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BA First: London Heathrow-Washington (with Pics)  
User currently offlineFbgdavidson From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 3700 posts, RR: 28
Posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 32767 times:

Route: London Heathrow (Terminal 4) – Washington Dulles
Airline: British Airways
Flight number: BA217
Aircraft: Boeing 777-200
Registration: G-VIIG
Seat: 02K / 02F (First)
Distance: 3677 miles
Duration: 8hrs 20mins
Date: Friday 30th September



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Having taken this flight in all cabins recently with the exception of World Traveller it was about time I flew this route in First. It was to be my first time in BA's front cabin for a few years so was eager to see how things had changed, indeed last time I flew the boarding cards were silver, Krug and caviar flowed left, right and centre and embossed stationary was handed out for each passenger!

I booked the flight only a few weeks before travel and as such I was pre-assigned one of the few remaining seats, 02K which was something of a result as row 1 was a little close to the galley for my liking and window seats offered much more personal space than the centre seats. When Online Check-In became available some 24hrs beforehand I confirmed seat 2K although the option of 1E and 1F was then open to me.

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Online Check-In view of the First cabin

I was dropped off at the airport by my father on his way to work, although this meant I now had over 3hrs to kill before my flight! Fortunately I had a number of lounges available to help while away this time. I was dropped off at the far end of the departure ramp which was closest to the refurbished First Class check-in area.

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Entrance to the refurbished First Class check-in (which was not as busy as in this photo, this was taken much earlier in the year)

This photo below shows how the check-in area used to look

(From www.travelscholar.com)
and how it looks now following the refurbishment in June
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BA First Class check-in area in Terminal 4

The terminal was not very busy at all and there was no wait to see one of the eight or so agents in the First area which now felt even more private, nestled in the corner of Terminal 4. The wooden floor and soft furnishings echoed those of the First lounges and I thought was a nice touch, it certainly didn't have the dated feel of the rest of the Terminal 4 departure hall. I checked in my two bags and agent passed me back my 2K boarding pass and attached a Fast Track sticker.

I made my way to Fast Track security where the line was quite long, although I was approached by an official who informed me I had been randomly selected to get the full on body scan. I was shown the sticky tape on the floor and told to pull off a number of dance moves. I didn't score too well although afterwards I was put to the front of the line which probably won me a couple of minutes. I changed some spare cash at Travelex and made my way to the Lounge Pavilion opposite Gate 10. Eager to get a now routine treatment booked my first port of call was the Molton Brown Spa downstairs and I booked my back massage with a familiar face from my last visit to the Spa. I had almost two hours to kill before my 10am massage so went upstairs to the Concorde Room, my last time in here had been before my BA001 flight over 3yrs ago and despite such infrequent visits it was clear the place was only a shadow of it's former self. The welcoming staff were pleasant enough and invited me to make myself at home. The wait staff of former visits probably signed on the dole a couple of years back so I went to the bar to order myself a glass of the Bellefon Rose which I had enjoyed in the First Lounge at Gatwick some five days previous. The choice of champagnes was not really up to First Class standard, and although I rather enjoyed the Bellefon the other choices of Monopole Blue Top and Charles de Cazenove look pretty poor compared to the Krug and Dom Perignon offerings of Singapore Airlines and other top flight carriers. I did order a bacon roll from the menu and took a seat in the bar area where I filled out my immigration forms. The bacon roll arrived within just a couple of minutes, something I was grateful of as I elected not to eat breakfast at home before the drive to the airport. The Concorde Room is always rather quiet thanks to the fact only First passengers (with a couple of exceptions  Wink) are allowed entry. The place was a sea of Tumi roll-aboards and pinstripe suits would appear to be dresscode, if there were one although it certainly is a haven from the bustle of the First Lounge, god forbid the Terraces lounge  Wink

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Bacon roll, glass of Bellefon Rose, passport and immigration forms primed and ready to be filled in

After finishing the bacon roll I moved away from the bar area close to the entrance and the Special Services desk. I overhead some interesting conversations between the lounge staff and other visitors to the lounge. One guy was making a big scene as he was currently waitlisted for First and Business on his flight although Special Services seemed quite happy to escort him into the lounge and console him that he'd probably spend the flight with food served on a tray and surrounded by swathes of blue cloth and pink headrest covers!

I then moved closer to the frosted Concorde doors, from where I had last exited this lounge by and sat by the window watching a number of aircraft approach, some interestingly seemed to be parallel landings, these fitting in between the movements of the departing aircraft on the Southern Runway.

