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Granada, First Taste Of Andalucía By BA  
User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2500 posts, RR: 53
Posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 13884 times:

Introduction



Querido fellow A.netters,

“Oh, it reminds me of Alhambra!” a colleague of Herman remarked while leafing through the pictures of Taj Mahal in our holiday album.
‘Alhambra is an Islamic heritage complex of palace, garden and fortress. One particular garden, Generalife, is supposedly very beautiful,’ my former high school friend dropped me a comment about the place.
Their enthusiasm did trigger our curiosity.
Herman and I figured, ‘There is only one way to find out!’




Travel arrangement



It took two to tango. Me and Herman!   
“How about putting up together our own roundtrip? Thirteen days in Andalucía by rental car?”
“That sounds great,”
“What do you think of booking our own hotels? With some helpful instructions of TripAdvisor, we can get around it,”
“Oh, yes, and… do not bother the airline booking. Just leave it to me,”



British Airways



Do you ever experience how a theory makes sense once you find it to your cost? For instance, I was wondering how selective attention might work out.

BA’s partnership with Avis started from April 2009, but yet I was aware of the possibility to create a fly-drive on the website just a couple of months ago. Shame on me for not paying attention much earlier.

How about getting more acquainted with what is more to be found on the website? First of all, just as a global airline is becoming, local interfaces are available.

Furthermore, joining the Executive Club is really worth it as it is free and opens up opportunities. How about choosing one of three payment types (Cash, with miles or cash and upgrade with miles) and ticket types (earning reduced or full Tier points) after creating your trip? How about earning miles for your reward flights or lounge access once you reach a Tier level? You are not into joining the club yet? No problem.

Once your booking is processed, a confirmation will be delivered to your mailbox within seconds. No HTML reproduction, but a text containing useful links and information about your itinerary.

Do you know that you can expand your flight booking with transfers, experiences or hotels? We took the last option and arranged Monté Malaga for our first and last day. A new booking reference will be issued then, but it does not matter as you can it to your existing reference. One side note, not every TripAdvisor recommendation is covered by BA.

Three weeks prior to your journey, a reminder will be delivered about ‘Manage My Booking’ service recommendations like mobile boarding pass, baggage tips, extra baggage allowance and advanced seat selection at a fee. Yet no inquiry? Just check out the feature. It is fun!


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Manage My Booking page




Online check in



Our inbox notified us the delivery of BA’s invitation to check in exactly twenty four hours prior to our departure time.

We were familiar with BA’s on-line check in as we did it several times already. But to be honest, I just took it for granted with no further attention to BA’s efforts to make it user-friendly.

Let’s change the situation, shall we?

The invitation contains a link which directs you to your personal check-in homepage.


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Check-in homepage



On the next page, you can select the passenger you wish to check in. By the way, what if you find out that you are already checked in?


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Flights and name of passengers along with check-in status



Then you can indicate the number of bags you wish to check in.


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Baggage to check in. Remember your allowance



The next step is to confirm your seat. Herman urged me to select emergency exit row seats whenever possible. I could not remember whether BA blocked off those seats like Lufthansa. Well, what do you know?


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Confirm emergency exit row seats. Note the warning



You are ready for the last step. How to obtain your boarding pass?


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Print, fax, save or e-mail your boarding pass, collect it at the airport or your mobile phone



Look how we were all set.



My print out



Will you join us for the discovery of the place named after the Arabic al-qala’a al-hamra (Red Castle)?


Friends forever
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User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2500 posts, RR: 53
Reply 1, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 14015 times:

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol






Even though I could quote our flight details from memory, I just had to take a quick look on the screen as Herman and I reached the departure level.



FIDS. Row 21 for BA




Airport check in



Row 21 was practically empty as we got there.


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Overview



Signage



The signage would lead you along eight check-in kiosks. You might not bypass those kiosks without boarding pass as customer service agent Hasima would intercept you.

“Have you already been checked in?” Hasima asked.
“Yes, of course,” Both Herman and I replied.
Hasima satisfyingly smiled as we revealed our printouts. “Thank you,”
“My colleague at the fourth desk will help you,” She directed us to Charlotte.

There were four desks assigned. One for Club Europe check-in assistance and others are for Bag Drop.



Our desk. Note the earlier flight to Heathrow



While Charlotte was processing us, I put our single joint suitcase on the scale. It indicated 20.2 kilograms, slightly heavier than the last time on our outbound flight to India.
“Your final destination is Malaga?”
“That is correct,”
Charlotte went on typing, tagged our suitcase and sent it on.
”Your luggage has been checked through to Malaga,” Charlotte said as she returned our documents, “Your flight will depart from gate D fourteen. Have a nice flight,”
“Thank you,”

Apparently, it was the right moment to get rid of our suitcase as more passengers were joining the line behind us.


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Busier check in kiosks



Queue was growing as well for ticket and subsequently passport control.


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Ticket control



We decided to wait for a while and went outside. That morning lacked sunrays, but what about sunflowers?


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Sunflowers



The queue did not subside as we hoped, so we lined up anyway.


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Passport control



Some five minutes later, we were allowed entrance to newly refurbished Lounge 3.



Lounge 3



Inaugurated just one day before, new eye-catchers got me mesmerized.

What do you think of a florist beneath a green façade?



House of Tulips



Or a bakery?


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Bread!



Or the first outlet ever of certain international brands in Netherlands?


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Victoria’s Secret is one of the brands. It will remain a secret for us though



And what do you think of this angle?


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Overview




The sky was clearing up as we made our way to the gate. Gradually, I learned how Schiphol entertained her visitors.

How about a visit to museum?


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Mini Rijksmuseum Amsterdam



Or a stroll through Holland Boulevard?


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Holland Boulevard’s entrance



Or spotting artwork?



Flowerpot



Or even better… plane spotting! 




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KLM PH-AOD, dedicated to PlaneHunter. 17 February 2009?


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KL PH-KCH, dedicated to Anosh (SR103)




Lounge 2



I could not help it. After wandering through Lounge 3, this area looked less stylish somehow.


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Lounge 2 overview


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D gate overview



It was the end of the corridor where we should be.


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Security line for D14




Gate D14




Gate screen. Note the time planning



Could we have a long wait for the security like my experience last July? Well, with one single flight to handle, it took only a couple of minutes!

I made a quick detour to check something out.



Hand baggage allowance with ours in it. What do you think?



Herman secured some empty seats next to the window.


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Interior overview



Fellow passengers kept themselves occupied by using free airport Wi-Fi for instance. In my case, I got a better idea, ‘How about another spotting session?’

But, you know what? I was shocked at a first sight of our aircraft.


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G-DOCX. Now red-nosed



Do you remember Cypriot Spring Holiday With BA (The Last Part) (by Akhmad May 13 2009 in Trip Reports)?

‘What about the fact that Eric (Airbuseric) left from the very same gate on 16 April 2009 to fly with her?’

‘Don’t get superstitious and move on!’ My conscious Ariel suddenly spoke.
‘Ah, Ariel! Yes, I will move on!’


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Transavia PH-GGZ. Note the GOL winglet


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Croatia 9A-CTG, dedicated to Markus (FLIEGER67). 29 May 2010?


