10.03.07 BA458 A319-131 G-EUPW 6A
4th Flight on this aircraft & 38th A319 Flight
SCH DEP 09:20 SCH ARR 12:50
ACT DEP 09:32 ACT ARR 12:28
Photo © Sergio Domingos
Thankfully we only had a short trip to the airport, I'd managed to persuade my GF that 1 stop via MAD, travelling from LHR, more BA miles in her account lounge access beat travelling from Gatwick on a charter flight, all this for pretty much the same price.
A quick check-in at BA's premium check-in area and straight through security (with shoes on) left us in the shopping mall that BAA call T1. We only needed a few bits to read and then on to the lounge.
As you know, BA's lounges are pretty good, we managed to down fresh fruit, yoghurt, toast and I even managed a Vodka & Tonic! It's just a shame that this one does not have any runway/apron views.
The flight board indicated boarding had started so we headed down to the gate. I knew we would need to go through another security area so better early than late, good job too, the whole area was chaos, the que,if you could call it that, went back to the moving walkway (which had been turned off), people were pushing in all over the place, madness!! BAA really need to get their act together for these secondary screening areas, they are just so badly set up and thought out.
We made the plane, lot's of American school kids from Philly on this flight, most lacking manners!!
Anyway, flight was pretty much full, I had 6A, my GF 6B and one of the school Kids in 6C with a very loud MP3 player or whatever they listen to these days don't people know they can damage your hearing??
|BA 319 @ LHR T1|
Push back was 2 minutes behind schedule with a brisk taxi to the active runway.
A short hold, wheels left the ground at 09:45.
I must be honest, I don'tt recall much about the flight as I was totally knackered from a long week and not getting home until about 2am that morning. I do remember a tasty sandwich and a coffee, but that's about it, sorry.
We touched down early and headed to the gate. Once off the plane, we noted the next flight left from the other part of Terminal 4, I think that's what it's called. Anyway, we cleared Passport control and followed the transfer signs to transfer to the other terminal.
Now the annoying thing here is that you don't leave the security of airside but still have to clear security at the other terminal, daft if you ask me.
That aside, we found the IB Lounge and had a few drinks, snacks and I did a little spotting before our next flight. The lounge is pretty nice and airy, plenty of comfy seats to relax in. IB offer a decent wine selection however snacks are minimal, crisps, nuts & olives pretty much sum it up, quite poor compared to BA.
Time got away with us, it might have been down to the decent Rioja in the lounge we had to run for the flight!!
|IB Lounge @ MAD|
|Terminal View from IB Lounge @ MAD|
10.03.07 IB876 A320-214 EC-HDT 2A
1st Flight on this aircraft & 60th A320 Flight
SCH DEP 14:20 SCH ARR 16:01
ACT DEP 14:42 ACT ARR 16:10
Photo © Stefan Sonnenberg
After sprinting from the lounge, we found the gate just 5 minutes before departure, the IB agent took our boarding passes and advised we had been re-seated, bugger, I guess they though we weren't going to show, I asked if we were still seated together and he said yes, we had been upgraded to Business Class due to my Silver Status!! Result, thanks Iberia.
The flight had shown as a 752 at time of booking, but had been downgraded to a 320 today, no biggie, I prefer the 32X cabin size.
Push back was late, the crew giving no indication as to the delay, though it appeared to be mostly a hold for connecting passengers.
|IB M88 @ MAD|
Our cabin had 9 out of the 18 seats occupied, Y looked pretty much full though.
A short taxi and the main gear left the ground at 14:51.
Having not flown IB Business for a few years, I was not too sure what to expect, especially as this was a domestic flight.
Cabin service started soon after take-off, drinks with a small bag of nuts being offered.
The meal arrived sometime afterwards and it looked pretty good, salad, bread, Veal as the main and a very tasty desert to finish it off. The usual Tea & Coffee afterwards along with more wine etc if req. I must say it was pretty good, the only down side being the meat was rather pink inside, I prefer my meat well done, I like it dead!
|Meal on IB876|
The trays were cleared away promptly leaving us free to relax, it was quite a pleasant flight.
As the plane began it's decent we noticed how foggy it was outside, even as we touched down it was still far from clear weather, I was quite disappointed, hopefully it would improve for the rest of the week.
|On approach to FUR|
We taxied past a Thomas Cook 320 & 753 and an Air Berlin 738 to our gate.
Baggage claim was busy as the planes above had only just arrived, I guess it too about 15 minutes for the bags to arrive, not too bad really.
That's it for Part I, part to follow soon.
Thanks for reading, any comments are appreciated.