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New York City With BA (Lots Of Pics) Part 1  
User currently offlineBAW076 From UK - Scotland, joined Aug 2006, 750 posts, RR: 26
Posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 15428 times:

PART 1

So, I decided it was time I took to the skies again, having not flown for a seemingly endless 14 months, since my 5 days in Oslo last summer. I was thinking of maybe taking just a few days out, somewhere in Europe, but I didn't really know exactly where I wanted to go! Therefore, I did a thread in Non-Av, asking for any ideas and recommendations of where I could go for a short weekend break. Many ideas were suggested to me, Geneva, Zurich, Copenhagen, Stockholm etc. During this time I got talking to another a.net user Yirina77, who many of you will know. To cut a long story short, we got talking about places we'd been to before, and New York cropped up in the conversation. We both said how we loved the City and the atmosphere in NY, and we decided to take a trip there together.

We booked our flights for Friday 15th September to NY, departing NY on Sunday 17th September. Yirina would be flying direct from Prague with CSA, and myself on BA from LHR. I booked my flight on the monday before the flight, and in the next few days, time seemed to go by as slow as it could, which is just typical!

Anyhow, I got myself out of bed on the Friday morning at about 07:45, and did the usual, shower, cup of tea etc. I left my house at 09:30 and caught the train into London Waterloo East, before taking the short walk to Waterloo Main Station to catch my train to Feltham, where I would catch the 285 bus to Hatton Cross Station, and then the Rail replacement bus service to Heathrow Terminal 4. I arrived at Terminal 4 at around 11:30 and had a cigarette outside the Terminal, then I gave a good friend of mine Hannah (Speedbirdie) a call to see if she was going to come down to T4 for a quick drink before my flight. She was still asleep so I left her a message on her voicemail, telling her to move her arse down to T4! - After a few more cigarettes I dropped my baggage in at the 'Fast Bag Drop' desk, and asked the lady on the desk if she could tell me the registration of my aircraft, to which she answered 'G-VIIW'. - Then I went downstairs a level to the bar to await the arrival of the best looking Speedbirdie out there! She arrived just after 13:00 and we stayed in the bar for around an hour and fifteen minutes, before she buggered off back home (probably to get more beauty sleep!), and I went through to security. The queues in security were very long, but luckily were pretty quick moving. By now it was around 14:30 and my flight was showing on the board as being from Gate 24. I got to Gate 24 and there was a Triple 7 parked there, but it was 'G-YMMG'.

G-YMMG on stand 424.
http://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l36/G-VIIA/IMG_1089.jpg

I thought that this was just a late change of aircraft, and didn't think nothing more of it. I walked down to the end of the departure area and took a few pics from the window...

G-VIIL taxiing to Runway 27L for departure of BA189 to Newark.
http://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l36/G-VIIA/IMG_1091.jpg

G-MEDM of British Mediterranean.
http://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l36/G-VIIA/IMG_1093.jpg

G-YMME about to commence pushback, BA145 to Dhaka.
http://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l36/G-VIIA/IMG_1095.jpg

At 14:50 we were called to board, and as usual, everyone made a dash to the desk to show their boarding passes and passports. I joined the queue and proceeded down the sloping walkway to yet more security checks, which were to be very thorough, which I guess can only be expected given the recent security issues. After I was searched, groped, rubbed, poked and prodded by some miserable old git, he said "Exit to the right and board the coach." - Coach?! - I boarded the coach and after about 5 minutes, we moved off for the 1 minute ride around to our aircraft, G-VIIW. I later discovered that the aircraft G-YMMG which was parked on stand 424 was to fly out later that evening on flight BA077 to Luanda.

