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BA Mexico City – London B744. World Traveller +  
User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3360 posts, RR: 12
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British Airways Mexico City – London B747-400. World Traveller Plus

Hi!

Welcome to the final part of my recent trip to Paris, the USA and Mexico. This final instalment covers my time in Mexico City, and my return flight home on British Airways B747-400 in World Traveller Plus (premium economy). For many years I’ve been wanting a trip on the BA 747, having flown quite a few times on their B767 and B777. This would be that trip!

Previous instalments:
Part 1 covers my easyJet flight from Luton to Paris, then my BA flights from Paris to San Diego via LHR in World Traveller Plus
Part 2 covers a sightseeing tour of San Diego Airport, as well as my American Airlines flights from San Diego, to LA to Dallas, and then finally to San Jose Cabo, at the bottom of the Baja California peninsula
Part 3, USA and Mexico, flying Aereo Calafia Cessna 208B from La Paz to Mazatland, and then Viva Aerobus B733 from Oaxaca to Mexico City

A map of my whole itinerary:
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This reports’ flights:
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After a long, slow journey to my hotel in Mexico City, I spent a hour days exploring. I was slightly worried about safety in the city, especially in taking taxis, but in the end, I found the city very safe.

My excellent value hotel room (Hotel San Diego), GBP20/night.
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My luggage tag from my previous Viva Aerobus flight
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Walking around to find the Frida Khalo Musuem
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The metro, cheap but very busy
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Around the Alameda
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A day trip to Teotihuacan, home of the World’s third largest pyramid
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Some of the amazing suburbs of Mexico City. Not a great picture, but you can see the roads and houses literally carpeting hills, miles from the centre.
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Around the Zocalo, Central Square
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Ruins of the old ancient Mexico City, founded where the Aztecs (?) saw an eagle eating a snake on a cactus. It was really busy as it was a Sunday, where most sights are free.
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Some art at the Art Museum
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Great name!
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The Torre Latinoamericana, one of the tallest buildings in Latin America. If you are ever in MEX, definitely head up for the views. It only costs GBP3, and is open all day until around 2200.
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Approaching MEX
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The Alameda
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Amazing mural at the Museo Mural Diego Rivera.
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More remnants of Mexicana
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I was delighted to be able to catch a ride in one of the retro VW Beetle taxis
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Amazing old Post Office building
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After the excitement of Mexico City, it was time to head back to London. I booked a cab through the hotel, and after a long wait in the traffic, I was dropped out outside Terminal 1.
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Once I had located the correct check in hall, I was confronted with a very long queue, despite having arrived over three hours before the flight. There were check in desks for First and Club World, but they were safely behind a maze of barrier tape. Noting being able to see an entrance, I climbed over the tape (not very good for Premium pax). I joined the Club queue, and before long a lady wondered over and said “Primera Classe?”. I said “si”. She looked at me like I was an idiot, and repeated “Primera Classe?”, and so I replied “no, I’m in World Traveller Plus, but have a silver card”. I don’t think she spoke English, so she just wondered off leaving me standing there. What a pleasant welcome! Thankfully, the guy at the check in desk was a lot more professional, very quickly tagging my bags (no high-vis priority tags, but I was given a blue Club World tag – perhaps that’s just what they use here in MEX), and my boarding card. He wrote ‘IB lounge’ on it, explaining where to find it (a map would have been a lot more useful, MEX is a maze). I asked about the AA lounge (which is the only lounge mentioned on BA.com), and was told that the IB lounge was better. Fair enough.
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Cordoned off Mexican area
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Before going through security, I stumbled across a tax-refund office. Having just been shopping that morning, I thought I’d see if I was eligible. Never doing much shopping on holiday before, I was unsure how it all worked. Thankfully, I had my credit card receipts to hand, and after giving him my passport details, I was given a receipt and told my refund would be back on my card soon. Excellent! (although they charged a 35%(!!!) service fee).

There was not much of a queue at security. Once again, they had one of the strange “press the button” machines, although this one wasn’t to decide if you got your bags opened (this wasn’t customs, but hand luggage security), but it just told you which line to use. Hmmm. One x-ray had 2 people waiting, the other was completely empty. And guess which x-ray the machine said I had to use? Completely ridiculous. Surely the empty line would give a more thorough screening that one where there were other people around? Not impressed.