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KL PH-KZM, dedicated to Eric and Christoph (ContactAir). 10 January 2007 and 22 August 2010 respectively?


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Sister ship G-EUYE to LHR being pushed back


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Another sister ship G-BNWC


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Finnair OH-LVI, dedicated to P. (FlyingFinn76). Still on your wish list?




Boarding



The first announcement was made at 11.45, “We will start boarding in fifteen minutes. Please remain seated as we explain our boarding procedure. Gold Card members and our Europe Club passengers are invited to board first, followed by other passengers by row numbers,”

Interestingly, most passengers felt invited.



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Boarding crowd



The queue barely progressed in the following five minutes until the second announcement, “Passengers with small children are invited to board,”


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Passengers with small children. Where?



After another five minutes, passengers with row numbers sixteen to twenty six were called forward.

Eventually on the stroke of 12.00 upon a flash of green light, we were allowed to proceed to the air bridge along with other remaining passengers.


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Interior view



I got excited. Not by the crowd, but the deep red color on the white surface at the end of the corridor, though still partially blocked.


After a hiatus of nearly two and a half years, I was about to make my comeback on board of BA.


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Nostalgic angle before entrance



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User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2500 posts, RR: 53
Reply 2, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 13995 times:

On board






Flights Status

Route: AMS-LGW
Date: 10 September 2011
ETD/ATD: 12.20 / 12.15
ETA/ATA: 12.25 / 12.20
Flight number: BA 8114
Plane: Boeing 737-436
Registration: G-DOCX
Delivered: 29 March 1993
Flight deck: Captain Carry Anderson, First Officer Lars Slede



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“Hello, may I see your boarding pass, please?” Cabin manager Karl greeted us at the door. “This way, please,”
“Hello,” Yasmine, a cabin crew member, smiled at us on our way backwards.

Past Club Europe cabin, some passengers were still blocking the aisle.


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Aisle view. Our seats were right behind the gentleman



Once the gentleman realized where we were going to, he stepped aside.


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My seat



Do you notice the cocktail table? 12F must be a Club Europe seat as well occasionally.



Front view



I just loved this dark blue leather seat and its adjustable headrest. Neither I could complain about the legroom.



One of the best seats in the house



But sadly, we were confronted by minor state of maintenance.

Do you see that tiny hole on the upper right of the seatback? I assumed there was used to be a coat hanger. Furthermore, what about coming off part of the leather on the left underneath?

As Herman unfolded his tray table, look what he got to see.


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The glue came unstuck at the left inner part. Note the tiny hole again



‘Could it be an omen of the end of G-DOCX’s service?’ I wondered.
‘Do not get started with it!’ Ariel let me hear again from him.
‘Sorry!’

Gianluca, second cabin crew member, appeared next to our row.
“You are seated in the emergency exit row. We need your cooperation in case of emergency. If you have any question, please let me know,”

Since boarding was still in progress, Gianluca returned to aft galley after going through the emergency procedure with passengers sitting in row 11.


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Forward cabin view. Last passengers were arriving


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Backward cabin view. Note the items for safety demonstration



Just before 12.15, 1L door was closed. When pushback followed soon after, the CFM56 engines came to life.

Accompanied by lovely heavy whining CFM56’s, safety demonstration was performed. Gianluca was on the microphone. Karl was in charge of demonstration in Club Europe cabin, Yasmine of the front half of our cabin while Sandra, third cabin crew member, took charge of the other half.

At the end of demonstration, they pointed at the safety card as a reminder.



Front page with seven languages. Why no Dutch?


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Content




Taxi and take off



G-DOCX set out for neighboring Kaagbaan as number two in sequence.


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KL PH-EZF on take-off roll, dedicated to Palmjet. 1 November 2010?



A glimpse of PH-EZF brought a smile to my face. I was still Embraer jet virgin at that time, but I knew it would change very soon.


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Entering Kaagbaan



After lining up, G-DOCX had to wait for a while. Probably because of a pushing forward KL Fokker 70 somewhere up front.

G-DOCX started to move. High pitched sound became violent like there was no time to loose. I could just hear the CFM56’s screaming, ‘Accelerate, baby! Accelerate!’


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Powerful take-off roll


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Lift off at 12.25



G-DOCX was gaining altitude, revealing the sight of our surrounding.


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City of Hoofddorp


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Getsewoud next to the city border of Nieuw-Vennep



Banking to the right towards UK.



Zandvoort along the coastline




In flight



The fasten seat belt signs were switched off some five minutes after takeoff. While the cabin was prepared for short in-flight service, everyone made himself comfortable and entertained himself. Me included.


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High life and Business life magazines along with Highlife Shop from the seat pocket



One of the magazines found its way into our hand luggage. Guess which one? 

Yasmine started the bar service from the front. Most passengers seemed into non alcoholic drinks.


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Yasmine in action



Soon enough, she reached our row.


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Drink trolley. Note the BA’s orange juice supplier



Herman was attended first.
“What would you like to drink?” Yasmine asked.
“Orange juice, please,”
“With ice?”
“No, thank you,”
“What would you like to drink?” Yasmine turned to me after handing over Herman’s drink.
“Orange juice, please,”
“With ice?”
“Yes, please,”


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My orange juice



Pre-packed soft cookies were distributed.


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Apricot and coconut cookie



The cookie was moist, not overly sweet with a distinct coconut taste. It was not substantial, but well to my liking.

At 12.45, Captain Anderson announced our descent. The CFM56’s spooled down as D-GOCX was gliding above English soil.


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River Crouch



Sandra distributed landing cards to passengers who required it, though I did not notice many of them.



Landing (UK time)



Ten minutes later, our cabin was prepared for landing. Fasten seat belt signs were illuminated. Soon enough D-GOCX banked to the right for the landing position.

Once breaking the clouds, the extensive typical English landscape became clearly visible. ‘Beautiful!’ I could not help whispering.


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Past City of Edenbridge


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Green field between Edenbridge and Lingfield


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City of Smallfield



With increasingly higher pitched sound, I could hear the CFM56’s shouting, ‘Go, baby! Go!’


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LGW South Terminal



The wheels hit the 08R-26L runway at 12.25.


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Full brakes applied



A five minute long trek followed. I was thrilled once my window faced North Terminal.


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LGW’s landmark. The bridge to pier 6


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HB-JZM, dedicated to Jeroen (BasilFawlty). 20 April 2009?



At 12.20, G-DOCX came to a complete stop. Unbuckling sound of seatbelts echoed as soon as the fasten seat belt signs were switched off. Everyone seemed eager to disembark.


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Cabin rush




Disembarking



As I needed additional details about our flight, I approached Yasmine while disembarking.

But you know what? Yasmine directed me instead to the flight deck where I was genuinely welcomed by Captain Anderson and First Officer Slede. Unfortunately, I could not take any picture due to restrictions after Nine Eleven.

Three of us had a great chat for at least ten minutes. Well, Herman was waiting for me that long inside the air bridge.

“Well, I have a plane to catch. Thank you so much for inviting me here,” I bad farewell to both Captain Anderson and FO Slede.
“You are welcome. It is great to have a plane enthusiast on board,”

To my surprise, Yasmine was waiting with a souvenir.


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BA pen. How about that?



