gabrielchew
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London – San Diego Via CDG And LHR. U2 And BA Y+

Sun Sep 18, 2011 6:59 pm

London – San Diego via CDG/LHR. U2 and BA Y+

Hi!

Welcome to the first in a series of reports covering my September travels to France, the USA and Mexico. As most of my other trips, this journey started with an email special offer. BA were offering half price redemptions for economy and economy plus (World Traveller and World Traveller Plus (WTP) booked within a 10 day period. Hmmm. I had a lot of miles in my account, and free time – where should I go. I started off booking a flight to Hong Kong for next Easter. Still more miles left……I had enough for a premium economy return to North America. After evaluating where had redemption seats to places I wanted to go, I was torn between Bermuda and San Diego/Mexico City. What with the high costs of hotels etc in Bermuda, and a much shorter flight (costing the same number of miles), I decided to go with the San Diego/Mexico City option. As I was in WTP, I was subject to much higher ex-UK departure tax. I circumnavigated this by starting my travels in Paris. It was cheaper to buy an easyJet flight to Paris from London, then fly back via LHR with BA, than get a direct LHR-SAN flight. I had friends and an uncle in Paris too, so it was a fortuitous course of events. If the British Government try to sell the higher departure tax as a ‘Green Tax’, then I’d be happy to show them how it ‘forced’ me to take two extra flights!

I investigated taking the Eurostar to Paris, but the one way fare were really not economical, so I used my Nectar card points (which I’d been saving for no particular reason), and spent them on an easyJet flight out of LTN instead. Whilst the Eurostar is more expensive, if travelling city to city, it DEFINITELY trumps the plane.

To briefly outline the other flights on the itinerary, from SAN I’d get some AA flights routing SAN-LAX-DFW-SJD (San Jose del Cabo), and then a further Aereo Calafia Cessna Caravan flight LAP-MZT, before finally flying back from MEX-LHR on a B744.

A map of my whole itinerary:
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This reports’ flights:
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It was a little strange starting out on a 3 week long international trip by flying out of LTN, but there has to be a first for everything! I got a taxi to LTN, and managed to time my arrival with an enormous downpour. Soaked, I made it to the terminal, where I was checked in in no time, and upstairs to security.
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The queues were short, and despite the rude staff, I was in the departure lounge around 15 minutes after getting out of the taxi.

I had heard about these holograms before – ‘she’ was telling everyone about what to do concerning getting reading for security. People seemed far more interested in looking at the hologram than what she was saying.


Departures this afternoon. The Wizzair flight for Dubrovnik and Burgas seemed to have a nice long delay.


A bad photo of a couple of Monarchs, and one of the two last B737s flying for U2.
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Once the gate was announced, there was a long walk down some uninteresting tunnels to the gate. People seemed to think that the plane would leave without them, and there was plenty of pushing in the queues.
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September 2011
London Luton (LTN) – Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG)
easyJet U2 2439
Scheduled: 1525-1745 (1h20m)
Actual: 1535-1730 (0h55m)
Airbus A319 G-EZAN
Economy

The pushing continued (worse than any other ‘no-frills’ experience I’ve ever had) enroute to the plane. Despite it looking like it was mid-winter, it was early September! Nice summer we’ve had!
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I got a window seat near the back. Despite a LF of around 95%+, I got an empty middle seat.


Legroom
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Some LTN views en route to the runway
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The Kingfisher’ CEOs private jet
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Drinks prices were better than FR, but still more than I was willing to pay for a G&T. Interesting that along with other well regarded brands, they use Skyy Vodka.


Luton Hoo, a posh hotel and spa near LTN
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Weather today was pretty grim. Wet and cloudy
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Nothing much to say about the flight. I sat and watched the crew try and sell some drinks, whilst listening to some music.
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Before long, we started our approach into a grey, but dry CDG
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Thanks to a well padded schedule, we arrived 15 mins early.
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The famous AF Concorde
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I noticed a BA B737 sitting on a remote ramp looking like it was receiving some mechanical attention – diverted from somewhere no doubt. I was quite surprised that U2 had proper airbridges here in CDG. The walk from the plane to the curb was very short, although I must say, WTF were they thinking when they built this terminal? (in fact all CDG terminals). I’d only flown through T1 before, which was just bizarre. Terminal 2B – mess! So unnecessarily cluttered and confusing. And very harsh and grey and concretey. Not very aesthetically pleasing!
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Passengers trying to work out the public transport – that board was pretty complicated
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Waiting for bags. I was delighted to see my bag appear first – maybe the rampers saw my BA Silver tag?!
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I then took a long walk though innumerable passageways before ending up at the massive railway station, where there was a long wait to buy a ticket.
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I finally got a train, which got stuck in a tunnel somewhere, and ended up taking over an hour to get to Luxembourg RER station. Just adding the flight time, and train time in Paris, and you’ve got the same amount of time that Eurostar takes – don’t fly to Paris from London!

During my time in Paris, I visited the Père-Lachaise cemetery, which was pretty interesting.
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Before long it was time to head on to San Diego, by way of London. This would be only my second time transiting through LHR (despite it being my ‘preferred’ home airport and having flown from it well over a hundred times), and the previous time I was on a purely domestic itinerary (MAN-LHR-EDI-INV). I was interested to see what the LHR transit experience was like!

I caught the RER back to CDG, which luckily was much emptier and quicker than the way out.
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On arrival at CDG, I was confronted by an enormous curved departures board
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From here it was a ten minute march to T2A, home of most oneWorld carriers. I stopped en route to buy a TSA padlock. View from the walkway.
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When I finally found the BA check in area, I went to the ticket desk to see about upgrading to Club World. The lady at the desk said that it was impossible on my ticket, so I just went to drop my bags off instead.
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There was very little queue for immigration and security, and before long I was in the very long and narrow departures area.
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BA’s preferred premium lounge is the AA Admirals Club. However, this is a) located in a different pier, and b) not very nice. There is also a CX lounge, which is much more centrally located, and with far better F&B, but is also much smaller. However, it is only open to coincide with the CX departures, so only around 10 times a week, for 3 hours a time – not suitable as a default lounge for BA’s numerous daily departures. Interestingly, when I mentioned that I was going to go to the CX lounge to the BA check in lady, she had no knowledge of the lounge. I did, however, go along to the AA lounge first, mainly as I had some ticketing questions I needed to ask ahead of my SAN-LAX-DFW-SJD flights.

