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BA 294 IAH-ORD-LHR WTP Lots Of Pics And Video  
User currently offlineDFW13L From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Hey all.
I'm an employee of AA, and flew using a Oneworld standby pass on BA. One of the main reasons I did this, was because I didn't know how they handled accommodating a standby in IAH, when the flight makes a stop in ORD. I was also curious what the service would be like on the 2-hour flight from IAH to ORD.

Flight BA 294 on May 8th
IAH-ORD-LHR
G-VIIY featuring power by GE90
Departed IAH D12
Arrived Heathrow parking spot 454, unloaded by stairs and coach into Terminal 4.
The flight was on time.
My one observation: The Rolls Royce engines sound better than this GE90. Or that could be a function of me always sitting up front on AA and behind the engine on the BA.
We had a medical incident while at ORD involving Fire, Police, and a stretcher.

As it turns out it was a great trip, and I'll run you through all the details now. I will start off, however, with a brief report of the AA 1599 DFW-IAH that I took to get there.

AA 1599 DFW-IAH MD80 N7542A (AA model)
Seat 30F (just even with the front of the engine).
I checked in for coach and the self service was going to allocate me a seat, so I took the last window seat listed available. The flight was only booked about 60% full.

When I boarded, I imagined that this had been a quick turn, because the aircraft was filthy. I fly on AA a lot, as a nonrev, and the flights are usually well-cleaned between flights. Yes, there is lots of pressure on cost cuts and quick turns, but our standards are better than this.

Look at the seats on my row...the seat belts, the napkins on the floor.

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When we landed, I cleaned my row! I arranged the seat belts and got rid of the napkins. The cabin crew were all in a bad mood it seemed. I know the short hops are stressful, because they only have about 10 minutes to do a beverage service. They were doing HSV-DFW-IAH-DFW-PHL.

Here is a video of the landing. I think it came out very well. Look at runways 15R and 15L as we are on short final. This is landing at IAH runway 8R.



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Here is the aircraft on stand at IAH.

At IAH, the flight arrived about 10 minutes early at 12:45p, and my BA294 was to depart at 5:20pm, so I figured checkin wasn't even open yet, and decided to lunch at Chili's in the A terminal near the AA gates. I had a Chipotle Bleu Cheese Hamburger...just perfect to eat prior to a long haul!

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The International Ticket Counter at Terminal D (formerly IAB) in Houston. British Airways is on the left.

I went to the BA World Traveller checkin line and presented myself as an AA employee, wishing to travel on a Oneworld ZED standby pass. It was slightly past 2:00 when I got there. They were very friendly. They encouraged me to take the 3:55pm nonstop to Gatwick, as it was wide open, and the Heathrow that I planned for was a bit more complicated, stopping in ORD. I told them that I preferred the flight to Heathrow, but I didn't want to be any problem at all, so if I needed to take the one to Gatwick, if that was easier on them, then I'm happy to take that one. I remained as polite as I could and was dressed nicely in a sport coat. I was dreaming of Club World!

The agent asked the lead agent to come over. She explained that I would prefer BA294, and said that is fine, but I'm risking being deplaned in ORD, though the flights isn't completely full, she admitted. She said that she would call ORD and ask if they mind if they board me in IAH. If they say it is OK, then I'm cleared all the way to Heathrow. I assumed that if they boarded me in Houston that Chicago originating standby passengers would not take priority over me.

Chicago told her that it was no problem at all, and so the agent started typing in the computer. At this point I knew I was going to get a seat, so I asked, very politely, if there was any chance I might get a window seat. I'm thinking she was expecting me to ask for a premium class. She printed off seat 22K, in World Traveller Plus!

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I was so excited to get WTP.

So I went through security, and watched TSA give a BA flight crew an awful time as they waited to get through the unmanned flight crew line.

Then I went to the international gates to see what was there.

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The 3:55pm BA to Gatwick, flight 2024.

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Look, AF now sending the short 777-200. I think the second flight must now be flying to Houston. This was on Monday May 8th. The cabin crew was sitting all in a circle on a couple rows of seats they commandered in the gate area. They were having a big conference, I suppose just a normal pre-flight meeting. Five minutes later when I walked by again they were still sitting there speaking French about the flight.

Then I headed to the beautiful Continental President's Club in Terminal E. I have a Priority Pass, so I like to go to all the clubs. This one is the best I've ever been to. It has three floors, including a TV lounge with very cushy leather theater seats, and also some stunning views of Terminal E.

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Some aviation related artwork on the third floor of the club.

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A view to the left.

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A view to the right.

