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Long Weekend In Palma Via BA

Sun Jul 13, 2008 8:21 pm

Despite a 2 week rest due at the end of August / early September, MissBA319131 & I decided we would need a few days in the sun mid way through the year, since it was just a few days we decided to hit our 'usual spot'.

25.06.08 BA2708 737-52A G-GFFF 2A
2nd Flight on this aircraft & 75th 737 Flight (9 --500 flights)
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We dropped of the car at the North Terminal parking area around about 8pm, a short walk to the terminal building was fine though the lifts to the check-in area were pretty slow.

Used the self service check-in machine as usual, had a quick look at the seat map to see how things were looking, on to the fast drop bag area....

There were 3 people in line and 3 bag check agents free, at times I think I'm the only one paying attention to my surroundings -- had a quick word or possible shout at the chap at the front of the queue to get him moving so we could all dispose of our unwanted bags.

No queues for the passport/ticket and security check, you think you are ready to hit the shops then discover BAA have installed one of those blasted shoe x-rays machines. It's like having secondary screening, surely the standard x-ray machine is capable of checking my Diesel trainers and Nicole's flip flops are safe!

Once through we grabbed some Euro's, the exchange rate is not good these days! and headed to the Galleries/Terraces.
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I had planned to nip into Dixon's and buy a new laptop however it was closed, as were most of the shops. Whilst there were not that many departures remaining, I do feel the shops should stay open to cover these later flights.
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Here are a couple of shots of the lounge.
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Last few lights
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OK, where is gate 61??
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I'm not sure what time boarding started, but it was almost complete by the time we reached the gate.

Heading down the jetty
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Arrival at the aircraft door, I was met by male & female crew members, both seemed chirpy enough given the late hour.

View from the window
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Despite the age, this bird seemed to be in pretty good condition.
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The captain came over the PA and said the usual hello however it was very faint, I'm not really sure what he said to be honest.

Push occurred just ahead schedule, doors having closed at 22:13,
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we cut in early to the active runway and took off to the west, wheels up at 22:34.

Our Club cabin had 5 rows tonight, with 14 or the 25 seats occupied, not too shabby, economy was just over half full by the looks of it.

The crew started the meal service pretty quickly, drinks followed soon after the meals were handed out. Food was good as expected, just right for this time on night.
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Nicoles fish meal
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Trays were removed quickly once meals were complete, always a plus point!

Being a night flight, not really much to see or do
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The aircraft landed some 15 minutes early
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Parking next to a Jet 2 757, this seemed to be operating a Monarch flight to Manchester.
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Our jetway
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Passport control was a quick glance.

Baggage claim was it bit of a walk, the bag's arriving after less than 10 minutes, not bad considering the time of night.
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One of the good things about this arrival time -- no queue for a taxi!

Here are a few pictures of our stay & hotel
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Beach get's busy on a sunday
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One for Philip
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View from our lunch hang out
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01.07.08 BA2703 737-528 G-GFFI 2A
2nd Flight on this aircraft & 76th 737 Flight
SCH DEP 05:40 SCH ARR 07:00
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The though of getting up at 03:15 for this flight was not good, but in reality it was not quite as painful as I though, check out from the hotel was easy as always and the taxi was already waiting, all good.

The terminal was pretty deserted this morning, ours was the first flight of the day.
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A small queue for check-in, 2 agents employed by Iberia, no priority for Club passengers though our bags were tagged with Priority tags which is something BA are not that good at doing.

Security was a breeze, we both beeped but just had a cursory inspection, nothing like the groping that goes in AMS!

There is little to do at this time of a day and spotting is pretty much out of the question, thankfully there was a snack bar close to our gate so we grabbed a drink to help pass the time.

Hmm, where's the maintenance crew?
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Our plane
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Boarding stared at 9 minutes past 5.
Greeted at the front door by a male crew member, seemed a pleasant enough chap.

11 in Club this morning, total on board being 71.

Hot towels were offered during the final preparations for departure, quite refreshing after an early start.

