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User currently offlineWrighbrothers From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 1875 posts, RR: 9
Posted (7 years 8 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 14432 times:

BEEEEP..........BEEEEEEEP
The alarm clock screams into action, doing its job well, in waking me up.
I proceed to slam my hand down onto the alarm (the alarm has taken some beatings).

My first thought is 'what the......, why am I up at this ridiculous hours ?', it takes a few seconds, but it eventually clicks....'plane.....flight....HOLIDAY !'
I climb down from bed, and pick out my holiday cloths, shorts, T-shirts, trainers etc, and slowly put on my smart flying cloths, consisting of a Black shirt, black trousers, school shoes and a belt.

With all the packing done, it was time to go, and without much drama, we make our way to LHR Terminal 1 for our flight to LAX.

We arrive, dad parks the car, and we make our way down to the staff travel center, where we are greeted by a semi-happy looking ticket desk person.
She does the usually stuff that happens at check-in, and then tells us to wait until 09:15, so we make our way to a coffee shop, where we had breakfast and some drinks.
Soon enough, 09:15 comes, and we make our way back to staff travel, we are given our tickets, and with a hint of eagerness, I inspect the my ticket.
The ticket reads '05A, First', indicating a window seat in first class !!
What more could I ask for ?, first class, and a window seat, excelent 

Route: London Heathrow- Los Angeles
Airline: British Airways
Flight number: BA278
Aircraft: Boeing 747-436
Registration: G-BNLE
Seat: 05A (First)
Duration: 10hrs 40mins

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We make our way through security, and down the long walkway to the Gate, where we see our aircraft G-BNLE waiting, but with a delay, becuase It was late from maintenance (slightly ironic as that was my fathers department !)
But after a phone call to the grnadparents and a convesation with my father about his airline days, the plane was ready for boarding.
We went through the gate area, and down the Jety-way to the plane, where I was shown to my seat.
Waiting for me, was a bowl of mixed nuts, the video selection, a menu, headphones and a pillow.
I seteled into my seat, looking out the window, and began to inspect the highlife and 'First life' magazines for the films, Which included:

FIRST Personal Video Library
1. Brokeback Mountain
2. Syriana
3. The Producers
4. The Family Stone
5. The New World
6. Tristan and Isolde
7. Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room
8. Fun with Dick and Jane
9. Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang
10. Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
11. The Godfather
12. The Godfather II
13. The Godfather III
14. Serpico
15. Witness
16. The Beat That My Heart Skipped
17. Edison
18. Manuale d'Amore
19. The Californians
20. Shopgirl
21. Sideways
22. On The Waterfront
23. The Wild Bunch
24. The Truman
25. Man on the Moon

Film and TV Channels
1. Movie The Wild
2. Movie The Sentinel
3. Movie Friends With Money
4. Movie Thank You For Smoking
5. Movie Firewall
6. Movie Failure to Launch
7. Movie Little Fish
8. Movie Akeelah and the Bee
9. Movie Die Another Day
10. Movie Message in a Bottle
11. TV Comedy
12. TV Comedy
13. TV Sport
14. TV Explore
15. TV Country Life
16. TV Business Life TV
17. Family Movie Curious George
18. TV Cartoon Network

With that, I made my selections of what I was going to watch.
Quickly, the cabin crew came round, ordering pre-flight drinks, from which I ordered my usual order of Coke with Ice.
And with that, the aircraft pushed back, and we slowly trundeled down to the runway, everything was cleared away, and the saftey demonstration shown.
We, turned onto the runway, and with power apllied, the fully laidened 744 rolled down the runway, gaining speed, I was pushed into my seat, the destinked scream of the 4 RB211 engines running through my head, we slowly lifted off, the landing gear retracted and we were off to LAX  

Shortly after leveling off at 38,000ft (flight level 380), the cabin crew came round and took our Lunch orders, of which I took the Lamb.
lunch was presented on china plates, with metal cutlary. The lunch consisted of a plane rack of Lamb, and a potato.
It was very good tasting, not too dry, and I had no problems with the portions.
I will now let the picture do the talking for a bit.

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http://i103.photobucket.com/albums/m151/wrightbrothers/Picture027.jpg

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We routed over Ireland, Iceland, eastern and Central Canada, Salt lake City and finaly Nevada, at which point, just above Hudson bay, I had a hoit bacon roll, which really hit the spot, I'd recomend it to anyone.
Salt Lake city from 38,000ft
http://i103.photobucket.com/albums/m151/wrightbrothers/Picture041.jpg
Over Nevada
http://i103.photobucket.com/albums/m151/wrightbrothers/Picture036.jpg
LAS from 38,00ft, infact, LAS was my final destination for my holiday !

Now only about 2 hours from Landing, afternoon tea was served, I had warm scones, with jam and clotted cream, very nice !  

