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Gone With The Head Wind; Heathrow - Atlanta  
User currently offlinepawsleykat From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 1978 posts, RR: 11
Posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 13645 times:

Background;
Way back in April 2011, I took my first trip to Atlanta. I remember it like it was yesterday. I got up on April 8th, and was in a stinking mood. I had just moved house and was tired. This was my first trip after having done so. I came down stairs, and with my cup of tea in one hand, cigarette in the other, loudly exclaimed 'Who wants to go to Atlanta?!'
That night, while out for drinks with the crew, I was in the restroom at a local bar, and in walked this young gentleman. I was really into the motif on his t-shirt, and asked him about it. We struck up conversation and have been in contact ever since. It made me realise that I wanted to go back to Atlanta. I've been waiting for ages to have a break from work to get back to the South. I eventually decided on the long weekend of April 13-18 - just over a year since I first visited - to make my comeback.

Anyway, back to the trip...

I arrived from Boston, MA on Monday morning (09/04) and immediately started packing upon my return to the house. Well, when I say packing, I mean sorting out what crap I wanted to take with me. I eventually decided and filled two bags with clothes, shoes, beauty essentials and more (everything a gay man needs for a few days away). I was getting more and more excited as the days went on.

Eventually, Friday the 13th came around and I woke up with a stinking hangover. My best friend Tom and I had had a night in the evening previously and consumed somewhat too much vodka. After breakfast, showers and final packing, we made our way to Heathrow (Tom departing for LAX as a work Trip - Virgin hostie - at 1525). I dropped him off at Terminal 3 and then made my way to Terminal 5 on the tube, then upstairs to check in at one of many British Airways' Self Service Kiosks.

After entering my details, I held my breath, praying that it would tell me I had a seat confirmed on the plane. One of the disadvantages of travelling on Staff Travel is that one can sometimes not be sure if they're on the plane until the very last minute. Thankfully today though, the flight was only 3/4 full so I was initially given 32H in World Traveller. I went to one of the Club World check in desks to drop my bag and ask if there was any chance of a more comfortable seat. Unfortunately, there was no way to upgrade me at that point, but I was asked if I would like to move to 39K, which was free so at least I would get a good view.

After that I headed straight outside for my last smoke, phoned my mum to tell her I was off, and then made my way to security, which wasn't too busy, so I was through in a matter of minutes.
Waiting to pick up my belongings at the other end, I heard a voice say "Your name is Jordan, you work for British Airways and you're an a.netter!"
I was shocked, but soon found out it was user 747-438 and we had a quick conversation before I jetted off to Gate A10 - via a quick stop at Boots to grab a drink - and then onto the bus to our remote stand over by T5B. I was invited to board the bus with the First and Club World customers as the gate staff had said to ask the cabin crew if there was any chance of an upgrade. I'm not a huge fan of doing so, but decided to take the first bus anyway so as to get to my seat and take my time un packing and settling in.

Friday, April 13th 2012
London Heathrow, UK (LHR) - Atlanta Harstfield Jackson International, GA, USA (ATL)
British Airways BA227 (1505-1910)
Boeing 777-236ER
Aircraft Registration: G-YMMG
Seat Number: 39K (later moved to 14F)
Estimated Flight Time: 8h20
Take Off: 1530
Touch Down: 1845
Actual Flight Time: 8h15

The bus left Terminal 5A and headed off for the short journey to the B gates. Despite arriving at the B concourse right next to our aircraft, we had to drive all the way around the satellite terminal before finally pulling up at the stairs connected to Door 2L. There was a 5 minute wait while the ground staff readied themselves for our arrival and people started pushing towards the front door of the coach. As soon as they were open, people began piling out onto the stairs. I took my time, I'm not a fan of rushing, and soon enough I was welcomed aboard with a huge smile from the Cabin Service Director (CSD). She pointed me across the cabin and to the right, where I walked through Club World, World Traveller Plus and then all the way to the very last row of World Traveller. I took my comfy clothes out of my bag (namely some Abercrombie Sweatpants, a t-shirt and some espadrilles) to change in to after stowing all my belongings. I hauled my Louis bag into the overhead locker, tidied up my seat a bit and then went into the washroom to change. All I wanted to do now was get going.