Walking down to the AA pier
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AA pier
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Admirals Club, CDG
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I was welcomed into the lounge. There wasn’t a lot on offer, and the lounge was quite busy. I got myself a water, and some reading material.
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Lounge plan
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FIDS
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I was bored of the AA lounge pretty quickly, especially as there was no proper food to speak of. I packed up my things, and walked back to the main terminal to find the CX lounge. I was lucky enough to happen to be departing at the same time as one of the few lunchtime CDG-AMS-HKG flights.
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The F&B options were FAR better here. As I arrived, they were switching from breakfast to lunch, so I had a few pain au chocolats, before they brought out teriyaki chicken and rice, salmon sandwich, fruit, OJ and champagne. Yum! Interestingly, CX don’t offer champagne on the business lounge in LHR (only in the F section) – being in France has some benefits!
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Location
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The lady on the door was very friendly when I arrived, and said she’d come and find me when the BA flight was boarding. The aircraft arrived a few minutes late.
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CX
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Air Tahiti Nui
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I headed down to the gate area around 30 minutes before departures. Very strangely, CDG was designed so that some gates, including ours, can only be accessed via 2 flights of stairs (no escalator/lift), and via a food court. And there was far too little room for a full B767. when I booked the flight, I hadn’t realised that BA had re-introduced the B767 on the CDG route, so I was glad that it happened to fit into my schedule.
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Boarding was delayed for no apparent reason, but after a 10 minute delay, we were let on.
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September 2011
Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) – London Heathrow (LHR)
British Airways BA 309
Scheduled: 1220-1240 (1h20m)
Actual: 1247-1244 (0h57m)
Boeing 767-300 G-BNWB
Economy



I managed to get a few snaps before everyone else boarded.
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The plane filled up pretty well, although as I was sitting in the small forward cabin, I couldn’t tell you the rough LF. Most seats from what I could see were taken. There were quite a few big French tour groups. There was mumbled apology about the delay, before the safety demo was done on the small, and very fuzzy screens. The BA shorthaul B767s are known for being in an awful state of repair. They look very 80s., and not in a good way.
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We rotated into the rain nearly half an hour late, and we soon enveloped by clouds.
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Legroom at the front was reasonable
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Before long, the cabin crew set about serving everyone a drink. Once again, there was no choice of snacks, just whatever the cabin crew had to hand. I asked for ‘a couple’ but was only given one – fair enough, it’s a short flight!
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Most of the flight looked like this
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View into Club
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The crew managed to miss me repeatedly when clearing the cabin
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Safety card


We were kept holing for a while, before finally touching down at LHR T5 just 4 minutes late.
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Kew Gardens
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I was very surprised to see this B744 (headed to SFO) at T5A – normally all B777/744 go from T5B or C.
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Being sat between doors 1 and 2, I was off very near the front when we disembarked from door 2.
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It was a very short walk to the transit area. There was a fast track lane for checking boarding passes, which was good, until a BAA agent decided that the queues would all go faster if she put non fast track people into the fast track lane. Unfortunately, this is standard behaviour at LHR. Anyway, I got from my CDG flight to the lounge in just over 10 minutes, so that’s not bad at all.
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Hello Horse!


The South Galleries lounge wasn’t too busy. When entering, I asked about paying for an upgrade. I was told that the ticket was upgradeable (the CDG lady was wrong) – GBP 179 for Y to Y+, and GBP 399 for Y+ to C. Bit too expensive for me today – on a night flight, it’d be better value. Still, I’d rather spend 400 quid on something else. I was quite happy to see that they’d introduced some cold noodles into the lounge offerings. Perfect with a Grey Goose and tonic!
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Now that I’d found the ice cream freeze, I was also able to avail myself to some very nice Green & Blacks Vanilla.
http://my.flightmemory.com/shefgab Upcoming flights: LGW-OPO-LGW,LHR-FCO-CTA-LIN-LCY,LHR-AMS-GRQ-SEN,LTN-CPH-LHR-ORD
 
gabrielchew
Topic Author
Posts: 3711
Joined: Tue Aug 02, 2005 5:43 am

RE: London – San Diego Via CDG And LHR. U2 And BA Y+

Sun Sep 18, 2011 7:01 pm

Now that I’d found the ice cream freeze, I was also able to avail myself to some very nice Green & Blacks Vanilla.
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I kept watching the screens like a hawk, hoping to see my flight depart from T5B. The B terminal has a lounge that I’d never been too, and really wanted a look at.

Sorry, this photo is a bit fuzzy. I was interested to see that on the same departure screen, there was FIVE different ways for BA to put up destinations:

Paris – CDG
Paris ORLY
Milan MLP
Rome FCO
SAN DIEGO

Some with hypens, some with full airport names, some made up, and some in CAPS.

Anyway, once I saw tat my flight was leaving from T5B, I made my way down to the transit, then back up to the departures level in B.
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G-YMMT would be taking me across the Atlantic today. One of the AVOD enabled B777s. All B767 and B744 have AVOD, but only some B777.

I thought the B lounge was far better than either of the two over in terminal A. As flight from B are only announced 60 mins before the flight, foot fall in the lounge is far lower here. And the layout just made the whole place seem brighter.
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I decided to have a quick shower before boarding


T5B FIDS
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September 2011
London Heathrow (LHR) – San Diego Lindburg Field (SAN)
British Airways BA 273
Scheduled: 1505-1815 (11h10m)
Actual: 1535-1816 (10h41m)
Boeing 777-200 G-YMMT
Premium Economy (WTP, World Traveller Plus)



First impressions of the WTP cabin were very good. Clean seats, with decent spacing, and with some nicely decorated pillows!
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The headphones were better than in Y, but still not as good as my own ones.
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Fairly decent amenity kit
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View from WTP – the WTP cabin is small, only 3 rows of 2x4x2, so no choice but wing seats, not my preference.
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Flight aware info on my phone before pushback


The cabin slowly filled up until there were 11 of us in 24 seats – plenty of space.
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This cabin divider caused a lot of heartache for the guy that had put his stuff in there. Still, he didn’t move his stuff after his first struggle trying to get into it, and had to call staff FOUR times during the flight to get it open!
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On time departures of this SAN flight generally weren’t good, with delays of 2 hours common. However, today we left just 30 mins late.
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Not sure what this CA 330 was doing here.
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Not long after the seat belt signs came off, the curtains were shut both through to Club, and also to economy. It’s the small things that make you feel a little special!
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By the time I found the moving map, I was shocked that it had only taken us 20 minutes to get to Wales.
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About 25 minutes into the flight, the crew came though with drinks. This was my first flight with the new ‘Mixed Fleet’ cabin crew. After all the uproar with crew striking, BA have introduced a new group of cabin crew, with revised T&C that operated both short and longhual (rather than either/or). There were quite a few comments about them in various forums, but the overriding feeling was that they were much happier and friendly, but not nearly as polished. I think, in the main, this is fairly true. The staff were all very young, with the exception of a few managerial level staff, brought over from the old fleets. When in terminals, you can identity the Mixed fleet staff as the ladies wear hats.

Anyway, back to the drinks. I’d heard that BA offer sparking wine in economy longhual. It’s not champagne, but I thought I’d try it anyway.
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Interestingly, water was served in (2!) plastic cups. At the beginning, alcohol was served in glass, but it seemed that the glasses ran out further into the flight. It was a nice first drink though – could also have been in Club!

The AVOD selection wasn’t amazing, but it was better than my recent flights on LH. I set the aisle seat o the moving map, while my screen tuned into the film selection. First up was Midnight in Paris.
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Views
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Not long into the film, lunch was served. There weren’t any menus, but there was a choice of beef or chicken. I went with the chicken.
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I must say, it was pretty tasty, the dessert especially.

