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ATL-LGW-BCN On BA 777 And RJ100 In Y

Thu Jun 13, 2002 10:56 am

First of all, before I begin, let me say that when I say “we,” I am referring to a group that I traveled in. Our group was one from school taking this trip. Now let me begin. Also read my trip report “CDG-ATL on Delta 777 in Y” about the return trip. If it doesn’t exist yet (I’m writing this first) it will within 24 hours of me writing this. Now let me begin.

British Airways flight 2226
Aircraft: 777-200
Registration: G-VIIM
Scheduled Departure: 18:20
Actual Departure: 18:55
Date: June 4, 2002

The teacher running the trip for our group (it was a small group) asked us to be at the ATL airport 3 hours early. I arrived about 3 hours and 20 minutes early, but most of the people were already there! The teacher wasn’t though. She got there about 2 hours and 30 minutes early. Anyway, for a while we just stood around and talked by the British Airways counter in the North Terminal of the airport. With about 2 hours until flight time, we made our way to the counter to check in. The line wasn’t very long, so it didn’t take long to get to the front. The people working at the counters were very efficient. When it has normally taken me 15 to 20 minutes for a group of 4, it just took 2 minutes for me (one person obviously) to get totally checked in. There, I got my boarding pass. The seat was seat 27K in economy. I then went and waited for the rest of the group.

Once everyone was checked in, we said all of our good-byes to parents. We then prepared to go through security. The normal security in ATL is a really big area with lots of metal detectors. Well, right by the British Airways counter, which is right at the end of the north terminal check in area, there is a small security area leading to the T gates. There are maybe 3 metal detectors. We went through there, which took about 4 minutes for the whole group of 15. From there we walked to the underground train between terminals and got onto to it to ride it to the E gates. The E gates are the international gates in ATL. The ride took about 5 minutes and then we went to our gate. Unfortunately I don’t remember which one it was. Our plane was waiting.

Here is a picture of the exact plane:

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We didn’t have a lot of time before boarding because the teacher had wanted to wait around. That was a bit of a disappointment because I always like to look around the terminal, but it didn’t bother me much. The boarding call was made and we boarded. Upon finding my seat, I discovered that it was a window on the right side of the aircraft. Yay! A window! The seating configuration was 3-3-3 in Y. We walked through business class on the way to Y and it wasn’t the new one yet. I sat down and got ready for the flight.

The plane began taxiing at a little after the scheduled departure time. It taxied for a while and then finally took off. I could feel the immense power that the GE-90 engines had! What a wonderful ride this was going to be!

Very shortly after takeoff, the dinner service was begun. Unfortunately, for those of us in coach, there was no choice for dinner. They handed you a beef dinner and that was that. It was awful. It was too salty and seemed to be compressed. There were some good potatoes on the tray though. There was also a salad and a roll. The steak will just stick in my mind forever though. It was nasty. The beef didn’t agree with one of our group members and he had to make a visit to the bathroom about twenty minutes after eating it. I don’t think I need to explain any more. Movies came onto the PTVs during dinner. There was Hart’s War, High Crimes, and some others. I watched 30 minutes of Hart’s War, but I had started watching it after the beginning and couldn’t figure it out, so turned it off. The Airshow was good to watch for 20 minutes or so. By that point I was getting tired because I had taken a lot of sleeping medicine in the airport, so I got comfortable as possible and closed my eyes. I shouldn’t use comfortable in the same sentence as airplane, but you know what I mean.

Well, I laid there for 3 hours with my eyes closed trying to fall asleep and nothing happened. I just couldn’t fall asleep. Eventually I just gave and looked out the window. The sun slowly came up and eventually I could see the ocean below. Getting close to landing, we made landfall over Great Britain. That was neat to see the white from the waves crashing on the beach and house and farms below. At that point, a small breakfast was served, consisting of a yogurt, fruit, cereal, and water. Coffee and tea were offered. After not too long, the trash was taken up. Descent had already begun. Landing came shortly in a cloudy and cool LGW. It at least felt cool because there had been 2 one hundred degree Fahrenheit days in a row in Atlanta. It was 13 degrees Celsius in LGW. When the plane came to the gate, we got off, followed the signs for connections, went through security, and were back in the terminal area, waiting for our next flight to BCN.