We started to desent into LAX, while the cabin crew cleared the cabin, I took another in-flight photo and adjusted my seat back to landing postition.
http://i103.photobucket.com/albums/m151/wrightbrothers/f32c457d.jpg

The aircraft passed over the In 'N' Out burger and made our way quickly to the runway.

A view of LAX just before landing


The plane landed with a bit of a bump, a a lot of trust reverse, with a bit of braking, brought the aircraft to a walking pace, and we exited the runway, taxing to the Tom Bradely Internation Terminal/

BA 744 going back to to LHR
http://i103.photobucket.com/albums/m151/wrightbrothers/Picture020.jpg
Air Tahiti A340 at gate 121.


The seat (taken on our retunr flight to LHR, but it's the same seat)
My seat on my LAX-LHR flight (16/08/06)

We deboarded the plane, saying good-bye to the cabin crew, and walked down to imigration.
One last suprise was in-store for us on arrival at the baggage carrosel, BA had managed to lose (not for the first time either) one of our 3 bags, so after dealing with that, we made our way out into the LAX sunshine

Overall, I'd give:
The food: 8/10 (not bad at all)
The IFE: 9/10 (very good selection IMHO)
The seat: 9/10 (very good, I'm just looking foward to the new BA F seat !)
The cabin crew: 10/10 (BA crew never fail me)
OVERALL: 9.0/10 (I just can't fault BA, an excelent airline all round, only reason not for 10/10 was for losing our baggage, but these things happen  

Thank you for reading, I hope you enjoyed reading it, please feel free to leave your comments bellow
 

Wrighbrothers

[Edited 2006-08-22 17:47:40]


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19 replies: All unread, jump to last
 
User currently offlineSkyman From Germany, joined May 2006, 494 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (7 years 8 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 14399 times:

Nice trip report wright  Smile

User currently offlineFbgdavidson From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 3697 posts, RR: 28
Reply 2, posted (7 years 8 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 14246 times:

Good stuff! Interesting to see my bacon roll habits have rubbed off on some people  Wink

Don't see many BA F reports on here and nice to hear it from the staff travel perspective. Did you know you were going to get F or could it have equally been Y?



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User currently offlineWrighbrothers From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 1875 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (7 years 8 months 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 13967 times:

Quoting Fbgdavidson (Reply 2):
Interesting to see my bacon roll habits have rubbed off on some people

Indeed, they are delicious !

Quoting Fbgdavidson (Reply 2):
Did you know you were going to get F or could it have equally been Y?

Well, you don't know what class you're in untill they tell you on the day, but there were 8 seats free in F, and 4 of us, so it was a good chance we'd get in F.

Quoting Fbgdavidson (Reply 2):
nice to hear it from the staff travel perspective

I think this must be the first BA F staff TR yet !



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User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1882 posts, RR: 25
Reply 4, posted (7 years 8 months 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 13946 times:
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Great pictures and nice report! BA looks to be very nice in First Class.

User currently offlineFlyKev From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2006, 1376 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (7 years 8 months 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 13753 times:
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First class, alright for some! lol.

Thanks for sharing this however, Ive always wodnered what its like at the front, and will one day, hope to experience it!

kev.



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User currently offlineRoseFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 9378 posts, RR: 52
Reply 6, posted (7 years 8 months 22 hours ago) and read 13586 times:

Wow you are really lucky. I've flown first class, but never on a British Airways and never in my early teen years. BA has a great product, but so do AA and UA, which compete on this same route.


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User currently offlineAlaskaqantas From New Zealand, joined Dec 2005, 902 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (7 years 8 months 22 hours ago) and read 13573 times:

looks like a great flight!

looks like the seat isn't brand new... but still looks really nice!!

I hope to try out SQ First class either this christmas or next! nice pictures and hope you have fun in LAX!!

did you have to get your photo taken and your finger prints taken in LAX?

So I guessing that you weren't able to bring anything on since you were leaving out of LHR.
~Cheers-
~~Kyle H.



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User currently offlineDelta732FF From United States of America, joined May 2005, 228 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (7 years 8 months 18 hours ago) and read 13419 times:

Nice report and pictures. Thanks for sharing.

User currently offlineWrighbrothers From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 1875 posts, RR: 9
Reply 9, posted (7 years 8 months 15 hours ago) and read 13290 times:

Thanks for all your replies  Smile

Quoting Alaskaqantas (Reply 7):
So I guessing that you weren't able to bring anything on since you were leaving out of LHR.

Oh, I forgot to mention this, I went out on the 5th of August, which was beofre the terror alert, so no restriction when I went out, and only no liquids on the way back.

Quoting Alaskaqantas (Reply 7):
did you have to get your photo taken and your finger prints taken in LAX?

Yep.

Quoting Alaskaqantas (Reply 7):
looks like the seat isn't brand new... but still looks really nice!!

Well,I'm not sure how old that individual seat is, but the design dates from 1997.

