Setjet From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 1086 posts, RR: 0 Posted (10 years 10 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 7943 times:
June 28, EWR-LHR, British Airways B777, flight #188
After a tough working week I headed from Manhattan to Newark, taking the new Airlink Train. Good thing is: For the first time there is a train connection to any New York airport, bad thing: You have to get to Penn Station first and then transfer at "Newark Airport" to, yes, Newark Airport (taking another train!). Travel time Manhattan-EWR = 1 hour.
Once there I checked in at the deserted First Class Check In and was told to expect a two hour delay for the evening flight at 9pm. So I headed to the lounge and received a voucher there for a dinner in there lounge. It's a great invention because you can go to sleep right after take off and they serve two different menus from the First Class menu. Great service!
Our plane must have been one of the last B777's in the old Landor color, which doesn't look too bad.
I took my seat 2A which was one of the best First Class seats I've ever seen. It's electrically adjustable, you have a PTV with a video collection of about 30 videos, you get a pyjama, some pillows, blankets, a nice flight kit and a champagne to get you settled. Here's what the seat looks like:
As the First Class was almost full and it was already past 11pm I didn't want to bother the FA's too much and just ordered a burger (don't know how they make that in the air). They served me the burger some fifteen minutes later and it was one of the most delicious burgers I've ever had! I like the fact that BA puts "burgers" on their menus next to caviar and salmon treats!
I slept most of the flight and woke up only twenty minutes before landing at Heathrow. Time to get dressed! In their bathrooms they even have a little foldable bench to help you change your clothes. And yes, there are also flowers next to the sink!
June 29, LHR-FRA, British Airways A319, flight #904
I had very little time to catch my connecting flight to Frankfurt from Terminal 1, but still enough time to take a shower in the Business Lounge there. Ready to go I was amazed to find out that there was only one other fellow flying in Business Class that morning. My seat was 1A this time.
Strangely they put the movable class divider somewhere at row 10 or 11. Was it to give the 40+ people in Economy a hard time?
The A319 is a very nice aircraft and I like it in the British Airways colors!
The flight was short and uneventful, we landed after about 70 minutes at FRA.
July 10, FRA-LHR, British Airways B737, flight #901
I expected the A319 for that flight again, but they switched the plane and it was the good old B737-400.
The early morning flight was very full, I don't understand why they use such small aircraft on one of their premier European routes (they use even the B767 to fly to Munich!). Anyway, the flight was again very uneventful, we circled for about 25 minutes over London City, before we got clearance to land at LHR.
From there I again had to catch the bus to Terminal 4 for my connection to JFK.
July 10, LHR-JFK, British Airways Concorde, flight #001
As my flight wasn't leaving before 10:30am I had a lot of time to kill. The Concorde Lounge is definitely the place to do that!
Unfortunately an appointment for a facial massage (!) wasn't available, so I had some drinks and some snacks before departure. The people in the lounge? Very strange...
Boarding started about twenty minutes before departure, the plane was about 50% full, and almost everybody was sitting in the first third of the cabin. Mt original seat was 7D, but I decided to reseat myself in the second cabin to get a little more space. Later one of the FA's told me that most of the people think that the first half of the cabin is First Class and the rear one is Economy.
The Concorde Cabin Crew flies Concorde and B757, so it's almost only "short-haul" for them.
The cabin isn't really big, but the new leather seats are really great! Also the Sennheiser earphones are a big improvement if you're used to Economy plastic earphones! For the first time you actually hear the music in a plane!
Take off was just before 11am, the take off roll was pretty impressive, the noise of the afterburners isn't that bad after all. What is really amazing is the steep angle just after take off. We climbed for more than an hour until we reached our final cruising altitude of 56,000 feet and our cruising speed of Mach 2.
The menu on Concorde is exceptional, they served a fresh Greek yoghurt with berries, toasted muesli and honeycomb.
After that I had sea bass with a leek and saffron reduction and a chocolate and banana mousse on hazelnut crust. To wash that down they had a selection of ten (!) different champagnes and a wine list of more than twenty different wines.
If you asked for you received the famous first flight certificate together with the stationary and a nice silver pen.
About an hour before our landing we slowed down and started our descent into JFK. Touch down was shortly after nine in the morning, about two hours before we took off from LHR! At the gate I could also get a quick look into the cockpit and talk to the four men crew.
Chepos From Puerto Rico, joined Dec 2000, 5968 posts, RR: 12 Reply 2, posted (10 years 10 months 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 7534 times:
Flying on the concorde must be an out of this world experience.
Some people say they prefer BA's First class product on the 777 or 747 over the concorde to JFK because they feel too crammped and sort of uncomfortable onboard the Concorde. Which one would you say was better The concorde flight or the 777's first.
VH-OJO From Slovakia, joined Jan 2000, 238 posts, RR: 1 Reply 4, posted (10 years 10 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 7497 times:
Looks like we both took a Concorde flight on the same day. But I was on AF 002 on July 10th, F-BVFB. I actually saw your aircraft at the BA terminal when leaving JFK. It was G-BOAE right ? What a coincidence ! Nice report.
Setjet From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 1086 posts, RR: 0 Reply 6, posted (10 years 10 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 7417 times:
Thanks for your coments.
I have to admit that I enjoyed the First Class flight a little more. It is very cool to lie with your pyjama in front of a TV and get a burger served with some champagne. And all in the middle of a transatlantic flight!
