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USA 2013 Pt 1: The Beginning BA LHR-ORY  
User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1246 posts, RR: 4
Posted (1 year 3 months 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 11806 times:


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For my first trip outside of Europe for of the year, I’ll be heading off to the USA. But why does the map above show a flight between London and Paris? That’s because I’ll be heading across the English Channel the day before departure, and this will be the first of a five part series. The following parts will cover my journey back from Paris via London to Washington, then onwards from Reagan airport to Chicago, Chicago to Orlando and then back to London from Orlando via Miami and Atlanta. So the final journey and schedule will be as follows:



British Airways A319 LHR-ORY
British Airways A319 CDG-LHR
British Airways 747-400 LHR-IAD
American Eagle CRJ700 DCA-ORD
American Airlines MD-80 ORD-MCO
American Airlines 757-200 MCO-MIA
American Eagle ERJ145 MIA-ATL
British Airways 777-200 ATL-LHR


But why head off to Paris only to come straight back to the UK? The reason for that is by starting the journey outside the UK, I could fly the Trans Atlantic sectors in BA’s World Traveller Plus (premium economy) cabin for around £100 more than World Traveller (economy) due to paying the French taxes rather than the UK taxes, which go up in price the higher the cabin class. I could have chosen any European city, but Paris was the main one that stuck out as it was relatively near by and I’d not been there for a good ten years or so.

The thought process of this trip started back in the summer of 2012. I’ve got family down in Florida that I hadn’t seen for a while now, so wanted to head back. Also despite seeing many cities in the US, I’d never been to Washington – so studied options to tie them both in. As my thinking went on, I remembered quite liking Chicago on my previous visits so that was added to the itinerary too.



I then thought of the Euro cheating and this brought the price down considerably. Another thought I had was to fly down to Miami in order to gain another sector and more importantly avoid the ‘toy town express’ from MCO.


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More investigating found the previously mentioned World Traveller Plus fares at a reasonable rate, and the final price came to around £1100. Of course, when I came to book a few weeks later my desired itinerary had shot up to £2500. Too much. How about flying out of MCO – as I'd now gone from World Traveller Plus, it should hopefully be away from most of the screaming kids that I’d experienced on VS flights to/from MCO. This brought the price down to £2000, which was still more than I was willing to shell out. So I tried all available combinations with connections before finally finding a price I was willing to pay, back down to around £1100 – connecting in Miami and Atlanta on the return leg.

Best of all was that the MIA-ATL sector was operated by an E145 that was missing from my log, and I had wanted to try one out for a while now.

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That left the London – Paris sector and the Chicago – Orlando sectors to sort. The London – Paris sector had to be booked separately in order to take advantage of the Euro cheat, and the Chicago – Orlando sectors that BA gave me arrived into MCO a little bit too late – so didn’t really suit either me or my family I'd be staying with.

The London – Paris sector was sorted with 4,500 Avios and £13.50. There was plenty of choice on flights, so I chose Orly as I'd not been to that airport before.

A week before departure I was able to pre select my seats. BA had put me in 10B – obviously this was no good, so I went for the very last row instead – 22A

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I set of a little earlier than needed, as I wanted to stop at the shop to buy a sandwich to go with the birdseed BA will serve up on my flight. Although I still arrived a little early, and ended up having to wait around for about fifteen minutes in the bitterly cold English spring weather.



Luckily, today's coach ride was a lot less stressful – the coach actually started today as opposed to my previous trip a few days earlier - and I arrived at terminal 5 at just before 11am.



I headed off to grab my boarding pass at the club desks and was given a slightly forced welcome back sir.

After this, I went for a wonder landside, as I nearly always head straight through security. My initial plan was to head through north security, as I'd only ever used south before.



However it was only open to those whose flights departed before midday - so back down to south it was. It wasn't too busy, but a little slow. Once through, I went for a wonder airside.