Some more pictures of the Concorde Room:
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After topping up my glass once more I chose to spend about 30mins on the internet emailing my girlfriend and a little general Flyertalk chat, although I eventually got frustrated with almost dial-up esque speeds on the internet by which time it was closing on my appointment downstairs.

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Flyertalk and Bellefon Rose working well in perfect harmony

I left the Room and went down to the Molton Brown Spa although my masseuse was not quite ready thanks to a little backlog during the early stages of the morning and I went next door to the First Lounge. The lounge was smaller than I remember it to be and I took a seat close to the bar and caught a glass of the Charles de Cazenove, the First Lounge not having the selection of the Concorde Room. I took a couple of pictures for the sake of completeness and this report! The place was much busier, not helped by the size of the place and the sheer number of avenues that permit entry; BA Golds and OW Emeralds for one which are near ever present on the Terminal 4 European routes.

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BA First Lounge in Terminal 4

The Cazenove left my mouth rather dry so chose not to finish it and then left for my appointment, as I 'checked in' I noticed I was to board from Gate 1a, darn bus...again! Every time I have taken the 217 it seems to go by bus from 1a! Anyways, I enjoyed a rather relaxing back massage with Sarah, while no connoisseur when it comes to massages this seemed to be the best of the half dozen or so I have had in recent times. Around twenty minutes later and I was underneath a warm towel and putting my clothes back on! The Molton Brown Spa is a great service and I wouldn't hesitate to arrive a little early in order to enjoy it.

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Treatment room at Molton Brown Spa

By this time boarding was commencing on my flight and it was time to head across to the other side of the terminal, my over-doing on the Bellefon was quite noticeable, although I was coherent! The downside of boarding via bus is that you lose any benefit from pre-boarding for elites/premium passengers although I knew a few tricks to help avert the worst of things. However I took a seat near the door of the gate area amongst a similar 'sea' of Tumi luggage and Gold coloured baggage tags. All the uninitiated seemed to be in other corner and were destined to be on the eighth bus out to the plane although they were probably being clever to avoid spending more time than absolutely necessary amongst 31" of pitch! The bus took us out to the remote stands where a number of 777s were parked up.

As I boarded a rather camp but enthusiastic flight attendant checked my boarding pass, welcomed me onboard 'Mr Davidson' and escorted me to my seat. As I turned to speak to him I banged my head on the overhead locker and he said 'ooo' in a rather caring way, I said without prompting 'I'll be fine, just a light knock'. He replied, 'Oh I was more concerned about the overhead locker'. Bastard! Big grin We had a little laugh and he said to enjoy my flight as he working World Traveller today and wouldn't get the opportunity to see me again. No sooner had I put my bag in the overhead locker and taken a seat and I was greeted by Vivienne, one of the First pursers who brought nuts, Anya Hindmarch amenity bag, First view choices and asked if I wanted anything to drink. I took up her offer and requested champagne and then asked if I could get the pyjamas to change into before take off. After all I still had a whole afternoon at the end of the flight and would rather not sweat out an 8hr flight in the shirt I intended to wear later. Pyjamas and champagne were delivered almost immediately nicely presented with ribbon around them although was surprised when I noticed they were in large, which last time I tried them seemed to make me feel like I was wearing an oversize tent! I took this opportunity to go and change into them in the bathroom. Vivienne then hung my clothes in the closet behind the First cabin and just said to call whenever I needed them back, or else just to help myself from the closet! Other passengers helped themselves to the spread of newspapers on the divide between seats 1E and 1F although I had enough from the Concorde Room to keep me occupied.

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Charles de Cazenove champagne and dish of nuts. Note the large shelf space for personal storage and the small screen that signifies the slightly worse IFE

The champagne was refilled without asking and nut dish removed and replaced with menu and my First view video choice was taken. Of the two dozen or so options I went for Hitch, then Taxi Driver and Road Trip. Soon the flight pushed back and we taxied along the length of the cross runway to the pleasant sounds of noise cancelled safety video courtesy of the BA supplies noise cancelling headphones  Wink The whining of the GE90s signified we were on our way to Washington and we soon punctured the cloud somewhere a few miles west of runway 27R. I enjoyed the view from my three windows and laid back as the crew prepared for inflight service.

