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Asia 2009 - Part 6 - BA HKG-LHR - The Final Leg

Sat Aug 01, 2009 6:50 pm

Here is the much delayed final leg of my spotting travels in February 2009.



12.02.09 BA32 747-436 G-BNLG 61K Club World
3rd Flight on this aircraft & 17th 747 Flight
SCH DEP 23:45 SCH ARR 05:00
ACT DEP 23:43 ACT ARR 04:33


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After a couple of day s spotting in HKG it was time to sadly head home, never something enjoyable when you are having fun.

Here are just a few pictures from the observation deck
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The observation desk is great, however there are no seats, no refreshments and no protection from the sun.
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After a full days spotting I headed back to the Regal Hotel for a shower and change of clothes, not the cheapest place to stay, however it is on airport property and the rooms are true 24 hours rooms, ie check in time is the same as checkout time, great for late night departures.

Hotel check-out was quick as was the walk to the BA check-in area.

Every airport should provide this as a basic service these days
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A few views inside the terminal
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Check-in was smooth, I was even offered a seat on the earlier flight, however declined as I had arranged a driver to meet me off of BA32.

When I booked this flight I reserved my usual seat of 62A, for some reason BA changed it to a lower deck window seat, when I realised I tried to change it back however both 62A and 62K were occupied, despite calls to BA they never explained why my seat allocation had changed.

I have to say I was a little annoyed to say the least, it’s not as if 62A was a family type seat or anything!
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Renovations taking place
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Anyway, security was quick and easy, after that I headed for the lounge as it was getting a bit dark for any decent spotting.
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The lounge was ok, but a little on the small side, especially when you thing BA have 3 747’s depart within a short time frame.

There was a reasonable selection of snacks and drinks, just a lack of decent seating.
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I’m not sure what time boarding started but our plane was departing from gate 15, as I approached the plane I realised it was BNLG, I should have taken the earlier plane, this would be my 3rd flight on this aircraft!
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As always with BA, boarding passes where checked at the aircraft door, I was directed up the stairs to my seat.

I settled in to my seat and accepted a glass of champagne from one of the crew. It appeared the upper deck had a good load, in fact I later discovered it was full, no shock really as the upper deck is a lovely environment.
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Pushback occurred at 23:43, the safety demo playing as we headed out to our departure runway, I was drinking my second glass of champagne at this point  Smile

My seat mate had arrvied on CX from ICN, appears his travel company had messed up his booking as he was supposed to fly CX to LHR, he always flys CX so he told me so was rather unhappy to say the least he had to fly BA.......................

Wheels up at 12:01, we really were on our way home, such as shame, I had really enjoyed the last few days travelling/spotting though it had been hard work, up early etc - for those interested I made 455 new planes.
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As soon as the crew were released service started, as usual drinks and the usual bag of nuts were offered.
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More refills then dinner service started, it was much quicker than normal, however quite right given the late hour.

Menu
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Starter
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Main - this was really good!
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Desert
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After dinner drink & reading material
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Nite nite.......
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I’ve not got much else to say or report really, the last few days of heavy duty spotting had taken their toll - an perhaps a few glasses on the plane! - I slept right through to breakfast, the comfort of these seats really helps!

Not sure if it was the aroma of food or activity in the cabin, but I awoke as breakfast started to roll out - are we there yet?
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Breakfast went down well, especially the musili, very nice indeed
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Descent started, all drank outside still so no pictures, wheels down @ 04:33 on 27L.

Short taxi to stand on T5B and the final picture of the report.
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All in all another good BA flight, little annoyed about the seating change but apart from that, another good flight.

Extra comment : QF or BA? A380 or 747?

Difficult to compare the QF day flight with the BA night flight, but looking at the 2 products, I prefer the BA seating and cabin config, the BA seats IMO are better for sleeping too.

Catering, pretty similar on terms of quality & size.

Which ariline? - Love BA but happy to fly QF too, though if travelling premium economy I'd take QF without a doubt, the product is way ahead of BA's poor offering.