Initial impressions of the departures area were very good.
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However, I soon realised that this was a makeover covering a very small area, as within a minute, I was wondering down corridors looking like this:
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The walk to the ‘Salones VIP’ was a long and circuitous one. Most of MEX looks awful.
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My first stop was the Iberia lounge (I really liked the IB lounges in MAD, so was hoping for something similar here)
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Well, the staff were very nice, and the lounge itself was fine EXCEPT there ere no windows which made I seem a bit depressing. Also, there was so self-service bar, nearly everything was waiter service. Not a fan! On the plus side, the bar tender did make a very nice G&T!
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There was a small selection of sandwiches and canned soft drinks
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RONDA was just about the only reading material in the lounge


Location
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With a lack of reading material, and no windows, I decided to head upstairs to see what the AA Admirals Club was like.
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I was expecting an even worse lounge, but found that the AA lounge was marginally better, mostly helped by the provision on a WINDOW! Unfortunately, views for just about everywhere in MEX are very limited. There are big white bars covering most windows. From the AA lounge, there was a bit of a view, but still, couldn’t much much. There was also a window just outside the lounge, so if anyone doesn’t have lounge access in T1, there is at least one place you can see out from!
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The food selection was marginally better in the AA lounge
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The lounge was also quite a bit emptier than the IB one. I asked the bartender for a G&T and was given of a choice of Tanqueray, Gordons or Bombay Sapphire….impressive, better than their ‘London Silk Gin’ in the LHR lounge. And it was free, so tokens or money needed (although there was a LARGE tip jar on the counter, stuffed with $5 and $10 notes).

I was hoping to see the arrival of my B744 from the window, so tracked it on my phone


Luckily enough, I saw it, although my photos are awful
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Does anyone want to follow the AA MEX lounge on Twitter? Thought not
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The business centre
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There were also some internal windows looking onto an airside foodcourt, and some check in desks.
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I got rather bored of the lounge after a while, so headed down to the gate an hour before departure. MEX has some really old FIDS monitors. It really annoys me when irrelevant flights are shown (like T2 flights on a T1 monitor) – with there only being one monitor, it took a while for relevant flights to show up.
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After a rather long walk, I ended up in a well lit departure lounge, where it looked like boarding was already well underway.
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There was an enormous queue for economy, but none in the premium line. There was a secondary bag check, who decided that economy pax were more of a danger than business or first ones. I stopped for a second to look out the window (to try and spot the reg) before going down the airbridge (I wasn’t even going to take a photo!), but was told in no uncertain terms to not look outside, and to board the plane. Not sure why they’re so paranoid about. Surely I can do more damage inside the plane they’re telling me to board than by just standing and looking at it. Dear me!
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September 2011
Mexico City (MEX) – London Heathrow (LHR)
British Airways BA 242
Scheduled: 2135-1400 (10h25m)
Actual: 2206-1345 (9h39m)
Boeing 747-400 G-BNLX
Premium Economy (World Traveller Plus)



I was ‘greeted’ at the door in Spanish (by Mexican cabin crew), and directed across the galley to the other aisle. Being on a British airline, I’d have preferred to be welcomed in English, but there we go.

The WTP cabin on some BA B744 is strangely located between First and Club World (between doors 1 and 2, with Club going between 2 and 3 and upstairs), so it was great being able to turn left upon boarding. This also meant a nice quite flight in front of the engines, and no wing impinging on photo ops. The cabin was already fairly full, but I hadn’t yet got a seat mate.


Lots of space down the side of the seat….looks like it could do with a through cleaning though. Look at that giant ball of dust/fluff!
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Views outside – noting much to see
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The WTP cabin
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Unlike on the flight over, there was a little WTP guide in the seat pocket
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The B744 looked a bit odd in the safety card, kinda squashed
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The rope to stop WTP pax wondering into the First Class cabin
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The cabin gradually filled up to around 75%. A girl around my age ended up sitting next to me. She asked if I could put her bag in the overhead. I reluctantly agreed, saying “the first rule of travelling is you should be able to lift your own bag!”. What a d!@k, although that is my mantra! Felt rather bad saying that afterwards, especially as later in the flight I saw that she needed to stand on the seat, and even then could barely open the locker! She did apologise for asking me to help – I felt really bad after that! Maybe to condone my initial remark, once the ‘boarding complete’ announcement was made, I pointed out a pair of empty seats the other side of the aisle. I hinted big time that we’d both be more comfortable with 2 seats to ourselves, but she said “it’s ok, I’m happy here”. Grrrrr!!!! A few seconds later, someone else moved there.

Pushback. There was a very quiet welcome announcement from the captain, followed by the Cabin Services Director, and then finally the head of the local Mexican cabin crew (4 staff).
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After a long slow bumpy taxi towards the runway, we took off. The views of the city at night were brilliant, although I didn’t manage to get many good photos.
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Just ten minutes after departure, a trolley was wheeled out of the galley, up the other aisle. I kept waiting for a trolley this side, but it never came. When the same guy that did the other aisle eventually arrived, he explained that with this configuration, there is always only one cabin crew. I thought it seemed like a lot of work, but he said he liked it.
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Annoying wellbeing video you have to sit though
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I thought I’d enjoy some more sparkling wine


Heading towards the Gulf of Mexico
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About twenty minutes later, the trolley was wheeled out again with dinner. Choices were initially “chicken or beef”, but after asking for clarification, I was told it was “beef with potatoes, or chicken and rice”. I went with the beef, which was really good. I wasn’t such a fan of the salad, but the dessert was good (even if I couldn’t get it into focus!).
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Once the meal trays were cleared, the crew came around with duty free – I bought a litre of Gin for GBP 11 – not bad, and a pound cheaper than FR. The lady sitting next to me seemed friendly enough, and we ended up chatting for quite a while. She was moving to Madrid. I asked her why she was flying BA, and she said she was told it was better than IB – very true! She said her friend was flying economy, and she was going to ask to sit next to him, but was told at checkin that her booked seat was better – she didn’t actually know that she was in premium Y!

