rossbaku
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ABZ To GYD Via LHR On Bmed

Sun Oct 16, 2005 1:47 am

Hi all,

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.


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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


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.

Regards,

RossBaku  Silly
ABZ To GYD Via LGW (22.07.05) (by Rossbaku Aug 15 2005 in Trip Reports)
 
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RE: ABZ To GYD Via LHR On Bmed

Sun Oct 16, 2005 2:09 am

Ross,

Nice trip-report: good to point out the difference between MEDK and MEDG, the 1st an A319 with PTV and the latter an A321 without...any other interesting airlines at GYD apart from J2 ?
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rossbaku
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RE: ABZ To GYD Via LHR On Bmed

Sun Oct 16, 2005 5:40 am

Quoting MH017 (Reply 1):
any other interesting airlines at GYD apart from J2 ?

You have all the common Russian airlines such as Aeroflot, Kras Air, Sibir Airlines. There is also Turkish, Austrian, Lufthansa, Imair, Turan Air, Uzbekistan.

Thats all I can think of just now.

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RE: ABZ To GYD Via LHR On Bmed

Sun Oct 16, 2005 10:24 am

Nice trip report!

What brings you to Baku?

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RE: ABZ To GYD Via LHR On Bmed

Sun Oct 16, 2005 6:56 pm

Quoting LFutia (Reply 3):
What brings you to Baku?

My dad moved over there in March 2002 and has a wife and they had my little sister in February 2004 and there is another baby on the way in November.

RossBaku  Silly
 
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RE: ABZ To GYD Via LHR On Bmed

Mon Oct 17, 2005 4:49 am

Interesting report, many thanks.

Interesting place for Dad to move too!!

It would be interesting to see if all BMED's 320's have PTV and if any of the 321's have them, anyone know?

Regards

Mark
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RE: ABZ To GYD Via LHR On Bmed

Wed Oct 19, 2005 3:56 am

Hi RossBaku,

interesting report! PTV on the A 320 is really impressive - I don't know any other airline that features PTV on "short-haul" aircraft.

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RE: ABZ To GYD Via LHR On Bmed

Wed Oct 19, 2005 11:39 pm

Quoting Contact Air (Reply 6):
interesting report! PTV on the A 320 is really impressive - I don't know any other airline that features PTV on "short-haul" aircraft.

Jetblue, also on the A320's and Frontier, there are more but I cannot think of them right now.

Nice report biggrin  though I was never aware that any short haul aircraft in the BA/Franchises fleet had PTV's. Do you mean the flip down screens? I'm completely baffled, never knew of these,

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rossbaku
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RE: ABZ To GYD Via LHR On Bmed

Thu Oct 20, 2005 6:59 am

Quoting A340600 (Reply 7):
Do you mean the flip down screens?

No I mean television screens located in the headrest of the screen in front. In each headrest of each seat. With the control panel located on the armrest.

RossBaku  Silly

PS I was told this was a one off and it appears so!
 
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RE: ABZ To GYD Via LHR On Bmed

Sat Oct 22, 2005 4:33 pm

its just G-MEDK with PTV´s at the moment as its the newest aircraft int he fleet..
 
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RE: ABZ To GYD Via LHR On Bmed

Sun Oct 23, 2005 10:53 pm

Quoting Jetboy (Reply 9):
its just G-MEDK with PTV´s at the moment as its the newest aircraft int he fleet..

Groooooovy!

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RE: ABZ To GYD Via LHR On Bmed

Mon Oct 24, 2005 1:56 am

Very interesting report. Not many BMED trips on here.

Quoting Jetboy (Reply 9):
its just G-MEDK with PTV´s at the moment as its the newest aircraft int he fleet..

Which kind of Club World seats was the aircraft delivered with? I assume BMED will be retaining the cradle design?
 
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RE: ABZ To GYD Via LHR On Bmed

Sun Nov 06, 2005 3:00 pm

" improved" cradle seat... AVOD, bigger screen, little refurbishment...
 
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RE: ABZ To GYD Via LHR On Bmed

Sun Nov 06, 2005 11:57 pm

Fantastic report!

Quoting Rossbaku (Thread starter):
meaning I had to sleep upright

Why?

Quoting Rossbaku (Thread starter):
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).

Wow...this also completely baffled me, I had no idea!

Quoting Contact Air (Reply 6):
I don't know any other airline that features PTV on "short-haul" aircraft.

MEA has fantastic entertainment on their A321s...so you could fly BEY-LCA (25 minute flight) with PTVs though I don't think they bother turning on the full lineup of programmes.
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RE: ABZ To GYD Via LHR On Bmed

Sat Nov 12, 2005 8:03 am

Quoting AirxLiban (Reply 13):
Why?

The flight was at 90% capacity meaning I couldn't stretch out across a row.

from LHR to GYD I took wine with my meal (yes I know, you don't need to say!) and I put it on the middle tray and lay down to sleep. In my sleep I put my knee into the table and knocked the wine over, soaking my shoes! So i smelled like an alcoholic getting off the plane!

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