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JFK-ACK-JFK-LHR And BA 777-300! (pics!)  
User currently offlineezy0134 From UK - England, joined Nov 2010, 13 posts, RR: 0
Posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks ago) and read 22570 times:

Introduction:

Hello dear readers and welcome to my first TR on A.net. like many others after reading many reports for about 5 years I have finally now decided it was about time to add my adventures to this wonderful website, please give me some constructive criticism if you feel I need it, as Im not very good at these things!
So lets get started with the important stuff!

This trip originally started when I had just had my 19th birthday, and my mum asked me what I would like to do for it. So instead of being a normal teenager and asking for money or clothes etc… I researched flights to NY on BA and found a very cheap offer of around $300 PP. also I have 200 shares with BA and if you didn’t already know, 200 shares gets you a 10% discount as well, also mum wanted to go with my sister to take advantage of the shopping opportunities (as women like to do!).
We also came to the conclusion that we would add Nantucket Island to the itinerary for 5 days just to have a bit of a beach holiday (we were in need of sunshine as our last long-haul trip was in 2008 to asia).


LHR-JFK
BA
ETD: 10:40am
ETA: 11:20pm
AC: 747-400
Class: WT
(sorry I did not get the registration as I am not much of a registration guy, if ya know what I mean!)


Unfortunately on this part of the trip I didn’t get any pics, as I was not originally going to do a TR and my camera was in the hold, so very sorry in advance!   
The flight out was like any other Atlantic crossing: Quick, simple and painless.
Although a few things to note: BA did not offer any amenities on the flight except simple headphones and blankets. I guessed it was due to cost cutting measures (or that times have changed, the last time we went to NY was in 2003). But the flight felt quick anyway, and it was a daytime flight, so I guess eyeshades and toothpaste was not needed. I spent the majority of my time watching movies on the IFE and my laptop, son enough we were making our final approach into JFK and landed on time at T7 without any hassle.

We spent 3 days in new york and only on the last day did it stop raining! (talk about bad luck!  &nbsp  here are a few pics from the top of the Rockefeller centre:

looking at central park




And so soon it was time to head back to JFK T5 to catch a JetBlue flight to ACK.

If anyone doesn’t know, JetBlue have taken over T5. I apologise once again for so few pics of the terminal and departure hall, as I was still not planning on doing a report.

JFK-ACK
JetBlue
ETD: 12:50pm
ETA: 1:35pm
AC: E190

I had read in previous posts that jetblue had Personal IFE for each seat, and was looking forward to that very much, as it would make the flight go much faster.
We boarded the plane on time and found our seats 9A,B and C. the aircraft was in a 2-2 configuration which was strange as when I booked online it showed the aircraft in a 3-3 config   . Oh well, mum would have to sit across the asle. Legroom was also better than BA, it felt like 32-33 compared to BA’s 31 inches. As I am 6”1ft this is very important!



At the gate:


It was a quick taxi to runway 13R And soon after about 5 aircraft we launched into the sky turning slightly north towards ACK. Cruise altitude was 19000ft.

take off


The flight time was a quick 40 mins with smooth air and no clouds. I passed the time watching comedy central on the IFE (I wish U2 installed this feature! As I fly with them a lot). We followed the coast north and then turned right to head out towards Martha’s Vineyard and on to Nantucket.

Service on board consisted of a free bottle of water or coke etc and either a bag of cookies or purple chips. I took the latter and they were very dry and average tasting, but I soon washed them down with some coke which seemed to fill the hole in my stomach for a while.

