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BMI Business Class + New Star Alliance Lounge/Pics

Sun Nov 16, 2008 2:45 pm

So after my day at the WTM it was time to head back home. I decided along the way to stop off at Oxford Street and visit my old collegues at Olympic. I rarely get to London these days so it would be a rare opportunity to catch up with everyone.







The OA office. ( My old work place. )



I walked in and everyone was surprised . It was great to see everyone and I spent quite a while there catching up on the news and gossip and chatting about old times. I always remember my time there with happy memories and most I have known for over 15 years so they have become good friends.

After a while it was time to leave . I came out and was greeted with the Christmas lights lit up.







I jumped on the Tube and went to Heathrow. I was quite tired by this stage.



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DATE : 11/NOV/2008
ROUTE:LHR-DUB
AIRLINE:BMI
CLASS: BUSINESS
A/C: A320
REG: G-MIDS
SEAT: 3A



















Lots of changes to T1. It was very easy to check in though. I went to the Priority Star Gold check in and left my bag. It was only 13.5 kilos full of my WTM things but it seemed heavier when I was pulling it around all day LOL....



Security was fast and in no time I was in the International area which is now where all UK/Irish flights go through. Nice to have the same facilities as everyone else.











This was my first time to enter the new Star lounge .



I want one of those !!!























Good selection of food and drinks .

I decided to take a shower after a long day .







Refreshed I then had some more snacks. I was starving , I didnt really eat all day.





Then I had to try the Chilli



Have to say it was very nice .

Soon it was time to go to Gate 82 , boarding was delayed due to late inbound. I overheard the BMI dispatcher and the gate agents talking about the A330's that are being moved to LHR. He said '' I cant wait until they come down here '' . I bet your MAN collegues dont think that way I thought.

One thing that is not well organised at T1 Irish gates is the way they have to slide the glass door across the hall when an inbound A/C is disembarking. This is to keep the passengers arriving seperate from the departing. It does however block off areas of the hall and if you were running to the gate you would be further delayed until all passengers has got off the said flight. Not the best design I have to say.

After around 20 minutes it was time to board.







Crew were ok not great to be honest. Very authoritarian IMHO. We made our way to the runway and a Malaysian airlines flight took off before us. I then looked behind us and was great to see a SQ A380 . It was like a monster behind us. Looked really impressive. I had 3 failed attempts to get a photo of it as it was too dark.



Aerial view of T5













Soon meal service came round. I ordered a Pepsi and she gave me two cans. Nice enough.





Now this is my issue with BMI. They need to upgrade their ''Bento box'' product. When you look at what Swiss offer on their 1 hour flights I really think that BMI could do better. Maybe with the LH changes this will happen. It just seemed too cheap and plastic for J class. The cutlery was bendy and useless to cut Chicken. It did however taste nice.

If they served it on decent plates or Swiss style caserole mini dishes then it would really make a difference. It cant be that hard to do.

Anyway the rest of the flight was un eventful. I collected my bag off the baggage claim which in fairness was first off with the Priority tag so no complaints there.

I made my way to the Hotel shuttle bus stand .

Night views of T2





I was staying at the Holiday Inn Express as I was flying out the next morning with fellow Irish Anetter and friend Eirules.

I checked in and went to my room. Eirules had already checked in to his room earlier and had gone to bed. It was around Midnight when I arrived. The hotel and room was alot nicer than I expected.





So thats it . I hope you enjoyed this report. Shorter than usual LOL.... Comments , Suggestions and questions appreciated as usual.

Thanks for reading

OA260
 
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Sun Nov 16, 2008 3:47 pm

OA260,

Nice report and pictures!

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
It just seemed too cheap and plastic for J class.

Totally agree. They have to do something with that..

The Star Alliance lounge looks really great. Very modern and attractive. Food and drinks area looks delicate. Want to go there!  Smile

I don't like the colors of that A320 cabin, at least it doesn't look very inviting in the pictures.
Same seats for Y an J?

Again, very nice reading, thank you for posting.

Regards,

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Sun Nov 16, 2008 3:53 pm

Great trip report Phillip.  Smile

London looks real nice, will have to visit next year.
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Sun Nov 16, 2008 3:58 pm

Wow, the J food presentation is pretty poor...

The BA product to DUB is head and shoulders above that!

The showers in the lounge look awesome though - as does the Holiday Inn Express in Dublin. As usual, thanks for the report!
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Sun Nov 16, 2008 5:54 pm

Very nice TR OA260!!!!The facilities at the lounge a very decent IMO!I love London so much.I have to go back there soon.
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Sun Nov 16, 2008 6:08 pm

Nice report Philip!

