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To Fly, To Serve – BA J-class 77W/744 NRT-LHR-IAD  
User currently offlinejetblast From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 1231 posts, RR: 10
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To Fly, To Serve – BA J-class 77W/744 NRT-LHR-IAD

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Welcome to my trip report, showcasing BA’s Club World on the new 777-300ER as well as the 747-400.

I found myself planning for a holiday in Tokyo recently, flying IAD-JFK-NRT, without any firm decision as to how I would get home. As last time I flew home via PDX, clearly the only option was to go the other direction this time for my first round-the-world journey!

Fortunately BA6 NRT-LHR is the new 777-300ER, five of which are in active service with British Airways. I also chose to overnight in London as I had things to do there, in time to catch the BA293 LHR-IAD on a relatively empty 747-400. A delightful plan and one that I was looking forward to.

A few photos from Tokyo for those interested-

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Luxurious accommodation-
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Enough with my rigmarole, now on to the flights.

British Airways
Flight 6
Boeing 777-36NER
G-STBB
Depart – Tokyo Narita (NRT)
Arrive – London Heathrow (LHR)
Scheduled Departure/Arrival – 1110/1445
Actual Departure/Arrival – 1152/1502
18 January 2012

Club World / Business Class
Seat 16G


I arrived at Narita rather early, as I wanted to do some spotting off the Terminal 2 observation gallery. I have only been to Terminal 1 in the past, so T2 was new to me. I was at the counter early enough that there wasn’t much of a queue, despite that the check-in staff were fantastically efficient so it wouldn’t have made much difference if there was one.

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JAL also has a very nice lounge offering here in the main building, as well as one in the satellite gates.

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The airplane arrived from London a bit behind schedule, resulting in a slightly delayed departure.

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Boarding was called around 11:30 for those traveling in the First or Club World cabins, or those holding British Airways Gold or Silver cards or Oneworld Emerald or Sapphire cards. As is the case in all BA gates, these passengers use the Fast Track lane while general boarding is usually adjacent to it.

Many BA airports also have a cart inside the jetbridge with newspapers on offer that passengers can take before boarding – here in Tokyo I noted the Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, Daily Mail, and Japanese-language publications were available.

As I reached the end of the jetway I was warmly welcomed on board my first BA 777-300ER. G-STBB has been in service with BA since August 2010 and, from what I could see, still looks every bit as new as she did when she was delivered.

Now, I must explain a bit – I played musical chairs on this flight. I started in seat 12J, an aisle on the window side of the aircraft, but having noticed that the flight was not very full, I noticed that the two rearward-facing seats in 12EF were open, and asked to move there. The crew member I spoke to was very receptive and I moved before pushback. You will note that the meal photos from this flight were taken from 12E.

Unfortunately the IFE in the middle section of row 16 was acting up, so after the meal service I was asked if I wouldn’t mind switching with the family there. As it was a group of four, they would be able to accommodate in the empty seats in row 12 – meaning that I would get four seats to myself, 16D, E, F, and G (and as it happens, 16J across the aisle as well). Sold!

Regardless, I settled into 12E for pushback and taxi. My jacket and waistcoat were taken for hanging as well as a selection of water, orange juice, or champagne offered before leaving the gate. Washbags were also offered, and since this one was a new 2012-issue, I was happy to accept it as I have more 2011 ones than I know what to do with!

Departure was uneventful (other than the brilliant propulsion on the departure roll coming from the twin GE90-115Bs), and lunch orders were taken shortly after takeoff along with a hot towel service. Allow me to share with you the menu from today’s flight, so you can create your ideal service; I have noted my choices with the photos below –

Welcome on board

British Airways is proud and delighted to work alongside some of the world’s finest chefs and to feature their dishes on board. These have been created for your pleasure and to complement our selection of fine wines.

We’ve focused on the simplicity of dishes, using locally sourced fresh produce. The menu alters from month to month according to the quality of seasonal ingredients and features various regional specialities from around the world.