I sit down and talk to a buddy on the phone back in Dallas. I tell him I'm going on this trip, and he asks me to bring back some Toblerone from the duty free. Then I head back toward my gate, as the time approaches. As I walk toward the gate, I decide to go to the inter-terminal train (the Continental One) to get an overview of the action at the airport. I'm walking around up at the train station and I can see that my plane has arrived, but it's at the corner gate D12 and I cannot see the Registration or even tell if it's a Rolls Royce or GE90. A Mexican lady comes up to me and asks if I speak Spanish. I tell her ,a "poco." She was completely lost, so, in my horrible Spanish, I try to tell her to get on the train and get off at the first stop. She gives me the deer in headlights look, like I said something horrible. I then tell her again. The train stops and opens its doors. She just looks at her ticket "C16" and doesn't walk toward the train. Finally I motion for her to follow me and we run through the doors just before they close.

I get off and make sure she does too, and I point at the escalator and point at the sign, and say something in Spanish to the effect like...your gate is that way. Then I walk straight across to the train going back to D/E for my gate, feeling better that I had done a good deed.

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Air France is pushing as I walk by.

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Here is the gate. I notice how completely empty it is.

When they board, it is about 20 minutes before departure, and they say, we are boarding all rows, all sections, general boarding call please. There were only about 30-40 at the most on board.

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In WTP, there were only 2 other passengers to Chicago! I had a whole section to myself. The aircraft was sparkling clean.

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The Air Show was working at the gate. Here we are situated at the gate in Houston.

The amenity kit for coach was a simple but adequate set including toothbrush, toothpaste, socks, and eyeshades.

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Here's the big wing. I meant to delete this shot, because my memory card ran out of space, but I deleted the takeoff video by mistake..a huge mistake.

We took off on Runway 15L, which is the same that the Continental Express with the blown tires landed on last week. I thought about that as we took the runway. Our 777 was empty of fuel and passengers, so I felt like I could tell it was a derated takeoff and climb. It just gradually, slowly accelerated into a takeoff roll and climb. Very smooth, very quiet, very graceful. As very quickly we were cruising at FL410!

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Here is my first meal, on my first flight where three meals were offered! The BA All Day Deli. I noticed that this snack plus the breakfast came in bags that made it easy to put all the rubbish back into the bag for an easy cleanup. It was a ham sandwith with spicy mustard and some Oreo cookies. I also had tea to go with it.

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Here we are cruising over my hometown, Shreveport LA. I was realy hoping to see SHV, but the haze due to our altitude, and the fact that I was sitting on the wing, kept me from being able to see it. I did see I-20, I-49 and the Red River.


Here's a view of the legroom. I really liked the legrest and footbar. It was a more comfortable coach experience in long-haul than both AA 767 which I did in February and Virgin A340-600 that I did last summer. I know WTP is upgraded coach.

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A view of the seatback. The TVs in WTP are such that you cannot see what your neighbor is watching. I tried to watch a movie on my set and watch the Air Show on the other TV, but you cannot see them from sideways on. This is nice, because, as I'll mention in my return flight, the person sitting next to me on the return watched like 30 minutes of my movie on my screen (on AA), which is very rude and awkward.

As we approached Chicago, "Cabin crew 20 minutes to landing, 20 minutes to landing, thank you."


Here's the sun setting as we approach Chicago.


The landing on 14R at ORD. Once again, the plane is so light that the pilot doesn't even engage reverse thrust.

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We park at 7:45pm next to a BA 777 bound for Heathrow at 8:15pm. We were due out at 9:15pm.

There was a crew change. I asked the crew prior to landing if they are with us to LHR or if they get off in ORD. I wasn't expecting this, but they were to change. This is their schedule. Saturday: LHR-ORD. Sunday: Off. Monday ORD-IAH-ORD. Tuesday ORD-LHR. So they were doing an ORD-IAH turn.

When the new crew arrived, and after the old crew left, they got to work, after cabin service was done, by doing touch-up work on all the seats, arranging the pillows, blankets, amenity kits, etc. It looked like they really take pride in their airline. They left the overhead bins closed, and I thought they would have opened them.

As we waited, they were running the video channels for the Houston folk who were not permitted to leave the aircraft. Most people stood up, stretched legs, milled about a little bit, and went to the toilet. There was a big line to the toilet while we were on the ground. I got up and took a couple shots, but tried not to attract attention to myself.

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Looking into clubworld.


WTP cabin. I was on the second row of WTP, this is looking back from my seat, 22k.


Looking to my left.

So then while we are waiting, and it becomes nearly time for ORD boarding, rather than passengers, there comes on board firemen, chicago police, BA people too. Lots of people with radios, and then some firemen carrying a seated stretcher, made for getting people off aircraft.