Some of the planes I saw were Virgin Atlantic 744s, BA 744s and 772s, Delta planes, Continental, US Airways, one Emirates (I think 773; what was it?), and several others. LGW was smaller than I imagined.

British Airways Cityflyer ? (I lost the flight #)
Aircraft: Avro RJ100
Registration: G-CFAB
Scheduled Departure: 9:35
Actual Departure: on time-ish (I was really tired, so don’t know for sure, and had not watch)

After a short layover in LGW, we went to our gate. It was down some steps into this lower area where we waited. When we gave our tickets to this lady, we could get onto a bus, which drove us to the plane. It was neat because the bus drove amongst all of the planes to get there. Planes look so big up close from the ground! The bus drove up to our plane, we deboarded, and went up the steps to get on board the plane.

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I got in and found my seat, seat 14F, and discovered that again, it was a window seat on the right side of the plane. What luck! That plane was the most cramped plane I have ever seen though. I had to push my carryon really hard to get it to fit between my seat and the one in front of me so that I could get it under the seat in front of me. I managed it, but the seats were still very narrow and the legroom was very low.

The plane began to taxi. It waited for a minute with a good view of landing planes. I saw several 747s land. Then we got onto the runway and took off. I was so tired that I fell asleep 5 minutes into the flight. Unfortunately when I woke up, there were only 20 left. Those 20 were a neat approach over Barcelona and the Mediterranean Sea. The plane then landed and we parked. I saw a TAP A319, Iberia planes, a Lufthansa A300-600, a CSA 737, a Futura 737, and several other planes. We got onto a bus and went to customs, cleared it and left the airport.

I later found out that there was lunch on the plane. We walking through Barcelona and I stopped to buy a sandwich. Our teacher said, “Did you not eat lunch on the plane?”

I replied, “What lunch?”

She then explained that they had served a sandwich. I’d have rather slept though. Anyway, they were great flights! Thank you for reading and leave any feedback that you want. Suggestions are appreciated!

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RE: ATL-LGW-BCN On BA 777 And RJ100 In Y

Thu Jun 13, 2002 11:17 am

Great report. I know that feeling, when you are in Europe the next day and you're fighting to stay awake...
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RE: ATL-LGW-BCN On BA 777 And RJ100 In Y

Fri Jun 14, 2002 4:04 am

hmmm interesting that there was no meal choice. Where you seated towards the back of the plane? I guess if you were they'd run out of the alternative to beef!
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RE: ATL-LGW-BCN On BA 777 And RJ100 In Y

Fri Jun 14, 2002 8:33 am

Why is it that school tour groups often book two airlines; one outbound and one return? A group from my highschool is going Delta CVG/ATL/SNN and coming back American CDG/ORD/CVG. Wierd.
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RE: ATL-LGW-BCN On BA 777 And RJ100 In Y

Fri Jun 14, 2002 9:39 am

Thank you all for reading my report! I was actally seated not too far back in the Y section. They just handed us dinner. To answer your question as to why school groups book different airlines, I don't know. The return flight was great and the outbound ones were nice too, so I don't mind. More variety when they do that. Obviously that's not the reason though. It must be because of price. Do a multi-city search for cities from the US to Europe and a lot of times, there will be different airlines as the cheapest option.
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RE: ATL-LGW-BCN On BA 777 And RJ100 In Y

Fri Jun 14, 2002 10:04 pm

Good trip, for being a school trip! Our school trips were not that far...Well, I can't complain I went to Venice when I was 14 but... BY BUS!!! Yes, more than 20h trip, like going to Sydney from BCN!

Did you enjoyed Barcelona? I hope so! Where did they take you in BCN?


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RE: ATL-LGW-BCN On BA 777 And RJ100 In Y

Sat Jun 15, 2002 1:19 am

I loved Barcelona! Thanks for asking. They took us to La Rambla and it was lots of fun. We went to the water front, the Olympic Village, the Picasso museum, the Sagrada Family Church, to a little tiny village in Barcelona that Gaudi designed, and on a tour of the city by bus. We were only there for the day we arrived, that night, the next day, and the next night, so we got a lot in for such a short time. After that, we moved on to southern France. How was Venice when you went there and where did you drive from? I would love to go to Venice. This school trip was kind of a special thing though. It was for any student in the French or Spanish classes that wanted to go and we left after school was out. Another local school went too, but fortunately there were only 15 of us going! That includes six students from my school (including me), one chaperone from my school, one teacher from my school just going along on the trip, three students from the other school, three parents from the other school, and one chaperone from the other school. Our class trip this year during school was to Savannah, Georgia, USA. It was tons of fun, but the drive was a fourth of your 20 hour drive. It was just five, so see, our main school trips are are not nearly as far as yours.
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RE: ATL-LGW-BCN On BA 777 And RJ100 In Y