Lunch

Starters

Pepper salmon with yuzu dressing

or

Tricolour cream cheese mille-feuille with white wine jelly
(my choice)

Salad

Fresh seasonal salad served with vinaigrette

Main

Grilled beef with herb butter and Madeira sauce
(my choice)

Chicken anticucho and steamed rice with hijiki seaweed

Penne pasta with roast red pepper sauce

Chilled main course seafood salad with creamy lime dressing

Dessert

Chocolate, pear, and ginger truffle tart with caramel sauce
(my choice)

A selection of cheese with crackers

A selection of fruit

Chocolates

Drinks

Complimentary bar service, including alcoholic beverages and soft drinks, is available throughout the flight. Please see the wine list for today’s selection.

Ground coffee, decaffeinated coffee, or tea

Selection of herbal teas include green tea with jasmine, peppermint, blackcurrant, and camomile with honey

Club Kitchen

Please visit the galley area in between meal services, where light snacks and drinks will be available. Please ask the crew for any drinks that are not on display.

If seated in the upper deck, you can visit the Club Kitchen downstairs.

To make your journey more comfortable, slippers are available upon request.

Light Meal

Starters

Prawns with avocado salsa

or

Blue cheese and ruby grapefruit salad with vinaigrette

Main

Chicken and leek pie with mashed potatoes

Salmon teriyaki with steamed rice and black sesame seeds

Penne pasta with Gorgonzola and spinach sauce

Dessert

Fresh seasonal fruit

Drinks

Ground coffee, decaffeinated coffee, or tea

Selection of herbal teas include green tea with jasmine, peppermint, blackcurrant, and camomile with honey

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Champagne

Champagne Cocktails

Kir Royale Crème de Cassis gives this cocktail its distinctive taste

Buck’s Fizz Crisy dry Champagne and naturally sweet orange juice

Taittinger Brut Reserve NV Champagne

Champagne Taittinger’s origins date back to 1734, and today it is one of the few Champagne Houses to be owned and actively managed by the family named on the label; Pierre Taittinger acquired the House in the early 1930s. Taittinger Brut Reserve characterises the House style, which uses a high percentage of Chardonnay in the blend. Such Chardonnay dominance helps create a style of delicacy and finesse that merits the Gold Medal awarded at the Decanter World Wine Awards 2010. Its lean palate has considerable depth and elegance with a long, fresh finish making it a perfect aperitif.

Wines

As part of our ‘Height Cuisine’ initiative, British Airways is exploring ways to counteract the effects of altitude on your taste buds. The wines on your menu today have been specially selected by our Master of Wine with this in mind to ensure the flavours remain true to their origins. We look for red wines that are full of ripe fruit characters and are well balanced, and whites that are fruity, crisp, and show finesse.

We hope you will enjoy today’s selection.

White

Chablis 1er Cru Vau de Vey 2009, Domaine Jean-Marc Brocard, Burgundy, France
This is a fine premier cru, dry and crisp, marked by the fresh citrus and ripe apple flavours and the characteristic notes of seashell and freshly cut hay that epitomise Chablis. A medal winner in the International Wine Challenge, it is from a top Domaine undergoing conversion to biodynamic production, hence the ladybird on the label. Brilliant as an aperitif or with any of the starters or fish dishes.

Waimea Sauvignon Blanc 2011, Nelson, New Zealand
You can’t turn a blind eye to the quality of Sauvignon Blanc coming from Nelson. This one is the winner of a prestigious Pure Gold award from the Bragato Wine Awards 2011, one of New Zealand’s leading wine competitions. Deeply aromatic with notes of white peach, passion fruit, sweet pea, and jasmine, it is vibrant and mouth watering. Do try it with the goat’s cheese and other starters.

Red

Les Fiefs de Lagrange 2007, Saint-Julien, Bordeaux, France
(my choice for the main service)

This is the second wine of the famous Chateau Lagrange that was classified as a Troisieme Cru Classe in the famous 1855 classification. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot with a pinch of Petit Verdot the 2007 was matured in French oak barrels for 16 months to produce this rich, spicy, cherry, complex red that is ideal with any of the beef dishes we’re serving today.