At this time it became apparent that my PTV which had stowed for the takeoff had got stuck in the shelf! I thought I was being a drunken fool but Vivienne struggled too, as did the CSD who was subsequently called out! Instead they helped me move my bits and pieces across to seat 2F, the man who occupied it before had moved over to 2A during the boarding procedures when it became apparent nobody was going to occupy the latter.

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Glass of Chablis with First menu and Anya Hindmarch amenity kit

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Lunch


Starters

Duck and foie gras terrine with ruby orange compote and toasted brioche

Asparagus with Parmesan cheese dressing

Roast plum tomato soup with herb creme fraiche

Fresh salad leaves with your choice of olive oil with rosemary or spicy orange and lime dressing

Main

Grilled fillet of beef, roast shallot and balsamic butter served with mini baked potatoes with sour cream and chives

Roast brill with whole grain mustard sauce

Spicy chicken korma infused with truffle oil and morels

Prawn nicoise with lemon vinaigrette

Snacks

Bacon roll served with tomato ketchup (what no HP sauce!)

Roast plum tomato soup with herb creme fraiche and a side salad

Penne pasta with your choice of creamy pesto or artichoke and tomato sauce with garlic herb croute

Duchy of Cornwall biscuits

A selection of cheese and fruit

Dessert and Cheese

Chocolate and banana delice

Lemon and sponge pudding with custard or vanilla ice cream

Cheese plate featuring

Montgomery Cheddar - An award winning straw coloured cheese that is rich in flavour with a hint of fruit; this variety is made from the legendary Jersey cow's milk annd is a British Airways exclusive .

English Stilton - Stilton is an English, cow's milk, semi-hard, Blue, unpressed cheese with a natural brushed rind.

Brie - This soft cow's milk cheese is one of the world's most popular cheese

A basket of fresh fruit

Your choice of
Espresso, cappuccino, coffee, decaffeinated coffee, tea or herbal tea


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The wine list was as follows:

Champagne

Charles de Cazenove Grand Apparat Brut Champagne

White Wines

Chablis 1er Cru Les Vaillons 2003, Domaine Billaud-Simon

Riesling Herrenweg de Turckheim 2002, Domaine Zind-Humbrecht

Saintsbury Carneros Chardonnay 2003

Renwood Select Series Viognier 2004

Red Wines

Chateau Branaire Ducru 1995, Grand Cru Classe St Julien

Chinon, Clos de l'Olive , 2003, Couly-Dutheil

Gordon Brothers Syrah 2001, Columbia Valley

Dessert Wines

Opitz Goldackerl Trockenbeerenauslese 2002, Austria

Warre's 1988 Colheita Port

Spirits, Digestifs and Liqueurs

We offer a complete range of classic and timeless spirits, digestifs and liqueurs including Gonzalez Byass Sherries, Johnnie Walker Blue Label Scotch Whisky, Tanqueray No. Ten Gin, The Glenlivet 18-year old Single Malt Whisky, Smirnoff Black Label Vodka, Camus XO Cognac and Woodford Reserve Kentucky Whiskey.

Soft Drinks

A selection of traditional and modern drinks including Coca Cola, Highland Spring still or sparkling mineral water


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Vivienne's colleague, Phillip who appeared to be working most of the port aisle came round to take my orders from the menu. I opted for the Duck and foie gras followed by Prawn nicoise.

Vivienne handed me the 'Hitch' video which I began just in time for my starter and she then came back to set my table, followed by her colleague, Phillip who brought around the bread basket, I chose a glass of champagne to accompany it and my upcoming foie gras starter.

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Duck and foie gras terrine with ruby orange compote and toasted brioche

I have to say this was delicious! The ruby orange compote had such a great rich flavour and foie gras spread on the toasted brioche were superb! This was soon taken away and my Prawn nicoise was presented

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Prawn nicoise with lemon vinaigrette

Again superb! The prawns were large and tasted very fresh, the sundried tomatoes though sparse were again tasty!

Vivienne then came around to take my dessert order and accompanying wine. I was eager to try the Opitz as it came highly recommended by a First regular on Flyertalk so opted for that.

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Chocolate and banana delice with Opitz Goldackerl Trockenbeerenauslese 2002 dessert wine

As seems to be the case on many of my BA longhaul flights the dessert usually are the best, and even with the hot competition today this was no exception. The Opitz dessert wine came highly recommended with good reason....it is superb! Very smooth, sweet, but no so much that it chokes the flavour of the dessert.

