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BA Club Europe AMS-LHR-GVA & Easy To BRU  
User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4275 posts, RR: 51
Posted (2 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 10288 times:

Hi dear a.netters and fellow tripreporters!

Let’s begin with a small euro-trip, part of the backlog I still have to present from the previous year.

My mailbox received an e-mail from BA some months ago stating the change of their loyalty scheme Executive Club, becoming Avios. Well, it never changes for the better it seems, but the statement mentioning about getting Silver for the current 400 Tierpoints (for European members) was still valid when done before March 2012. Also the upcoming 2 years will be granted Silver status for this amount, where new members would have to obtain 600 Tierpoints instead for the same level.

My mind said that those 400 tierpoints would be a good mission to finish 2011 and start in 2012, since I had already a good base from some MA flights in Business Class (yes, report will pop up later as well).
I looked up some average priced flights, and booked myself on a couple of flights in Club Europe for December and January.

BA Club Europe AMS-LHR-GVA & easy to BRU



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The flights on a map (thanks to Great Circle Mapper)




My first trip started on the early morning of November 25, 2011. I checked in the day before on my iPhone – BA does have a great app for this – but still proceeded to the check-in counter to receive a normal boarding pass for these flights. BA’s check-in is located in Terminal 3 aka ‘West’ at AMS. I was assisted immediately by a friendly service agent.

Since the UK are not part of Schengen I had to pass through the passport control, which was totally deserted on this Friday morning. Also the departure lounge was not too busy, and I have to say that the new design of the shopping area looks good, fresh colours and modern design.


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Departure Lounge 3 is recently renovated



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It was surprisingly not so busy



Of course, the BA lounge in AMS had to be checked out, so I went one level higher and walked past a huge line of people who wanted to enter the KLM lounge. Impressive! Will the BA lounge also attract so many people? Well, to my surprise not… the lounge was still closed and only opens at 6.00am. Hmm,… 15 minutes more waiting time for me. I didn’t expect this. And apparently a few other passengers thought the same. But at 6.00 o’clock sharp, the doors were unlocked by an older man, BA ground agent, and all of us were let in.


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Rush Hour to enter KLM’s Crown Lounge



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The entrance of BA’s Galleries Lounge in AMS


The lounge in AMS is offering basically 3 rooms to sit, with 2 bars to get some drinks and a standard snack offering. Some cookies/cake were offered as well yogurt.
The temperature in the lounge was very chilly, definitely not very pleasant to spend a longer time for working or reading. Maybe the lounge warms up during the day, at least I hope it does.


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BA Galleries Lounge - inside



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More seating available in a secondary room



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The lounge offers some views on the apron as well


With my flight mentioning ‘go to gate’ on the screens, I decided that it was time to leave the lounge and on my way to the D-gates where BA always uses a few gates for their flights. My LHR bound service was from gate D12, not too far away.
To my pleasant surprise I noticed that I got an equipment change from A319 to A321, quite an upgrade. And it would’ve been neccesary I guess, since finally the load turns out to be very good in both classes. Impressive.


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Unexpected an A321 at my gate


First a security check at the gate, waiting about 5 minutes. No dedicated lane for business class. Some room for improvement here, I think (meanwhile the BA flights have dedicated security and gates since early 2012). When I was through, all seats in the waiting area were taken. Good for me that real boarding started just a few minutes later and a special call for Business Class passengers was made.



















Flight BA423
Route AMS-LHR
Aircraft Airbus A321
Registration G-EUXD
Scheduled Departure Time // Actual Departure Time 07:30 // 07:30
Scheduled Arrival Time // Actual Arrival Time 07:50 // 07:37
Class of Service Club Europe
Seat No. 05F


I was friendly greeted by the purser at doorside, and when I took my seat, also the flight attendant halfway the cabin greeted me. The crew was in a good mood, typically British? I liked it and felt welcome.

I noticed some passengers (from Economy Class) to have some behavior which I dislike. They enter the cabin and in the Business Class cabin they put their trolley in the overhead bin, and walk further to the back and take their seat.

When boarding was finished I noticed a load of roughly 90% in Economy Class, and 12 passengers in Club Europe, definitely a good result.

The purser came to offer me a wet towel prior pushback. Really nice. As a sidenote, BA did not offer Dutch newspapers, which is really a lack of service since they do offer the British press.

Doors closed and the captain came on the speaker informing that loading of the baggage was nearly finished and we would be able to leave on schedule. Also he mentioned that taxitime would be short, and we would be on our way to London soon.

True words, runway 24 was the active for departures that morning, and indeed, we got our pushback exactly on schedule   .

The overhead screens came active for the safety demo, but the video failed. Not really amusing the crew. They had to walk inside the cabin to obtain the neccesary safety demo kit to do a manual demonstration, but we were already nearing the runway for takeoff. So even the purser became a bit stressed by this unexpected situation. Although once they started it all went in a good manner and professional, as it should be. The cabin was checked for seatbelts afterwards and the crew took their seats. We got takeoff clearance immediately now.