After browsing a couple of shops, I headed down to the gates in the A23 area to take a few pictures. There were also a few other people in this area taking an interest in what was going on and taking a few pictures.


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Pretty busy out there!



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Shortly after, gate A17 was announced for my flight.


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I made my way down, and the gate area seemed pretty busy, however this was mainly due to people on other flights sitting there. Guess that’s the problem with general boarding areas rather than holding pens. Although I must admit I do prefer this layout. Shortly after at 12:10, general boarding was announced – with no mention about pre boarding for Executive club members or those travelling in club. It did seem to stop the mass stampede though, and I was one of the first on board, stopping to pick up a paper along the way. As a frequent flyer from T5 now, it’s handy to know not to bother buying one.



BA334
LHR-ORY
3rd April 2013
A319-131 / G-EUPW
Seat: 22A / Euro Traveller
Scheduled: 12:35/14:55
Off Stand: 12:38
On Stand: 14:46


Once onboard, I made my way towards the final row where my allocated seat was and watched the masses pile in. Most of the passengers seemed to be French. Eventually, the queue died down and it became apparent that I'd have the whole of row 22 to myself. Great start to the trip – shame this was only one of two flights I had this privilege on this trip though.


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Unusual to see a heavy at this part of T5 – not sure where it was going.



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Pretty standard legroom.


Both occasions I’ve sat in the back row on BA, I’ve had the entire row to myself.



Once all the passengers were on board, the captain appeared at the front of the cabin, and made his pre flight announcement from there - the only time I'd seen a captain make an announcement from the front if the cabin before was on my KLM flight last year, when it was all going slightly wrong! No flight time was given however. Due to being in the last row, my view of the event wasn’t that brilliant either.

Pushback was a couple of minutes behind schedule and we made our way over to 09R, passing a VS 744 along the way. There was a brief hold up whilst a QR 77W landed, but once that had finished its business on the runway, it was our turn and we were off.


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For a couple of a.netters from The Netherlands!


This one took me to LAX way back in 1998.



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Start of the most comprehensive trip I’ve done… until May.


  Takeoff video from LHR

After take off we initially leveled off at 6000ft, which happened to be right in the cloud layer - therefore making for a bit of a rough ride but a few moments later we were cleared to climb again, to our cruising altitude of 23,000ft.


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Quite a full seat pocket on this short flight


Shortly after departure the crew commenced their service

Once again, I provided the sandwich


Once we were across the channel and into French airspace, the weather cleared up a bit, but not too much.


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Descent started while I was still eating – so my guess of a flight time of around 40 minutes seemed about right.


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There was quite a bit of cloud around and things got a little bumpy on the approach, but the first officer did a great job making a smooth landing. I made a point to compliment him on the way out.

  [Landing in Orly video


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After this, it was out through the airy arrivals of Paris Orly.


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There were a couple of interesting jets around, including an Openskies 757 in the new livery. Good to see a 757 in BA livery again, but without RR engines, it just doesn’t look quite right!



Alongside this was the old liveried version.



And something else quite new.



And finally, my ride over from the UK.



I reached passport control and asked for a stamp in my passport. The police officer didn’t seem to understand, then asked the other officer. He didn’t understand either. I then made the international sign for ‘I'd like a stamp please’ and it was understood straight away. After this, it was through to baggage claim, but as I travel extremely light I could bypass this. Amazes me the size of some people bags they have just for the flight.



Once through customs, I followed the signs to the OrlyVal to connect to the RER into the city. Shame working ticket machines weren’t so easy to find, and I had to see an actual person to buy an expensive ticket.


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OrlyVal station, which connects to the RER B line.


To those in the know I’m sure this makes perfect sense. It didn’t to me though.




I exited the train somewhere near the Eiffel Tower and took in some of the sights of Paris for the next few hours before continuing my journey across the city to CDG. Basically heading from the Eiffel Tower, across the river, down the Champs Elysees to the Arc de Triomphe and then heading back in to opposite direction to find my way back to the airport.