Upon my return to my seat, the gentleman working position number 8 (at door 4R) started chatting to me, and we had a good 10 minute conversation as the aircraft slowly filled up. He informed me that we were only 3/4 or so full today so there would be plenty space to stretch out. I then took my seat, after returning my clothes to my bag stowing my jacket in the overhead locker, and sat with my face glued to the window watching the movements on the airfield.

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G-YMMG ready to take us across the pond

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My World Traveller seat view

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Looking forward towards the wing

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And backwards towards Terminal 5 C

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My Boarding Card - notice my standby code beneath my name

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The Tail of a Boeing 747-436

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And in all her glory, the Queen of the Skies

As I sat back and took in my surroundings, a voice appeared from behind me.
"Mr McSherry?" he asked. I turned my head to face him
"Yes?"
"Can I see your boarding card please?"
I fumbled round the seat pocket to grab my passport in which my boarding card had been placed, and then handed it to him. By this point, a large number of people sat around me were looking on in interest.
"If you'd like to gather your belongings and follow me please?"
Suddenly my heart sank, I thought I was being offloaded. I had no idea why but I was sure I had been bumped from the flight. I took my phone out of my pocket in preparation to text Pablo and tell him I'd aim for the next afternoon's flight. We passed through World Traveller and World Traveller Plus, where I could feel eyes boring into me, and into the Club World Cabin. The crew member turned around and with a massive smile announced,
"Please, Mr McSherry, take any seat you want and make yourself comfortable"
I remembered then my jumpseat request, I had filled it in online in case there had been no seats available and I could still get to Atlanta by taking a spare cabin jumpseat. The flight crew had obviously seen it and upgraded me. Thank you pilots!

I looked around and saw no window seats available, however 14DEFG were empty so set up home in 14F. I love the central seats in Club as once the privacy screens have been raised it's a very secluded area. After stowing my bag and jacket in the overhead locker one more time, I sat down and placed my Passport, Boarding Card, earphones and sunglasses into the small drawer located at foot level. A cabin crew member passing by instantly offered me a pre-departure drink of Water, Orange Juice or Champagne. I instantly opted for the Champagne. Bubble Bubble. Fizzz. Yum!

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Pre departure Champagne

A slight jolt shook the cabin and Mike Golf began pushing back. This was met by "Cabin Crew, please place all doors into automatic and cross-check" over the PA. I finished my glass and text my friend to say I was on the way, and that I would be seeing him in some 10 hours. After that, I switched my phone on to flight mode and put it in my pocket.

The beginning of the safety demo started, and then stopped, and started again before finally cutting out.
"Cabin crew prepare for manual demonstration"

And just like that, the crew pulled out their manual safety demo kits and the PA was read from the front. The engines were started, the flaps set and MG slowly started moving to the runway. The crew quickly secured the cabin, I handed back my glass and tugged at the tail of my seatbelt to make sure it was nice and tight.
"Cabin crew, please now take your seats for take off"

We taxiied quickly to runway 27R, taking various twists and turns around the construction site that has become Heathrow Airport. Soon enough, at 1529, Mike Golf entered the runway. You could feel the wake of the departing aircraft in front of us shaking the fuselage slightly. We paused on the tarmac and waited.
The hum from outside got louder and louder, a sense of being pushed towards the back of the aircraft was felt and take off power set. Due to our less than full load, and an easy hop for the 772, we picked up speed quickly. I could barely contain my excitement, knowing we were finally underway. Faster and faster we sped, until the ground tilted away from us and that momentary sense of weightlessness that I love so much took over my being. Speedbird 227 was airbourne.

