I traveled up to Scotland to see my parents, I usually fly Easyjet, however they have let me down over the past 6 months so I decided to spend an extra few pounds and fly BA
Date - 6/11/02
Aircraft - 737-400
Reg - G-DOCV
Sched/Actual Dep Time - 19.10/19.55
Sched/Actual Arr Time - 20.25/21.05
Photo © Gerry Hill
I arrived at LHR's terminal 1 around 17.30. I checked in online the previous day and so I proceeded to the fast track check in to pick up my boarding card and check my bag in, this only took around 2 minutes - well done BA. I proceeded through security, there was quite a queue here and it took me around 20 minutes to get through to airside.
When I reached the departure lounge I found it that my flight would be 30 minutes delayed (not the end of the world). I decided to buy and magazine and a coke and sit in the (very busy) departure lounge 5. As it was very dark outside I could not see many planes, although I did spot a JAL 747 and a Virgin 747.
One thing I really hate about Heathrow is that they tell you your gate number at the last minute. At around 19.30 it flashed up on the boards that our flight was leaving from gate 8. At this point there was a mass exodus out of the gate 5 holding area to gate 8 - I could tell at this point the flight was going to be busy.
I got to the gate and boarded the plane, I had been assigned seat 15b. The guy in 15a was already there so I buckled up and got ready for departure. The flight was 100% full. The captain came on before pushback but he was very difficult to hear but I guess he was telling us the route etc. We pushed back and headed towards 27L while the cabin crew did the safety briefing.
The take off was very smooth, although I couldn't see much as I was in the middle seat . Minutes after take off I could hear that the cabin crew were up and about so I guessed that dinner was on its way. Dinner arrived it was Chicken with a salad and a bread roll, there was also a fruit jelly thing, the meal was very good and I washed it down with a g and t .
Just as I finished dinner the first officer came on and said that we had reached 34,000ft and we were over Manchester, he advised us that we were about to begin our decent into Edinburgh. The Cabin Crew started clearing things away. Before long we were started our decent into Edinburgh, I was able to get some glimpses of the River Forth as we made our final approach into EDI.
We landed at just after 9pm (with a bit of a bump!!!!) and we headed towards the terminal.
Overall I was very impressed with BA, and I will continue to fly with them.
I hope you enjoyed my first report.