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Cypriot Spring Holiday With BA (Part 2)

Fri May 08, 2009 10:04 pm

Hello guys,

Please allow me here to continue my previous trip report


Transferring at Gatwick airport

After following the Flight Connection sign, we ended up again in a queue before security. It then strikes me that both LGW and LHR do not separate passengers travelling inside and outside EU. Everyone is being gathered in the same area on the airside. Each transiting passenger has to undergo the same security check no matter what.


The queue. I found out later on by signage that it was actually not allowed to photograph at that point.

The queue was at the end dividing itself in two lanes. Fortunately, my partner and I have chosen the quicker lane. We were through after fifteen minutes.

We dressed ourselves again (I mean putting back our jacket and shoes on, we were not literally stripped  Wink and made our way upstairs.


The airport interior

I found that the interior of Duty Free area was more inviting than Heathrow. The high ceiling gives in some way an airy feeling.





FIDS



I have seen this on other TR’s. I am glad to capture it by myself.

Our next stop would be the famous BA Terraces Lounge.


Terraces Lounge


The entrance through the third level

In LGW BA Terraces Lounge is divided in the third and the fourth level.

I have read that the fourth level is usually quieter than the third one. That was why we went upstairs through the stair. We could have taken the lift as well but we thought there was no harm in a little exercise.  Wink


The signage. We had to turn left and take the entrace to the Terraces Lounge.

We were greeted by a friendly lounge attendant who waived us through after scanning our boarding passes.

The lounge was surprisingly busy at half past seven in the morning. At the first glance, every window seat was taken. We turned left passing the Cappuccino Bar and went around the corner. We found a space passing the Worldwide Wine Bar.


The view from our first spot

As we settled down, I stood up and started taking pictures.


Worldwide Wine Bar








As I walked around, I noticed an empty space on the corner of the windows. This corner is furnished with nice wooden furniture. I quickly notified my partner to move there.


Our second place


As we were moving in, I noticed at the corner of my eye some BA lounge staffs gathering next to the pantry. One of them was pointing at me. Oops! Did I do anything wrong, I thought. Soon after, a BA lounge attendant approached our table.

“Excuse me, Sir. We have been notified that you were taking pictures of our lounge. Is there anything we need to address to?” she asked.
I was baffled and I replied. “There is nothing wrong. I was just taking pictures for my own collection. I am not a professional.”
She nodded understandingly and slunk off.


My partner and I were looking at each other and wondering, “What is this all about?”
I must say I did not feel really comfortable at that moment. I thought of grabbing a strong espresso from the Cappuccino Bar.


As I stood up, a male lounge attendant came to our table. He was very apologetic and told that a male passenger got annoyed of me taking pictures and apparently addressed his disapproval in an aggressive way to the lounge attendants. The attendants were not bothered by my action at all.

This lovely BA guy said, “I am very sorry for that. Can I offer you anything for the inconvenience? A glass of champagne perhaps?”
How on earth could we decline such tempting offer? So the BA guy returned to the pantry to get our drinks.


In the meantime, it started raining cats and dogs outside.




Darn! There goes my in flight window view, I thought.


I spotted an Emirates Triple 7 about to pass under the bridge.




The nature called. Time for obligatory visit to the toilet. The toilets are located right on the left after the entrance of the lounge.


The well maintained lavatory






The Elemis Spa products can be found in the lounge washrooms as well


The Cappuccino Bar








Our glasses of champagne were delivered. We thanked the BA guy and drank a toast of our holiday.

I was getting peckish. So I went to see the food offerings.





The pastry corner



The dairy and salad corner


I got talking again to the BA guy I mentioned before. He was a nice chap working for BA in the LGW lounge for five years. So he has gained a lot of experiences with the lounge visitors. Some of them can unfortunately be considered as snobs.


Another window seats on the apron side were vacated. So, we changed again.


The view of the lounge from our third spot



Our former Boeing in the middle of the picture was being prepared for the flight to Malaga. Hey, can you spot the baby Boeings’ nursery in the background?