We powered away from the runway, the gear retracting quickly and a soft 'Thud' echoed around the cabin as the main gear bay doors closed. Mike Golf dipped her wing slightly and we took a left hand turn, routing us out over Slough and then right again, to follow the M4 out towards Bristol.

Within 5 minutes the cabin crew were out of their seats and the CSD welcomed everyone on board, detailing information about the flight, our destination, crew and the service. Her voice was lovely, so very English.
Almost immediately, the crew member working my aisle appeared by my side and offered me a hot towel. Washing my face and my hands I felt instantly refreshed. And soon enough, she was ready to collect it in again. Power kicked in slightly as we continued our climb, but then was released very quickly. The seatbelt signs were switched off and I was then offered today's menu and the winelist, followed immediately by the paperwork I needed to pass through Customs and Border Protection in the US.

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Hot Towel - now used and somewhat cold

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The Menu and Winelist

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Paperwork - showing the table in both the folded and un folded design

I took some time whilst waiting on the first bar round to adjust to my surroundings and get myself comfortable. The foor rest came down, the privacy screen between 14D and 14E went up and I reclined my seat ever so slightly from the TTOL position. I pressed the button to spring my TV out from it's mountings but the HighLife! Entertainment system had not yet been switched on. There was some problems with the system as the CSD had to make three announcements regarding the reset of the entire thing.

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Club World seat in fully flat bed mode

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Privacy Screen down...

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And up

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I adore the ceiling lights in NGCW

I heard the trolley arrive by my seat and looked up to the smiling young lady who presented me with a bag of 'Out of Africa Mixed Nuts' and asked "Would you like something to drink from the bar sir?"
I responded with a smile, a nod and "I'd love a Bucks' Fizz and a Sparkling water with ice and a slice of lemon please!"
Both drinks were prepared and handed to me with a warm smile. I sat back and enjoyed.

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My drinks and my bag of nuts

The second bar round arrived quickly - but not too quickly as I had already finished my Bucks' Fizz - and was topped up quickly with a smile. As the cabin crew served the final row in the cabin, the CSD arrived by my seat and asked if I would be joining them for lunch.
"Yes please!"
"And what will sir be having today?"
"I'd like the Tian of Cornish crab to start, and the Beef dish for main, if that's possible please?"
"Why certainly Mr McSherry, is everything okay?"
"Yes, thank you"

and with that she was gone. A very small conversation but her genuine warmth and sunny disposition made me feel valued - even as a staff travel passenger.

Not long after my order was in for lunch, the TV screens flickered to life, and my first stop on the menu was the Moving Map. By this point, we were trailing west, about to pass over the coast of Ireland, with nothing ahead of us but ocean (Okay, it was the day before the 100th Anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. I had to get a quote from the movie in)

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Moving Map views. Still a long way to go

As we soared high above the clouds, I heard a slight rattle behind me as the meal trolley arrived. I cleared my table of my wine glass and unfolded it out to accomodate my tray.
"Your Tian of Cornish crab to start, Mr McSherry... and something to drink?"
"Thank you, yes, could I have a glass of the Domaine Bardin Sancerre 2010 please?" (I have discovered since starting British Airways and doing a wine tasting day that I enjoy wine so much more now)
"Of course, and some warm bread"
I reached out for my favourite slice and placed it by the butter dish on my tray. Soon afterwards, my glass was handed to me and the glass that held the Bucks' Fizz was taken away. My water was also topped up without me having to ask.

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Branded Glassware

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Tian of Cornish Crab with Gazpacho and Almond Salad

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Domaine Bardin Sancerre 2010

The crab salad was absolutely exquisite and was lapped up quickly - also, it's worth noting I hadn't eaten since my hungover bacon baquette at 10am - and I was soon left with an empty tray. Looking around to see if the trolley was back in the aisle - which it wasn't - I gently got out of my seat and leapt up the aisle to use the washroom. When I returned, my starter had been cleared in and my main dish placed down ready for me.