Jim Barry “The Lodge Hill”, Shiraz 2009, Clare Valley, South Australia
A huge, rich, spicy red, almost black with lashings of blackberry, cassis and black cherry fruit, and with hints of eucalyptus and mocha, this wine fully merits its Silver Medal in the International Wine Challenge 2011. The cool breezes of the Clare Valley helped provide freshness and a floral perfume. Perfect to savour on its own or with cheese, this Shiraz goes brilliantly, too, with any of the spicier dishes.


Starter-
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Shortly after the service items were collected, I relocated myself to row 16 and rested for a while. I didn’t really use much of the IFE (only the moving map), but did take some cabin shots for those interested in the Club World cabin on the 77W.

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For those not familiar with the Club World seat, here you see the seat in a lounging position…
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…and in bed mode.
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In addition, the seat is controlled using the lighted control panel underneath the frosted divider, which comes down or goes up with the touch of a button on top of the partition. The IFE remote is located next to that, and can be removed from the wall if desired. The PTV is released from its locked position using the darker-coloured button underneath; the lighter button releases the tray table which is beneath the PTV. The reading light can be dimmed as little or as much as desired, there is a small tab next to it that can be adjusted. Overall, a fantastically easy seat to use (once you find the button for the divider!).

Before having an afternoon snooze I did visit down the back of the airplane to get a photo of the glorious landscape with our wingtip-
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And with that, I returned to my seat to edit some of the photos I had taken in Japan as well as to get some much-needed sleep. Before I knew it we were on descent into London and I had slept through the light meal service! (Not a big deal as I asked not to be woken up for it anyway)

Descent and arrival was relatively fast, we held for about five minutes before entering the approach but otherwise nothing out of the ordinary for Heathrow. This was followed by a rather wet touchdown in a rainy London. We were not given Fast Track cards for immigrations as it is not open when we arrive, but with about a ten minute wait and collection of my checked bag, I was released into the United Kingdom.

Fortunately this time around it was not a long transit to my hotel, as I had taken accommodation at the Sofitel attached to Terminal 5. I had chosen to continue my trip home tomorrow, as I had plans to meet a friend in London and pick up some items there. It was a brilliantly easy transfer from international arrivals to the hotel – just walk down toward domestic arrivals, and exit next to the underground. The Sofitel has a nice walkway all the way to the lobby of the hotel.

I was really pleased with the room, although if one prefers a window facing the outside world you must ask for it at check-in! There are plenty of rooms with windows facing an inside courtyard area much as mine was.

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(There’s also a bathtub on the other side of the bathroom)

I suppose I will attach a few off-topic photos from my evening in London –

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I take a photo of the 2012 countdown each time I am here!

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Empty Piccadilly Line back to Terminal 5.

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(After a stop at Hatton Cross to take a photo of the Speedbirds!)

While I went into London the next day to finish other business, I didn’t bring the camera. I figured I would save the energy to take some lovely photos of the BA293 for you all 

Unfortunately my rather short time in London had come to an end and it was back to Terminal 5 with me. Check-in at the Club counters was the usual queue-less affair and I was through security within 15 minutes of having walked up to the bag drop. That’s the T5 efficiency I enjoy.

Landside…
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…and airside.
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I can even see the London Eye from here.
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After some duty-free shopping (and a surprise encounter with fellow a.netter LHR380!) it was off to the gates for some spotting.

The brilliant new ‘To Fly, To Serve’ advertising campaign is also featured in the terminal.
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For those who haven’t seen the mass of T5A…
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Landor survives!
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Brilliant golden colours over England’s green and pleasant land as I make my way to my gate this evening.
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I proceeded down to gate C61 (yes, all the way at the end) where boarding would be started in moments.

