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BA293/292 Club World - LHR-IAD-LHR (with Pictures)  
User currently offlineFbgdavidson From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 3713 posts, RR: 28
Posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 23574 times:

Route: London Heathrow Terminal 4 - Washington Dulles
Airline: British Airways
Aircraft: Boeing 747-400
Registration: G-BYGG
Seat: 62K/64B (Club World/Business Class)
Distance: 3677 miles (5917 km)
Duration: Approx. 8 hours
Date: Thursday 24th February 2005



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As usual the journey for want of a better word starts 24hrs before departure with the scurrying frenzy that is online check-in, for me this was even more rushed than usual as I was on a deadline having driven back from Gatwick however with 10minutes or so to spare I got home on time and reserved my seat of choice, 62K on the upper deck. I was to find later on that I had in fact been the first to check-in for the flight.

The following morning my brother drove me to the airport and leaving me at the far end of the departure ramp at Terminal 4. Surprisingly the journey was unhindered by bad traffic and I made a timely arrival. The terminal was not as busy as I had anticipated and I managed to reach the Club World check-in line without having to harass any small children! The line was short, only a couple of other teenagers and mothers ahead of me and within a couple of minutes I had boarding pass in hand and was passing effortlessly through the Fast Track security point.

Due to the popularity of the Molton Brown Travel Spa in Terminal 4 I always choose to make this my first port of call, and to my surprise the receptionist was able to offer me a choice of times for an appointment. I chose 2pm as it gave me the opportunity to go and board straight after the massage had ended. Afterwards I walked up to the top floor of the Lounge Pavilion where I got myself a Newcastle Brown Ale and watched aircraft landing on 27L from the corner of the busy lounge for a period of time.

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Terraces Lounge in the Lounge Pavilion

I took a stroll down the many shops that occupy the central area of Terminal 4 and picked up a few essentials before admiring the Bentley Continental GT, the latest car available to win in the terminal. The second of the two lounge complexes at Gate 1 was close by so I chose to sit upstairs thanks to the good views over the apron. An A321, G-EUXC, was parked up awaiting departure to Brussels. Apologies for the poor reflection!

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Airbus A321, G-EUXC

I also took some time to respond to an apparent last minute flurry of emails and gave both my liver and camera a workout in the lounge.

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Top floor of the Gate 1 Terraces Lounge

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Combiz area on ground floor of Gate 1 Terraces

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World Wine Bar on top floor of Gate 1 Terraces

Following my brief stay in the Gate 1 lounge I decided to begin the five minute or so stroll back towards the Lounge Pavilion in order to arrive on time for my appointment with my masseuse. I happened to notice that my face is still on the side of the TV display unit in Hamleys!

I arrived a little earlier than anticipated at the Molton Brown Spa so was offered a refreshing glass of water. After the several glasses of wine and cans of Newcastle this was most welcome. My masseuse, Geraldine introduced herself and she gave me the back massage as requested when making the appointment. Twenty or so minutes and a few less back knots later I felt thoroughly refreshed and ready to proceed to my boarding gate....no. 2! Back where I was some 30mins before! At least I was working off the alcohol....I think. At this stage I was wondering how much of the Club World improvements of February 1st would be implemented on this flight. I was eager to try the new squishier beds and see if there was any improvement on the service.

Approaching the gate all I could see was a large scrum and at this point I was hopeful that a priority boarding line would be properly enforced which more often than not is the case. Thankfully the waves of people parted and a line of no more than three people stood before me. I was welcomed aboard and took the short climb to the upper deck.

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Upper deck on G-BYGG

I was one of the first few people onboard and it didn't take long for me to notice that two 'improvements' were not in place. The beige privacy screens indicated this aircraft had not been able to make the overnight stop for new seatcovers although to be fair to the airline the fleet is being done from beginning of February through to November so perhaps I was being hopeful. My amenity kit was handed to me by Lynn, my upper deck FA, unfortunately a no-no in the new service as this was to be held back until after takeoff to allow more crew-passenger bonding! Whatever that means! To be honest it didn't bother me in the slightest and I began to take a few things from my seat for the period between boarding and pushback. I was interrupted by Paul, the upper deck purser who was making the boarding drinks round....now with champagne  thumbsup  Well that is one out of three! At this stage I noticed the seat was slightly in the wrong configuration for takeoff so attempted to make it so. While I could get the lumbar support to function the recline itself did not, percussive maintenance failed and I thought I'd give it time to remedy itself.

