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Flying Home With BA-"World Traveller" From Chicago  
User currently offlineAmricanShamrok From Ireland, joined May 2008, 2903 posts, RR: 0
Posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 12157 times:

BA294: O’Hare International Airport (ORD) – Heathrow (LHR)
BA5881: Heathrow (LHR) – Shannon Airport (SNN)


This is the return report for the outbound trip posted here: British Airways "World Traveller" To Chicago (by AmricanShamrok Nov 16 2012 in Trip Reports). During my three weeks I had an opportunity to go planespotting at ORD as my relatives live so close. I took the CTA Blue Line from Harlem; trains run every few minutes and the journey takes about 15 minutes.

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The top of the parking garage offers good 360° views of field movements

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An Aer Lingus A330-300 arriving as flight EI125 from Dublin

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An Iberia A340-600 operating flight IB6274 just after takeoff bound for Madrid

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London-MAN? Seems like a Ryanair destination label  

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Aer Lingus crew boarding their shuttle bus for the Westin Hotel on Michigan Avenue

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I couldn’t get many good pictures of actual movements that day for some reason…anyway my three weeks had passed and it was time to go home. I was dropped off at the International Terminal 5 about 2 hours before my 17:15 departure. I had an unprecedented two bags to check-in so I would have to pay the $50 fee that BA imposes for the second bag. I didn’t have time to go online where it would have been a bit cheaper before coming to the airport.

There were only a few people in the World Traveller queue so I was at the desk in no time at all. I was greeted politely by the agent (does BA outsource their ground staff here or do they employ their own?) who instructed me to put my bags on the belt, one at a time. Off they went and she issued me my ORD-LHR boarding pass. I asked if she could give me my LHR-SNN pass as well. “Well, I can try!” she said. I didn’t open my mouth about the $50 payment and kept smiling and turning on the charm in case she decides to waive it. Alas, she was not able to print the boarding pass my onward flight (I don’t know why) so she said to visit the EI transfer desk in Terminal 1 on arrival. With that, she gave me back my passport, boarding pass and a leaflet on transferring at LHR and not a mention of the $50! Off I popped to TSA happy out - nice one BA!

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Security was painful enough with a long line and my carry-on bag had to undergo an additional check. I had to watch as they examined its contents but sure enough, I was given the all-clear. Also, I was “not allowed” to go through the full body scanner as I “didn’t look old enough”.

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I was a bit distraught to see the Boeing 777-200ER as being G-YMMG – the exact bird which had brought me here three weeks ago…unlucky!

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A Lufthansa A340-300 parked at Gate M19 after arrival from Dusseldorf and a United 767-300ER being towed over to Terminal 1

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An Air France A330-200 preparing for the daily departure back to Paris-CDG as flight AF667

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BA operates two lounges here at ORD:

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An Etihad Airways Boeing 777-300ER preparing for departure back to Abu Dhabi as flight EY150

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This KLM Boeing 747-400 would later depart to Amsterdam as flight KL612


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Entrance to the Air France Lounge which Aer Lingus also uses

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KAL Lounge (closed at that time of day)

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An Aer Lingus A330-300 parked at M5 having arrived from Dublin as flight EI125 over an hour earlier, A Swiss A330 behind it

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View across to Terminal 3, the Chicago home of American Airlines

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M5, the gate used by EI, acted as an international transit lounge before current regulations requiring all international arrivals to clear immigration and customs at first port of entry were introduced – hence the whitened windows and sliding doors to maintain a sterile area secluded from the rest of the departure lounge

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The KL jumbo on its feet

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LX operates 11 weekly flights between ZRH and ORD in the summertime

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A LOT Polish Airlines 767-300ER would depart later for Warsaw as flight LO2

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Temporary walls erected as the renovation of Terminal 5 begins – the new departure layout, complete with retail and restaurant outlets post security will be operational by Q4 2013

Back I popped to my departure gate.

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A Turkish Airlines Airbus A330 arriving from Istanbul as flight TK5

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The Scandinavian Airlines A330-300 pushing back as it begins flight SK946 to Stockholm

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A Virgin Atlantic A340-600 being towed from its remote stand to the gate for the boarding of flight VS40 back to London-LHR

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Boarding for BA294 was called at about 16:40 with priority given to special needs travellers, young children, First and Club World before eventually World Traveller and World Traveller Plus. I was onboard at 17:05.