British Airways 113
London Heathrow - New York JFK
Boeing 777-236ER
G-VIIW

Sched Dep LHR:
1525 GMT
Sched Arr JFK: 1800 EST

We got to India Whiskey, which was parked on remote stand 432. I stepped down off the coach and saw the might of the GE90 engines! I boarded the plane and found my seat, 28K, which was perfectly positioned just behind the starboard wing. There was still a fair amount of passengers to board, so I just watched aircraft taking off from Runway 27L. Then after about 15-20 minutes, the Captain did his pre-flight speech, stating that we would be pushing back from the stand within 5 minutes, and our flight time to JFK would be around 7 hours. We pushed back from the stand at 15:54 and as we had out safety demonstration from the cabin crew, the engines were fired up. We begun our taxi to Runway 27L at 15:58, we moved a few feet before pausing, as there was a couple of other ex-T4 departures in front of us. After 3 or 4 minutes we moved forward a bit more, before again pausing. We eventually got onto the Runway and took off without any pauses. We were airborne at 16:07.

I did a video of the take off, but have yet to edit it and resize it, of which I shall do in the next few days.

Approximately 5 minutes after we were airborne, the seat belt signs were switched off, and we continued our initial climb to 35,000 feet. We headed west over Swindon, Bristol and to the southern most parts of Wales. I took a few pics during this time...

http://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l36/G-VIIA/IMG_1099.jpg

The Southeast Irish coastline.
http://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l36/G-VIIA/IMG_1101.jpg

...as we continued west, over Southern Ireland, we were served with light refreshments, which consisted of Sea Salt and Cider Vinegar flavoured Pretzel Nuggets, and that long-awaited can of Carlsberg!
http://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l36/G-VIIA/IMG_1104.jpg

IFE... (Apologies for the blurryness, it was a bit turbulent at this point!)
http://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l36/G-VIIA/IMG_1106.jpg

The last bit of land on the West Coast of Ireland...
http://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l36/G-VIIA/IMG_1108.jpg

...then we hit the Atlantic Ocean. (It's under that cloud cover, I assure you!)
http://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l36/G-VIIA/IMG_1110.jpg

After a further couple of hours, we were served with dinner. The choice was Chicken Casserole or Beef. - I opted for the Chicken Casserole, which was delicious!
http://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l36/G-VIIA/IMG_1111.jpg

The next few hours were uneventful, with no turbulence to report on a very smooth Atlantic crossing. By now we were at 39,000 feet, with a Ground Speed averaging 500mph.

Bangor Airport, Maine.
http://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l36/G-VIIA/IMG_1113.jpg

For the last hour of the flight, we climbed up to 40,000 feet, and shortly after this, the Captain made an announcement stating that we would be rerouted into JFK as there was some thunderstorms in the New York area, but it shouldn't add much more time to our journey, with our expected arrival into JFK at 18:12 EST. We begun our descent from FL400 and it wasn't long before we descended into mist.
http://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l36/G-VIIA/IMG_1114.jpg

We eventually got down to about 6,000 feet after a lot of holding to the north of New York, and we broke through the mist just in time to catch a picture of our flight overflying JFK Airport...
http://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l36/G-VIIA/IMG_1115.jpg

We continued west of JFK before beginning our final approach for landing on Runway 04L. Here are some approach shots...
http://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l36/G-VIIA/IMG_1116.jpg

http://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l36/G-VIIA/IMG_1117.jpg

http://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l36/G-VIIA/IMG_1118.jpg

http://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l36/G-VIIA/IMG_1119.jpg

http://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l36/G-VIIA/IMG_1120.jpg

http://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l36/G-VIIA/IMG_1121.jpg

I made a video of the landing at JFK, but as above, I shall post it in the next few days.

We touched down on Runway 04L at 18:32 EST, which meant a flight time of 7 hours, 25 minutes. By the time we got to the end of the runway and begun our taxi to the stand, the clouds had burst open and it was pissing hard with rain! It was a fairly long taxi round to Terminal 7, and we paused just outside the terminal for a few minutes, before the Captain announced that he was going to shutdown the engines there on the taxiway and that we were to be tugged to our stand as there was some width restriction thing going on. Approximately 20 minutes after landing we were given clearance to depart the aircraft and head up towards immigration. After that was done, I collected my baggage, after a fairly long wait. I then went through arrivals to meet up with Yirina, which was cool! - We'd decided that we wouldn't book into a hotel beforehand, and that we would go to the Ramada Hotel in JFK, as we would be able to get a hotel room without any problems...WRONG! The Ramada was fully booked this evening, so after a few minutes of deliberation we decided to call a number of other hotels in the JFK area, which was a complete waste of time as they were all fully booked! - Panic is now setting in!! - We ended up going to a desk in the terminal and speaking to a rather attractive young lady. I asked her if she could make some enquiries on our behalf for any hotels we could stay in. She said that the only hotel with available rooms was called the 'Coliseum Motor Inn' which was on Long Island. We had no choice but to take it. The taxi to this place cost $85, and was about a 30 minute drive.