Pushback was delayed thanks to one of those idiots that seems to get lost in the hinterland between check-in and the gate and they even left us with some bags to unload! The time was used effectively, handing out new style menus (2/4  Wink ) and doing a second drinks round. Alas BA293 with a 3.05pm scheduled departure is one of the first to be affected by the daily 3pm runway change and today this meant a lengthy taxi across the landing runway to 27R. Takeoff was some 40mins late and it became apparent after the seat was indeed not going to budge, I made a quick note with the FAs and they attempted to fix it although with no success. This meant a quick transfer to the only available seat on the upper deck, 64B. The seat itself was fine, and yes did function although the lack of space to put music player, headphones, menu and lack of privacy would make this the inferior of the two in normal circumstances. Lynne, came around and took our orders for dinner, alas my first choice starter, a favourite from a few months back had run out, ironically had I stayed in 62K until after orders had been made I'd have scored it!

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STARTERS

Kiln-fired salmon, crayfish tails with wasabi and watercress dressing

or

Mozzarella cheese, Goat cheese and roast tomato timbale

Fresh seasonal salad served with vinaigrette


MAIN

Duchy of Cornwall free-range pork sausages with creamed potato and roast red onion jus

Grilled prawns in coconut and coriander sauce served with cashew nut and shallot rice

Potato and truffle gnocchi with sauteed mushrooms, asparagus and cepe cream sauce

Duck confit, foie gras, baby Kenyan beans and shallot salad with bitter orange dressing


DESSERT

Chocolate and raspberry delice

English Stilton and Butler's Secret Cheese


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The inflight entertainment began after the news and usual Well Being guff that I ignore...the choice was pretty good although I opted for Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason Embarrassment The first proper drinks round was taken and I opted for Kir Royale to accompany the beginnings of the movie and then chose to have the Pouilly-Fuisse 2002, Marie-Louise Parisot with my meal. I have to admit I am quite dreadful on having red wine with red meat and all that so felt a little daft asking for white, even if it was to wash down a glorified version of bangers and mash!

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Kiln-fired salmon, crayfish tails with wasabi and watercress dressing

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Duchy of Cornwall free-range pork sausages with creamed potato and roast red onion jus

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Chocolate and raspberry delice

The food itself was served on Royal Doulton (3/5 improvements implemented) although there was still evidence of the tupperware-esque stuff from pre February 1st days! As I have come to expect in Club World the starter was superb, as was the dessert although the sausages were disappointing and I was left wishing I had gone with the prawns which I'd had before and with hindsight was the better of the two. Lynne kept my glass nicely topped up throughout the rest of the movie and by the time it was over I was ready to put the bed down for a few hours and my Bose QC2s and Cafe del Mar playlist on my Vaio pocket certainly helped me with the shuteye.

After I woke some two, perhaps three hours later we had just passed over the Canadian coast and it was time to get another Kir Royale and stretch my legs. I took the obligatory walk down to the back of steerage (I'm not going to pace up and down the upper deck a dozen times!) and before heading back upstairs. Afternoon tea was just about to be served although I was still quite full from the meal earlier but decided to take a little nibble.

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SNACKS

Sandwiches of Wensleydale cheese with carrot chutney and gammon ham with tomato and English mustard mayonnaise

or

Sandwiches of egg mayonnaise with cress and chicken Caesar


SWEETS

Fruit plain scones with clotted cream and strawberry preserve

or

Flaked almond bakewell


DRINKS

Tea, ground coffee or decaffeinated ground coffee

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


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The presentation of sandwiches had a little left to be desired but it was no big deal, the sandwiches themselves were ok but nothing amazing and I left the bakewell alone for fear of spoiling my girlfriends supper. Around an hour out of DC I got into my routine of brushing teeth, applying deodrant basically attempting to smell more like a human again. After sitting down and putting all my clobber in the overhead locker I chatted with my seatmate for the descent and taxi to the gate where we were dispatched in traditional style into mobile lounges for the drive to immigration. Having been to IAD half a dozen or so times recently I had learnt the art of strategic positioning for speedy exit at immigration. While waiting for the rest of the lounge to fill up Amanda from BA Special Services introduced herself to me, quite why SS chose to deal with someone who was a fair way off 4000 tier points I am not sure but she told me about the weather (hey, we're British!) and told me about the status of the BA lounge which is currently under refurbishment.

