LotsatLHR From United Kingdom, joined May 2006, 43 posts, RR: 0 Posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 6650 times:
Having seen so many trip reports on these forums I thought I might give it a go myself.
I was born and bred in Hong Kong not so long ago, and remember B-Cal quite well. Since living in Hong Kong I have done a stint in San Francisco and Sydney. As a result I have spent plenty of time on BA metal. As is the case every penny was 'paid for' by the employers of my parents, equating to flights in Club World and FIRST (it used to depend on sector length).
As a family my parents continue to work abroad, however based out of London, Dubai and Johannesburg. They have what they call a home in the UK and also in South Africa.
I now live in London.
On with the report. I'm afraid I have never dared to take photos in the cabin. Probably something to do with embarassment. I also do not pay much attention to registration numbers, exact load factors and timings. I will also avoid using dates in my reports. A privacy thing i'm afraid(!)
I was dropped at LHR T4 at around 9AM for my flight an hour and a bit later. Check-in was indeed quite busy. WT, WT+, ET and CE lines all looked long. In this instance if i was travelling with luggage and with Silver status / CE ticket i would have used the fast bag drop. I think that only the F check-in is in every case faster than fast bag drop (especially when the CW line gets clogged up circa 7pm).
I used SSCI and out popped my boarding pass. Seat 1A is a safe bet, and for some reason often pre-allocated to me.
It was then I realised i didn't have enough boarding passes. I sped across to the FIRST check-in and all was solved.
It was then on to the Concorde Room (OJ, Bacon sandwich, Special K - lounges are boring on your own / when your working (i.e no Champers)) and to book my Moulton Brown treatment as well - Rule breaking left, right and centre i hear you say. Afraid not, I returned from GVA on the same day to connect on to BA109 to Dubai. So for once i secured a reasonable timed treatment (i.e not a zillion hours before my flight that night). Dead cunning I thought to myself.
Flight boarded (I have no faith in anything at Heathrow resembling on time - i always allow myself bags of time to get anywhere).
The flight was jam packed that morning. The usual hot wet rags were handed out before take-off. The new(ish?) safety video shown and then we were off.
In flight we were offered a cold meats / cheese type thing. The usual thing basically. For some reason they refrigerate the entire tray and it's contents, which means your coffee cup is sub-zero before the coffee is poured, meaning that the coffee is then luke warm once it's in. Just a ramble of mine.
I did some work on my Laptop, illegally had my wifi on. Before i managed to turn it off i detected another device. tut-tut. That made two of us. . .
Flight then arrived in Geneva, easy immigration, no luggage, and the train into town for a speeeedy lunch before a meeting.
Meeting all over, a hop skip and a jump to 'la gare' before my flight back London and on to Dubai for a few days work. Working like a horse i'd say. I wasn't even going to be able to see my parents in Dubai (not technically true, they weren't there to see me!)
Check-in is a doddle in GVA, as is security. The lounge is a disaster. For those of you who don't know where it is, I forgive you! But that's not why it's a disaster. It never ever has any food. The odd crisp here and there, but no EDI/GLA/BHX/MAN (non-LHR) chocolate or rubarb chunks.
Boarding was alright. I was making full use of my 18Kg hand baggage limit which wasn't impressing anyone. Seat 1A, scalding wet rag and thirty minutes of kip. After take off I had a G&T and the chicken, mango, salad thing. Adequate is all i can say.
Landing was uneventful, however we were parked god knows where, and were bussed to the terminal. 2 hours wait in the CR before catching the BA109.
Comments welcome. I plan to write up a few CE/CW/F reports this weekend. I'm afraid they'll never be up to Fraser standard. . .
Ndebele From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 2901 posts, RR: 22
Reply 1, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 6498 times:
Hi Lotsat and welcome to a.net! Thanks for this report, I always like reading reports about British Airways.
Quoting LotsatLHR (Thread starter): I'm afraid I have never dared to take photos in the cabin. Probably something to do with embarassment. I also do not pay much attention to registration numbers, exact load factors and timings.
Don't worry about the pics, reports can be great without them, as long as the trip is described detailed and interestingly. A pity though that you did not only pay no attention to the registration or any other detail - you didn't even mention the aircraft type, I guess it was some kind of A320 series? Really a pity that your (rather short) report covers more how you and your family travels around the world in First and Business, and leaves out the essential facts of the flight you are writing about.
I don't want to be too rude, it's nice that you share your impressions with us, but if you take a look at other reports on this forum, you'll know what I mean. My personal opinion.
LotsatLHR From United Kingdom, joined May 2006, 43 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 6470 times:
Point taken, sir!
You're absolutely right about making the extra effort to include registration etc. I could indeed tell you the registration. I even wrote it down. If i forget i use that rather good website. It's in my favouites 'lhr-lgw.com?'
My reason for not wishing to divulge the reg number is that I have already told you where I sat and that I had a connecting flight that evenning (BA109). Now all i ask is that you consider how many people in the last 6 months have flown on the BA735, sat where I did, and then flew again on BA109?
I imagine it's one or two. One of which is me. If you 'were in the know' at BA it would be simple enough to identify my real name. Sounds spooky, if not down right ridiculous now! I have very recently been employed by a delightful gentleman from Saudi Arabia who would no doubt disapprove of my tedious hobby. I respect my employer in every way. I have been lucky to have landed this job of mine at my age. As it happens I can speak all the languages he requires for me to help him run his business. I appreciate you don't approve of gloating, and for that i apologise.
Now in no way do I wan't to claim I'm James Bond, but I want to keep the lowest profile possible, and be an active member of a.net.
Both aircraft were A321s. Not a single seat went empty on the return.
Fbgdavidson From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 3713 posts, RR: 28
Reply 3, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 6405 times:
Quoting LotsatLHR (Thread starter): It was then on to the Concorde Room (OJ, Bacon sandwich, Special K - lounges are boring on your own / when your working (i.e no Champers)) and to book my Moulton Brown treatment as well - Rule breaking left, right and centre i hear you say. Afraid not, I returned from GVA on the same day to connect on to BA109 to Dubai. So for once i secured a reasonable timed treatment (i.e not a zillion hours before my flight that night). Dead cunning I thought to myself.
Even though you are BA Gold you weren't leaving on a longhaul flight so should have been sent packing to the Arrivals Lounge
If you were connecting to another longhaul flight you would have legitimately been let in, but you weren't Your access to the CCR however was correct as you had arrived on a flight in First that day.
"My first job was selling doors, door to door, that's a tough job innit" - Bill Bailey
The rason is to keep the food fresh. What happens is the whole tray is assembled in the catering centre and loaded into the trolley, and then the trolley is kept in the fridge. When removed from the fridge, dry ice is placed in a tray in the top to keep it cold. On European flights there is not the time to keep the food (and butter) cold separately from the trays, and then assemble the trays in the galleys. So the downside is the cups are cold.