Well, after little more than a couple of hours in Lisbon, I headed back to the airport with the taxi that BA had kindly provided free of charge.
I decided to check-in straight away, and the desk was manned by a very nice lady, who asked me what seat I would like-I was given 18A this time.
The boarding card also featured my Executive Club tier & number, so all staff referred to me as "sir"-very funny, I thought.
Well, it was only 2pm, and the flight wasn't scheduled to leave until about 1800! I was actually allowed to use Tap's "Navigator Lounge", but it was pretty poor, and I soon got very tired of watching CNN, which I don't particularly like anyway.
I wandered around the terminal for a couple of hours-there are two Harrods shops at Lisbon airport, but I had virtually no money, so buying presents for myself was ruled out.
On the viewing side, there were a couple of TAP Airbus a/c, and I saw a few other a/c come and go (Iberia A320, LTU A320, Air Azores A310).
Boarding for my flight, BA 503, started at 17.30.
The a/c was a B737-400, in Blue Poole colours. Again, leather seats throughout were a nice feature; I ended up sitiing next to a vicar and his wife, although his wife was a slightly more interesting personality, and I lent her a copy of my Private Eye
magazine, which she found very funny.
We pushed-back about 10 minutes early; the Captain explained that there were very strong headwinds from the North, which would lengthen the flight considerably-it was going to take about 3 hours to Heathrow (this is the same wind we used on the early morning flight).
The crew were again better than I expected; the food was also much better (same "all-day deli", but the food tasted a lot fresher); again, they served the drinks AFTER the meal, which I think is crazy!
The only other complaint was that my salmon was full of bones-there's nothing worse than eating fish which haven't been properly de-boned, or whatever the term is.
Well, the vicar & his wife soon hit the booze, leaving me to the tea and biscuits......did I spot an irony here?
The flight was again full, and this time even Club Europe (as opposed to Club World, which is what I accidentally wrote in my post above), was full.
There wasn't much to see out of the window really, although the Captain pointed out Porto, and then Southampton, once we were over the Channel.
Great to see the fireworks still going after Guy Fawkes. As we approached London, we were put into a very long holding pattern, which I was surprised by, as I didn't expect LHR to be so busy at around 9.30pm.
The Captain again came on to point out Concorde, which we were following in to land.
The touch-down came at about 9.50pm, and as we rolled to a stop, I caught a glimpse of Concorde taxiing back to Terminal 4-she looks a lot nicer all lit up at night.
An Icelandair 757 came in behind us.
As we made our rather lengthy taxi back to Terminal 1, we passed the usual mixture of airlines at LHR, and a Uzbekistan 757 getting ready to taxi out to the r/w.
On leaving the a/c, the Captain also came out to wish us well.
So, if I were to award points out of 10 for the BA service to Lisbon and back, I would award 8/10. The overall service was very good, and I have very little to complain about.