I thanked her and Karl before going outside. The crew members of my BA 8114 flight were just amazing!   




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User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2500 posts, RR: 53
Reply 3, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 13966 times:

London Gatwick Airport






Herman was eagerly waiting outside, “Where have you been? I was worried that you might have taken a wrong exit and ended up somewhere on the apron!”
“I am sorry. They invited me to the flight deck. I just could not resist,”


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Flight deck close up. Note Captain Anderson



There was no one else in the air bridge, but customer service agent Ian.
“I am sorry. I did not want to make you wait so long,” I said to Ian.
“That is okay. I just want to make sure that no one stays behind,” Ian smiled while escorting us. “This way, please,”


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Signage



“Thank you for your patience,” I said to Ian as we split our way.
“You are welcome,”


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Good bye G-DOCX



We had to power walk to catch our connection. Luckily we already had our onward boarding passes.



My printout



We were the only transiting passengers at that time. Nothing changed much in the interior after the ownership’s transfer from BAA Limited to Global Infrastructure Partners, so we knew where to go.

An airport official approached us though as we walked towards the security.
“Do you have onward boarding passes?”
“Yes, we do,”
“This way, please,”
The official directed us to her lone colleague at ticket control and even accompanied us further until the security booth.

I surely appreciated it. The only thing was she came by at the moment I was about taking a picture, so I refrained from it until we cleared the security. The security itself was painless, even though Herman became subject to additional checks.

My impression of transiting at LGW was much better than our last visit two years ago.  





Post security



The first thing to do was checking our gate on FIDS.



FIDS



I skimmed through the screen,“Flight to Malaga closing. That is not ours. Flight to Malaga cancelled... WHAT?”
The announcement did not impress Herman either, “Now what?”
“We have to find our airline’s desk,”


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Airline information desk



With no one in front of us, we were attended immediately by friendly senior customer service agent Sue.
“Can you please help us? Our flight has been cancelled,”
“Do you have your boarding passes with you?”
“Yes, here you are,”.
“How many luggage do you have? Oh, just one?”
“Yes, just one. Can you tell us why our flight got cancelled?”
“The airplane has gone tech, so we will deploy a bigger airplane. A triple seven,”
“Great! That is what I call a blessing in disguise. I have never been on board of BA’s triple seven,”
Sue just smiled upon my remark and continued, “I have assigned you emergency exit row seats as well. Your new seats will be twenty six J and K. Your boarding gate will be announced on the screen,”
“Thank you,”


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My new boarding stub



“How about a little lunch? We have still got another two hours to go,” Herman suggested.
“Agreed. I would not mind having a pint as well,” I replied, “With apron view,”

Too bad it was out of the question. All outlets with alcohol serving were packed to the brim. Luckily, we came across one place with an empty table next to the window.


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Costa



No alcohol was available for purchase there, so we stuck to somewhat healthier option.



Orange juice



While munching something less healthy, but sinfully delicious. 




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Chocolate muffin



Cold comfort was the apron view.


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BA G-DOCF


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ZS-AOL


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BA G-VIIF



I was yet unaware that G-VIIF would bring us to Malaga until the gate announcement a little hour before scheduled departure time.


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FIDS close up. Note the boarding status of our flight



“Finished?”
“Yes, let’s go to the gate now,”

Apart from the passenger bridge, there is something else typical LGW.


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Walkway along the reversed horn shaped fountain



The sight kept intriguing me, recalling my memory of our Cypriot holiday when we departed from gate 61. This time, our gate was less further up.


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Gate 60 overview




Gate 60



My ‘Hello’ was met with “Your passport, please,” by customer service agent Lewis.
The reader flashed green as our boarding passes got scanned.
“Thank you,” Lewis returned our documents.
‘Bummer!’ I murmured while proceeding to the holding area. ‘I was hoping for another exciting last minute seat change,’


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Holding area overview



Some people were leafing through newspapers, provided with compliments of BA.



Newspaper and magazine rack



Not into reading, but peckish instead? There were some vending machines as well.


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Snacks, soft drinks or ice cream



There were still some spaces as we got seated. But soon after, as more and more passengers trickled in, it became really crowded.


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Gate area view




Boarding



Once the gate door slid open at 14.30, everyone eagerly lined up. Not surprising as half of them including us was supposed to be in Malaga already.

“The boarding will be strictly by row numbers. Passengers sitting in Club Europe with row numbers one until fifteen and passengers travelling with babies and children can board now,”

Similar announcement followed five minutes later, but only for passengers with row numbers thirty three until forty.

“You know what? Let’s go!” A lady sitting next to us, beckoned her husband while they were clearly holding boarding stubs with row number twenty eight. They did not get turned away even though ‘ONLY’ was emphasized at each announcement.

Another boarding call came five minutes later. This time including passengers from row number twenty eight.

We and other remaining passengers were finally invited after a couple of minutes to join the queue inside the air bridge.


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Interior view



The queue was progressing slowly. What else with boarding a fully loaded 777 through a single air bridge?


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Entrance in sight


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Reply 4, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 13972 times:

On board






Flights Status

Route: LGW-AGP
Date: 10 September 2011
ETD/ATD: 14.50 / 15.25
ETA/ATA: 18.35 / 19.10
Flight number: BA 2716
Plane: Boeing 777-236ER
Registration: G-VIIF
Delivered: 19 March 1997
Flight deck: Captain Mark Petrie



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Cancelled:
ETD: 13.35
ETA: 17.20
Flight number: BA 2714
Plane: Boeing 737-436



“Hello, your boarding pass, please?” Cabin crew member Adam greeted us.
“Go past the galley to the right aisle and walk straight ahead,” He waived us on after a glance at our boarding passes.

As we entered through 2L door, we had to walk through Club World cabin. I noticed many passengers with small children occupying the cabin. I did not know Club Europe was popular among them.

“Hello,” Lisa, second cabin crew member, greeted us as we entered mini World Traveller Plus cabin.

In World Traveller cabin, Karen and Ruby, third and fourth cabin crew members respectively, warmly welcomed us.

To my horror, someone was seated comfortably at my window seat.
‘Will you make a fuss about it?’ Ariel suddenly whispered.
‘Oh, you bet I will!’

Luckily, I had no problem to bring Mr. 26H to his sense and make him remove to his original seat. Ruby only cracked a smile upon my action.



My 26K



With G-VIIF’s long-haul configuration, pre-packed comfort kit was provided as well.


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Headset and mini toothbrush



The in-flight entertainment prospect made me excited. In the meantime, Leanne, fifth cabin crew member, unfolded individual screens of occupied bulkhead seats for safety demonstration.


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Legroom with my individual screen



Captain Petrie was soon on the microphone. During his introduction, he made an interesting remark, “For most of you, this could be the first time flying a wide-body,”
Herman chuckled at this.

I did not notice the remark at all and got captured instead by Captain Petrie’s following announcement, “Unfortunately, we have sixty meals shorter. Therefore, we have to wait another fifteen minutes for the meals being loaded,”

‘Great! What to do now?’ I wondered.
‘How about exploring your surrounding?’ Ariel suggested.
‘Not a bad idea,’

However, 26K is supposed to be a window seat, but look.



