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User currently offlinebergkampsticket From UK - Scotland, joined Jan 2012, 36 posts, RR: 0
Posted (2 years 5 months 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 6386 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):


261 by berkampsticket, on Flickr

Class 170 train running from Edinburgh to Glasgow:


264 by berkampsticket, on Flickr


266 by berkampsticket, on Flickr

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:

G-TOYM, a BMI Baby 733 forming WW5822 to EMA


272 by berkampsticket, on Flickr

G-EUPY, a BA A319


275 by berkampsticket, on Flickr

EI-REL, an ATR72 of Aer Arren/Aer Lingus Regional


276 by berkampsticket, on Flickr
and

G-DOCV, a BA 734 about to fly as BA2957 to LGW:


277 by berkampsticket, on Flickr

...then came my plane!

763 G-BZHC had arrived from LHR and would return as flight BA1477


280 by berkampsticket, on Flickr


283 by berkampsticket, on Flickr

BA1477
GLA-LHR
Dep: 9.30-Arr: 11.00 on 1/2/12
Operated by G-BZHC, Boeing 767-300ER (First flown on 22/06/1998)
Seat 33A

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:


284 by berkampsticket, on Flickr

A quick cabin shot:


292 by berkampsticket, on Flickr

and after a powerful takeoff we were flying over the snow capped hills of Scottish borders:


286 by berkampsticket, on Flickr


288 by berkampsticket, on Flickr

and over the Lake District of England:


291 by berkampsticket, on Flickr

On these morning flights you are given a cooked breakfast like this, which I usually enjoy:


289 by berkampsticket, on Flickr

Today was no exception!


293 by berkampsticket, on Flickr

and not long after that I'd finished that, we touched down in LHR a few minutes ahead of schedule.

These guys will hopefully be around for some time yet:


294 by berkampsticket, on Flickr

I then jumped onto a Heathrow Express train to get to central London.

I added a few photos from the Imperial War Museum, feel free to skip them if you're not interested in these:
Section of the Berlin Wall:

296 by berkampsticket, on Flickr

'Little Boy' Atom Bomb:


297 by berkampsticket, on Flickr

American Sherman WWII tank:


299 by berkampsticket, on Flickr

Mark IA Spitfire:


300 by berkampsticket, on Flickr

Rolls Royce Merlin 25 Engine (used in Spitfires, Hurricanes, Lancaster and Mustgangs amongst others)


308 by berkampsticket, on Flickr

Speaking of Mustangs...


322 by berkampsticket, on Flickr

German Focke-Wulf FW 190:#


326 by berkampsticket, on Flickr

Soviet T-34 Tank:


330 by berkampsticket, on Flickr

and from World War, I an RAF BE2C with a Sopwith Camel under it:


325 by berkampsticket, on Flickr

There are more pics from the museum if you're interested, on the stream.

I then headed back into London and got a couple of touritsy snaps:


332 by berkampsticket, on Flickr


333 by berkampsticket, on Flickr


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336 by berkampsticket, on Flickr

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:


339 by berkampsticket, on Flickr


340 by berkampsticket, on Flickr

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)
BA2946
LGW-EDI
Dep: 19.50-Arr: 21.10 on 1/2/12
Operated by G-GBTA, Boeing 737-400 (first flown on 20/09/1993)
Seat 18A

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):


342 by berkampsticket, on Flickr

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:


345 by berkampsticket, on Flickr

and, bang on time, we arrived into EDI.

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

  

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User currently offlineLGWflyer From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2011, 2348 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (2 years 5 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 6225 times:

Hi berkampsticket! Enjoyed your trip report, got to love those BA 734's!   Hope you had a great time in London, great pics and I just love the Imperial War Musuem.

Cheers!  



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User currently offlineQuokkas From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (2 years 5 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 6055 times:

Hi berkampsticket,

And congratulations on posting your first trip report.

The Imperial War Museum is definitely worth a visit. I like the backlit Nelson's Column.

It's nice to see that you get a wholesome breakfast on some flights. What is the crew to passenger interaction like on these domestic flights?

Regards,
Roy


User currently offlineimiakhtar From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (2 years 5 months 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 5947 times:

Quoting bergkampsticket (Thread starter):
Anyone know why it doesn't have the black band on the nose?