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After a few hours of wondering, it was starting to get a bit cold and dark so time to head back to the airport on the Roissy bus. I wanted to take the train but the only station I could find didn’t connect to the B line that I needed so I headed off in the general direction of Opera where the bus departs from instead. I normally have a pretty good sense of direction, but this was one of the few occasions where having Google maps on my phone really saved me a lot of aimless wondering. I arrived at the bus stop and attempted to pay the €10 fare with cash, but it was either change or card only – no paper money. So card it was annoyingly as I had a pretty big stash of Euro notes that I could have done with getting rid of rather than taking money out of my bank unnecessarily.



Upon arrival at CDG T3 (or at least the tunnel that leads to it), it was a case of heading across the road to the Hilton. Quite a good hotel, but nothing special for the very pricey £130 I paid for the single night. It was only meant to be around £100 for the night when I booked (still a bit pricey) but due to the exchange rate taking a turn for the worse between booking and paying, it meant I ended up paying more than planned. If I had known this, I would have stayed at the cheaper Ibis across the road. Still, It was very comfortable so cant complain too much.


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Not a bad view either.


As I'd not had a chance to grab I bite to eat in town, it was a case of grabbing some pretty expensive room service – Can you see a theme developing with this hotel here?! Again, I can’t complain about the food apart from the fact it was a bit on the pricey side. Still, at least I managed to get rid of some of my Euros in the process.



The rest of what was left of the evening was spent relaxing in front of the TV and listening to my iPod before grabbing an early-ish night, as I had to be up early the following morning.

Stay tuned for the following parts of this report covering my trip to the USA!

Previous trip reports


Comparing The Competition: BA/VS Inaugural MAN-LHR (by jwhite9185 Mar 31 2013 in Trip Reports)
Taking TAP To Portugal: LGW-OPO-LIS-LHR Feb. 2013 (by jwhite9185 Mar 10 2013 in Trip Reports)
Poland On The Dream)liner - LOT LHR-WAW-LHR In C/Y (by jwhite9185 Jan 1 2013 in Trip Reports)
A Speedbird & Titan 767 – LHR-LCA-LHR In C…ish (by jwhite9185 Feb 1 2013 in Trip Reports)
British Airways LGW-AGP-LCY 737/E190 Nov. 2012 (by jwhite9185 Dec 1 2012 in Trip Reports)
Part 2: 5 Flights 3 Airlines MXP-ZRH-DUS-LHR LX/LH (by jwhite9185 Nov 14 2012 in Trip Reports)
Part 1: 5 Flights 3 Airlines LHR-BRU-MXP In Theory (by jwhite9185 Oct 29 2012 in Trip Reports)
Cancellations, Widebodies And Iberia LHR-MAD-LHR (by jwhite9185 Oct 17 2012 in Trip Reports)
Virgin Atlantic's New A330 LHR-JFK-LHR (by jwhite9185 Sep 21 2012 in Trip Reports)
A Night In Amsterdam - KLM F70/738 LHR-AMS-LHR (by jwhite9185 Aug 28 2012 in Trip Reports)
Trying Out Flybe - LGW-BHD-GLA-BHD-LGW (by jwhite9185 Jul 11 2012 in Trip Reports)
A Day Trip To MAN (by jwhite9185 Jun 21 2012 in Trip Reports)
Nice, Monaco And The Great British Lounge With BMI (by jwhite9185 May 13 2012 in Trip Reports)
EI237/182 LGW-DUB-LHR And 2 Lounges (by jwhite9185 Apr 18 2012 in Trip Reports)
LGW-FRA-BRU-LHR With LH And SN (by jwhite9185 Mar 27 2012 in Trip Reports)
BA906/8735 LHR-FRA-LCY (by jwhite9185 Mar 13 2012 in Trip Reports)
VS015/016 LGW-MCO-LGW June 2010 (by jwhite9185 Jan 20 2012 in Trip Reports)
VS006 MIA-LHR A340-642 June 2008 (by jwhite9185 Feb 10 2012 in Trip Reports)
Virgin Atlantic 747 To BGI - October 2007 (by jwhite9185 Aug 3 2012 in Trip Reports)


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User currently offlineshamrock321 From Ireland, joined May 2008, 1594 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (1 year 3 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 11342 times:

Nice report and a good read, looking forward to the rest! I operated this flight the day before, pity!

