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BA223: LHR-IAD In Club World  
User currently offlineFbgdavidson From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 3830 posts, RR: 26
Posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 10120 times:

Since my other trip reports have got a warm welcome I thought to post one of my other Club World trips. This time from Terminal 4 at Heathrow

Over the months between booking the flight in September and December I tried numerous times to bag my favourite J seat, 62K on the Upper Deck as it has easiest access. I was unable to get it pre-assigned or changed at any period however when December 10th arrived I got online to check-in 23hrs 59mins before the flight and managed to get myself 62K.

I was at University the day before the flight and had read on Flyertalk.com that fog that day was causing many BA flights to be cancelled including two of the three daily flights to Dulles. This gave me reason to be concerned as I was on cheap ticket I thought I might get bumped back to World Traveller Plus.

I packed the following night and then Dad dropped me off at 11am before heading off for a meeting in London. I checked my two bags in at the Club World desk as the Fast Bag Drop line was very long and spoke to couple who were heading off to New York.

I then zipped through Fast Track security before heading to the Molton Brown Spa on the lower floor of the Lounge Pavilion. I booked myself a 1.30pm appointment for a back massage before heading up to the top floor of the Lounge Pavilion where the Terraces lounge for Business Class passengers is found. Had a can of Newcastle Brown nicely chilled with a pack of tomato breadsticks. I then got a phone call and a friend considering a trip to Australia in J (never done it before and wanted to know what it is like) asked me to take some photos of the lounges.

I had plenty of time so phoned Kirstin at midday to tell her everything was fine and I was on the flight.

I then headed across the main shopping area of Terminal 4 to the Terraces lounge near Gate 1. Much larger than the Terraces lounge at the Lounge Pavilion though also busier, no First Lounge or Concorde Room here, it is simply a Business Class and relevant status lounge. The ground floor near the business area looked a little tired although the area around the World Wine Bar and the upstairs looked new and up to date.

I took a seat upstairs with another can of Newcastle and watched some golf. I was considering buying some perfume in the shopping mall that is Terminal 4 although as I was leafing through a Duty Free magazine I decided against and opted for some inflight purchases.

I left the Gate 1 lounge and browsed in most of the stores in Terminal 4,. I first stopped at the Hamleys store where I saw myself, yes in the blue shirt (photo very old!)

This photo was taken as part of an advertising campaign for a toy company for one of my uncles when I was around 9yrs old. I even told the woman who worked in the store! I stopped off nearby at the Mappin and Webb jewellers to see what new and unusual Breitlings they had in. A gold Breitling Bentley, huge and heavy and at £19,000 a bit expensive! I subsequently headed back to the Lounge Pavilion for my 1.30pm appointment. The massage was superb, the first time I had had the time to use the lounge or get an appointment on time. Would highly recommend getting to the airport with a couple of hours to spare if you can and get the back massage, I found it great despite the fact I am no aficionado.

I then headed upstairs again and felt like checking my email so I headed for the First Business Lounge,

Apologies for poor light

I posted on Flyertalk and checked my email and helped myself to a Grolsch from the fridge. Soon after finishing that lot I wandered back up the stairs to the Terraces Lounge and took a seat with another can of Newcastle before noticing it was 2.15pm and my flight had been called. I finished off the can of Newcastle I had and went to get another from the fridge and got a packet of crisps on the way to the lounge exit. Luckily the flight was only leaving from Gate 11 so no walk for me although the flight was leaving from a remote stand. So I scoffed on my crisps and chugged my beer to the disgust of the people around me on the bus. I then walked up the steps to the 747 where I handed my boarding pass to the CSD, she directed me to the far side of the plane and down the back. I had a slight double take and replied, 'Sorry I thought 62K was upstairs' She came back 'Oh 62K yes upstairs' and I walked up the stairs and was the first person on the Upper Deck. I took my seat and got settled in before taking a few pictures of the cabin for my friend. Why I didn’t take one from the aisle I don't know. The flight attendant came round and offered me an orange juice (no pre-flight champagne in J on BA) she then noticed me playing with my camera and asked if I wanted to have my photo taken. I obliged, ignore the mouth region on the photo I look like I've had four cans of beer in not much over an hour!

She then came round with amenity kits although I had brought my trusty F Anya BAg with me with hairbrush, wax, toothpaste and electric toothbrush. As I waited for the other nine passengers to board I looked around the cabin and noticed the cockpit door open and the crew doing their final checks before push back.

It was some time before the other passengers boarded and the flight was delayed by around 20mins. We then made the short taxi to runway 27L and took off heading straight for Washington. It wasn’t long before champagne was brought round and I tucked in to a glass or two of Kir Royale. The orders for main course were taken at this point and the appetisers were brought round a few minutes after. As there were two flight attendants for only ten of us on the Upper Deck the service was top notch, no waiting for anything!



Prawn and Crab cocktail
A combination of spiced aubergine and red pepper with yoghurt and herb dressing

Fresh seasonal salad served with vinaigrette

Main Courses

Grilled fillet of beef with tarragon butter, wilted spinach, sauteed mushrooms and potatoes fondantes

Fisherman's pie with glazed potato topping

Tomato, basil and Mozzarella cheese ravioli

Sticky chicken and noodle salad


Chocolate morello cherry crumble tart

Pyrenes Tomme de Chevre, Brie and Shropshire Blue Cheese

Fresh fruit

Nescafe - Coffee
decaffeinated coffee or tea

Selection of herbal teas -
peppermint, blackcurrant, apple or camomile and honey

Afternoon Tea

Selection of sandwiches

Warm fruit scones
served with Cornish clotted cream
and strawberry preserve

Chocolate and raspberry cream

Selection of herbal teas -
peppermint, blackcurrant, apple or camomile and honey




Charles Heidsieck Mis en Cave 1997

White Wines

Hahn Estates Monterey Chardonnay, 2001
Pouilly-Fume, 2001, Pascal Jolivet
Chateau de Cruzeau, 2001, Pesac-Leognan

Red Wines

Cline Sonoma County Syrah, 2000
Chateau Beaumont, 1999, Cru Bourgeois Haut-Medoc
Chivite Coleccion 125 Reserva, 1997, Navarra


The appetiser was particularly good and the steak not bad, although I loved the chocolate morello dessert. Could have had another couple of those.