Planes, some of BA's 747 are starting to show their age, as I am sure are the QF machines, the 747 is a real classic beauty, the A380 a'int no prom queen for sure, but she is quiet, large and roomy, there is almost something graceful about her being. Subject to cabin and seat config, I'd take the 380 over a 747, but that's just me and my preference.

Once again, sorry for the long delay on this, a mix of work, lack of free time and general can't be bothered & does anyone want to see another BA TR again? played a part in it's late arrival to the forum.

Anyway, hope you enjoyed this and all the other reports, I certainly had a great time, one of my best spotting trips to date.

As always, feel free to drop any comments or ask an questions, all appreciated.

Kind Regards

Mark
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RE: Asia 2009 - Part 6 - BA HKG-LHR - The Final Leg

Sat Aug 01, 2009 8:00 pm

Hi Mark,

Nice to read about the final part of your Asia trip as well. Good to hear that BA's in-flight product once again didn't disappoint you, although the thing about the seat reservation was a bit strange. Food looks good once again, as usual on BA.

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RE: Asia 2009 - Part 6 - BA HKG-LHR - The Final Leg

Sat Aug 01, 2009 10:26 pm

Great Trip Report! I visited the observation deck at HKIA last year during the summer and it was almost brutal, barely any shade. Good thing you went during Feb. Food looks great on BA.
 
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RE: Asia 2009 - Part 6 - BA HKG-LHR - The Final Leg

Sun Aug 02, 2009 2:36 am

Mark

Your BA trip reports are always very good. I just a posting on one of your other reports yesterday concerning the seating.

Im flying BA LHR to JFK on a b744 in Club World and was wondering your take on the best seats. I see from your reports you like 62A/62K but do you have any seats downstairs you like much ? Any how do you score 62A/62K ? In advance or via the online checkin one day before ?

Many thanks and great work on the reports

Cheers
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RE: Asia 2009 - Part 6 - BA HKG-LHR - The Final Le

Sun Aug 02, 2009 4:00 am

Hey Mark:

Always enjoyed your TR's - and can never get tired of BA TRs neither! I always wanted to fly on their Boeing 747-400's and who knows maybe oneday get on their 777-300ER! (of course when they arrive).

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
some of BA's 747 are starting to show their age

Since you fly on this machine a lot, in which ways have you noticed that these birds are showing their age? If you have pics, it would sure be interesting to see!
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RE: Asia 2009 - Part 6 - BA HKG-LHR - The Final Leg

Sun Aug 02, 2009 6:56 am



Quoting Contact Air (Reply 1):
Nice to read about the final part of your Asia trip as well

- Thanks for reading Christoph  Smile

Quoting Contact Air (Reply 1):
Good to hear that BA's in-flight product once again didn't disappoint

- No, it's a pretty standard product, you know what to expect, so long as it is what you get, you should be happy.

Quoting Contact Air (Reply 1):
although the thing about the seat reservation was a bit strange

- Yes that was odd, never did get a reply on that.

Quoting Phileet92 (Reply 2):
Great Trip Report

- Thanks

Quoting Phileet92 (Reply 2):
I visited the observation deck at HKIA last year during the summer and it was almost brutal, barely any shade. Good thing you went during Feb

- I can imagine!

Quoting Industrybuff (Reply 3):
Your BA trip reports are always very good

- Thanks

Quoting Industrybuff (Reply 3):
I just a posting on one of your other reports yesterday concerning the seating.

Im flying BA LHR to JFK on a b744 in Club World and was wondering your take on the best seats. I see from your reports you like 62A/62K but do you have any seats downstairs you like much ? Any how do you score 62A/62K ? In advance or via the online checkin one day before ?

- Yes, dropped a reply, should have sent you a PM really. Downstairs, no prefered seats really, don't sit down there much. 62A/K are secured at time of booking due to status, subject to them still being free! - If you can't secure them ahead, best chance is OLCI but they go fast. Good luck!

Quoting SXDFC (Reply 4):
Always enjoyed your TR's - and can never get tired of BA TRs neither

- Glad you enjoyed, ok anoher BA TR up soon, the return from LAS.