I watched Super 8 during the film, which was quite good. I stopped it about half an hour after dinner, and had a look out the window (straight after takeoff, we were all asked to shut the window blinds) – what excellent timing, as we were just flying past New Orleans. Looked great by night.
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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3360 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 21085 times:

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Another benefit of this funny configuration is that WTP uses the business class toilet, although it wasn’t that much better.
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A few more photos of the moving map
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By this time, I’d had three bottles of wine, and was feeling pretty sleepy. I put the seat back, and managed five hours of sleep, a new record for me. The WTP seat is pretty comfortable.

I woke up 90 minutes before departure, expecting breakfast to be served soon.
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Unfortunately, it was served half an hour after waking up, so I had a bit of waiting to do. Luckily, it was fairly nice, so worth the wait. Something hot would have been good though. There was a tasty ham and cheese croissant in the wrapping.
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The cabin after breakfast
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Map
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Arrivals video. My new friend was asking me about transferring at LHR. The cabin crew said she’d probably need to fill in an arrivals form. What? Nonsense, especially when you don’t have a visa. I explained with transfer procedure. She was transferring to an IB flight from T3.
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With just forty minutes left to run, I thought I’d be the first one to properly open the window shades. What a sight, totally worth the angry stares!
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What a view
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Of course, we had to do a few loops
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Nice view of the Isle of Dogs
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Buckingham Palace
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Touchdown, fifteen minutes early
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As 99% of BA longhual flights don’t use the most convenient T5A, I was hoping that we would get a gate at the new T5C, as I’d yet to use it. Turns out we did get a gate there, but not one with an airbridge, meaning disembarkation by stairs. This was my second B744 flight this year (the other was HKG-HND) and both ended up being park at remote positions. Wonderful.
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Junk down the side of the seat
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Everyone getting their stuff together. I said goodbye to my new friend. We’re actually Facebook friends now – my first one from a plane! She didn’t seem at all perturbed by my photos, and actually asked if I wanted her to take a photo of me!
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Another benefit of the WTP location, we got to disembark before Club World did!
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Our bus journey took us the length of terminal 5, and dropped up just by immigration. Far easier than taking the shuttle train. There wasn’t much of a queue at immigration, so I was through in seconds.
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Baggage Claim
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Arrivals
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And there you have it! Mexico City was really interesting – my first major Latin American City. Next week I’m off to Bogota, so more Latin madness to come.

BA were pretty good. Catering was very nice, and the seats were pretty comfortable. Staff were great, with requests for extra drinks being met very quickly. I was quite surprised though that there were no hot towels offered on the way home, especially given that on the day flight out to SAN, there was a towel service before lunch, and before arrival. I hope you enjoyed reading.

All comments and questions welcome!

Some of my other TRs:

