Ryanair737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 5833 times:
February 12, 2004
British Airways, BA1393
Manchester (MAN/EGCC) to London Heathrow (LHR/EGLL)
Airbus A319-131 G-EUOH
Gate Departure Scheduled/Actual 12:25/12:30 Local Time
Gate Arrival Scheduled/Actual 13:25/13:24 Local Time
My first ever flight with BA! And my first ever flight out of Terminal 3 at MAN!
We arrived at Manchester's Terminal 3 at 10:30, 2 hours before scheduled departure. We proceeded to the check-in desks soon after, checked in our bags and received boarding cards for the flight to LHR. I bought a film for my camera at boots and we then walked to the food court at Terminal 1. I had a Burger King and saw our aircraft G-EUOH land, I also saw V Bird A320 PH-BMC preparing for its return service to Niederrhein.
MAN was extremely busy with 6-7 aircraft waiting at the hold at 24L for take-off. At this point G-EUOH parked onto stand, we now proceeded to the departure lounge; there was no queue at security. My first impressions of the departure lounge at Terminal 3 were that it was very spacious, with an excellent selection of shops and cafes to be found. At the window I could see our aircraft, plus a 737-400 and a Dash-8. At the other side of the departure lounge I had a great view of arrivals on 24R, numerous BAe 146's, ERJ 145's landed. And a slightly more exciting arrival, an Egypt Air A300 SU-GAU, operating a Hajj charter flight from Khartoum.
It was now 12:10 and BA1393 was called to board from Gate 143. I could tell from the queue that this was going to be a full flight today. We walked down the air bridge, at the end an excellent selection of newspapers was to be found. As I stepped onto the aircraft the flight deck door was open, and I had an excellent view of the flight deck of our A319.
The friendly cabin crew individually welcomed each passenger and I made my way to seat 11E which was was a window seat near the wing. The leather seats of this A319 were great and really comfy! Magazines to be found were High Life, Business Life and a Shopping the world, short-haul brochure. The seat even had a separate pocket for the safety card and a coat hanger!
The captain then made an announcement, giving us some details of the flight. We would cruise at 19,000 FT, and the flight was reported to be smooth throughout, and we would be starting our push back in a few minutes. The cabin crew introduced themselves, and made sure everyone had there seatbelts fastened.
We now started to push back from stand; engine 2 was started first, and then engine 1. As we completed the push back, flap 1 was then selected. As we started to taxi to 24R, the flip down screens came out and the safety demonstration was shown. We waited for a MyTravel A330, bmi A330, and a Turkish 737-800 to take-off and a BA Dash 8 to land. We then lined up on the runway waited for take-off clearance and then we were ready to go.
PF selected FLX reduced take-off thrust and we smoothly rotated around where the aviation viewing park is situated. Gear was selected up soon after, and we began the short climb to 19,000 FT. We passed a small layer of fog, flaps were selected to up and the seat belt sign was switched off. At this point the flip down screens came down again, showing us interesting details of the flight.
Shortly after the seat belt signs were switched off, the cabin crew began serving the famous BA All Day Deli and a bar service. This time it was a savoury option, seasonal vegetables with a chive dip and some flavoured breadsticks, I ordered a Coke.
Shown on this photo (slightly blurry):
After smoothly cruising at 19,000 FT and at no time at all we started our decent into Heathrow. The cabin crew came round to collect all the rubbish in. On the flip-down screens it showed that we were at 10,000 FT and about 50 miles from LHR. Seat belt signs were switched on at this point.
Spoilers were extended at the beginning of the approach, flaps were selected to 1 and the gear was selected down. Spoilers were brought in and the cabin crew took there seats for landing. Flaps were then selected to 3 and then the full position and I could see the construction of T5 at this point.
We passed over the threshold of 09L and then I experienced one of the smoothest landings ever, you couldn’t feel the impact. We used idle reverse and low autobrake for the landing and we vacated the runway quite early. When we vacated a BA 767 landed soon after.
We then had a very short taxi to our stand; other BA A319’s, A320’s and 757’s were seen. Engine 2 was shut down when we were just turning onto stand. Engine 1 was then shut down a few seconds after we stopped and the seat belt sign was turned off soon after.
When we deboarded G-EUOH the First Officer said goodbye to each passenger which I thought was a nice touch. My impression of British Airways on this flight was a very good one, and I was looking forward to my return flight to MAN with them.
Part 2 (LHR-MAN) is coming up later. Hope you have enjoyed reading my trip report about this short flight, any comments or criticisms welcome!