. Good to hear the crew sharing this info with the passengers.

With 12 minutes delay on block-out (officially still ‘on time’), we left the stand and taxied around at LHR to departure runway 09R. Lot’s of traffic. QR, PK in 2 different colours (old and new), BG (with A310, not B777?). It’s always a pleasure to see the nice variety of airlines.



We followed another BA 757 to the runway, a BD A319 came in between via an intersection departure, and then it was our time to go. And I experienced what I wanted, the very powerful RollsRoyce engine spooling up on the mighty 757. A bit shaky on the runway maybe, but no problems at all. A steep climb brought us in the air at 4.07pm, bound for, hopefully sunny, Spain.





Clouds over the London area resulted in a bit of shakers until we reached above the cloud tops. It’s always sunny up there, that’s what I like.


With no route information at all on this flight, I still managed to find out our route came over Le Havre (on the picture a town North of it, Fécamp) and the impressive coastline of France. The rest of France was cloudy again.





Fécamp:


Service on this flight was a sweet or savoury snack, and a drink. I ordered a coke, it came with ice. And later on, I got myself another can. No problems at all for the crew, delivered to me in a friendly way. The remainder on the flight I read a bit more, and made a few pics.








Approach to BCN runway 07L was rather interesting, since a thunderstorm was around. We detoured for about 20 miles to get around of the showers, giving me some nice photo opportunities. Also approach was slightly rough air, which is expected with this kind of weather of course.











Landing was at 6.46pm local BCN time, with a block-in at the new terminal 1. I don’t know the gate, but parking spot was 210. The crew was nice enough to let me into the cockpit for a minute, a quick chat with the copilot about the plane and the approach, and our jobs. Until the cleaning came in, and I had to leave. Anyway, thanks BA for the great flight!



After we were in the terminal, we enjoyed it’s architecture a lot. It’s an impressive building to say at least, especially the check-in area on departure level. Very airy and bright. The automatic immigration/arrival procedure is not working fine yet though, but at least those Spanish officers are friendly and very helpful to me. We had a joke about it. I promised them to try again next time.





Our next and last flights that day would leave from the old, terminal 2. That means, a ride on the shuttle-bus running between the terminals. It takes about 15 minutes to transfer. Once in the old terminal, we were disappointed. Once a beautiful living terminal, with lots of shops (in the secure area at least), now it was deserted:



OA260 got his boarding pass at the quiet EI counters, while I had to queue at 2 busy lines for HV, counters 6 & 7. It’s always nice to see minor mistakes made, as we had 2 desks, with both another HV signage. One current sign, and the other used the previous livery sign.
Before I forget to mention, HV does not offer online check-in from BCN, but seat selection is available for about EUR 7,50 for any regular seat, up to (I think) 20 Euro for a bulkhead or exit-row. I think there is no need to do so on the nightflight in dark, as long as I don’t end up in the middle.
But, todays flight was going full apparently. With rebooked passengers originating from airports like ALC in the South of Spain which were previously affected by the closure of volcanic ash, I think. I saw quite some rebooking-forms in the hands of other people. Nevertheless, I asked for a window in the back, I actually asked for the exact last row, but that row didn’t excist according the lady at the desk. So, I asked ‘any’ last row on the left side, but she had no last row. Anyway, we didn’t understand eachother (I should really start learning Spanish someday, I actually like the language a lot), but I asked her the best A-seat available. She showed me the screen, and I took 16A. It’s not good anyway on HV. Legroom is poor as always, especially noticeable on full flights.



So with my boarding pass in the hands we went up to security and the shops (which we hardly found, most of them are gone to the new terminal now). On the way there a few more snapshots of course. Security was a breeze for me, where OA260 got his ‘private’ lane for a second time. I guess he got some attention of these Spanish officers. Or was it just his notebook?  


Not much later, my Boeing 737-700 came in from AMS. Unfortunately an example I flew on numerous times before. Where some other registrations never seem to come on my path. And also the leased Enerjet/Transavia PH-OEJ was becoming difficult since it operates mostly out of RTM only.