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British Airways
Flight 293
Boeing 747-436
G-CIVH
Depart – London Heathrow (LHR)
Arrive – Washington Dulles (IAD)
Scheduled Departure/Arrival – 1700/2015
Actual Departure/Arrival – 1710/2042
19 January 2012

Club World / Business Class
Seat 62K
Upper Deck


I was happy to be on board another 747 even though I had flown one on the JFK-NRT leg coming over, and even more so that I would be sitting upstairs on this leg of the journey. Adding to my enjoyment was the light load today, only 18 passengers booked in Club World – meaning that I was one of only 5 on the upper deck (you will see from my photos that the entire group of seats aft of the exit doors remained empty). My jacket was taken at my seat, as well as the usual offering of a pre-departure beverage. I noted that one of the cabin crew working the upper deck is a somewhat regular on the flight to my home airport in Baltimore, so it was nice to see a friendly face!

I took a few photos before boarding was completed. My seat is visible on the right in the first photo, the window seat second from the front of the cabin.

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The dinner order was also taken prior to pushback. Below is the menu from our flight this evening-

Height cuisine

We are pleased to present our new “Height Cuisine” menu designed to maximise taste at altitude. We’ve been taking a long, hard look at dining and drinking in the air, and our team of chefs has set to work to bring you simple, authentic dishes and flavours that work well at 30,000 feet.

We choose the best and freshest products, right in season, and some of our recipes have been specially developed using ingredients that are naturally high in umami* to create the ultimate flavour.

Similarly, our sommeliers and mixologists have been looking for wines that strike the right note, offering you a well-rounded wine list along with some of the world’s best spirit brands from the bar.

We do hope you like what you see – but most importantly, we hope you love what you taste.

*Umami is known as the fifth taste after sweet, salty, bitter, and sour. Identified in Japan, umami offers a pleasant savoury taste and occurs naturally in many foods such as seaweed, mackerel, tomatoes, and Parmesan cheese.

Menu

Starters

Pheasant, duck, and pistachio terrine with plum and baby onion confit and lightly toasted brioche

Five Mile Dairy Goat’s cheese with blood orange dressing
(my choice)

Salad

Fresh seasonal salad served with vinaigrette

Main

Seared fillet of Herefordshire beef with a Parmesan crust served with celeriac dauphinoise and savoy cabbage

Roasted breast of corn-fed chicken with bread sauce, rich chicken jus, roasted root vegetables, and sautéed Jerusalem artichokes
(my choice)

Winter vegetable casserole with spelt pearl barley

Chilled main course salad of Severn and Wye smoked salmon with pastrami spices, red cabbage slaw, and pumpernickel bread

Dessert

Chocolate and raspberry delice with raspberry coulis
(my choice)

Cropwell Bishop Stilton and St-Paulin cheese served with chutney and biscuits (also ended up being my choice!)

A selection of fruit

Chocolates

Club Kitchen

Club Kitchen has been designed for you, as a space where you can come to stretch your legs and help yourself to a little treat or snack during your flight. We offer fresh fruits, chocolates, and snacks. On our long-range flights, sandwiches and soups are available if you are looking for something more warming. You can also choose from a variety of soft drinks to keep your hydrated.

So don’t hesitate and please come and visit. You’ll find your Club Kitchen in the galley area.

Refreshments

Snacks

An individual selection of sandwiches featuring Scottish smoked salmon, roast beef with mustard, and cucumber with cream cheese

The Bar

A complimentary bar service, including alcoholic beverages and soft drinks, is available throughout today’s flight.

Aperitifs and Cocktails
Campari
Tanqueray
Martini Dry
Gordon’s Gin
Cointreau
Tia Maria
Southern Comfort
Baileys
Smirnoff Blue
Tio Pepe
Massenez Crème de Cassis

Whiskies
Glenlivet 15-year-old Malt
Jack Daniel’s
Johnnie Walker Black
Drambuie 15-year-old Speyside Malt Liqueur

Cognac
Otard VSOP Cognac

Beer
Grolsch Premium
Fuller’s London Pride
Heineken

Soft Drinks
Coca-Cola
Diet Coca-Cola
Sprite
Sparkling Mineral Water
Still Mineral Water
Soda Water
Tonic Water
Canada Dry
Bitter Lemon
Diet Tonic
Fanta Orange