Push took place 5 minutes ahead of schedule,followed by a long taxi out to our departure runway, 24R.

A bad shot, guess the plane!
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Wheels up at 05:46.

We took a left turn after departure, headed north for a bit then took another left to overfly the north part of the island, it all looked so peaceful, can't wait to return, love this island.

Breakfast was served quite quickly and cleared in a sharp fashion too, don't remember that much about it but it was tasty enough and hit the spot despite the early hour.
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En-route
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Weather looked pretty decent over the UK as we came in over the coast, just small patches of clouds.
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Clouds got heavier further inland
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I noted another 735 off in the distance
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Final approach over the M23, wheels down 1 minute early.
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The taxi to North Terminal took us past numerous resting charter birds.
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A remote stand today, normally fine with me, but being a bit tired it was disappointing to get bussed. I must say that the bus drop off point at the terminal is discrace, dirty, bulbs out etc etc -- not a welcoming sight at all!

Passport control & baggage claim were reasonably quick thought the M25 was a car park as expected.

Hope you enjoyed our trip.

Regards

Mark

Future confirmed flights:-

VS LHR-DXB - 346 (J)
EK DXB-JFK - 388 (Y)
LX JFK-ZRH - 332 (F)
LX ZRH-LHR - 321 (C)
BE LGW-IOM - D84 (Y)
BCI IOM-JER - D38 (Y)
BE JER-LGW - 190 (Y)
BA LHR-JFK - 744 (J)
CO EWR-HNL - 764 (J)
HA HNL-ITO - 717 (Y)
HA ITO-HNL - 717 (Y)
HA HNL-OGG - 717 (Y)
HA OGG-HNL - 717(Y)
AA HNL-LAX - 752 (F)
BA LAX-LHR - 744 (J)
BE LTN-IOM - D84 (Y)
BE IOM-LTN - D84 (Y)
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RE: Long Weekend In Palma Via BA

Sun Jul 13, 2008 8:56 pm

Hi, Mark,

great story and pix.
Nothing else expected according to our earlier mail contact.
It seems you had a good time there at the Son Caliu.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Once through we grabbed some Euro's, the exchange rate is not good these days!

Hmmh, from my point of view, it´s not bad at all  Wink

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
G-GFFF 2A
2nd Flight on this aircraft & 75th 737 Flight (9 --500 flights)



Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
G-GFFI 2A
2nd Flight on this aircraft & 76th 737 Flight

Not that easy to catch some new 735´s these days!

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
BCI IOM-JER - D38 (Y)

Congrats, I will also do my first D38 in September, as always, if there will be no changes.

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RE: Long Weekend In Palma Via BA

Sun Jul 13, 2008 8:56 pm

Hi Mark,

great report of your short break in Palma! Nice to read that BA did a good job as always. Quite amazing load in Business on that typical holiday route - I wouldn't have expected more than two or three Business Class passengers on such a route.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Once through we grabbed some Euro's, the exchange rate is not good these days!

Well, when I recently visited the UK, I found the exchange rate to be excellent...  Wink

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Christoph
 
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RE: Long Weekend In Palma Via BA

Sun Jul 13, 2008 9:17 pm

Hi Mark,

Nice report!

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
had a quick word or possible shout at the chap at the front of the queue to get him moving so we could all dispose of our unwanted bags.

I get so wound up by people who dither...no doubt I would have been shouting too!!

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
I had planned to nip into Dixon's and buy a new laptop however it was closed, as were most of the shops.

It always amazes me that despite the desire for the retail outlets to grab as much money from us as possible, they can't stay open as long as there are flights departing. I'm sure there are plenty of people around who are quite prepared to work the requisite hours to make that happen.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
VS LHR-DXB - 346 (J)

When are you heading to DXB? I'm off there next Thursday for 11 days, but am flying with AF. Am also hoping that temperatures will have dropped a little from the 53C/127F that's expected there tomorrow!!!

Thanks for the report!