A lady in the read, World Traveller cabin had "become ill." I never really knew what was going on, but I heard a little bit when someone of importance, I think probably the BA GM, was consulting with a doctor. They came near my seat because there was hardly anybody in WTP. One guy suggested that they suggest to the passenger that she deplane. The other said that's a good call, because she has lost a lot of blood and the hemmoraging might start again! This did not sound good. It was an Indian lady, very well dressed, and her husband deplaned in ORD.

BA then apologized to all for any inconvenience, but said the delay was in the interest of a passenger's health. Then the promptly began boarding. The flight filled up almost totally full. At leat from my perspective there were about 4 open seats total in WTP and Clubworld looked empty. I got concerned when a family commenced installation of a child seat in the middle seats on my row! A lady from Africa, who was going to Africa sat next to me. She was polite and didn't talk, but just listened to her MP3 player.

So we taxi out of the gate, and were parked now next to Air Jamaica and SAS, and make our way to one of the ORD runways...we took off on a triangle runway so I never know my bearings there. We were parallel to the M terminal, as it was right by our gate where we took off. I think we were on runway 9 (R or L I forget)

It still seemed to be a gentle but deliberate takeoff. I didn't take a video of the takeoff because my 256mb card was running very low and I didn't bring my laptop.


Then we had a beverage service. I didn't want caffeine, as I wanted to actually sleep, because I had a huge day planned when I got to London. They asked if I wanted wine with my dinner, and I said yes, so they gave me this bottle of Bordeaux, which was nice. Not just a glass but a small bottle.

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The flight attendant asked if I wanted pasta or chicken. I asked what kind of pasta and it was a lasagna, which I didn't really want, so I got the chicken. It was good, and Oriental preparation with some kind of very good, but unfamiliar to me, salad. To my utter delight, the dessert was black forest cake!

I slept from Montreal to nearly Ireland! I never sleep on planes, but I was motivated. On this trip I was only going to spend 22 hours in the UK, and had a few places I wanted to visit (for history and geneology), so I needed my rest. I donned the eye mask from a previous amenity kit, extended the legrest, shut off my TV, and went out like a baby. I woke up at one point, checked the flight map, and we were nearly at St. John's, so I looked out the window, but no lights. Then I went back to sleep, and woke up 2 hours before touchdown, about 400 miles from Ireland or so.

Promptly after I woke up the started serving breakfast. It was very simple, and was my third meal on this 777. It was peach yogurt, a muffin, orange juice, and they served tea and coffee. I chose tea with milk and sugar.

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It was served in a ziplock bag! This bag was useful to sweep all the crumbs into after I was finished.

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A view of the food.

As we approached, somewhere over Bristol, the main flight attendant made a very stern announcement. He said that the captain had just told him he was hearing loud interference in his headset from a cellphone that was onboard, and that it needed to be powered off immediatly, as it was challenging the safety of the flight. He made no more mention of it. Then, "Cabin Crew 20 minutes to landing. 20 minutes to landing, thank you."

Here is the video of the landing on Heathrow. I let it roll until the memory ran out. Listen at the very beginning--there's a man sitting behind me, watching me film, and he gives his London weather report for all the viewers! I do not know the person who is talking here.



We have a very short taxi, and I spotted Kenya Airways 767 5Y-KQZ, but had no memory for a picture.

We park on stand 454, which is just a parking spot for buses to pick us up, so I was excited that we would deplane by stairs. I quicky go through my pictures and delete another one so that I could get at least one picture of the plane from the ground. And here it is:

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The HUGE GE90 engine!

It was my first time in Terminal 4 in like 10 years. Working for AA, I'm a lot more acquainted with Terminal 3 and Gatwick North Terminal.

We arrived at 11:00 or slightly after. Scheduled to land at 11:00. Immigration was very easy and the passport control agent was training someone. It was the most pleasant time I've ever spent at passport control. I told him I was AA staff and he started talking to me about AA vs BA airplane comfort. He said he wants to try AA sometime. Then he asked why I was here and for how long. I said two days, which is true, but only half of each of two days...arrive at 11:00 and depart the next day at 10:25. When I told him it was for geneology, he got all excited about that, and finally excused me. I told him I'd see him again when I came back for Farnborough, and he started talking about that as well!