Once we overflew Martha’s Vineyard, the captain descended towards ACK, we flew parallel to the island at about 2000ft and then made a sharp left turn to intercept ……

just before our left turn:



Approach was quite bumpy as we were going with the wind and then when we made our left turn to line up the wind seemed to push the plane down, quite sharply, this caught the stewardess off guard, I saw her fly up about 20cm as she passed us, to sit down, this made me smile    as she had not been very kind handing out the drinks, literally throwing the coke at me and squashing some of the cookies in the bag before handing them to me. (of course she did not do this on purpose, but when I opened the bag I found about ¾ of them looking like they had just come out of a magi mix or something!  &nbsp 

Anyway, we landed without a hitch, the pilot exercised his use of the brakes as the runway is quite short. we screeched off the runway and made our way to the small almost boutique looking terminal and de-planed via these sort of step free air stairs (or should I say air ramp ?) and made our way to baggage reclaim:

Air ramp thing and our craft



Outside of the terminal and Nantucket airlines…. Ready to take passengers to Martha’s Vineyard I think.


Baggage reclaim was rather simple, as is in most small airports (sorry for dark pic)


Here are a few pics of Nantucket it was sunny all week:

Patriotic flags everywhere

nice beaches


I highly recommend Nantucket to anyone seeking a quiet getaway, many people back home have described it as the American version of cornwall, and I can see why. With white sandy beaches, boutique little shops and cute little streets. But after a few days and being a guy, the tanning on the beaches got a bit repetitive for me, so I set off one day in pursuit of the airport on a bike! Hoping to catch ACK in action.
Eventially I found It and did a little spotting:

There were many private jets:


and a few props:


Soon though it was time to depart and we made our way to the airport an hour before departure, dropped our rented car back, and procedded to check-in, which was effortless, as there was no one else in the check-in area.

ACK-JFK
Jetblue
AC: E190
ETD: 2:10pm
ETA: 3:10pm

Boarding was painless as well, even though it was a full flight. We made our way to seats 9 B, C and D and again mum was across the aisle from us. Take off was nothing spectacular and we were soon at cruising altitude of 18000ft. Once again cookies and blue chips were offered and this time I went for the blue chips which were completely tasteless  , oh well it was only a short flight I thought to myself as I switched on the IFE and turned to MTV.

Take off with overview of Nantucket


Landing was on runway 4L we parked up at T5 and made our way over to T7 for our BA flight which was departing at 22:45.


Now some people would be wondering why we would not take an earlier flight home, well when I booked the flights I researched and found out that BA had now deployed the 773 to New York so missing this opportunity was out of the question! And I’m sure most of you would have done the same thing, even if it did mean being stuck in an airport for 7 hours. Of course Mum and my sister could not understand this and immediately started shouting and demanding that we get put on an earlier flight. But we came to a conclusion that we would check our bags in early and then they would leave me to wonder round departures for several hours and that they would head back into the city to do some late shopping, Great success!!   

So once we checked our bags in at the already heaving BA counters I proceeded through to security which was painless and on to departures where I then looked for somewhere to charge my laptop and grab a bite to eat.

The rather cramped T7 with low ceilings


Eventually after searching for about an hour I found the perfect spot, with laptop charging ports and a great view of the action, I was in Heaven   

Qantas A333 off to LAX I think ?




guess who's hiding around the corner ???


off to Madrid


Quite interesting a now rare MD11


personaly i am not much of a fan for the alitalia livery


look who's come to town...


early evening dep to LHR


glad i found this cute little guy! i must go on you one day!


Iceland 757 with sexy winglets


departures this evening:


it was now getting towards departure time, so i headed towards the gate, ever eager to spot my bird for this evening, but the gate was in an aqward position with no views!

gate area

This was the best shot I could get of our bird as it was tucked away



JFK-LHR
BA 777-300ER
ETD: 22:45
ETA: 10:10AM
WT
Load in Y 80%
Boarding was called at 22:20. By this time I was literally drooling at the mouth with excitement!    I tried to get ahead in the line to snap some pics of the empty cabin, but to my dismay they were boarding by row number and we were in the front economy section in 32 G,H,I but I managed to wiggle my way on board, turning right at the door.
I will let the pics do most of the talking here:

our seats:



IFE and the infamous legrooom shot:

Power socket for anyone who is interested, there are two sockets underneath your legs


remote and USB port


Boarding was completed very quickly and by 22:40 we were being pushed back. We then joined a line of about 5 other aircraft for the late night rush hour.