I was getting slightly bored by the movie, not sure whether it was the fact I was getting more and more inebriated or that the movie was indeed poor. But as the meal service went on I was adding more and more recline to my seat until after the meal service was cleared away I gave up altogether and pulled the First blanket over the top of me and fell asleep.

Around three hours passed before I woke up and when I did so I found the cabin mostly in darkness so went up to the galley and fetched a bottle of water. I took a walk down to the back of the aircraft to stretch my legs; as I made my way through the back galley in World Traveller I bumped into the camp FA who gave more care to the well being of the overhead locker than my sore head. He asked what the hell he thought I was doing back here 'with the ruffians' to which I started laughing and said I had come to Raid The Larder! On the way back up to First one of the pursers running the Club World cabin also gave me a grilling and asked where I was going, I said I had come from First but had left my boarding pass at my seat. He laughed and said the pyjamas gave away where I had come from, to which I shuffled back to my seat. As I had given up on the IFE I moved back to 2K to enjoy more personal space and the view from the window. From here it was apparent how few interactions you have with other passengers in First, the herringbone formation allows a very private feel and the few glances of passengers were usually those heading to the bathroom.

I took this opportunity to have a bit of fun and take some pictures of the seat and the cabin.

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My girlfriends bear enjoying the buddy seat. This is intended to be enjoyed by a friend and allows you to dine together. I have tried this with my younger brother once a few years back and although a novelty the 'buddy' certainly gets a raw deal and is not comfortable for a prolonged period of time.

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The view from the buddy seat back at the facing passenger

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My second seat, 2F which you can see in 6'6" bed format. The white screen separates you from the passenger in 2E although can be wound down for couple travelling together.

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The First cabin. My seats were the second window on the bottom photo and aisle seat on the right hand side closest to the camera in the second one.

At this time it became apparent the crew were preparing afternoon tea and Vivienne came around with a silver salver with a selection of sandwiches.

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Afternoon Tea

Sandwiches

A selection of sandwiches featuring roast chicken with lemon mayonnaise, kippered salmon with horseradish creme fraiche, gammon ham with tomato and grilled Mediterranean vegetable with cream cheese.

Patisserie

Warm plain or fruit scones served with clotted cream and strawberry jam

Cherry bakewell, chocolate choux bun and lemon drizzle cake


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Roast chicken with lemon mayonnaise sandwiches and coffee

Despite the large selection I only opted to take a couple of the roast chicken variety, the lunch was rather filling and had to make room for my girlfriend's always sublime evening meals. I had a cup of coffee with it and sat in the buddy seat admiring the view of northern Canada and eastern seaboard of the United States. The Cabin Services Director came around with immigration forms although I already had mine filled out in the Concorde Room so let him complete his rounds.

I noticed the aircraft was in very gradual descent and felt it was about time I got changed out of the PJs although they did feel very comfortable by this stage. It could have got embarrassing had I got to the immigration point still wearing them! I asked the crew for extra inserts for the BAg (including wooden comb Cambrian  Wink ) and retrieved my washbags from my carry on, incidentally fully functional souvenirs from previous trips in First and took them in the bathroom with my clothes from the closet to change and freshen up. All in all this was beginning to take some time and I was half expecting a member of the cabin crew to come knocking and unlock to reveal me with trousers around my ankles....or worse!

After all was done the only thing left to do was return to my seat and gather together my bits and pieces from both seats before landing. The captain announced to the cabin that a great view over the whole Chesapeake was offered to those on the left hand side...damn it! But nevertheless I settled and returned the seat to landing position. We landed from the north so fortunately our taxi to the BA stand was not far at all and as we raided the overhead bins the CSD and other members of the crew held back the teeming masses from Club World and allowed the other passengers from the First cabin to take optimum places on the mobile lounges to the immigration point, a true time saver! As the buses parked up I feared the worst, having arrived at IAD at this time numerous times I have always been welcomed by a huge crowd of other European arrivals, once to the extent where we had to wait on the bus for the line to clear! Fortunately it appeared as if we were ahead of them and the line was relatively short and within five minutes or so I was at the head of the immigration line. After passing through I was half expecting to find time to read a novel although much to my surprise my bags were already off the carousel in a small roped off pen with other bags labelled with First tags. Certainly makes a change from my usual Club World arrivals where the carousel may revolve devoid of bags for 30mins before all the World Chaveler bags hit the carousel leaving the premium bags until last!