Wall pocket in my view



The actual window is located more in advantage of 27K. I would have to recline my seat and wriggle in between to get any decent position to shoot.

Another thing was, as Ruby was positioned right on our opposite, the use of my camera.
“It has to be switched off only during take-off and landing,” She replied on my inquiry.
‘Bummer!’  

Fifteen minutes were passing by without activity. Captain Petrie had to ask a five minutes’ grace on the microphone.


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Backward cabin view. Everyone remained calm



The supposedly five minutes became fifteen minutes and what a relief as Captain Petrie finally reported, “We are now ready for departure. Cabin crew, take your position,”

During the pushback soon after, GE90 engines staged a play as if they wanted to be a match of Italian quartet Il Divo. Very appropriate while watching safety video.


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Safety video scene



With nothing else to do after the safety briefing, I just went through the safety card.



Front page with eight languages. Again no Dutch


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Content. Note the instruction of Club World and New Club World




Taxi and take off



What do you think of a view during taxi along photogenic objects like Emirates A6-EBW, lineup on the runway, lift off at 15.50 or dancing clouds right after? I just had to let them all pass without any photography.

Amigos, it was killing and I felt uneasy!  





In flight



I had to go the lavatory as soon as the fasten seat belt signs were switched off. Luckily, one of them was located just across our seats.



Lavatory pan


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Washbasin



Some drops of Eau de Cologne would perform miracle, but none of these were available on our flight, except a soap dispenser.  

A little window on 3R cheered me up as I left the lavatory.



Cloudy



While waiting for the weather beneath to clear up further, how about exploring the IFE control unit with its red light district of the control unit?



IFE control



Telephone. Note the alphabet for text processing



And the most essential feature?


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Moving map



In the meantime, Leanne was distributing sandwiches.


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Tuna mayonnaise sandwich



Look what was hidden under the sandwich.


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A sugar bar, a pre-packed skimmed milk and a napkin



Assisted by Ruby, Leanne returned with drink trolley after sandwich distribution. It became evident that Malaga belongs to BA’s band three service, consisting of filled sandwich and full bar.


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Leanne and Ruby doing the bar service



By the way, do you realize that BA takes full bar service very seriously?

An elderly female passenger, who was nursing her baby grandchild, had to wait in our neighborhood while her row and several others were being served.
Leanne was aware of the situation and asked her by first train, “Can I offer you anything to drink? Wine, gin and tonic or perhaps whiskey?”
I was impressed by what I heard, ‘A choice of spirits in intra-European economy apart of common beer and wine offering?’

Moreover, Leanne took very good care of her passengers.
Upon a request for white wine, she replied, “Do you want some ice? It is not chilled enough,”
Was it not lovely of her?  

“Something to drink, Sir?” Leanne asked me when it was our turn.
“Can I have beer, please?”
“Do you want Heineken or Grolsch?”
I did not get it in the first instance, “I am sorry?”
“Heineken or Grolsch?” Herman repeated Leanne’s question.
“Just a moment,” Leanne dug into the drawer and showed me a can of each Heineken and Grolsch.

I surely appreciated Leanne’s effort, but choosing between Dutch beer brands on board of British flagship was not anything I looked forward to.

While I was in two minds, Herman said, “Please give me the Heineken,”


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Herman’s Heineken



“How about you, Sir? Heineken or Grolsch?” Leanne turned to me after serving Herman’s Heineken.
I just could not delay Leanne any longer, “Then, I will have Grolsch, please,”
“Do you go for Grolsch anyway?” Herman asked me teasingly as I took my order in hand.
“As long as it is not Heineken, it will do,”
Herman laughed.

While munching his sandwich, Herman got curious, “Do you like the sandwich?”
“What can I say?” I replied. “Concoction of spicy caper and flaky tuna with smooth sensation of mayonnaise. I love it,”

Sadly, my sandwich delight ended too soon.

Some one and a half hour into the flight, G-VIIF encountered turbulence. It was not severe, but serious enough to keep fasten seatbelt signs illuminated for fifteen minutes.

After another five minutes, rubbish was collected. What a timing as I needed to pass water. I took the opportunity to visit one of the bigger aft lavatories.



Interior



‘What to do now?’ I wondered after fulfilling my nature call.
‘Let’s play what about,’ Ariel suggested.
‘What about? How?’
‘Say what about something and point your camera on it,’

‘What about World Traveller cabin?’


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Left forward view


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Right forward view



‘What about World Traveller Plus cabin with its much fewer rows?’


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Right forward view



On board sales has begun. While Adam and Lisa wandered through the left aisle, I searched my wall pocket before they reached our row. Hey, look!


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Two High Life Shop guides



There were two September/October editions, interestingly with each a different cover. None of the covers was even similar to the one on board of BA 8114. What do you think of that?

I wished I could make Adam and Lisa happy with my purchase. Unfortunately, there were no BA branded merchandises I was looking for.

At 17.40, Captain Petrie was on the microphone, “We expect to land in Malaga in twenty five minutes. It is clear, sunny weather up there with twenty six Centigrade. Fasten seat belt signs will be switched on in five minutes. I hope you have enjoyed our flight so far,”

‘Suryo, you have got five minutes to capture some window views,’ Ariel reminded.


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Urbanización Soto Alberche and Fuente Romero at the bottom left corner. Nombela barely visible bottom right near the middle


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Cijara



Five minutes were up. Fasten seat belt signs were indeed illuminated.



Landing (Spanish time)



Final rubbish collection took place while everything including our individual screens was being stowed.

As we were prepared for landing, Ruby returned to her position in front of us. Of course, my camera had to be switched off again.  

In upcoming twenty minutes, I could only say my prayer, ‘Dear Heaven, please have these moments being recorded somehow,’

Well, guess what? My prayer has been heard by bokeroncito1983

It was just a small part of the whole sequence and also taken from outside, but still.

Brakes were barely applied after touch down at 19.05. G-VIIF glided leisurely into an immediate exit and proceeded to Terminal 3 where it came to a complete stop five minutes later.



Disembarking



Unlike our departure, our exit turned out to be 1L. I got excited.
‘But why?’ Ariel wondered.
‘Just stick along,’

We bad farewell to Ruby and joined the flow.


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Club World cabin



‘What do you think of First Class cabin being located between 1L and 2L?’



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3E and F


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1F



Several Club Europe passengers had the privilege to sample the First Class seats the last three hours with full attention of cabin manager Jackie. She was standing before 1L as during disembarkation.

Even though I never saw Jackie around in our cabin, it just felt appropriate to thank her as well as a member, well manager, of the crew.
“Thank you. Bye, bye,” Jackie replied.
See what I meant?  





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Reply 5, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 13919 times:

Malaga Costa del Sol Airport






Costa del Sol. I immediately understood where Malaga owes the name to as I looked through the window.


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Sunbathing G-VIIF



However as Herman and I walked further, we were being prepared to enter an undiscovered dimension.


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Long corridor with low ceiling



Color change at the end of the corridor marked the entrance to the next dimension.


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Queue before passport control



Look how we might reward ourselves when we survived the bi-dimensional experience at 19.30.


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Arrival Duty Free



“What? It is even more expensive than our liquor shop at home!” Herman remarked, “Let’s collect our luggage,”


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Our belt screen



The priority tagged luggage was already on the belt as we arrived.