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Amenity kit that greeted me on my seat

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I was sitting next to a mother and son en route to Edinburgh; they would connect through LHR on BA. The captain welcomed us aboard at 17:10 and pushback commenced right afterwards with people still standing in the aisles stowing bags etc.

Date Monday, 13th August 2012
Airline British Airways
Flight BA294
Aircraft Boeing 777-236ER
Tail No. G-YMMG
Aircraft Name
Scheduled Departure 17:15 CDT
Actual Departure 17:12 CDT
Departure Terminal & Gate International Terminal 5, Gate M12
Departure Taxi Route Intl. Taxiline, A, A7, T, T10, RWY32L
Weather at Departure Light rain, winds NW
Scheduled Arrival 06:55 WET
Actual Arrival 06:46 WET
Arrival Terminal & Gate Terminal 5, Gate B42
Arrival Taxi Route RWY27L, N7, A, C, C1, C
Weather at Arrival Partly sunny, winds W
Class World Traveller
Seat No. 35A
Captain (N/A)
First Officer (N/A)
Cabin Manager Steve McCoy
Actual Flight Time 7 hours, 34 minutes

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Takeoff was at 17:29 with no runway congestion. The seatbelt sign was switched off within minutes and the crew were up and about preparing the drinks and snack service which was distributed about 20 minutes after takeoff.

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Shortly after the bar service passengers seated at the windows were asked to shut the blinds by the crew. The flight was quite turbulent from the start with consistent light “shakes” all throughout the duration of the flight. Once again the flight was packed, in all cabins from what I could see.

Not long after the bar service, dinner was served. Once again the options were not announced and I had to ask the attendant what was on offer. I took the beef which was good, not as nice as what I ate on the outbound flight though.

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Duty free was offered after the remains of dinner were collected and then the lights were dimmed for the Atlantic crossing. I tried my best to get a few hours’ shuteye, waking every now and then to watch the flightmap and browse the Highlife entertainment system. I reported in my previous thread that I found the World Traveller seats rather uncomfortable - I’ll say it again, they really aren’t the best! The way the seat is positioned makes it really uncomfortable to lean your head against the sidewall as well.

At 05:50 WET the lights came back on and people gradually started waking from whatever sleep they’d been getting. The cabin crew then handed out ham and cheese sandwiches with granola bars, yogurts and drinks of choice. This was a very nice snack I must say. The First Officer cam on the PA to give a very detailed description of our descent into LHR and he apologised for the rather turbulent crossing, blaming “strong jet streams”. The descent began at 06:00 on the dot. Ireland was covered in cloud (what’s new?) so land didn’t come into sight until we got closer to London.

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After breakfast the Customer Service Representative, Steve McCoy made an announcement briefly explaining the procedure for connections at LHR. After this a more detailed video was played on the seatback screens.

We were directed into a holding pattern south of Heathrow before making our final approach towards 27L.

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A smooth landing was had at 06:42 WET and we reached our parking stand at T5B at 06:46. The captain made one final announcement now welcoming us to London and thanking us for our custom.

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The cabin crew were standing at various points around the cabins thanking passengers for flying BA.

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Free newspapers were offered on the airbridge once again on disembarking. It was now time for me to make my way to Flight Connections for my onward flight to SNN, leaving from Terminal 1. The trains connecting T5B to T5A (which needed to be accessed to get the bus to Flight Connections) were not running this morning for some reason and uniformed staff were directing all passengers to use the (rather long) walkway instead. The busses run between each terminal and Flight Connections every few minutes so once here, I didn’t have long to wait.

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As the Flight Connections Centre is located in Terminal 1 itself, my journey by bus ended here. I was directed to UK Border Inspection first where there was little to no waiting time, then on to security screening. I did not have to worry about my checked baggage as they were checked straight through from Chicago to Shannon. After security (again with only a minor queue) it was straight to the Aer Lingus Transfer Desk in the Departure Lounge for my onward boarding pass. I found it odd I was let through passport inspection and security without one but hows ever…

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There was a long line here, longer than any of the other airlines’ transfer desks and it was moving at a snail’s pace with only one agent at the actual desk. She asked for any passengers travelling on EI153 to Dublin to come forward as the flight was now boarding. I eventually reached the desk and got my boarding pass. The agent wasn’t a bit friendly and I could tell she didn’t want to be there.

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The gate for my flight wasn’t displayed yet so I got some overpriced breakfast from one of the restaurant/cafés. As soon as the gate came up I decided to go straight to it for some planespotting. Aer Lingus uses Gates 77-86 at T1, affectionately known as “the Green Mile”. En route I had to undergo one further ID inspection before being allowed into the concourse, set apart for UK domestic and Irish departures only.