User currently offlinemoby147 From UK - England, joined Mar 2013, 50 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (1 year 3 months 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 10618 times:

A very good start, & I shall look forward to the rest of the trip reports

Regards

Moby147


User currently offlineaflyingkiwi From New Zealand, joined Nov 2010, 514 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (1 year 3 months 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 10034 times:

Thanks for the nice read. Seemed like a standard flight. Looking forward to the next installment.

Regards,
aflyingkiwi


User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1246 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (1 year 3 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 9819 times:

shamrock321,

Quoting shamrock321 (Reply 1):
Nice report and a good read

Thanks,

Quoting shamrock321 (Reply 1):
I operated this flight the day before, pity!

Interesting!

moby147,

Quoting moby147 (Reply 2):
A very good start

Thanks, and I'd agree know what was coming up - that story is best left for part 3 though (and 4 to some extent).

aflyingkiwi,

Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 3):
Thanks for the nice read.

No problem

Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 3):
Seemed like a standard flight.

Yeah pretty much - although if thats the case then you know everything has gone well.



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User currently offlineBA174 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2009, 752 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (1 year 3 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 9609 times:

Nice report,

The GPEK looks in a very sorry state indeed as the lone survivor of BAs original RR 757 fleet. With OpenSkies new schedule I doubt it will be repainted into the new livery anytime soon.


User currently offlineknightsofmalta From Malta, joined Nov 2005, 1750 posts, RR: 18
Reply 6, posted (1 year 3 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 9598 times:

Hi James

Good start to what promises to be another interesting multisegment trip report! I had no idea BA still flies to Orly and CDG. I also enjoyed the pictures you took of Paris. Last time I was there a few weeks ago, the place had more or less come to a grinding halt with all the snow they were having!

Cheers,
William


User currently offlinevisualapproach From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2012, 120 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (1 year 3 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 9553 times:

An interesting start, will keep my eyes peeled for the rest! Thanks for sharing.

User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1118 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (1 year 3 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 9359 times:
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Hi James,

Great first part of your new series here, definetely looking foward to the rest!
Very interesting to see you going to Paris first, still need to log ORY myself too  
BA looks like the usual and great pictures of Paris, a city I haven't been to for a while myself either!

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
British Airways A319 LHR-ORY
British Airways A319 CDG-LHR
British Airways 747-400 LHR-IAD
American Eagle CRJ700 DCA-ORD
American Airlines MD-80 ORD-MCO
American Airlines 757-200 MCO-MIA
American Eagle ERJ145 MIA-ATL
British Airways 777-200 ATL-LHR

Very nice itinerary with many different types  
Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
But why head off to Paris only to come straight back to the UK? The reason for that is by starting the journey outside the UK, I could fly the Trans Atlantic sectors in BA’s World Traveller Plus (premium economy) cabin for around £100 more than World Traveller (economy) due to paying the French taxes rather than the UK taxes

Very smart of you to do that  
Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
Once again, I provided the sandwich

I was just about to say, what a generous catering 
Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
After this, it was through to baggage claim, but as I travel extremely light I could bypass this. Amazes me the size of some people bags they have just for the flight.

So you travelled only with hand luggage on this trip?

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
To those in the know I’m sure this makes perfect sense. It didn’t to me though.