Cactuscmh From United States of America, joined May 2001, 102 posts, RR: 0 Reply 8, posted (10 years 10 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 7253 times:
Setjet, thanks for the great trip report and photo album! From the pictures you took, you are absolutely correct that you paid first class ticket price for an economy class seat in the Concorde. The seats in the Concorde are very small and narrow. The seat pitch is not much better than the UA Economy Plus. Also, I am suprised to see that they served your meal with plastic flatware.
Ryanair From United Kingdom, joined Jul 1999, 654 posts, RR: 0 Reply 10, posted (10 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 7101 times:
I get wry amusement from the fact Concorde was the first aircraft I ever set foot on. Alas I've never flown it but have managed to get onboard around 10 times.
I have to disagree with Cactuscmh about the seats. I have to say I've not seen the AF ones or the latest BA design, but have tried all the others. Apart from seeming lower slung they're pretty ordinary but definately not crampt by any standard. They remind me of "Club" aboard European Shorthaul, slightly better than economy. Leg room seems around 38-40 inch, which is what Business was for years and better than pretty much anything else shorthaul (that's what Concorde is after all).
Interested to hear a fairly high load factor, with 25% needed for break even (it's said) sounds like Concorde still makes business sence, when coupled to First on the Eastbound.
GDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 12707 posts, RR: 80 Reply 12, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 6942 times:
Nice report with great pics.
You may be interested to know that recently, (including your flight of course) we've really used OAE a lot-mostly due to operational considerations admittedly.
Alpha Echo has really performed exceptionally during this period, often the way with Concorde.
And yes, each aircraft does have it's 'quirks' from time to time maintenance-wise, they were all virtually handbuilt after all!
BAW188 - Flight Number
GVIID - Airplane's reg (G-VIID)
B772 - Aircraft type
KEWR - Origin (Inbound flights) Destination (Outbound flights)
0858 - Local time that you landed/departed
S03 - Stand you arrived/departed from
27L - Runway that you landed/departed from
Setjet From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 1086 posts, RR: 0 Reply 15, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 6611 times:
BA777, thanks for the details. Where did you get this from?
I always wondered how to track down missing information from a past flight.
Flyboy36y, sometimes it only takes patience for the right moment. Don't give up on it and look out for special deals (usually in summer). Still, I believe that we will still see the Concorde in ten years which might give you enough time to save some money.
Ikarus From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 3524 posts, RR: 2 Reply 16, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 6536 times:
(I suppose you already know the answer to your question to the FA, but anyway: You could hear her because the air inside the cabin is moving with the plane, independent of the air outside. So within the capsule, sound travels at its normal speed. Seen from outside, if she talked back to you, the sound was travelling at Mach 1 (backwards), and if you talked to her, it travelled at Mach 3, relative to the ground. But within the capsule of the cabin, the sound travelled at Mach 1 as usual.)
Great report. But what is the view like from the seats further back? Do you see anything apart from the wing?
PS: Feel free to invite me and pay me a ticket on Concorde.
Setjet From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 1086 posts, RR: 0 Reply 19, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 6491 times:
I guess I was also one of the "strange" people in the eyes of the other people!
Well, I was expecting celebrities in the lounge, instead there were a lot of bored businessmen, a family with their three spoiled children (who again looked pretty bored..), an old man who looked like an artist (white suite, orange shirt, brown shoes and a nice brown hat!) and some African government officials with their wives who entertained the whole lounge with their loud "private" conversation! The rest was pretty "ordinary", just like myself.
Nobody seemed to be overly excited (maybe everybody just tried to look cool!).
Ikarus From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 3524 posts, RR: 2 Reply 21, posted (10 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 6432 times:
Try the BA homepage.
At the moment, there is a special offer: Fly Concorde one way and back in Club World for $5000, or back in First for $7000, I think. Normal Concorde fares seem to be in the range of $8000 one way (i.e. $16000 return)
Setjet From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 1086 posts, RR: 0 Reply 22, posted (10 years 9 months 1 hour ago) and read 6285 times:
Well, as Ikarus said, there are specials between $4000 and $7000, usually in the sumer (= right now!) as sumer is low-season for Concorde.
Anyway, best bet would be to try using some Oneworld miles for it. Depending on the program you can get the flight for as little as 125.000 miles, and that is a return flight! There are also programs where you can buy "missing" miles to get nearer to your goal.
To sum it up: A Concorde flight is really doable if you are patient and carefully listen to rumors!
Cschleic From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 1032 posts, RR: 0 Reply 23, posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 6176 times:
Great report, and sounds like it was a good trip. Interesting that summer is the slow season for Concorde.
Supposedly you can see the curve of the earth from the plane. From your photos, it looks like it was cloudy over the Atlantic. Could you see much of a curve with the clouds? The color of the sky looks amazingly dark.
Rickb From United Kingdom, joined May 2003, 243 posts, RR: 10 Reply 24, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 6076 times:
Setjet, you mentioned facial massages in the Concorde lounge - im flying on Concorde LHR > JFK in a few days time and I'm hoping it will be the trip of a lifetime - how do you book a facial massage in the lounge?
Glad you enjoyed it - im looking forward to my turn now - bless summer deals and BA miles (paid for one seat, got the other seat on BA miles !!)
Anything else I should look out for would be a big help !!!