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This was a busy time of morning for EI with near simultaneous departures to DUB, ORK, SNN and BFS. There were actually five EI aircraft parked in succession, one of which accounting for a delayed DUB departure.

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Boarding was called just after 09:10 for passengers seated in the back half of the A320 first. I was at my seat, 18F at 09:20.

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Date Tuesday, 14th August 2012
Airline British Airways*
Flight BA5881*
Aircraft Airbus A320-214
Tail No. EI-DEB
Aircraft Name St Nathy/Naithí
Scheduled Departure 09:50 WET
Actual Departure 09:50 WET
Departure Terminal & Gate Terminal 1, Gate 80
Departure Taxi Route Link 12, A, RWY27L
Weather at Departure Partly sunny, winds W
Scheduled Arrival 11:20 IST
Actual Arrival 11:06 IST
Arrival Terminal & Gate Gate 6
Arrival Taxi Route RWY24, A
Weather at Arrival Fair, passing showers, winds SW
Class
Seat No. 18F
Captain Gráinne Woulfe
First Officer Philip Griffin
Cabin Manager Samantha Larkin
Actual Flight Time 1 hour, 16 minutes
*Operated by Aer Lingus

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Captain Woulfe gave a short and sweet welcome announcement at 09:35 giving an estimated flight time of one hour, and the door 1L was closed at 09:43. We pushed back from the gate bang on time at 09:50. This was also a full flight with the load factor close to 100%. There were four cabin crew onboard, all familiar faces with me at this stage… I noticed Samantha Larkin again being in attendance for my third successive EI flight (I wonder did she recognise me…)

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US Airways flight US728 arriving from Dallas/Fort Worth via Philadelphia

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Our flight was the last of the EI birds to leave, the other two A320s, one A319 and one A321 departing shortly before ours. Takeoff was at 10:09.

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This short flight was very smooth and not really noteworthy. 31 minutes after takeoff First Officer Griffin informed us of our descent into SNN, commencing 20 minutes later and passing directly over the towns of Wexford and Clonmel.

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Final approach was called at 11:00 and we were down on Runway 24 three minutes afterwards.

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In her arrival announcement Ms. Larkin gave details on the connections procedure for passengers transferring onto flight EI135 to Boston. We taxiied to Gate 6, parking right next to an Air Transat A330 at Gate 7 preparing for its flight to Toronto.

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GNIB inspection and the baggage claim hall were packed with passengers from the EI and TS flights from London and Toronto.

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I was outside of the terminal about 11:30 to a beautiful day (not quite as hot a Chicago!). So that’s it. Two trips to the States in one summer, not so bad! My next report will document my trip to Brussels. Thanks for reading.

Previous trip reports:
46. Aer Lingus EI125 SNN-ORD (Direct - Few Pics) (by AmricanShamrok May 9 2008 in Trip Reports)
47. Aer Lingus EI124 ORD-SNN (pics) (by AmricanShamrok May 30 2008 in Trip Reports)
48. & 49. Aer Lingus First: Avod To Chicago (ORD) [pics] (by AmricanShamrok Aug 25 2008 in Trip Reports)
50. & 51. Aer Lingus EI124 ORD-DUB-SNN [with Pics] (by AmricanShamrok Nov 21 2008 in Trip Reports)
52. & 53. A Continental Experience: Transatlantic & Beyond - Pics (by AmricanShamrok Aug 13 2009 in Trip Reports)
54. & 55. AF (& WX) ‹‹Voyageur›› ORD-CDG-SNN (lots Of Pics) (by AmricanShamrok Sep 11 2009 in Trip Reports)
56. & 57. Aer Lingus Domestic (SNN-DUB-SNN) On The A330+pics (by AmricanShamrok Feb 13 2010 in Trip Reports)
58. & 59. London Baby! (SNN-LGW-SNN) With Ryanair+pics (by AmricanShamrok Mar 6 2010 in Trip Reports)
60. & 61. US Customs In Shannon, Ireland + CO To ORD (pics!) (by AmricanShamrok Aug 19 2010 in Trip Reports)
62. & 63. Delay With Continental: ORD-EWR-SNN (With Pics!) (by AmricanShamrok Aug 29 2010 in Trip Reports)
64. & 65. DUB Terminal 2 Trial + KIR-DUB Return On FR (pics) (by AmricanShamrok Oct 15 2010 in Trip Reports)
66., 67., 68. & 69. ¡Hola Barcelona! Flying Irish With FR, EI, RE-pics (by AmricanShamrok Jun 21 2011 in Trip Reports)
70., 71., 72. & 73. From Shannon To Berlin...and Back To Kerry! (pics) (by AmricanShamrok Jan 29 2012 in Trip Reports)
74. & 75. London For A Half-day (feat. LGW & LHR - Pics!) (by AmricanShamrok Feb 7 2012 in Trip Reports)
76. & 77. Kingdom County To Windy City KIR-DUB-ORD W/EI-pics (by AmricanShamrok Jun 17 2012 in Trip Reports)
78. & 79. Hello Sunshine State! FLL, MIA, MCO With WN & AA (by AmricanShamrok Jul 4 2012 in Trip Reports)
80. JettingBlue To DC (MCO-IAD) + A Visit To New York (by AmricanShamrok Aug 21 2012 in Trip Reports)
81. Aer Lingus EI134 Boston-Shannon (Economy) (by AmricanShamrok Aug 24 2012 in Trip Reports)
82. & 83. British Airways "World Traveller" To Chicago (by AmricanShamrok Nov 16 2012 in Trip Reports)
84. & 85. Flying home with BA: “World Traveller” from Chicago


