Well hello everyone, this is my first trip report for anet, my names Michael Potter.
Anyway, enough of the introducing and more of the aircraft....
For my trip report today I'm detailing my latest trip.
-AUH > DXB
BA73 > BA106
0940-1945 > 0150-0735
So....as it’s my first trip report please bear with me for this.
My day started off on Sunday morning as getting up at 0545...getting in the shower...missing breakfast and leaving home at 0615. So....we left home and headed for the airport. Great news as there was hardly any traffic at this time making the journey to LHR
only 20 minutes. My mum went through the small tunnel and then I was dropped off at T1 with the entire luggage while my mum went to her office, parked her car and then came back on the bus. She only works over at cardinal point next to the WBC so it’s not too bad.
We then headed for the Heathrow Express. Boarded the train for the 4 minute journey from T1 to T4
Not knowing T4
very well...we made our way through the maze when you get off the Heathrow Express and caught an elevator up to check-in area.
Many thanks BA
! You put Club world and First check-in right there as soon as you get out of the elevator from the Heathrow Express. Great!
Queue wasn’t that long meaning that we only had to wait 5 minutes to check in.
"Good morning sir/madam" "travelling on BA73 today....very full flight today sir/madam....I'm afraid your upgrade to First will not be available however I will be giving you a window seat...looks like every seat will be full today sir/madam."
"Ok then...don’t worry about that"
"Here you go sir...seat 15A for you and 15B for you madam...we'll write you an invite for the Concorde lounge so that you can get in, just follow the signs for the BA
lounge located just opposite gate 10, boarding time today for you is 0910 so if you leave the lounge at around 0900 you should be fine...have a nice flight now"
"Thanks very much...bye now"
Once we'd got checked in we only had 2 bags to take on board...in mine there was as follows:
And lord knows what was in my mums :P
We headed for the Concorde lounge as we still had 2 hours to go...since I hadn't had any breakfast yet...first on my agenda was to EAT!!! Everyone who knows me will know I eat like there's no tomorrow.
Got to the Concorde lounge...showed the tickets and then the special written invitation...great having a member of your family have a BA
They scanned the tickets and then showed us where everything was. Once I'd left my bag with my mum...I headed straight for the food area. Lovely!
Got myself some cereal, toast, muffins and a cup of hot chocolate.
....Enough of my eating....
When it came to 0900 my mum and I decided we'd head to the gate slowly to allow plenty of time as we didn’t know the distance involved.
It did take around 10 minutes as the signs said...for the first time at LHR
they were right! Usually you only need 5 minutes if it says 20!
Got to the gate at around 0910 or thereabouts.
Showed our tickets and passports at the gate and then went straight on board. Having descended 6 miles we finally reached the aircraft which was a 777-200...first time on a 777 for me!! YAY!!
Aircraft registration: G-VIIV
Greeted onboard by a lovely crew and we were directed to our seats. Not only is this first time on a 777 but first time in Club World. Usually it’s my dad travelling BA
Long-Haul and the last time I travelled BA
Long-Haul was back in '99. Meaning I was 10 :P
Once I'd taken my seat and got to grips with the 'interesting' arrangement I started my usual peering out of the window.
I'd asked if I could chat with the cockpit crew and the CSD said that there was a check captain aboard but he'd ask the captain if he would kindly come out and talk to me for a bit.
Take-off was at 0953 and we climbed sharply to first part of our cruise at FL300.
The CSD came by and said to me:
"I can’t get a solid time out of him for when he'll see you I'm afraid....captains! They think they're gods!"
He walked off and continued to what he was doing.
So....enough of that for the minute and a review of the food and the IFE:
Food: Food was fantastic! That’s all I can say to describe it really...just fantastic! I can’t remember what was on the menu...and I don’t think I took it with me...but I can only say it was fantastic.
IFE: IFE was great as well...great choice of games, no movies on demand which I would have expected but 12 audio channels and 18 visual channels. Best channel for me was 4 as far as audio went. I watched "The Terminal" which was a great film! Hadn't seen it before and so was quite amusing.
As the flight progressed I was still comfortable and the next time I’d looked at my watch after Take-Off we were 4 hours 23 into the flight.
It was going very quick which is unusual. I didn’t want to sleep on this leg of the journey because then it would be harder for me to adjust to the time difference in the middle east…however I knew I’d be making full use of the fully flat seats on the way back due to the timing of the flight.
I thought that I’d listen to my minidisc player but before I could turn it on the captain came out to see me.
We walked up to the forward galley and started chatting for a bit. Once we’d finished our chat which has lasted a little more than an hour I went back to my seat and prepared for the next batch of food to come….goody!
It wasn’t much…a few biscuits and coffee etc so I decided to take matters into my own hands…I went and got more
Before I knew it then…it was almost time to land…I prepared myself and sat back in my seat and watched the world come closer and closer.
It was already dark meaning I couldn’t really get any good shots of the terminal building when we landed but I decided to try my best with my crappy camera (Sony DSC-U20).
Now with only 5 minutes to run…I was getting excited….after another 4 months without seeing my dad I was finally going to see him again.
Now we were coming down quickly…I couldn’t figure out until the last moment which runway we were going to land on… I eventually worked out we were landing on runway 13.
I started estimating the heights like I usually do and then my 3…2…1 and touchdown.
Reversing along the runway we didn’t reverse as hard as I’d expected and we were slowing and then took a high speed exit.