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Seared fillet of Charlois Beef, mustard cream sauce, champ potato and poached spring vegetables

The crew passed by and asked if I cared for a top up of wine, which I gladly accepted. Soon enough, I had finished my main course and now waited for my plate to be cleared in and dessert to be served.
The crew on this flight were fantastic, at least from my point of view anyway, as when dessert was offered, I opted for the Cherry Chocolate Drum and was told that it would go perfect with a tub of the Vanilla Ice Cream. I accepted and scooped the ice cream out and into the bowl. This was a fantastic mix. In just a few minutes I had cleaned my plate and my tray was very soon taken from me. I didn't go for any tea or coffee at this point as I was too busy enjoying the wine.

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Chocolate Cherry Drum and Vanilla Ice Cream

With the cabin now dark, I placed the seat into the Z-Bed mode and watched a Johnny English 2 followed by Modern Family and an episode of the Simpsons. Despite feeling tired, I just could not get to sleep so took a couple of trips to the Club Kitchen to stock up on drinks and snacks.

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Some Club Kitchen offerings

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Almost over land again - I used the PTV of the empty 14E as my constant moving map viewing

Not long before the second service started, the crew member who had been serving my aisle came up and asked me if I'd like a cup of tea. I said yes and very soon a cup of english breakfast tea, with milk and a sugar arrived at my seat - accompanied by an array of chocolate and biscuits. Talk about a personal touch!

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Yum

Getting Closer

I sat back up again to drink whilst watching an episode of Glee, and it was at this point the lights were switched back on for the Afternoon Tea service. The crew didn't even have to ask if I wanted the afternoon tea, they saw me sitting up with my table cleared and so set up a tray and placed it down in front of me. My tea was topped up and when they'd left, I raised the privacy screen again before continuing with my TV show.

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Glee

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Afternoon Tea service - with Orange Juice, Water and three sandwiches (Prawn Mayo, Chicken Salad and Double Gloucester

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Speeding through the sky ways

40 minutes prior to landing the Captain came over the PA system to inform us of our impending arrival and the crew leapt into action beginning to tidy up the cabin. I used this opportunity to freshen up in the washroom and change into some more formal clothes for arrival. Upon returning to my seat I folded my blanket up, placed it in the overhead locker and placed my clothes back into my bag - making sure everything was in its place and I was ready to just get up and off the aircraft.

The descent was quick and you could feel the nose pointing to the ground as if Mike Golf was saying "just get us there!". We twisted and turned to lose speed and height before our arrival.

20 minutes out the Captain announced "Cabin Crew, 20 minutes to landing" and the seatbelt signs were switched on. I stowed my foot rest, brought my seat up to the TTOL position and took some more photos of the Club Seat while waiting for the crew to secure the cabin.

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20000ft

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14J and 14K

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The Seat Controls - the blue button, when pressed and held, will take your seat into the designated Take Off and Landing position which is indicated by a green light on top of the seat mounting

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Foot rest stowed

As we came in, I could hear the speed brakes being raised and lowered multiple times in order to slow us down, the flaps and slats moved out and the ground got closer and closer. Even though it was stowed, the PTV on 14E was still showing the moving map and I watched as we came in over the North of Atlanta (DeKalb and Buckhead area) before turning south and then east to line up with one of the Easterly facing runways.

At 1845 local time (2345 BST), 8 hours and 15 minutes after leaving the runway in London, Mike Golf soared in over the numbers and flared gently for a smooth touchdown on Runway 09R. We slowed quickly and exited the runway near Councourse E, E as in Echo (if you've been to Atlanta and had a ride on the Plane Train, you'll get that). A 10 minute taxi awaited us as a Delta A330 had pushed back from the stand next to us and was blocking our path. Soon enough though, the engines spooled back up and we taxiied slowly to the gate.

"Cabin Crew, place doors into Manual and cross check" came the command from the flight deck.