But then, minutes were passing by without any sight of ours. Fear came over me as I recalled Gabrielchew’s Where's My Bag? British Airways, Milan - London (by gabrielchew Aug 8 2011 in Trip Reports)

After twenty torturing minute wait, a familiar blue suitcase emerged. We were finally reunited! Together, we were ready to accomplish our last mission, collecting our rental car.  




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Signage. Note three different languages



“Oh, no! Not again!” I gasped as we reached Avis counter.


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Long queue



Herman was not too keen to spend another time in the queue. He decided to have a seat while I kept our sequence occupied.

The very same customer was still being attended when I stuck out my neck , literally, five minutes later. Just then, a cordoned entrance on the left attracted my attention.



Avis Preferred counter



Thankfully, we accepted BA’s invitation for Avis Preferred membership.

I quickly notified Herman and dodged forward before any other customer in the queue became aware of it.

The counter was unstaffed when we were there. But soon enough, suntanned and muscular Avis representative came by. Now, that made me feel even more preferred. 

By the way, do you see the queuing pink shirted guy in earlier picture? Suddenly, I noticed him standing right outside the entrance, staring in disbelief.
“Excuse me! Is this the counter for preferred customers?”
“Yes, sir,” Our representative replied.
“Is it the same as this?” Pink shirted guy showed his Avis Preferente membership card.

One side note, I am sure you know what Preferente means.   

Upon confirmation of our representative, the pink shirted guy became rude, “Why does it not say the same as Preferred?”
He quickly left, probably to get his travel companion out of the queue.

Our representative was not impressed that much by the guy’s behavior and just moved on with our formalities. I, on the other side, was impressed by his calmness.  

Fifteen minutes later, E-15 highway became a host of a black Opel Astra with two passengers and a blue suitcase on board.




Monte Málaga






After such exhausting day, all we needed was a good night sleep.


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Comfortable beds



Followed by a refreshing shower the next morning.



Well appointed bathroom



We brought along our own toiletries. Nevertheless, we appreciated complimentary amenity kit provided by our hotel.



Amenity kit



We were just wondering why we got assigned a Female Executive room.

Anyway, I was hungry as we did not really have dinner the previous evening. ‘What should I have for breakfast?’



Scrambled egg



Bacons, beans in tomato, sausages



‘Or…’



Assorted bread



Andalusian delicacies



‘Or perhaps…’



Yoghurts, assorted fruit



I was undecided, but at least I knew a place to enjoy our breakfast.



Terrace



‘So, what did you have?’ Ariel asked.
‘Well, the only thing I remember is that I was not hungry at all during lunchtime in Granada,’



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Reply 6, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 13894 times:

Granada




Alhambra



The Islamic-era splendor of the Alhambra sets some 6,000 visitors on their feet at the height of the summer. We decided to play it safe and booked our tickets in advance for the first time slot at 08.30.

‘What if you had decided not to?’ Ariel wondered.
‘Then, even it was yet before eight o’clock in the morning, we would have ended up this way,’


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Small part of even longer queue



After the opening of the entrance on the stroke of 08.30, we darted towards Palacios Nazaríes (Nasrid Palaces), the central palace complex.

Looking up after our entrance through the fourteenth century Mexuar, we could only gasp.


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Geometrically carved wood ceiling



Our admiration did not end while looking around us.


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Stucco work



The more pieces of intricate stucco work we got to see, the more I understood why Taj Mahal reminded Herman’s colleague of Alhambra. The pieces went beyond words.




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Just next door, Emir Yusuf I had Patio de Comares, his private residence, built in the mid-fourteenth century, overlooking the rectangular pool.


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Patio de Arrayanes (Court of the Myrtles)



His visitors were used to meet him in the Salón de Comares. If you were among them, could you keep your eyes of the ceiling?


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Ceiling



The star patterned domed ceiling represents the seven heavens, created by using more than 8,000 cedar pieces.

Adjacent is Patio de los Leones (Courtyard of the Lions).

Unfortunately, it was the wrong time to go there as the centerpiece of twelve marble lions, dating from the eleventh century, was under renovation.


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Work in progress



The lions have been moved into a corner room of the courtyard.



Renovation flag



Too bad, no picture was allowed inside the room.  

We had to carry on to a particular tower of Alcazaba where the cross and banners of Reconquista (Christian reconquest) were raised in January 1492.



Torre de la Vela (Watchtower)



Granada’s converted Muslim population after Reconquista were levied taxes by which the construction of Palacio de Carlos V in 1527 was financed.


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Interior



The Palacio appears to be the only example in Spain of the Renaissance-era circle-in-a-square ground plan.

Anyway, it was time to visit another complex even other nationals talks about. ‘Hey, why did it remind me of a particular airline’s slogan?’

While walking through the archeological area of Palacio Yusuf III, I nearly mistook it for Generalife because of all the greeneries.


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Palacio de Partal



Green gate



Generalife owes its name to the Arabic jinan al-‘arif (the overseer’s gardens).

Once we entered the lower garden, I had to admit that the overseer did have the outlook for the gardens. Let me ask you a couple of questions.

‘Which pathway would you prefer?’


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‘What about the patios?’




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‘Or Patio de La Aquecía further up?’


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‘Or Patio de La Sultana upstairs?’




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Generalife is supposedly very beautiful. What do you think?



Abrasador Casa Castañeda



Do you know that Granada is famous of serving Andalucía’s best tapas for free?

There are many places serving tapas in generous portions for Andalusian standards, but Casa Castañeda is the place to be, especially after our visit to Alhambra.


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Facade



Just look what we got for free after ordering our tubos (draught beer served in a straight glass).


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Skewered veal plate



Every drink round of yours would be accompanied by a different plate. How about that?  





Hotel Los Tilos






Have you ever been assigned a room displayed on the hotel’s website? What do you think of our assigned room 302?


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What about our view through one of the windows?


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While enjoying the sight of the place we visited earlier from our bed, we dozed off.



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User currently offlinelychemsa From United States of America, joined Oct 2009, 1283 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 13835 times:

The free tickets on BA are a bit of a joke. I paid $600 for a "free ticket" from NYC to GVA. They add huge taxesand fuel surcharges.

But I think they lowered their Award fares on short haul awards. Surprised they use such a large aircraft. I flew the same route on GB Air which was acquired by BA about 6 years ago. In those days we were still served a hot meal.


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Reply 8, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 13832 times:

Conclusion



First of all, I would like to thank Herman for his valuable photographic contribution.

Secondly, I wish to thank all involved BA’s customer service agents, cabin managers and crew members, in particular:

Captain Anderson, First Officer Slede and Yasmine, who made me feel more than welcome on their flight;
Ian, who was patiently waiting for us after arrival in LGW;
Leanne, for her caring service on our way to AGP;


Last but not least, my gratitude to all of you for joining me along to the last bastion of Al-Andalus.

I sincerely hope you enjoy my report. Please, feel free to leave comments. I look forward to your feedback as there is always room for improvement on my writings.