After a short chat we were deposited in the immigration area which was surprisingly empty. A brief altercation between myself, another passenger and a INS official in a booth resulted in the angry female being escorted to the back of the line and a warm welcome from afforementioned official. This was followed by one of my biggest issues with BA premium travel....the joke that is priority handling  Angry Despite some of my bags recently arriving within a couple of minutes wearing a nice flourescent orange tag it seems more hit and miss than a blind marksman. I stood at the carousel for probably 30minutes waiting for my darned case to arrive and this was made more confusing by a number of airport employees who remove a lot of luggage from the belts at various points so several times I wasn't sure if I was standing waiting for my case while it was on the floor on the other side! In the end I just circled the carousel continuously!

Overall a solid flight, not out of this world and not god awful. Would have been nice to try the new squishy beds but it wasn't promised so can't complain

I'll write up BA292 in the next few days, only arrived back this morning!


"My first job was selling doors, door to door, that's a tough job innit" - Bill Bailey
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User currently offlineCubedweller From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 20 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 23196 times:

I always get a kick out of your trip reports, keep it up! Then maybe one day you can explain to me the art of being able to travel in business class so frequently  Wink

User currently offlineAirWales From UK - Wales, joined Oct 2004, 453 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 23168 times:

Yeah I would love to fly business class! Dont think I will ever fly upstairs in a 744!! Hopefully plenty of economy upstairs in an A380! Thanks for the report.

User currently offlineGeoffm From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 2111 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 23142 times:

Nice reading. The food looked a little... crap? I've only flown BA biz class once, CO twice, VS once, and EK twice - and I'm sure all had better options than this! Priority baggage seems hit and miss in general on airlines - I've seen all the 1st stuff come out after the economy bags several times on various airlines including BA!

Geoff M.


User currently offlineJaysit From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 23128 times:

Great report !

I love BA's Club World, especially on the Upper deck of the 744. I think it's the best inflight experience there is.


User currently offlineFbgdavidson From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 3713 posts, RR: 28
Reply 5, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 22514 times:

I have uploaded the rest of the pictures from the return flight onto Imagestation.

Username: flyertalk
Password: flyertalk

As I said above I will write up the return flight soon

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Geoffm, the food tasted a lot better than it looked, especially the starter and dessert. As for Priority baggage, on a trip to SFO the bags were tagged and came out first, however it is the only time in the last few years that this has happened, or for that matter they have been tagged! The silver Club World tag doesn't really do anything, nor would I expect it to. However, on Star Alliance I have never experienced any problems and my luggage has always been waiting for me by the time I get to the carousel or has been one of the first half dozen through.

[Edited 2005-04-05 18:01:11]


"My first job was selling doors, door to door, that's a tough job innit" - Bill Bailey
User currently offlineVSLover From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 1897 posts, RR: 22
Reply 6, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 22387 times:

best trip report writer ever. love the details and the accompanying pictures to document your travels.

good show, as always.


User currently offlineTrident2e From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 22278 times:

'Duchy of Cornwall free-range pork sausages with creamed potato and roast red onion jus'

Bangers and mash with onion gravy then Big grin

Nice report!


User currently offlineFbgdavidson From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 3713 posts, RR: 28
Reply 8, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 22295 times:

Route: Washington Dulles - London Heathrow Terminal 4
Airline: British Airways
Aircraft: Boeing 747-400
Registration: G-BNLP
Seat: 62K (Club World/Business Class)
Distance: 3677 miles (5917 km)
Duration: 6hrs 40mins
Date: Sunday 3rd April 2005



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As per the routine for all my BA flights I checked in the night before, this time from my hotel in Annapolis, the walk back made somewhat treacherous by the relentless storms of that night although I did make it back in time for the 24hr deadline and managed to once again reserve 62K before heading back into town.