Take off was uneventful but we made a sharp right turn about 500ft off the ground which was quite thrilling in such a big aircraft.

Soon the seatbelt sign was extinguished ant the IFE commenced. I sprang to life and fiddled with the Brand new screen and remote, I must say the entertainment system was simple enough with about 30 movies and around 50 tv shows (still nothing compared to ICE or Krisworld). But it was adequate for this short journey of 6 hours.

Dinner soon followed with either chicken or pasta, I opted for the pasta. (sorry about no pic) but I took one bite and immediately put the little foil top back on, bleughhh!!! It tasted horrible   . Oh well at least I had a sandwich in the terminal!
After dinner had finished the lights were dimmed so everyone could get some shuteye. I am not a sleeper on planes unless I’m sitting up front with the lie flat seats (which isn’t very often!) so I set about watching a few movies and listening to my ipod whilst looking at the map.

Cabin with everyone settled in for the night


But soon the captain came on the PA and announced that everyone strap themselves in because we were expected to come across some high winds and as soon as he had finished the plane suddenly lurched to the side and dropped suddenly, the coffee on my table nearly slid onto my mums lap but I caught in just in time phewww! The turbulence continued for a good 2 hours more. Now I am not the greatest fan of being bumped around so I tried to keep occupied by watching some movies which seemed to take my mind off things a little.

But after the 2 hours of nightmare for me were over I relaxed back into the flight and tried to enjoy the rest of the trip. I leaned across to the window (as my sister likes to sleep on the wall, which works out for me because I like the aisle on long lfights) and nudged the shade open, this was the best shot I could get light was already upon us after 3 hours of flight time


A few things to note: the plane definitely felt much drier on the way back than on the way there, is it something to do with the type of aircraft???

Also the seat was just as comfortable if not better that the old WT seat (I did not feel my ass get numb after a few hours unlike the old seat) but I definitely did miss the old style pull down headrest. If they had the old headrest with the new seat then BA would definitely have a winning product I think!

The screen and map

back of the remote, with ful qwerty keyboard


Breakfast was served about one and a half hours before landing, as I was starving I was expecting the traditional English breakfast, but was really let down when the flight attendant hurriedly thrust a little muffin into my face. Is that it I said, half expecting another cart to come down the aisle with the main course, but alas there was none   Oh well…

At top of descent, we only had a 10 min wait till we were cleared to approach into the usual low cloud and drizzle:


Sister getting as much zzz as possible (she was not too happy when I woke her p and asked if I could sit at the window for landing.)



docked at a grey and rainy T5c


some last few cabin shots:


WT+


It was great to experience the new BA product and I hope you all enjoyed reading. As I said please inform me on what else you think needs improving (if anything)

My next trip will be at the end of September to Antigua on BA as well, so I hope to follow that up soon

(ps: sorry for the amount of fisheye pics, as this was the only wide angle lense i have, also sorry for the lack of meal and other pics, please keep in mind that i was not planning to write a TR, thanks)

Thanks for reading!

EZY0134

[Edited 2011-08-26 14:57:07]

20 replies: All unread, jump to last
 
User currently offlinevaus77w From Australia, joined Aug 2011, 143 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (2 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 22142 times:

Excellent read! Nice pics too!

Just wondering, do the BA 77W's have mood lighting? From your photos, it looked to be just standard lighting but maybe as its daylight?


User currently offlineezy0134 From UK - England, joined Nov 2010, 13 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (2 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 22013 times:

unfortunatley no they did not, but i suppose it was due to the fact that they dont want to spend too much money on temporary aircraft untill they recive the 787.