I asked for a G&T with lunch, and was told that it wasn’t on the trolley, but the guy would fetch me one – never got it though! I was given a white wine from the trolley though.


All gone!
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Tea service
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Moving map
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After Midnight in Paris, I switched to X-Men: First Class
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US Customs forms were handed out too


I had a read of the Highlife magazine. Interesting how they presented the ‘facts’ about flights to Auckland. You can indeed get there for 50K miles, but that price is + cash and tax. And how many people reading that are Premier members flying in F?
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They have mighty quick planes on the TYO routes now!
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During my films, I enjoyed a few G&Ts. BA have stopped serving Slimline tonic, so I took a few from the lounge.
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More views. Unfortunately, no views of Greenland
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Dark cabin
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I was quite glad to be handed a survey form by the crew. By this stage in the flight, I’d been trying to order some more drinks, and despite resetting my call button every few minutes (so it would resound in the galley), it took a good +15 mins to get seen too. Not impressed. The survey gave me a chance to vent!

A drink at last!


A caught a few glimpse of the Club cabin. They have this quite classy decal. Shame there wasn’t one in Y+
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Y+ don’t have their own toilets, so I went back to use the Y ones. Y looked pretty full.
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During the flight, I also watched Limitless and Source Code.

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A few more drinks in the dark cabin
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Outside
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Y this stage in the flight, I was getting a bit sore bummed, and was ready to get off. When flicking through the films, I was delighted to see an old childhood favourite, Roald Dahls’ The Witches. This film provided me with many hours entertainment when growing up. In 2011, it brought me another couple of hours!
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Around two hours before arrival, the crew came thought with hot towels, and then a lunch box.
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Map
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Looked like a beautiful day in Southern California!
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Flying over Balboa Park
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The next day, I’d do some spotting from this bridge
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We touched down just 1 minute late, and made a slow taxi to the gate
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Our police escort


It was lovely being sat in a beautiful BA B777 taxiing past all these ‘exotic’ local carriers, knowing that lots of people were watching our progress. Little did I know, that people were pretty envious that we were actually moving….
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Watching us
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Our reflection
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Ground staff


When we finally stopped, the captain came on the PA asking everyone to remain seated. He then explained that San Diego was experiencing a county wide blackout, and that the terminal had no power. There were no outbound flights, as the TSA couldn’t screen anyone. We, as far as I could see, were the only inbound aircraft. I’m still surprised that we weren’t sent to LAX instead. Still, I’m glad we weren’t!

As there was no aircon inside, and the immigration computers were down, we were told we’d be disembarking in small groups from door 1R. How exciting, my first time using an R door! Steps were wheeled up – they turned out to be too low, so new ones were needed.
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Plenty of ground staff
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Most of the Club passengers moved towards the front door, so I took the opportunity to try out the Club World seat – very comfy!
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When the first set of passengers were allowed off, I tagged onto the end, actually disembarking before half of Club. Oh well! It was such a shame that I couldn’t get a photo of our magnificent B777 in the sun. There were SO MANY police around, and with the 911 10th year anniversary coming up, I didn’t want to get too much attention!

Immigration was actually fairly quick. All the officers were on their mobiles, reading out our passport info to some office somewhere. There were a few brief questions (but of course, no fingerprints), before I was stamped into the US.

The bags were all being brought slowly into the baggage hall (no carousels were working). From disembarking to arrivals hall only took 20 minutes. I imagine if you’d been sat at the back, it would have taken considerably longer though.

People sat around after their flights were cancelled
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I made my way outside to try and get a shuttle to my friend’s house in North Park. It took a while, but around an hour after touchdown, I was on my way. As there was no power, there were no traffic lights, and traffic was VERY slow.
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A dark city
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I finally made it. Phew. Time for a candle lit beer!


My bag tags


Conclusion

easyJet were exactly as expected. Ontime, and no frills. Flight wasn’t the cheapest, but being able to use my n
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RE: London – San Diego Via CDG And LHR. U2 And BA Y+

Sun Sep 18, 2011 7:03 pm

Conclusion

easyJet were exactly as expected. Ontime, and no frills. Flight wasn’t the cheapest, but being able to use my nectar points made it great value.

BA were pretty good overall. The comfort afforded by the WTP cabin over standard Y was great, although depending on the flight, GP179 might be a bit too expensive for most. Of course, if you re looking for tier points, it’s a decent deal. The Mixed Fleet staff were all friendly, but definitely not as refined as their old fleet counterparts.

My next report will cover my AA flights from San Diego to San Jose Cabo via LA and Dallas, which should be up soonish (I hope!).

Hope you enjoyed the read!

All comments and questions welcome!

Some of my other TRs:

British Airways to Scandinavia (LHR-CPH,GOT-LHR)
Where’s my bag? British Airways, Milan to London
What airline am I flying again? Bmi/Lufthansa Italia LHR-MXP
Part 1, Lufthansa London-Munich-Frankfurt-Nanjing, Economy Class A321 and A343
Part 2, Cathay Pacific Shanghai to Tokyo via Hong Kong, Business Class A330 and B747-400
Part 3, ANA Boeing B767 Tokyo to Shanghai, & Air China Airbus A340 Shanghai to Beijing, Business Class
Part 4: Chinese domestics, inc. Joy Air Xi’an MA60, Tianjin Airlines ERJ, and China Express Airways CRJ
Part 5: Lufthansa Beijing-Frankfurt-London City, Economy Class A388 and E90
5 Countries, 5 Flights, 5 Days, with Ryanair (FR)
bmiFriday: Welcome to Sunny Norway, London to Bergen, A319)
Royal Jordanian, London to Aqaba via Amman. A330 and A320
Royal Jordanian, Amman to London, A330
London City to Antwerp with Cityjet and the Fokker 50
Croatian Airlines, LHR-ZAG,PUY-ZAD-ZAG-LHR, A319 and Dash 8
British Airways, Iberia & Binter to Tenerife and Gran Canaria, LHR-MAD-TFN-LPA-MAD-LHR, A320,ATR, A321
British Airways, London To Amsterdam, LGW-AMS-LHR, B737 & A321
British Airways up to a snowy Glasgow, with a change of flights and delay, LHR-GLA-LCY A321 and E90
Turkish Airlines Business Class from London to Istanbul. From Terrible To Fantastic
Turkish Airlines Business Class from Istanbul to Batumi (Georgia). Not again!
bmi Business Class, Tbilisi to London via Azerbaijan
Tallinn to London, with Estonian Air and BA, via ARN
Cuba! BA/IB London-Madrid-Havana, Business Class
Aerocarribean, Baracoa to Havana
Asia Trip, Pt 1: Qatar Airways Business Class (LHR-DOH-ICN)
Asia Trip, Pt 2: China Southern and Hainan Airlines (A321/A346)
Asia Trip, Pt 3: Malaysia Airlines, Hong Kong to Penang
Asia Trip, Pt 4: Qatar Airways Economy (HKG-DOH-LHR)
A weekend in Transylvania with Blue Air (LTN-SBZ)
Helsinki for the weekend on BA and KF
Easter in Ukraine with Austrian
UAE and Oman with BA and Air Arabia. Y & Y+
HKG-LHR-HKG Air New Zealand, Premium Economy and Economy
US Airways LGW-DCA-MSP-LGA-LGW
London Heathrow - Zurich - Venice on Swiss Business for the weekend
Chasing the Eclipse on China Eastern
Taiwan: EVA Air (HKG-TPE rtn), UNI Airways (TSA-HCN), Daily Air (TTT-KYD rtn)
UA HKG-SIN-HKG Y Class, SQ KUL-SIN C Class
Bangkok to Beijing, Egyptair Business Class
Air China Beijing to Harbin, B777 Economy outbound, A330 First Class return
Tiger Airways, Singapore to Darwin return
A selection of Chinese Domestics; China Eastern, Air China and Shenzhen Airlines
Hong Kong to London on Singapore Airlines (744/380/77W)
Qatar Airways Beijing-Doha-London Heathrow (A330/A340)
Air China First Class. Beijing-Guilin via Xi’an
Round Asia Trip. URC-HTN,OSS-FRU,ALA-URC-LHW-KMG-JHG-KMG-SYX,HAK-NKG-PEK-NRT-LHR, Hainan Airlines, China Eastern, China Southern, Lucky Air, ANA, Economy and Business Class.
SAS and Lufthansa Business Class, LHR-OSL-FRA-FRA, B73G and B744
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RE: London – San Diego Via CDG And LHR. U2 And BA Y+