We got there at around 22:00 and after a few minutes of taking some stuff out of our bags, we pretty much collapsed and went to sleep, as we were both extremely tired! - I did however, take a quick picture of the room before sleep...
http://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l36/G-VIIA/IMG_1123.jpg

Next morning, we got up at around 08:00 and had a shower etc, before setting off for a day out in NYC. We took a bus from just outside the hotel to Hempstead.

This is HEMPSTEAD! Which is the end of the line on the Long Island Rail Road.
http://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l36/G-VIIA/IMG_1124.jpg

http://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l36/G-VIIA/IMG_1125.jpg

Continued in Part 2…


N754AN (x2), G-CPEL, G-MIDE, G-BPEC, G-BZHC, EI-DCH, LN-KKN, G-VIIW, G-BNLT, G-DBCA, G-MEDE, G-DBCE, G-MIDP.
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User currently offlineKLM685 From Mexico, joined May 2005, 1577 posts, RR: 18
Reply 1, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 15412 times:

Quoting BAW076 (Thread starter):
I did a video of the take off, but have yet to edit i

Please post it!

Quoting BAW076 (Thread starter):
then went through arrivals to meet up with Yirina, which was cool! - We'd decided that we wouldn't book into a hotel beforehand, and that we would go to the Ramada Hotel in JFK,

HAHAHAHA Great anecdote. I would panic as well If I just did a long haul flight and find myself into the twilight zone.


Great Trip report! I enjoyed reading it alot! I like the pictures above all, they turn out pretty cool. Specially the JFK picture from above is quite interesting and cool. I wish I had an a.net friend and money just to say: hey let's go to... whatever cool place! haha Lucky you!

Congratulations



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User currently offline9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2110 posts, RR: 18
Reply 2, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week ago) and read 15184 times:

Your weekend breakaway with Yirina sounds cool. I always wanted to do something like that, going to a vacation with a stranger who share the same interest. I thought it might be interesting.

I am making an offer here. I will be going to Sydney in November. So is there any A.Netter who would like to join me in the trip? It is a fully leisure trip. Business aside.  Wink


User currently offlineDALelite From Switzerland, joined Jun 2000, 1770 posts, RR: 25
Reply 3, posted (8 years 2 months 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 14916 times:

Very interessting!!!

G'day: DALelite



They loved to fly and it showed..
User currently offlineBAW076 From UK - Scotland, joined Aug 2006, 750 posts, RR: 26
Reply 4, posted (8 years 2 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 14801 times:

Quoting KLM685 (Reply 1):
Quoting BAW076 (Thread starter):
I did a video of the take off, but have yet to edit i

Please post it!

I will be doing so in the next day or two!

Quoting KLM685 (Reply 1):
HAHAHAHA Great anecdote. I would panic as well If I just did a long haul flight and find myself into the twilight zone.

Yeah, for a few moments there, it was kinda intimidating!



N754AN (x2), G-CPEL, G-MIDE, G-BPEC, G-BZHC, EI-DCH, LN-KKN, G-VIIW, G-BNLT, G-DBCA, G-MEDE, G-DBCE, G-MIDP.
User currently offlineCgnnrw From Germany, joined May 2005, 1170 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (8 years 2 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 14674 times:

So far nice report. I can't believe you actually went to Hempstead...I spent 2 weeks there conducting seminars at Hofstra Univ. I became well acquainted with LIRR trips to JFK and NYC.


A330 man.
User currently offlineTmarch291 From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 147 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (8 years 2 months 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 14628 times:

Nice report-

Can't wait to hear the rest.

Quoting BAW076 (Thread starter):
This is HEMPSTEAD! Which is the end of the line on the Long Island Rail Road.