Overall, a superb flight from British Airways, one of those flights you wished would last a little longer! The crew were excellent as always on BA, right from boarding, the only minor problems being the broken PTV housing which wasn't too stressful as I just hopped across the aisle although am not sure what would have happened if all seats taken, however that is hypothetical. The other being the older entertainment system which to be honest as mentioned I barely used thanks to the First View option. The Concorde Room was not quite up to First standards and more importantly that of competitors, especially on the champagne and food front, perhaps when I visit again in a few months the non-breakfast selection may be a little better. The catering was all back to normal, although the Gate Gourmet situation did leave me in some doubt until about a week before, thankfully it was all back to normal although the champagne selection left a little to be desired, although it did taste not quite so dry at altitude which means I can't slate it!

All in all though those are few minor points, the seat while not revolutionary anymore is still superb and offers a great deal of personal space and the service is second to none!

Am looking forward to my next BA F experience down to Cape Town in a few months, this time on the 747 which I have always said lends itself much more to the First Class experience.


"My first job was selling doors, door to door, that's a tough job innit" - Bill Bailey
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User currently offlineFbgdavidson From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 3700 posts, RR: 28
Reply 1, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 32767 times:

Added to say, Here is a link with all the photos and a few more in original quality. No need to log in unless you want to leave comments
http://www.imagestation.com/album/?id=2119913267

Thanks
Fraser



"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: 17
Reply 2, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Good report Fraser. No doubt, BA First is the ultimate travel experience. Your "walk of shame" into WT wearing pajamas takes the cake! I tried that as a CW passenger last year on #293, and was shooed back upstairs on the 744!


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User currently offlineMhodgson From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2002, 5047 posts, RR: 25
Reply 3, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Great report - One day, I will fly First!!

Quoting Fbgdavidson (Thread starter):
. As I turned to speak to him I banged my head on the overhead locker and he said 'ooo' in a rather caring way, I said without prompting 'I'll be fine, just a light knock'. He replied, 'Oh I was more concerned about the overhead locker'.

Excellent Big grin



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User currently offlineWrighbrothers From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 1875 posts, RR: 9
Reply 4, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

You got one of the B777's with the old style PTV's.
Once again another super trip report and glad to see you enjoyed the FIRST experience. I just LOVE those mobile lounges at IAD
How long did you spend in Washington ? , I went their last year ( Club out and FIRST back in 1K) and I liked it.

Quoting Fbgdavidson (Thread starter):
Am looking forward to my next BA F experience down to Cape Town in a few months

When do you go ?

Quoting Fbgdavidson (Thread starter):
I just hopped across the aisle although am not sure what would have happened if all seats taken,

They would have offerd a club world seat or a portable DVD player ( if they had one)

Quoting Fbgdavidson (Thread starter):
Having taken this flight in all cabins recently with the exception of World Traveller

Saving the best till last eh ?  Wink

Wrighbrothers



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User currently offlineMH017 From Netherlands, joined Apr 2005, 1684 posts, RR: 31
Reply 5, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

What an excellent trip-report and written with a lot of humour as well !!!

Love the pictures and could "taste" the atmosphere...also, would have loved to try the cheese-selection offered  Wink

Looking forward to your Capetown flight experience !



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User currently offlineFbgdavidson From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 3700 posts, RR: 28
Reply 6, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Thanks for the kind comments

Quoting Wrighbrothers (Reply 4):
How long did you spend in Washington ? , I went their last year ( Club out and FIRST back in 1K) and I liked it.

I'm here until Xmas, not in Washington per se. Down the road in Richmond.

Quoting Wrighbrothers (Reply 4):
When do you go ?

Not until February  Sad In the meantime I have a Club World return and United Business Class trip back home to bring me down to the ground!

Quoting Wrighbrothers (Reply 4):
They would have offerd a club world seat

Eww  Wink

Quoting Mhodgson (Reply 3):
Excellent?

Have to say while I found that funny he freely admitted he had just started the job and unless he was a really good judge of character he could have used that line on a less grateful miserable bastard!

Quoting Stretch 8 (Reply 2):
I tried that as a CW passenger last year on #293, and was shooed back upstairs on the 744!

Strange. I tend to do the walk of shame down to the back when on the upper deck as pacing the top floor just appears psychotic! The only time I've been given a frosty reception when heading downstairs was when I tried to take a glass of champagne with me. Probably because they thought I was going to hand it to one of teeming masses in WT! My interpretation was that those downstairs couldn't go upstairs but those upstairs had free roam of the plane with the exception of First.