I booked a very cheap, one-star hotel on Expedia the night before. It was just $75.00 and was located walking distance from Victoria, and supposedly had en-suite facilities, so it met all my requirements. It was a converted townhome, and it was a fun experience. I walked up 4 flights of stairs to my room on squeaky old stairs, in a very narrow passageway that the above-average sized American wouldn't fit in. I got to my room, which was built into the roof of the townhome, and had to delete some pictures to take some of this. It was about the size of a cruise ship room. And the bathroom was so small I could sit on the toilet and wash my hair--if I wanted to.

I'll leave you with these photos of it.

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Notice the bed is almost as big as the room. No room to walk around it. There was a TV but it didn't work. There's no place to put the towels, so they put them on the bed!

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Look at this bathroom!

24 replies: All unread, jump to last
 
User currently offlineScandinavian From Sweden, joined Sep 2000, 267 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Great report with nice photos! BA stills seems to be a rather nice airline. (havent flown them for years)

The GE90 is really a huge thing!  Smile

Regards



"He was a wise man who invented beer"-Platon
User currently offlineBritPilot777 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 1075 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Nice report buddy, glad you enjoyed BA! Your lucky that you got WTP, I'm BA staff and didnt even get WTP out of SFO!!  hissyfit 

Good report and nice read!!

BP777



Forever Flight
User currently offlineDrerx7 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5170 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks ago) and read 32767 times:

Best report I've seen--good pics of my home airport IAH


Third Coast born, means I'm Texas raised
User currently offlineLuv2fly From United States of America, joined May 2003, 12090 posts, RR: 49
Reply 4, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks ago) and read 32767 times:

Real fun read thanks for sharing it with us.


You can cut the irony with a knife
User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1926 posts, RR: 24
Reply 5, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 32767 times:
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Great report! Good pics! BA's "Club World" still looks very strange, with the seats facing different ways.

User currently offlineDALelite From Switzerland, joined Jun 2000, 1770 posts, RR: 25
Reply 6, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Very entertaining trip report. While reading it almost felt as if I was on the plane myself!
Just to bad they did not locate you in Club World. Food looked cheap.
Videos were great. I am looking forward for your upcoming report.

Thanks: DALelite



They loved to fly and it showed..
User currently offlineNateDAL From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 417 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Quoting DFW13L (Thread starter):
There were only about 30-40 at the most on board.

Is this flight making any money? This is such a narrow market. The only BA customers that would take it are people going to/from Houston that need to connect in LHR from somewhere not served from LGW. Otherwise, why not take the 4x per day service from LGW? (BA-2/CO-2)

Were many premium seats occupied?

[Edited 2006-05-11 22:15:00]


Set Love Free
User currently offlineTriple7man From Thailand, joined May 2005, 742 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 32767 times:
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Very nice report. It is always interesting to compare the service on other airlines 777's.
I retired from AA in March 2005 from the Southern Reservations Office in Fort Worth, TX. I am now living in Japan as a missionary. What do you do for AA?



Have you kissed a 777 today?
User currently offlineDFW13L From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Quoting BritPilot777 (Reply 2):
Your lucky that you got WTP, I'm BA staff and didnt even get WTP out of SFO!!

Funnily enough, the only other time I've flown BA standby was out of DFW to LGW and they gave me WTP then too! I know it's really unusual and I don't take it for granted.

Quoting Drerx7 (Reply 3):
good pics of my home airport IAH

I've always been a huge fan of IAH. Such a pleasing, nice airport. I was a huge fan of Continental, but started working for AA, but I do sometimes fly down to IAH for an afternoon to go spotting.

Quoting NateDAL (Reply 7):
Is this flight making any money? This is such a narrow market. The only BA customers that would take it are people going to/from Houston that need to connect in LHR from somewhere not served from LGW.

I asked a BA employee who was working the staff travel line and he explained to me that this flight usually goes full out of IAH, and usually doesn't take that many pax out of ORD. He told me that the day I was asking about (back in April--and I was just asking at that point) the flight was oversold out of IAH and wouldn't be taking any pax in ORD--just a technical stop that day.

But I would tend to agree with you..why bother stopping in ORD when you could just fly to Gatwick and get on the Gatwick express, unless there is that much demand for connecting traffic.

Quoting NateDAL (Reply 7):
Were many premium seats occupied?

We boarded from 2L, so I was unable to see first class, but I would say there were probably like 5 people in Club World out of IAH.

Quoting Triple7man (Reply 8):
I retired from AA in March 2005 from the Southern Reservations Office in Fort Worth, TX. I am now living in Japan as a missionary. What do you do for AA?

I started off with the opening of the DTRO, and now I work next door to the SRO at the SOC. I'm a supervisor of American Eagle Crew Scheduling.


User currently offlineDoor5Right From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2005, 707 posts, RR: 16
Reply 10, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Excellent report Mr. DFW13L. Wondeful shot of the mighty GE engine!


