This is my first trip report that I'm wirting.It's about the trip from Beirut,Lebanon to Washington,USA; on the 20th of july 2002.
Photo © Derek Pedley
Finally, it's time to FLY!
We(dad&I) got to the airport at 8.00, approximately 2 hours before the scheduled departure.After saying the"GoodbyeS", we passed through the security checkpoint & checked-in.
After getting in, of course we had to take a look at the duty free shop, but nothing was worth buying
At about 9.15 the gate was open & we were ready to board!
We pushed back at 9.40 & by the time we were lined up on the new runway it was 9.50. Monitoring the falps & every movement on the wing(window seat of course) we rolled down the runway,& I gotta tell you, eventhough the A321 seems small,(comparing to 767,330..) it rolled really fast:D
Up we are & heading to London.Service started with some pretzels &drinks, later on lunch was served.
While eating, looking out the window, watching the magnificent views over Cyprus,Turkey& parts of eastern Europe, I found time to watch "That 70's Show"
After being in the air for about 4 hours, we started our descent towards LHR, passed over the English Channel, made some turns& soon we were approaching 27R.As I had a window seat on the left hand side,I got the chance to see the BA maintenance hangars&some concordes!!
While taxxing to the parking position(not terminal or gate), I was really amazed how huge this airport is & the loads of heavy birds in it 9-p
We waited about 15mins to have the parking position cleared.The shuttles were ready to give us a ride to T4!!
It was about 12.50 when we got in T4, so we had an hour left before heading to washington.
We toured the terminal & a few of the shops, but we didn't have enough time because the bording procedure started at 13.20
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Photo © Chris Sheldon
For the first time in my life, I got the registration number stuck in my head,& it was even easier because of the "Waves of the city"scheme.
Anyway,we got in the plane & figured out that the seats assignment were not next to each other, so we had to wait about 10mins to switch with someone else,&this was made easy with the help of the lovely crew
Our departure was late by 45mins or an hour late.This time I had no window seat so I had no idea when we were gonna feel the plane roll down the runway, but I found it exciting because you're just sitting,& suddenly you speed on the runway
We're flying&heading to Washington.As soon as the seatbelt lights were switched off, service started...etc...But there's one thing about the BA service, they like spend most of the flight time serving drinks&crackers... or whatever, their service is just great
I took my shoes off & wore the socks(BA special socks ) & try to get some sleep, but infortunately I couldn't
I don't know how the 7hour flight time ended because I didn't even tough the PTV(to be honest, I might've checked the PTV to track the flight only ), eventhough, it seems that it passed by really fast.
After 7hours crossing the atlantic&flying along with the east coast, we started our descent towards IAD(Dulles) & soon we were on the ground, once again in a surprising way, we just felt it touch down because I had no window seat.
I think that's about it, hope you enjoyed reading this report,stay tuned for the
Return Flight report!