It took a few minutes for the seatbelt signs to be switched off. Before I got up, I grabbed my belongings from the drawer, then took my bag from the overhead locker and waited for the door to open.

Before disembarking, I was wished a safe holiday by the crew and the CSD personally shook my hand and said she looked forward to meeting me again. The crew waved me off as I walked up the jetbridge and towards CBP.

As with every time I enter the USA, the tirade of questions was asked such as "What are you doing here?", "How long are you here for?", "Have you been here before?", "Where are you staying?" etc etc. But within 15 minutes I was through the queue with another stamp in my passport and onwards to baggage reclaim, where I had to wait around 10 minutes for my bag to appear.

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Some artwork in the terminal building

As I headed off, the crew were waiting for the last of their bags to come off the belt and I waved goodbye again before a loud "JORDAN!" came from behind me. I turned on my heel and the CSD was ushering me over.
"Wait with us darling, that queue is huge, you can come through with us"

I waited with them and we were ushered past all of the queues, through fast track security before boarding the plane train and heading on to the main terminal concourse. We walked up the stairs and to final baggage reclaim where they grabbed their belongins, I mine and we parted ways.

I stepped outside and sparked up a cigarette, but no sooner had I taken my first draw than Pablo had phoned me to tell me he would meet me at the Delta Airlines lower level pick up/drop off area in around 10-15 minutes. I finished my smoke, grabbed my bags and headed back through and across the terminal to the pick up place, stopping twice to ask directions because I had no idea where it was. A quick stop in the restroom first, before stepping back outside again and walking towards the entrance, and in no time at all, Pablo's car appeared and he jumped out, giving me a hug first and then stowing my bags in his trunk (well, just one bag, he's got the smallest car in the world so the other would have to sit on my lap). After that, we left ATL and headed North on the freeway to Pablo's apartment.

I'll include the photos of Atlanta and the surrounding area and all we got up to in my next post, which should be online tomorrow. Stay Tuned and Happy Flying!

Next Reports;
American Eagle. CRJ-700. ATL-LGA
United/Continental. Boeing 757-200. EWR-GLA



First Class passengers are my favourites. They can't get any further forward without an ATPL.
20 replies: All unread, jump to last
 
User currently offline747438 From UK - England, joined Jan 2007, 837 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 13598 times:

Great report. I'm pleased to managed to get your move up the front.

User currently offlineClassicLover From Ireland, joined Mar 2004, 4627 posts, RR: 23
Reply 2, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 13516 times:

Quoting pawsleykat (Thread starter):
The crew on this flight were fantastic, at least from my point of view anyway, as when dessert was offered, I opted for the Cherry Chocolate Drum and was told that it would go perfect with a tub of the Vanilla Ice Cream

That looked particularly nice! It sounds like you had a really good crew! I do like the recommendation to have the ice cream with the Cherry Chocolate Drum - a nice way to combine items on the menu for an even better dessert. Something for you to keep in mind in future?  

May I ask - were they all iPhone camera pictures? Pretty good quality, if so!  

Brilliant report, babe! I am going to have to try to top it with a thorough description of my LHR-SIN-SYD later this month   Don't think I'll manage it though - we do have very different styles!

Looking forward to the AA and UA reports!



I do quite enjoy a spot of flying - more so when it's not in Economy!
User currently offlineT8KE0FF From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2009, 410 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 13253 times:

Jordan, what a smashing report! How lucky being upgraded, although I must say that the food doesn't really look too appealing to me. Although the food from the club kitchen is very me, jelly beans and chocolate. Yes please!

Quoting pawsleykat (Thread starter):
I heard a voice say "Your name is Jordan, you work for British Airways and you're an a.netter!"

Practically an a.lister celebrity.  


Looking forward to the UA report to GLA!



RJ85 E145 E195 A319 A320 A330 A340 A380 B737 B747 B757 B767 B777 B787 DH4
User currently offlineplanejamie From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2011, 576 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 12661 times:

Very nice report and well done on the cheeky upgrade 

I always like reading reports from the perspective of a crew member travelling as a passenger as they give you so much more information, yours was no exception! I look forward to reading the return report!