I made a prompt arrival at the airport approximately 90 minutes before the 9.55pm scheduled departure giving me time to quickly change my clothing. The small queuing line for World Traveller was swamped with people while the domain of red and blue carpet was nicely empty and I felt like a bit of a prat standing alone while about 200 people fought over floorspace no bigger than a postage stamp. Within about 30seconds the agent at the First desk became free and checked my bag although was asked if I could take it to the gentleman standing about 30feet away from me. I didn't realise part of the Club World experience was doing my own baggage handling but I complied with her request. Sadly the foil sticker on my tag probably meant it was destined to be opened away from my sight / destroyed / sent to Kalamazoo or some other fate worse than death. Fortunately the agent asked if it was locked and promptly scanned the bag before I saw it wheeled off, I thought never to be seen again. I presume bags with 'suspicious' contents are opened in presence of the owner.

I took my place in the extremely long security line, somewhat reluctantly having been spoiled in the UK with a usual landside to airside transition of no more than a couple of minutes, and having had the same easy passage previously at Dulles on United. Having flown out of Dulles some months back at a similar time on a Sunday I was surprised how many people were flying alongside me that evening and it took perhaps fifteen minutes to pass through security and see the (relatively) new installation of infrastructure to support the tunnel to Concourse B. However, flying out of Concourse D I would experience the utter joy of riding the mobile lounge. Whenever I board one of these things I utter to myself how stupid the person was whose idea to have these as an integral part of the airport! After waiting onboard for several minutes we pulled away about three feet before having to yield to a small crowd of aircraft   As soon as the lounge pulled up I stepped off although was caught behind a melee of dawdling passengers with huge rollaboards that traversed the entire walkway   One of my pet hates! I soon left the corridor and installed myself in the British Airways lounge, warmly welcomed by the lounge attendant I was directed to the First Class area along with the other Club World passengers. At this moment BA are refurbishing the Dulles lounge in order to allow pre-flight dining for Club World Sleeper Service although as I was informed by Amanda from Special Services this means only 50 people can get into the lounge! As a result only those ticketed in First and Club World would be admitted entry with others being sent to the United Red Carpet Club (erk!) or the Admirals Club (never been).

The lounge itself was well appointed and nicely furnished, much akin to other First lounges I have visited although as you can see from my pictures definitely not fit for 50 people!

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British Airways First lounge at Dulles

Gourmet sandwiches were on offer along with salads and the usual lashings of alcohol. I settled for a couple of Amstel lights and an attendant was on hand making passes round the lounge clearing away the clutter. Unfortunately the relatively small confines of the lounge meant everyone elses conversation could be heard, this usually means I get to hear the latest from the 'Sloanes' on Henrietta's marvellous new daughter and some American making a pointless call 'FROM THE BA VIP LOUNGE'   (in his case Very Irritating Prick). Sadly despite this being only the third day of the month the numbers of the latest edition of Business Traveller magazine totalled a magnificent one and this was tea stained, bent and all stuck together   although I fought my way through it with the philosophy tea stained, bent and stuck together was better than Tatler or the Daily Mail!

A boarding annoucement was made in the lounge at approximately 9.20pm and we were informed that a Fast Track boarding line would be made for us. I was one of the first few out of the lounge as others stayed to knock back the paintstripper wine although I preferred to knock back paintstripper onboard! There was a BA employee close to one of the check in desks who recognised the flocks leaving the lounge and told us to follow him round behind some desks and to the front of the boarding line. A small child fell victim to my prioritised boarding although the agent had no qualms about this! As I boarded the aircraft I was directed to upstairs to my seat and welcomed by the upper deck purser and FA.

People began to board as I got my pre-take off essentials out, some newbies by the looks of them as they couldn't figure out where they were sitting and then made a right hash of getting into the window seat! As I checked whether this seat was also broken (see my outbound flight) I found some loose upholstery on the cushion which would cause a headache while leaning back to watch movies and the like. A little bit of fiddling managed to sort it though and before long Gary was serving the pre-flight champagne. The menus and washbags were passed round the cabin and we commenced pushed back a little behind schedule although with a fair few empty seats upstairs. The taxi seemed to last an absolute age and the dark combined with alcohol made me rather disorientated so had no clue which way I was going! Hopefully London bound!

