I arrived at LHR's terminal 1 around 17.30. I checked in online the previous day and so I proceeded to the fast track check in to pick up my boarding card and check my bag in, this only took around 2 minutes - well done BA. I proceeded through security, there was quite a queue here and it took me around 20 minutes to get through to airside.
When I reached the departure lounge I found it that my flight would be 30 minutes delayed (not the end of the world). I decided to buy and magazine and a coke and sit in the (very busy) departure lounge 5. As it was very dark outside I could not see many planes, although I did spot a JAL 747 and a Virgin 747.
One thing I really hate about Heathrow is that they tell you your gate number at the last minute. At around 19.30 it flashed up on the boards that our flight was leaving from gate 8. At this point there was a mass exodus out of the gate 5 holding area to gate 8 - I could tell at this point the flight was going to be busy.
I got to the gate and boarded the plane, I had been assigned seat 15b. The guy in 15a was already there so I buckled up and got ready for departure. The flight was 100% full. The captain came on before pushback but he was very difficult to hear but I guess he was telling us the route etc. We pushed back and headed towards 27L while the cabin crew did the safety briefing.
The take off was very smooth, although I couldn't see much as I was in the middle seat . Minutes after take off I could hear that the cabin crew were up and about so I guessed that dinner was on its way. Dinner arrived it was Chicken with a salad and a bread roll, there was also a fruit jelly thing, the meal was very good and I washed it down with a g and t .
Just as I finished dinner the first officer came on and said that we had reached 34,000ft and we were over Manchester, he advised us that we were about to begin our decent into Edinburgh. The Cabin Crew started clearing things away. Before long we were started our decent into Edinburgh, I was able to get some glimpses of the River Forth as we made our final approach into EDI.
We landed at just after 9pm (with a bit of a bump!!!!) and we headed towards the terminal.
Overall I was very impressed with BA, and I will continue to fly with them.
Crosswind From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 2572 posts, RR: 59 Reply 3, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 3240 times:
BA are still serving full meals on many domestic legs because the Suttle is all one class catering for both business and leisure travellers, it receives a slightly better standard of catering than other short haul routes. If your flight is at a mealtime, you'll generally get hot food on the likes of Newcastle, Glasgow, Endinburgh and Aberdeen flights from London. The Gatwick-Manchester route also features hot food on some flights.
To see a hot breakfast and drinks served to everyone on a full MAN-LGW flight with an airbourne time of 35 minutes has to be seen to be believed. You don't get hot meals on MAN-LHR flights because the flight just isn't long enough to do it!
JanSmuts From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 22 posts, RR: 0 Reply 6, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 2974 times:
I can remember when I first traveller on the "scuttle" from Manchester you used to get the same food they serviced on European club class flights [at breakfast time] - the standard fare being a fruit salad, a bread roll, a danish pastry, a pot of Baxters marmalade & tea or coffee. Doesn't sound very exciting now, but was very impressive for me at the time, having been only used to cheapo charter flights! Better still was an afternoon tea from Aberdeen to LHR on a Trident Three - sandwiches, scones, clotted cream, jam, Scottish shortbread AND chocs - nowadays that would do a whole cabin!