It’s my bad luck. OA260 had to wait a bit longer, so we said goodbye and thanked eachother for the nice day and successful trip, and I boarded at gate 42. Too late actually, because groundstaff started too late with the boarding. This was also mentioned by the crew on the intercom. Delay due slow ground handling service they said.

My seat was tight. A mother and her daughter came next to me filling up the row, and they told me immediately to be a bit scared of flying. So I offered the daughter my window seat, I took the aisle seat instead.

Boarding finished late, hence the delay on departure. Loadfactor let’s say 99%.

BCN-AMS
Flight No.: HV 5134 Date: 12MAY’10
STD: 2135 ATD: 2147
STA: 2355 ATA: 2355
A/C: Boeing 737-700(WL) Reg No.: PH-XRA
Seat: 16C


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My 3rd time on this particular machine, last time flown in January 2010 and reported here also. And I’m > 100 Boeing 737 flights, didn’t check the exact amount this time.

Safety demo on the dropdown screens here, in Dutch, with English subtitles. On one of the most modern aircrafts in the world. Always nice to know, when we just knew about the brandnew A330-200 that crashed with also 70 Dutch citizens on board. That A330 was more modern at most if not all points, but crashed anyway. Good for my seatmates, they didn’t know about this yet  

The takeoff was from runway 07R, with a few short views on the city of Barcelona, before flying through clouds. No views at all for the remaining flighttime to AMS.

HV does not offer free service on board. Everything is on sale, headphones for 3 Euro, taxfree stuff, magazines, puzzle books and sudoku games, instant soup and various sandwiches or even a pasta meal. I went for the coca cola for EUR 2,50 and asked some ice which was free of charge. Lucky me. BA was my food supplier with some Scottish cake, which went well at late evening. And all the time, a good talk with my neighbours.


Approach to AMS was the nighttime ‘Soksi’ approach followed by the ILS on runway 06. With lot’s of special altitude and speed restrictions as noise abatement procedure. But no views at all until we were 1 minute from touchdown. Quite a low ceiling and cloud base here tonight. Landing was smooth, and the crew welcomed us back home. Always nice to fly on a Dutch carrier when arriving ‘home’.
And to finalize the flight, the standard no staff available for docking in the aircraft, and no bridge operator. We waited 5 minutes on the taxiway until KLM was providing staff to handle our flight. Arrival gate D55 was ours, resulting in a long walk to the arrivals hall and exit of the building. Still, despite the delay on departure, we made it ontime in AMS. Ash clouds permitting, not for OA260 and me that day. We had a great day and good flights!

Thanks for reading. I hope you enjoyed my report. No pics for the HV flight. It was dark anyway, and HV is not too special to report. Please refer to my previous report FlyBaboo & The Q400: From The City To GVA + 2 More (by Airbuseric Jan 31 2010 in Trip Reports) for more info on HV and a cabin picture of PH-XRA.

Your comments and other replies are always welcome and appreciated. Thanks again!
Next report due in second half of June…

Regards,
Eric

Psst… also look for the report of Philip/OA260 coming online here as well!


Last Flight On The BA Boeing 757/BA F Class Lounge (by OA260 May 15 2010 in Trip Reports)


"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
30 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
 
User currently offlineDunaA320 From UK - England, joined Feb 2009, 613 posts, RR: 8
Reply 1, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 13749 times:

Hi Eric

Have just read Philips report from the same trip. Nice to see it from another perspective and one again, another great post by yourself and some excellent pictures.

Nice you got some time in the BA lounge, I really love it in there. I was there in January but seems you had alot more time there than I did. Maybe I'll get to visit again another time.

Thanks for posting.

Matt.


User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4253 posts, RR: 51
Reply 2, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 13158 times:

Hi Matt,

thanks for your reading and reply.

Quoting DunaA320 (Reply 1):
Nice you got some time in the BA lounge, I really love it in there. I was there in January but seems you had alot more time there than I did. Maybe I'll get to visit again another time.

That lounge is not bad at all indeed. I think, within Europe, it might be hard to beat by another airline.

Regards,
Eric



"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From France, joined Sep 2003, 5133 posts, RR: 55
Reply 3, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 13099 times:

Hi, Eric,

let me say, the perfect Saturday morning wake-up read.