Sun Sep 18, 2011 7:35 pm

Hi Gabriel,

interesting first part of your series. BA's WTP product doesn't look bad, but I guess wouldn't invest so much for more. The food looks quite average IMO.

The weather looks great in California...I miss it.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I set the aisle seat o the moving map, while my screen tuned into the film selection.

BA should get that airshow plane painted really soon!  

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
They have mighty quick planes on the TYO routes now!

Sonic Cruisers, secretly developed at Area 51....  

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
It was such a shame that I couldn’t get a photo of our magnificent B777 in the sun. There were SO MANY police around, and with the 911 10th year anniversary coming up, I didn’t want to get too much attention!

I guess it was a good decision.



PH
Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
 
deltamartin
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RE: London – San Diego Via CDG And LHR. U2 And BA Y+

Sun Sep 18, 2011 8:12 pm

Hi Gabriel!

Nice tripreport, interesting to read about your flight to SAN.

BA WTP doesn't look to bad, in march I flew CPH-ARN-CPH in their Y+ class called Economy Extra, and I found it a nice product, a middle-thing between Y and C.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):

The crew managed to miss me repeatedly when clearing the cabin

Always annoying when that happen!

Looking forward to the next part.
Martin
 
lhr380
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RE: London – San Diego Via CDG And LHR. U2 And BA Y+

Sun Sep 18, 2011 8:18 pm

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
When entering, I asked about paying for an upgrade. I was told that the ticket was upgradeable (the CDG lady was wrong) – GBP 179 for Y to Y+, and GBP 399 for Y+ to C.

I don't think the CDG agent would have been able to offer the upgrade. It is a airport only upgrade offered ex LHR. As long as there are seats in W it will be GBP179 and the other cabins are offered (Only up 1 cabin) on some services depending on loads.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I was very surprised to see this B744 (headed to SFO) at T5A – normally all B777/744 go from T5B or C.

BA like to surprise people. Quiet a few long-haul flights go from that gate.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
When we finally stopped, the captain came on the PA asking everyone to remain seated. He then explained that San Diego was experiencing a county wide blackout, and that the terminal had no power.

Be glad you were on the inbound. The return flight did not go that day.

Looks like you had a good journey. Im looking frwd to trying out Mixed fleet on a long Haul flight. I have tried them on the domestic flight to Manchester a few times and they are looking very smart and all the flights have been very professional (But you cant go to wrong most of the time on the short flight)
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gabrielchew
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RE: London – San Diego Via CDG And LHR. U2 And BA Y+

Sun Sep 18, 2011 8:19 pm

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 3):
The food looks quite average IMO.

Well, presentation wasn't their forte (but trumps US airline food), but tasted good. It's nice that BA have gone with the larger uncluttered trays. I thought it might just have been in WTP, but it looked like Y had the same trays.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 3):

BA should get that airshow plane painted really soon!

I know. Looked strange having an all white plane!

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 4):

Nice tripreport, interesting to read about your flight to SAN.

Thanks!

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 4):

Looking forward to the next part.

I'll see if I can do it sometime today.
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Sun Sep 18, 2011 10:07 pm

Nice report, gabrielchew!

BA looks like they provided you with a nice service in Y+. We just got back from flying Scandinavian, and their Economy Extra looked similar to your experience. Nice to have the curtain separation; makes you feel like you're in your own private cabin!

Thanks for sharing!

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RE: London – San Diego Via CDG And LHR. U2 And BA Y+

Sun Sep 18, 2011 10:11 pm

Does the picture on the 767's safety card have raked wingtips? or am i seeing things?
 
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RE: London – San Diego Via CDG And LHR. U2 And BA Y+

Sun Sep 18, 2011 11:31 pm

Quoting 767747 (Reply 7):
Nice report, gabrielchew!

Thanks!

Quoting 767747 (Reply 7):
BA looks like they provided you with a nice service in Y+. We just got back from flying Scandinavian, and their Economy Extra looked similar to your experience. Nice to have the curtain separation; makes you feel like you're in your own private cabin!

Yeah, it's funny how much a curtain matters!

Quoting BA" class="quote" target="_blank">OLBA (Reply 8):
Does the picture on the 767's safety card have raked wingtips? or am i seeing things?

It certainly looks like it. In reality, they most certainly don't!
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RE: London – San Diego Via CDG And LHR. U2 And BA Y+

Mon Sep 19, 2011 5:50 am

Sorry, I just realised I mised off the photo of the FIDS in LHR shwoing the different ways they presented the flights:

Paris – CDG
Paris ORLY
Milan MLP
Rome FCO
SAN DIEGO

Some with hypens, some with full airport names, some made up, and some in CAPS.

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Mon Sep 19, 2011 6:31 am

LOL I got the same meal as you from LHR to New York on September 6th. The chicken with leaks was very good. I found the desert a bit too rich but better than the cookies one get's on AA and CO. I also liked the pasta salad. Better than the lettuce on AA and CO.

However in Y we got nothing with the drinks. I would have thought that on a 10 hour flight your snack would have been a bit more generous.We got a Kit Kat with the sandwich. You got I think a muffin.
 