Juices
Apple
Orange
Tomato
Cranberry

Twinings Tea Room
A selection of refreshing teas and infusions including:
English Breakfast, Earl Grey, Pure Green Tea, Peppermint, Camomile and Cranberry, Raspberry, and Elderflower

Ground Coffee
Decaffeinated Coffee

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Champagne

Champagne Cocktails

Kir Royale Crème de Cassis gives this cocktail its distinctive taste

Buck’s Fizz Crisy dry Champagne and naturally sweet orange juice

Taittinger Brut Reserve NV Champagne

Champagne Taittinger’s origins date back to 1734, and today it is one of the few Champagne Houses to be owned and actively managed by the family named on the label; Pierre Taittinger acquired the House in the early 1930s. Taittinger Brut Reserve characterises the House style, which uses a high percentage of Chardonnay in the blend. Such Chardonnay dominance helps create a style of delicacy and finesse that merits the Gold Medal awarded at the Decanter World Wine Awards 2010. Its lean palate has considerable depth and elegance with a long, fresh finish making it a perfect aperitif.

Wines

As part of our ‘Height Cuisine’ initiative, British Airways is exploring ways to counteract the effects of altitude on your taste buds. The wines on your menu today have been specially selected by our Master of Wine with this in mind to ensure the flavours remain true to their origins. We look for red wines that are full of ripe fruit characters and are well balanced, and whites that are fruity, crisp, and show finesse.

We hope you will enjoy today’s selection.

White

Le G de Chateau Guiraud 2010, Bordeaux Blanc Sec, Bordeaux, France
(my choice for the main service)

Dry white from the famous Sauternes estate, which is the only estate in Sauternes to be farmed organically, this is barrel fermented to give richness and body. It shows vibrant floral character and hints of lime, lemon, grapefruit, and even mango and coconut. It is a worthy Silver Medal winner from the Concours Mondial du Sauvignon, and perfect with any of the starters or the fish dishes.

Baileyana Chardonnay 2009, Santa Barbara County, California, USA
Nestled between Santa Ynez and San Rafael Mountains, the Baileyana winery is run by Catherine Niven, wife of one of the region’s grape growing pioneers. Ripe, elegant, and well balanced, this top Chardonnay was made by Burgundian-born Christian Roguenant from grapes grown in cool coastal vineyards. It shows gentle, creamy vanilla flavours with fresh stone fruit characters of nectarine and peach and a lingering finish. Great with risotto, pasta, and chicken.

Red

Chateau Leydet-Valentin 2007, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru, Bordeaux, France
Frederic Leydet runs this estate which spans two appellations: Pomerol and Saint-Emilion. It has been in his family since the nineteenth century. His Saint-Emilion 2007 is a blend of predominantly Merlot and Cabernet France with a splash of Cabernet Sauvignon. It is well structured and aromatic, full-bodied and ripe with red fruits, sweet spices and prunes. Ideal with any of the beef dishes we are serving today.

La Crema Pinot Noir 2009, Sonoma Coast, California, USA
2009 was an excellent year for Pinot Noir along the Sonoma Coast, where the long, cool growing season produced wines of great character, depth, and concentration. This one has been aged for seven and a half months in French oak creating a wine with layers of bramble fruits, spices, vanilla, smokiness, and a smooth and refreshing finish. This style of Pinot goes well with fish and with the vegetarian options.


Starter-
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Main-
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Dessert (the crew was kind enough to give me the cheese in addition to my request for the delice!)-
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After the service items were collected we had a generally uneventful flight. The crew walked through the cabin frequently to check on us, although considering there were only five people upstairs I suppose this was an easy task! I did take the opportunity to snap some more photos-

PTV detail-
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I really enjoy the Club pillow cases.
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My seat(s) this evening-
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The author of this trip report, making a fool of himself-
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As we began our descent into Washington, my crew acquaintance asked if I would be interested in having a look at the new First cabin. I have seen it before but didn’t have my camera handy, so I took the opportunity!

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Details in First are the more private seating, as well as a larger PTV among numerous other amenities. I was really impressed with it – hoping to sit there on my next BA flight!