Andy.
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RE: Long Weekend In Palma Via BA

Sun Jul 13, 2008 9:27 pm



Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 1):
Hi, Mark,

great story and pix.

- Hi Markus, good to hear from you  Smile

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 1):
Nothing else expected according to our earlier mail contact.

- Same here mate, all quiet at the moment.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 1):
It seems you had a good time there at the Son Caliu.

- Nice place, this was our 3rd visit, really like the place.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 1):
Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Once through we grabbed some Euro's, the exchange rate is not good these days!

Hmmh, from my point of view, it´s not bad at all

- I guess it's about time you guy's with the Euro cut a break, hopefully you'll all come over and enjoy our beaches  Smile

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 1):
Not that easy to catch some new 735´s these days!

- Tell me, was less than impressed to get these 2 birds, especially G-GFFI which I flew back from DUB in May.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 1):
Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
BCI IOM-JER - D38 (Y)

Congrats, I will also do my first D38 in September, as always, if there will be no changes

- Thanks, quite an expensvie flight though! - Who/where are you flying for yours?

Quoting Contact Air (Reply 2):
Hi Mark,

great report of your short break in Palma! Nice to read that BA did a good job as always. Quite amazing load in Business on that typical holiday route - I wouldn't have expected more than two or three Business Class passengers on such a route.

- Hi Christoph, thanks for reading & your reply. I too was quite impressed with the load in Business, that said we booked which was quite early in the year and the seats were very cheap so if you collect FF miles & tierage it was a no brainer to book business.

Regards

Mark
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RE: Long Weekend In Palma Via BA

Sun Jul 13, 2008 10:13 pm

Hi Mark

I really enjoyed this report. Despite the bad flight schedule, BA offers good service! Also I didn't expect such high loads in C class.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Security was a breeze, we both beeped but just had a cursory inspection, nothing like the groping that goes in AMS!

Don't tell me. AMS seems to become the worst airport in Europe when it comes to security staff. And it will increase even more, according to my sources... Lately I was not beeping at all, but even then I was body-checked (at random they told me). I got very annoyed by that  Angry

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RE: Long Weekend In Palma Via BA

Sun Jul 13, 2008 11:18 pm

Thanks for this, it is a good little taste of what I will be doing in about three weeks times. The exact same flights aswell so I will keep this in mind.
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RE: Long Weekend In Palma Via BA

Mon Jul 14, 2008 6:45 am



Quoting BAViscount (Reply 3):
Hi Mark,

Nice report!

- Thanks Andy.

Quoting BAViscount (Reply 3):
When are you heading to DXB? I'm off there next Thursday for 11 days, but am flying with AF. Am also hoping that temperatures will have dropped a little from the 53C/127F that's expected there tomorrow!!!

- Wow, hot indeed!! I'm off on the 31st, only to catch EK3801 some 5 hours later, only airport time for me.

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 5):
Hi Mark

I really enjoyed this report. Despite the bad flight schedule,

- Thanks Eric. I originally thought the flight times were bad, however they actually allow you to travel out and back without having to use any holidays, totally fab, will use this route again.

Quoting Qantasistheway (Reply 6):
Thanks for this, it is a good little taste of what I will be doing in about three weeks times. The exact same flights aswell so I will keep this in mind.
Cheers

- Great, glad to be of help, enjoy your trip, hopefully you'll let us have a TR.

Regards

Mark
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RE: Long Weekend In Palma Via BA

Mon Jul 14, 2008 7:22 am

Hola Mark!

Thanks for this nice TR.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Despite a 2 week rest due at the end of August / early September, MissBA319131 & I decided we would need a few days in the sun mid way through the year, since it was just a few days we decided to hit our 'usual spot'.

Always a great idea. I really support it, but be aware that these last days have not been as sunny and hot as one would expect for this time of the year.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Once through we grabbed some Euro's, the exchange rate is not good these days!

Not the same opinion here over on the continent  Wink

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Whilst there were not that many departures remaining, I do feel the shops should stay open to cover these later flights.