Mon Jun 17, 2002 7:56 pm

Little tiny village designed by Gaudí? Was it Park Güell? or maybe El Pueblo Español... And yes, my trip to Venice was during the course, with all the class coming in (about 40), we went there from Barcelona... and we used the same bus for the trip, and everyday for going from the hotel to Venice, I can remember when we left the bus the last time in Barcelona, it was almost destroyed! (we spent about 50 h. in it in a week)

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RE: ATL-LGW-BCN On BA 777 And RJ100 In Y

Wed Jun 26, 2002 1:27 am

Did you listen to Judge Jules on the BA radio?
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RE: ATL-LGW-BCN On BA 777 And RJ100 In Y

Thu Jun 27, 2002 8:08 am

Whoa, does 'the Judge' roams the BA radio? Perhaps I ought to book a long-hgaul flight with BA sometime soon  Big thumbs up
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RE: ATL-LGW-BCN On BA 777 And RJ100 In Y

Tue Jul 02, 2002 7:01 am

Sorry to hear you had no meal choice but you certainly should have. If you are at the front or back of a cabin with BA then you always get a choice as that is where the meal service always starts. Glad to know that you enjoyed your trips though. Those RJs are cramped though....have to agree!
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RE: ATL-LGW-BCN On BA 777 And RJ100 In Y

Sat Jul 06, 2002 3:40 pm

As someone who lives in a place (Jersey) where a flight to London meant a choice between a 146 and an RJ (which, let's face it, is just a warmed over 146), it's a horrid aircraft. Compared to the 737 or A32X (which is my definition of the perfect single aisle aircraft), it's cramped and uncomfortable and I hate the way the wings obstruct almost any view from about row 4 to 14.

Other than that, it's fine.
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RE: ATL-LGW-BCN On BA 777 And RJ100 In Y

Mon Jul 08, 2002 6:58 am

It was still a fun flight Kaitak, even though it was really really uncomfortable. If I had to fly those a lot, I think it would drive me crazy. I had only flown a regional plane twice in my life before that (all other flights were on bigger planes like 757s, 767s, 777s, MD-11s, L1011s, etc.) so I was excited to get my third trip on one. I was lucky enough though to be behind the wing and have a view, but I fell asleep. I didn't really try to fall asleep. I just closed my eyes and then suddenly we were over houses and hills approaching BCN. I just fell asleep and when I woke up, that was where we were. Anyway, thank you to all of you who read my trip report so far!
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RE: ATL-LGW-BCN On BA 777 And RJ100 In Y

Sun Jul 14, 2002 6:47 am

The Judge makes all my longhaul flights with BA fly by! (pardon the pun)  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
I just wack that on, and put airshow on and settle back to enjoy the flight. the tunes and the airshow,a dn the view out the window is all i need.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy Should be heading down to Melbourne yet again this Christmas, and of course i'll be flying British Airways, should be good. I'm becoming a bit of a regula at the T4 checkin.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
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RE: ATL-LGW-BCN On BA 777 And RJ100 In Y

Thu Jul 18, 2002 12:16 am

I hope you had a great time!

I went to Spain with a school group a couple of years ago, and I loved Barcelona!

We flew BA from JFK-LHR-BCN when BA flew 742s with the old coach (no PTVs). I also can't sleep on planes for the most part (except when I'm listening to classical music for some odd reason) and walked into LHR feeling like I was dreaming or half dead.
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RE: ATL-LGW-BCN On BA 777 And RJ100 In Y

Mon Jul 22, 2002 6:46 am

I was just a little tired when I got off the plane in LGW, and I was totally awake in the airport. It was when I sat down on the plane to BCN and was no longer moving that I got really tired. Then of course I fell asleep. Thank you to everyone who has read my report and especially to those who posted on it!

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