The sky started clearing up


Boarding

We left the lounge about ten minutes before boarding. The assigned gate was gate 61. I was excited as it would be my first time flying A319.



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Our second itinerary:
Route: LGW-PFO
Date: 25 April 2009
ETD/ATD: 09.20 / 09.20
ETA/ATA: 15.50 / 15.40
Flight number: BA 2868
Plane: A319-131
Registration: G-EUPF
Delivered: 20 March 2000



The holding room


Not long after we got seated, the boarding started. Apparently, there were many passengers travelling Club Europe.



Waiting in the aerobridge


We were welcomed by two male flight attendants. As we entered the cabin, I noticed that the Club Europe cabin divider had been placed right after the emergency exit row. The Paphos route must be very popular for Club Europe passengers.



Our seats



The middle seat was again left empty



Safety card



The legroom



For this flight we were provided pillows and blankets



The mighty Triple Sevens next to our plane


Taking off


Pushback



The screens were retracted for the safety instruction



The view of the other side


Passing the inactive second runway of LGW and entering the main runway.








The engine spooled up and a powerful take off followed.










Turning back towards the southeast.




LGW on our right side


Inflight

The pilot came to the intercom and announced that our routing would be Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Hungary and Turkey before descending into Cyprus.


The inflight information


Getting prepared for a four and a half hour flight


Hot towels were distributed


Soon enough, the breakfast service was started.


This time a real full English breakfast


My partner and I were really into champagne breakfast


By that time, we were flying above Germany.




And Switzerland.


Bodensee and Zurichsee at the far end

The trays were cleared up as we were passing over the Alps.









The Club Europe toilet was well supplied



The view of the Euro Traveler cabin from the back



Still less than two hours to go



I just love the reflection of the fuselage at the engine



Above Hungary


The snack service started. A choice of beverages with a pack of macadamia nuts. I chose champagne. My partner went for beer.


Champagne


Guinness



The flight progress




The Greek coastline



Samothraki



Imroz


The landing




About forty minutes before scheduled time, we started to descend

We were entering the Cypriot flight corridor parallel to the coastline before making the U-turn towards the Paphos airport.



Making the turn





The road along the coastline



The dam in the background



Beautiful cypress and olive orchards



Airport in sight



Touchdown

To my displeasure, the battery of my camera died.  Angry

I was really upset as there were a lot of interesting birds on the platform. At that moment, I could not think of any other solution of taking pictures.


Disembarking

PFO does not have aerobridges. So everyone has to get bussed to and from the aircrafts. The platform is interestingly located at couple feet above the passenger terminal.

After our Airbus came to a stop and the seatbelt signs were switched off, we were released. It did not take long before we could deboard.




My partner has taken this photos for me from the bus


Then I realized that I had my mobile phone with me. So I took some pictures with it. Sorry for the less quality.



The passenger terminal building at the far end



Leaving our baby Bus


As we were driven to the arrival hall, we were passing some airplanes.



Thomsonfly Boeing 757



Air Italy Boeing 767


Arrival



The ground attendant unlocked the arrival door


The passport control was a breeze. We were soon in the Baggage Claim area.







Although the priority tag was put on our luggage. It took ages but ours came on the baggage conveyor belts. I started thinking that the whole priority thing is actually an empty formality.





Impressions of the outside arrival hall. These pictures were taken on the way back.


I will include some pictures from Cyprus when I am writing my return journey. I have put a slightly different layout of the TR’s. Still I hope you enjoy my report so far. Please let me know if you have some comments or suggestions.