Quoting SXDFC (Reply 4):
I always wanted to fly on their Boeing 747-400's and who knows maybe oneday get on their 777-300ER! (of course when they arrive).

- Yes, the good old 77W, soon in BA colours!

Quoting SXDFC (Reply 4):
Since you fly on this machine a lot, in which ways have you noticed that these birds are showing their age?

- It's just a general thing with the older members of the fleet, worn and damaged fittings and panels etc, nothing major but noticable.

Regards

Mark
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RE: Asia 2009 - Part 6 - BA HKG-LHR - The Final Leg

Sun Aug 02, 2009 7:30 am

Hi Mark,

Nice trip report! I have always a good read with yours.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
despite calls to BA they never explained why my seat allocation had changed.

Bummer!  Sad

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
sorry for the long delay on this

No worries. The longer we wait, the more excitement we have!  wink 

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RE: Asia 2009 - Part 6 - BA HKG-LHR - The Final Leg

Sun Aug 02, 2009 5:57 pm

Hi Mark,
You got some great pics there. I learnt some new things about HKG. Never knew they had a viewing terrace. Very nice.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Every airport should provide this as a basic service these days

Also this is very nice and I agree every airport should offer this.

Enjoyed the read , it was worth waiting for.

Rgds

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RE: Asia 2009 - Part 6 - BA HKG-LHR - The Final Leg

Sun Aug 02, 2009 6:48 pm

Hello there Mark.

Great TR, And great pics you truly are an A. Nut..... I mean that in a very positive way.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
despite calls to BA they never explained why my seat allocation had changed.

Hmm i wonder why they would do that....?

Again great pics, its like being there with you, and i envy you your trip.

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RE: Asia 2009 - Part 6 - BA HKG-LHR - The Final Leg

Sun Aug 02, 2009 9:07 pm

Hey Mark,

Really good conclusion to your Asia trip - I have enjoyed reading and reviewing all 6 of them!
Hope you had a good time. Looking forward to your next trip report - whenever that might be.

Thanks
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RE: Asia 2009 - Part 6 - BA HKG-LHR - The Final Leg

Mon Aug 03, 2009 6:41 pm

Hi Mark,

very nice completion of this Asia trip.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
for those interested I made 455 new planes.

Congrats with the good result! When can I meet you in AMS so can log some more numbers?

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Every airport should provide this as a basic service these days

Yes, that WiFi. In Europe they charge basically everywhere for it   I agree with your opinion.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
When I booked this flight I reserved my usual seat of 62A, for some reason BA changed it to a lower deck window seat, when I realised I tried to change it back however both 62A and 62K were occupied, despite calls to BA they never explained why my seat allocation had changed.

Oh no! How bad! This would never be acceptable with my airline. And never be done actually. I wonder who was seated in your seat. Must be some 'friend' of somebody, because I believe you're also among the better customers with BA, so that couldn't be the reason. I would say → complain to them. Maybe you can score some voucher  

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
wheels down @ 04:33 on 27L.


Wow, I never knew that landing in LHR was allowed before 06.00 am. But I think BA has some slots allocated?

Regards,
Eric

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RE: Asia 2009 - Part 6 - BA HKG-LHR - The Final Leg

Mon Aug 03, 2009 7:41 pm



Quoting Akhmad (Reply 6):
Nice trip report! I have always a good read with yours.

- Hi Suryo, thanks for reading  Smile

Quoting Akhmad (Reply 6):
Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
sorry for the long delay on this

No worries. The longer we wait, the more excitement we have!

- Great, I'll hold onto them longer then  Smile

Quoting OA260 (Reply 7):
Hi Mark,
You got some great pics there. I learnt some new things about HKG. Never knew they had a viewing terrace. Very nice.

- Hi Philip, glad you enjoyed, always good to learn something new from a TR too.

Quoting Basefly (Reply 8):
Hello there Mark.

Great TR, And great pics you truly are an A. Nut..... I mean that in a very positive way.