Superb pictures, different angles, really nice and also a well written story
with some special equipment like the BA 757, something for me, too.

Staff on BA sounds like nice, I hope they dont force me to cancel my UK trip later this month with all the strike announcements.

And also always nice to meet some other A.netters, good company.
Something ahead also next week, you know.

Greetings,
Markus (FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4253 posts, RR: 51
Reply 4, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 13047 times:

Hi Markus,
thanks for your reply!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 3):
Superb pictures, different angles, really nice and also a well written story
with some special equipment like the BA 757, something for me, too.

Planning a flight on one of these 757s?

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 3):
I hope they dont force me to cancel my UK trip later this month with all the strike announcements.

Yes friendliness all over the place with BA it seems. But the strikes are not friendly at all. I hope you can get some nice equipment change in that case. Fingers crossed!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 3):
And also always nice to meet some other A.netters, good company.
Something ahead also next week, you know.

For sure! And then we meet up next month also, heading North. And in 2 months, the a.net tripreporter-meet on the A380  

Regards,
Eric



"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
User currently offlinevandenheuvel From Netherlands, joined Dec 2008, 495 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 12809 times:

Hi Eric,

The 757 is my favorite aircraft. I've been awaiting this report.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
We used terminal 5A

This terminal looks great. Can't wait to try it out myself some time.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Nice design isn’t it? Do you see what I mean? It’s Concorde!

I got it. Thats a nice detail. You did a great job on noticing it.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Life became even better when the beautiful Boeing 757-200 was waiting for us on stands

Sure looks nice. I like my 757's without winglets. It just expresses her character a bit more.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
but she had no last row

I've experienced this myself many times. In fact when I try to speak Spanish things seem to get more complicated.

Great report. I can't wait reading about OA260's experiences.

Tim,


User currently offlineoa260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26848 posts, RR: 58
Reply 6, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 12706 times:

Hey Eric ,
Fab report as always , your pictures came out 100%. Love the cabin shot with the fish eye lens. Also you were on the other side and we got different and similar photos. Great combination in our reports. I didnt think you saw the PIA at LHR but glad you got that shot along with mine from different angles.

The lady sitting next to me on the flight was very chatty and interesting. It was perfect us both having middle seat free as you said.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Security was a breeze for me, where OA260 got his ‘private’ lane for a second time. I guess he got some attention of these Spanish officers. Or was it just his notebook?  

LOL... who knows  
Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
We had a great day and good flights!

We did indeed and it was a great day out   

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
but seat selection is available for about EUR 7,50 for any regular seat, up to (I think) 20 Euro for a bulkhead or exit-row

16B is the best seat in the house    

Thanks again Eric for a great trip and great report.


Philip


User currently offlineAI151 From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2009, 303 posts, RR: 16
Reply 7, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 12688 times:

Hi Eric, nice TR on the 757 and it is a shame that it's slowly leaving us now. BA lounge looks spectacular and the new colours make it look a tad bit classier. The T5 First Class is my favourite with the champagne bar and the outside terrace.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Classical music was playing during boarding and before block-out,

Always a nice and soothing way to start a morning flight.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
how the managers treat them, and how they behave towards the company.

Maybe this could be as to why BA LHR cabin crew are on strike until next month.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Unsurprisingly we landed on runway 09L, which is exactly pointing East of course, and strongly braked to vacate the runway quickly. No wonder, with a BA 777 on very short finals behind us. I love LHR traffic!

I love when there are landings on 09L as I head over to the Thistle London Heathrow where they have an Aviation Gallery which has the best views.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
The Indian driver maybe thought he drove the bus at Calcutta or Mumbai Airport.

Nothing wrong with the drivers from Kolkata or Mumbai..lol..!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
A mother and her daughter came next to me filling up the row, and they told me immediately to be a bit scared of flying. So I offered the daughter my window seat, I took the aisle seat instead.

Very kind of you, but if they were scared of flying I thought they wouldn't like to have a window seat?