The Star Alliance lounge looks very nice but it's a shame that your flight with BD wasn't the best. The presentation of the meal is quite poor for J especially when compared to the Swiss meals which always look very nice. Did the Mars Bar come with the meal? It looks a bit out of place.

T2 looks great, the largest part of the building seems close to completion so the front part of the terminal should be up in no time!

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
Not the best design I have to say.

I was confused by the new layout when I first saw it, it's makes an already small area even smaller and more complicated.

Thanks for posting!

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Sun Nov 16, 2008 6:36 pm

Hi Philip,

Good report, thanks.

The new Star Lounge looks pretty decent, like the improved food choices offered, the choices at the BMI lounges before were pathetic.

I agree with you comments about BMI's J serivce, it's pretty poor when compared to LX, as you say, hopefully the LH ownership might improve service levels and impressions.

I really think BMI could be a great local/uropean carrier, they just need to improve the product.

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Sun Nov 16, 2008 9:34 pm

Hi, thanks for the trip report.

Is the new Star Alliance lounge occuping the space where the old BA International Terraces/First lounges used to be? The bathrooms look very similar to the ones which used to be in the BA lounges.
 
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Sun Nov 16, 2008 10:18 pm

Great to see your priority bag came off first, this is somthing BD and EY have been working very hard with Aviance on.

I was on that night looking after BD135 I would have loved some goodies you picked up during the day, I sit here waiting patiently for tonights BD135 to arrive!

Excellent report indeed.
 
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Mon Nov 17, 2008 9:05 am



Quoting LNv22 (Reply 1):
Same seats for Y an J?

Yes but I think thats pretty standard now on EU flights.

Quoting IliriBDL (Reply 2):
Great trip report Phillip.

Thanks yes you should go to London

Quoting ClassicLover (Reply 3):
The BA product to DUB is head and shoulders above that!

Certainly is even in Y class.

Quoting BW424 (Reply 4):
The facilities at the lounge a very decent IMO

Yes I was quite impressed , I didnt expect that much.

Quoting Shamrock350 (Reply 5):
it's makes an already small area even smaller and more complicated.

Very true its like a jail IMHO. All these sliding security doors. I should have taken pics to show people what we mean.

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 6):
I really think BMI could be a great local/uropean carrier, they just need to improve the product.

Hi Mark, So do I . Its what it could be thats the sad part about it. Direction is lacking.

Quoting Genius12 (Reply 7):
BA International Terraces/First lounges used to be?

Yes you can see the BA bits of it especially in the shower areas. It reminded me of the old Terraces lounges.

Quoting Shamrock321 (Reply 8):
I was on that night looking after BD135 I would have loved some goodies you picked up during the day

Haha if I had have known I might have popped by and given you a few things .
 
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Mon Nov 17, 2008 9:49 am

I use BD a lot but as a guest of the BG*G member. I've also tried both the DC Lounge in Domestic T1 and the Star Lounge. One thing about the star lounge is that theres not much warm lighting, its all very white. It also lacks proper daylight and a view which is available in the DC lounge at gate 2.

I have to agree that having previously worked for Aviance at BHD for a year before becoming a student, they really do have issues with sorting the proirity from the riff raff. Half the time the bags arriving from LHR were loaded with the proiritys in first into a loose loaded 319 which if full meant they got delivered to the carousel almost last. Aviance in LHR also liked to send us the ULD's that should have been send to maintenance - open curtains, broken pins and generally destroyed.

I'm travelling LX Business in January and looking forward to it, can't wait to see what the offering is. I should hopefully post my first TR, after all this time on here. MAN-ZRH-GVA-MAN.

Thanks for the TR, some good pics.
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Mon Nov 17, 2008 1:16 pm



Quoting OA260 (Reply 9):
Quoting LNv22 (Reply 1):
Same seats for Y an J?

Yes but I think thats pretty standard now on EU flights.

bmi use variable geometry seating (like BA) converting the 3x3 economy seating to 2x3 seating for business.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 9):
Quoting ClassicLover (Reply 3):
The BA product to DUB is head and shoulders above that!

Certainly is even in Y class.

Remember the BA flights to LGW end next year.

As crew it is embarrassing to hand out the Food On The Go Boxes and then the hot meals. It looks kind of cheap. The mid haul economy trays (which use the same hot meals) look much classier.