A first proper drinks round was made and pre-flight paintstripper champers in Club Europe glass was replaced with a healthy, higher capacity glass of Kir Royale   The orders for the evening meal were taken and despite having a three course dinner before arriving at the airport a healthy dose of alcohol had relighted my appetite.

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STARTER

Mozzarella cheese, sun-blushed tomatoes and grilled artichokes dressed with peppered olive oil

MAIN

Grilled fillet steak with Madeira sauce, green beans, baby carrots and potatoes au gratin

Asparagus tortelli tossed in alfredo sauce topped with grated Parmesan cheese

Seared citrus salmon on fire-roasted pepper sauce, sauteed spinach and saffron rice


GOODNIGHT EXPRESS

Warm olive oil bread filled with shaved beef and caramelised onions

DESSERT

Key lime pie

Westcombe Cheddar and Danish Blue cheese


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With the news of the Pope's death I was quite keen to see some of the news for once having spent Saturday afternoon and evening on a pub crawl around Annapolis playing Keno  Although the day BA introduce AVOD will make my flights enjoyable not having to wait for all the Well Being nonsense to end, sadly on this flight the skymap wasn't functioning   You don't realise how much you use that until it is unavailable! Ideally on night flights I'd like to watch a film right from the off and have dinner towards the end of the movie allowing me to get some shuteye as opposed to get three hours into an already short flight before doing so! Anyways I digress....

The movies were just getting going or about 15mins in when the first course was brought around (I can't remember was too drunk... don't do it kids  ) I was offered a fresh glass to accompany my meal and opted for the Pouilly-Fuisse I'd had on the way out. Even came with a reply of 'the educated person's wine, Mr Davidson'...whatever that means!?!? I was slightly bemused to see my dessert already sitting alongside my starter although just chowed down making sure not to dive into it a course or two early!

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Mozzarella cheese, sun-blushed tomatoes and grilled artichokes dressed with peppered olive oil

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Grilled fillet steak with Madeira sauce, green beans, baby carrots and potatoes au gratin

The salad and starter once again were superb, I just love that dressing for some reason and am a real sucker for Mozzarella cheese and sun-blushed/dried/bleached/(insert uber cool cooking process here) tomatoes so that was a winner. Sadly none of the mains really set my heart on fire so I opted for the best of a bad bunch, steak, this time without wilted spinach and potatoes fondantes (Hello Flyertalkers  ). The steak itself was a little small and surrounded by masses of green beans although alcohol had really begun to set in so I ate the lot! Key lime pie would have been good too had it not been for the fact my girlfriend makes a spectacular key lime pie that we eat throughout the week so it didn't compare!

I sat back with my food and watched Oceans Twelve, the new months movies not getting me too excited although I didn't feel tired enough to go to bed. Fuelling myself with more and more alcohol didn't seem to help either! Although the movie was great I am sure my fourth and fifth glass of Pouilly-Fuisse just made it confusing towards the end!

As the credits rolled I took a walk down to the back of the aircraft although turbulence interrupted my tour and as I stood up to put my bed down and lay a blanket on top I got a minor ear bending from the purser for not getting in and buckling up. I seemed to nod off pretty easily and woke up startled some hours later when I heard the words 'an American 777 close off to the starboard side'. I lifted the shade off the coast of Southern Ireland to see a gleaming American 777 in the sun very close by.

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American 777, much closer than the camera makes it look. The word 'American' was clearly visible on the fuselage

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The privacy of seat 62K. The only person who can just glance at you (and with difficulty is the person in 63A

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***BREAKFAST***

STARTERS

Chilled orange juice and ruby grapefruit juice

An energising fruit smoothie

Fresh seasonal fruit


or

Cereals with chilled milk

BAKERY

Warm bacon roll with tomato ketchup

Selection of warm breads and breakfast pastries


DRINKS

Ground coffee, decaffeinated ground coffee or tea

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


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I chose to skip the breakfast as I feared for my teeth on the rock-hard bacon roll although did pop quickly to the galley and ask for the rather good energizing smoothie. Although I appeared to have startled to the attendant who promptly threw the contents of the bar on the floor of the galley!