Im glad you enjoyed!
much apreciated!!
ezy0134


User currently offlineindustrybuff From United Arab Emirates, joined Dec 2003, 347 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (2 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 21555 times:

ezy0134 your trip was great... and your timing couldnt be better... Im trying to ride on BA's 77W next month... can you remember your return flight number from JFK to LHR ? or even the flight number that brought the 77W over to JFK ?

many thanks for great trip report !

industrybuff


User currently offlineUSAirALB From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 3030 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (2 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 21232 times:

Great TR!

Nice to finally get to see some cabin shots of the 773. I may be at a minority, but I found the old seats more pleasing to the eye and they were so much more colorful, and I especially liked that each seat had a different design. The new seats just seems boring looking.



E135/E140/E145/E70/E75/E90/CR2/CR7/717/732/733/734/735/73G/738/752/753/762/772/319/320/321/333
User currently offlineqf002 From Australia, joined Jul 2011, 2946 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (2 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 21218 times:

Fantastic report!! The photos of the cabin are excellent (that WT+ cabin looks massive though!), I can't wait to try this product out (hopefully next year HKG-LHR!!).

Quoting vaus77w (Reply 1):
can you remember your return flight number from JFK to LHR

I think that the rotation is BA179/BA183 (you'd want to confirm this though!)


User currently offlineTravelsUK From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2007, 134 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (2 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 21085 times:

Hi!

Enjoyed reading and good to finally see the 'new' BA product.

Shame there is so much fisheye!

Cheers!


User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6708 posts, RR: 78
Reply 7, posted (2 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 20808 times:

Hi ezy0134,

nice first report with many good pictures. The interior on the BA 77W looks nice, wouldn't mind to try it one day.

Quoting ezy0134 (Thread starter):
We boarded the plane on time and found our seats 9A,B and C. the aircraft was in a 2-2 configuration which was strange as when I booked online it showed the aircraft in a 3-3 config

Aircraft change from A320 to E190.

Quoting ezy0134 (Thread starter):
purple chips

Those are B6's famous "Blue Chips".

Quoting ezy0134 (Thread starter):
Qantas A333 off to LAX I think ?

That's an A332, the A333 wouldn't be able to cross the Pacific.


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlinezrs70 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 3099 posts, RR: 9
Reply 8, posted (2 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 20718 times:

Nice report!

I remember when New York Air flew DC-9's into ACK. Loved seeing the red tails there!



14 year airliners.net vet! 2000-2013
User currently offlinerobso2 From Switzerland, joined Jun 2010, 218 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (2 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 20608 times:

Nice report, thanks for sharing!

Quoting ezy0134 (Thread starter):
The rather cramped T7 with low ceilings

Yes, T7 isn't great - barely any food outlets past security either which is annoying.

Quoting ezy0134 (Thread starter):
personaly i am not much of a fan for the alitalia livery

Me neither!

Thanks for giving us a good insight into the Y cabin of the 77W - certainly the IFE looks a lot better than in the old WT cabin and the seats look more elegant too.
Cheers
R



733/4/5/6/7/8/9, 319/20/21, 752, 744, 772, 332/3, 343/6, E70/90, AT43, AR85/1, D38, D10, M82
User currently offlineezy0134 From UK - England, joined Nov 2010, 13 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (2 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 20403 times:

Quoting qf002 (Reply 5):

I think that the rotation is BA179/BA183 (you'd want to confirm this though!)

the return was BA182


User currently offlinesignol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 2992 posts, RR: 8
Reply 11, posted (2 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 20327 times:

Good first report, thanks! I too went to New York on BA this year, here:
http://signol.blogspot.com/2011/04/b...-with-our-son-nearing-2-years.html

Antigua will be nice, I'd like to go there myself soon as a friend is working there for 2 years... Looking forward to that TR!

signol



Flights booked: none :(
User currently offlinelychemsa From United States of America, joined Oct 2009, 1146 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (2 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 20154 times:

I find the 31" legroom too tight on BA.