I settled in to the IFE and watched Terminator 3, not the best of the trilogy and then I put the bed down for a couple of hours nap. As the neighbour seat was free I pinched the blanket and laid it out on the seat to make things more comfortable and then used my own blanket in the regular way. I then went to freshen up using my own amenity kit that I brought with me and then went to Raid The Larder as advertised in the Menu. I thought it had been disbanded on the east coast routes although being advertised in the menu I guess it was available. I was told it had been disbanded although afternoon tea was soon to be served.

I then remembered I was going to buy some duty free and so I got one item which the FA told me had to be got from the back of the aircraft. The rest of the flight passed and the captain made the announcement that Duty Free was soon to be closed, I then had a quick leaf through and bought another item. We made our descent in the dark towards Dulles. I was completely disorientated, not from having a backwards facing seat but thinking that I saw Dulles out of the window and then landing about 10minutes later with little change of course. I presume it was BWI. It was during the final descent that the attendants in the seats opposite me began to ask me when I was returning and the purpose of my trip. I made polite conversation and just quickly leafed through the Duty Free magazine so I would be knowledgeable about the gifts bought. The FA then asked if I wanted to buy any more Duty Free! Not sure if she was being sarcastic or not but I laughed it off. I then filled in my landing cards as we taxied round to Concourse B and parked. The buses then came and unloaded the J and F passengers and deposited us at the immigration point. After the fiasco that was queuing for immigration three months before I was glad to see an empty line. I was one of the first people through and waited patiently for my luggage. Probably being one of the first to checkin I thought my bags would be off first or last. Sadly it was the latter, I watched in desperation as the numbers around the reclaim diminished leaving me thinking I was going to have to get my bags delivered to where I was staying. Fortunately my bag did make it through, intact and so I made my way through customs for a pleasant stay over the Xmas period

I was booked to fly home, again in Club World on 2nd January however a family emergency meant I had to fly home a week early.....and despite a configuration change to a plane with more CW seats I was unable to be given a seat in anything other than World Traveller  Sad However, in the light of the situation the class I was flying was of little importance...

"My first job was selling doors, door to door, that's a tough job innit" - Bill Bailey
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User currently offlineFlyboy7974 From United States of America, joined Jan 2003, 1540 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 9803 times:

quick question for you because i notice you have mentioned it often, why is 62K the seat of all seats to have?

User currently offlineFbgdavidson From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 3830 posts, RR: 26
Reply 2, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 9649 times:

62K is the best because firstly it is on the upper deck so a 2-2 config as opposed to the somewhat cramped 2-4-2 on the main deck.

The seat is a rearward facing window, however, unlike most other CW window seats you do not need to climb over the person seating next to you to get out to the aisle as the seat opens onto the emergency exit. Also the FA jumpseats on the upper deck face you as they are on the back of 63J/K so you don't see other passengers. This makes it very private.

Seat 62A is also very good apart from the fact you have the window on the right as opposed to the left.

"My first job was selling doors, door to door, that's a tough job innit" - Bill Bailey
User currently offlineStretch 8 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 2568 posts, RR: 15
Reply 3, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 9253 times:

Good report. That flight, #223, was the subject of terrorist fears last Christmastide. BA changed the flight number some time thereafter.

One question I have about arrival at T4; must one clear H.M. customs, etc., and go back through security to get to the lounge pavillion?

Maggs swings, it's a drive deep to left! The Tigers are going to the World Series!!!
User currently offlineDC-10 Levo From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 3432 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 9109 times:

Great report and pictures!  Big thumbs up


User currently offlineFbgdavidson From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 3830 posts, RR: 26
Reply 5, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 9076 times:

Stretch 8 you won't be able to get into the Lounge Pavilion unless you have a departing boarding pass.

In fact the irony of the whole BA223 was I was originally scheduled to fly back on BA222 the day (2nd January) when the whole shenanigans went off with BA223. I watched at home on Sky News as news helicopters followed the flight taking off from LHR and arriving at IAD. I got a call from BA to tell me my flight had been moved back to a midnight deaprture from IAD.

"My first job was selling doors, door to door, that's a tough job innit" - Bill Bailey
User currently offlineStretch 8 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 2568 posts, RR: 15
Reply 6, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 8999 times:

Thanks fbg. I am actually in 62K for my flight tomorrow evening. I will look forward to the arrivals lounge at T4. By the way, you were a cute little wanker at age 8.  Big grin

Maggs swings, it's a drive deep to left! The Tigers are going to the World Series!!!
User currently offlineFbgdavidson From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 3830 posts, RR: 26
Reply 7, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 8871 times:

By the way, you were a cute little wanker at age 8

Erm, well, cheers  Confused

Have a good flight tomorrow.....if you are on a Sleeper Service flight which I presume BA292 is now then get to the airport early so you can eat in the lounge. Or else you will be living on cookies for the rest of the flight!

"My first job was selling doors, door to door, that's a tough job innit" - Bill Bailey
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