It doesn't make much sense to me either 
Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
it was a case of heading across the road to the Hilton. Quite a good hotel, but nothing special for the very pricey £130 I paid for the single night

Hilton is "famous" for being quite pricey. Next time head over to the cheaper Ibis which also has great views  
Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
Again, I can’t complain about the food apart from the fact it was a bit on the pricey side. Still, at least I managed to get rid of some of my Euros in the process.

What did you order there?, looks interesting

Looking forward to the next 4 parts!

cheers,

Brendan


User currently offlineEmek96 From Germany, joined Apr 2013, 72 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (1 year 3 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 9313 times:

HI James!

Good report of your first step to the US!
I'm looking forward to your next reports, espacially those of the long haul trips!
I also liked the impressions of Paris, which is in my view one of the most beautiful cities in the world!

Regards

Elias


User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1246 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (1 year 3 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 9250 times:

BA174,

Quoting BA174 (Reply 5):
The GPEK looks in a very sorry state indeed as the lone survivor of BAs original RR 757 fleet.

It did look a little sorry for itself along side the 'newer' bird.

William,

Quoting knightsofmalta (Reply 6):
Good start to what promises to be another interesting multisegment trip report!

Thanks,

Quoting knightsofmalta (Reply 6):
I had no idea BA still flies to Orly and CDG.

I thought Orly was a newer addition. I actually preferred there over CDG.

Quoting knightsofmalta (Reply 6):
ast time I was there a few weeks ago, the place had more or less come to a grinding halt with all the snow they were having!

Pretty heavy snow the following morning when I left but I don't think it settled.

visualapproach,

Quoting visualapproach (Reply 7):
An interesting start

Thanks,

Quoting visualapproach (Reply 7):
Thanks for sharing.

No problem!

Brendan

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 8):
Great first part of your new series here, definetely looking foward to the rest!

Thanks,

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 8):
Very interesting to see you going to Paris first, still need to log ORY myself too

As I'd mentioned i didn't want to go too far and Paris was the only one nearby that I hadn't visited in the last year or so.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 8):
BA looks like the usual

Pretty much - hence why this TR wasn't as long as usual.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 8):
Very nice itinerary with many different types

Shame one of them got changed! There was also another that was subbed, but that wasn't so much of an issue.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 7):
Very smart of you to do that

Only problem is a few people are starting to learn that trick so only a matter of time before the government start to clamp down.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 8):
So you travelled only with hand luggage on this trip?

Yep - I do on every trip! Very good at packing bare essentials!

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 8):
Hilton is "famous" for being quite pricey.

Yes and no. This one was, but I've also found some great deals in some. The Avios I get also help!

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 8):
What did you order there?, looks interesting

Croque Monsier and chips - very good too, but if id paid that price in a restaurant i'd feel a little hard done by.

Elias,

Quoting Emek96 (Reply 9):
Good report of your first step to the US!

Thanks,

Quoting Emek96 (Reply 9):
I also liked the impressions of Paris, which is in my view one of the most beautiful cities in the world!

True, but not the easiest to navigate I found!



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User currently offlineBA174 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2009, 752 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (1 year 3 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 9150 times:

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 10):

I know,

It must be due a wash/reapint soon as that look terrible, you wouldn't think it was OpenSkies youngest 757 by those pictures, VI is actually the oldest but looking immaculate in the new colours.


User currently offlineSultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1652 posts, RR: 30
Reply 12, posted (1 year 3 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 8893 times:
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Hi J,

A nice kickoff of the writings on your USA journey and good to see you taking advantage of circuitous booking processes to lower the price.

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
in order to take advantage of the Euro cheat

There's a good solution to that: become € 

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
Both occasions I’ve sat in the back row on BA, I’ve had the entire row to myself.

that process works practically every time with me as well. Although I'm quite sceptic with some carrier that don't have a window on their last row...

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
Good to see a 757 in BA livery again, but without RR engines, it just doesn’t look quite right!

I wouldn' see the difference from that far. If it says 'RR' on the engine, then yes  

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
And something else quite new.

