Date: 10 September 2011
ETD/ATD: 14.50 / 15.25
ETA/ATA: 18.35 / 19.10
Flight number: BA 2716
Plane: Boeing 777-236ER
Delivered: 19 March 1997
Flight deck: Captain Mark Petrie
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Flight number: BA 2714
Plane: Boeing 737-436
“Hello, your boarding pass, please?” Cabin crew member Adam greeted us.
“Go past the galley to the right aisle and walk straight ahead,” He waived us on after a glance at our boarding passes.
As we entered through 2L door, we had to walk through Club World cabin. I noticed many passengers with small children occupying the cabin. I did not know Club Europe was popular among them.
“Hello,” Lisa, second cabin crew member, greeted us as we entered mini World Traveller Plus cabin.
In World Traveller cabin, Karen and Ruby, third and fourth cabin crew members respectively, warmly welcomed us.
To my horror, someone was seated comfortably at my window seat.
‘Will you make a fuss about it?’ Ariel suddenly whispered.
‘Oh, you bet I will!’
Luckily, I had no problem to bring Mr. 26H to his sense and make him remove to his original seat. Ruby only cracked a smile upon my action.
With G-VIIF’s long-haul configuration, pre-packed comfort kit was provided as well.
Headset and mini toothbrush
The in-flight entertainment prospect made me excited. In the meantime, Leanne, fifth cabin crew member, unfolded individual screens of occupied bulkhead seats for safety demonstration.
Legroom with my individual screen
Captain Petrie was soon on the microphone. During his introduction, he made an interesting remark, “For most of you, this could be the first time flying a wide-body,”
Herman chuckled at this.
I did not notice the remark at all and got captured instead by Captain Petrie’s following announcement, “Unfortunately, we have sixty meals shorter. Therefore, we have to wait another fifteen minutes for the meals being loaded,”
‘Great! What to do now?’ I wondered.
‘How about exploring your surrounding?’ Ariel suggested.
‘Not a bad idea,’
However, 26K is supposed to be a window seat, but look.
Wall pocket in my view
The actual window is located more in advantage of 27K. I would have to recline my seat and wriggle in between to get any decent position to shoot.
Another thing was, as Ruby was positioned right on our opposite, the use of my camera.
“It has to be switched off only during take-off and landing,” She replied on my inquiry.
Fifteen minutes were passing by without activity. Captain Petrie had to ask a five minutes’ grace on the microphone.
Backward cabin view. Everyone remained calm
The supposedly five minutes became fifteen minutes and what a relief as Captain Petrie finally reported, “We are now ready for departure. Cabin crew, take your position,”
During the pushback soon after, GE90 engines staged a play as if they wanted to be a match of Italian quartet Il Divo. Very appropriate while watching safety video.
Safety video scene
With nothing else to do after the safety briefing, I just went through the safety card.
Front page with eight languages. Again no Dutch
Content. Note the instruction of Club World and New Club World
Taxi and take off
What do you think of a view during taxi along photogenic objects like Emirates A6-EBW, lineup on the runway, lift off at 15.50 or dancing clouds right after? I just had to let them all pass without any photography.
, it was killing and I felt uneasy!
I had to go the lavatory as soon as the fasten seat belt signs were switched off. Luckily, one of them was located just across our seats.
Some drops of Eau de Cologne would perform miracle, but none of these were available on our flight, except a soap dispenser.
A little window on 3R
cheered me up as I left the lavatory.
While waiting for the weather beneath to clear up further, how about exploring the IFE control unit with its red light district of the control unit?
Telephone. Note the alphabet for text processing
And the most essential feature?
In the meantime, Leanne was distributing sandwiches.
Tuna mayonnaise sandwich
Look what was hidden under the sandwich.
A sugar bar, a pre-packed skimmed milk and a napkin
Assisted by Ruby, Leanne returned with drink trolley after sandwich distribution. It became evident that Malaga belongs to BA
’s band three service, consisting of filled sandwich and full bar.
Leanne and Ruby doing the bar service
By the way, do you realize that BA
takes full bar service very seriously?
An elderly female passenger, who was nursing her baby grandchild, had to wait in our neighborhood while her row and several others were being served.
Leanne was aware of the situation and asked her by first train, “Can I offer you anything to drink? Wine, gin and tonic or perhaps whiskey?”