A few more shots from around the Club cabin, this is the ‘hidden’ J cabin right behind First on the 747. Only 18 seats –
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Love the bulkhead-
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And back to the upper deck for descent and final approach-
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We arrived into Dulles a bit late, around 20:45 and had a quick taxi to the usual gate B42. This is followed by the uniquely-IAD experience of boarding the mobile lounge to Customs! All-in-all, an easy transit and I was curbside around 25 minutes after deplaning.

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I swear, I was just here five days ago…

As usual, British Airways made my trip worth the effort – I really don’t have anything bad to say about the whole experience. I am a regular BA 767 flyer so to have the new Club product on the 747/777 was a nice refreshment.

Thanks for reading, looking forward to any comments.


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User currently offlineLAX888 From Singapore, joined Oct 2010, 277 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 19661 times:

Lovely review! Thanks!!

I see they served the same starter and main course as on my BA flight to HKG end of December on your IAD flight.  

I think BA is a good airline and they have a good product in J.


User currently offlineCODCAIAH From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 176 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 18815 times:

Your photos are excellent! What lens(es) were you using?

User currently offlinealsberg From United States of America, joined Aug 2010, 136 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 18485 times:

Thanks for posting, I enjoyed reading.

User currently offlinejetblast From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 1231 posts, RR: 10
Reply 4, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 18151 times:

Thanks to all for the comments.

I used my Nikon D7000, along with all Nikon lenses:
18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G for standard shots
70-300mm f/1.4-5.6G for telephoto
12-24mm f/1.4G for wide-angle
85mm f/3.5 for macro



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User currently offlinelukeyboy95 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2008, 1084 posts, RR: 32
Reply 5, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 17860 times:

Hi Jetblast,

That was one of the best reports I have read in a long time. Where have you been all this time?!

You put brilliant effort into what was a neat, smooth read. Many thanks.

Quoting jetblast (Thread starter):
(After a stop at Hatton Cross to take a photo of the Speedbirds!)

I had never known those were there. I must stop next time.

Your photography is a delight too. . . particularly putting a great slant on what are usual mundane pictures. You did BA proud too with how you captured everything.

Rgds

Luke



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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3035 posts, RR: 12
Reply 6, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 17733 times:

VERY nice photos - thanks for posting

Quoting jetblast (Thread starter):
I can even see the London Eye from here.

I never knew you could see London from LHR - will havr to look the next tiume I'm there!

Quoting jetblast (Thread starter):

Height cuisine

We are pleased to present our new “Height Cuisine” menu designed to maximise taste at altitude. We’ve been taking a long, hard look at dining and drinking in the air, and our team of chefs has set to work to bring you simple, authentic dishes and flavours that work well at 30,000 feet.

We choose the best and freshest products, right in season, and some of our recipes have been specially developed using ingredients that are naturally high in umami* to create the ultimate flavour.

Similarly, our sommeliers and mixologists have been looking for wines that strike the right note, offering you a well-rounded wine list along with some of the world’s best spirit brands from the bar.

We do hope you like what you see – but most importantly, we hope you love what you taste.

*Umami is known as the fifth taste after sweet, salty, bitter, and sour. Identified in Japan, umami offers a pleasant savoury taste and occurs naturally in many foods such as seaweed, mackerel, tomatoes, and Parmesan cheese.

Interesting to know!

Quoting jetblast (Thread starter):
As we began our descent into Washington, my crew acquaintance asked if I would be interested in having a look at the new First cabin. I have seen it before but didn’t have my camera handy, so I took the opportunity!

Was F empty? Doesn't look like BA made much money this flight

Quoting jetblast (Thread starter):
Love the bulkhead-

me too. Shame it's not in WT or WTP



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User currently offlinenethkt From Thailand, joined exactly 13 years ago today! , 1044 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 17655 times:

Superb! Brilliant! What a wonderful trip report.
Many thanks for sharing!
Always classy on British Airways  



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User currently offlinelhr380 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 17489 times:

After some duty-free shopping (and a surprise encounter with fellow a.netter LHR380!) it was off to the gates for some spotting
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I still can't believe we did not know we were at the same airport at the same time and you still got a shot of me, well, of my head lol....