Cheers,
Suryo
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RE: Cypriot Spring Holiday With BA (Part 2)

Fri May 08, 2009 10:22 pm

Hi Suryo,
great report again, gate 61 sound familiar to me, at LGW. I used the neighbouring gate for my JFK bound flight last month. I have to say that BA is good, but the meal you got on this over 4 hour flight is slightly dissappointing, I think. A US eastcoast flights can also be done in 4½ hours, and meals would be much better on these legs. Seats and groundservice are great. And it seems you got in busy lines at LGW, my visit was more quiet and we were about the only ones transferring at that time  Wink

Regards,
Eric
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RE: Cypriot Spring Holiday With BA (Part 2)

Fri May 08, 2009 10:45 pm

Hi Eric,

Thanks again for reading. I agree with you that the meal could have been more extensive. Could it be because of the more limited galley capacity of Airbus 319? Qatar for instance flies A319 from DOH to ARN. I am wondering what kind of premium service they offer on that flight.

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 1):
my visit was more quiet and we were about the only ones transferring at that time

You must have been very special then.  Smile

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Suryo
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RE: Cypriot Spring Holiday With BA (Part 2)

Sat May 09, 2009 1:12 am

I saw a lot of Russian planes land at Pathos. Thanks for taking all the pictures. At Heathrow I was stopped from taking pictures.
 
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RE: Cypriot Spring Holiday With BA (Part 2)

Sat May 09, 2009 2:48 am



Quoting Akhmad (Thread starter):
Some of them can unfortunately be considered as snobs.

I was in the lounge at Heathrow last year transfering from my flight from Oz to Glasgow, and I got scoweled at by some suit for drinking a beer straight from the can, my response was a wry grin as I took another sip.

Great reports so far looking forwrd to return legs. Club Europe is a nice way to get around and I use it on all my travels when in that part of the world

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RE: Cypriot Spring Holiday With BA (Part 2)

Sat May 09, 2009 4:45 am

Very nice TR

Seems you had a good experience on BA

Quoting Akhmad (Thread starter):
noticed that the Club Europe cabin divider had been placed right after the emergency exit row

Wow, first time I hear that Club is so busy that it almost requires half of the cabin!
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RE: Cypriot Spring Holiday With BA (Part 2)

Sat May 09, 2009 6:40 am



Quoting Semsem (Reply 3):
I saw a lot of Russian planes land at Pathos.

Were you there during the summer? April and May did not seem a holiday season for Russia. I only captured a Transaero aircraft.

Quoting Semsem (Reply 3):
Thanks for taking all the pictures.

You are welcome, Semsem. Thanks for reading.  Smile

Quoting Semsem (Reply 3):
At Heathrow I was stopped from taking pictures.

I reckon that many other fellow A.netters had the same experience at Heathrow.

Quoting Mal787 (Reply 4):
I got scoweled at by some suit for drinking a beer straight from the can, my response was a wry grin as I took another sip.

Sigh! How some people can be so bothering. But good on you by not caring a bit.  Wink

Quoting Mal787 (Reply 4):
Great reports so far looking forwrd to return legs.

Thank you.

Quoting Mal787 (Reply 4):
Club Europe is a nice way to get around and I use it on all my travels when in that part of the world

Agreed. Club Europe has better legroom than LH European Business Class, for instance. And even better than Economy Select of KLM in which C class passengers jammed into all the three seats.

Quoting B747forever (Reply 5):
Very nice TR

Seems you had a good experience on BA

Thank you. BA did not disappoint me at all. Their service was just great!

Quoting B747forever (Reply 5):
Wow, first time I hear that Club is so busy that it almost requires half of the cabin!

We had the same situation on the way back as well.

Cheers,
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RE: Cypriot Spring Holiday With BA (Part 2)

Sat May 09, 2009 6:56 am

I was at the Intercontinental hotel not far from the Pathos airport, right on the landing flight path in September nearly 2 years ago. The island was full of Russians, in Polis, Larnaca and Ayia Napa. Not in Pathos. . At times I would see one Russian plane after another land. A lot of the real estate was bought by Russians we were told. This was still in the boom times.

To tell you the truth I was not crazy about Pathos because the beaches are not nice here.
My favourite places were Ayia Napia; fantastic beaches like the Caribbean, Pissouri and Polis an hour north of Pathos. Also liked the Turkish Cypriot north side; Girne. The border is now open 24 hours.