Wrighbrothers



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User currently offlineFlynlr From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 223 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (7 years 8 months 14 hours ago) and read 13266 times:

great TR fyi your SLC pic is actually Provo UT and its airport but heck after a several thousand mile flight whats 20 miles? .


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User currently offlineVHVXB From Australia, joined Apr 2006, 5520 posts, RR: 19
Reply 11, posted (7 years 8 months 13 hours ago) and read 13206 times:

Hey Wright I finally get to read your trip report and it was great. I really enjoyed it and the pics as well. Well done mate  thumbsup 

User currently offlineJoeyby From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2006, 59 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (7 years 8 months 13 hours ago) and read 13175 times:

GREAT REPORT! in lhr king david lounge now, on way to tlv elal business, full trip report to follow!

User currently offlineWrighbrothers From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 1875 posts, RR: 9
Reply 13, posted (7 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 12625 times:

Quoting VHVXB (Reply 11):
I finally get to read your trip report and it was great. I really enjoyed it and the pics as well. Well done mate



Quoting Joeyby (Reply 12):
GREAT REPORT

Thanks  Smile

Quoting Flynlr (Reply 10):
fyi your SLC pic is actually Provo UT and its airport but heck after a several thousand mile flight whats 20 miles? .

Oh ?, sorry about the mistake, I only had the genral gidence of the in-flight map, and it said we were over Salt Lake City.

Wrighbrothers



Always stand up for what is right, even if it means standing alone..
User currently offlineCSMUK From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2006, 51 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 12035 times:

Great report my friend I am very pleased to hear you enjoyed your flight with us...

Its an odd thing to say but I always like seeing younger people in First, makes it a more fun place to work in  Wink

One question, if on the aircraft the CC could have done one thing better what would it have been? And why?

Take Care

Dana
CSD-BA.


User currently offlineWrighbrothers From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 1875 posts, RR: 9
Reply 15, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 12008 times:

Quoting CSMUK (Reply 14):
Its an odd thing to say but I always like seeing younger people in First, makes it a more fun place to work in

 Big grin

Quoting CSMUK (Reply 14):
One question, if on the aircraft the CC could have done one thing better what would it have been? And why?

Hmmm, interesting question, I'd say that while the service was near perfect, the Cabin crew didn't give any option as to when you slept, after lunch, it was blinds down and lights off (well, those blue roof lights came on) and while it wasn't much of a problem for me (I don't sleep on planes), it seemed that about 3/4 of the cabin was awake.
Another thing that I noticed was that they didn't give you a choice of when to eat anymore, maybe it was becausae I was non-rev, but everyone seemed to eat at the same time, but not a problem personaly.

Wrighbrotheers



Always stand up for what is right, even if it means standing alone..
User currently offlineIndustrybuff From United Arab Emirates, joined Dec 2003, 347 posts, RR: 2
Reply 16, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 11590 times:

wrightbrothers - can you tell me if those noise cancelling headphones in your pic are given in F class by BA - or are they your own ?

If they are from BA - does anyone know when BA starting providing this service ?

Thanks
Ibuff !


User currently offlineFbgdavidson From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 3697 posts, RR: 28
Reply 17, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 11503 times:

Quoting Industrybuff (Reply 16):
wrightbrothers - can you tell me if those noise cancelling headphones in your pic are given in F class by BA - or are they your own ?

If they are from BA - does anyone know when BA starting providing this service ?

BA supplied. They've been doing this in F for some time now, at least a year and since June have been introduced on all routes in J too  thumbsup  Personally I still bring QC2s along as I don't find them 100% effective (although some people I've spoken to find they are) because they are only noise reducing. All the wizadry will be built into the seat so when Next Gen Club World and First come around they will be proper noise cancelling headphones.

The new headphones are also compatible with portable mp3 players, laptops and the ilk.



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User currently offlineBA787 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2006, 2596 posts, RR: 7
Reply 18, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 11044 times:

You make me extremely jealous. That is my dream journey lol. Nice report Alistair.

Tom


User currently offlineWrighbrothers From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 1875 posts, RR: 9
Reply 19, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 10541 times:

Quoting Industrybuff (Reply 16):
wrightbrothers - can you tell me if those noise cancelling headphones in your pic are given in F class by BA - or are they your own ?

They were the ones provided by the airline, I'd guess they started putting out noice reducing headphones mid last year.

Quoting BA787 (Reply 18):
You make me extremely jealous. That is my dream journey lol. Nice report Alistair.

Tom

cheers Tom.

Quoting Fbgdavidson (Reply 17):
Personally I still bring QC2s along as I don't find them 100% effective (although some people I've spoken to find they are) because they are only noise reducing.

I must say, I found them very effective, miles better than the standard ones.

I'm probably going to write the return sector some times soon, so look out for that  Smile
Wrighbrothers



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