However I had a great chicken curry. Better food than AA.

How much did you pay on JetBlue to Nantucket? Is the ocean water cold? I have never been and would like to go one day. Thanks. Looking forward to your report on Antigua.


User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3185 posts, RR: 12
Reply 13, posted (2 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 20093 times:

I'm booked on the B773 on LHR-HKG-LHR next year, so this was a nice little appetiser! Thanks!


http://my.flightmemory.com/shefgab Upcoming flights: LHR-GVA-LHR-TXL-LHR-VE-PRN,SPU-OSL-LHR, LGW-DXB-BKK-DXB-LHR
User currently offlineindustrybuff From United Arab Emirates, joined Dec 2003, 347 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (2 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 19982 times:

Guys how do you know that your "booked on a 773 "... all the availability that I have been able to find in RES shows the A/C Type to be 777... no flights on BA are coded as 77W ... so how do you know its a 77W ? Im most keen to identify !

Thanks
Industrybuff


User currently offlineBCal DC10 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 722 posts, RR: 4
Reply 15, posted (2 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 19776 times:

Quoting ezy0134 (Thread starter):
Unfortunately on this part of the trip I didn’t get any pics, as I was not originally going to do a TR and my camera was in the hold, so very sorry in advance!

Bit of advice - do not do this. If your bag goes wondering, I almost guarantee this will not be covered by the airline or insurance. Always try and carry it on your person. Learnt through bitter experience last year.

Sweet TR though, thanks for sharing - love hearing about the BA 773...


User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 16, posted (2 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 18600 times:

Hi

Nice first trip report, it was an enjoyable read. Like the fisheye pics in you're report.
It seems like you got an aircraft downgrade on your JFK-ACK from an 320 to a E190. Hope you had good crews, my crews on 2 B6 flights (CLT-JFK and FLL-JFK) where between mediocre and rude.
I Like the ACK airport as well, looks quite cosy  
Glad you got to experience the 77W as well. It does make BA look a bit younger  


Greetings
Marc



Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
User currently offlinebuck3y3nut From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 877 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (2 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 17677 times:

Great report. The Y of BA looks updated. The screens look quite large  
Thanks for sharing this report...
Cheers


User currently offlinesafetyDemo From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 310 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (2 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 17282 times:

Just FYI: JetBlue's standard pitch is 34" - much more generous than most airlines, especially in Coach. Also, they didn't just take over T5 - they built it  

-safetyDemo



Please direct your attention to the flight attendants in the cabin...
User currently offlineAirJamaica From Jamaica, joined Aug 2006, 2510 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (2 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 17220 times:

Quoting ezy0134 (Thread starter):
Hello dear readers and welcome to my first TR on A.net.

Great TR.

Quoting ezy0134 (Thread starter):
personaly i am not much of a fan for the alitalia livery
Quoting robso2 (Reply 9):
Me neither!

That makes three of us ! One of the most unattractive airline liveries around IMO. Dying for them to change that '' livery ''.

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 16):
Hope you had good crews, my crews on 2 B6 flights (CLT-JFK and FLL-JFK) where between mediocre and rude.

Flew B6 for the first time last March MBJ-MCO and back. All crews were very professional and impressive in the execution of their duties. Seem you just happen to get a bad set of them for your flights.



greenheart
User currently offlinemalioil From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2010, 121 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (2 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 15558 times:

Thank you for that great trip report, glad you enjoyed your flight to LHR and ACK   Also, happy birthday !

The difference between the old Y product and the new one is night and day. In February I flew BAH-LHR-IAD-LHR-BAH in World Traveler- the outbound flights were all something of an endurance test (slight exaggeration :P) but nonetheless, there was the old 8mm video loop system IFE and the aircraft just really felt tired. Inbound we had the newly refurbished aircraft (a 763 transatlantic and a 772 back home)- it was a lot more comfortable and the IFE did make for a more enjoyable flight.

Regards !  



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