I have just returned from a trip to Atlanta, having flown from Gatwick to Atlanta direct with British Airways. It was an unforgettable flight for two reasons. Firstly I was upgraded to Business Class (there were only six of us there)! and secondly I was allowed up to the flight deck where I remained for about half an hour during our flight across the Atlantic and was invited up again for landing!
The 777 has always been my favourite aircraft and this was the first opportunity to fly on one. The takeoff was very powerful, the two G90 engines taking us up fast and steep with hardly a tremor.The flight deck was magnificent! It was spacious, had excellent panoramic views and the flight instruments (all glass) were very clear and attractively laid out. The Captain gave me a brief overview of the instruments and was full of praise for the wealth of information at his disposal and the awesome capabilities of Boeing's best offering to commercial aviation to date!
There were three other aircraft flying across the Atlantic nearby us; a United 777, a United 767 and an Air France A340. We were flying at 39,000 feet and had a superb view of all three. I was amazed at the speed at which they were moving!
When I was escorted to the cockpit about 200 miles from Atlanta I was told that the weather at Hartsfield had deteriorated rapidly and visibility was very poor. To be present as the Captain and his crew discussed all their options whilst keeping a close eye on weather updates was fantastic. In the end we went for the landing and only saw the runway when we were virtually on top of it! This is where the 777 really came into its own, taking us in smoothly and safely. What an experience! I would like to pay tribute to that great aircraft, to Boeing and to all the British Airways crew who were superb and made me really proud to be "flying the flag".
Anymore 777 enthusiasts out there?