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Airborne! Runway 18C-36C is visible


The climb out was smooth and we reached our cruising altitude of 20,000 feet rather soon of course. Meanwhile the crew was in action to do breakfast service, for me this meant a vegetarian breakfast since I made this selection. The tray was very sufficient for this flight and I just love the British Royal Doulton china they use for the coffee/tea service.


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Empty seats next to me



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Cabin View in Club Europe



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Vegetarian Breakfast for me this morning



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Cruising towards LHR at 20,000 feet


Not much later I noticed land and also our aircraft started descending a bit. Soon we circled over the city of London, which offered some nice views.


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Starting descend towards LHR



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The City of London, River Thames and some landmarks



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The “EDF Energy London Eye” and Westminster Palace with the Big Ben



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Hyde Park with the Serpentine


Landing was way ahead of schedule, on runway 27R, which meant that we arrvived at BA’s terminal 5 immediately as well. Almost 15 minutes early for this flight on arrival, well done BA!


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Arrived! Terminal 5 is BA’s hometown


The crew said goodbye to me when I disembarked, and I was now on my way to make a T5-transfer to catch my next flight.


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My A321 parked at the gate, LHR terminal T5A


I was using the Fast Track towards the security checkpoint, which is located at one higher level. It took about 10 minutes to pass security, 2 lanes open for fast track. No problems here, my bag and myself didn’t beep. I am on my way to the BA lounge with a good feeling.


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Pre-Christmas at LHR


LHR T5 is also a paradise for shopping, outlets of various brands around, JD sports is gone though and where are the CD’s at HMV…. The remain only a very small selection. I decide to take the BA South Galleries this time. You need to take some escalators to reach it, but once you arrive you’ll have a fantastic lounge to use. It was very busy inside though, so I was hesitating to get my DSLR out to put it on picture. A few pics will do. I was also texting numerous times with my friend Matt (DunaA320), since he was also around at LHR prior his flight to SFO. Such a shame that we couldn’t meet (He in T3, me in T5).


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Which lounge to take?



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For me, the one with this lovely A380 model at the entrance



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My second breakfast, or brunch? Lovely food!



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Lounge View from my seat


With such a large amount of flights at their homebase, BA loungestaff won’t make a boarding call, so it’s really neccesary to keep an eye on the screens yourself. Don’t drink too much, otherwise you might forget haha.

My flight to Geneva is planned to leave from the main (A) terminal, gate A23. Hopefully a new registration will be on my flight, since I haven’t flown BA’s A320 aircraft so often. Mostly I fly their smaller A319s. But once I arrive at the gate I am not amused. Another aircraft change, now to something smaller: the A319. And even worse, this is one of the examples I flew on before. Hmm… nothing I can do about it, and it belongs to the life of ‘frequent flyers’.


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Gate A23 is assigned for my next flight



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Hmm… this is an A319 and not the expected A320


20 minutes before departure the boarding starts, Executive Club Gold/Silver and Business Class are called first and use a seperate line. Well organized here.



















Flight BA730
Route LHR-GVA
Aircraft Airbus A319
Registration G-EUPH
Scheduled Departure Time // Actual Departure Time 11:45 // 11:44
Scheduled Arrival Time // Actual Arrival Time 14:30 // 14:12
Class of Service Club Europe
Seat No. 06F


I was welcomed again in a friendly manner, and took my seat. Maybe I was just interesting to see it again, but also on this flight Economy Class passengers take it easy and store large bags or trolleys in the bins above the first rows before proceeding to their own seats. Hmm… well, I didn’t mind since I travelled by handluggage only this day.
Also interesting is that I did not receive the wet towel prior pushback. Is this part of the standard BA service or not? On the other side, the purser came and took my jacket away for storage in the coatroom.   

Also the safety demo on the screen was working and another pushback on schedule was performed.


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This one is for PHQF was operating this day!


The flightcrew welcomed us as well during taxiing and informed that the flighttime was expected to be 1h15min towards GVA and that he would be back with arrival information later during the flight.


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Matt, is this your aircraft to SFO?


The usual crowd of planes in front at LHR, but it wasn’t that bad. Plus, there is no better show then watching all the traffic isn’t it? Departure was from runway 27L and followed were some bumps during climb out.


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Lining up 27L and following a heavy departure



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Matt, or maybe you’re still around here before your VS flight to SFO?



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BA rules at T5 of course


Initially the rest of our climb was smooth and the crew prepared for the mealservice. I ordered a Seafood Meal (SFML) on this leg, definitely to my liking. What I got was a cold plate of prawn salad with some freshly heated bread. To drink a cranberry juice did well.
Eating was a bit more difficult since we encountered some moderate turbulence at this stage.