I believe black ring aircraft are (or at least were) equipped to perform microwave landing system approaches.

Thanks for the report. I wasn't aware BA used the 767 intra UK.


User currently offlineroberts87 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2011, 965 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 5422 times:

Thanks for posting. Short hops on 767's are always. Yes, the 734 is a little worn out, but they are fun to fly in!

User currently offlinebergkampsticket From UK - Scotland, joined Jan 2012, 36 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 5204 times:

Quote:
Hi berkampsticket! Enjoyed your trip report, got to love those BA 734's! Hope you had a great time in London, great pics and I just love the Imperial War Musuem.

Cheers!

By LGWFlyer

Hi, thanks for that. I was glad to get on a 734 whilst they're still flying - they can't have long left. I really enjoyed my day out and am planning head back to London soon.

Quote:
Hi berkampsticket,

And congratulations on posting your first trip report.

The Imperial War Museum is definitely worth a visit. I like the backlit Nelson's Column.

It's nice to see that you get a wholesome breakfast on some flights. What is the crew to passenger interaction like on these domestic flights?

Regards,
Roy

By Quokkas

Many thanks! The crew passed through first of all serving the food, then one at a time with one serving tea and the other coffee. For the short flight I was perfectly happy.

Quote:

By imiakhtar

Thanks, I had wondered. There can't be many 734's without it.

Quote:

By Roberts87

Indeed they are. I flew on a US Airways one in November last year and thought it would be my last. I'm sure it'll all be Airbus soon.


User currently offlineLGWflyer From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2011, 2348 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 5120 times:

Quoting bergkampsticket (Reply 5):
I was glad to get on a 734 whilst they're still flying - they can't have long left. I really enjoyed my day out and am planning head back to London soon.

Well actually if you decide to come back to London via LGW in the next 2 years you will definitely get a 734. They are due to stay around to at least 2014, hopefully another TR from you if you do.  



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User currently offlinesignol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 2996 posts, RR: 8
Reply 7, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 4844 times:

Hi Bergkampsticket,

Welcome to A.net, and thanks for your first report (hopefully of many!)

Nicely done, a good pair of flights. Like others, I didn't know BA used a 767 domestically. Good to see the breakfast has yet to be withdrawn for "cost cutting" measures.

It's been years since my last visit to IWM, I really must go back soon. Duxford is another favourite, and easier (for me) to get to!

Thanks again

signol



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User currently offlineba319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8506 posts, RR: 55
Reply 8, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 4661 times:
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Nice report & pictures, thanks for posting your day out.

Quoting bergkampsticket (Thread starter):
The front two sections have the newer vinyl seat covers

- They are actually leather, vinyl seats remind me of my dads Ford Cortina!  
Quoting bergkampsticket (Thread starter):
Section of the Berlin Wall

- It's been many years since I went to the museum, never knew a section of the wall was there, that said, I think I last visited before the wall came down!

The 734's are looking a bit tired, some more than others, but they are quite a rare breed these days, not many -400 operators left in Europe.

Cheers

Mark



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User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1256 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 4613 times:

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 8):
The 734's are looking a bit tired, some more than others, but they are quite a rare breed these days, not many -400 operators left in Europe.

Thats exactly why i want to get on one before they disappear!



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User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 10, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 4517 times:

Great report, nice to see you got some classics.
Good job on catching the 763 as well

Greetings
Marc



Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
User currently offlinebergkampsticket From UK - Scotland, joined Jan 2012, 36 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 4330 times:

Quoting signol (Reply 7):

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.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 8):

I stand corrected, I suppose I was unintentionally accusing them of cost cutting   They were all leather on the 734 though. The Berlin wall section sits outside the museum, along side these massive navy guns http://maps.google.co.uk/maps/place?...nk&cd=1&resnum=1&ved=0CAwQnwIoADAA

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 10):

Cheers Marc. hope to do it again  


User currently offlineroberts87 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2011, 965 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 4104 times:

Quoting bergkampsticket (Reply 5):
By Roberts87

Indeed they are. I flew on a US Airways one in November last year and thought it would be my last. I'm sure it'll all be Airbus soon.

I know what you mean. I've already thought "this will probably my last 733/734/735" but for some reason I do keep ending up on them  


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