Un abrazo,
Suryo



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User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6945 posts, RR: 77
Reply 9, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 13704 times:

Hi Suryo,

excellent report with high-quality pictures! I had been wondering for a while when you would post your next report. What a nice surprise to get a mighty 777 instead of an ordinary narrowbody.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
KLM PH-AOD, dedicated to PlaneHunter. 17 February 2009?

Thanks, Suryo! Great picture! I remember that flight well - never before had I rejected a meal...  

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
But, you know what? I was shocked at a first sight of our aircraft.

That reminds me of Nok Air!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Transavia PH-GGZ. Note the GOL winglet

The plane has meanwhile been returned to GOL.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Three of us had a great chat for at least ten minutes. Well, Herman was waiting for me that long inside the air bridge.

“Well, I have a plane to catch. Thank you so much for inviting me here,” I bad farewell to both Captain Anderson and FO Slede.
“You are welcome. It is great to have a plane enthusiast on board,”

To my surprise, Yasmine was waiting with a souvenir.

Great!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
“Yes, just one. Can you tell us why our flight got cancelled?”
“The airplane has gone tech, so we will deploy a bigger airplane. A triple seven,”

That must have been a special moment!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
During his introduction, he made an interesting remark, “For most of you, this could be the first time flying a wide-body,”
Herman chuckled at this.

  

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Amigos, it was killing and I felt uneasy!

I can fully understand that.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
And the most essential feature?

  

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Well, guess what? My prayer has been heard by bokeroncito1983

It was just a small part of the whole sequence and also taken from outside, but still.

Very nice video!

Quoting lychemsa (Reply 7):
Surprised they use such a large aircraft.

As Suryo said, the originally assigned plane had gone tech.


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineluv2fly From United States of America, joined May 2003, 12150 posts, RR: 49
Reply 10, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 13471 times:

Another great trip report. I honestly look forward to reading about your adventures in travel. Thanks.


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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3377 posts, RR: 12
Reply 11, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 13373 times:

Great re[port, thanks for sharing!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
We decided to wait for a while and went outside. That morning lacked sunrays, but what about sunflowers?

Very pretty

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Croatia 9A-CTG, dedicated to Markus (FLIEGER67). 29 May 2010?

I flew her twice this year LHR-ZAG-LHR, and saw here in MUC last week

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Do you notice the cocktail table? 12F must be a Club Europe seat as well occasionally.

I think all seats on the shorthual fleet have tables?

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Front page with seven languages. Why no Dutch?

Because the Dutch are such good linguists! Honestly though I don't know why BA have so many languages - looks stupid.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
“The airplane has gone tech, so we will deploy a bigger airplane. A triple seven,”

Great for you, but you should have asked for Club (or at least WTP) for your "inconvenience"!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
“You know what? Let’s go!” A lady sitting next to us, beckoned her husband while they were clearly holding boarding stubs with row number twenty eight. They did not get turned away even though ‘ONLY’ was emphasized at each announcement.

Thats the problem with having a system...people ignore it, and very rarely do staff care.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
The queue was progressing slowly. What else with boarding a fully loaded 777 through a single air bridge?

That's BAs speciality, using just one airbridge, even on full B744.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
I was impressed by what I heard, ‘A choice of spirits in intra-European economy apart of common beer and wine offering?’

That's why I love BA. Spirits, even on domestic!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
‘What do you think of First Class cabin being located between 1L and 2L?’

Great photos of Granada



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User currently offlineBurj From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 902 posts, RR: 4
Reply 12, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 13333 times:

Awesome trip report! Again love all the photos and all the details!

I just have to ask....WHO IS ARIEL? Is is the person who was in the 777 lav with you who was wearing the exact same jeans? Must be a big lav for two people to fit!

 
Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Victoria%u2019s Secret is one of the brands. It will remain a secret for us though

You don't know her secret? Victoria's secret is that she is a hussy....can't you tell from her clothes?!
 


Did you go back to the Al Hambra at night? When I went they offered a different night time ticket to the Nasrid Palaces...it is really beautiful and peaceful at night they way it is lit up and since there are so few people there!


User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1969 posts, RR: 24
Reply 13, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 13332 times:
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Great report, akhmad!

Looks like you had some nice flights with BA. Its been a while since I've had the pleasure of flying them - they always strike me as one of the world's better airlines.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Or a bakery?

Interesting to have this in an airport? Kind of cool!

The place you visited looks beautiful! Hope I can get there someday.

Matthew


User currently offlineaflyingkiwi From New Zealand, joined Nov 2010, 517 posts, RR: 3
Reply 14, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 13297 times:

Fantastic report with superb pictures Suryo! Thank you for giving us the opportunity to explore Andalucia with Herman & yourself. BA seemed to offer pretty good service on both flights. The crew made sure you had a great flight & a sandwich looks just right for the relatively short flights you had with them. Also good to see that they were proactive & were able to sort out another plane to take you to Malaga without too much hassle.

Andalucia looks fantastic & the Alhambra is a place I would really like to visit someday. BTW those tapa's remind of the time I spent in the Basque country a little over a year ago.   

Looking forward to your next report.

Regards,
aflyingkiwi


User currently offlineQuokka From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 13169 times:

Suryo, what can I say?

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
“Oh, it reminds me of Alhambra!”

A wonderful destination captured so well by Herman and told in an entertaining style.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
You might not bypass those kiosks without boarding pass as customer service agent Hasima would intercept you.

Is either kiosk or online check-in obligatory now? Or can passengers still go to a desk to check in?

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
That morning lacked sunrays, but what about sunflowers?

So cheerful and so appropriate when you think of how many sunflowers are grown in Spain.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
Interestingly, most passengers felt invited.

That always amuses me. Either everyone has top tier status or they don't listen.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
But sadly, we were confronted by minor state of maintenance

The condition of the aircraft leaves a little to be desired: torn seats on G-DOCX and the toilet on G-VIIF appears to have an air of grubbiness. But the staff seem to have made up for that.   

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
Three of us had a great chat for at least ten minutes. Well, Herman was waiting for me that long inside the air bridge.

He must be used to that by now. It is noticeable in reading trip reports how some airlines have different policies on letting people into the cockpit and on taking photos. It is always a bonus if you can do either. And the souvenir pen is a nice gesture.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 3):
,“Flight to Malaga closing. That is not ours. Flight to Malaga cancelled... WHAT?”

Mild panic attack. But it is good to see that the staff attended to the problem so efficiently and in a friendly manner. And the bonus aircraft change.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 4):
“It has to be switched off only during take-off and landing,” She replied on my inquiry.

What a shame but how fortunate that someone was on the ground to record your flight arrival.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 5):
Signage. Note three different languages

Yes, and notice that German is first. Obviously the German tourists spend more than the English ones.  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 6):
Unfortunately, it was the wrong time to go there as the centerpiece of twelve marble lions, dating from the eleventh century, was under renovation

Still? They were doing that last year in August during my own visit. But I do notice that some progress has been made.

Suryo, thank you for sharing with us a truly beautiful visit to Granada. I look forward to reading the continuation.
Best wishes,
Roy.


User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 16
Reply 16, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 12988 times:

Hi Suryo

Nice trip report, thanks for posting it. Getting a 777 on the LGW-AGP sector is a very good catch. Luck and unluck can fall at the same time as you can see. It's nice to see the details such as every dialogue between you and the flight attendants, gate agents,....