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Seafood Meal (Lunch)


Once I finished the meal I went on with a Baileys on ice, you know, my favourite. It tastes very good at cruising levels. The flightdeck informed the cabin about GVA weather, to be hazy conditions and a temperature of 4°C.


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Cruising at high altitude



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My own entertainment and the “my” drink


Descend followed not much later, and I noticed that we were heading towards Lake Geneva, meaning an approach to runway 23 (overflying the lake). Some low clouds around GVA and the lake, but nevertheless offering some beautiful view on approach.


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Turning in over Lake Geneva



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Approaching GVA



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Final approach runway 23 at GVA


Landing was performed and actually we taxied for about 2 minutes before we blocked in at one of the satellites, gate B32. My jacket was returned just before the seatbelt sign was turned off.

When I left the aircraft also the captain was at his doorside to thank me for flying BA. Well, my pleasure guys!


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G-EUPH parked after arrival


In GVA I need to clear immigration since I come from the UK, no big deal and done in a minute. Lucky enough I’m not in Economy Class since only 2 officers are working at that time, so when you’re more in the back it would take some more time.

To transfer, just before you enter the arrival ‘taxfree’ shop, go left and upstairs on the escalator. It will lead into anothe taxfree store on departure level, but there is no need for further security checks this way. Once you walk out of the shop you’ll be in the normal departure lounge.


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GVA spotting is bad from within the terminal. Do you see the BA A319 which flew me in?


No lounge here for me, not much time either. I’m glad the transfer works fine with ontime flight operations on this day. Next is not so spoiled, but back to my normal life; easyJet will take care of me.

Gate A4 is announced for my flight, and once I noticed and walk to the gate I’m shocked to see a huge crowd of people already waiting for boarding. At least in an orderly manner, I guess the majority of the people are Belgium and Swiss here haha. Let’s hope for at least a window seat.
Boarding by use of the jetty here, definitely not lowcost style.


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As expected, an A319 is waiting at my gate to fly to BRU




















Flight EZS1533
Route GVA-BRU
Aircraft Airbus A319
Registration HB-JZK
Scheduled Departure Time // Actual Departure Time 15:30 // 15:28
Scheduled Arrival Time // Actual Arrival Time 16:50 // 16:49
Class of Service Economy Class
Seat No. 25A


The boarding pass is double checked at the entrance, and a friendly welcome by a younger male cabin attendant. Good first impressions. Since the aircraft filled up already for a big part, I walk towards the last few rows and take row 25 (not row 26, last row, have no window). Seat 25A for me, legroom falls quite short, I’ve thought that previous flights on the A319’s (UK registered) offered a little bit better legroom but I guess that I’m wrong here. Anyway, it will do for this flight and lucky me, it seems the other 2 seats remain vacant! Wow, such a full load of people but nobody wants to sit next to me  
I story my bag under the middle seat in front, but too quickly it seems. I am approached by a cabin crew member and asks if the aisle seat is taken or not. I say, no aisle is still free, and the guy replies that one passenger might come there. Well, that’s fine of course, no problem.
I was less impressed when 2 passengers came finally to sit in 25B and C, removed from 2 aisle seats more in the front. Sometimes I don’t get it…, but anyway nothing I can do about it. I relocate my bag in front of me, even reducing the legroom more. I’ll survive hehe.

We do leave a few minutes early, so that is a great performance again   . The safety demo is manually done by the crew, standard procedure on this airline. Cabin checks are done during taxiing for runway 23, still active and since GVA operates a single runway only, in use for both landings and takeoffs.

After Darwin Airline comes in with a Saab 2000 it’s our turn. Sadly the windows are dirty on the outside (a bit sandy), hence the pictures wouldn’t come out well on this flight.


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We wait for this arrival



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Lining up runway 23


After being airborne a view left shows off the beautiful French Alps in a distance including the famous Mt. Blanc peaking at 15,782ft. That’s why I prefer GVA with clear weather, just for the great views!


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Beautiful mountains with a clear view!



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A wider overview to give a better idea of the surroundings


After 10 minutes inflight we encounter some moderate turbulence again, so service starts a bit later. I decide not to make a purchase this time and doze in for a short time, with music on my ears and the sunlight in my face.


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After a while the sun is setting again


Prior landing the flightcrew comes in with some arrival information for BRU, mainly the weather forecast showing a low visibility, overcast clouds and windy conditions. Definitely not the best weather.


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Weather conditions at BRU were not the best


Landing is on schedule, making use of runway 25L with some crosswind on finals.

We park at spot 168 (gate A08?) and for me it takes a while to get off due to my seat in the back.