I did not visit the Pathos Airport itself. I wondered what it looked like. Now I know. It was fun looking at the planes land from the back. There were not too many so the noise did not bother me.

Question: Early September was very hot. Especially in Pathos. What is the weather like late April / May when you went? Is it swimming weather. I would not mind going back.

My mother used to go in the 1950s to the mountains where it is cooler. I did not have a chance to go there.

Thanks.

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RE: Cypriot Spring Holiday With BA (Part 2)

Sat May 09, 2009 7:22 am

Hey, Suryo,

a real informative part two of your Cyprus travels.
Good pictures as well.

It seems BA was ok on your flights.
So looking forward to some more Cyprus pictures, comparing to my latest experiences.

Regards,
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RE: Cypriot Spring Holiday With BA (Part 2)

Sat May 09, 2009 7:36 am

Hi again Semsem,

The day temperature was about 23 centegrades. Not too hot and suitable for traveling around. We did not actually swim in the sea. I think the Mediterannean was still pretty cold when we got there. The weather was not really cooperating last month.

I agree that Paphos beaches are not too inviting. But we were not really into it. There are lot of places to see in Paphos as the city is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

We did a jeep safari as well to the mountains.

We did not visit the southeastern part of Cyprus, but we crossed the border to the Turkish Cypriot side. The beaches on the east side are definitely better. I can certainly imagine that Ayia Napa has beautiful beaches since it is located not too far away from the border.

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RE: Cypriot Spring Holiday With BA (Part 2)

Sat May 09, 2009 3:27 pm

Hey Markus,

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 8):
a real informative part two of your Cyprus travels.
Good pictures as well.

Thank you.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 8):
So looking forward to some more Cyprus pictures, comparing to my latest experiences.

I am working on it.

Cheers,
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RE: Cypriot Spring Holiday With BA (Part 2)

Sat May 09, 2009 5:08 pm

Hi Suryo,

Nice follow-up to part 1.

Quoting Akhmad (Thread starter):
This lovely BA guy said, “I am very sorry for that. Can I offer you anything for the inconvenience? A glass of champagne perhaps?”

- Nice touch & interesting conversation. Not had any trouble taking pictures in lounges though I try and be discreet, other tend not to understand our passion - if anyone ever asks what I am doing, I just tell them I record my travels as part of a life journal.

Quoting Akhmad (Thread starter):
I noticed that the Club Europe cabin divider had been placed right after the emergency exit row. The Paphos route must be very popular for Club Europe passengers.

- Wow, not seen club that big for some time!

Regards

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RE: Cypriot Spring Holiday With BA (Part 2)

Sat May 09, 2009 5:54 pm

Hi great 2nd part. Nice pics and glad you got the full breakfast on this flight. I have had it in the past and it may not look much in the photo but with some hot croissants its quite filling.

Quoting Mal787 (Reply 4):
and I got scoweled at by some suit for drinking a beer straight from the can,

Thats crazy. I guess you have these old school snobs that think they own BA because they fly them all the time. If anyone tried that with me they would get burnt lol... Nice of the BA staff to take your side. I find alot of lounge staff prefer ''normal'' people as the ones who think they are something just are rude and demanding .

Quoting Semsem (Reply 7):
Also liked the Turkish Cypriot north side; Girne. The border is now open 24 hours.

Yes Kyrenia is a lovely port. I have been a few times.

Looking forward to the next part.

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RE: Cypriot Spring Holiday With BA (Part 2)

Sat May 09, 2009 6:16 pm



Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 1):
I have to say that BA is good, but the meal you got on this over 4 hour flight is slightly dissappointing, I think. A US eastcoast flights can also be done in 4½ hours, and meals would be much better on these legs.

How could you get to the US East Coast in 4 1/2 hours ? Unless you are flying from Iceland.
Anything UK - US is scheduled at 6 1/2 hours or more. In another recent thread peoplw were posting that unusually strong winds were taking JFK-LHR flights down to 4hrs 40 minutes, however LHR-JFK was as a result taking 8 hrs 20 minutes.
 