Part 3, USA and Mexico: Around Mexico with Aereo Calafia Cessna 208B & Viva Aerobus B733
Part 2, USA and Mexico: Sightseeing tour of San Diego Airport, and American Airlines San Diego - LA – Dallas - San Jose Cabo
Part 1, USA and Mexico: easyJet Luton to Paris, and BA Paris to San Diego via LHR in World Traveller Plus
British Airways to Scandinavia (LHR-CPH,GOT-LHR)
Where’s my bag? British Airways, Milan to London
What airline am I flying again? Bmi/Lufthansa Italia LHR-MXP
Albania and Macedonia: Austrian LHR-VIE-TIA, Macedonian Airlines SKP-ZRH, Swiss ZRH-LCY
Part 1, Lufthansa London-Munich-Frankfurt-Nanjing, Economy Class A321 and A343
Part 2, Cathay Pacific Shanghai to Tokyo via Hong Kong, Business Class A330 and B747-400
Part 3, ANA Boeing B767 Tokyo to Shanghai, & Air China Airbus A340 Shanghai to Beijing, Business Class
Part 4: Chinese domestics, inc. Joy Air Xi’an MA60, Tianjin Airlines ERJ, and China Express Airways CRJ
Part 5: Lufthansa Beijing-Frankfurt-London City, Economy Class A388 and E90
5 Countries, 5 Flights, 5 Days, with Ryanair (FR)
bmiFriday: Welcome to Sunny Norway, London to Bergen, A319)
Royal Jordanian, London to Aqaba via Amman. A330 and A320
Royal Jordanian, Amman to London, A330
London City to Antwerp with Cityjet and the Fokker 50
Croatian Airlines, LHR-ZAG,PUY-ZAD-ZAG-LHR, A319 and Dash 8
British Airways, Iberia & Binter to Tenerife and Gran Canaria, LHR-MAD-TFN-LPA-MAD-LHR, A320,ATR, A321
British Airways, London To Amsterdam, LGW-AMS-LHR, B737 & A321
British Airways up to a snowy Glasgow, with a change of flights and delay, LHR-GLA-LCY A321 and E90
Turkish Airlines Business Class from London to Istanbul. From Terrible To Fantastic
Turkish Airlines Business Class from Istanbul to Batumi (Georgia). Not again!
bmi Business Class, Tbilisi to London via Azerbaijan
Tallinn to London, with Estonian Air and BA, via ARN
Cuba! BA/IB London-Madrid-Havana, Business Class
Aerocarribean, Baracoa to Havana
Asia Trip, Pt 1: Qatar Airways Business Class (LHR-DOH-ICN)
Asia Trip, Pt 2: China Southern and Hainan Airlines (A321/A346)
Asia Trip, Pt 3: Malaysia Airlines, Hong Kong to Penang
Asia Trip, Pt 4: Qatar Airways Economy (HKG-DOH-LHR)
A weekend in Transylvania with Blue Air (LTN-SBZ)
Helsinki for the weekend on BA and KF
Easter in Ukraine with Austrian
UAE and Oman with BA and Air Arabia. Y & Y+
HKG-LHR-HKG Air New Zealand, Premium Economy and Economy
US Airways LGW-DCA-MSP-LGA-LGW
London Heathrow - Zurich - Venice on Swiss Business for the weekend
Chasing the Eclipse on China Eastern
Taiwan: EVA Air (HKG-TPE rtn), UNI Airways (TSA-HCN), Daily Air (TTT-KYD rtn)
UA HKG-SIN-HKG Y Class, SQ KUL-SIN C Class
Bangkok to Beijing, Egyptair Business Class
Air China Beijing to Harbin, B777 Economy outbound, A330 First Class return
Tiger Airways, Singapore to Darwin return
A selection of Chinese Domestics; China Eastern, Air China and Shenzhen Airlines
Hong Kong to London on Singapore Airlines (744/380/77W)
Qatar Airways Beijing-Doha-London Heathrow (A330/A340)
Air China First Class. Beijing-Guilin via Xi’an
Round Asia Trip. URC-HTN,OSS-FRU,ALA-URC-LHW-KMG-JHG-KMG-SYX,HAK-NKG-PEK-NRT-LHR, Hainan Airlines, China Eastern, China Southern, Lucky Air, ANA, Economy and Business Class.
SAS and Lufthansa Business Class, LHR-OSL-FRA-FRA, B73G and B744



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User currently offlinesignol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 3024 posts, RR: 8
Reply 2, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 20434 times:

Excellent reprot Gabriel, thanks!

Some good shots of Mexico city too - I've seem much of Latin America, but never Mexico, it looks one to visit for sure! And WTP looks good, can you get an upgrade on points from standard economy?

Thanks again!

signol



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User currently offlinePalmjet From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 1223 posts, RR: 17
Reply 3, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 20397 times:

Hi Gab

Great final instalment of your recent trip! Thanks for posting this - I really enjoyed the Mexico City pics as well, particularly that mural!

Nice to see BNLX again too - that was my chariot in July when I flew LHR-MIA!

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My first stop was the Iberia lounge (I really liked the IB lounges in MAD, so was hoping for something similar here)

I have been to the IB lounge in MAD twice in the past 12 months and the first time, I was very impressed too. Having said that, I found it remarkable that the lounge does not actually offer free wifi. Very poor considering it's IB's flagship lounge. I was in the lounge there a couple of weeks ago and it was late afternoon, and it wasn't very busy. However, the bathroom areas and toilets had not been cleaned for some time - they were a disgrace and there was water and toilet paper all over the floor in the gents. Cleaners had not been around for some time, or alternatively, perhaps on strike?

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I stopped for a second to look out the window (to try and spot the reg) before going down the airbridge (I wasn’t even going to take a photo!), but was told in no uncertain terms to not look outside, and to board the plane. Not sure why they’re so paranoid about. Surely I can do more damage inside the plane they’re telling me to board than by just standing and looking at it. Dear me!

Paranoia at its worst. Someone with way too much time on their hands and perhaps should be focusing on the real risks.

Quote:
Luckily, it was fairly nice, so worth the wait. Something hot would have been good though. There was a tasty ham and cheese croissant in the wrapping.

Wow, that's much more substantial than the breakfast we got in July on BA from JFK-LHR. Mind you, it was in Y - all we got was a tiny muffin and tea and coffee.

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With just forty minutes left to run, I thought I’d be the first one to properly open the window shades. What a sight, totally worth the angry stares!

Great going! I would have done the same thing. You have just as much right to look out of the window as others do if they want to sleep. If they don't want the light disturbing them -that's what eye shades are for. Having said that, it was after midday local time when you arrived at LHR so people should start getting into the timezone in any case.