Sandeep (AI151)



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User currently offlineLH4116 From Sweden, joined Aug 2007, 1710 posts, RR: 14
Reply 8, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 12508 times:

Hey Eric, nice that you got the report online on such short notice! A pleasant read as usual  

Pretty impressing to see that BA serve a full sandwich on such a short flight, between AMS and LHR. Though I didn't know that it was even possible to serve it 10 mins prior to arrival. The snack on the BCN sector looked really poor. One would've expected something moore.

It looked like you and Philip had quite a good time. The Lounge looked pretty cool, I liked the design of the furniture, and the food and beverage offerings seemed very generous. Btw did they have a barista in the lounge? At least by judging the look of those coffee machines.  

Thanks for sharing!

//Jonas



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User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2438 posts, RR: 53
Reply 9, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 11984 times:

Hi Eric,

I was curious about your experience inside BA F Gallery. I was wondering whether you were hiding any surprise F flight with BA. Now, I know why. Well done!   

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Also I agreed with fellow reporter OA260 to meet up along the road and have a few champers before taking the ride of the day.

What a great idea to meet up with Philip. Especially when he invited you to visit BA F Gallery. The pictures are just breathtaking!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
how the managers treat them,

Err, rather inhuman?

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
now it was deserted:

Except for one. 

Thanks for sharing. At least until July 12th!

Cheers,
Suryo



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User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4253 posts, RR: 51
Reply 10, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 11797 times:

Hi all,
thank you for reading and further comments!

Quoting vandenheuvel (Reply 5):
This terminal looks great. Can't wait to try it out myself some time

Maybe you can have a look during your holidays in July in T5.

Quoting vandenheuvel (Reply 5):
You did a great job on noticing it.

Actually it was Philip who noticed first, he has an eye for details and arty decorations I think.

Quoting oa260 (Reply 6):
I didnt think you saw the PIA at LHR but glad you got that shot along with mine from different angles.

Philip, to be honest, I actually saw even 2 PIA 777s  
Quoting oa260 (Reply 6):
16B is the best seat in the house

Yes I know exactly what you mean LOL. But on this flight you should've been in 13E  
Quoting AI151 (Reply 7):
nice TR on the 757 and it is a shame that it's slowly leaving us now.

It's such a shame indeed. The 757 is a wonderful machine. I hope to fly one again someday in the future, and, still have to get myself on the -300 subtype.

Quoting AI151 (Reply 7):
Very kind of you, but if they were scared of flying I thought they wouldn't like to have a window seat?

Some prefer to follow the flight on the ground, seeing the lights, buildings etc, just follow the happenings. Other dislike or feel bad about it I heard also. That where the windowshade is for LOL. Actually, during the flight and approach, they closed the windowshade until 30 secs before landing or so.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 8):
nice that you got the report online on such short notice!

Sometimes I'm really quick Jonas  
Quoting LH4116 (Reply 8):
Pretty impressing to see that BA serve a full sandwich on such a short flight, between AMS and LHR.

They must. Competition KLM and Cityjet/AF offer also a sandwich. So BA can't stay behind.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 8):
Though I didn't know that it was even possible to serve it 10 mins prior to arrival.

Possible for me anytime. I finished well in time hehe...

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 8):
The snack on the BCN sector looked really poor. One would've expected something moore.

Competition IB and VY on this route doesn't serve anything (BOB service), so BA is a winner on this route for sure.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 8):
The Lounge looked pretty cool, I liked the design of the furniture, and the food and beverage offerings seemed very generous.

We talked about it, and I said already this would be exactly Jonas-style. You should get some status soon with SK or so, and be able to make loungevisits in ARN?

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 8):
Btw did they have a barista in the lounge?

No no, no Starbucks style here. We had to be barista ourselves. But the machines are easy to handle.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 9):
What a great idea to meet up with Philip. Especially when he invited you to visit BA F Gallery.

Hehe,... we promised to eachother, since I made some arrangements for Philip to get his Gold status  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 9):
At least until July 12th!

That sounds great. Looking forward to that flight. But first, I have 10 other flights to fly on....