For me another moment to hurry starts, since I wanted to catch the 17:09 train to Brussels-Midi station transferring to the Intercity service to Amsterdam (NL). But I failed due to the unbelievable long distance in the terminal complex and stairs up and down etc etc, first train I managed to jump on was the 17:52 service heading for De Panne, changing at Brussels-Midi for the later train to Amsterdam. I make this connection without further troubles, and arrive at AMS railway station around 21:00hrs, changing to a local train to my hometown where I arrive about 20 minutes later.

The railway station at BRU is looking a bit miserable and ‘still’ under construction. When you take a train to/from the airport you’ve to pay for a supplement called Diabolo-toeslag, which covers part of the cost for reconstruction/renovation of the railway station. The Belgium railways say that work will be finished around mid-2012, although I doubt that much improvement will be seen.

All together I can conclude that BA offered a nice service, I love LHR’s T5 structure and the layout, BA’s lounges are great to spend time in and the flights were definitely pleasant. EasyJet to BRU was a new route for me, and I don’t fly to/from BRU a lot usually so a nice extra on this day. All flights were on time, definitely good performance by all airlines here. Beware that walking distances at BRU can be long, especially when you are planning a next flight or train connection.

Thanks for reading and I’ll do my best to bring up another report soon.

Regards
Eric


"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
38 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
 
User currently offlineKnightsofmalta From Malta, joined Nov 2005, 1836 posts, RR: 20
Reply 1, posted (2 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 10225 times:

Hi Eric

Thanks for the interesting report. Ah yes, the Avios 'improvement'. From what I understand the new silver status will be more or less equivalent to the Lufthansa's Senator status while bronze is like the Miles and More Frequent Traveller but without the lounge access. Is that correct?

I'm rather glad to see BA offering such a substantial breakfast on their flights from Amsterdam to London. I'll be flying BA from Amsterdam to New York via LCY in a few weeks time. I was rather hoping they'd serve a hot meal breakfast.

As for Geneva, don't you just hate those irritating dots all over the glass? As far as I can tell they serve no purpose. Makes you wonder who came up with the idea of putting them there in the first place.

In any case, thanks for posting!

Cheers,
William


User currently offlineROGERBCN From Andorra, joined Sep 2006, 1209 posts, RR: 20
Reply 2, posted (2 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 10221 times:

Hola Eric!

Great to see you took advantage of this nice BA offer to keep your Silver status with them...

You chose a great day of flying with great views on all your flights.

BA seems not to be very consistent on their service, the lack of newspapers is something that shocked me as well the last time I flew them, back in summer 2009 TXL-LHR... they had a great one-single fare though, about 100€... have not seen them anymore.

Great choices of food as well, nice to see that both vegetarian breakfast and seafood meal looked tasty but quite on the small side, especially the lunch, but nothing to worry about if Bailey's is on board  

Looking forward to reading other adventures.

Salut!

Roger



"At reise er at leve" H.C. Andersen (Travelling is Living)
User currently offlinegpbcroppers63 From Ireland, joined Jan 2008, 520 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (2 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 10082 times:

Hi Eric,

Nice report on some pretty standard EU services. BA look good in business as usual and EZY look like they provided exactly what you needed with a basic, on-time flight.

Your airborne shots of London are great. I always try to sit on that side of the aircraft for the fabulous views if the weather is clear.

Thanks again for posting. Looking forward to reading about some of your other travels last year.

Cheers,

Gareth

P.S. Congrats on the BA Silver.  



According to one of my colleagues, my problem is that I'm addicted to travel!
User currently offlineLH4116 From Sweden, joined Aug 2007, 1714 posts, RR: 18
Reply 4, posted (2 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 10054 times:

Hoi Eric, nice that you finally got the report up! Good job, also some really nice pictures. I'm still amazed how you can manage to get so good window shots, you've to teach me some day  
Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
I looked up some average priced flights, and booked myself on a couple of flights in Club Europe for December and January.

Well how average priced are we talking about? I'm assuming the Club flights must've been better priced then average  
Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
so I went one level higher and walked past a huge line of people who wanted to enter the KLM lounge. Impressive! Will the BA lounge also attract so many people?

That's what they get when only asking for 30 segments for FBG. LH have the same problem, even though their qualifications are much higher. Also the case for BA, hence why they made the qualification changes to their EC program. I think airlines should be a bit more restrictive when it comes to guesting people, for instance only to allow guests when there's actually room in the Lounge. SAS have that policy, since their Scandinavian Lounges are often crowded as well.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
The lounge offers some views on the apron as well

Place looks really nice, especially the comfy chairs by the window. Wouldn't mind spending some 6+ hours there  
Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
They enter the cabin and in the Business Class cabin they put their trolley in the overhead bin, and walk further to the back and take their seat.

That's really bad behaviour, and for what point!? I think the crew should've said something about that.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Empty seats next to me

How come you always pick the last or 2nd last row when you fly Biz? 
Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Also interesting is that I did not receive the wet towel prior pushback. Is this part of the standard BA service or not? On the other side, the purser came and took my jacket away for storage in the coatroom.