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As 99% of BA longhual flights don’t use the most convenient T5A, I was hoping that we would get a gate at the new T5C, as I’d yet to use it. Turns out we did get a gate there, but not one with an airbridge, meaning disembarkation by stairs.

Nice! Great to see how big the 744 is from this perspective.

Thanks again and bon voyage to Colombia - looking forward to hearing all about it!

Cheers Palmjet



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User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 20355 times:

Hi Gabriel!

Great tripreport!

Mexico City looked nice, I hope I will get an oppurtunity to visit some time!
Love the pictures of the wing before descent. Stunning!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The WTP cabin

The same seat I had on my 767 on LHR-ARN, as you said, it is a comfortable seat.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
After a long slow bumpy taxi towards the runway, we took off. The views of the city at night were brilliant, although I didn’t manage to get many good photos.

The photos do show that the views look very cool.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
we were just flying past New Orleans. Looked great by night.

Nice! Reminds me of when i flew SFB-KEF with FI, and we passed NY during the night and great I got too see some great views. Manhattan with Central Park was clearly visible. Truly amazing.

Martin


User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3360 posts, RR: 12
Reply 5, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 20033 times:

Quoting Palmjet (Reply 3):
Great final instalment of your recent trip! Thanks for posting this - I really enjoyed the Mexico City pics as well, particularly that mural!

Thanks

Quoting Palmjet (Reply 3):
I have been to the IB lounge in MAD twice in the past 12 months and the first time, I was very impressed too. Having said that, I found it remarkable that the lounge does not actually offer free wifi. Very poor considering it's IB's flagship lounge. I was in the lounge there a couple of weeks ago and it was late afternoon, and it wasn't very busy. However, the bathroom areas and toilets had not been cleaned for some time - they were a disgrace and there was water and toilet paper all over the floor in the gents. Cleaners had not been around for some time, or alternatively, perhaps on strike?

Shame you found the lounge dirty. I never had that problem.

Quoting Palmjet (Reply 3):
Wow, that's much more substantial than the breakfast we got in July on BA from JFK-LHR. Mind you, it was in Y - all we got was a tiny muffin and tea and coffee.

Well, the flight is a few hours longer. A muffin is a bit stingy though

Quoting Palmjet (Reply 3):
Thanks again and bon voyage to Colombia - looking forward to hearing all about it!

Thanks, reports up sometime in November I guess.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 4):
Great tripreport!

Thanks

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 4):
Love the pictures of the wing before descent. Stunning!

Thanks

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 4):
Nice! Reminds me of when i flew SFB-KEF with FI, and we passed NY during the night and great I got too see some great views. Manhattan with Central Park was clearly visible. Truly amazing.

Yeah, I bet NY looks a lot cooler than New Orleans did.



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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3360 posts, RR: 12
Reply 6, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 20017 times:

Quoting signol (Reply 2):
Excellent reprot Gabriel, thanks!

Thanks

Quoting signol (Reply 2):

Some good shots of Mexico city too - I've seem much of Latin America, but never Mexico, it looks one to visit for sure!

Yeah, I really enjoyed Mexico. Such a big place though, takes a while to get around and see everything

Quoting signol (Reply 2):
And WTP looks good, can you get an upgrade on points from standard economy?

Um, yes, but only if you book certain fares with BA directly (not agents). It's called an MFU (miles for upgrade). Best value is to book WTP (all fares are eligble), then upgrade to Club World.



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User currently offlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17142 posts, RR: 10
Reply 7, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 19830 times:

Great final part.

Your pictures are fantastic.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
This was my second B744 flight this year (the other was HKG-HND) and both ended up being park at remote positions. Wonderful.

Gives great photo opportunities.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Another benefit of the WTP location, we got to disembark before Club World did!

And that is what I love with this configuration with WTP behind FIRST. I have never disembarked from a 747 as fast as I did the one time I flew Y+ in this configuration.


Thank you for sharing

B747forever



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User currently offlinePatagon From Chile, joined Aug 2011, 32 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 19633 times:

Nice trip report, I enjoyed to read this part of your journey.

User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3360 posts, RR: 12
Reply 9, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 19567 times:

Quoting B747forever (Reply 7):
Great final part.

Thanks

Quoting B747forever (Reply 7):
Gives great photo opportunities.

Yeah, nothing better than going up/down the stairs to a B747. Next step will be an A380!

Quoting Patagon (Reply 8):
Nice trip report, I enjoyed to read this part of your journey.

Glad you enjoyed it



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User currently offlineLGWflyer From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2011, 2348 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 19147 times:

A great TR, thanks for sharing!!!  


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User currently offlineTigerguy From United States of America, joined Aug 2010, 1001 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 19020 times:

Allow me to parrot the posters above--nice report you have here! Looks like MEX could definitely use that facelift that's going on.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
With just forty minutes left to run, I thought I’d be the first one to properly open the window shades. What a sight, totally worth the angry stares!

