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LHR-PRG British Airways B767-300 - With Pics  
User currently offlineLeonB1985 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 6615 times:

Departure Airport: London Heathrow LHR
Destination Airport: Prague Ruzyne PRG
Airline: British Airways BA
Aircraft Type: Boeing B767-300
Registration: G-BNWX
Date: 18 May 2005


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I had decided that following university exams, it'd be nice to get away with some friends for a few days to recover! We considered various destinations, but finally, Prague was chosen. I'd have expected to travel with easyJet, but rather surprisingly, I found a great deal with lastminute.com which included flights with BA from LHR (£163 each for 3 nights accommodation with breakfast and flights!). So, not only would the trip provide me with a good chance to relax after exams, but to try out a new airline and (on the return trip) a new aircraft type for me, the B757-200.

I'd checked us in online the previous day, and we'd been allocated seats 15JK and 16 JK. Collecting our boarding passes from the self service machines in T1 was quick and very easy, and we were soon able to drop off our baggage.

We boarded our aircraft, B767-300 G-BNWX, which was parked at gate 24. We boarded and took our seats (located near the wing, with a view of the engine cowling) which were very comfortable. The captain welcomed us all onboard and told us we'd experience a delay in pushing back due to a lot of traffic in the cul-de-sac. We eventually pushed back about 20 minutes late and soon taxied to runway 27R, where there were thankfully only about four aircraft in line before us. The load factor was very high, with only very few free seats, and it felt as though our take-off roll was quite long before we finally rotated. Sadly, there wasn't really a break in the cloud at any stage throughout the flight.



Not long after take off, the (all female) cabin crew came around the aircraft with 'All Day Deli' snack boxes, which contained fruit cocktail (though my friend kept saying it looked like a urine sample! Big grin), a mini KitKat, an apple and cinnamon muffin and some still water. We also received a little pizza finger, which tasted slightly of plastic and wasn't all that nice. The drinks trolley then came around and I opted for an orange juice (hoping the vitamin C would help get rid of my cold). I felt the amount of food provided was perfectly adequate for a flight of this duration - approximately two hours - and apart from the pizza, it all tasted pretty good.



The captain spoke to us again when we were over Frankfurt, but didn't provide any info on the routing we were taking, although we clearly flew over Frankfurt. He also told us the weather in Prague would be cloudy and just 9 degrees - ouch! The cabin crew soon came round and collected our rubbish, as well as coming around with the 'duty free' trolley and BA's rather overpriced selection of electrical items (who pays £59 for a 512MB USB flash drive?!).

It wasn't until our approach into Prague that we broke through the cloud and could see the green and yellow fields below us. The landing at PRG was very smooth and we taxied to the terminal building, arriving about 20 minutes late. Naturally, the airport was surrounded by CSA B737s, and I saw a few SmartWings aircraft too.



Overall, the flight was uneventful, but BA provided me with a good first impression. The cabin crew were pleasant and the aircraft was clean and comfortable. I was rather surprised that the safety video features the old Landor livery - considering how long it's been gone. I suppose it'd mean creating a whole new video would be needed. Also - I think it's a shame that BA don't use their monitors to show the moving sky map - anybody know why they don't?

We came back last night, but that'll be the subject of a different trip report soon. Hope you enjoyed this one!  Smile

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User currently offlineIb16uk From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 90 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 6521 times:

Hi Leon

Great report - Great photos !!

British Airways on board service is incredible

Iain
Cabin Crew Wannabe


User currently offlineB742 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 3768 posts, RR: 19
Reply 2, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 6466 times:

Great report!

How was Prague?

Rob!


User currently offlineA340600 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2003, 4105 posts, RR: 51
Reply 3, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 6452 times:

Hey,

Nice report, I love flying BA 757's, so look forward to your return,

Sam biggrin 



Despite the name I am a Boeing man through and through!
User currently offlineNdebele From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 2901 posts, RR: 22
Reply 4, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 6451 times:

Nice report, and 163� sounds like a good deal, you would have certainly paid just as much for Easyjet flights, separate hotel bookings and possibly the ground transportation to LTN - and best of all, you got a flight on BA, I somehow like this airline.

User currently offlineBritPilot777 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 1075 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 6432 times:

Great Report Leon

BP777



Forever Flight
User currently offlineLeonB1985 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 6278 times:

Thanks for all the comments. Prague was great. If anybody's interested, I've written a report on the return leg (BA B757-200) which is here.

User currently offlinePilot kaz From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 6245 times:

Whisky X-Ray!!

I done a trip report on her from LHR-FRA... Nice bird and you say 6 rows in front of my seat cool  Silly

Nice report  Wink

kaz  Smile


User currently offlineShamrock_747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 6235 times:

Great report! I went to PRG on a BA 757 and 767 last year... great city, airline and aircraft!

Quoting LeonB1985 (Thread starter):
was rather surprised that the safety video features the old Landor livery - considering how long it's been gone. I suppose it'd mean creating a whole new video would be needed.

There's a new animated safety video featuring the current livery, new uniform and T5 being launched soon.  Smile


User currently offlineCheco77 From Peru, joined Oct 2004, 1345 posts, RR: 8
Reply 9, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 6129 times:

Great report. Cool to see Ba flying 767s to PRG. I guess the traffic demand is very high, considering CSA, Smart Wings and at least 5 more low-cost airlines offering flight between PRG and LHR.
I´m grad you enjoyed your stay in PRG, which is truly a awesome city.
Regards,
Adam



Czech Boeing lover living in Lima
User currently offlineLeonB1985 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 5737 times:

Yes Adam, it really is a great city - we had a fantastic time. I'm already missing the food... mmmm! Worth a visit, especially with all the cheap deals around.

User currently offlineMalb777 From Australia, joined Jul 2004, 462 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 5709 times:

LeonB1985
Good report , glad to hear you enjoyed Prague . I was there in April and the weather was warmer back then! great city and people food and lets not forget the Beer  bigthumbsup 



thank god i was not born a bird. this type of flying is much better
User currently offlineTrekster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 5477 times:

The new safty video and cards all feature the new Uniforms and colours of the airline. It looks different, but different is good in this case.

Only seen pics and stills so far, but they trying to get it out as soon as they can.


User currently offlineCXoneWorld From Australia, joined Aug 2004, 315 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 5190 times:

This report rocks! And you'd picked up a great deal too.


oneworld alliance revolves around you
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