I am surprised these shopping malls, called airports before, are not aware of the fact of people willing to spend their money despite the time of the day (or night)

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
The crew started the meal service pretty quickly, drinks followed soon after the meals were handed out. Food was good as expected, just right for this time on night.

It is always nice to see the food options on BA, it is sure a strong point in their service.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Baggage claim was it bit of a walk, the bag's arriving after less than 10 minutes,

A bit of a walk? Last time I flew to PMI I went wit my father, 80 and a slow walker. It took us longer to reach the exit than flying in from BCN.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Security was a breeze, we both beeped but just had a cursory inspection,

Good for you. When the liquid ban came into effect there were a lot of issues about 'ensaïmades' being allowed on board or not. Potential risk of the stuffed cream, 'sobrassada' or 'saïm'... being a thread to other passengers. There was a big laugh on the press for some days until they declared them to be safe.

Looking forward to reading your next TRs.

Salut,

Roger
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RE: Long Weekend In Palma Via BA

Mon Jul 14, 2008 8:07 am

Hi Mark very nice TR and pics. Always nice to get away for even a few days. Im really looking forward to my next BA flights in a few weeks.

Thanks for a nice read

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RE: Long Weekend In Palma Via BA

Mon Jul 14, 2008 9:11 am

Great TR Mark.

Glad that you got away to a warmer place, even just for a few days. Would love to do that also.
Seems however that you had a great time at Palma. The pics are nice from that Island.


Thank you for sharing

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RE: Long Weekend In Palma Via BA

Mon Jul 14, 2008 2:26 pm



Quoting Rogerbcn (Reply 8):
Hola Mark!

Thanks for this nice TR.

- Hola Roger, thanks for reading.

Quoting Rogerbcn (Reply 8):
Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Once through we grabbed some Euro's, the exchange rate is not good these days!

Not the same opinion here over on the continent

- Hmm, seem to be getting the same comment quite a lot!  Smile

Quoting OA260 (Reply 9):
Hi Mark very nice TR and pics. Always nice to get away for even a few days. Im really looking forward to my next BA flights in a few weeks.

- Hi Philip, thanks for reading, where are you off to next?

Quoting B747forever (Reply 10):
Great TR Mark.

Glad that you got away to a warmer place, even just for a few days. Would love to do that also.
Seems however that you had a great time at Palma. The pics are nice from that Island.

- Hi Gabriel, sure was nice, even for those few days and it sure is a nice island.

Regards

Mark
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RE: Long Weekend In Palma Via BA

Mon Jul 14, 2008 8:55 pm

Hi, Mark,

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 4):
Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 1):
Nothing else expected according to our earlier mail contact.

- Same here mate, all quiet at the moment.

Mate, I´ve believed in terms about your high quality story  Smile

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 4):
- I guess it's about time you guy's with the Euro cut a break, hopefully you'll all come over and enjoy our beaches

Or to enjoy some interesting new UK airports  Wink

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 4):
Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 1):
Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
BCI IOM-JER - D38 (Y)

Congrats, I will also do my first D38 in September, as always, if there will be no changes

- Thanks, quite an expensvie flight though! - Who/where are you flying for yours?


Cirrus sold DRS-HAM at around 200.-- EUROS one way,
but LH-code-share offered by Orbitz costs around 90.-- Dollars or around 50.-- Euros,
never catched such a cheap fare on these flights. Will do it in September.

Greetings,
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RE: Long Weekend In Palma Via BA

Tue Jul 15, 2008 6:44 am

Hi Markus,

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 12):
Cirrus sold DRS-HAM at around 200.-- EUROS one way,
but LH-code-share offered by Orbitz costs around 90.-- Dollars or around 50.-- Euros,
never catched such a cheap fare on these flights. Will do it in September.

- That's amazing! Just a steal, well done!