I agree; for me, the list of reasons that one's window shade should be closed is incredibly short.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I was slightly worried about safety in the city, especially in taking taxis, but in the end, I found the city very safe.

That's good to hear. With all the recent trouble in Mexico, it hasn't really moved up my to-do list. It seems that Mexico City at least has its act more together than the border towns.



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User currently offlinelychemsa From United States of America, joined Oct 2009, 1260 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 5 days ago) and read 18633 times:

BA Y food is good. However eats in regular Y are too tight with legroom.

User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3360 posts, RR: 12
Reply 13, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 18239 times:

Quoting LGWflyer (Reply 10):
A great TR, thanks for sharing!!!

Thanks for reading!

Quoting Tigerguy (Reply 11):
Looks like MEX could definitely use that facelift that's going on.

Yeah, it can't come fast enough

Quoting Tigerguy (Reply 11):
That's good to hear. With all the recent trouble in Mexico, it hasn't really moved up my to-do list. It seems that Mexico City at least has its act more together than the border towns.

We don't get much news of Mexico in the UK, other than some occasional stats on the crazy muder rates. I was very plesantly surprised with the situation around where I was

Quoting lychemsa (Reply 12):
BA Y food is good. However eats in regular Y are too tight with legroom.

Yeah, the food was pretty good with BA. It's been a while since I was in Y with BA longhual, so don't know about the seat confort. Got a flight booked with them to HKG though on the new B773, which hopefully have some ok seats in Y



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Reply 14, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 18066 times:

Wonderful trip report. Nothing beat the 747-400 across the oceans!   The grace of the sky.

WTP is a nice product to travel on too.
As an Asian carriers lover, I expect more of the breakfast on this MEX-LHR flight.

Many thanks for sharing all the wonderful pics.
Net-hkt



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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3360 posts, RR: 12
Reply 15, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 17671 times:

Quoting nethkt (Reply 14):
Wonderful trip report.

Thanks

Quoting nethkt (Reply 14):
As an Asian carriers lover, I expect more of the breakfast on this MEX-LHR flight.

I know. I've spent a lot of time on Asian airlines, and always expect more from onboard service. You need to adjust your expectations when flying in Europe/USA!



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User currently offlineSultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1788 posts, RR: 30
Reply 16, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 17227 times:

Hi Gabriel,

Interesting last episode of your latest series. Some things looked very familiar: Teotihuacan, the Zocalo, MEX (I even used the same gate as you did beck then, I was on a dreadful IB B743 flight to MAD). Mexico City itself was OK but I found MEX to be a hellhole, a really unpleasant airport with quite unfriendly staff unfortunately. From what I just readn things haven't changed that much... So do you really think it's worth the extra money for flying Y+ iso Y?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
A day trip to Teotihuacan, home of the World’s third largest pyramid

I told you the place was grand?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I don’t think she spoke English, so she just wondered off leaving me standing there. What a pleasant welcome!

What a miserable behaviour...

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Cordoned off Mexican area

Very sad, ain't it?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
although my photos are awful

The least you could say. Your other ones are much better though  

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
but was told in no uncertain terms to not look outside, and to board the plane.

Almost detained, were you?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I woke up 90 minutes before departure

That must be 'arrival', I guess?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Junk down the side of the seat

Yours or from another filthy traveller  

Sultanils



In thrust we trust.
User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6670 posts, RR: 55
Reply 17, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 17074 times:

Hi Gabriel !

Thanks for another gtreat report with great photos!

Mexico City looks very nice ! I may go there next weekend so interesting to get an idea of what things look like. Good to hear it's fairly safe.

Interesting to see they have a rope to seperate First Class from WTP! I never seen anything like that on any other carrier!

Foos looks great ! Nice with a larger breakfast although it was not warm.

Looking forward to your next report!

The777Man



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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3360 posts, RR: 12
Reply 18, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 16983 times:

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 16):
MEX (I even used the same gate as you did beck then, I was on a dreadful IB B743 flight to MAD).

Yeah, I wouldn't fancy a long flight in Y with IB

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 16):
Mexico City itself was OK but I found MEX to be a hellhole, a really unpleasant airport with quite unfriendly staff unfortunately.

Sorry you didn't like it

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 16):
So do you really think it's worth the extra money for flying Y+ iso Y?

Well, depends on lots of factors. The seats are much better than Y, so you do have a much better chance of sleeping. If you can find a decent priced upgrade, then I definately think it's worth it. I also think they've just started serving business class meals in Y+, so thats good. If you collect BA miles, then you get a lot more miles and many more tier points as well (75 vs 15 in Y), essential you you want BA silver/gold.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 16):
What a miserable behaviour...

Yeah, not really ok for a customer facing role

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 16):
The least you could say. Your other ones are much better though

Thanks

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 16):
That must be 'arrival', I guess?

Yes, arrival!

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 16):
Yours or from another filthy traveller

A bit of both!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 17):
Thanks for another gtreat report with great photos!

