3rd Flight on this aircraft & 45th A319 Flight
SCH DEP 07:15 SCH ARR 10:00
ACT DEP 07:13 ACT ARR 09:49
Photo © Samuel Depraz
Being a Saturday, traffic was nice an light to Heathrow, I had guessed this woild be the case so only got up at 05:30, bit of a lie in for a change!
Zone R, the BA premium check-in was nice and quiet, a complete contrast to Tuesday when it was packed, that said Tuesday was a weekday & had it been later in the morning when I was there, peak time for many departures.
Security was a pretty easy though again I had to remove my shoes as this was the right hand machine, it appears you don’t have to remove your shoes when using the machine on the left – stupid!
Didn’t bother with any shops, just headed for the BA Terraces to relax before my flight. Whilst there, I managed a coffee, small bowl of fresh berries and a nice thick Yoghurt, very nice indeed.
Boarding was announced at about 6:50 for gate 39. Since it was a 5-10 minute walk I headed off straight away, good job as boarding had started and was pretty much complete by the time I arrived, as always I touched the skin of the plane when boarding, don’t know why I do that, but always do.
The crew were nice and friendly, a slightly more mature gent would be serving the Club cabin this morning, I forget his name but he was very polite and provided super service through the flight.
Push back occurred a few minutes early, Club had a light load this morning, but the rear cabin was pretty full. Hot towels were offered prior to push-back.
There was a fairly long taxi this morning as we had to head down to 09L for take-off, though we were number 2 for take-off following a company 319 – wheels up at 07:31.
Once the crew had been cleared to move, breakfast service started, the usual BA full English Breakfast. Despite this being my 4th since last Saturday, I still enjoyed it.
|BA990 - Breakfast|
After my tray was cleared I took Champange, this went down nicely whilst reading my latest book, the second book this week!
The rest of the flight was uneventful, our cabin service had been superb this morning, I had to refuse the extra bottle of Champagne being offered, I’d be asleep rather than spotting otherwise!
|BA990 on finals to TXL|
|BA990 Getting closer to TXL|
Wheels touched down at 09:49, just over 20 minutes ahead of schedule, we were docked at gate 6 a few minutes later.
Another great BA flight and a good start to a days spotting in one of my favorite cities.
28.04.07 BA985 A319-132 G-EUOE 4A
1st Flight on this aircraft & 46th A319 Flight
SCH DEP 16:35 SCH ARR 17:30
ACT DEP 16:35 ACT ARR 17:15
Photo © Thomas Wirtenberger
|G-EUOE at Gate 6|
After a super day of spotting and some decent pictures, well I say superb, it was a little slow, only made 16 new planes, but still had a nice day, the weather was superb, think I got a little burnt! It was time to head home. Having already printer my boarding pass this morning in London, I headed straight to paradise or rather the BA Terraces, one of my favorite places to relax.
|Outside the Lounge @ TXL|
I’d not been to this lounge before, it was pretty big, clean and had windows, the view was not great, ie no apron view, but nice nontherless + the girl at the desk was quite cute.
|TXL Lounge 1|
I took a Beck’s and a few snacks in the lounge whilst awaiting departure, I’d decided not to eat on the plane, I decided I would rather sleep and eat at home with my girlfriend, I’d not really seen her much this week from all my travelling.
Boarding was called around 16:10, so I headed down to gate 6 again, passport control was easy though security at TXL is quite strict, it’s even worse than US airports!!
Anyway I made it through and made my way to the plane. The cabin was configured to row 7 for Club, pretty much all of which was filled today, quite a contrast from the flight out, the back was totally full. Given this was the 3rd BA flight of the day to London, I found it interesting the cabin was so full up front.
Push back occurred bang on time, we taxied past the Lufthansa hangers to take off, not sure of the runway number – wheels were up at 16:43.
I must have fallen asleep after take-off, I awoke to discover that the cabin service had started, the lady next to me in 4C had a meal, the row behind were just receiving theirs, I’d caught the drinks service though and took sparking water. To be honest, given that I was now awake I would have expected to be asked if I wanted a meal at that point.
The guy seated in 3A must also have been asleep as he was offered a meal when the crew noticed he was awake, which he took, why was I not offered anything when it was noted I was awake? Granted I did not want anything, I had decided to eat at home, however I had paid Club and expected Club service, this was the worst BA flight I have had, the service was very poor and I was quite disappointed with BA, or rather this crew, to be honest.
Later the crew came around offering Tea & Coffee, however since I had not had a meal and therefore no cup, was not offered anything. To be honest, I was pretty miffed about this was I really wanted a cup of Tea. When the crew came around to clear trays, I noted the guy’s name, when my seatmate had her tray cleared I said “Will, when you get a moment could you arrange a cup of tea for me, since I don’t have a cup I appear to be getting missed out on any service” – He said no problem, Tea appeared once the rest of the trays had been cleared.
The rest of the flight was uneventful.
Approach was over Windsor again for landing on 09L, same as yesterdays Bmi flight.
Wheels touching down at 17:15 with just a short taxi to the gate – home again.
The outbound flight was superb, great crew. The inbound flight was really below par, I must admit I’m quite unhappy with the level of service and plan to e-mail a complaint to BA. My records indicate I have had 132 BA flights since 1992 including this one, out of all of those not a single real complaint, yes drinks could have been served whilst awaiting a delayed push back etc, but nothing like the complete lack of attention like this flight.
I look forward to BA’s response to my complaint.
Thanks for reading, any comments are appreciated.