I've just arrived home from the airport after a trip out to Baku, Azerbaijan for the 6th time! Here's my story of the trip:
Woke up at 9am to go and catch the train to ABZ. When I arrived at ABZ I had to go to the BA ticket sales desk to pass over my reference number and collect my tickets, to which I then proceeded to check-in. As I was flying with BA on all legs of my journey (ABZ>LHR and LHR>GYD) my baggage was checked straight through to GYD, meaning I had no hassle in LHR.
My flight (BA1309) from ABZ was reasonably on time, I think if I remember correctly it left about 20 minutes late and arrived with the same delay. Aircraft registration was G-BUSK.
Photo © David Channon
Seeing as my flight arrived at 3:55pm and my flight to GYD left at 9:05pm, I had a little bit of time to kill, which was spent walking up and down LHR T4 about 30 times!
Whenever it came to boarding for the flight (BA6613) to GYD from LHR, boarding commenced a little later than expected, which resulted in a 40 minute delay in departure, and subsequently a 40 minute delay in arrival at GYD. I was very fortunate on this flight, as there must only have been 40-50 passengers in total. What added to this was the delight of having on average 3 rows to myself, which came complete with PTV in the back of each chair, meaning I could enjoy 4 movies, 2 comedy channels and BBC News (which didn't work). However, seeing as this flight was an overnight one, I chose to try to sleep.
The meal which was a choice of chicken and leek crumble or salmon with vegetables and I chose the chicken and leek crumble which was excellent. I also had a bottle of white wine with my meal which I shouldn't have done, as when I stretched out in my row to sleep, I knocked the table with my knee and the wine emptied itself into my shoes! So on arrival at GYD I think I smelled like an alcoholic!
The aircraft was operated by BMED and was registration G-MEDK
Photo © Ian Haskell
On my return flight (BA6614) (which was today 15/10/05), I checked in and at Baku airport I had very little problems which is beginning to become the norm. We were parked at a remote stand at GYD, so got the bus over to the aircraft. Let me tell you, GYD is home to some spectacular aircraft, and seeing as the national carrier, J2 has just begun a new livery in its fleet, it is good to watch as each individual aircraft changes each time you see it. We were parked beside J2 aircraft registration 4K-AZ03.
Photo © Michael Prophet
The aircraft this time was, again, operated by BMED and was registration G-MEDG. However, unlike the inbound flight, this one was at 90% capacity, meaning I had to sleep upright, which turned out not to be too bad. This aircraft did not have PTV's this time.
Photo © James Rowson
The meal choice this time was either steak and beans or chocolate pancakes, and as this flight was supposed to leave at 7:50am local time (+4 GMT), it was breakfast. I opted for the steak because even I, a chocaholic, couldn't stomach chocolate at that time of the morning! Overall, the meal was fairly disappointing, but I ate it anyway.
My last flight from LHR to ABZ (BA1308) was registration G-EUPZ and was only at about 60% capacity, which was good. As the catering dispute is still simmering out, there was no meal on this flight, only coffee, tea or water, accompanied by a Walker's Shortbread.
Photo © David Unsworth - WorldAirImages
This flight had been delayed by 2 hours as the flight crew who were due to operate it were on a flight from Brussels which had a full medical emergency to which they had to remain with until it was sorted out.
Well I hope that you've enjoyed my rather lengthy report, I look forward to reading your comments. If you would like to read my other report on the same route, only flying from ABZ to LGW (BA) and LGW to GYD (J2), then find the link below.
ABZ To GYD Via LGW (22.07.05) (by Rossbaku Aug 15 2005 in Trip Reports)