I recently took a trip to JFK from NCL and thought I would share it with you all, so here goes.
After only having about 3 hours sleep my alarm went off at 0400. Not good, I knew I shouldnt have had that extra pint the night before
I grabbed a quick shower and finished packing my carry on bag with magazines, camera etc. The taxi turned up at 0520 to take us to the airport. The journey to the airport only takes about 20minutes form my house so I knew I would have plenty time when I arrived at the airport. Even though I was only travelling on a domestic flight I always like to get to the airport over an around before the flight departure time. We arrived at the airport and I paid the taxi driver and made my way into main terminal. The queue at the BA self service machines was quite large at around 15mins waiting time. I stood in the queue and when it was my turn I bypassed the machines and made my way to the check-in desk queues. The reason behind this is that am travelling non-rev and so couldnt actually use the machines anyway. It took around 15mins to clear check-in and both my wife and I were told the flight was wide open and we were given boarding cards straight away.
SEAT 22E and 22F
As we had our boarding cards issued we made our way through security which was a breeze this morning, normally you can be standing there for 20 minutes or more. Once through security I went to Travelex and got myself some dollars and then ff I went for a coffee. I actually contemplated having a Gin and Tonic but decided it was a little early in the morning for that. My wife and I made our way to gate 3 where the LHR flights leave from and bloody hell was it busy in there. we weren't sitting in the gate for very long when boarding was announced. They offered pre-boarding to executive Gold and Silver card holders and passengers needing assistance and then after that everyone else was asked to board. We were greeted by Two BA crew who were very polite and greeted every passenger (well at least the ones I could see) with a smile. We made our way down towards the back of the plane to seats 22EF and got settled into the nice comfy leather seats. My wife had the window seat on this occasion and as I always have the window seat whenever we fly I thought I would be the gentleman and let her sit there. Anyway the captain had already said there wouldn't be much to see due to cloud cover over our entire route.
Our departure time came and went and at around 0700 the Captain came over the intercom and stated that air traffic control had some restrictions that meant we couldn't leave any earlier than 0725.
We waited on stand until around 0715 and then we began our pushback. Pulling onto runway 07R we stopped an then the engines spooled up thrusting us forward at a good speed. The take off run was a short one and within seconds we were into the clouds.
Breakfast was served which consisted of a sausage and egg pannini and a cup of coffee. We had been flying for about 35 minutes when the FO announced to us that we would be starting our descent. Ten minutes later and we were in a stack being held South West of LHR. I nearly shat myself when I looked out of the window and saw another BA A320 what seemed like feet away. The bloke in the window seat in the row in front also had the same kind of reaction. There were a few other types in the hold including an AA777(could have been a 767 though) and a BMI A320 and after 10 minutes of holding we were cleared for finals into LHR. We got a good view of Kingston upon Thames on finals and not long after we were on the ground and taxiing to T1.
I looked at my watch and reason that we may not have enough time to connect to the JFK flight as we had to wait for our bags in T1 before going over to T4. The good thing about being non-rev is that you can basically list for any flight so if we missed the BA175 we could always list for the next flight.
We made our way to the baggage carousel and waited for about 15minutes for our bag. Once we had our bag we went to catch the LHR Xpress over to T4. As soon as we boarded the train it pulled away from the platform and I started to feel as if we would have enough time to catch our flight.
SEATS 53D and 53E
We made our way up from the basement of T4 up to the departures area finding the staff travel office.
We reached the Staff Travel Office at 0920 and the queue in there was rather large. After standing in the queue until we were second in line a young Asian man came running into the office asking if he could jump the line so that he could try and catch his flight that left in 35 minutes. I think he was trevalling to delhi as that flight left in the next 45minutes ish. Since our flight didn't leave for another hour and a ten minutes I let the guy jump in front of me but once he got to the desk he was told that he had missed the flight as it was now closed.