Very nice to finally meet you when you came to the desk to ask for the registration (only a true aviation nut asks those questions lol) I can't describe how great some of the pictures are, you could not have done a better at promoting the company with some of those shots!


User currently onlineroberts87 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2011, 909 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 17144 times:

Thanks for sharing!
BA sure delivers a fine J product! Glad you enjoyed it.


User currently offlinejetblast From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 1231 posts, RR: 10
Reply 10, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 16669 times:

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 5):
That was one of the best reports I have read in a long time. Where have you been all this time?!

At work mostly, haven't had a holiday in quite some time 
Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 5):
I had never known those were there. I must stop next time.
Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 6):
I never knew you could see London from LHR - will havr to look the next tiume I'm there!

Same to both of the above, I had no idea. I found the Speedbirds last time I was there in January, and I suppose I got lucky with some very clear weather at Heathrow to be able to capture the skyline!

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 6):
Was F empty? Doesn't look like BA made much money this flight

If I remember correctly it was checked in at 6/14 passengers.

Quoting lhr380 (Reply 8):
I still can't believe we did not know we were at the same airport at the same time and you still got a shot of me, well, of my head lol....

It would appear fate threw us together at the CS desk this time around! 



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User currently offlineabrelosojos From Venezuela, joined May 2005, 5014 posts, RR: 55
Reply 11, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 16476 times:

Very cool report - thanks for taking us with you. I have pretty much stopped flying BA due to the absurd taxes they charge in premium cabins, so it is good to live vicariously through you. JCL looks great. Is it me or does the new FCL seat look cramped? BTW, did not think the meal service ex-NRT was as good as my past experiences have been on BA.

Thanks again for writing this up.

Saludos,
A.



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User currently offlinejetblast From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 1231 posts, RR: 10
Reply 12, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 16366 times:

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 11):

It's an honour to have you reply, especially as I have read every single one of your reports!

Indeed the taxes do hit hard, but I find the quality to still be better than the US airlines. I was particularly anxious to try the new 77W so that accounts for my choice of airline on NRT-LHR!

Unfortunately my photos do not do the F seat justice, I find that there is more than enough room for me, however when inflight I like to have my computer bag in the seat with me so I can work and in that case I do find a bit of a space constraint. Even on the upper deck I have to put my bag on the shelf next to the windows - maybe it's time for a smaller bag  

The only thing I could really ask for in the BA meal service is for larger portions, but I suppose the focus right now is on improving the W class entrees to bring them up to J standards. At least there is the Club Kitchen if one is hungry inflight!



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User currently offlineabrelosojos From Venezuela, joined May 2005, 5014 posts, RR: 55
Reply 13, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 16247 times:

Quoting jetblast (Reply 12):
It's an honour to have you reply, especially as I have read every single one of your reports!

= You are way too kind  . Thank you.

Quoting jetblast (Reply 12):
Indeed the taxes do hit hard, but I find the quality to still be better than the US airlines. I was particularly anxious to try the new 77W so that accounts for my choice of airline on NRT-LHR!

= Agreed ... but eventually, the British government and other parts of Europe will come to their senses?

Saludos,
A.



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User currently offlineabrelosojos From Venezuela, joined May 2005, 5014 posts, RR: 55
Reply 14, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 16202 times:

Oh, and I LOVE the picture of Dulles. I still find it to be one of the most beautifully constructed simple terminals in the world.

Saludos,
A.



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User currently offlinejetblast From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 1231 posts, RR: 10
Reply 15, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 15666 times:

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 13):
Agreed ... but eventually, the British government and other parts of Europe will come to their senses?

One would hope. APD is going up again.....

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 13):

Oh, and I LOVE the picture of Dulles. I still find it to be one of the most beautifully constructed simple terminals in the world.

Much obliged. Just spent an evening there a few days ago snapping photos, I find it one of the most dynamic buildings in the world for photography.