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11 replies: All unread, jump to last
 
User currently offlinekann123air From United States of America, joined Jun 2009, 966 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 10028 times:

Very nice read!! The shots of LHR reminded me of when I was there a few months ago on my way to Singapore (DFW-LHR-SIN). Also the pictures of the international heavies in ORD were great; I especially loved the EY 77W shot (reminded me of flying that exact flight a few months earlier AUH-ORD-XNA).

Quoting AmricanShamrok (Thread starter):
US Airways flight US728 arriving from Dallas/Fort Worth via Philadelphia

US doesn't operate the same equipment (A332) on the DFW-PHL-LHR route, do they? There's an equipment change in PHL, right?



Moving forward with the New American
User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1937 posts, RR: 24
Reply 2, posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 9688 times:
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Very good report!

Nice to see all the activity at ORD's Terminal 5. My wife and I landed there last September when returning from Copenhagen. It was a hectic arrival for sure, but the departure area looks much more calm!  

Thanks for sharing,

Matthew (767747)


User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3270 posts, RR: 12
Reply 3, posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 9204 times:

Thanks for posting. BA looks fairly unremarkable transatlantic.

Quoting AmricanShamrok (Thread starter):
London-MAN? Seems like a Ryanair destination label

Ha, clearly the person writing the sign has no idea about UK geography!

Quoting AmricanShamrok (Thread starter):
With that, she gave me back my passport, boarding pass and a leaflet on transferring at LHR and not a mention of the $50!

Lucky you. Always pays to be nice to check in staff

Quoting AmricanShamrok (Thread starter):
Not long after the bar service, dinner was served. Once again the options were not announced and I had to ask the attendant what was on offer. I took the beef which was good, not as nice as what I ate on the outbound flight though.

Is that all you got? What was in the box? No starter or salad? Breakfast looked slightly better



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User currently offlineba319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8546 posts, RR: 54
Reply 4, posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 9153 times:
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Nice report and pictures, thanks for posting.

Looks like a pretty 'normal' transatlantic flight, noting great but nothing bad either.

Quoting AmricanShamrok (Thread starter):
The top of the parking garage offers good 360° views of field movements

- Nice, but is spotting ok there? - The yanks are still quite paranoid about spotters with cameras/binoculars.

Quoting AmricanShamrok (Thread starter):
London-MAN? Seems like a Ryanair destination label

- How on earth has that not been picked up on yet?

Quoting AmricanShamrok (Thread starter):
I was a bit distraught to see the Boeing 777-200ER as being G-YMMG – the exact bird which had brought me here three weeks ago…unlucky!

- Bugger!

Quoting AmricanShamrok (Thread starter):
dinner was served. Once again the options were not announced and I had to ask the attendant what was on offer. I took the beef which was good, not as nice as what I ate on the outbound flight though.

- Was that it? - no salad or a bread roll? - not impressed!

Quoting AmricanShamrok (Thread starter):
At 05:50 WET the lights came back on and people gradually started waking from whatever sleep they’d been getting. The cabin crew then handed out ham and cheese sandwiches with granola bars, yogurts and drinks of choice. This was a very nice snack I must say

- Now this sounds better than some economy pre-arrival snacks I've seen lately!