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):

On the next page, you can select the passenger you wish to check in. By the way, what if you find out that you are already checked in?

I actually did have this on Southwest Airlines a few months back.

Nice pic of PH-KCH. Flew on that one on jul 19 2010 from AMS to YUL.
A Ride With A Rare Blue Bird! (by MSS658 Oct 31 2010 in Trip Reports)

Greetings
Marc

[Edited 2011-10-19 02:04:09]


Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
User currently offlineCaptainRed From Germany, joined Oct 2010, 720 posts, RR: 20
Reply 17, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 12912 times:

Hola Suryo, what a nice and well written report, great how you point out all the little details, really enjoyed reading it.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
Gradually, I learned how Schiphol entertained her visitors.

Interesting, a nice difference to all the shopping mall like airports around nowadays.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
Or even better… plane spotting!

Sure, it is an airport after all   ...

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
Interestingly, most passengers felt invited.

As usual, some people obviously seem to be afraid to be left behind.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
“You are welcome. It is great to have a plane enthusiast on board,”
To my surprise, Yasmine was waiting with a souvenir.

Wow, that's nice of the crew. An opportunity to visit the cockpit is always great. I think these pilots enjoy their jobs very much and like it to talk to someone who really is interested. Well done by the crew here.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 4):
However, 26K is supposed to be a window seat, but look.

Oh, that's too bad. It was certainly a nice surprise to fly the mighty 777 on an intra-European flight, but not having a window is quite a disappointment.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 4):
Another thing was, as Ruby was positioned right on our opposite, the use of my camera.
“It has to be switched off only during take-off and landing,” She replied on my inquiry.
‘Bummer!’

That's often the downside of the exit row or bulkhead seats. You are in plain view of the FAs. Too bad they took it serious with the no-camera-rule. I know how it feels when you are not able to take pictures.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 4):
I surely appreciated Leanne’s effort, but choosing between Dutch beer brands on board of British flagship was not anything I looked forward to.

Well, Heineken seems to be the beer of choice for many airlines, don't understand why. Even on my latest LAN flight from MAD to FRA they had this brand on board.

Also thanks for the nice pictures of Granada. While I have been to Andalucia once before I haven't made it to Granada. Your pictures make me want to go there as well, the Alhambra is certainly a must-visit place.

Again thank you for sharing your trip with us, hope you have enjoyed the rest of your holidays as well.

CaptainRed


User currently offlineDunaA320 From UK - England, joined Feb 2009, 616 posts, RR: 8
Reply 18, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 12883 times:

Hi Suryo!

A nice read, Im currently just finishing off my report to AGP, also on a widebody!

Great you got to fly on the 777 though, I wouldn't have minded this if my flight was cancelled!

Great service shown by BA on the flight and lets not forget, nice pictures illustrating the trip.

Thanks for sharing,

Matt


User currently offlinesultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1791 posts, RR: 30
Reply 19, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 12740 times:

Well hello there mr Akhmad,

Finally another report from your hands, it was well worth the wait. An almost romantic story, reading like a novel with beautiful pics throughout. So thanks very much for that. I’m glad BA treated you nicely: pro’s go for the lovely crews, the 777 upgrade and the transit at LGW, cons go for the abominable state of the 734 on the AMS-LGW leg, the windowless exit seats (a bit to be expected) and the gentleman in pink at the AVIS rental desk. I also loved your destination pics, made me feel a bit like being in the Middle East although it was ‘just’ in equal sunny Spain.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Row 21 was practically empty as we got there.

A nice start of your journey I’d say.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
but what about sunflowers?

My wife loves them but to put them on the curbside of an airport, even in Holland, hmm…   

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Or spotting artwork?

You mean the KLM tails  

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Hand baggage allowance with ours in it. What do you think?

Fits perfectly: allowed on board!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Another sister ship G-BNWC

I didn’t know BA operated their 767’s to AMS. That’s kinda interesting to know…

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
“The airplane has gone tech, so we will deploy a bigger airplane. A triple seven,”

  

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Amigos, it was killing and I felt uneasy!

I know the feeling Suryo, I know the feeling…

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Color change at the end of the corridor marked the entrance to the next dimension.

You did not consider teleportation: it’s a lot quicker!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Now, that made me feel even more preferred.

  

Sultanils



In thrust we trust.
User currently offlinelukeyboy95 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2008, 1142 posts, RR: 32
Reply 20, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 12654 times:

Wow Suryo. You manage to cover every nuance of a flight... so much so that it really feels like I was along on that one with you.

What it with the illustration of the teddy-bear being handed back to the kid in the Flight Information board at your gate in AMS? Probably glaringly obvious but I missed it.

Great fortune to get the 777. Happy days... Due to fly BA today... another opportunity to see just how much they have scaled back on shorter hops. Urgh.

Gardens looked very beautiful... I am a huge fan of Islamic architecture too..

Rgds

Luke!



Breaking down the stereotypes - one by one
User currently offlineKnightsofmalta From Malta, joined Nov 2005, 1843 posts, RR: 19
Reply 21, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 12651 times:

Hi Suryo

Great report. You certainly didn't leave me waiting for too long. In any case, I really do think some guys get all the luck: I mean, an a/c going tech is one thing, but to have it replaced by a B.777 on an intra-European leg is just so cool, especially for the lucky ones that ended up in First Class!

As for your pictures of the Al-Hambra, they really bring out the beauty of the place very well. It's such a magnificent place. There's a Parador that is actually on the grounds of the Al-Hambra. The rooms are nothing special, but having dinner out in the garden of the Parador on a warm summer's evening is simply serene.

In any case, thank for posting.

Cheers,
William


User currently offlinetaichen From Spain, joined Jul 2001, 219 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 12579 times:

Very nice ! I really liked your detailed report ! I know it is often said here, but I really felt as I was flying with you guys !

User currently offlinejoe777 From Saudi Arabia, joined Mar 2011, 46 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 5 days ago) and read 12499 times:

Suryo! Another excellent well detailed report as usual!

Lucky that there was an equip change to a 777! Though I've been on a couple BA 777s and they need some interior refitting!

Loved your pics of Granada, might be considering it sometime soon!



Cheers,

JOE777   


User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Reply 24, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 12365 times:

Hi Suryo!

Great tripreport! I truly enjoyed reading it.

How nice to get that 777, especially within Europe. Those economy seats do look comfortable.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
How about a visit to museum?

Cool idea, they have a similar thing at ARN, a mini Junibacken, which is sort of an Astrid Lindgren museum.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Front page with seven languages. Why no Dutch?

Why no Scandinavian language?  
Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
“The airplane has gone tech, so we will deploy a bigger airplane. A triple seven,”

Congrats!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Tuna mayonnaise sandwich

Not my kind of sadwhich, I'm not a big fan of either tuna or mayonnaise!