No problem

Quoting The777Man (Reply 17):
Mexico City looks very nice ! I may go there next weekend so interesting to get an idea of what things look like. Good to hear it's fairly safe.

Well, I quite liked it, although I know many others don't agree!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 17):
Interesting to see they have a rope to seperate First Class from WTP! I never seen anything like that on any other carrier!

Well, SQ have one to stop Y pax from wondering upstairs to the palacial splendour of F on the A380! I imagine that without the rope, LOTs of pax would wander through the curtain looking for toilets.



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User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6937 posts, RR: 77
Reply 19, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 4 days ago) and read 16580 times:

Nice last part of your series, Gabriel.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
For many years I’ve been wanting a trip on the BA 747, having flown quite a few times on their B767 and B777.

The same here, I really need to get on a BA 747 - but I guess they'll be around many more years.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I was slightly worried about safety in the city, especially in taking taxis, but in the end, I found the city very safe.

Are there certain companies to be preferred?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The Torre Latinoamericana, one of the tallest buildings in Latin America. If you are ever in MEX, definitely head up for the views. It only costs GBP3, and is open all day until around 2200.

Sounds good!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The rope to stop WTP pax wondering into the First Class cabin

What comes next? Warning signs?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Unfortunately, it was served half an hour after waking up, so I had a bit of waiting to do. Luckily, it was fairly nice, so worth the wait. Something hot would have been good though. There was a tasty ham and cheese croissant in the wrapping.

It's quite odd that you don't get a hot breakfast on such a long flight. And the box looks quite messy.


PH



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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3360 posts, RR: 12
Reply 20, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 16196 times:

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 19):
Nice last part of your series, Gabriel.

Thanks

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 19):
The same here, I really need to get on a BA 747 - but I guess they'll be around many more years.

Well, now that the 773s have started to arrive, the B747s are slowly being withdrawn. Apparently BA are delighted with fuel savings on the longer routes

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 19):
Are there certain companies to be preferred?

Not sure, although they say you should only take ordered cabs, not ones hailed on the street

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 19):
It's quite odd that you don't get a hot breakfast on such a long flight. And the box looks quite messy.

Yeah, something hot (like the new snacks on LH) would have been nice. Still, it beats IB business class!



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User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 30
Reply 21, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 16122 times:

Hi Gab,

Great stuff on the last episode as well, athough the flight was a night flight so not much to it, but luckily you included those great destination photos from Mexico which more than made up to it!

Looks like another high quality BA flight to me.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
My excellent value hotel room (Hotel San Diego), GBP20/night.

Hah, the circle is now complete!  
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Walking around to find the Frida Khalo Musuem

Ahh, I absolutely love that movie! It is one of my all time favorites.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The metro, cheap but very busy

Nice, the orange color reminds me of the Helsinki metro. B

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Amazing mural at the Museo Mural Diego Rivera.

Grim Fandango, anyone?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I was delighted to be able to catch a ride in one of the retro VW Beetle taxis

Nice! Hope they have some of these in Colombia, wouldn't mind.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):

There was not much of a queue at security. Once again, they had one of the strange “press the button” machines, although this one wasn’t to decide if you got your bags opened (this wasn’t customs, but hand luggage security), but it just told you which line to use. Hmmm.

Ridiculous! The Mexicans must really love these machines.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The walk to the ‘Salones VIP’ was a long and circuitous one. Most of MEX looks awful.

Indeed it does.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Also, there was so self-service bar, nearly everything was waiter service. Not a fan!

Ahh, I don't like that either. It is much easier to be a complete hog when you can help yourself  
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
MEX has some really old FIDS monitors. It really annoys me when irrelevant flights are shown (like T2 flights on a T1 monitor) – with there only being one monitor, it took a while for relevant flights to show
up.

Wow, looks like teletext.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
(I wasn’t even going to take a photo!), but was told in no uncertain terms to not look outside, and to board the plane.

Another completely ridiulous things. Maybe they should cover all the windows then.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
What a d!@k, although that is my mantra! Felt rather bad saying that afterwards, especially as later in the flight I saw that she needed to stand on the seat, and even then could barely open the locker!

You certainly have a way with women, don't you?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
When the same guy that did the other aisle eventually arrived, he explained that with this configuration, there is always only one cabin crew. I thought it seemed like a lot of work, but he said he liked it.

Hmm, sonds a lot of work to me. And a bit annoying since depending on which side you sit you need to wait longer for the service to commence...

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I went with the beef, which was really good. I wasn’t such a fan of the salad, but the dessert was good (even if I couldn’t get it into focus!).

That looks yummy and quite a large portion as well.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
There was a tasty ham and cheese croissant in the wrapping.

What? I'd expected a genuine hot British breakfast!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
What a view

...to a kill. Sorry, you were begging for it.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
And there you have it! Mexico City was really interesting – my first major Latin American City. Next week I’m off to Bogota, so more Latin madness to come.

Hey, really looking forward to that, mate!


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27295 posts, RR: 60
Reply 22, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 15902 times:

Hey very nice report and glad you had a nice BA experience. Always nice to make new friends also .