This seems like a common problem, airlines providing some inconsistent service on their short haul routes. Same for SAS, they refused to take my jacket when I flew them in Biz last month. However yesterday, I noticed that the man in Biz got his jacket taken and stored in the closet. Very unfair  
Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
My own entertainment and the “my” drink

Where's the koffie?  
Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
I relocate my bag in front of me, even reducing the legroom more. I’ll survive hehe.

Ouch, yes the legroom for me also gets really cramped when storing my backpack there, can't imagine how it must've been like for you!

Thanks for sharing!
//Jonas



SAS Plus is Business Class made faux!
User currently offlinelukeyboy95 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2008, 1096 posts, RR: 32
Reply 5, posted (2 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 10029 times:

God Eric, you had a beautiful day for flying. Some of the shots were brilliant.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
To my pleasant surprise I noticed that I got an equipment change from A319 to A321, quite an upgrade. And it would’ve been neccesary I guess, since finally the load turns out to be very good in both classes. Impressive.

Pleased to see an upguage. Recently been considering that if BA continue to offer what I consider a good service and at often really reasonable prices, that they will have to maintain good loads. It only plays into their hands when other airlines introduce hidden charges.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
meal I went on with a Baileys on ice, you know, my favourite.

A mammoth measure of baileys there. Well done!

Great set of flights, seems BA provided a consistent service. I am still confused with BA. The majority of reports here are particularly positive, I have had only excellent experiences with them, but I often see on rating websites they get a bad wrap, and there are a few haters about.

Still, for now, they gave you a great set of flights.

Rgds

Luke



Breaking down the stereotypes - one by one
User currently offlineTomskii From Belgium, joined May 2011, 467 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (2 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 10012 times:

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
The railway station at BRU is looking a bit miserable and ‘still’ under construction. When you take a train to/from the airport you’ve to pay for a supplement called Diabolo-toeslag, which covers part of the cost for reconstruction/renovation of the railway station. The Belgium railways say that work will be finished around mid-2012, although I doubt that much improvement will be seen.

Amen to that,

As for the miserable long distances from the A terminal: those will be partly resolved when the new skybridge comes in a few years to BRU. Also Terminal A will be expanded towards the west so during not so busy hours you probably have a gate closer to the central hall.

BRU is expanding big time the next year and investing in faster baggage travel etc (for ex. They are finishing the what had to be Sabena system to transfer luggage quickly from A to the baggage claim)



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User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4275 posts, RR: 51
Reply 7, posted (2 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 9990 times:

Hi guys,
thanks for your kind feedback so far,

Quoting ROGERBCN (Reply 2):
Great to see you took advantage of this nice BA offer to keep your Silver status with them

Just got it, this were first of a bunch of flights. But I made silver now.

Quoting ROGERBCN (Reply 2):
last time I flew them, back in summer 2009 TXL-LHR... they had a great one-single fare though, about 100€... have not seen them anymore.

Good price, though, sometimes you can still find good deals on BA

Quoting gpbcroppers63 (Reply 3):
Your airborne shots of London are great. I always try to sit on that side of the aircraft for the fabulous views if the weather is clear.

Thank you. Definitely true, but no way with runway 09 in use for landing of course.

Quoting gpbcroppers63 (Reply 3):
Looking forward to reading about some of your other travels last year.

More is coming up soon (I hope). Working on it.

Quoting gpbcroppers63 (Reply 3):
Congrats on the BA Silver.

Thanks  
Quoting LH4116 (Reply 4):
Good job, also some really nice pictures. I'm still amazed how you can manage to get so good window shots,

Thanks Jonas.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 4):
Well how average priced are we talking about? I'm assuming the Club flights must've been better priced then average

I paid a fair price for these BA flights in Business Class. But more then you would imagine, but still, a good price.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 4):
That's what they get when only asking for 30 segments for FBG.

I don't think you see it right. At this time, really a lot of KLM longhaul flights arrive from the US, Asia and Africa, with many transit passengers on board. They all want to go in the lounges (which were just opening at that time), hence the queue.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 4):
I think airlines should be a bit more restrictive when it comes to guesting people,

But you always want to be one of them!

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 4):
Wouldn't mind spending some 6+ hours there

That's crazy actually... airlines should be very restrictive on that.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 4):
I think the crew should've said something about that.

Yes, I think so too. But, crew has other tasks to do during the boarding procedure, so nobody will notice. It's bad especially when a real C-class passenger wouldn't be able to store his/hers belongings.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 4):
How come you always pick the last or 2nd last row when you fly Biz?

Less chance for a neighbour, how about that? But it's not really true what you say. My usual seats are in row 2 on shorthaul flights.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 4):
Same for SAS, they refused to take my jacket when I flew them in Biz last month.

Refused or forgotten to take it from you? Refusing this would be quite bad.