Martin


25 CrimsonNL : Hey Suryo! Nice report. Good to read something about BA at AMS. I hope my coworkers treated you well. I always call DOCX the "Nose bleed" Nice job get
26 The777Man : Hi Suryo! Wonderful report with amazing pictures and really nice with so many details! The 734 on BA looks very old and in need of urgent replacement/
27 FLIEGER67 : Hola, Suryo, let me say at first, superb pictures. Really well done. And for sure a good idea to compare Granada´s wonder´s with you´re India impre
28 Palmjet : Hi Suryo I loved your report - thanks very much for such a detailed showcase of your recent adventures. I really want to visit the Palace. Your pics m
29 Post contains images OA260 : Hey Suryo , Great read as always and lovely photos. What a surprise to get a 777 Thats what I call lucky on such a short flight. I bet you were glad o
30 Post contains images JetBlue777 : Hey Akhmad, Once again, great trip report as usual! BA seem to have impressed you, I've heard a lot of negative comments about them lately. Also, it w
31 ROGERBCN : Hola Suryo! As usual always impressed byt your TRs. Your attention to any detail is always an inspiration for all those of us who write TRs. Alhambra
32 LH4532 : Hello Suryo , Very nice Trip Report . I have to reply here altough I already done it I find it very nice of the FA offering the lady almost everything
33 Post contains images infodesk : Hi Suryo, Excellent, as always. You haven't lost your touch I was going to saw how comfy the seats looked on the 737 until I saw your photo of the sea
34 Post contains images akhmad : Querido(a) lychemsa, PH, TEW, Gabriel, Burj, Matthew, aflyingkiwi, Roy, Marc, CaptainRed, Matt, Nils, Luke, William, taichen, JOE777, Martin, Martijn,
35 Post contains images akhmad : Philip: It was a blessing in disguise. Herman gets the credit for the photos. You know, we are the same for this matter. Jezrel: I was aware of the ne
36 Post contains images flightsimboy : My frist time with no quotes, but it does not mean the report was not great Don't want to overdose you in replying to quotes all over again lol. In fa
37 ROGERBCN : Hola Suryo! It is not my memory.... it is the pictures my parents took on that trip. Roger
38 Post contains links and images signol : Hi Suryo, once again a pleaseure to read your report! Thank you for taking the time and effort to entertain and delight us with your words and picture
39 Post contains images ba319-131 : Hi Suryo, Great read and pictures, nothing less expected, as you know! - Nice touch of colour, like the idea. - Now that's my kind of thing - Odd, the
40 Post contains images JetBlue777 : We have family in Sweden and my grandparents are actually flying from the Philippines to Sweden, so it'll be a big family reunion. We'll probably spe
41 abrelosojos : Thanks a lot for this. Only you would have made an otherwise mundane Y class intra-European report so fun to read. Good to see great BA crew overall.
42 amax1977 : Another wonderful TR from you, Suryo! I enjoyed reading it very much. Thanks for sharing. Cheers, Alan
43 Post contains images stipica : ooooo Suryo you are like a good book what to add after these comments ... vamonos en granada ! heheh stipica
44 mk777 : Suryo, Only you could have written such an awesome TR of a mundane regular Y class flight. I can believe your elation when your a/c was switched to a
45 Post contains images akhmad : Querido(a) flightsimboy, Roger, signol, Mark, Jezrel, Alex, Alan, stiptica, Mohit, I am very happy to hear from you. Thank you so much for dropping by
46 SR 103 : Fantastic trip report as always Suryo! Thats a shame! I guess it all worked out in the end. Must have been quite a treat to fly the 777 on such a shor
47 Post contains images LH4116 : Hey Suryo, great report! A very nice and interesting read as always BA Executive Club seem like a very generous programme to me, as the Blue Card give
48 Post contains images RvXKaz : Hi Suryo! I had been really looking forward to reading your TR and now I had and I just want to say, again, a most stellar TR! Thanks so much for shar
49 malioil : Thank you Suryo, your trip reports are more than outstanding, some of the best we get around a.net ! Really lucky to get upgraded to the B777 for a sh
50 Post contains images akhmad : Querido Anosh, Jonas, RvXKaz, Mohammed, Thank you so much for dropping by. You really make me happy. Anosh, Jonas, Mohammed: Thank you for your kind w
51 FLIEGER67 : Hoi, Suryo, That sounds like a good idea. Maybe sometimes next year. Greetings, Markus(FLIEGER67)
52 TravelsUK : Many thanks for a great report, interesting and superbly entertaining as always! Why don't I ever get A/C changes like that... Anyway, nice to see an
53 Post contains images FlyingFinn76 : Hi Suryo, Wow! What a report - it looks like you keep exceeding your previous triumphs with every new report you write! This is guaranteed Suryo style
54 Post contains images akhmad : Querido Markus, Nick, P., You really make me happy with your replies. Thank you so much. Markus: Ariel does not say ‘no’. Nick: You are welcome. T
55 JL418 : Hi Suryo! Great read! I know I’ve wrote it times and times before but your TRs give me the distinct impression of being there with you and Herman! T
56 Post contains images akhmad : Querido Fabrizio, I really appreciate that you have taken your time to write your comment. I am sorry for my late reply. Thank you for your kind words
57 LFutia : Suryo: Wat leuk om te lezen. quite sad that your flight to AGP was cancelled, but in the end something special happened. you got a 777. I hope your tr
58 Post contains images Parton87 : Hello Suryo! Thanks for the fantastic report! As always you put a lot of time and effort in your reports! No doubt about that! It looks like you had a
59 Post contains images akhmad : Querido Leo, Robert, Thank you so much for your replies. You really make me happy. Leo: Dank je wel Definitely! The 777 was a blessing in disguise! It
60 Post contains images eastafspot : Hello Akhmad as the other fellows said, this is a very good report indeed. true, very frequent probably everywhere lol too bad I've truly enjoyed ever
61 Post contains images SloAir : Hi Suryo, another great piece of work from you, really enjoyed it. And what a nice surprise to get a 777 on this route, a welcome change from all the
62 Post contains images 717Flyer : Hi Suryo! Clicking on this trip report, expecting a good read this Thursday evening I thought I had never flown on the BA 777 or stepped onboard Briti
63 Post contains images ronerone : Dear Sayyid Suryo, So nice to see you flying on the Oneworld alliance Another fantastic TR from you. i was shocked to see a big Triple 7 pull up at th
64 Post contains images akhmad : Querido East African Spotter, Blaž, 717Flyer, Roni, Thank you so much for your replies. You really make me happy. East African Spotter, Blaž,: Thank
65 Post contains images ojas : Again a well constructed TR and apologies for the late reply as I had been caught up in a lot of work! That's a good holistic approach. Car rentals, h
66 Post contains images 717Flyer : Hi again Suryo, That's something I'd encourage you to do as soon as possible! If and when you decide to do so, let me know. Even though my log of Finn
67 Post contains images airbuseric : Hi Suryo, I'm late, I know... but you know the reason for it. Now I had the time to read the whole story and I fully enjoyed it! Well written again an
68 Post contains images akhmad : Querido Ojas, 717Flyer, Eric, I am so happy with your replies. Thank you so much. Ojas: Never mind. I appreciate your effort to reply despite your bus
69 AlwaysOnAPlane : Hi Suryo, A very nice read for a Friday night here in the North of England. Not too good to see the state of the cabin interior on your AMS-LGW flight
70 akhmad : Querido Lee, Thank you for your reply. You really make me happy. I wish BA would rejuvenate her old equipments like LH for instance. Definitely. I mad
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