Regards
Eric



"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
User currently offlineronerone From Jordan, joined Aug 2004, 1653 posts, RR: 53
Reply 11, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 11641 times:

Heya Eric,

Great TR, from the views of another perspective! .. And of course, your fabulous pictures are an added treat! .. Keep the fisheye's coming!  

One thing i hadn't mentioned in my reply to Phil's report, was how nice BA's Galleries First lounge is! .. It is really very tasteful in every way (the signage design, seating, food etc) .. and the Concorde patterned design makes it even more appealing!


When are BA's 757's out for good?


Thanks a lot for sharing!

Regards,
Roni



A Stop Away From One-Stop, Is Non-Stop : Airbus A340-500
User currently offlineoa260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26848 posts, RR: 58
Reply 12, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 11508 times:

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 10):
Actually it was Philip who noticed first, he has an eye for details and arty decorations I think.

Yeah credit where its due lol...

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 10):
Philip, to be honest, I actually saw even 2 PIA 777s  

Really ! lol... you get all the perks  
Quoting airbuseric (Reply 10):
But on this flight you should've been in 13E  

Was there a seat change ? lol..


User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4253 posts, RR: 51
Reply 13, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 11423 times:

Hi Roni, and Philip again!

Quoting ronerone (Reply 11):
And of course, your fabulous pictures are an added treat! .. Keep the fisheye's coming!

Thanks! I'll do my best to get more and more used to use a fisheye lens. It's a nice toy  
Quoting ronerone (Reply 11):
When are BA's 757's out for good?

According the second officer on this flight, when I was in the cockpit after landing, he mentioned August 2010. So within a few months. Only 3 active with BA today, G-CPER/S/T.

Quoting oa260 (Reply 12):
Was there a seat change ?

No I don't think so?! I think you got too confused about it   

Regards,
Eric



"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
User currently offlineoa260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26848 posts, RR: 58
Reply 14, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 11419 times:

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 13):
No I don't think so?! I think you got too confused about it   

Haha yeah cloud 9 is right  


User currently offlineContact Air From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 1154 posts, RR: 14
Reply 15, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 11323 times:

Hi Eric,

Great report and pictures about a fantastic day of flying. Good idea to do a BA B757-run as long as they are still around.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
The B757 is a great aircraft. Time to score one again!

I also like the 757 a lot. I have only had two flights with it: two on Condor and one also on BA, when they were still serving my home airport STR with the 757 (those were the days...)

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
even more because the 2 BA crewmembers were chatting in my language and openly about the current BA situation, how the managers treat them, and how they behave towards the company. Interesting to hear also some words on BA’s –apparently very bad- First Class product on the B777s, re-configuration planned for the B767 with BA (?), and much more.

I would also have found such a conversation quite interesting - always good to know how employees think about their company. However, it might be not too professional to do critical conversations when customers are listening. I personally would avoid this.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
The captain came on the speakers another time. He apologised for the inconvenience. Also, he gave OK to make phonecalls during this stay, he joked ‘we made it already to the ground, so I can’t harm us anymore’, and he joked that it would be time to finish the work on T5-C. Nice words, good job!
Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Good to hear the crew sharing this info with the passengers.

BA does have some very informative flight crews - I have experienced this several times and I like it a lot. You feel always well informed about what is going on.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Service on this flight was a sweet or savoury snack, and a drink.

I was surprised by the small snack as well, even if competition serves even less. You got much more on the shorter sector AMS-LHR. But that might also have something to do with the time of the day.

Regards
Christoph


User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4253 posts, RR: 51
Reply 16, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 10888 times:

Hi Christoph, thanks for reading!

Quoting Contact Air (Reply 15):
I also like the 757 a lot. I have only had two flights with it: two on Condor and one also on BA, when they were still serving my home airport STR with the 757

Might be a nice 757 subcharter at STR soon for BA when they go on strike again?
btw, I guess DE would be the airline I have to take to enjoy a B757-300 experience. I have to work out something, maybe in late summer...

Quoting Contact Air (Reply 15):
I was surprised by the small snack as well, even if competition serves even less. You got much more on the shorter sector AMS-LHR. But that might also have something to do with the time of the day.