Regards
Eric



"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4275 posts, RR: 51
Reply 8, posted (2 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 9978 times:

Hi Luke,

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 5):
Some of the shots were brilliant.

Thanks

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 5):
A mammoth measure of baileys there. Well done!

That's why I love BA! They never hesitate to pour in a second bottle  
Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 5):
Great set of flights, seems BA provided a consistent service. I am still confused with BA. The majority of reports here are particularly positive, I have had only excellent experiences with them, but I often see on rating websites they get a bad wrap, and there are a few haters about.

I've flown BA quite a lot as well, mostly in Y, and never ever received bad service from them. Plus, I like the British way how they treat me as a passenger, sometimes classy, sometimes with a joke. They seem to attract a large Dutch clientele too!

Quoting Tomskii (Reply 6):
As for the miserable long distances from the A terminal: those will be partly resolved when the new skybridge comes in a few years to BRU. Also Terminal A will be expanded towards the west so during not so busy hours you probably have a gate closer to the central hall.

Hi Tom, thanks for your information, which is good to know!

Regards
Eric



"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
User currently offlineglobalflyer From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 934 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (2 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 9964 times:

HI Eric. Great TR and nice pics. I will be transiting LHR T5 on the trip to Berlin in June. Do you have a particular BA lounge that stands out there? I will be arriving in First and departing in Club Europe. Cheers, William


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User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2486 posts, RR: 53
Reply 10, posted (2 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 9940 times:

Hi Eric,

Very nice report of your BA mileage run. I especially like your visit to BA lounge. It has been nearly three years ago since our own visit there.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
but still proceeded to the check-in counter to receive a normal boarding pass for these flights.

Oh yes, a proper paper boarding pass remains compulsory.  


Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
so I went one level higher and walked past a huge line of people who wanted to enter the KLM lounge.

Yikes, is this a common morning sight?

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
They enter the cabin and in the Business Class cabin they put their trolley in the overhead bin, and walk further to the back and take their seat.

Odd! What might be their motive?

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
I just love the British Royal Doulton china

I cannot help it, but the brand makes me think of Hyacinth Bucket from Keeping Up Appearances. 


Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Gate A23 is assigned for my next flight

I like how the natural light surround it.


Thank you for sharing.

Best wishes,
Suryo



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User currently offlineCaptainRed From Germany, joined Oct 2010, 698 posts, RR: 21
Reply 11, posted (2 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 9934 times:

Hi Eric,

great report here with excellent pictures. Really like the morning pictures from the approach over London and the departure shots from GVA. Looks like you had a great day of flying. BA looks pretty good as usual. A shame that you got a reg on which you have already been before, but well, that can happen.

Greetings
CaptainRed


User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4275 posts, RR: 51
Reply 12, posted (2 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 9887 times:

Hi William,

Quoting globalflyer (Reply 9):
I will be transiting LHR T5 on the trip to Berlin in June. Do you have a particular BA lounge that stands out there? I will be arriving in First

Looking forward to meet, I'm attending as well. About the lounge, use the BA First Class Lounge, also you can use it as arrival lounge. They have a la carte dining menu available, really nice. Check this report: AMS-BCN (BA & 757) + First Class Lounge LHR (by airbuseric May 14 2010 in Trip Reports). The lounge in T5 has similar offerings of course.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 10):
I especially like your visit to BA lounge. It has been nearly three years ago since our own visit there.

Suryo, please join me someday since that is too long ago.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 10):
Yikes, is this a common morning sight?

No it's not. I really think it's a morning rush with all the longhauls coming in and the lounge just open.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 10):
Odd! What might be their motive?

Storage space in the back is usually quite full. In C, often space available. They just put it there not to give them headache above their own seat. But the late C-class passenger can be a victim  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 10):
I cannot help it, but the brand makes me think of Hyacinth Bucket from Keeping Up Appearances.

Haha... I know and understand your thinking

Quoting akhmad (Reply 10):
I like how the natural light surround it.

The great design of T5 with all the glass makes this possible!

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 11):
great report here with excellent pictures.

Thanks CaptainRed

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 11):
Really like the morning pictures from the approach over London and the departure shots from GVA. Looks like you had a great day of flying.

Definitely also my opinion. I really like those views.

Regards
Eric



"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
User currently offlineAlwaysOnAPlane From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2010, 305 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (2 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 9883 times:

Howdy Eric.

Nice bit of reading here for your followers. Well written, brilliant pictures and I love the layout. New style with the flight info?

Well it seems the BA service was very good here on the aircraft. About those lounges, very nice looking. I only sampled one so far courtesy of Pjet. I am always impressed with the cool looks, without being too much in the face. The selections of food and drink are high level too. Great way to spend an hour or so.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
To drink a cranberry juice did well.

I would enjoy that also.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Once I finished the meal I went on with a Baileys on ice, you know, my favourite.