Regards

Mark
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RE: Long Weekend In Palma Via BA

Fri Jul 18, 2008 2:39 am

Mark

Nice report,nice hotel,nice weather but those awful BA schedules.I'm afraid they wouldn't do me especially on the return.I'm suffering just reading about it.  Big grin

You should have gone with a no frills airline.  Wow!
 
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RE: Long Weekend In Palma Via BA

Fri Jul 18, 2008 6:26 am



Quoting Comeflywithme (Reply 14):
Mark

Nice report,nice hotel,nice weather but those awful BA schedules.I'm afraid they wouldn't do me especially on the return.I'm suffering just reading about it.

- Good to hear from you again, thanks for reading. I too though the schedule was nasty to start but looking at it i got a full days work in on the day of travel and on the return day, so no wasted holidays  Smile

Quoting Comeflywithme (Reply 14):
You should have gone with a no frills airline.

- Only of there is no choice or big bucks to save!

Take care.

Regards

Mark
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RE: Long Weekend In Palma Via BA

Fri Jul 18, 2008 10:51 am

Nice report of what looks to be a very pleasant weekend in Palma. There's nothing like a quick trip to get some sun, is there?

Considering there were still flights departing from LGW, I think it's bad that the shops were closed. Surely WHS should stay open as people need reading material?

Your meals look excellent too!

Happy flying
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RE: Long Weekend In Palma Via BA

Fri Jul 18, 2008 3:35 pm

Hi Mark and thanks for yet another well-written report!

Indeed the meal pics look excellent - as already mentioned in another report, it keeps amazing me as a regular Economy passenger what kind of meals there are still being served on Eurpean Business Class flights.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
SCH DEP 22:25 SCH ARR 01:40
ACT DEP 22:23 ACT ARR 01:25

Gosh! I never knew BA has overnight flights on these holiday flights. I always thought those travel times were limited to Monarch, Thomsonfly etc.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
A bad shot, guess the plane!

Hard to tell... Iberia/Air Nostrum Dash-8?!

Regards, Alex.
 
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RE: Long Weekend In Palma Via BA

Fri Jul 18, 2008 6:40 pm

Hey Mark,
Lovely report and some great photos.
I loved Majorca when I was there.

It was rather interesting to read actually as my friends and I are going to Majorca for a holiday next year and I want to fly BA from Gatwick so that I can get frequent flyer points
Plus, I don't want to fly EasyJet tbh

Keep up the good Trip reports  Smile

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RE: Long Weekend In Palma Via BA

Fri Jul 18, 2008 7:28 pm



Quoting Infodesk (Reply 16):
Nice report of what looks to be a very pleasant weekend in Palma. There's nothing like a quick trip to get some sun, is there?

- Thanks!  Smile Too right, nothing like a quick few days away in the sun, well worth it!

Quoting Infodesk (Reply 16):
Considering there were still flights departing from LGW, I think it's bad that the shops were closed. Surely WHS should stay open as people need reading material?

- You are so right, I am not alone in expecting these shops to be open, to find them closed when flights where yet to depart was a bit of a shock to be honest.

Quoting Infodesk (Reply 16):
Your meals look excellent too!

- They were  Smile

Quoting Ndebele (Reply 17):
Hi Mark and thanks for yet another well-written report!

- Hi Alex, thanks  Smile

Quoting Ndebele (Reply 17):
Indeed the meal pics look excellent - as already mentioned in another report, it keeps amazing me as a regular Economy passenger what kind of meals there are still being served on Eurpean Business Class flights.

- I know, when you look at eurpoean travel these days, it's good to see some airlines still try and maintain decent standards.

Quoting Ndebele (Reply 17):
Gosh! I never knew BA has overnight flights on these holiday flights. I always thought those travel times were limited to Monarch, Thomsonfly etc.

- Me too, however they actually work, well at least for me.

Quoting Ndebele (Reply 17):
Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
A bad shot, guess the plane!

Hard to tell... Iberia/Air Nostrum Dash-8?!

- Well done, owe you a beer!

Quoting Pawsleykat (Reply 18):
Hey Mark,
Lovely report and some great photos.