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RE: London – San Diego Via CDG And LHR. U2 And BA Y+

Mon Sep 19, 2011 1:47 pm

Hello Gabriel,

Thanks for posting your BA WTP experience. A bit of a strange routing you chose via CDG, but explainable from an a.nutter's point of view   Although I believe transiting in CDG isn't exactly a 'gift from the God's'. It's more a concrete hellhole than a decent airport (just my opinion ). Glad to see BA managed to do a decent job and good to see they reintroduced the 767 on their CDG flight.
And did you get any reaction on the survey form?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I circumnavigated this by starting my travels in Paris. It was cheaper to buy an easyJet flight to Paris from London, then fly back via LHR with BA, than get a direct LHR-SAN flight.

Was it really that big a difference?

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RE: London – San Diego Via CDG And LHR. U2 And BA Y+

Mon Sep 19, 2011 3:52 pm

Quoting lychemsa (Reply 11):
LOL I got the same meal as you from LHR to New York on September 6th. The chicken with leaks was very good. I found the desert a bit too rich but better than the cookies one get's on AA and CO. I also liked the pasta salad. Better than the lettuce on AA and CO.
However in Y we got nothing with the drinks. I would have thought that on a 10 hour flight your snack would have been a bit more generous.We got a Kit Kat with the sandwich. You got I think a muffin.

Yeah, we got a muffin! Strange that you didn't get a snack with the drinks - although LHR-JFK is much shorter than LHR-SAN. That packet of snacks is meant to last you the extra 4 hours!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 12):

Thanks for posting your BA WTP experience

No problem!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 12):
Although I believe transiting in CDG isn't exactly a 'gift from the God's'. It's more a concrete hellhole than a decent airport (just my opinion ).

Well, I wasn't directly transiting - had 2 days there, but yes, CDG is horrible. Make LHR (even the old T2) look nice!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 12):
Glad to see BA managed to do a decent job and good to see they reintroduced the 767 on their CDG flight.

It is always nice to get a widebody, but the B767s are really in a bad shape. I'm booked on one in Club in Feb LCA-LHR - I've heard a lot of bad stuff about this flight!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 12):
And did you get any reaction on the survey form?

Nope, nothing. Not even more attentive service!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 12):
Was it really that big a difference?

About GBP 50, so not loads, but enough for an a.netter to fly to Paris and back for! And whilst CDG is a hole, Paris is quite lovely.
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Mon Sep 19, 2011 5:54 pm

Hi Gab,

Great stuff, nice to have you writing your report while still on the road - makes the waiting a bit easier for us!  

I love San Diego, it's an amazing city, so a nice choice of destination this time! A good value for your miles as well I imagine. I'm starting to understand now why my ex-boss always flew BA WTP+ transatlantic (unless he was upgraded to Club World, being BA Gold and all...).

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
If the British Government try to sell the higher departure tax as a ‘Green Tax’, then I’d be happy to show them how it ‘forced’ me to take two extra flights!

Well, recent history has shown that such things do not work the way they were intended to! At least the Dutch government where brave enough to admit this and dropped their version of it after a year - but not so with the Brits, of course...

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
A map of my whole itinerary:

Nice, looks like there are some interesting reports ahead!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
People seemed far more interested in looking at the hologram than what she was saying.

Holy cow, that's scary!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The Kingfisher’ CEOs private jet

Wow, I didn't know he had one. No wonder the analysts are predicting a bankrupt for the airline in a year. Or is this the whole Kingfisher group, including the brewery?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Luton Hoo, a posh hotel and spa near LTN

This looks dubiously close to something that was featured in one episode of Jordan's TV show - chav heaven.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
WTF were they thinking when they built this terminal? (in fact all CDG terminals). I’d only flown through T1 before, which was just bizarre. Terminal 2B – mess! So unnecessarily cluttered and confusing. And very harsh and grey and concretey. Not very aesthetically pleasing!

Well, that's CDG for you. It's just a horrible airport, no matter which terminal you look at. T2E and F are the only relatively nice parts of it, the rest of T2 is just a dump. I never understood why they didn't finish these bare concrete hallways, but maybe they ran out of money.

BTW the A-C terminals of DFW have the same concept as T2A-D - make it possible to drive very close to your departure gate. A nice idea - in the days before endless security lines!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
During my time in Paris, I visited the Père-Lachaise cemetery, which was pretty interesting.

It is a very nice place, but you really need to buy a map from one of the street vendors in order to find anything!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
From here it was a ten minute march to T2A, home of most oneWorld carriers.

Most of the NON-Schengen OW you mean. AY, MA etc. are in T2D which is another dump. And of course IB is in ORY which is another dump as well  .

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
and some reading material.

Aye mate, what's wrong with you? Men's Health in French? Seriously? In addition to newspapers my favorite lounge reading is The Economist!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Lounge plan

Almost looks like T1!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The crew managed to miss me repeatedly when clearing the cabin

What's with you and BA crews?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Hello Horse!

You know, there's one of these in Norrköping, Sweden!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
and with some nicely decorated pillows!

I still prefer the Marimekko ones SAS (and KF) nowadays has.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Flight aware info on my phone before pushback

In French? Seriously?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
By the time I found the moving map, I was shocked that it had only taken us 20 minutes to get to Wales.

It is a Triple seven after all, an amazing piece of engineering with the most amazing airplane engines ever!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
After all the uproar with crew striking, BA have introduced a new group of cabin crew, with revised T&C that operated both short and longhual (rather than either/or).

Interesting - I never knew! Hopefully it will help with the strikes.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
It’s not champagne, but I thought I’d try it anyway.

Never heard about that brand. How was it? Will be in Mainz in November, maybe I'll seek it out.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I went with the chicken.

That actually looks good!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
and then a lunch box.

Ahh, a nice British style sandwich. Yummy.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Looked like a beautiful day in Southern California!

When is it not a beautiful day there?  
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Flying over Balboa Park

You were sitting on the wrong side of the plane, I'm afraid. On the left hand side you would've had an amazing view of the downtown skyscrapers very closeby. I did that once and absolutely loved it!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):

When we finally stopped, the captain came on the PA asking everyone to remain seated. He then explained that San Diego was experiencing a county wide blackout, and that the terminal had no power.

Ahh, the sorry state of the US infrastructure never ceases to amaze me. Luckily you seemed to manage just fine.

Looking forward to the next instalments!
 
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RE: London – San Diego Via CDG And LHR. U2 And BA Y+

Mon Sep 19, 2011 6:13 pm

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 14):
Holy cow, that's scary!

Check out her feet! Gruesome!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 14):

Great stuff, nice to have you writing your report while still on the road - makes the waiting a bit easier for us!

Yes, currently in Mazatlan on the Pacific coast, but about to take a 24 hour bus ride down to Oaxaca. Flights too expensive  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 14):
Wow, I didn't know he had one. No wonder the analysts are predicting a bankrupt for the airline in a year. Or is this the whole Kingfisher group, including the brewery?

No idea. I saw the jet mentioned in someone elses recent TR.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 14):

BTW the A-C terminals of DFW have the same concept as T2A-D - make it possible to drive very close to your departure gate. A nice idea - in the days before endless security lines!

Well, DFW is a FAR nicer airport. Actually, i really like DFW. Clean, modern and airy.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 14):
It is a very nice place, but you really need to buy a map from one of the street vendors in order to find anything!

