The initial plan was to spend a few days in London before making my way up north to Manchester. However, when I heard about the riots breaking out across England, I thought it would be much safer to cancel this plan and to fly to MAN from LHR.
This is my 7th trip report and my 1st on British Airways.
My British Airways Experience
The last time I flew BA (SIN-LHR-BCN) was 3 years ago and I was pretty much impressed with their inflight service, although it was still nowhere near Asian or Middle-Eastern carriers. Nonetheless, I was excited as this was going to be my first domestic flight in the UK. Since I was taking the first flight out of LHR to MAN, I decided to spend the night at the airport.
I was very impressed with LHR T5!
Close up shot of the self check-in machines and baggage drop.
My boarding pass.
As I was still exhausted from the previous day's journey, I didn't do much exploring at the airside. Instead, I sat myself down comfortably and watched the world go by.
Upon entering the plane, I was greeted by a cheerful cabin crew. As I made my way down the aisle, I was once again greeted by the rest of the crew. I thought to myself, "Hmmm, a very friendly and enthusiastic crew indeed!"
I settled down into my seat and started snapping away. haha!
More than enough room for me!
Waiting patiently for pushback.
Our flight route for today.
Up in the sky!
I'll never get sick of this view!
Inflight service commenced once we were airborne. I was glad to know that BA doesn't charge passengers for food and drinks on board their flights! I was impressed with the crew as they attended to passengers with genuine smiles. Now, that's something airlines should work on.
We were offered a light snack (sandwiches) which I didn't help myself to as I was fasting.
And right after that, my camera battery went flat! Now, tt's the worst thing that can happen when you travel! grrrr! The remaining time was pretty much uneventful. I just spent my time staring out of the window! And very soon, we landed in MAN.
I made my way to my aunt's place in Darwen. Here are some pictures of the area near her house.
planejamie From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2011, 572 posts, RR: 0 Reply 1, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 4344 times:
Nice trip report - glad you enjoyed your flight with my favourite airline!
This is a well travelled route for me and I find the crews are often friendly and do their job well (I've had one or two bad crews however). But nice TR! Shame the battery went flat! I hate it when that happens!
RvXKaz From Singapore, joined Apr 2011, 184 posts, RR: 3 Reply 3, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 4141 times:
Hello hello Mus!
Glad to see yet another installation of your awesome experience as an exchange student! haha. Again, lovely TR and very nice reading! And I must reiterate, beautiful photos as always! And as you know, I've always been fascinated with BA so I loved reading your perspectives and insights into BA's domestic flights! Kudos on a really neat TR!
I'd be too if I were you! Sweet accomplishment during your exchange!
Quoting moosecamel88 (Thread starter): Since I was taking the first flight out of LHR to MAN, I decided to spend the night at the airport.
LoL! You'll have to start a list of airports you have spent the night in! Was Heathrow comfortable?
Quoting moosecamel88 (Thread starter): Upon entering the plane, I was greeted by a cheerful cabin crew. As I made my way down the aisle, I was once again greeted by the rest of the crew. I thought to myself, "Hmmm, a very friendly and enthusiastic crew indeed!"
Loved that BA makes a great first impression, even on such a short sector! First impressions are always lasting!
sultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1185 posts, RR: 29 Reply 7, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 3723 times:
Pretty nice bite-size (hey, that rhymes!) report of this short hop. I love your personal style in writing these reports, a selection of good clear pics and some explanations, very good! I hope further you have a nice time as an exchange student and enjoy travelling around Europe.
Quoting moosecamel88 (Thread starter): I was glad to know that BA doesn't charge passengers for food and drinks on board their flights!
signol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 2948 posts, RR: 7 Reply 9, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 3104 times:
nice short report of a short flight! I'm sure many a.netters have flown it, but you were lucky in the food offerings were a sandwich - I only received a pack of the famous "birdseed" with my drink last time I flew it Heathrow And UK Domestics - LHR-MAN-NWI (by Signol Dec 4 2009 in Trip Reports)
moosecamel88 From Singapore, joined May 2011, 46 posts, RR: 1 Reply 10, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 2814 times:
Thank you for stopping by to read my TR!
Quoting planejamie (Reply 1): This is a well travelled route for me and I find the crews are often friendly and do their job well
That's good to hear! A friendly crew is what every passenger needs!
Quoting groobster (Reply 2): But why no pics of Darwen Tower with the top blown off?
HAHA! It was blown off? I didn't go to the tower because i was too tired but I've been up there a couple of times and was nearly blown away by the wind cause I was just a small-sized 10 year old then :p
It's nice to see you here again! Many thanks for reading my TR!
Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 3): LoL! You'll have to start a list of airports you have spent the night in! Was Heathrow comfortable?
That's a good idea! It was quite cold for me because my body had yet to adjust to the weather (I doubt the heating was on cause it was probably considered 'warm'). But I managed to find a good spot to sleep at one far end of the terminal where no one disturbed me.
Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 3): Quite surprised that sandwiches are offered on such a short flight! It seems like domestic service is compatible to intra-European services from the TRs I have read here.
Yeah! I was expecting just nuts from BA.
Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 3): Tell your aunt she lives in countryside paradise! Looks so tranquil and I can almost smell the fresh breeze! Stunning photos!
I guess that's one reason why she decided to migrate there. It was funny because I was with my friend (who arrived on SQ the same morning) and I told him that the scenery around my aunt's house was so-so. When he saw it he went, 'DUDE, OK is an understatement!" haha!
Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 3): Again, I absolutely love your style of presentation, enhanced by the beautifully-taken photos! Thanks for this really delightful insight into BA domestic!
I'm glad you like the presentation because sometimes I feel that it's too simple.
Enjoy your holidays!
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 4): great short report with high quality pictures! I cannot wait for the next part!
I've a couple more reports to write - EI, FR, LX... But I'm most excited for the one on SQ back to SIN, though I've yet to fly it! :p
Quoting MSS658 (Reply 6): Nice little report you have got there! The English countryside looks beautifull!
It certainly is!
Hey there Sultanils!
Quoting sultanils (Reply 7): Pretty nice bite-size (hey, that rhymes!) report of this short hop. I love your personal style in writing these reports, a selection of good clear pics and some explanations, very good! I hope further you have a nice time as an exchange student and enjoy travelling around Europe.
I'm glad you enjoy reading my reports! Yes, life as an exchange student is awesome! but not so now because the exams are just around the corner!
Don't let the picture trick you! I'm only 1.65m so there's definitely A LOT of room! :p That's one reason why I don't really like taking pictures of legroom because my comments will all be similar - 'ample legroom' haha!
Quoting signol (Reply 9): I only received a pack of the famous "birdseed" with my drink last time I flew it
Ic, I was actually expecting that considering it was a very short hop. Nonetheless, I was glad that BA offered something better this time round!