Hi fellow A.netters.
This is the second trip report covering my recent summer holiday. This report will cover my flights from Paris to London and on to Madrid on Air France and British Airways. After my very short visit to Paris is was time to head back to London. Train ride was smooth and it would be my second ride on the AF A321 today. This is the lovely Terminal 2E check inn area.
After passing security the airside part of Terminal 2E seemed to be even nicer. There were some lounge seats, computer recharge points and even computers with internet access.
After having a short walk through the terminal it was time to board our flight. Unfortunately the FIDS informed about a one hour delay. I decided to walk all the way back to the other side of the terminal to have a nice seat. The delay didn’t turn out to be bad at all. Note the Air Austral 777 in the background.
After one hour of lying down I went back to the gate where boarding has started already. The passengers behaved well and no problems occurred. My ride this evening was F-GTAR. Being just over 2 years old, she already featured the new Air France interior. This turned out to be an improvement over the already fine interior on their older planes.
Notice the well cleaned carpet.
Load factor was again 100%. I was happy enough with some decent Australian neighbors.
Catering was acceptable for the short flight. Instant coffee went with a small amount of water, so it wasn’t just brown water I was drinking. The lemon cookie turned out to be nice. Something I will never take myself. A second pair of these was handed further in the flight.
After this our very short flight was finished with some holding above London. Landing was nice and taxi took only some 10 minutes. Again the Air France crew did a very nice job. They were in a hurry, but still very friendly and patient to their passengers. Some days after the flight I received an Email about my delay. 1000 Miles would be credited to my Flying Blue account. I found this a very nice gesture.
After the flight I collected my bag from the left baggage service and used the tube for the short ride toward Hatton’s Cross. Where my hotel was located. This first night of my holiday I stayed in the Jury’s Inn London Heathrow. A very nice and affordable hotel close to the airport.
At night I thought I had no view at all. In the morning I found out I had an airport view after all.
After repacking things I went for the 06:40 airport shuttle. Service was nice, only some very cheerful and loud music was played by the driver. Not so nice at 06:40.
Terminal 3 looked nice from the outside. I quickly went in and checked myself in for the flights to Madrid and Las Palmas. I acquired window seats on both flights and the 757 was confirmed. The agent actually gave me some recommendations of what to do at Las Palmas.
Security was smooth. Since I didn’t have breakfast I decided on taking some brownies at the airside Starbucks. After some walking around it was time to head for my gate. This was a very nice bus gate.
Pre boarding was completed in some minutes and the passengers were brought to the B757 that would take us to Madrid. I was thrilled to finally fly the 757 again. As she still is my very favorite aircraft. As they aren’t so happy with photographers at LHR I could only make some exterior pictures.
Leather interior looked great and was very comfortable.
Leg space was well over average. Load factor was 99%. Only 2 empty seats. Since I was seated on the last seat row my middle seat remained empty. I think I need to thank someone!
During the short taxi we passed the whale jet and Terminal 5.
Take-off was in true 757 style. What a great machine. Here follows some cloud pictures.
As I was seated in the back, I was the first to receive catering. Coffee was over average.
This is something I have always wanted to do.
Note the old fashioned wall panels.
Arrival in Madrid was rather turbulent. After flying over some mountains I’ve had a clear view of Madrid’s four Skyscrapers. Landing was northbound. After landing I already had a view on some of the IB A340’s at Terminal 4.
Say goodbye to G-CPER.
I really enjoyed flying BA. This seems to be a very nice carrier. Since I was at transfer I only had some hours to spend in Madrid. After this my journey would continue to Las Palmas on the A340-600. This will be covered in my next trip report. For now I show you 4 pictures I’ve made on my short visit to Madrid.
I expect to post my next trip report Sunday evening. Next to the A340 flight to LPA it will also cover Islas Airways and the Armas ferry service.