It took us around 3 minutes to get to the terminal building and then an announcement was made:
“All passengers continuing to Muscat please do not disembark as this is not allowed in Abu Dhabi…so we kindly ask all the passengers travelling on to Muscat to remain on the aircraft, thank you very much for your understanding and patience”
As I was going to de-board…the CSD was waiting and remembered that I wanted to visit the F/D and so he took up to the F/D and asked if I could have a quick look in.
They said yes and so I started chatting to them for a bit…however I couldn’t chat for to long as the new cockpit crew would be coming on-board and my mum was getting impatient :P
As we got through customs my holiday had just begun despite us still being in Abu Dhabi and not Dubai.
…The week had gone too quickly and it was now time to return home…
At around 2200 we left our lovely hotel (Sheraton Jumeirah) and headed for the airport. Getting to the airport at around 2230 we said our farewells to my dad and he headed back to the Sheraton for some business meetings he had.
Once we’d said our farewells we headed inside the terminal to Check-In zone 2. This is where we found the BA
Check-In…once again she said that the upgrade to First wasn’t available and again but as expected all the seats were full up.
However this time there were no extra perks…the First and Business lounges are jumbled into one area meaning that there is no distinction. Oh well!
We made our way through security etc and then made it to the duty free zone. I decided to get myself a few CD
’s, a few gifts, some food and drink and other general stuff.
Once we’d bought all that we needed to buy we made our way to the lounge….and still made our way to the lounge 8 minutes after commencing the walk :P
The lounge was one hell of a journey from the main duty free area and so we were glad after that walk.
But lo-behold I forgot to get myself a Lost Prophets CD
…so…I commenced the walk again back to the duty free area to pick myself a Lost Prophets CD
Then I had to walk back again! Certainly helped get rid of all the calories I must have gained during my stay because of all I ate.
Anyways…enough of all that and to the good stuff…the aircraft!!!
Aircraft Registration: G-VIIM
We got on-board the aircraft and the crew looked pretty tired and my first plan was to sleep as soon as we’d taken-off.
As the captain made the announcement everyone was settling into their seats and starting to get ready for take-off.
We pushed back at 0203 because of some late passengers!! Then the bit I was waiting for…the starting of those HUGE GE90’s. Fantastic…however I was a little disappointed because the sound from the inside is not as impressive as the sound from the outside but never mind.
The engines started and we began our taxi to runway 30R, then at 0213 he threw in the power and we started to roll along runway 30R.
I love the sound of those engines….they are fantastic. Now powering down 30R gaining speed rapidly we started to rotate into the air and then the usual sounds began to let you know your in the air…the gear was retracted and then in slow succession the flaps started to come in.
As soon as I couldn’t see much more….I fully reclined the seat and put my head down on the pillow…loosened my seatbelt and tried to sleep…and then about 5 minutes later for some unknown reason they turned all the cabin lights on!!!! I thought what the hell is going on…its quarter past 2 in the morning and they turn on all the cabin lights and start offering dinner. I didn’t see anyone in the Business Class cabin that acknowledged this food and everyone started to complain to the crew to turn the lights off again.
Thankfully when they’d found out that no-one wanted any food they dimmed the lights again and everyone could start to sleep.
The next I knew my mum had woken me up and asked me if I wanted some breakfast…and for the first time in months I declined breakfast which stunned my mum a little and in my usual fashion I put my head down and went back to sleep
Then a half hour later I was woken again because the cabin crew wanted to start the preparations for landing.
I kept my seat in the reclined position as long as I could and then put it into the upright position for landing.
As we started descending I slowly got a little more alert and a little more awake. I must have dozed off again though because the next thing I knew I heard the gear coming. Then peering over people as we were seated in 10F/10G the world came closer and I didn’t want it to…I wanted the aircraft to land…refuel and then turn back to Dubai! However…I knew no such luck would ever become true.
Then the final part….we were getting very close now and it was still pitch black outside so I couldn’t see very much.
Once we’d touched-down I think we landed on 09R and we started our taxi into the terminal area.
My trip had ended and I was unfortunately back in this dreary, wet and cold country again…but somehow…I knew it was home
….You think the report ends here? Well…you’re very much mistaken…you’ll need to bear with it just a little while longer….
We got off the plane…headed through customs to find no-one on duty at all! Got our luggage and headed for the arrivals lounge! Excellent…great work BA
I’d done my homework on the arrivals lounge and I knew it would be a big aid for us.
As we showed our E-Tix receipt to the lady…we left the luggage in the dedicated area and went upstairs to have some breakfast. I had a lovely English breakfast, tea, muffins etc as I was rather hungry and then my mum decided to go get the car to go home. Whilst she was in the process of this I decided to take advantage of the showers, I must say I was impressed with the service and the cleanliness of the showers. I came out feeling refreshed and then made my way outside of the terminal to wait for my mum.
is fantastic airline, great service, awesome seats and friendly crews. Both times at the end of the flight willing to allow me onto the F/D and I couldn’t have asked for a better trip to be quite honest. My only downside to BA
is that they turned the cabin lights on after take-off in Dubai which disappointed me a little however all of the outstanding customer service and friendliness and the lounges made all that go away.
I know I will fly BA
again however this time I’ll make sure that my dad books the tickets with enough time in advance to make sure we get First! I was impressed with Business Class though and would not complain if I was forced to go Business.
Thank you very much for reading this long essay of a trip report and I hope that you have enjoyed it.
Please do drop any comments or suggestions to help me with my trip reports.
My next report will be my Singapore for New Year Trip.
and the great thing is…I’ll be getting my Nikon D70 down there…meaning great photos!
Thank you very much,