Just completed a few days flying out of BRU and on a couple of sectors we had an LH manager flying in Business and Economy, so hopefully they're looking at making changes.
 
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Mon Nov 17, 2008 1:35 pm



Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 6):
The new Star Lounge looks pretty decent, like the improved food choices offered, the choices at the BMI lounges before were pathetic.

Agree it looks geat from the photos. However I was not very impressed when I went in there last week (breakfast time) as the food selection was very poor (they had bacon butties etc but nothing for vegetarians). However looks better later in the day.

Philip, were there any vegetarian sandwiches in there (can't tell from the photos)? If not I still prefer the bmi lounge for the shortbread.
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Mon Nov 17, 2008 1:50 pm



Quoting Bwaflyer (Reply 11):
Remember the BA flights to LGW end next year.

Indeed very sad to see especially as some of the A319's are being deployed for the Winter.

Quoting ManchesterMAN (Reply 12):
Philip, were there any vegetarian sandwiches in there (can't tell from the photos)? If not I still prefer the bmi lounge for the shortbread.

Hi yes they do have Veg sandwiches. I dont eat Pork , Ham , Bacon so I often choose the veggie option in lounges. They had about 4 different types IIRC. One thing I did pick up recently in the BMI lounge was Walkers Scottish belgian choc shortbread !! Now those I could eat 24/7.
 
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Mon Nov 17, 2008 3:13 pm

Hola Philip!

Thanks for this TR. It is nice to see Xmas' lights already brightening up London evenings.

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
Lots of changes to T1

Yeah! One can tell. I remember last time I was there with all the BA desks around and thousands of people... it looks brighter.

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
Good selection of food and drinks .
I decided to take a shower after a long day .

The *A Lounge looks quite impressive. The food looks very tasty and varied and the showers are one of the best I have seen aorund. IMO the best ones I have tried are at MAD T4S.

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
Now this is my issue with BMI. They need to upgrade their ''Bento box'' product. When you look at what Swiss offer on their 1 hour flights I really think that BMI could do better.

True words. I think we are a little bit spoiled by LX and it is difficult to achieve their levels by other partners.

Anyway, an enjoyable TR for a short hop.

Salut!

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Mon Nov 17, 2008 4:28 pm

Thanks for report, really enjoyed it and great pics too.

Really liked the bit "The cutlery was bendy and useless to cut Chicken. It did however taste nice." Now if they have tastey cutlery the food will surely follow.  rotfl   rotfl   rotfl 

Thanks for that.  Big grin
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Mon Nov 17, 2008 7:44 pm

Tut tut... I see your booking class was I  Wink
 
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Mon Nov 17, 2008 9:45 pm

Nice report OA260 !
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Mon Nov 17, 2008 10:11 pm

Great TR! I have to say, the food in the lounge looked better than what was on the plane.

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Mon Nov 17, 2008 10:13 pm

Hi Philip.
I enjoyed the read. Something different for you, and a nice change from the usual LX reports tobe honest  Wink Anyway, I flew BD quite a few times in C on their AMS-LHR flights, and was always pleasantly surprised by their attention and meal, when I compare to e.g. KL. But, maybe things have changed since then. That Star Alliance lounge looks indeed pretty cool and well stocked with the various food options Silly

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Tue Nov 18, 2008 10:12 am

Hi Phil
As always another great read. Nice to see a report of my last flight so soon.

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
REG: G-MIDS

Same a/c I had on the way home on Sunday evening.

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
Crew were ok not great to be honest

Crew were ok on my flights aswell.

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
I then looked behind us and was great to see a SQ A380

Lucky for some  Sad LOL

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
Aerial view of T5

Now if only I chose an A seat not an F one  banghead  LOL

Thanks for posting.
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Tue Nov 18, 2008 10:17 pm

I suppose you had a great trip on the DLR to and from Excel. What a fiasco it was!
Liked your trip report and agree with the others about the poor food service style in C. I would be well miffed at that offer.
 
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Thu Nov 20, 2008 7:39 pm

Hi, Phil,

after taking some deep breaths of fresh greece air, now I´am back and ready to follow
your latest story.
Informative and nice pix as always.
The lounge stuff looks indeed much better than the food on BD.

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Fri Nov 21, 2008 1:09 am

As usual, an exemplary TR. Thanks for sharing.

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Sun Nov 30, 2008 10:48 pm

Be careful what you wish for for because you might just get it! I get to fly business class with BMI on Wedensday, cant wait.

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