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RE: Cypriot Spring Holiday With BA (Part 2)

Sat May 09, 2009 7:48 pm



Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 11):
Hi Suryo,

Nice follow-up to part 1.



Quoting OA260 (Reply 12):
Hi great 2nd part.

Mark and OA260, thank you for reading.  Smile

Quoting Bongodog1964 (Reply 13):
In another recent thread peoplw were posting that unusually strong winds were taking JFK-LHR flights down to 4hrs 40 minutes, however LHR-JFK was as a result taking 8 hrs 20 minutes.

Are you serious? That is a quite difference of flying time.

Cheers,
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RE: Cypriot Spring Holiday With BA (Part 2)

Sat May 09, 2009 8:50 pm

Hey Suryo, I really liked your trip report, you have given me some ideas to improve my next report when I come to write my next one. Thanks!

I have never been to LGW, it looks so futuristic and modern. It must be brillliant to see an aircraft pass under a bridge like that EK aircraft did. Are you able to walk across it?

Quoting Akhmad (Thread starter):
I have seen this on other TR’s. I am glad to capture it by myself.

Are these stairs? Where do they lead to? Looks like a bullet haha!

Quoting Akhmad (Thread starter):
As I stood up, a male lounge attendant came to our table. He was very apologetic and told that a male passenger got annoyed of me taking pictures and apparently addressed his disapproval in an aggressive way to the lounge attendants. The attendants were not bothered by my action at all.

I think that is totally uncalled for. Some passengers need a good kick up the behind if you ask me! If it was me I wouldn't care and would continue to take photos if only to aggrevate him more! haha Did the irrate passenger say anything to you or did you see him giving you dirty looks? haha

Im glad you had a good flight

Thanks again for the brill TR  Smile
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RE: Cypriot Spring Holiday With BA (Part 2)

Sat May 09, 2009 10:29 pm



Quoting Toby25 (Reply 15):
Hey Suryo, I really liked your trip report, you have given me some ideas to improve my next report when I come to write my next one. Thanks!

You are welcome, Toby.

Quoting Toby25 (Reply 15):
I have never been to LGW, it looks so futuristic and modern. It must be brillliant to see an aircraft pass under a bridge like that EK aircraft did. Are you able to walk across it?

Unfortunately not. You will get the chance if your flight is assigned gate 100 or above.

Quoting Toby25 (Reply 15):
Are these stairs? Where do they lead to? Looks like a bullet haha!

No, these are just walkways. They lead to the holding rooms.

Quoting Toby25 (Reply 15):
Thanks again for the brill TR

Thanks for reading.

Quoting Toby25 (Reply 15):
Did the irrate passenger say anything to you or did you see him giving you dirty looks? haha

Not at all. He just adressed it to the lounge attendants. When I asked the BA chap whether he was still around, he had left.

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RE: Cypriot Spring Holiday With BA (Part 2)

Sun May 10, 2009 9:02 pm



Quoting Akhmad (Reply 14):
Quoting Bongodog1964 (Reply 13):
In another recent thread peoplw were posting that unusually strong winds were taking JFK-LHR flights down to 4hrs 40 minutes, however LHR-JFK was as a result taking 8 hrs 20 minutes.

Are you serious? That is a quite difference of flying time.

http://www.airliners.net/aviation-fo...aviation/read.main/4402132/#menu26
 
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RE: Cypriot Spring Holiday With BA (Part 2)

Mon Jun 08, 2009 6:45 pm



Quoting Bongodog1964 (Reply 17):
Quoting Akhmad (Reply 14):
Quoting Bongodog1964 (Reply 13):
In another recent thread peoplw were posting that unusually strong winds were taking JFK-LHR flights down to 4hrs 40 minutes, however LHR-JFK was as a result taking 8 hrs 20 minutes.

Are you serious? That is a quite difference of flying time.

http://www.airliners.net/aviation-fo...enu26

Amazing! Does it happen quite often? Or is this phenomenon season bound?

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