- Hey Jordan, thanks for reading and your comments  Smile

Quoting Pawsleykat (Reply 18):
It was rather interesting to read actually as my friends and I are going to Majorca for a holiday next year and I want to fly BA from Gatwick so that I can get frequent flyer points
Plus, I don't want to fly EasyJet tbh

- Me too, if BA fly it, I'd much rather take them than U2!

Regards

Mark
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RE: Long Weekend In Palma Via BA

Sat Jul 19, 2008 6:40 pm



Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Future confirmed flights:-

VS LHR-DXB - 346 (J)
EK DXB-JFK - 388 (Y)
LX JFK-ZRH - 332 (F)
LX ZRH-LHR - 321 (C)
BE LGW-IOM - D84 (Y)
BCI IOM-JER - D38 (Y)
BE JER-LGW - 190 (Y)
BA LHR-JFK - 744 (J)
CO EWR-HNL - 764 (J)
HA HNL-ITO - 717 (Y)
HA ITO-HNL - 717 (Y)
HA HNL-OGG - 717 (Y)
HA OGG-HNL - 717(Y)
AA HNL-LAX - 752 (F)
BA LAX-LHR - 744 (J)
BE LTN-IOM - D84 (Y)
BE IOM-LTN - D84 (Y)

I hope you don't mind, but... I hate you.  Wink
DH3 DH4 CR1 CR2 CR7 CR9 F70 732 733 734 73G 738 752 762 763 772 742 743 319 320 321 333 343
 
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RE: Long Weekend In Palma Via BA

Sun Jul 20, 2008 8:50 pm



Quoting DavidkunzVIE (Reply 20):
Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Future confirmed flights:-

VS LHR-DXB - 346 (J)
EK DXB-JFK - 388 (Y)
LX JFK-ZRH - 332 (F)
LX ZRH-LHR - 321 (C)
BE LGW-IOM - D84 (Y)
BCI IOM-JER - D38 (Y)
BE JER-LGW - 190 (Y)
BA LHR-JFK - 744 (J)
CO EWR-HNL - 764 (J)
HA HNL-ITO - 717 (Y)
HA ITO-HNL - 717 (Y)
HA HNL-OGG - 717 (Y)
HA OGG-HNL - 717(Y)
AA HNL-LAX - 752 (F)
BA LAX-LHR - 744 (J)
BE LTN-IOM - D84 (Y)
BE IOM-LTN - D84 (Y)

I hope you don't mind, but... I hate you.

Hi David,

Funny, thanks  Smile - I hope to add to this list later in the year, still got some planes to add to the log  Smile

Regards

Mark
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RE: Long Weekend In Palma Via BA

Thu Jul 24, 2008 6:01 pm

Very enjoyable report, Mark. Just too bad you got the same regs again.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Breakfast was served quite quickly and cleared in a sharp fashion too, don't remember that much about it but it was tasty enough and hit the spot despite the early hour.

The food looks good on both flights (as usual), but the presentation is a bit weak on the return leg.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Beach get's busy on a sunday

Looks awful - how can people relax on such a crowded beach?


PH
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RE: Long Weekend In Palma Via BA

Thu Jul 24, 2008 6:27 pm

Hi PH,

Thanks for reading and leaving comments, always nice to have a reply  Smile

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 22):
Very enjoyable report, Mark. Just too bad you got the same regs again.

- Glad you enjoyed. Tis a shame about the planes, always nice to get new ones to the log, so pretty bad on this occasion to have 2 planes with previous travels  Sad

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 22):
The food looks good on both flights (as usual), but the presentation is a bit weak on the return leg

- Looking back you are right, however at the time I think I was tired and hungry so never really noticed how it looked - tasty though!  Smile

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 22):
Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Beach get's busy on a sunday

Looks awful - how can people relax on such a crowded beach?

- From the picture it looks bad, I took that as we returned to the hotel, on the beach it really dones not seem that crowded, but I did hav a siesta  Smile

Regards

Mark
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