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User currently offlineJAGFlyer From Canada, joined Aug 2004, 3495 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Great report and pics Fraser! Nice to see what flying BA first looks like. Did you actually buy full F or did you use miles/certs for an upgrade?


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User currently offlineRoseFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 9491 posts, RR: 52
Reply 8, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Great report. BA first sounds very pleasant. There are some aspects of your trip report that make me feel that BA first is better than UA first, but I haven't flown first class outside of star alliance yet. I haven't flown BA yet, but might one day.


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User currently offlineVenezuela747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1427 posts, RR: 5
Reply 9, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Ohh I remeber your trip reports, you are the guy who take pictures with the teddy bear with Kristin's name.....I remeber your trip reports, nice job once again

I too will one day fly first class.....how much did you pay for it, if I may ask



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User currently offlineZKSUJ From New Zealand, joined May 2004, 7084 posts, RR: 12
Reply 10, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Great report. Very nice pics and good commentry. Glad to hear you had a good experience.

User currently offlineDaron4000 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 712 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Great report...were the lavatories nice? I heard they are nicer than the ones in Club.

User currently offlineBA380 From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 1466 posts, RR: 8
Reply 12, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

I love the low-key BA F service and as discussed before, I actually like the 777 F cabin better than the 744 on BA (but opposite is true for J).

Flying F ist teh only time I have wanted the flight to be longer and would be happy if the captain decided to fly round the block a few times before landing...



cabin crew: doors to automatic and cross-check...
User currently offlineAirxLiban From Lebanon, joined Oct 2003, 4506 posts, RR: 54
Reply 13, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Very nice report...good details. I've always wanted to go on BA F!!

Quoting Wrighbrothers (Reply 4):
Quoting Fbgdavidson (Thread starter):
Am looking forward to my next BA F experience down to Cape Town in a few months

Please let us know how it went and if its any different on the mighty 744.



PARIS, FRANCE...THE BEIRUT OF EUROPE.
User currently offlineAirxLiban From Lebanon, joined Oct 2003, 4506 posts, RR: 54
Reply 14, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Oops, meant to say how it goes.


PARIS, FRANCE...THE BEIRUT OF EUROPE.
User currently offlineBrokenrecord From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 772 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Pompous a$$hole.  Big grin

j/k, very nice report. I will say that your F experience appears to be much better than the one I had in J on BA IAD-LHR-DOH-LHR-IAD.


User currently offlineFbgdavidson From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 3700 posts, RR: 28
Reply 16, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 32767 times:

As it was a one-way booking paying cash made little sense in any class of service so I redeemed 75,000 miles for it. Return would have been 150,000. No stickers, eVIPs or lax upgrade policies for elites in the Executive Club  

Quoting Daron4000 (Reply 11):
Great report...were the lavatories nice? I heard they are nicer than the ones in Club.

You don't get the translucent window like you do on the 747 :D Still pretty small just with walnut veneer and Ren toiletries, as you get in the washbag.

Quoting AirxLiban (Reply 13):
Please let us know how it went and if its any different on the mighty 744.

Well for a start the entertainment system will not be the slightly rubbish version that I had. More channels, games etc and the PTV won't get stuck in the shelf because the 747 has a sort of eject button on the shelf which the 777 doesn't.



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User currently offlineGSPSPOT From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 3007 posts, RR: 2
Reply 17, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 32767 times:

Fantasitc report and pics - Lucky bastard!  Smile


Finally made it to an airline mecca!
User currently offlineWrighbrothers From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 1875 posts, RR: 9
Reply 18, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Quoting Fbgdavidson (Reply 6):
I'm here until Xmas, not in Washington per se. Down the road in Richmond.

HEY I'm near Richmond !! ( England  Wink )

Quoting Fbgdavidson (Reply 6):
Eww

I quess you could always try a real travelling experience in WT , i'm sure you'd love it  cheeky 

Wrighbrothers



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User currently offlineLHR27C From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2004, 1279 posts, RR: 16
Reply 19, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Hi Fraser,

Really excellent report, sumptiously illustrated and a fascinating read! Unfortunately First is a world I can only dream of, although I did manage to try out of one of the seats in BA's 777 F cabin on work exp @ LHR recently...

Looking forward to your CPT report.

Oliver



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User currently onlineJAGflyer From Canada, joined Aug 2004, 3495 posts, RR: 4
Reply 20, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

How'd you get into First? Full fare or upgrades?