- Thanks Sander  Smile

Quoting Airthanet (Reply 9):
Hey Mark,

Really good conclusion to your Asia trip - I have enjoyed reading and reviewing all 6 of them!

- Excellent, thanks for reading them all  Smile

Quoting Airthanet (Reply 9):
Looking forward to your next trip report - whenever that might be.

- Got some stuff still to post and and a trip on the AF A380 later in the year.

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 10):
Hi Mark,

very nice completion of this Asia trip.

- Hi Eric, thanks  Smile

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 10):
When can I meet you in AMS so can log some more numbers?

- Will PM you in a day or so  Smile

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 10):
Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Every airport should provide this as a basic service these days

Yes, that WiFi. In Europe they charge basically everywhere for it I agree with your opinion.

- Yes, that seems to be a problem here, even some US airports provide it FOC!

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 10):
Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
When I booked this flight I reserved my usual seat of 62A, for some reason BA changed it to a lower deck window seat, when I realised I tried to change it back however both 62A and 62K were occupied, despite calls to BA they never explained why my seat allocation had changed.

Oh no! How bad! This would never be acceptable with my airline. And never be done actually. I wonder who was seated in your seat. Must be some 'friend' of somebody, because I believe you're also among the better customers with BA, so that couldn't be the reason. I would say → complain to them. Maybe you can score some voucher

- I made a few calls, sent some e-mails, but it appears nobody could explain how it happened, I gave up the chase when another window on the upper deck became free.

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 10):
Wow, I never knew that landing in LHR was allowed before 06.00 am

- I used to work nights some years back @ LHR, quite often flights from CX & BA would arrive just after 4am, so not really unusual.

Kind Regards to all.

Mark
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RE: Asia 2009 - Part 6 - BA HKG-LHR - The Final Leg

Tue Aug 04, 2009 9:08 am

Hi Mark,

Great TR to cap off another series!

You've got me craving to do a long haul, especially to HKG.. Those pics of the terminal are enough to get me envious. Unfortunately my funds don't currently stretch that far as to afford a lavish lifestyle! Let alone shopping in HK!

Food looks great once again. It'd be nice to be able to compare this flight with other airlines serving LHR-Asia.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
as I approached the plane I realised it was BNLG, I should have taken the earlier plane, this would be my 3rd flight on this aircraft!

Maybe if you stop flying on BA 744s you'll get different regos  Wink

I wish I had an opportunity to fly on the upper deck sometime before they disappear..

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
general can't be bothered & does anyone want to see another BA TR again?

Hahahahaha well thanks for the BA flights you have covered so far! It'd be nice to see some TRs on other carriers too!  Wink


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RE: Asia 2009 - Part 6 - BA HKG-LHR - The Final Leg

Tue Aug 04, 2009 3:52 pm



Quoting NZ107 (Reply 12):
Hi Mark,

Great TR to cap off another series!

- Hi Nicholas, glad you enjoyed, thanks for reading  Smile

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 12):
You've got me craving to do a long haul, especially to HKG.. Those pics of the terminal are enough to get me envious. Unfortunately my funds don't currently stretch that far

- Give it time, you'll get there.

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 12):
I wish I had an opportunity to fly on the upper deck sometime before they disappear..

- You will, the 747 will be around for many years yet.

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 12):
It'd be nice to see some TRs on other carriers too!

- How about an AF A380 & a DL 764 in November?

Regards

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RE: Asia 2009 - Part 6 - BA HKG-LHR - The Final Leg

Tue Aug 04, 2009 4:13 pm

Very nice TR, I enjoyed reading it. Food looked good, and so was the overall product.

It would be great if in your subsequent reports you could squeeze in some more cabin shots  wink 
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RE: Asia 2009 - Part 6 - BA HKG-LHR - The Final Leg

Tue Aug 04, 2009 4:54 pm

Hi Mark,

that was a fun spotting TR, its so cool you got to enjoy these many legs and aircrafts in Asia,

I really love the picture of the taxi line up at HKG,

Also glad to know ur next TR will be the 764 and 380 , is it gonna be J or Y

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Tue Aug 04, 2009 5:39 pm



Quoting Ojas (Reply 14):
Very nice TR, I enjoyed reading it

- Hi Ojas, thanks for reading  Smile

Quoting Ojas (Reply 14):
It would be great if in your subsequent reports you could squeeze in some more cabin shots

- I'll see what I can do..........

