I took the not so nice airport bus to terminal 2 at ARN. Got some shots at the terminal aswell as the very cool new tower.
After I dropped my two bags of at the business check-in courtesy of Internet check-in the night before. I made my way to the departure lounge.
Here are some pictures of Finnair and my BA plane which came in almost 1 hour late from LHR.
Leg 1: ARN-LHR 8th June
BA 777 Reg: G-EUPT (A319)
Dep. Terminal: 2 Arr. Terminal: 1
Dep. Time: 12:55
Arr. Time: 13:55
Photo © Johan Menten
The plane was very outworn and the in-flight magasines fell out of the seatpockets. Any way, take-off was from R 08 and I still haven't experienced the new runway at ARN . Here we are entering the runway.
The take-off was awesome and very powerful on this little machine
And what a surprise, then we had the oh so familiar All Day Deli which cointained a very tasty Pizza and some snacks.
Here is a picture when we are crossing the Swedish westcoast and we're flying over a town called Halmstad, but first there is a picture of the cabin and our position on display on the overhead screens
The flight was uneventful and soon enough we started our descend in to LHR
Speedbrakes up just a little
We where due to land at 9 L and we took a shortcut and passed this PIA 747. It landed just behind us.
Passing Terminal 5
No thrust reversers as usual at LHR
And here is The PIA 747 landing.
The concorde on display.
I now had some hours to spend at terminal 4 and I found a very good spotting place between gate 8 and 9 here are some pics I took overlooking runway 9R.
And here is my beauty waiting to take me to New York.
Leg 2: LHR-JFK 8th June
BA 115 Reg: G-CIVI (B747-400)
Dep. Terminal 4
Arr. Terminal 7
Dep. Time 16:55
Arr. Time 18:45
Seat: 40 K
Photo © Manas Barooah
I really like that you get a footrest in economy on BA. Anyway here we go.
On our way to 9R.
Lining up behind an American 777.
This was without a doubt the best take off I have ever experienced. The 747 is a beast. What a roar, what a power, I LOVE IT. As you can see from the pictures below we left the ground in level with terminal 4, we then made an emediate hard 180 degrees right turn giving me an excelent view of the airport.
The rest of the flight was quite uneventful. I chatted with a male flightattendant who was from Sweden as I am. The lunch was excellent with a tomato and mozzarella salad, chicken casserolle and a very tasty chocolate rasberry cake. Before landing we also had another All Day Deli Box.
Here is the lunch, the flight map, the economy cabin and the All Day Deli.
Here we are on our descend just coming in over Long Island
We were flying at a very low altitude and at a low speed over the water for a very long time and I could see far away that we passed the airport. Then we started a long right turn and a hope started to light up in my heart. Are we getting the famous canarsie approach? I thought to myself, and then I suddenly saw Runway 13R. We were about to land at 13L And may I say that this is the most amazing landing ever. For you who haven't experienced the canarsie approach I will try to explain. Coming in south from the ocean you make a very steep right turn just before landing and if you are seated at the right hand side of the airplane as I was you get very nice views of the airport and the action on Runway 13R. Here is the landing in pictures.
We breaked hard with a lot of thrust reversers and we turned of into runway 22R for our taxi back to terminal 7.
And that was that. Immigration was a breeze, I grabbed my bags, took the Air Train to Jamaica station and hopped on to the subway "E". I was on Manhattan not more than one hour after the mighty 747 stopped at the gate .
I will post the return trip later when I have more time. Hope you have enjoyed this part of the story