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User currently offlineBrokenrecord From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 772 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Quoting JAGflyer (Reply 20):
How'd you get into First? Full fare or upgrades?



Quoting Fbgdavidson (Reply 16):
As it was a one-way booking paying cash made little sense in any class of service so I redeemed 75,000 miles for it.


User currently offlineBofredrik From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Great report! But the meal service is more or less the same that i used to get in Business class. BA is saving money on food what i can see!

User currently offlineWunala From Australia, joined Mar 2005, 950 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Great report. Always a pleasure to read.

Cheers


User currently offlineMikkel777 From Norway, joined Oct 2002, 370 posts, RR: 1
Reply 24, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Thanks for the report and the pictures. IAD is a mess, probably the worst US airport I've arrived at from Europe.

25 Post contains images BA0284 : Another brilliant trip report. I got a free First class upgrade on my LHR-SFO earlier this year. It really is the way to fly! The First experience in
26 Post contains images Wrighbrothers : Welcome BA0284 Wrighbrothers
27 Boeing744 : Wow, great trip report! Why was one of the IFE choices Road Trip? It must be over five years old by now (good movie anyways).
28 Fbgdavidson : In First there are two sets of IFE. The PTV based that the whole aircraft watches (though I think more channels in First & Club World) and also what
29 Wrighbrothers : If I am correct , all classes now have 18 channel IFE , the one currently installed in the 747 and most 777's on BA are Rockwell ( I think) and are18
30 Post contains links and images Fbgdavidson : Well I'd swap BA F for a chance on SQ F, as it happened my one way trip over was originally booked on SQ in First from FRA-JFK but had to cancel it d
31 Paul : Hey Dave What an awesome report man. You never fail to disappoint. You are truely blessed with the old mans airmiles mate. I guess MNC´s are quite go
32 Fbgdavidson : Them BA miles are mine all mine....(and always have been....since Sep 02 anyways!)
33 Orion737 : I have only once flewn BA first class and it was quite a fewyears ago on a 742 from LHR-Nairobi. I actually didnt like it very much. I felt very 'out
34 Post contains images Fbgdavidson : Orion, a lot has changed up front since then. BA brought in the First suite thing in about '96-'97 and you barely need to interact with the other pass
35 Post contains images TriStar500 : Thank you for taking so much time to cover your flights in minute detail. It was a pleasure to read about your experience on BA First - but probably n
36 Post contains images A340600 : One of the best trip reports I have ever read, the amount of discriptive detail to almost put readers into your shoes along with good visual relief in
37 Fbgdavidson : Interestingly a BA lurker on Flyertalk says that from 1st November aircraft with the GMIS old style IFE will be equipped with portable DVD players fo
38 Post contains images Wrighbrothers : Hello again Yep, a high life for FIRST passengers,all new. News to me Yep. Wrighbrothers Alistair
39 Post contains images Fbgdavidson : Nice, does this come in 1st November? Any idea of the features from 'inside'?
40 Wrighbrothers : I'm not sure. No, but I know that there are going to be 4 new IFE channels. Wrighbrothers
41 Post contains images Fbgdavidson : Sweet! Anything for use non laptop users to help pass the time before AVOD gets installed (seriously BA need it to be considered an industry heavywie
42 Wrighbrothers : It's coming Nope, it's for everyone. They are BBC channels, comedy such as little Britain etc, drama and some other things Nope BA are completely re
43 Post contains links and images Fbgdavidson : To the person who emailed me here are the pictures of the amenity kit as requested. The BAg, small card welcoming onboard and explaining the details o
44 Lucky727 : Your reports are always a great read - and the pics of the F cabin look fabulous. Coincidentally, just picked up a copy from the departure lounge at B
45 Post contains images Wrighbrothers : Hey Fbgdavidson Looks good, I see that ear plugs and eye shades have been brought back ( or have I just missed them ? ) Aren't they also put in the wa
46 GDB : Superb report, you certainly get to experience the best BA has to offer. Never been in 1st, in truth I fly so rarely I'm not likely to.
47 Post contains images Wrighbrothers : Just become an SM and you'll get it Wrighbrothers
48 GDB : Don't get me started on that Wrighbrothers!
49 Post contains images Wrighbrothers : How do you mean ? Never say never   Wrighbrothers[Edited 2005-11-12 19:45:29]