First time I see this new scheme. Nothing special apparently.

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
Still, at least I managed to get rid of some of my Euros in the process.

Next time if you want 'to get rid of €'s', send me a PM and I gladly provide you my bank account n° lol!

Sultanils



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User currently offlineba319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8484 posts, RR: 55
Reply 13, posted (1 year 3 months 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 8743 times:
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Nice start James, looking forward to the next installment.

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
general boarding was announced – with no mention about pre boarding for Executive club members or those travelling in club

- Interesting, BA have been quite good at the announcements of late.

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
Upon arrival at CDG T3 (or at least the tunnel that leads to it), it was a case of heading across the road to the Hilton. Quite a good hotel, but nothing special for the very pricey £130 I paid for the single night

- Pricey but a great view!

Cheers

Mark



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User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1246 posts, RR: 4
Reply 14, posted (1 year 3 months 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 8723 times:

Hi Nils,

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 12):
A nice kickoff of the writings on your USA journey

Thanks,

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 12):
good to see you taking advantage of circuitous booking processes to lower the price.

Yeah - managing to cram in those extra sectors on a 757 that I'd not flown on for years and the E145 that I'd not flown on at all didn't factor at all haha!

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 12):
that process works practically every time with me as well. Although I'm quite sceptic with some carrier that don't have a window on their last row...

Same here - I know I'm pretty safe with BA as I'm quite familiar with their fleet now, but other carriers I tend to got just a few rows forward of the last row just in case.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 12):
First time I see this new scheme. Nothing special apparently.

Better than AF though.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 12):
Next time if you want 'to get rid of €'s', send me a PM and I gladly provide you my bank account n° lol!

Too late, they're all spent now! I'll bear your kind offer in mind for next time though.

Hi Mark,

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 13):
Nice start James, looking forward to the next installment.

Thanks,

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 13):
- Interesting, BA have been quite good at the announcements of late.

True, this was the first time I had experienced and 'all aboard' type announcement from BA. Although there were people using the priority lane so guess it all worked out.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 13):
- Pricey but a great view!

Yeah annoying as when I first looked at that hotel, it was around £80-90. Then the price shot up to around £180, then back down to £100 or so, which was when I booked. Despite being on a pay immediately deal, they didn't take the money until a few days before check in and the exchange rate had got a lot worse so ended up costing me more than anticipated.

But the hotel itself was great - very comfortable room, decent view, tasty room service and handy location for the terminals. I'd stay again, but maybe not for that price!



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User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 15, posted (1 year 3 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 8303 times:

Hey James

Interesting report about your flight to ORY. It was nice to follow.
Looks like BA's cabins look a bit more fresher in the back than upfront (or at least that's the case for my MAN-LHR 321 a few weeks ago).

Good to see Openskies in ORY as well, was wondering how they where doing.

Looking forward to the next.

Greetings
Marc



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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26844 posts, RR: 58
Reply 16, posted (1 year 3 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 8283 times:

Nice report James  

Good thinking about commencing in Paris. More people are doing this kind of thing and especially ex DUB . as its a short hop too.

Looking forward to reading the rest .

Regards

Philip  


User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1246 posts, RR: 4
Reply 17, posted (1 year 3 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 8225 times:

Marc,

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 15):
Interesting report about your flight to ORY. It was nice to follow.

Thanks,

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 15):
Looks like BA's cabins look a bit more fresher in the back than upfront (or at least that's the case for my MAN-LHR 321 a few weeks ago).

Hard to say really - went on three A32X's of BA's in the space of just a few days and they were all pretty much the same. The A320 I returned on from CDG the following morning (featured in part 2) was one of the newer additions at just under 2 years old and that wasn't too much different really - despite having the most legroom I've ever had on an intra Europe flight - including business!

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 15):
Good to see Openskies in ORY as well, was wondering how they where doing.