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Energizing smoothie. Note the nice amount of shelf space. There is also a cupboard underneath this.

I took a walk down to the back of the aircraft and went to the bathroom to freshen up and prepare myself for landing. I headed back to my seat for what seemed like a never ending descent through thick cloud.

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Seats 62A and 62B showing the facing configuration that the seats in BA Club World all have

I hoped for bright sunshine which we had seen over Ireland although as we popped through the clouds over West London the trademarks streaks of rain over the windows that welcome you to the UK distorted my view. Fortunately we landed on the southern runway and were only a short taxi to Terminal 4 and a stand was ready for us! The immigration point was a short walk from the gate and lines so short that Fast Track option wasn't required, although when you have checked luggage it doesn't matter how fast you go through the terminal you still have to wait eons for your cases.....as I found out....again! I took this time to organise my travel arrangements home, although I could have translated the Bible into Esperanto and still had time left to go to the bathroom. About 30mins later my bag arrives as I curse the fact I can't travel light! Then I remember I am grateful my bag made it to London at all after seeing it being wheeled into the depths of Dulles on the back of a trolley some 8hours previous, and it was unmolested!

With some time on my hands I proceeded to the BA Arrivals Lounge, a blessing for business folks arriving at 5am from HKG and cheapskate students like me who can never turn down a cooked breakfast....or a massage...or a shower! I went for my massage in the chair, very relaxing and effective before taking a shower and getting a cooked breakfast. The lounge was empty as this time and meant I could take a couple of photos without embarassing myself!

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Arrivals Lounge in Terminal 4

I took another 15mins or so to check my email, unattended for a weekend and more before a call was made for me. My lift had arrived and left only another 45 of 3800 miles to go.

Once again, like the outbound a really solid flight, with the exception of the wait for checked luggage and the refurbished lounge although BA provide adequate facilities.

Next flight: erm dunno. Only got one booked so far for February! And will no doubt have a flurry of flights over the summer!

Edited to say: Outbound flight was 24th March not 24th February!

[Edited 2005-04-06 01:24:58]


"My first job was selling doors, door to door, that's a tough job innit" - Bill Bailey
User currently offlineHuawey From Australia, joined Oct 2004, 54 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 21834 times:

AWESOME trip report with excellent pictures! Love a TR when its accompanied with photos! Makes me feel like I'd been on the trip myself!

I'm sooo tempted to give BA a run for my money in their Club World!

Excellent report!

Marty


User currently offlineScandinavian From Sweden, joined Sep 2000, 267 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 21757 times:

Fantastic trip report! It´s always a pleasure to read your reports.

As mentioned above, I am also tempted to try BA in Club World. I have only flown with them in the back.

By the way, the photo of the American 777 is great!

Regards



"He was a wise man who invented beer"-Platon
User currently offlineCambrian From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 619 posts, RR: 5
Reply 11, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 21565 times:

Great trip report as usual!

I have to laugh when I hear about BA's "improvements" to Club World. For the price of the ticket, pre-flight champagne should be a given- and not something to shout about.

I know what you mean about the small wine glasses- I flew in BA First a few weeks ago, and the glasses were tiny!

I just flew back to Barbados in VS Upper, and I have to say that BA have now lost me on that route- VS Upper Class is a consistently good product, and the price for BA First is now barmy! I also think that the new UCS is more comfortable than BA First- BA offers a seat that goes flat, whereas VS offers a bed.

One area where VS lets itself down is the catering, which is probably not even as good as Club World.

My next flight is BGI-SJU on an American Eagle ATR- 2.35 minutes flight time, and we only get a drink!

I love Cafe del Mar too, BTW.

Great report.


User currently offlineBhxforever From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2001, 564 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 21463 times:

Informative and interesting report as always. Shame about 62K on the way out!

Havent seen you on msn in a while dude!