Yeah, cost 2.50. Worth it though

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 14):
Aye mate, what's wrong with you? Men's Health in French? Seriously? In addition to newspapers my favorite lounge reading is The Economist!

I need to improve my French, so thought I borrow something I might actually read, rather than a newspaper

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 14):
You know, there's one of these in Norrköping, Sweden!

They're pretty expensive I hear. Rumours on FT say that they're equipped with CCTV!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 14):
In French? Seriously?

I was looking at it on my uncles computer in Paris, so was automatically in French. I just coied and pasted the address, and it stayed in FR

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 14):
Never heard about that brand. How was it? Will be in Mainz in November, maybe I'll seek it out.

Well, it was drinkable. I'm not a champagne conniseur!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 14):
That actually looks good!

It was!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 14):
You were sitting on the wrong side of the plane, I'm afraid. On the left hand side you would've had an amazing view of the downtown skyscrapers very closeby. I did that once and absolutely loved it!

I know, I was told to get the other side, but ther weren't any windows left. Seeing the park was nice though!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 14):
Ahh, the sorry state of the US infrastructure never ceases to amaze me. Luckily you seemed to manage just fine.

Apparently, it was one guy that flicked a swtich wrong, and millions people of people are without electricty for 8 hours. Seriously deficient backup system!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 14):
Looking forward to the next instalments!

Next one should be up tomorrowish. Depends on my bus journey!
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RE: London – San Diego Via CDG And LHR. U2 And BA Y+

Mon Sep 19, 2011 6:22 pm

Hi Gabriel !

Nice report wtih nice pictures !

BA WTP looks okay but not sure if it's worth the extra cost.

You were lucky to get out so quickly despite the power outage!

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RE: London – San Diego Via CDG And LHR. U2 And BA Y+

Mon Sep 19, 2011 7:35 pm

Nice report GC, thanks for posting.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
If the British Government try to sell the higher departure tax as a ‘Green Tax’, then I’d be happy to show them how it ‘forced’ me to take two extra flights!

- Indeed it is a stupid tax!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The pushing continued (worse than any other ‘no-frills’ experience I’ve ever had) enroute to the plane.

- One of the things I hate about LCC's, I really think EZY should introdice allocated seating, would stop all this shoving.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
they use Skyy Vodka

- Never heard of it.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I was interested to see what the LHR transit experience was like!

- Indeed, there are many out there who still say LHR is dire as a transfer point.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
BA’s preferred premium lounge is the AA Admirals Club. However, this is a) located in a different pier, and b) not very nice.

- The lounge is ok but lacks views, that's my big issue with it, F&B is limited but they do some great sandwiches there.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The F&B options were FAR better here. As I arrived, they were switching from breakfast to lunch, so I had a few pain au chocolats, before they brought out teriyaki chicken and rice, salmon sandwich, fruit, OJ and champagne. Yum! Interestingly, CX don’t offer champagne on the business lounge in LHR (only in the F section) – being in France has some benefits!

- Unfortunately none of my flights x CDG have been around the CX lounge opening hours.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
When entering, I asked about paying for an upgrade. I was told that the ticket was upgradeable (the CDG lady was wrong) – GBP 179 for Y to Y+, and GBP 399 for Y+ to C

- That's pretty darn good!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
BA offer sparking wine in economy longhual

- Interesting, never knew this.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
lunch was served. There weren’t any menus, but there was a choice of beef or chicken. I went with the chicken.
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I must say, it was pretty tasty, the dessert especially.

- Not a bad looking meal, like the big trays, hate these compact trays with no room on them.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I’d been trying to order some more drinks, and despite resetting my call button every few minutes (so it would resound in the galley), it took a good +15 mins to get seen too. Not impressed.

- I never bother, even in J, always go to the galley.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
It was such a shame that I couldn’t get a photo of our magnificent B777 in the sun. There were SO MANY police around, and with the 911 10th year anniversary coming up, I didn’t want to get too much attention!

- Most likely a wise idea, the land of the free is now the land of the paranoid.

Looking forward to the next installment.

Cheers

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RE: London – San Diego Via CDG And LHR. U2 And BA Y+

Mon Sep 19, 2011 10:16 pm

Great TR!

BA service standards state nuts/savoury with a cold drink & cookie with tea/coffee...of course if you prefer the other option then you need only ask.

The meals in WTP are exactly the same as WT, the benefit is that you will be served first & guaranteed your preffered meal.

The call bell not being answered is wholly unacceptable, I hope you put this in the feedback form. I do however personally prefer to exercise my legs a bit & visit the galley.

I've flown MF a few times and think they look smart & are very keen to impress, it is unfortunate that BA are not always consistent from LHR.

Glad you enjoyed your flight as a whole. What if any improvements could be made to WTP in your opinion?
 
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RE: London – San Diego Via CDG And LHR. U2 And BA Y+

Tue Sep 20, 2011 6:03 pm

Great TR!!! Tons of detail!!

Also, you took a photo of my apartment complex while on short final. My bedroom window looks at the rwy 27 arrivals that are no more than 2-300' up!

And yes, the day San Diego went dark-awesome. Every bar in town had $1 beers and other awesome deals!
 
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Tue Sep 20, 2011 9:44 pm

Quoting The777Man (Reply 16):

Nice report wtih nice pictures !

Thanks!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 16):

BA WTP looks okay but not sure if it's worth the extra cost.

Well, it depends on how you look at it. A long fully booked flight, having a bit of empty space is a god send. And if you collect tier point/miles, it's pretty good. If you want a J class experience, then no, it's not great.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 16):

You were lucky to get out so quickly despite the power outage!

I know, lucky me!

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 17):
Nice report GC, thanks for posting.

No problem!

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 17):
- Indeed it is a stupid tax!

Very

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 17):

- Never heard of it.

It's cheap and nasty

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 17):
- Indeed, there are many out there who still say LHR is dire as a transfer point.

Well, I must say, T5-T5 is very easy, espcially as my arrival gate was in the centre of the A terminal.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 17):
- Interesting, never knew this.

I only read about it recently on FT I think. You can also feel you're in Club!

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 17):
- I never bother, even in J, always go to the galley.
Quoting baexecutive (Reply 18):
The call bell not being answered is wholly unacceptable, I hope you put this in the feedback form. I do however personally prefer to exercise my legs a bit & visit the galley.

There's something about going into the galley to ask for a drink that I just don't like. I feel like I'm entering the one area staff can hide and realx (albet, they should eb out serving me more G&Ts with a smile!)

Quoting baexecutive (Reply 18):
What if any improvements could be made to WTP in your opinion?

Mmm, wel,l I hear that in the near future, they will start serving Club meals in WTP, which I think would be great

Quoting 777ord (Reply 19):
Great TR!!! Tons of detail!!

Thanks!

Quoting 777ord (Reply 19):
Also, you took a photo of my apartment complex while on short final. My bedroom window looks at the rwy 27 arrivals that are no more than 2-300' up!

Did you see me arrive?