50 ExFATboy : Great report - I flew Club World on BA several times back when I used to travel on business, but never got to fly First. (My next trip to England will
51 Post contains images Fbgdavidson : Crap....better keep the girlfriend away from that then Always been there. There were a couple of Ren things in the washrooms, certainly not the pouch
52 Post contains images Wrighbrothers : OK then. Yeah, they only put about 4 male/ 4 female ones in the washrooms. WT+ just comes in a silver bag with the BA logo on it, inside is a comb (
53 Post contains images Comorin : The next time you do the Walk of Shame you might hand out some of those goodies to the poor folks in WT! Remember, the J and F tickets heavily subsidi
54 Post contains images Wrighbrothers : That was hilarious Comorin, I think i'll do that next tiem, I'll be the most popular person on the aircraft Wrighbrothers
55 Post contains images Fbgdavidson : Probably my own doing... Been a long time since your last F trip, Comorin? Truffles went some time ago
56 Post contains images Comorin : Yes, it's been a while, I confess. I didn't fly anywhere for a year and BA rusticated me by stripping me of my Gold status. Talk about a Slippery Slo
57 BNE : What an interesting report. BA really need to get a better IFE, SQ are miles in front with their AVOD. Its only a month until Christmas; enjoy the fre
58 Post contains images Fbgdavidson : Yep, the IFE on most of the 777 fleet and all the 747 fleet is a little state of the ark but this version was particularly stone age. It appears that
59 Post contains images Comorin : fbg, question on strategy - my EC year ends in Feb 06, and I need 60 points to trigger Silver status. I'm going on a trip Dec 15 to Dec 31 that will n
60 Post contains links Skippy777 : Great photo's well done. Please also check my report about Qatar Airways http://www.airliners.net/discussions/trip_reports/read.main/54897/
61 Fbgdavidson : When you reach or exceed the number of points required for promotion, your tier points will be reset to zero. Your membership year will also be rest
62 Post contains images Comorin : Your explanation is most helpful and much appreciated! Getting (and keeping)those Tier Points is hard work indeed Excellent trip report, btw, and I t
63 Post contains images Fbgdavidson : No problem. Part of learning about your FFP is sharing the knowledge Earning the tier points isn't as tricky if you are flying even once a month. The
64 Post contains links Comorin : As a public service, I thought I'd start a '2005 Awards' thread, and the winner in each category gets a 'Nettie'! The cut-off is December 15th, feel
65 CharlesMD : What a great Trip Report, Fraser! I look forward to contributing some BA F trip reports to this forum. Best wishes for the holidays! Take care, Charle
66 Post contains images Fbgdavidson : Charles, well unfortunately I don't get the opportunity to add that many F reports to the forum so make the most of it when I do I look forward to se
67 Skippy777 : Great report speedbird Andy
68 Post contains links CharlesMD : Well, Fraser, here is a preview of things to come in my Trip Reports! (Windows Media 22 MB, be very patient) P.S. Bonus points if you can tell me what
69 Fbgdavidson : Too easy, NRT
70 Post contains images CharlesMD : Did you arrive at that conclusion by seeing the big "N A R I T A" at the end of the video or did you recognize the airport P.S. What seat was the vide
71 Post contains images Fbgdavidson : Never flown to NRT in my life so yeah, that gave it away I saw the video the other day but couldn't tell you without watching it again if it was 2,3
72 CharlesMD : It was 1A, you can tell because you can see a bit of the nose cone from inside upon landing. That's my favorite seat since it's the most dramatic on t
73 Post contains images THFOffi : Please think about the poor people who flight in the Economy! I think it is an fantastic art of travel!
74 Post contains images Fbgdavidson : I obviously wasn't watching the video hard enough! Probably trying to work out where it was taken Nice Glad I didn't recommend a duffer!
75 Chrisrad : What a fantastic trip report, BA First looks great, your pictures make me feel like I'm there with you. Well done
76 Fbgdavidson : Just got an email from somebody regarding this report so thought to chime in here for the good of the a.net community... Seat choices: If you have the
77 767747 : Great report! The BA First service looks to be good. Great pics of the cabin and food!
78 BA747YYZ : Nice report, especially great since I will not be flying BA First for quite a while. But there is always you who seems to go on plenty of them for us,
79 Post contains images Fbgdavidson : Thanks It is always quite tough to take photos of the cabin inflight without looking like a fool! I couldn't use the bathroom excuse for heading rear
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