Alex


User currently offlineA340600 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2003, 4106 posts, RR: 51
Reply 13, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 21140 times:

Lovely report, great insight,

Sam Smile



Despite the name I am a Boeing man through and through!
User currently offlineLucky727 From Canada, joined Sep 2003, 602 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 21076 times:

I could have translated the Bible into Esperanto and still had time left to go to the bathroom  crackup 

One of many superb lines of this fantastic report  champagne 



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User currently offlineArkhem From Ghana, joined Jul 2004, 128 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 20587 times:

Great report, I love your detail and photos.  Wink


Quoting Fbgdavidson (Reply 8):
Within about 30seconds the agent at the First desk became free and checked my bag although was asked if I could take it to the gentleman standing about 30feet away from me.

That is a little odd isn't it? But I think that huge machine to the right of the BA counter is their bomb scanner... spin 

Where did you stay in Annapolis?


User currently offlineLO231 From Belgium, joined Sep 2004, 2392 posts, RR: 22
Reply 16, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 20495 times:

Great trip report! I flew LHR-MRU in March in Club World /seat 61A/ and I had exact the same menu as on your outbound trip! I'll put the pics on airlinemeals.net soon

Enjoyed reading yours thus!

Regards,
LO231



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User currently offlineFbgdavidson From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 3713 posts, RR: 28
Reply 17, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 20426 times:

Quoting Arkhem (Reply 15):
That is a little odd isn't it? But I think that huge machine to the right of the BA counter is their bomb scanner...

This was at the top of the stairs on the left of the BA counters as you look at them. Wasn't there, or wasn't in use last time I flew ex-IAD. Looks like a certain number of people are chosen at random to have a more detailed scan and I was the chosen one.

Quoting Arkhem (Reply 15):
Where did you stay in Annapolis?

Loews...in desparate need of a refurb! Only paid $110/night though so can't complain. Were looking to stay at the Sheraton although since we booked short notice it was sold out.



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User currently offlineArkhem From Ghana, joined Jul 2004, 128 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 20229 times:

Quoting Fbgdavidson (Reply 17):
Looks like a certain number of people are chosen at random to have a more detailed scan and I was the chosen one.

Yeah I remember that from the last time by sister flew to Accra on BA, but they made her open her suitcase...


User currently offlineFbgdavidson From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 3713 posts, RR: 28
Reply 19, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 19999 times:

Quoting Arkhem (Reply 18):
Yeah I remember that from the last time by sister flew to Accra on BA, but they made her open her suitcase...

This time the case was scanned in front of me, I guess if they found something they weren't keen on then I'd have opened it for them. There were a few situations of people waiting at the carousel at their destination to find their locked case prized open with a note from the TSA saying it had been opened for security although a number of items had gone missing from their cases. I prefer this method because at least I know my case is still (somewhat) secure when it goes out of my sight.



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User currently offlineStretch 8 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 2568 posts, RR: 16
Reply 20, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 19684 times:

Excellent report Fbg. I took the sane flights return last October to and from Croatia, and can confirm your experiences in flight and on the ground. BA Club World is now my only choice when I corss the Atlantic. The Molton Brown stuff and spa may be a bit on the "metrosexual" side, but so be it, I love it!


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User currently offlineFbgdavidson From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 3713 posts, RR: 28
Reply 21, posted (9 years 8 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 19347 times:

Quoting Stretch 8 (Reply 20):
The Molton Brown stuff and spa may be a bit on the "metrosexual" side, but so be it, I love it!

 bigthumbsup 

It probably cleans exactly the same as Walmart own brand stuff but wow does it smell good  Smile Love those Naran-ji fragrances...although sadly my girlfriend has a ponchant for Molton Brown and I am now given an ear bashing if I don't bring her some each time I visit. Thankfully now her mall has started stocking MB  Smile



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User currently offlineFbgdavidson From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 3713 posts, RR: 28
Reply 22, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 18761 times:

Thanks to the person who PM'd me saying the link to a couple of the photos were broken.

From BA292: Washington-London

http://img272.echo.cx/img272/4916/starterba2925ga.jpg
Mozzarella cheese, sun-blushed tomatoes and grilled artichokes dressed with peppered olive oil

http://img272.echo.cx/img272/3300/maincourseba2929ml.jpg
Grilled fillet steak with Madeira sauce, green beans, baby carrots and potatoes au gratin



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