Quoting 777ord (Reply 19):
And yes, the day San Diego went dark-awesome. Every bar in town had $1 beers and other awesome deals!

Yeah, that was a strange evening to arrive - had a great time though, until the lights came back on!
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RE: London – San Diego Via CDG And LHR. U2 And BA Y+

Thu Sep 22, 2011 5:15 am

Hi Gabriel,

Nice to read about a longhaul BA flight, don't see that many reports on them. The Y+ upgrade looked like a fair deal. Bet it was special with that blackout in San Diego, you'd think the airport would have some sort of back up though. How long did it last for?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I circumnavigated this by starting my travels in Paris. It was cheaper to buy an easyJet flight to Paris from London, then fly back via LHR with BA, than get a direct LHR-SAN flight. I had friends and an uncle in Paris too, so it was a fortuitous course of events. If the British Government try to sell the higher departure tax as a ‘Green Tax’, then I’d be happy to show them how it ‘forced’ me to take two extra flights!

I can quite believe you saved something flying that way. A friend recently booked MXP-ZRH-DXB and then bought a cheap ZRH-MXP-ZRH as it was still considerably cheaper. You're quite right, before a green tax is introduced then this practice has to stop!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I had heard about these holograms before – ‘she’ was telling everyone about what to do concerning getting reading for security. People seemed far more interested in looking at the hologram than what she was sayin

What a terrible cost cutting meassure.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Legroom

Abysmal on easyJet.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I got myself a water, and some reading material.

Water in a can? That's something you don't often see.

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RE: London – San Diego Via CDG And LHR. U2 And BA Y+

Thu Sep 22, 2011 5:43 am

Quoting infodesk (Reply 21):
Bet it was special with that blackout in San Diego, you'd think the airport would have some sort of back up though. How long did it last for?

Well, there was *some* power, just not much. No computers, x-rays, telephone, but taxi lights etc was ok. I imagine the tower had enough to get the plane safely down. Went on from around 3-11pm

Quoting infodesk (Reply 21):
I can quite believe you saved something flying that way. A friend recently booked MXP-ZRH-DXB and then bought a cheap ZRH-MXP-ZRH as it was still considerably cheaper. You're quite right, before a green tax is introduced then this practice has to stop!

Its ridiculous that that is the way it is. I remember a few years ago needing to get a one way flight SIN-PEK. It was cheaper to fly FIRST class with SQ SIN-KUL, then turn around and go KUL-SIN-PEK in Y, than a straight forward SIN-PEK in Y. But this was the first time that the only contributing factor was departure tax, and not air fare.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 21):
Water in a can? That's something you don't often see.

I love getting fizzy water in cans (means you can have a drink, and the rest is gone, not flat), but you just can't buy it many places. In the UK, I've only seen 150ml cans sold in big boxes, but it's really expensive (you can get 1.5L in Tesco for 16p!). In the Far East you see it quite a bit. I've also noticed that BA have stopped stocking mini-cans of water in their lounges and onboard - they only have big bottles now.
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RE: London – San Diego Via CDG And LHR. U2 And BA Y+

Sat Sep 24, 2011 9:59 pm

Hi Gabriel,

nice start to your US/Mexico series, keep up the good work.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
don’t fly to Paris from London!

Unless you fly on the AF A380  
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
B767. when I booked the flight, I hadn’t realised that BA had re-introduced the B767 on the CDG route, so I was glad that it happened to fit into my schedule.

Nice to get the 767 on this short route unexpectedly.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
As there was no aircon inside, and the immigration computers were down, we were told we’d be disembarking in small groups from door 1R.

What a start of your visit, disembarking via the right (or wrong) side, 'telephone' customs,... You don't see that happen every day.

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Sat Sep 24, 2011 10:36 pm

Quoting SloAir (Reply 23):
nice start to your US/Mexico series

Thanks!

Quoting SloAir (Reply 23):

Unless you fly on the AF A380

True, although that is a thing of the past now.

Quoting SloAir (Reply 23):
Nice to get the 767 on this short route unexpectedly.

It makes a change from an A320 or B737, but the BA machines are awful inside

Quoting SloAir (Reply 23):
What a start of your visit, disembarking via the right (or wrong) side, 'telephone' customs,... You don't see that happen every day.

Yeah, was an interesting experience!
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RE: London – San Diego Via CDG And LHR. U2 And BA Y+

Sun Sep 25, 2011 9:01 pm

Hi Gabriel

Nice trip report, quite funny that it was cheaper to do LTN-CDG-LHR-SAN iso the LHR-SAN direct. But better for us enthiousasts. Nice to get a 767 for such a short flight from CDG to LHR. Had the same as well this summer on US from PHL to CLT.


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RE: London – San Diego Via CDG And LHR. U2 And BA Y+

Sun Sep 25, 2011 10:02 pm

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 25):
Nice trip report,

Thanks!

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 25):
quite funny that it was cheaper to do LTN-CDG-LHR-SAN iso the LHR-SAN direct

Well, it's only because of taxes. It was nice to be able to get the extra legs though - U2 is a bit boring, but it was good to be able to visit my friends in Paris again, as well as see the AA and CX lounges in CDG
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RE: London – San Diego Via CDG And LHR. U2 And BA Y+

Mon Sep 26, 2011 9:01 am

All in all, those flight series are awesome!!!

I do agree with the lay out of CDG: a big maze!  
Each Oneworld member has his own lounge in Paris

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
but I thought I%u2019d try it anyway.

So, how is it?

thanks for sharing
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RE: London – San Diego Via CDG And LHR. U2 And BA Y+

Mon Sep 26, 2011 2:15 pm

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 27):
All in all, those flight series are awesome!!!

Thanks!

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 27):

I do agree with the lay out of CDG: a big maze!

Yeah, it's awful. I think only AA and CX have CDG lounges. Not sure why BA don't given that they have around 50 flights a week, when CX only have 10.

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 27):

So, how is it?

It was quite nice - could have been expensive champagne!
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RE: London – San Diego Via CDG And LHR. U2 And BA Y+

Wed Sep 28, 2011 6:14 pm

Hi Gabriel,

I was curious about your BA experience. Good to know your luggage did make it!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
It was cheaper to buy an easyJet flight to Paris from London, then fly back via LHR with BA, than get a direct LHR-SAN flight. I had friends and an uncle in Paris too, so it was a fortuitous course of events.

I like how you make circuitous flights reasonable! 


Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
despite the rude staff,

Knowing this, you would prefer the hologram instead.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
and there was plenty of pushing in the queues

A disadvantage of free seating.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Nice summer we’ve had!

You can say that again….

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I noticed a BA B737 sitting on a remote ramp looking like it was receiving some mechanical attention – diverted from somewhere no doubt.

Oh dear, could the B737 have been assigned for our onward flight from LGW?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
During my time in Paris, I visited the Père-Lachaise cemetery, which was pretty interesting

You did find Edith Piaf’s grave! Herman and I ended up searching in vain as I wrongfully memorized the grave number!  


Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I got myself a water, and some reading material.

Into some post summer workouts?   


Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Lounge plan

Very nice idea!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
CDG-AMS-HKG flights

I did not know about this AMS tag on flight. Too bad, CX does not have fifth freedom rights on the segment.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):
Still, he didn’t move his stuff after his first struggle trying to get into it,

With the unfortunate location of cabin divider, they could keep the ‘ears’ folded.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):
On time departures of this SAN flight generally weren’t good, with delays of 2 hours common.

Do you know why?

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):
When in terminals, you can identity the Mixed fleet staff as the ladies wear hats

Good to know.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):
Anyway, back to the drinks. I’d heard that BA offer sparking wine in economy longhual. It’s not champagne, but I thought I’d try it anyway.

Sparkling wine in Y long-haul is always nice!

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):
He then explained that San Diego was experiencing a county wide blackout, and that the terminal had no power. There were no outbound flights, as the TSA couldn’t screen anyone.

That was too bad. Imagine yourself being stuck there before your trans-Atlantic flight.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):
There were SO MANY police around, and with the 911 10th year anniversary coming up, I didn’t want to get too much attention!

I guess that was the wise thing to do.


Thank you for sharing this wonderful trip.

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RE: London – San Diego Via CDG And LHR. U2 And BA Y+

Wed Sep 28, 2011 6:33 pm

Quoting akhmad (Reply 29):

I was curious about your BA experience. Good to know your luggage did make it!

Yup, luggage arrived fine!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 29):

I like how you make circuitous flights reasonable!

Well, I love to fly!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 29):

Knowing this, you would prefer the hologram instead.

Unfortunately, the holograms can#'t man the machines!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 29):
You did find Edith Piaf’s grave! Herman and I ended up searching in vain as I wrongfully memorized the grave number!

You NEED to buy a map, otherwise you don't have a chance!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 29):
Into some post summer workouts?

Ummmm.....nope  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 29):
I did not know about this AMS tag on flight. Too bad, CX does not have fifth freedom rights on the segment.

Yeah, I'm surpised CX had a tag

Quoting akhmad (Reply 29):
With the unfortunate location of cabin divider, they could keep the ‘ears’ folded.

THen there would have been too much light pollution

Quoting akhmad (Reply 29):
Sparkling wine in Y long-haul is always nice!

Yup, drank 3 bottles on the MEX-LHR flight last night

Quoting akhmad (Reply 29):
That was too bad. Imagine yourself being stuck there before your trans-Atlantic flight.

Well, the return BA flight was cancelled because of the power

Quoting akhmad (Reply 29):
Thank you for sharing this wonderful trip.

Glad you enjoyed it!
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RE: London – San Diego Via CDG And LHR. U2 And BA Y+

Sat Oct 08, 2011 8:46 pm

Very nice trip report, thanks for sharing!

Unbelievable how its cheaper to fly an extra two flights via another country. Must have been strange leaving London and then transitting back through London later the same day. It often works out cheaper to go via DUB or AMS, but the problem is competition often keeps the fares lower from London. DUB is a good one as they have hardly any departure tax. The government don't seem to have a clue about how much business their excessive fees are sending abroad.

Off to read part 2  
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RE: London – San Diego Via CDG And LHR. U2 And BA Y+

Mon Oct 10, 2011 8:48 pm

Quoting TCASAlert (Reply 31):
Very nice trip report, thanks for sharing!

Thanks for reading!

Quoting TCASAlert (Reply 31):
Must have been strange leaving London and then transitting back through London later the same day

It was a bit wierd changing planes in LHR. I've done it once before when I was living in Sheffield and going to Scotland (and of course deicded to fly via LHR!), but it was good to see what LHR is like as a non O/D pax!

Quoting TCASAlert (Reply 31):
The government don't seem to have a clue about how much business their excessive fees are sending abroad.

Well, most people don't know enough about fares to be able to make a proper choice (and most couldn't be bothered to fly an extra two flights ust to save a few quid)
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RE: London – San Diego Via CDG And LHR. U2 And BA Y+

Fri Oct 14, 2011 9:34 pm

Hi, Gabriel,

good to follow the first part around you´re series. Well done. BA looks like not bad here.
With my upcoming new status on One World, if nothing goes wrong, you know, more interesting to follow.

And sure a good way to stay away from these stupid tax situations.

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RE: London – San Diego Via CDG And LHR. U2 And BA Y+

Tue Oct 18, 2011 12:46 am

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 33):
Hi, Gabriel,

Hi!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 33):

good to follow the first part around you´re series.

Did you read the other bits yet?

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 33):
Well done. BA looks like not bad here.

Yeah, BA were pretty good

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 33):
With my upcoming new status on One World, if nothing goes wrong, you know, more interesting to follow.

I think OneWorld are a bit more business-like than *A. And Status is worth more with OW.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 33):
And sure a good way to stay away from these stupid tax situations.

It's fun dodging taxes, especially when it means flying more!
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RE: London – San Diego Via CDG And LHR. U2 And BA Y+

Sun Nov 06, 2011 10:19 am

Thanks a lot for the nice report on BA's World Traveller +. Looks like a very decent product.

Meals look nice but something about having a paper over them with the meal name that I don't like... makes me feel like I'm having a meal from the grocery aisle. Of course, I'm sure it -is- something similar, but still, it's nice to get something that doesn't look like it came out of a box.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Y this stage in the flight, I was getting a bit sore bummed, and was ready to get off. When flicking through the films, I was delighted to see an old childhood favourite, Roald Dahls’ The Witches.

A classic ! Always entertaining to watch.

It is particularly interesting to see that you flew in here in time for that huge blackout. Quite unique. I was quite curious about how they were handling flights as SAN was pretty much closed that afternoon. It seems that nothing similar has happened in about 20-30 years.

It's nice to see that your friends managed to keep refreshments cool for you ; ) Everyone on both sides of the border was scrambling for ice that day !

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RE: London – San Diego Via CDG And LHR. U2 And BA Y+

Wed Nov 09, 2011 8:31 pm

Quoting SR117 (Reply 35):
Thanks a lot for the nice report on BA's World Traveller +

Thanks, glad you liked it!

Quoting SR117 (Reply 35):
Meals look nice but something about having a paper over them with the meal name that I don't like... makes me feel like I'm having a meal from the grocery aisle. Of course, I'm sure it -is- something similar, but still, it's nice to get something that doesn't look like it came out of a box.

Well, at least having the picture and description on the front make it a bit easier to work out what you're eating

Quoting SR117 (Reply 35):
A classic ! Always entertaining to watch.

I know, I love this film!

Quoting SR117 (Reply 35):
It is particularly interesting to see that you flew in here in time for that huge blackout. Quite unique. I was quite curious about how they were handling flights as SAN was pretty much closed that afternoon. It seems that nothing similar has happened in about 20-30 years.

It was definately an interesting evening to arrive!

Quoting SR117 (Reply 35):
It's nice to see that your friends managed to keep refreshments cool for you ; ) Everyone on both sides of the border was scrambling for ice that day !

I hadn't realised it spead into TJ as well
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