He wasn't to pleased to say the least. We waited our turn and the lovely lady at the desk called the gate to see if she should issue us boarding ards now or if they would be allocated at the gate. I guess she was told to do it there and then as she printed off our boarding cards with seats 53D and E. Doh!, no Club World for me today.
Clearing security was a breeze except for some young security guy who had a stinking attitude. No time for duty free shopping today as the flight had already started boarding and the flight was leaving from gate 24 which was about 10-15 minutes walk. When at the gate I jokingly asked if there were any of those nice flat beds to rest my tired legs and the gate agent stated that the flight was completely sold out with only a couple of seats left in economy.
Again the staff greeting passengers at the gate were very cheerful and full of smiles. A lot of the travelling I have done recently has been on 777's and it was good to be on a 747 again, the only thing I had forgotten was how long a walk it was to the back of the plane. On boarding i turned right and could see the New Club World. What I would do for one of those seats. The whole cabin looked fantastic and has such a comtempory feel to it.
We began pushback at 1055 and began our taxi to the active runway. Standing at the end of the runway I couldn't wait to feel the power of the 747 pushing me back in my seat. It was such a rush to be taking off on one of these aircraft again. There must have been a bit of a crosswind as the Captain was trying to keep the plane in a straight line for the majority of the take-off run.
We were airborne at last and I peaked out of the window to my left and could see that it was quite hazy. The CSD announced the cabin crew to us and advised that he would be starting the inflight entertainment shortly. As soon as the seat belt sign went off I was up to take a quick snap of the ground below us.
The flight was as full as the gate agent stated with only a few seats left in economy.
A wine to start the journey with
I sat back down and then remembered that all flights with the new Club World would have the AVOD system. I began to start flicking through the films available to see if there was anything I fancied. The meal service started soon after I had finished looking at the films and i was offered a choice of shepherds pie or chicken curry. I opted for the chicken curry and nearly forgot to get a photo before I tucked into it
My wife chose the shepherd pie and was obviously enjoying it
The meal was really nice, one of the nicest I have had in economy with any airline Ive travelled with. The flight was good taking a routing over the Bristol, South wales, Western Ireland and then out into the deep blue Atlantic. Our Atlantic crossing would finish with us breaking land at Newfoundland and then routing down over St.Johns, Boston and then down into New York.
I watched Dejavu which has Denzel Washington in it. Its quite good actually and passed about 2-3hours of the flight. I decided that I been sitting for too long and got up for a walk about. The only thing with sitting at the back of the plane is that everyone congregates here, meaning that I couldn't get to the window at the exit on my side. We had just started our crossing of Newfoundland and over St. johns when I went to the other side of the aircraft and could see some nice Ice flows in the sea
We started to climb again as we had been cruising at 37000ft and when I caught a look at the moving map we had gone up to 39,000ft
I could also see form the moving map that we were heading towards Boston. Again I was out of my seat trying to see what there was to see.
The Massachusetts coast
notice the contrail
spotted this airfield in the Boston area
We then flew over Boston. I think this is Logan airport
I took my seat again and decided to grab some more wine for the last couple of hours of the flight.
Looks like I'm not the only one with this idea. The FA's are working hard again
We eventually started our final descent into JFK and I believe we came in over Long Island and Jamaica Bay although I could be wrong. I know that we did get a good view, well a view anyways, of Manhattan in the distance.
We touched down and spoilers and reversers were deployed etc to slow us down. The taxi to terminal 7 was a long one with us having to cross an active runway and waiting for other aircraft to taxi. I couldn't believe how may JetBlue planes were here. I know it is a hub for them but just didn't realise how much of a hub it was.
We parked at the gate and on disembarking I grabbed a couple of rushed shots of the Club cabin
All in all it was a good flight with a good service from the cabin crew. I dont normally travel right down the back of the aircraft but it was still an enjoyable experience. The flying time was 6hrs 50mins although it didn't seem anywhere near that long.
The return flights will follow in the next day or two