Jeez, what's that, like a tripple measure or something? More than SK in biz anyway.

More of the usual stuff from EZY, but nice for you to get that nice sunset view. Cool picture.

Thanks for the report Eric.
Cheers, Lee.


User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From UK - England, joined Sep 2003, 5173 posts, RR: 55
Reply 14, posted (2 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 9868 times:

Hoi, Eric,

sure a good read and also quality pictures.

Good to know that there are some more people out there with a backlog, not me this time!.

BA flights and lounges looks good, something for me also, who knows.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



Next: London City connections!.
User currently offlinegpbcroppers63 From Ireland, joined Jan 2008, 520 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (2 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 9785 times:

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 7):
Thank you. Definitely true, but no way with runway 09 in use for landing of course.

Yeah I always hate it if we land on the 09s when I've specifically chosen a seat on the right!

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 7):
More is coming up soon (I hope). Working on it.

Great. Looking forward to it!

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 7):
Thanks

You're very welcome.  



According to one of my colleagues, my problem is that I'm addicted to travel!
User currently offlineDunaA320 From UK - England, joined Feb 2009, 614 posts, RR: 8
Reply 16, posted (2 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 9779 times:

Hi Eric

Thanks for sharing, really love your pics on take off from GVA. Its a shame I don't get to see these views more often from the jumpseat!

Shame we couldn't meet up this day as.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Matt, or maybe you’re still around here before your VS flight to SFO?

I took off after the QF A380, on the A340-600. I have a picture of you still parked on stand at T5!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v76/mattduna/IMG_3250edit.jpg


User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Reply 17, posted (2 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 9664 times:

Hi Eric!

Great report as usual!
Looks like you had a couple of nice flights with BA, reminds me of my flight with them earlier this year! Those T5 lounges sure are great!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
The overhead screens came active for the safety demo, but the video failed. Not really amusing the crew.

On my last BA flight there was a similar problem, the screens went up and down from the ceiling and the sound didn't work.
After a couple of resets they made it work tho and the video played as it's supposed to.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
For me, the one with this lovely A380 model at the entrance

Looks great, can't wait to see a real example when BA gets their first birds.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Beautiful mountains with a clear view!

Great pictures!

Martin


User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1952 posts, RR: 24
Reply 18, posted (2 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 9456 times:
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Good report, airbuseric!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
I noticed some passengers (from Economy Class) to have some behavior which I dislike. They enter the cabin and in the Business Class cabin they put their trolley in the overhead bin, and walk further to the back and take their seat.

Definitely something I notice on a lot of flights I've taken recently. The flight crew sometimes stops these customers, but its rare - put your luggage above your seat and not right up in F!  

Thanks for sharing!

Matthew (767747)


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27126 posts, RR: 60
Reply 19, posted (2 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 9399 times:

Hi Eric ,
Nice report and glad you had nice flights on BA . The lounge in AMS looks quite nice as does the food onboard.

Nice to see the measures that BA give for Baileys are of SK standards  


Thanks for the report .

Regards

Philip  


User currently offlinesultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1746 posts, RR: 30
Reply 20, posted (2 years 8 months 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 9245 times:
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Hello Eric,

Nice report with - needless to say maybe - excellent photography. Pretty nice weather makes a nice flying day although there were no exotic airlines or aircraft involved. BA Club Europe is a nice way to travel although I believe the service on LHR-AMS can be quite rushed, no? The easyJet route GVA-BRU has seen me on board as well some times now. It’s a convenient service and pretty good value if you book in advance.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Vegetarian Breakfast for me this morning

Spinach in the morning, gruesome...

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Maybe I was just interesting to see it again, but also on this flight Economy Class passengers take it easy and store large bags or trolleys in the bins above the first rows before proceeding to their own seats.

Is it a pet peeve of yours? I can understand your irritation though. But it’s up to the crew to intervene in this matter!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
At least in an orderly manner, I guess the majority of the people are Belgium and Swiss here haha.

Yes, the Belgians are pretty orderly queuers  

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Wow, such a full load of people but nobody wants to sit next to me

That says a lot about you Eric 

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
That’s why I prefer GVA with clear weather, just for the great views!

How right you are! That makes me remember my flight on KU in Sep 2011, from FRA to GVA with these great light conditions.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
We park at spot 168 (gate A08?)

I believe it’ll be gate 68 or so, at the very end of the A terminal. That’s the usual parking spot for the ‘easies’.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
The railway station at BRU is looking a bit miserable and ‘still’ under construction. When you take a train to/from the airport you’ve to pay for a supplement called Diabolo-toeslag, which covers part of the cost for reconstruction/renovation of the railway station. The Belgium railways say that work will be finished around mid-2012, although I doubt that much improvement will be seen.