Not really, Hempstead station is the end of the Hempstead branch, however the main railroad goes on for about another 60-70 miles.


User currently offlineRdwootty From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2005, 905 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (8 years 2 months 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 14235 times:

It just goes to show that you should book your hotel!!Just a point that it would probably have been cheaper to have booked flight and hotel together.A lot of agnets have rooms on allocation till about 2/3 days prior to arrival.

User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1960 posts, RR: 24
Reply 8, posted (8 years 2 months 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 14025 times:
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Nice report! Looking forward to the other parts.

767747


User currently offlineMyt332 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 9112 posts, RR: 70
Reply 9, posted (8 years 2 months 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 13574 times:

Nice first part Chris but alas, where is my mention?! I'm liking the pics so far, real nice. The hotel thing is qute amusing too, I think this is why I always book my hotel before I leave.

Moving onto Part II then.



One Life, Live it.
User currently offlineBMIFlyer From UK - England, joined Feb 2004, 8810 posts, RR: 58
Reply 10, posted (8 years 2 months 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 13408 times:

Cool stuff Chris - Loving the pics man Big grin

Remember to pre book a hotel next time  Wink



Lee



Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own
User currently offlinePawsleykat From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 1978 posts, RR: 11
Reply 11, posted (8 years 2 months 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 13350 times:

Brilliant first part Chris!  bigthumbsup  I've flown to NYC twice with BA, I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Quoting BMIFlyer (Reply 10):
Remember to pre book a hotel next time

Exactly, my big cousin did what you did once and it ended up that he could not find a cheap hotel and had to spend 3x as much as he had planned, on a room at The Waldorf Astoria.  Wow!

JG



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User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8578 posts, RR: 54
Reply 12, posted (8 years 2 months 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 13250 times:
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Very nice report. Some of the pictures are just stunning, great stuff!

Quoting BAW076 (Thread starter):
The choice was Chicken Casserole or Beef. - I opted for the Chicken Casserole, which was delicious!

- Looks pretty good.

Rgds

Mark



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User currently offlineJFK69 From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 1419 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (8 years 2 months 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 13151 times:

WOW!!! The Coliseum Motor Inn......I spent many a college night there for a few hours......Hempstead can be a scary place at night. That must have been a eye opener.....Time for part 2

User currently offlineAtco2b From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 1114 posts, RR: 7
Reply 14, posted (8 years 2 months 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 13074 times:

Hey Chris,

Great start to your trip, loving the pics...



Hey, you want to go out for pizza and some sex? What, you don't like pizza?
User currently offlineSkyHigh777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 377 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (8 years 2 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 12656 times:

Great read thanks for sharing! I loved the pictures from the plane overflying JFK...really cool. I am flying IAD-London in November and I was debating between British Airways and United (BA is about 90-100 dollars more expensive), do you think it's worth it to go on BA? I tried UA once and they were pretty good, but that was back when they still served free booze!  drunk 


Prepare for take-off.
User currently offlineLHR777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (8 years 2 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 12545 times:

Quoting BAW076 (Thread starter):
After a further couple of hours, we were served with dinner. The choice was Chicken Casserole or Beef. - I opted for the Chicken Casserole, which was delicious!

Nice report, thanks for flying with us! Just a question - I've never flown with BA LHR-JFK. Is there really only one meal service on this sector? I would expect lunch and afternoon tea or dinner and a snack of some variety?


User currently offlineBAW076 From UK - Scotland, joined Aug 2006, 750 posts, RR: 26
Reply 17, posted (8 years 2 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 12443 times:

Quoting LHR777 (Reply 16):
Nice report, thanks for flying with us!

Thanks, the pleasure was all mine!

Quoting LHR777 (Reply 16):
Is there really only one meal service on this sector?

There was the light snack after take off, then about halfway through the flight was the dinner, and then towards the end of the flight we were served with drinks again (Not mentioned in report).

Chris  wave 



N754AN (x2), G-CPEL, G-MIDE, G-BPEC, G-BZHC, EI-DCH, LN-KKN, G-VIIW, G-BNLT, G-DBCA, G-MEDE, G-DBCE, G-MIDP.
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