Yes, I understand both of you. I think the same actually, but I think BA can afford this offering taking in mind their competition. Also, the time of the day plays a role I think. But a small bag of crisps or so can do that trick with a second drink service?

Eric



"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6714 posts, RR: 78
Reply 17, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 10660 times:

Hi Eric,

thanks for posting yet another high-quality report. Good to see you got a BA 757 shortly prior to retirement. I will miss these birds, had some great flights on them between MUC and LHR.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
The flight was calm and enjoyable, even more because the 2 BA crewmembers were chatting in my language and openly about the current BA situation, how the managers treat them, and how they behave towards the company. Interesting to hear also some words on BA’s –apparently very bad- First Class product on the B777s, re-configuration planned for the B767 with BA (?), and much more.

They should know some people could overhear and understand all that on a flight out of AMS. Talking negatively about your employer at work with customers around can turn out badly.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
It was 10 minutes before landing when I got my Sandwich (smoked salmon/cream cheese), my coffee and juice.
Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):

Service on this flight was a sweet or savoury snack, and a drink.

Quite strange that they serve a sandwich on such a short flight and a just a small snack on a longer flight.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Life became even better when the beautiful Boeing 757-200 was waiting for us on stands 186.

Always nice to fly on 757, one of my favourite aircraft. Hopefully you get an opportunity to try DE's 753. They look even better now with winglets. I flew MUC-PMI on D-ABOH at the end of April and enjoyed a very good (pre-ordered) premium breakfast menu. I can only recommend to try that, too.


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlinegpbcroppers63 From Ireland, joined Jan 2008, 519 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 10432 times:

Always interesting to see two different perspectives of the same trip. Really nice report. Sounds like you had a great day out. Shame about the company though. Better luck next time  .


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User currently onlineba319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8495 posts, RR: 55
Reply 19, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 10414 times:
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Hi Eric,

A nice bit of sunday evening reading, thanks, did enjoy.

Flying a BA 757 used to be an everyday occurence, I have many flights on them to numerous european destinations, however today a different story as you well know.

Looks like you and Philip had an excellent day travelling, and most generous of you to give up your window seat on the HV sector, not something I'd be keen to do.

Of note was your BA breakfast on the leg from AMS, I though these had gone now, just domestics before 10 am and longer sectors recieveing food.

Cheers

Mark



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User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4253 posts, RR: 51
Reply 20, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 10351 times:

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 17):
Hopefully you get an opportunity to try DE's 753. They look even better now with winglets.

I was looking into these indeed, but schedules are difficult to work with and getting home again also. But I will try now even harder   Are they scheduled on domestic Germany routes also?

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 17):
I flew MUC-PMI on D-ABOH at the end of April and enjoyed a very good (pre-ordered) premium breakfast menu. I can only recommend to try that, too.

Especially warm welcomed on a longer sector. I keep it in mind. Thanks!

Quoting gpbcroppers63 (Reply 18):
Shame about the company though. Better luck next time

Hehe,...did Philip tell you? Better luck for him especially. In the end he wanted to come with me to AMS instead of flying home to DUB  
Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 19):
Flying a BA 757 used to be an everyday occurence, I have many flights on them to
numerous european destinations,

Something to envy you for Mark. I wish that Dutch companies still flew 757's.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 19):
and most generous of you to give up your window seat on the HV sector, not something I'd be keen to do.

I know... I'm a friendly guy   But only in nighttime and with poor legroom like on HV. Then I actually feel better on the aisle.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 19):
Of note was your BA breakfast on the leg from AMS, I though these had gone now,

On all my BA flights between London airports and AMS, so far I always got a sandwich of some kind. Maybe this route is excluded? Since AMS is quite a market for BA actually, they can't be less then competition I think.

Regards,
Eric



"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6714 posts, RR: 78
Reply 21, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 10308 times:

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 20):
Are they scheduled on domestic Germany routes also?

No, the current timetable only shows international flights. However, the birds are frequently used for PMI flights. You may find good DE deals to or from PMI - and the airport is served by many airlines, so you may find much better connecting options there than elsewhere.