Tough decision actually as BA gave me the option to fly with them direct to IAD - would have been different but just couldn't turn down a flight on a mainline 747!

Philip,

Quoting OA260 (Reply 16):
Nice report James

Cheers!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 16):
Good thinking about commencing in Paris. More people are doing this kind of thing and especially ex DUB . as its a short hop too.

They are - I was talking to one of the V-Flyers at the 'other' MAN meet and he mentioned he was flying to AMS before catching VS down to JNB for the same reason.

Guess its only a matter of time before the government catch on and try to put a stop to it somehow.



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User currently offlineroberts87 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2011, 959 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (1 year 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 7636 times:

Nice report as always, James! Looks like you have a nice series of reports coming up, looking forward to reading about them!

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
To those in the know I’m sure this makes perfect sense. It didn’t to me though.

I think it means the train only stops at the stations for which the light is turned on. Because it's not just the RER B line running on those tracks, there are express trains (like yours) and trains that stop at all stations.


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Reply 19, posted (1 year 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 7442 times:

Hi Robert,

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 18):
Nice report as always, James!

Thank you very much!

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 18):
Looks like you have a nice series of reports coming up, looking forward to reading about them!

Yeah, this one was probably the least interesting of the bunch. Things get a little entertaining in part 3!

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 18):
I think it means the train only stops at the stations for which the light is turned on. Because it's not just the RER B line running on those tracks, there are express trains (like yours) and trains that stop at all stations.

Well now I know for next time!



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User currently onlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6491 posts, RR: 55
Reply 20, posted (1 year 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 7129 times:

Hi James !

Thanks for a great report with great pictures !

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 8):
Hilton is "famous" for being quite pricey. Next time head over to the cheaper Ibis which also has great views

I had almost the same view from my room in the CDG Ibis when I was there in November but it was only slightly cheaper.

Looking forward to your next report !

The777Man



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User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1246 posts, RR: 4
Reply 21, posted (1 year 2 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 6878 times:

Hi Lars,

Quoting The777Man (Reply 20):
Thanks for a great report with great pictures !

Thanks,

Quoting The777Man (Reply 20):
I had almost the same view from my room in the CDG Ibis when I was there in November but it was only slightly cheaper.

I was checking the prices of both and while the Ibis seemed to stay around the £70-80 mark, the Hilton varied between £100-£170. Just a case of catching it when it was having a cheaper moment.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 20):
Looking forward to your next report !

Its in progress, however I've got another big-ish trip coming up at the weekend - trying out the 773 and 77W for the first time!



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User currently offlinewilld From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2008, 237 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (1 year 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 6801 times:

James- I have found myself checking your blog daily for the latest instalment! Excellent as always.

User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1246 posts, RR: 4
Reply 23, posted (1 year 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 6544 times:

wiild,

Quoting willd (Reply 22):
James- I have found myself checking your blog daily for the latest instalment! Excellent as always.

Hi there, Interesting to know that my blog is actually visited by real people! Started it just as a bit of a hobby for myself really - now had over 5000 hits!

I tend to post them both here and there simultaneously - got enough trips booked to keep it going for the rest of the year though.



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User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6714 posts, RR: 78
Reply 24, posted (1 year 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 6412 times:

Hi James,

interesting first part of your new series with good pictures from Paris!

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
Shortly after departure the crew commenced their service

These sandwiches look really good - it's such a shame BA only serves chocolate bars or other small stuff on the longer LHR-MUC route.


PH



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25 jwhite9185 : Hi PH, Thanks, I brought the sandwich before I left. BA provided the drink and cookies.
26 FLIEGER67 : Hey, J., nice pictures and sure the Tripreporter´s style way to head for the States. BA looks like ok here. Looking for more. Greetings, Markus(FLIEG
27 jwhite9185 : Hi Markus, Thanks, and although the lower price was appealing, the indirect route is always more fun! Yeah, and the key is just ok really. Not a bad a
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