I was impressed by what I heard, ‘A choice of spirits in intra-European economy apart of common beer and wine offering?’
Moreover, Leanne took very good care of her passengers.
Upon a request for white wine, she replied, “Do you want some ice? It is not chilled enough,”
Was it not lovely of her?
“Something to drink, Sir?” Leanne asked me when it was our turn.
“Can I have beer, please?”
“Do you want Heineken or Grolsch?”
I did not get it in the first instance, “I am sorry?”
“Heineken or Grolsch?” Herman repeated Leanne’s question.
“Just a moment,” Leanne dug into the drawer and showed me a can of each Heineken and Grolsch.
I surely appreciated Leanne’s effort, but choosing between Dutch beer brands on board of British flagship was not anything I looked forward to.
While I was in two minds, Herman said, “Please give me the Heineken,”
“How about you, Sir? Heineken or Grolsch?” Leanne turned to me after serving Herman’s Heineken.
I just could not delay Leanne any longer, “Then, I will have Grolsch, please,”
“Do you go for Grolsch anyway?” Herman asked me teasingly as I took my order in hand.
“As long as it is not Heineken, it will do,”
While munching his sandwich, Herman got curious, “Do you like the sandwich?”
“What can I say?” I replied. “Concoction of spicy caper and flaky tuna with smooth sensation of mayonnaise. I love it,”
Sadly, my sandwich delight ended too soon.
Some one and a half hour into the flight, G-VIIF encountered turbulence. It was not severe, but serious enough to keep fasten seatbelt signs illuminated for fifteen minutes.
After another five minutes, rubbish was collected. What a timing as I needed to pass water. I took the opportunity to visit one of the bigger aft lavatories.
‘What to do now?’ I wondered after fulfilling my nature call.
‘Let’s play what about,’ Ariel suggested.
‘What about? How?’
‘Say what about something and point your camera on it,’
‘What about World Traveller cabin?’
Left forward view
Right forward view
‘What about World Traveller Plus cabin with its much fewer rows?’
Right forward view
On board sales has begun. While Adam and Lisa wandered through the left aisle, I searched my wall pocket before they reached our row. Hey, look!
Two High Life Shop guides
There were two September/October editions, interestingly with each a different cover. None of the covers was even similar to the one on board of BA
8114. What do you think of that?
I wished I could make Adam and Lisa happy with my purchase. Unfortunately, there were no BA
branded merchandises I was looking for.
At 17.40, Captain Petrie was on the microphone, “We expect to land in Malaga in twenty five minutes. It is clear, sunny weather up there with twenty six Centigrade. Fasten seat belt signs will be switched on in five minutes. I hope you have enjoyed our flight so far,”
‘Suryo, you have got five minutes to capture some window views,’ Ariel reminded.
Urbanización Soto Alberche and Fuente Romero at the bottom left corner. Nombela barely visible bottom right near the middle
Five minutes were up. Fasten seat belt signs were indeed illuminated.
Landing (Spanish time)
Final rubbish collection took place while everything including our individual screens was being stowed.
As we were prepared for landing, Ruby returned to her position in front of us. Of course, my camera had to be switched off again.
In upcoming twenty minutes, I could only say my prayer, ‘Dear Heaven, please have these moments being recorded somehow,’
Well, guess what? My prayer has been heard by bokeroncito1983
It was just a small part of the whole sequence and also taken from outside, but still.
Brakes were barely applied after touch down at 19.05. G-VIIF glided leisurely into an immediate exit and proceeded to Terminal 3 where it came to a complete stop five minutes later.
Unlike our departure, our exit turned out to be 1L. I got excited.
‘But why?’ Ariel wondered.
‘Just stick along,’
We bad farewell to Ruby and joined the flow.
Club World cabin
‘What do you think of First Class cabin being located between 1L and 2L?’
3E and F
Several Club Europe passengers had the privilege to sample the First Class seats the last three hours with full attention of cabin manager Jackie. She was standing before 1L as during disembarkation.
Even though I never saw Jackie around in our cabin, it just felt appropriate to thank her as well as a member, well manager, of the crew.
“Thank you. Bye, bye,” Jackie replied.
See what I meant?
[Edited 2011-10-18 14:15:14]