Quoting pawsleykat (Thread starter):
Well, when I say packing, I mean sorting out what crap I wanted to take with me. I eventually decided and filled two bags with clothes, shoes, beauty essentials and more (everything a gay man needs for a few days away)

Oh, I know what you mean - I just hope my dad's new BA Gold (as they've status matched his bmi DC gold) will allow for my 2 weeks worth of stuff in the summer when we go on a family holiday to Boston! (Looking forward to that, not been on a BA 747-400 yet!)

Keep up the reports (maybe write one about working as a cabin crew member on a flight, I saw one written from a BD cabin crew member on here a while back and whilst it had no pictures, I learnt a lot from it and was interesting to read!)


User currently offlinebaguy From Australia, joined Mar 2006, 546 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 12482 times:

Great TR! I always enjoy yours Jordan!

Looking forward to trying the new product on LHR-HKG on a 77W in July!  

baguy


User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1916 posts, RR: 24
Reply 6, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 11735 times:
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Really good report, thanks for sharing!

Quoting pawsleykat (Thread starter):
As I sat back and took in my surroundings, a voice appeared from behind me.
"Mr McSherry?" he asked. I turned my head to face him
"Yes?"
"Can I see your boarding card please?"
I fumbled round the seat pocket to grab my passport in which my boarding card had been placed, and then handed it to him. By this point, a large number of people sat around me were looking on in interest.
"If you'd like to gather your belongings and follow me please?"
Suddenly my heart sank, I thought I was being offloaded. I had no idea why but I was sure I had been bumped from the flight. I took my phone out of my pocket in preparation to text Pablo and tell him I'd aim for the next afternoon's flight. We passed through World Traveller and World Traveller Plus, where I could feel eyes boring into me, and into the Club World Cabin. The crew member turned around and with a massive smile announced,
"Please, Mr McSherry, take any seat you want and make yourself comfortable"
I remembered then my jumpseat request, I had filled it in online in case there had been no seats available and I could still get to Atlanta by taking a spare cabin jumpseat. The flight crew had obviously seen it and upgraded me. Thank you pilots!

How awesome is this! It must be such an amazing feeling when you're pulled from your seat in the back to come up to the front ... When my parents and I were flying LH from JFK-FRA in J a few years back, a flight attendant asked my dad sitting by himself if he was traveling by himself, and when he pointed that he was with his us (next to him) the flight attendant walked around some more and soon she was whisking someone up to F. I wonder what would have happened if he had said .. "Yes, I am traveling alone!"  

The food looked really good - I was getting hungry reading your report!

Best,

Matthew (767747)


User currently offlineAirAfreak From United States of America, joined Apr 2012, 699 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 11481 times:
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Hello and thank you for taking the time to write this!!!

I must admit, I've always wanted to try British Airways long-haul, but have hesitated because I wasn't sure about the Club World rear-facing seat situation. So, Seat 14F, huh? Would this be the ultimate in privacy seat without having to see a double-dose of meal trays being passed (one for me and one for my neighbor?) This little piece of information just might have been the thing I've wanted to hear  

I have no status with any airline, so I have to pay out-of-pocket for my leisure travel when flying in Business or First. (Which is why I've hesitated with Club World).

Thank you (Cheers!)

Welcome to Atlanta!



Do you lead an Intercontinental life?
User currently offlinebongodog1964 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2006, 3536 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 10283 times:

Quoting AirAfreak (Reply 7):

I must admit, I've always wanted to try British Airways long-haul, but have hesitated because I wasn't sure about the Club World rear-facing seat situation. So, Seat 14F, huh? Would this be the ultimate in privacy seat without having to see a double-dose of meal trays being passed (one for me and one for my neighbor?) This little piece of information just might have been the thing I've wanted to hear

An F seat is only any good if the adjacent E seat is vacant, then you get a double sized personal space.
The best bets are A & K seats in the last row of a seating section. Then you not only get a window seat, but you have free access to the aisle without stepping though someone elses space.

