BA10 (sold as QF301) - 9 August 2008
SYD-BKK - G-CIVL - Boeing 747-400
Seat: Economy 35C
Departure time: 16:35
Arrival time: 22:55
Photo © Chris Lofting
Photo © Frank Robitaille
Photo © Derek Siu
I was originally booked on QF1 for this flight. I had upgrade requests in for both Premium Economy and Business Class, and when I was checking online around midday (prior to the scheduled 17:00 departure) I noticed that my flights had changed. QF1 was delayed to 20:25! This meant I'd miss my Royal Jordanian connections on Bangkok.
I called Qantas and pointed out this not so small problem. I was immediately booked onto the QF301, which is the BA10. No problem - no upgrade, no seat request (apart from "Forward Aisle"), and no Qantas.
When I got to the airport, the BA check-in staff said that one other Qantas flight was cancelled, and the QF1 was delayed - so my flight was absolutely packed with no seats to spare. This turned out to be true!
Happily, my baggage was through checked to Dublin, meaning I don't have to see its 28kg until later. I was pleased that BA accepted the bag, even though it's over their 23kg maximum per bag policy. Nothing at all was said
Once checked in, I passed through Immigration and Security and went to the Qantas Club. Some of the decor and a champagne...
I decided to get some food...
The view from the PCs is nothing short of stunning, facing directly to the city of Sydney.
Lunch time food options were good!
There was hot food too - pies and quiches, as well as soup.
The toilets are also nicely fitted out.
Anyway, after a while there, I went and browsed the Duty Free selection to see if they sold models of Qantas planes. Alas, they don't and as I was flying BA I lost my chance to grab one.
I walked down to the gate, and was one of the first on board, as I get priority boarding with my Frequent Flyer status.
Here is a view of the BA Y cabin, something I hadn't seen in quite a long time.
Oh yes, four seats in a row *shudder*
The view to my left.
Surprisingly, the seat didn't feel cramped - it helps that I am short and slim.
Happily, they even have a footrest, shades of the premium classes!
While people were boarding, my two and a half champagnes and bottle of water from the lounge began to make itself felt, so I hit the facilities. The loo -
... and of course I washed my hands afterwards!
More and more people were boarding and no-one was sitting next to me. Was I to be lucky and have three seats to myself?
Across the wing...
Some of the overhead lockers seem to have an extra mesh guard inside them, which I've only seen on BA.
These can lock independently of the actual locker door itself. The PTV is quite small, but considering it's a foot in front of your face there is actually no problem with the size.
Two guys from Manly going on a working holiday to the UK sat next to me - both of them quite heftily built. Both of them had their knees in the seat in front of them while sitting down, and I was glad of the aisle to move into to get more room.
Doors closed, safety demo and we took off to the north. Drinks served first, Gin & Tonics for my travelling companions and I. Once that was completed (and it took what seemed like ages), we were served dinner.
Red wine, water, some shockingly fatty and horrible beef, mashed potato, beans, a bun, some crumble thing for dessert, a salad and a Kit Kat. Overall not bad, but the meat was dire.
We had more Gin & Tonic's, then the boys opened up a bottle of Bacardi that they'd bought Duty Free. I was Coke runner and we essentially went through two bottles of Bacardi on the flight between the three of us
I watched "21" (great film) and "Cars" (great too!), and after that we were chatting away merrily for the flight. It's much friendlier down the back than in Business Class, I have to say! I also popped down the back and had a great old chat with one of the Flight Attendants as well.
We landed on time, and I was pleased the flight had gone so quickly The BA Y seat is pretty comfortable for people of a certain size, but for really tall people, or fat people it would be a bit of a nightmare. Food was poor to average, but otherwise it was a good flight
Hope you enjoyed the report, next up is the BKK-AMM sector on RJ