bergkampsticket From UK - Scotland, joined Jan 2012, 39 posts, RR: 0 Posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 6751 times:
Hi, welcome to my first post on here and first trip report. Hoping you'll enjoy it and apologies in advance for anything lacking and my lack of photography skills! Finally up and running, thanks to jwhite9185 for helping me figure out Flickr!!
I live in Edinburgh and had been meaning for some time to go to to the Imperial War Museum in London and finally got the chance to make a day trip. I looked around at flights and found a well priced option with BA flying Glasgow to Heathrow, spending a good few hours in London then flying back to Edinburgh from Gatwick.
It was an early start for me, my alarm was screeching at 4.30 and I was up and out of the house by around 5.15 for the 5.55 train from Edinburgh Waverley to Glasgow Queen Street station.
Bus to the station (Edinburgh local buses have rather patriotic looking seats):
The train journey is around 50 minutes and is a decent service. Trains run every 15 minutes during the day though the peak return is rather pricey at around £21.
After arriving into Glasgow, I took the Airport Shuttle service 500 (£5 for a single ticket). It was quick and took 30 minutes to get to GLA despite having, I felt, too many stops in the city centre. If these were limited, this connection would be excellent.
After arriving at GLA I took a stroll around to see what was in and found:
Dep: 9.30-Arr: 11.00 on 1/2/12
Operated by G-BZHC, Boeing 767-300ER (First flown on 22/06/1998)
Before long we were boarding. I had crew going elsewhere sitting around me, with me overhearing a couple heading to SFO. I was fortunate to have the seat next to me free too. Load was around 65-70%.
The interior of these is getting on a bit. The front two sections have the newer vinyl seat covers, whereas at the back it's the older material. This 767 was set out in an entirely economy format.
Leg room was perfectly fine:
and then it as time to head to LGW for my flight home.
Unfortunately I found Gatwick North Terminal difficult to get any decent photos in and only managed two of my plane up the road (G-GBTA) and apologies for the 'quality' of these:
Anyone know why it doesn't have the black band on the nose?
We boarded at around 7.25 (I was in the second group to be called)
Dep: 19.50-Arr: 21.10 on 1/2/12
Operated by G-GBTA, Boeing 737-400 (first flown on 20/09/1993)
I once again didn't have a neighbour though there was someone in 18C. I'd guess the load to be around 85-90% with most people looking like they'd been working in the city. This plane also looked rather worn though at its age I think we can cut it some slack!
Legroom shot (featuring my fame seeking jacket):
As we took off, we flew right over the City of London and were given some superb views on the left - unfortunately I couldn't get any decent pictures due to the awful glare. Thanks to the captain for alerting passengers of this, too, as the whole plane seemed to enjoy having a look at the city lit up.
Just a small snack and a beer for this one:
I took the Airport Bus into the city (great service: leather seated, wifi-connected double decker buses complete with tables and mood lighting) for £3.50 one way. The local bus company put Glasgow's multinational one to shame.
I then hopped on a bus home and landed in my bed at around 10.30.
A fun day out for me and I hope you've enjoyed reading my first TR
Thank you very much. I believe the 767 to GLA is a recent addition to the domestic and only operates to Glasgow due to BMI recently dropping the route. I wonder if BA's takeover of BMI may result in a cut of former BMI services but more 767s operating domestic flights.