[Edited 2012-05-06 15:38:40]

User currently offline777ord From United States of America, joined May 2010, 490 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 9991 times:

Enjoyed the TR very much!

I am glad you mentioned how you are airline employed because I was sitting here thinking, "right. you just up and bought an international ticket...."

I am VERY happy to see the crew took the time to grab you and move you up. normally they-UA- just tell me to take the empty seat up front, or I have to ask after boarding.

My heart did sink when the dreaded "please gather your items" is mentioned. Even better is the walk of shame when they page you. LOVE THAT! not.

Great TR. Enjoy your trip!


User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3203 posts, RR: 12
Reply 10, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 9490 times:

Sounds like you had a nice flight Jordan, and it's great that you managed to end up in Club.

Quoting pawsleykat (Thread starter):
Why certainly Mr McSherry

Is it standard to address pax by name thoughout the flight, or was it just you they remembere?

Quoting pawsleykat (Thread starter):
Seared fillet of Charlois Beef, mustard cream sauce, champ potato and poached spring vegetables

That metal sauce pot looks SO tacky!

Quoting pawsleykat (Thread starter):

As I headed off, the crew were waiting for the last of their bags to come off the belt and I waved goodbye again before a loud "JORDAN!" came from behind me. I turned on my heel and the CSD was ushering me over.
"Wait with us darling, that queue is huge, you can come through with us"

Awh, that's nice of them. Hope you enjoyed Atlanta.



http://my.flightmemory.com/shefgab Upcoming flights: LHR-GVA-LHR-TXL-LHR-VE-PRN,SPU-OSL-LHR, LGW-DXB-BKK-DXB-LHR
User currently offlineAirAfreak From United States of America, joined Apr 2012, 699 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 9059 times:
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Quoting bongodog1964 (Reply 8):

Awesome!!!!!! Thanks for the helpful hint!!!!  



Do you lead an Intercontinental life?
User currently offlinelychemsa From United States of America, joined Oct 2009, 1170 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 8812 times:

The British emigration officers also ask foreigners tons of questions. Things have changed in the past few years everywhere.

And at Heathrow Terminal 5 I waited 1 1/2 hours to show my passport.

BA serve good food. I wish AA would do the same. Thanks for your nice report.

[Edited 2012-05-07 09:56:41]

User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26854 posts, RR: 58
Reply 13, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 8601 times:

Hey Jordan great to see you back  

What a stylish way to travel too. BA Club is something I'm looking forward to trying more in future. The food looked very good. Made me hungry  

Lovely pics and read.

Regards

Philip


User currently offlinepawsleykat From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 1978 posts, RR: 11
Reply 14, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 8478 times:

Hey guys, thanks for the replies!

Quoting ClassicLover (Reply 2):
May I ask - were they all iPhone camera pictures? Pretty good quality, if so!

Yeah, everything taken on my new iPhone4S with its 8MP camera. Snazzy!

Quoting T8KE0FF (Reply 3):
Practically an a.lister celebrity.

Oh, of course  
Quoting planejamie (Reply 4):
Oh, I know what you mean - I just hope my dad's new BA Gold (as they've status matched his bmi DC gold) will allow for my 2 weeks worth of stuff in the summer when we go on a family holiday to Boston! (Looking forward to that, not been on a BA 747-400 yet!)

Oh that's good that they've matched it! PM me and let me know the dates and flight numbers of your Boston. I do BOS all the time now that it's on mixed fleet so I'll try and swap onto it  
Quoting baguy (Reply 5):
Great TR! I always enjoy yours Jordan!

Thank you!

Quoting baguy (Reply 5):
Looking forward to trying the new product on LHR-HKG on a 77W in July!

