LeonB1985
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LHR-PRG British Airways B767-300 - With Pics

Mon May 23, 2005 12:18 am

Departure Airport: London Heathrow LHR
Destination Airport: Prague Ruzyne PRG
Airline: British Airways BA
Aircraft Type: Boeing B767-300
Registration: G-BNWX
Date: 18 May 2005


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I had decided that following university exams, it'd be nice to get away with some friends for a few days to recover! We considered various destinations, but finally, Prague was chosen. I'd have expected to travel with easyJet, but rather surprisingly, I found a great deal with lastminute.com which included flights with BA from LHR (£163 each for 3 nights accommodation with breakfast and flights!). So, not only would the trip provide me with a good chance to relax after exams, but to try out a new airline and (on the return trip) a new aircraft type for me, the B757-200.

I'd checked us in online the previous day, and we'd been allocated seats 15JK and 16 JK. Collecting our boarding passes from the self service machines in T1 was quick and very easy, and we were soon able to drop off our baggage.

We boarded our aircraft, B767-300 G-BNWX, which was parked at gate 24. We boarded and took our seats (located near the wing, with a view of the engine cowling) which were very comfortable. The captain welcomed us all onboard and told us we'd experience a delay in pushing back due to a lot of traffic in the cul-de-sac. We eventually pushed back about 20 minutes late and soon taxied to runway 27R, where there were thankfully only about four aircraft in line before us. The load factor was very high, with only very few free seats, and it felt as though our take-off roll was quite long before we finally rotated. Sadly, there wasn't really a break in the cloud at any stage throughout the flight.



Not long after take off, the (all female) cabin crew came around the aircraft with 'All Day Deli' snack boxes, which contained fruit cocktail (though my friend kept saying it looked like a urine sample! Big grin), a mini KitKat, an apple and cinnamon muffin and some still water. We also received a little pizza finger, which tasted slightly of plastic and wasn't all that nice. The drinks trolley then came around and I opted for an orange juice (hoping the vitamin C would help get rid of my cold). I felt the amount of food provided was perfectly adequate for a flight of this duration - approximately two hours - and apart from the pizza, it all tasted pretty good.



The captain spoke to us again when we were over Frankfurt, but didn't provide any info on the routing we were taking, although we clearly flew over Frankfurt. He also told us the weather in Prague would be cloudy and just 9 degrees - ouch! The cabin crew soon came round and collected our rubbish, as well as coming around with the 'duty free' trolley and BA's rather overpriced selection of electrical items (who pays £59 for a 512MB USB flash drive?!).

It wasn't until our approach into Prague that we broke through the cloud and could see the green and yellow fields below us. The landing at PRG was very smooth and we taxied to the terminal building, arriving about 20 minutes late. Naturally, the airport was surrounded by CSA B737s, and I saw a few SmartWings aircraft too.



Overall, the flight was uneventful, but BA provided me with a good first impression. The cabin crew were pleasant and the aircraft was clean and comfortable. I was rather surprised that the safety video features the old Landor livery - considering how long it's been gone. I suppose it'd mean creating a whole new video would be needed. Also - I think it's a shame that BA don't use their monitors to show the moving sky map - anybody know why they don't?

We came back last night, but that'll be the subject of a different trip report soon. Hope you enjoyed this one!  Smile
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RE: LHR-PRG British Airways B767-300 - With Pics

Mon May 23, 2005 1:15 am

Hi Leon

Great report - Great photos !!

British Airways on board service is incredible

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Mon May 23, 2005 1:46 am

Great report!

How was Prague?

Rob!
 
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Mon May 23, 2005 1:51 am

Hey,

Nice report, I love flying BA 757's, so look forward to your return,

Sam biggrin 
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Mon May 23, 2005 1:54 am

Nice report, and 163� sounds like a good deal, you would have certainly paid just as much for Easyjet flights, separate hotel bookings and possibly the ground transportation to LTN - and best of all, you got a flight on BA, I somehow like this airline.
 
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Mon May 23, 2005 2:15 am

Great Report Leon

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LeonB1985
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Mon May 23, 2005 6:12 am

Thanks for all the comments. Prague was great. If anybody's interested, I've written a report on the return leg (BA B757-200) which is here.
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Mon May 23, 2005 6:46 am

Whisky X-Ray!!

I done a trip report on her from LHR-FRA... Nice bird and you say 6 rows in front of my seat cool  Silly

Nice report  Wink

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Mon May 23, 2005 7:24 am

Great report! I went to PRG on a BA 757 and 767 last year... great city, airline and aircraft!

Quoting LeonB1985 (Thread starter):
was rather surprised that the safety video features the old Landor livery - considering how long it's been gone. I suppose it'd mean creating a whole new video would be needed.

There's a new animated safety video featuring the current livery, new uniform and T5 being launched soon.  Smile
 
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Mon May 23, 2005 10:30 am

Great report. Cool to see Ba flying 767s to PRG. I guess the traffic demand is very high, considering CSA, Smart Wings and at least 5 more low-cost airlines offering flight between PRG and LHR.
I´m grad you enjoyed your stay in PRG, which is truly a awesome city.
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LeonB1985
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Tue May 24, 2005 11:27 am

Yes Adam, it really is a great city - we had a fantastic time. I'm already missing the food... mmmm! Worth a visit, especially with all the cheap deals around.
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Tue May 24, 2005 1:12 pm

LeonB1985
Good report , glad to hear you enjoyed Prague . I was there in April and the weather was warmer back then! great city and people food and lets not forget the Beer  bigthumbsup 
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Wed May 25, 2005 5:10 pm

The new safty video and cards all feature the new Uniforms and colours of the airline. It looks different, but different is good in this case.

Only seen pics and stills so far, but they trying to get it out as soon as they can.
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Mon May 30, 2005 12:06 am

This report rocks! And you'd picked up a great deal too.
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