Nice photos of Mexico .


Regards

Philip  


User currently offlinepeterj From United States of America, joined Aug 2010, 43 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 15891 times:

Hello there,

This was a great TR, I don't see many out of Mexico. I have wanted to travel there for a while, it looks great.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
A day trip to Teotihuacan, home of the World’s third largest pyramid

Did you actually climb to the top?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The metro, cheap but very busy

Fun (and by fun, I mean useless) Fact: The Mexico City metro served as the future metro in the movie Total Recall.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The walk to the ‘Salones VIP’ was a long and circuitous one. Most of MEX looks awful.

That looks...awful. It almost looks like that area is closed.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I hinted big time that we’d both be more comfortable with 2 seats to ourselves, but she said “it’s ok, I’m happy here”. Grrrrr!!!!

I feel your pain. While on a SFO-ICN flight I was sitting in the aisle, a teenage girl was sitting in the middle seat, and the window was empty. After the doors closed, I pointed out that she could move to the window and it might be more comfortable for both of us. Nope! She spent the whole 14 hours right next to me. And what made even less sense, she slept the whole time. Maybe she was comfortable, but I couldn't do that for that long. Fortunately she only got up twice.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
What a sight, totally worth the angry stares!

Indeed. That is quite the photo.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Touchdown, fifteen minutes early

How long was the flight?

Again, well done.
-Peter


User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3360 posts, RR: 12
Reply 24, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 15840 times:

Thanks for all the comments so far!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 21):
Great stuff on the last episode as well, athough the flight was a night flight so not much to it, but luckily you included those great destination photos from Mexico which more than made up to it!

Glad you liked them!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 21):
Hah, the circle is now complete!

Yeah, it was a bit strange staying in a hotel with that name, but there we go!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 21):
Nice! Hope they have some of these in Colombia, wouldn't mind.

Me too. Very comfy inside with the front passenger seat removed

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 21):
Ahh, I don't like that either. It is much easier to be a complete hog when you can help yourself

Yeah, defeats the point of a lounge otherwise!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 21):
Wow, looks like teletext.

Yeah. Retro, and not in a good way

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 21):
Another completely ridiulous things. Maybe they should cover all the windows then.

Well, they did (most of them anyway)

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 21):
Hmm, sonds a lot of work to me. And a bit annoying since depending on which side you sit you need to wait longer for the service to commence...

Yeah, and I chose the wrong side  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 21):
What? I'd expected a genuine hot British breakfast!

A hot British breakfast would have been great

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 21):
Hey, really looking forward to that, mate!

Mee too!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 22):
Hey very nice report and glad you had a nice BA experience.

Thanks!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 22):
Always nice to make new friends also .

Yeah, it was a bit unusual that - I prefer not to make smalltalk on planes...

Quoting OA260 (Reply 22):
Nice photos of Mexico .

Thanks!

Quoting peterj (Reply 23):
This was a great TR, I don't see many out of Mexico. I have wanted to travel there for a while, it looks great.

Thanks

Quoting peterj (Reply 23):
Did you actually climb to the top?

I did. Didn't take too long, although there were a lot of slower moving tourists making for a slower than planned ascent!

Quoting peterj (Reply 23):
Fun (and by fun, I mean useless) Fact: The Mexico City metro served as the future metro in the movie Total Recall.

Interesting (and by interesting, I mean useless!)

Quoting peterj (Reply 23):
That looks...awful. It almost looks like that area is closed.

Yeah, not a nice place

Quoting peterj (Reply 23):
I feel your pain. While on a SFO-ICN flight I was sitting in the aisle, a teenage girl was sitting in the middle seat, and the window was empty. After the doors closed, I pointed out that she could move to the window and it might be more comfortable for both of us. Nope! She spent the whole 14 hours right next to me. And what made even less sense, she slept the whole time. Maybe she was comfortable, but I couldn't do that for that long. Fortunately she only got up twice.

Argh, so annoying. Some people just don't like space. In many Asian countries, personal space doesn't factor like it does in the West.

Quoting peterj (Reply 23):
How long was the flight?

Just under 10 hours



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25 MSS658 : Hi Gabriel Nice last report of your series. BA WTP does look like a comfortable seating product. Sad to see the MX remains tough... reminds me about S
26 Babybus : Great report. Nice pictures. I thought that breakfast looked a bit disappointing especially for Y+. The sooner BA get rid of those Deli boxes the bett
27 gabrielchew : Thanks! Yeah, i'm pretty happy with WTP. I'm interested to see the newer WTP on the B773s Me too! Thanks! I didn't realised that those Deli boxes sti
28 akhmad : Hi Gabriel, Finally I get around reading the final installment of your American adventure. Very enjoyable report to read with many beautiful pictures.
29 gabrielchew : Thanks! Yup, not to be missed Well, I wouldn't have done, even if she had asked! Lots of G?! The Tanquerary I think Standard Mexican airport attitude
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