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User currently offlineturk223 From Barbados, joined Aug 2003, 393 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 15574 times:

Gorgeous photos! Really like the photos in London...

User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2472 posts, RR: 15
Reply 17, posted (2 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 15203 times:

Hi

Great report and pictures
Glad you enjoyed Club world, dreaming of taking one of these seats myself one day!

Greetings
Marc



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User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1150 posts, RR: 4
Reply 18, posted (2 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 15156 times:

Good to see the inside of the T5 hotel after i did so much work on the lighting control panels over spring/summer 2007! Over 1000 in just the hotel in total. Even more in T5 itself...


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User currently offlinebuck3y3nut From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 876 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (2 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 14375 times:

Excellent report   and truly wonderful pictures (Both from the destinations as well as the flights)...
Thanks a bunch for writing this report & sharing it with us...
Cheers


User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1882 posts, RR: 25
Reply 20, posted (2 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 13898 times:
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Amazing photos from your trip with BA!

Its been a long time since I've flown with them, but I remember nothing but good service the last time I did. What type of camera do you use? I love your photos from London as well - I was there last in Jan 2008 and enjoyed taking some night pics of Big Ben as well!

Best,

Matthew


User currently offlinejetblast From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 1231 posts, RR: 10
Reply 21, posted (2 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 13883 times:

Thanks again to all for the kind words.

Matthew, I use a Nikon D7000.



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User currently offlinefbgdavidson From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 3697 posts, RR: 28
Reply 22, posted (2 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 13732 times:

Great photography! Brought back a lot of memories from my visit to Tokyo a few years ago.

A shame you didn't get to play with the IFE on the NRT-LHR flight, it's the Thales system which is supposed to be excellent. I've not flown BA's 773s yet so haven't tried it for myself.

What did you think of the lounges?

I took BA293 a few weeks ago and it also left from the back of the C satellite, there's not a whole lot of room round the back there for a 747 full of passengers, as mine was. I was also due to get 62K but got swapped out to 5A at the gate  

Especially liked the artistic T5 photos and the Dulles terminal   

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 6):
I never knew you could see London from LHR - will havr to look the next tiume I'm there!

Indeed, that's pretty amazing! Google Earth reckons it's about 15 miles as the crow flies. From my old house you could see the aircraft landing and departing Heathrow from 40 miles away but that was only at night.



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User currently offlinejetblast From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 1231 posts, RR: 10
Reply 23, posted (2 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 13178 times:

Quoting fbgdavidson (Reply 22):

I played with the new Thales system briefly, one of the middle seats in my row had it working well. Only used the map function though, which in itself was a vast improvement over the GMIS system.

I actually didn't use the lounge in London - had some duty free shopping to do and for as many times as I have flown through T5 I've never really taken too many photos, so I decided to do it on the day. The lounge in Washington is a nice facility though, a bit crowded at times but otherwise I find it adequate (I just like people-watching in the concourse below!)



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User currently offlineLGWflyer From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2011, 2348 posts, RR: 1
Reply 24, posted (2 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 13011 times:

Hey jetblast! What a brilliant Trip Report! I hope you had fun travelling around the world, and it was one of the best TR's I have read!   I'd love to go to Japan one day, it looks a very nice thanks for the pics. And I loved your pics of my home city of London! Nothing better than Big Ben, Tower Bridge and the London Eye.   I also enjoyed the LHR pics, the more BA the better.

Anyway cheers!  



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25 Post contains images 4xRuv : WOW Great report. and Great pictures. Are you a professional photographer? loved the shots you took at LHR. I also love the bulkhead on the speedbirds
26 Post contains images jetblast : Thank you. I've been to many places but none come close to London, just a brilliant city! Much obliged. I'm not a professional (my 0% acceptance rati
27 ba319-131 : Great report and pictures, especially the pictures, excellent quality! - Nice selection, been to Japan twice, only visited airports though, so good to
28 Post contains images tonystan : FYI....Seeing as you are a BWI regular....you may like to know that B767 G-BNWW will be rolling out of Cardiff with its updated interior this coming f
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