My soul is in the sky...
User currently offlineNateDAL From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 417 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Quoting DFW13L (Reply 9):

I asked a BA employee who was working the staff travel line and he explained to me that this flight usually goes full out of IAH, and usually doesn't take that many pax out of ORD. He told me that the day I was asking about (back in April--and I was just asking at that point) the flight was oversold out of IAH and wouldn't be taking any pax in ORD--just a technical stop that day.

But I would tend to agree with you..why bother stopping in ORD when you could just fly to Gatwick and get on the Gatwick express, unless there is that much demand for connecting traffic.

Must have been just an odd day. I wouldn't think that they would pick up this route if it were typically that empty.

Honestly, I don't know why anyone would take BA if they had to connect in LHR to/from Houston. Why not take AF, KL, or LH and avoid the extra stop? I think a lot of people are doing that. Those airlines seem to be doing very well at IAH.



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User currently offlineDFW13L From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Quoting NateDAL (Reply 11):
Honestly, I don't know why anyone would take BA if they had to connect in LHR to/from Houston. Why not take AF, KL, or LH and avoid the extra stop? I think a lot of people are doing that. Those airlines seem to be doing very well at IAH.

If they flew KL, AF, or LH, they would not be travelling the "world's favourite airline"

But seriously, BA seems to be doing very well in IAH. 2 daily nonstops to LGW plus this through flight to LHR to boot. AF now has 2 a day for the first time, and KL went from one 747 to one 747 plus a 767 a few days a week, then replaced the 767 with Privatair. Both of those airlines have the advantage of feed from a Skyteam hub, whereas BA does not. LH has held steady with one flight a day.

DFW, which is of course Oneworld, only has 1 BA flight per day, just to compare. The difficulty with Oneworld however, is that BA and AA cannot codeshare on each other's flights to London, so that cuts into the possible feed for BA.


User currently offlineSan747 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 4942 posts, RR: 12
Reply 13, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Nice pics... Some look like they could be worthy of A.net (with a little editing)!


Scotty doesn't know...
User currently offlineBoeingfanyyz From Canada, joined Jul 2005, 991 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Very nice report, and great photos too!

As for the room...intersting!!!

1 star seems pretty generous from my standpoint!  wink 

Cheers,
Boeingfanyyz  airplane 



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User currently offlineDFW13L From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Quoting Boeingfanyyz (Reply 14):
1 star seems pretty generous from my standpoint!

I had to step out of the room to take that picture. You can notice the door on the left side!


User currently offlineCuprita From Spain, joined Aug 2005, 129 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Fantastic report.....Last March i went to IAH too....But i did the IA_CDG in the AF B773ER


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User currently offlineSW733 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6311 posts, RR: 9
Reply 17, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

DFW13L, what hotel did you stay at near Victoria Station? Reminds me a little of a place right behind Victoria called Cherry Court where I have stayed a few times.

User currently offlineAAden From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 835 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

great trip report great videos

User currently offlineDFW13L From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Quoting SW733 (Reply 17):
DFW13L, what hotel did you stay at near Victoria Station? Reminds me a little of a place right behind Victoria called Cherry Court where I have stayed a few times.

Blair Victoria & Tudor Inn. It's an old converted townhouse and there are lots of them on that street, about 5 blocks south of Victoria Station on Warwick Way.


User currently offlineLHR777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Quoting NateDAL (Reply 7):
Is this flight making any money? This is such a narrow market. The only BA customers that would take it are people going to/from Houston that need to connect in LHR from somewhere not served from LGW. Otherwise, why not take the 4x per day service from LGW? (BA-2/CO-2)

Were many premium seats occupied?

Well, working in Terminal 4 as a Senior CSA, I often depart this flight on my early shifts. I can assure you that it's often oversold, with a lot of IAH traffic, that is normally connecting traffic rather than O&D traffic. Most of it comes from Nigeria and India. BA can't fly LHR-IAH non-stop due to Bermuda II, so we have to route the flight through ORD.


User currently offlineJoffie From Australia, joined Mar 2006, 806 posts, RR: 2
Reply 21, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Great report

Really nice videos too Big grin


User currently offlineBochora From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2008, 491 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Nice!
Very squeaky brakes!


User currently offlinePumaknight From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Nice report - love the hotel room! I remember staying in a similar thing many years ago...can't say I am too disappointed to be able to stay in nicer accom now  Smile

User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8524 posts, RR: 54
Reply 24, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 32767 times:
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Great report and pictures, enjoyed the trip but not keen on that hotel room!

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Mark



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