PH

[Edited 2010-05-16 12:35:17]


Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlinegpbcroppers63 From Ireland, joined Jan 2008, 519 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 10135 times:

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 20):
Hehe,...did Philip tell you? Better luck for him especially. In the end he wanted to come with me to AMS instead of flying home to DUB

Hehe! I actually meant Philip's company but it's pretty funny that he wanted to trade places with you in the end  



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User currently offlinelukeyboy95 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2008, 1091 posts, RR: 31
Reply 23, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 10067 times:

Hi Eric.

Nice to see this from two, albeit very similar, perspectives. I think everytime I open a BA TR, I am holding my breath. Because really, it is only their reputation and ability to deliver a solid service that will see them through this palaver with striking crews.

And I was glad to see your experiences where positive.

Also nice to hear your transfer wasn't too bad either. Oh, I like the fact the buses say the Flight Number and destination on the front. It makes it look like thats where they're heading.

Rgds

Luke



Breaking down the stereotypes - one by one
User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 31
Reply 24, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 9575 times:

Hi Eric,

Thanks for getting this report up so swiftly - was looking forward to it. It is always nice to meet with some virtual friends to put a face to a (nick)name - doing one tomorrow in Southern Germany!

I'm glad you ended up on the 757 and probably the last time on a BA one - it is a great bird. Also happy that everything worked out fine without any volcanic ash nastiness.

I'm never landed on BCN's 07's, looks a bit weird to me. Let's see what happens in a week, hoping for a 25 arrival as I love the city views.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Oh yes, the own-made sandwiches went nicely with the coffee.

There's something very Dutch about this whole concept of bringing your own sandwiches - although old school Dutch people would've brought the coffee in a thermos with them - only to have it confiscated at the security check  
Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
For our reporter from Finland…

Thanks, mate. Logged another four flights with them over the weekend - you should try it too.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
After quite a while OA260 showed up. We had a quick talk and decided to go to the BA First Galleries in T3. There we spend a few hours, enjoying some drinks. Also, when we arrived, we were just in time to order a breakfast menu (until noon), and also later, we got a 3-course ‘dinner’ in the dining room. The pictures will show the lounge to you:

Whoa! I never expected BA to have such a great lounge also in T3 in addition to their T5 Galleries - which are some of the best lounges around. With only ten destinations served from T3 you'd sort of think they'd just put out a regular business lounge or maybe even contracted with CX or somebody else, but no, not BA. Very impressed. Then again the SYD flight departs from T3 and is a bit of a flagship route so that might explain it partly.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
We checked the walking time to gate 24A, apparently a bus-gate, and the staff told us 10 minutes.

All the narrowbody BA flights at T3 apparently use this gate area exclusively. All my HEL flights from T3 have boarded from there. It is quite nice and new and not that far from the departure lounge, so not bad. I wonder where the SIN/BKK/SYD 747 flights board, though - somehow I don't think they'd bus people to them - unlike LH at FRA  
Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
A/C: Boeing 757-200 Reg No.: G-CPES

Thought that registration sounded familiar - and it sure did! In my log as well, did HEL-LHR on it back in September 2008 when all the destinations served from T1 were on 757s - those were nice times, every day we would get two BA 757s in HEL...

Take care.


25 ChrisCruise : Hi Airbuseric, Nice trip report as always. I enjoyed reading it! It has been so long ago that I've been on a B757. Last time was back in 2001 from Ams
26 Post contains images airbuseric : Hi guys, thanks for the further comments! Due to make some bookings during this weekend; I'll have to check the reservation system at work to find exa
27 Post contains links ChrisCruise : I do not remember which frames I have been on as in those days I already liked flying a lot but was not taking notice of the registrations. Indeed it
28 Post contains images rogerbcn : Hola Eric! Thanks for this interesting trip of the European skies. Last time I flew to AMS I took the same route, BCN-LGW-AMS... It is always to fly t
29 Post contains images airbuseric : Hi Roger! Thank you for reading and commenting on my report. But luckily I didn't visit for a beach holiday on the Costas, and got out of BCN in a few
30 seemyseems : Awesome TR! The Galleries Lounge looks really nice too! Thanks!
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