American 767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3653 posts, RR: 13 Posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 4062 times:
I came back yesterday from a short trip to London. I was there for a couple of days. I flew to London Heathrow on British Airways roundtrip, the ticket was 100 Euros all taxes included, I thought it was cheap and on BA I can get miles on American.
Oct 5th 2003
Scheduled departure time was 1250PM but I got to the airport as early as 900AM to meet a few airliner.net members, Jumbolino, Sabena332 and of course Sabena 690 which I've seen in the forum for a long time. There was an SNBA open door day so they gathered in the departure hall at 900AM, I met them but I decided not to join them to go to the convention because my flight was at 1250PM and I coudn't change it. They went to SNBA and I proceeded to the BA check-in desk. I checked in with no luggage, only a carry on bag, and I was quickly issued my boarding pass. I had a window seat 14A, just near the wing. I had some time to kill so I had coffee just above the tarmac, you can have a spectacular view of the apron where all DHL aircraft park. Then I went to the British Airways lounge, and what do I do when I go to an airline lounge? I get on the internet and go to airliners.net!
Boarding time came, the flight departed on time. Weather in the Belgian airspace was partly cloudy but it became mostly clear as we were approaching the UK airspace. The flight was half empty, I got a sandwich and a complimentary beverage. I had a decent view on the London area as we were descending into LHR. We touched down on RWY 27L and we taxied to Terminal 1. I spotted many internatinal airliners including an American 777-200 and an Emirates 777-300, as far as I can remember. It is no use to say I saw lots of BA A320's and 747-400's.
Oct 7th 2003
I knew that on the outbound flight I would get an A320 but I was expecting an A319 on the return flight. I knew it would definitely be either an A320 or A319, I was hoping to be on an A319 because I have never flown on one but never mind the 320 is very pleasant to fly on.
After checking two luggages in Terminal 1 and clearing security, I had over an hour to kill so I spotted many widebodies. It was fun to spot airliners, American 777, United 777, Lufthansa A300-600, TAP A310, 747-400's from various Asian carriers, and so on...without mentioning all the BA 747-400's and 777's parked at Terminal 4, airliners I never see or rarely see in BRU. So boarding time came, we pulled out of the gate at 115PM London time and taxied on our way to the departure runway 27L. We taxied near the BA maintenance center which also takes care of SAA aircraft, and we were quickly off the ground. We turned shortly after take off and we were on our way to BRU. There were broken clouds in the UK aispace and the Channel, and in the Belgian airpace as well. I got a sandwich again, they give you food on such a short flight! While descending, we passed Oostende, Antwerp, Lier and we lined up on the landing runway in BRU, 25L. After touch down at 305PM Belgian time, we pulled into the gate. I quickly got my luggages and cleared the customs without hassles. I have a good impression of British Airways, they take good care of you even on short flights. I have never flown long haul with them, so I imagine how good it must be.
StarFlyer From Germany, joined Sep 2002, 987 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 3991 times:
nice report. Dont worry, you didnt miss anything not flying the A319... essentially its just the same plane. You dont even notice the few rows less when you board.
Good to hear you had a good experience on BA. I have yet to fly them... was going to take them to London later this year but I am too much of an alliance whore... so now its LH for me (and some "lounge"ing...)
Ndebele From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 2898 posts, RR: 23
Reply 2, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 3971 times:
thanks for this report. Also great to hear that your return flight was an A320-100 - I know some a.net members who would do anything just to fly on an A320-100.
Dont worry, you didnt miss anything not flying the A319... essentially its just the same plane. You dont even notice the few rows less when you board.
Well the BA A319s do have these flatscreens coming down from the ceiling. The G-EUU* A320s have them as well, but the G-BUS* A320s probably don't. This flight map is a nice feature. However, I still think that the A320-100 was a better luck than a map.