The new product is stunning! Absolutely love it, can't wait till it's rolled out over more of the fleet.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 10):

Is it standard to address pax by name thoughout the flight, or was it just you they remembere?

In Club World and First, it is standard to address customers by their names.

Quoting lychemsa (Reply 12):
The British emigration officers also ask foreigners tons of questions. Things have changed in the past few years everywhere.

I haven't been through British Immigration recently, being a UK citizen with the biometric passport I use the IRIS fast track screening thing when I re-enter the country.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 13):
Hey Jordan great to see you back

Thanks Phillip, it's good to be back!

Keep tuned for the next installment. I'm currently working on it  

JG  



First Class passengers are my favourites. They can't get any further forward without an ATPL.
User currently offlineplanejamie From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2011, 576 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 8415 times:

Quoting pawsleykat (Reply 14):
Oh that's good that they've matched it! PM me and let me know the dates and flight numbers of your Boston. I do BOS all the time now that it's on mixed fleet so I'll try and swap onto it  

That's awesome  I think I did the right thing to PM you but I'm never sure if it works on this site haha


User currently offlineidlewildchild From United States of America, joined Nov 2011, 166 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 8296 times:

Should never read trip reports while hungry. I could smell and taste the afternoon tea with clotted cream and strawberry jam. My favorite food while visiting my Cornish relatives! Looks like your company did you proud and gave you a nice ride to the new world.

User currently offlinepawsleykat From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 1978 posts, RR: 11
Reply 17, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 7687 times:

Quoting planejamie (Reply 4):
Keep up the reports (maybe write one about working as a cabin crew member on a flight, I saw one written from a BD cabin crew member on here a while back and whilst it had no pictures, I learnt a lot from it and was interesting to read!)

I've just realised you wrote this. Although not actively reporting on the flight as an operating crew member, I wrote a trip report in July about positioning out to NRT to operate a flight home from HND. You can view it here;

Another Day In The Office. Club World LHR-NRT (by Pawsleykat in Airliners.net Trip Reports)


JG  



First Class passengers are my favourites. They can't get any further forward without an ATPL.
User currently offlineplanejamie From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2011, 576 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 7247 times:

Quoting pawsleykat (Reply 17):
I've just realised you wrote this. Although not actively reporting on the flight as an operating crew member, I wrote a trip report in July about positioning out to NRT to operate a flight home from HND. You can view it here;

I remember reading that now! (before I signed up for airliners.net proper - I didn't realise you wrote that haha)  Made me want to try one of the 777-300ERs!

I've sort of dragged this thread off topic a bit >.


User currently offlinesignol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 2996 posts, RR: 8
Reply 19, posted (2 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 5980 times:

Hi Jordan,

nice report, especially of the staff travel part that isn't so common on here.

Quoting pawsleykat (Thread starter):
"Mr McSherry?" he asked. I turned my head to face him
"Yes?"
"Can I see your boarding card please?"
I fumbled round the seat pocket to grab my passport in which my boarding card had been placed, and then handed it to him. By this point, a large number of people sat around me were looking on in interest.
"If you'd like to gather your belongings and follow me please?"

Very nice! I only had this once. I was working as an intern for AF in CDG, no travel rights so I bought a CDG-LHR ticket once to see what they were like (I usually used the train, or, God forbid, Eurolines as it was cheaper. Even Buzz, as it existed then). I took my seat, and the purser came and said, "Mr. signol? Please come this way. Leave your things.". I thought I was being led to the front cabin, Affaires, but actually I was led to the cockpit jumpseat, and spent the entire flight there, until disembarking at LHT T2! Best flight of my life. I even remember the name of the pilot.

Club looks great, it is of course an ambition to fly long haul business one day. Hopefully I'll have enough Avios, or Flying BLue miles, for a C trip in a few years!

Thanks for the report!

signol



Flights booked: none :(
User currently offlineroberts87 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2011, 965 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (2 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 5244 times:

Great report! Club World sure seems an excellent and most enjoyable way to cross the pond!

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