User avatar
Topic Author
Posts: 4155
Joined: Tue Mar 09, 2004 12:27 pm

LGW-AMS On British Airways Economy

Wed Apr 27, 2005 4:06 am

British Airways B737-300
Seat 9F

Gatwick airport is an oasis in the desert compared to the seventeen different kinds of hell that is Heathrow! Got the Gatwick Express from Victoria Station, then I got the driverless monorail thing to the North terminal.

Checked the boards - Check-in F. Couldn't see any Business Class counters, and the guy who is a helper, says, "In you go, mate!". Well, I didn't think so -mate- and asked him where Business Class was. Check-in C. Oh, right.

Checked in, and they had nothing to say about my 27kg suitcase (while I hid my 8kg carry on!), and changed me from a reserved aisle seat (as if) to a window seat. Boarding was to be at 0910.

Had something to eat, visited the loo, and then waited until a gate came up on the screen. I really hate that - having to wait around like some kind of lemon until you're assigned a gate. For some reason I find it really demeaning, especially since the gates are assigned so close to boarding time.

Anyway... at 0910, boarding time, we're assigned a gate. Hot foot it down there, and we wait there for 20 minutes, as they were still cleaning the inbound flight - fog had slowed down traffic. No problem.

Finally get on the bus and board the plane. My carry-on wouldn't fit into the minute BA bins, and so I took my coat out and voila, all good. The F/A helped me out though, she was quite nice. After everyone was boarded the pilots came on and told us that there was to be a further 20 minute delay due to air traffic control.

He sounded really peeved, but he explained they were going to do some kind of hold just off the stand rather than queuing, which was fine, and explained how it was done and all the rest of it. Kudos to the BA pilots, who kept us more informed than any pilots have ever done in my experience.

Eventually we were in the air, and moments later we were being tossed boxes of food. There were fruits in syrup, yoghurt, and I am sure there was something else - oh yes, tea and coffee - but another food. It was a hot meal, and I think it was scrambled eggs or something. It was nice!

For a 45 minute flight it was more than ample. The ladies next to me were whooping it up like children, and they were commenting that the wings looked like they were going to fall off (they were ratty), and as we hit turbulence, saying we were going to crash. Lucky I am interested in plane crashes, so I am not at all worried by things like that  Smile

Arrived in Amsterdam and that was that!

I enjoyed my first BA flight - everything was what I would expect from a large international airline. F/As, check-in and pilots were all above and beyond what could be expected, which made the entire flight just that much more fun. Excellent work!

I do enjoy a spot of flying, especially when it's not in economy!
Posts: 5902
Joined: Sun Jul 11, 1999 6:27 am

RE: LGW-AMS On British Airways Economy

Wed Apr 27, 2005 1:31 pm

If you were travelling in EuroTraveller, how did you check in at Club check-in?

« On ne voit bien qu'avec le cœur. L'essentiel est invisible pour les yeux » Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
User avatar
Topic Author
Posts: 4155
Joined: Tue Mar 09, 2004 12:27 pm

RE: LGW-AMS On British Airways Economy

Wed Apr 27, 2005 7:43 pm

I am a OneWorld Ruby Frequent Flyer (Qantas Silver). Benefits of the level include being able to check-in at Business Class counters, regardless of the class you are flying.

I do enjoy a spot of flying, especially when it's not in economy!

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: FlyA310 and 1 guest

Popular Searches On

Top Photos of Last:   24 Hours  •  48 Hours  •  7 Days  •  30 Days  •  180 Days  •  365 Days  •  All Time

Military Aircraft Every type from fighters to helicopters from air forces around the globe

Classic Airliners Props and jets from the good old days

Flight Decks Views from inside the cockpit

Aircraft Cabins Passenger cabin shots showing seat arrangements as well as cargo aircraft interior

Cargo Aircraft Pictures of great freighter aircraft

Government Aircraft Aircraft flying government officials

Helicopters Our large helicopter section. Both military and civil versions

Blimps / Airships Everything from the Goodyear blimp to the Zeppelin

Night Photos Beautiful shots taken while the sun is below the horizon

Accidents Accident, incident and crash related photos

Air to Air Photos taken by airborne photographers of airborne aircraft

Special Paint Schemes Aircraft painted in beautiful and original liveries

Airport Overviews Airport overviews from the air or ground

Tails and Winglets Tail and Winglet closeups with beautiful airline logos