Quoting Karan69 (Reply 15):
Hi Mark,

that was a fun spotting TR, its so cool you got to enjoy these many legs and aircrafts in Asia,

- Hi Karan, was a great trip, really enjoyed it but quite tiring!

Quoting Karan69 (Reply 15):
I really love the picture of the taxi line up at HKG,

- Me to, so I though I'd put it in  Smile

Quoting Karan69 (Reply 15):
Also glad to know ur next TR will be the 764 and 380 , is it gonna be J or Y

- The 764 is DL in J - got a steal of a price, quite amazed how cheap it was! The AF 388 likely to be Y, hopefully on the upper deck as is 2-4-2 config.

Regards

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RE: Asia 2009 - Part 6 - BA HKG-LHR - The Final Leg

Tue Aug 04, 2009 9:25 pm



Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 13):
How about an AF A380 & a DL 764 in November?

Sounds good! Looking forward to these!
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RE: Asia 2009 - Part 6 - BA HKG-LHR - The Final Leg

Wed Aug 05, 2009 6:23 am



Quoting NZ107 (Reply 17):
Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 13):
How about an AF A380 & a DL 764 in November?

Sounds good! Looking forward to these!

- Ok, roll on November!
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RE: Asia 2009 - Part 6 - BA HKG-LHR - The Final Leg

Wed Aug 05, 2009 2:21 pm

Thanks for the informative trip report.  Smile I'm guessing you didn't try out the CX lounge at HKG? I've heard it's miles ahead of the BA/QF offering.
 
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RE: Asia 2009 - Part 6 - BA HKG-LHR - The Final Leg

Wed Aug 05, 2009 7:56 pm



Quoting Genius12 (Reply 19):
Thanks for the informative trip report

- Glad you enjoyed  Smile

Quoting Genius12 (Reply 19):
I'm guessing you didn't try out the CX lounge at HKG? I've heard it's miles ahead of the BA/QF offering.

- You know, was so tired never even thought of trying it, next time!

Regards

Mark
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RE: Asia 2009 - Part 6 - BA HKG-LHR - The Final Leg

Thu Aug 06, 2009 4:58 pm

Good stuff Mark.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
When I booked this flight I reserved my usual seat of 62A, for some reason BA changed it to a lower deck window seat, when I realised I tried to change it back however both 62A and 62K were occupied, despite calls to BA they never explained why my seat allocation had changed.

That's a strange one. I can only imagine a higher ranked officer in the BAEC somehow managed to get you kicked out of the seat.......no explanation from them is a very poor show.  thumbsdown 
 
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RE: Asia 2009 - Part 6 - BA HKG-LHR - The Final Leg

Thu Aug 06, 2009 5:39 pm



Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
The lounge was ok, but a little on the small side, especially when you thing BA have 3 747%u2019s depart within a short time frame.

I was also surprised by seeing 3 BA 747's scheduled to leave around midnight. That's quite some capacity! Do you perhaps know which configuration BA is using on this route? SeatGuru shows two configs, both with rather large amounts of premium seats though.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 7):
Never knew they had a viewing terrace. Very nice.

Darn, I didn't know either! Well, next time I know where to kill some time!

Thought we might had been on the same flight but I just checked and I flew BA32 two days later. (and... in cattle class!)

Great trip report Mark! Keep up the good work!

Greetings,

Flanders.
 
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RE: Asia 2009 - Part 6 - BA HKG-LHR - The Final Leg

Thu Aug 06, 2009 8:21 pm



Quoting Comeflywithme (Reply 21):
Good stuff Mark.

-  Smile Thanks for reading, good to hear from you.

Quoting Comeflywithme (Reply 21):
That's a strange one. I can only imagine a higher ranked officer in the BAEC somehow managed to get you kicked out of the seat.......no explanation from them is a very poor show.

