Once I was finally able to obtain my boarding passes for BA and ensure that my bags were correctly checked to DAR, I just decided to wait around Concourse D until the flight was ready to board. Overall, I must say that I really like ZRH airport. The service people were all very nice and the facilities are clean and modern.
I had no idea this viewing area existed!
My flight to LHR was full to the brim. I ended up getting the third to last row in the aircraft, which is fine since I had a long connection in London of about 3 hours. Drinks and snacks were served soon after take-off.
Appropriately sized snacks for an airplane
EasyJet passing us somewhere over France
We arrived in a foggy London and parked at one of the domestic gates at T5, so busses picked us up and took us to the terminal for processing. About 15 minutes after arriving in T5, I was already checked though passport control and security screening. I went to check on my flight to DAR, but it would not be posted for another hour and a half or so, so I bought some food, found a quite place in the terminal, reading my book until the designated time.
We ended up leaving from T5B, gate 45A. This would be my second time flying on a BA 767, but this would be the first time I’ve taken BA to Africa, which is why I thought it would be a good flight to report on…also since this flight will be cancelled at the end of March!
I was welcomed on board the aircraft by two of the flight attendants who were showing people their seats. I passed through the outdated Club World cabin, then the World Traveller Plus cabin before making it my seat in row 17. Pillows, blankets, and headsets were already sitting on the seat for everyone. Based on the number of people waiting at the gate when boarding started, I had a hunch that the flight wouldn’t be full. As I sat in my seat, I kept scoping opportunities for additional space…granted, I was in 17F with no one in the middle seat, so there was space…I just wanted 3 seats to myself so I could lay flat to sleep! About 15 minutes before departure, I walked to the back and noticed that there were many empty seats…I asked the FA if this was supposed to be a fairly empty plane to which he replied “If you want some of these seats, I would move right after we close the door”….which is exactly what I did. I returned to my seat and gathered my things to make a quick jump for the back section of the World Traveller section once I heard the announcement. When it was called I jumped up and walked to the back, and to my luck, I was able to get a row! I gathered pillows from nearby empty seats to make my “bed” for the flight, right before we started to push back from the gate. We taxied to the runway and eventually took-off on 27L.
Dinner. I took the Chicken option…notice how they have the “Africa” themed entry!
The meal was quite good! Way better than anything I’ve had on United.
Breakfast was served about 1.5 hours before landing
Sunrise over Tanzania
Club World as I was walking off the airplane in DAR
I’ve been to DAR a few times before (previously taken KL, LX, and MS) and I think BA has had the best service. Although I will say that I can see why they are ending the flight since the plane wasn’t full…even after some people shifted around, there were still quite a few empty seats. However, I wonder why they wouldn’t tag this flight onto another city. For example, KL offers AMS-JRO-DAR, and MS will offer CAI-DAR-HRE in June.
Overall, as I’ve previously mentioned, the service on BA is quite good. While the flight times aren’t the best for connections with the US, and given the fact that I’m pretty Star Alliance loyal, I’m certainly glad I had an opportunity to take this flight! On my next trip to DAR I’m hoping to try out ET.