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Flightcheck: LHR-JFK (BA)  
User currently offlineCapt.Picard From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (14 years 1 month 12 hours ago) and read 1998 times:

Hello to all you guys,

Well, finally Capt.Picard has made landfall in America for the first time!!

NYC is just FABULOUS, and I urge all of you who haven't been to make the pilgrimage! Big grin

On with the flight, anyhow:

Well, I decided to fly with BA for a number of reasons which I will not bore you with.

My flight was BA179, scheduled departure of 2000hrs from LHR, Terminal 4.

Boarding commenced at 1925hrs, and I was assigned to seat 53A (very last row of our 744, in Union Jack colours).

Water was passed round as we took our seats, by very friendly Danish crew. We pushed back half an hour late, due to a no-show, but made up the delay, as you will see later.

The flight was very full (as I expected). We took off from 09L, and took a left turn towards the North-West.

Strong turbulence accompanied us until the Mid-Atlantic, which was rather irritating, especially during the meal service.

The choice was the usual for Economy-Beef fillet or Chicken&Mushroom pie.

The last row is always served first though, so the meal was over for me fairly soon.

Unfortunately, I was refused a flightdeck visit as BA179 was a checkflight, no visitors were therefore allowed.

So on we flew, overhead Cheltenham, over South Wales, then over County Kerry and out over a rather Southerly Atlantic track (we didn't even pass the coast of Greenland.. :-( ). However, we were helped along by a nice 10-60km/h tailwind throughout the flight, which might have partly contributed to the stiff ride we experienced.

Anyhow, we finally reached the New World in the vicinity of St.John's at FL340. We then increased altitude to FL370 in the vicinity of Sydney.

Well, we started our descent just South of Boston, flew directly overhead Providence, East of Hartford and New Haven.

Then.......Manhattan island to the right!!!!!

We landed on JFK's RW31, and from there a short taxi to the BA terminal! Immigration was very quick, I was impressed!!

The BA arrivals area looks a little shoddy, and there were notices "pardoning the appearence", I suspect better things are in the pipeline. The front looks very smart though.

All in all, a great flight, great crew and great destination!!!

Top marks for BA, as usual!

Trip report from BOS to LHR will follow.

I LOVE NEW YORK!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hope you enjoyed the post.
Have a nice day...... Big grin

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User currently offlineBA747-436 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 1259 posts, RR: 11
Reply 1, posted (14 years 1 month 3 hours ago) and read 1839 times:

What a great flight!  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
Did you get World Traveller or the old style seats?
by the way - Please could you explain what exactly a check flight consists of?
Are you flying BA back from KBOS? Do you kno if they've stopped usuing the great 777's on this route or will you be flying a 7472 "Classic"?
Which flight are you on from BOS? 238/212/214?
Have a great one!, Boston's a great city!  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

Dan Valentine - Bad Ass MOFO Photographer
User currently offlineShuttle3echo From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 126 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (14 years 1 month 1 hour ago) and read 1826 times:

Thanks for a Great trip report .......my experiences of check flight or training captains was explained to me by neighbour who is a BA 737-400 Captain.He said check flights are rare and training Captains carry out non-passenger flights at non-used airports in the uk.Most of the time he said the flight crew of many airlines would rather go undisturbed during the flight.

best regards


User currently offlineCapt.Picard From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (14 years 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1826 times:

Hi Folk

Sorry, I forgot to mention we arrived into JFK at 2215, and our scheduled arrival was 2255, not bad!

We had the new World Traveller seats, as all JFK flights do.

I am not entirely sure myself what a checkflight consists off, I presume a Training Capt just sits in the jumpseat with a Tick-sheet, looking out for any errors in procedures etc.

BA, I am flying on the evening flight out of BOS, can't remember the flight number!!

And BTW, I sat next to a guy from the UN, whose wife was in Club World. I asked him why he was in Economy, and he said babies were not allowed in Club!!

I will enjoy Boston!`
Today we are off to the UN HQ in NY, the Empire State Bldg, and lunch at the World Trade Centre.

Went to Ellis Island yesterday-brilliant.

There is a lovely concorde model&BA advert in Times Square-very smart.


User currently offlineBA747-436 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 1259 posts, RR: 11
Reply 4, posted (14 years 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 1809 times:

Sounds great! Hope you had a great lunch in the World Trade Center  Smile/happy/getting dizzy Is it called "Window's On The World"? I ate there a couple of years ago on Christmas Eve, amazing views and pretty good food, but outragously expensive!  Smile/happy/getting dizzy I hope you have a great time and flight out of Boston's Logan INTL. I go to Boston once or twice every year and i have been for the last 10-15 years. My cousins live there, i now always go BA but i used to go Virgin Atlanitc when there service was unmatched by any other airline. No longer the case but anyway!  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

Dan Valentine - Bad Ass MOFO Photographer
User currently offlineHL From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (14 years 4 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 1800 times:


did u take any pics? which aircraft were u on?

HL  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

User currently offlineCapt.Picard From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (14 years 4 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 1790 times:

Sorry, just answering questions!

BA, Yep, it's called "Top of The World", and the views were very good, I even ventured out onto the roof top!

It has been a glorious day here in NY, and I am writing to you from the Easy Everything internet cafe in Times Square, part of the group which includes Easyjet!

Sorry, didn't get the reg, but was a Union Jack a/c and a 744.

and NY is really great!!

User currently offlineCapt.Picard From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (14 years 4 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 1787 times:

Sorry HL,
Misread your question! Yes, I took some photos on the plane, I'll post those here on this thread in about a week!


User currently offlineJFKspotter From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 448 posts, RR: 7
Reply 8, posted (14 years 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 1773 times:

Glad to hear you liked New York. It sure is quite a city. I loved the BA Concorde in Times Square the first time I was around there, (got a lot of pictures as well!). Once again, I'm glad you've liked your stay, and I hope you enjoy the rest of it.


P.S. My personal favorite terminal at JFK is 7  Smile

User currently offlineAmerica West From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (14 years 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 1759 times:

I too flew British Airways to and from New York on a Boeing 747. (I was 7 at the time and that peaked my interest for planes and flying. But don't think I'm making this up. I save all my boarding passes). I was on flight 174 from JFK-LHR and I sat in seat 38K (window seat of course). The flight departed at 6:00pm (on time). The flight there was alight. A little bumpy though, but nothing serious. The in-flight movie was "Naked Gun". There was also another one but I can't remember it.

My stay was two weeks in London. Returning, I was on flight 177 and I left for New York from gate 18. I sat in seat 34F (which was in the middle of the cabin). I was mad that I was not in a window seat and that I had to sit next to my mom and some Korean lady. I can't remember any movies. The only thing I remember is listening to the radio.

When we landed, we went to the "Days Inn" and went to sleep for our 9:45am flight back home to Port Columbus International Airport in Columbus Ohio on TWA flight 7772.

User currently offlineG-KIRAN From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2000, 736 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (14 years 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 1747 times:

How come BA has only 53 rows in its 747-400s while SIA has 64?

User currently offlineBA747-436 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 1259 posts, RR: 11
Reply 11, posted (14 years 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 1743 times:

I think BA has more First class seats & Buisness class seats. Also there aircraft are set out diferantly from SIA's, eg: galley's ect.
I can garentee that i proberely wrong about the First Class thing but anyway!  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

Dan Valentine - Bad Ass MOFO Photographer
User currently offlineAeroGlobeAir7 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 586 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (14 years 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 1731 times:


A checkflight is a flight when a check captain rides the jumpseat to "grill" the pilots throughout the flight and make sure he's still good. At least that's what I've heard, there could be more.

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