Cheers

Mark



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User currently offlineWROORD From United States of America, joined Mar 2009, 956 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 9010 times:

Great report and pictures. You definately pick the right BA flight out of ORD to spot on other international carriers. Glad to hear that T5 will add some options post security check, right now it is a disaster, clearly built for different times.

User currently offlineAmricanShamrok From Ireland, joined May 2008, 2903 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 8959 times:

Thanks for the feedback.

Quoting kann123air (Reply 1):
US doesn't operate the same equipment (A332) on the DFW-PHL-LHR route, do they? There's an equipment change in PHL, right?

No there's a change of guage in PHL but the flight itself originates in DFW  
Quoting 767747 (Reply 2):
Nice to see all the activity at ORD's Terminal 5. My wife and I landed there last September when returning from Copenhagen. It was a hectic arrival for sure, but the departure area looks much more calm!

There's been a lot of negative press on ORD T5 and and connecting at ORD in general but to be honest I've never had a problem with it. I even quite like the easy layout of the terminal. Granted, I'm glad they're working on the lack of dining and retail options past security.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 3):
Ha, clearly the person writing the sign has no idea about UK geography!

I honestly can't figure out how this mistake was made!

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 3):
Is that all you got? What was in the box? No starter or salad? Breakfast looked slightly better

That's it! I does look bad but it tasted quite nice. Much better than their EI or UA transatlantic counterparts. The inbound lunch option was even better!

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 4):
Nice, but is spotting ok there? - The yanks are still quite paranoid about spotters with cameras/binoculars.

It was eerily quiet up there and I did feel as if I was doing something wrong so I didn't delay. Nobody said anything though.

Quoting WROORD (Reply 5):

Great report and pictures. You definately pick the right BA flight out of ORD to spot on other international carriers. Glad to hear that T5 will add some options post security check, right now it is a disaster, clearly built for different times.

   Can't wait to see what progress has been made when I go back in the summer.



Shannon-Chicago
User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1161 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 8731 times:
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Great report, thanks for sharing.
BA looks quite OK here, nothing too special.
Great spotting pics at ORD too!

Quoting AmricanShamrok (Thread starter):
London-MAN? Seems like a Ryanair destination label

Thats pretty poor..

Quoting AmricanShamrok (Thread starter):
With that, she gave me back my passport, boarding pass and a leaflet on transferring at LHR and not a mention of the $50! Off I popped to TSA happy out - nice one BA!

Thats nice! $50 for the second bag is very steap IMHO

Quoting AmricanShamrok (Thread starter):
I was a bit distraught to see the Boeing 777-200ER as being G-YMMG %u2013 the exact bird which had brought me here three weeks ago%u2026unlucky!

ugh, such a shame!

cheers,

Brendan


User currently offlineA340600 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2003, 4105 posts, RR: 51
Reply 8, posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 8563 times:

Thanks for sharing. Is that the new BA catering being trialled at the moment? Looks a bit sparse, but no surprises there, BA are one of a dying breed to still serve a full tray down the back. I hope that doesn't become the new standard.


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User currently onlineSCQ83 From United States of America, joined Oct 2012, 941 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 8300 times:

The London-MAN is raising BA's London-centrism to a new standard. 

User currently offlinetriple7man From Thailand, joined May 2005, 743 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 8027 times:
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Your trip report brought back memories of a trip I took on BA ORD-LHR in March 1987 on BA 296/297. They were on 747's (100 and 200 versions) and the international terminal at ORD was a thing of the future. We had an international check in area (I think where Terminal 1 is today) and were bussed to the planes. They were parked on a remote stand, near where the international terminal is today. We got to climb the stairs on/off the plane. I remember on the bus ride to the plane seeing KLM 747, and others.
It was my first international flight on a foreign carrier and it was wonderful. Of course we didn't have the inflight entertainment systems like we do now, but one thing I was treated to...an inflight visit to the cockpit. Sadly, these are a thing of the past.
I appreciate your pics of the international terminal at ORD because the only times I've used it were on flights to ORD on AA from NRT and NGO. AA international flights depart from Terminal 3, so I've never experienced the international terminal on departure.



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User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 11, posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 7908 times:

Hello

Great to read your return journey as well! Looks like BA delivered good service. The meal looks good quality and quantity wise. It's nice to see the diversity in traffic at ORD and LHR as well

Quoting AmricanShamrok (Thread starter):
London-MAN? Seems like a Ryanair destination label

Hmm.... I think somebody should take a look at this one..

Greetings
Marc



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