- That was my thought too, almost asked the chap sat in 'my' seat but thought better of it!

Quoting Flanders (Reply 22):
Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
The lounge was ok, but a little on the small side, especially when you thing BA have 3 747%u2019s depart within a short time frame.

I was also surprised by seeing 3 BA 747's scheduled to leave around midnight. That's quite some capacity! Do you perhaps know which configuration BA is using on this route? SeatGuru shows two configs, both with rather large amounts of premium seats though.

- Not sure on the confings are used, but it's only what, 22? seats diference in J on the configs.

Quoting Flanders (Reply 22):
Thought we might had been on the same flight but I just checked and I flew BA32 two days later

- That would have been amazing!

Quoting Flanders (Reply 22):
Great trip report Mark! Keep up the good work!

- Thanks  Smile
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RE: Asia 2009 - Part 6 - BA HKG-LHR - The Final Leg

Mon Aug 10, 2009 6:26 pm

Hey, Mark,

back home from Canada late yesterday and finally time now to follow you´re interesting story.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
for those interested I made 455 new planes.

Impressive!.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
general can't be bothered & does anyone want to see another BA TR again?

From you´re hand anytime!.

Great pics as usual.

Best regards,
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RE: Asia 2009 - Part 6 - BA HKG-LHR - The Final Leg

Tue Aug 11, 2009 1:36 am



Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):

Every airport should provide this as a basic service these days

Do you know if this is ad-supported? You are absolutely right, some U.S. airports do have this for free. I know for sure DEN has it but I think I remember some advertisements... which is not bad, I mean, I don't care about a couple of pop-ups really if I can keep up on e-mail and stuff while traveling.
 
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RE: Asia 2009 - Part 6 - BA HKG-LHR - The Final Leg

Tue Aug 11, 2009 5:58 am



Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 24):
Hey, Mark,

back home from Canada late yesterday and finally time now to follow you´re interesting story.

- Hiu Markus, looking forward to that TR for sure, a little gem I expect!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 24):
Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
for those interested I made 455 new planes.

Impressive!.

- Thanks  Smile

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 24):
Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
general can't be bothered & does anyone want to see another BA TR again?

From you´re hand anytime!.

- Just too kind!

Quoting YOW346 (Reply 25):
Do you know if this is ad-supported?

- Not sure as never used it, however like you, not worried about a few adds.

Regards

Mark
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RE: Asia 2009 - Part 6 - BA HKG-LHR - The Final Leg

Fri Aug 14, 2009 7:02 am

Hi Mark,

great report as usual, finally found the time to read it completely.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Here is the much delayed final leg of my spotting travels in February 2009.

No worries, a slight delay is better than a cancellation.  Wink I also need to complete my February trip series. The next part should be online in a few days.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
The observation desk is great, however there are no seats, no refreshments and no protection from the sun.

Not a good place to stay all-day in the sun...

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
however it is on airport property and the rooms are true 24 hours rooms, ie check in time is the same as checkout time, great for late night departures.

Good to know.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
There was a reasonable selection of snacks and drinks, just a lack of decent seating.

Ah, Tsingtao beer, I remember that from my China tour. Not bad, isn't it?

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
he always flys CX so he told me so was rather unhappy to say the least he had to fly BA.......................

Oh, I feel so sorry for him...  Yeah sure

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Once again, sorry for the long delay on this, a mix of work, lack of free time and general can't be bothered & does anyone want to see another BA TR again?

Yes, I want to see more.  Wink


PH
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RE: Asia 2009 - Part 6 - BA HKG-LHR - The Final Leg

Fri Aug 14, 2009 3:13 pm



Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 27):
Hi Mark,

great report as usual, finally found the time to read it completely.

- Hi PH, thanks for reading  Smile

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 27):
I also need to complete my February trip series

- Ah, I'm not alone then, feel better  Smile

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 27):
Ah, Tsingtao beer, I remember that from my China tour. Not bad, isn't it?

- No, is good stuff!

Looking forward to the TR's.

Regards

Mark
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