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BA LHR-AMS In January 1997

Sun Dec 30, 2007 4:45 am

As requested in Reply 2 of this thread, here's a British Airways trip report.

January 1997, my first time ever across the Atlantic. I was on UA SFO-LHR-AMS, with a plane change in LHR -- the SFO-LHR plane went on to BRU. I landed 30 mins late due to holding on approach (who could have guessed that would happen) and even though the other plane was at the adjacent gate, UA they wouldn't let us step over and board, in LHR we had to be re-screened and everything, so we got re-ticketed on BA about 6 hours later.

So it was about 45 minutes to get to T4 on the bus with freezing rain, traffic, etc. I got checked in, went and spent my food voucher on some bangers & mash in some bad restaurant, and then headed over to the gate.

Flight: BA438 LHR-AMS
Date: 4 Jan, 1997
Aircraft: G-BMRJ (B757-200, RR engines)

There were about 15 people total in Economy of this 757, what a waste. I had asked if I could be put on an earlier flight and was told they were all full, which was a bit hard to believe looking at this one.

After boarding, we waited over 3 hours at the gate to be de-iced. About every half hour the captain came on the PA to explain to us that they still didn't have a de-icing truck for us.

Finally we got de-iced, and then pushed, taxied, waited in line, and took off. We weren't more than 20 feet off the ground when the seatbelt sign went off and everyone but me took off their seatbelt, which seemed odd to me, and at about 1000 feet off the ground the air hostesses were walking down the aisle tossing boxes to everyone. The contents of the box were food, I think a sandwich and some other stuff. When we were at a slightly higher altitude they came around again offering beverages. I can't remember what I had, it was almost 11 years ago.  Smile

The flight was all of about 20 minutes in the air, getting me into Amsterdam only 8 hours later than planned. Being an ignorant American, I was surprised to walk from baggage claim in Amsterdam, not having done any immigration or customs, straight out into the shopping mall that is Schipol, but soon enough I'd found the train station and was on my way.
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RE: BA LHR-AMS In January 1997

Sun Dec 30, 2007 4:49 am

Wow. You remember something from almost 11 years back ... and I barely remember whom I met 11 minutes ago ... well, unless they are super hot or super intelligent or Fernanda Montenegro.

Thanks for sharing the TR and I am glad you made it to AMS eventually ... 11 years back  .

Cheers,
A.

[Edited 2007-12-29 20:49:59]
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RE: BA LHR-AMS In January 1997

Sun Dec 30, 2007 4:53 am



Quoting Abrelosojos (Reply 1):
Thanks for sharing the TR and I am glad you made it to AMS eventually

 Smile Thanks!
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RE: BA LHR-AMS In January 1997

Sun Dec 30, 2007 8:00 pm

Nice TR.

Thank you for writing this.!!

Quoting 3201 (Thread starter):
We weren't more than 20 feet off the ground when the seatbelt sign went off and everyone but me took off their seatbelt, which seemed odd to me, and at about 1000 feet off the ground the air hostesses were walking down the aisle tossing boxes to everyone.

Are you really sure that you havent messed up with the numbers.???




Thank you for sharing

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RE: BA LHR-AMS In January 1997

Sun Dec 30, 2007 11:01 pm



Quoting B747forever (Reply 3):
Are you really sure that you havent messed up with the numbers.???

I didn't have a GPS with me or anything, but it made a huge impression on me, we were barely off the ground and there was so much activity, that's the only way I remember it so much later. I mean -- 2 minutes after liftoff, seriously. It truly shocked me.

Quoting B747forever (Reply 3):
Nice TR.

Thank you for writing this.!!

Thanks!
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RE: BA LHR-AMS In January 1997

Mon Dec 31, 2007 10:57 am



Quoting 3201 (Reply 4):
didn't have a GPS with me or anything, but it made a huge impression on me, we were barely off the ground and there was so much activity, that's the only way I remember it so much later. I mean -- 2 minutes after liftoff, seriously. It truly shocked me.

Okey, I see. Really strange!!!
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