Yes, it looks miserable indeed but it’s a long time ago since I passed there. I usually take the public bus to Vilvoorde station, which is located on the main trainline Brussels-Antwerp and take the train there. it saves you the hassle of connecting at Brussels North.
The new rail connection between Mechelen and Antwerp is in a final testing phase, it’ll be finished in due time so a train ride to Amsterdam will be shorter as well. And yes, that Diabolo surcharge is something typically Belgian. That’s another reason why I take the last km’s to BRU by bus, thus avoiding to pay that extra money!

Sultanils



In thrust we trust.
User currently offlinesignol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 3017 posts, RR: 8
Reply 21, posted (2 years 8 months 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 9027 times:

Hi Eric,

nice set of flights on BA. I'm booked on my first Club Europe flight with them this summer, nice to see a sample of what catering will be like. Service looks good, as can be expected from BA. Easyjet did the business, simple flight.

Thanks for reporting!

signol



Flights booked: none :(
User currently offlinesultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1746 posts, RR: 30
Reply 22, posted (2 years 8 months 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 9000 times:
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Quoting sultanils (Reply 20):
The new rail connection between Mechelen and Antwerp

That is: between Mechelen (and Antwerpen) and BRU.

Sultanils



In thrust we trust.
User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3311 posts, RR: 12
Reply 23, posted (2 years 8 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 8854 times:

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
BA Galleries Lounge - inside

It might be cold, but vut at least it was clean and empty. Shame JL closed their AMS lounge

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
The purser came to offer me a wet towel prior pushback. Really nice. As a sidenote, BA did not offer Dutch newspapers, which is really a lack of service since they do offer the British press.

Wet towel - nice perk

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Don’t drink too much, otherwise you might forget haha.

Ha, always a danger!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Also interesting is that I did not receive the wet towel prior pushback. Is this part of the standard BA service or not?

I didn't get a towel on last weeks's LCA-LHR flight, only in flight. Maybe the towel upon boarding is only for early morning flights?

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Beautiful mountains with a clear view!

Very nice pic!



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User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 30
Reply 24, posted (2 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 8764 times:

Hi Eric,

Great stuff in your usual style. A lagom amount of very high quality pictures in there - your skills for inflight photography are amazing, I wish I could do the same.

BA Club Europe looks good as usual, although where are you champers?

That Geneva airport is certainly quite annoying with that dotted pattern on the windows, must've been some brainiac's great idea. A standard flight on Ezy as well, well done. BRU airport is well known for its long distances, it's quite annoying actually especially if you are doing a short Schengen - non-Schengen (or vice versa) connection.

You need more BA A320s? Fly to HEL, that's all we get nowadays. It was nice when the T3-operation was all 757s, we got two of those every day...


25 Post contains images airbuseric : Hi all, thanks again for your further replies to my latest tripreport. Thanks Lee. Yeah, new flightinfo style, but I regret the 'open space' between t
26 JL418 : Hi Eric! Well, it seems you had a very nice day of flying! Your pictures are stunningly beautiful, especially those about Geneva: you managed to captu
27 roberts87 : Great report Eric, thanks for sharing! Yeah, I agree. It looks very good, very out of the ordinary. I never realised BA had their own lounge at AMS. T
28 globalflyer : Hi Eric...thanks so much for pointing me to this lounge. I cannot wait to sample it! See you in BER!
29 CrimsonNL : Hi Eric, nice report and great pics as usual! The flights from BA out of AMS are generally very full, they do a very good job here. Only the Daily Mai
30 Post contains images airbuseric : Hi guys, thanks for reading and your replies so far! Thanks Fabrizio! I like these scenes also a lot, it's a lovely landscape after all Good to know.
31 PlaneHunter : Hi Eric, very nice report with many high-quality pictues! When can we expect the first part of your MH/Indonesia series? I'd love to get the BA A321 f
32 Post contains images infodesk : Hi Eric, Always a delight to read one of your reports. Love your photos of London from above. Wish I would lucky like this one day - so many LX319/320
33 MSS658 : Hi Eric Another great trip report you have got there! Nice to see some Club Europe flights! Glad you still had the old seating. Looks comfortable and
34 Post contains images airbuseric : Hi, thanks for your replies, I'm writing on it at the moment, expect it online next week. You're welcome! Thanks Indeed, the A321 is not too often on
35 Post contains images parton87 : Hello Eric! Thanks for the great story! Lovely pictures as always. You seem to have a nice day of flying. It will be nice to see how MA business class
36 63bobster : Thanks for the tripreport I haven't noticed it yet (was in Club Europe AMS-LHR early january) but these would be big improvements for BA in Amsterdam
37 The777Man : Hi Eric ! Thanks for a nice report with fantastic pictures! It seems like a nice day for flying except for the turbulence. Really great views on depar
38 Post contains images airbuseric : Hi guys, sorry for my late reply, I simply overlooked it... Something to write also for me, but some patience for this one. I hope you've enjoyed the
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