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ORD - MAN - LHR

Posted: Tue Mar 01, 2005 7:53 am
by theunclesam
I will be taking a flight in the near future from ORD - MAN - LHR. Looks like I'll be doing BA Flt 5108 (I think it's really AA) to MAN, then BA flt 1389 to LHR. As this is my first time traveling internationally, I would have to say I'm a bit nervous (Even if I am going to a country where they speak my native language..well...mostly  Smile )

My question is, if I have one carry-on, and one bag stowed under the aircraft (checked!), what kind of hassle am I looking at MAN? Will all go smooth as silk, or will I be arriving in LHR without my clothes?

My arrival and departure at MAN is all in Terminal 3, So I assume that shouldn't be too bad. But then again, this is my first international trip, and I have no experience to go from. I would appreciate any tips, advice, etc. on this from anyone on the board. I am a long time reader, and this is only my second post on the forums. Thanks in advance for your help!

RE: ORD - MAN - LHR

Posted: Tue Mar 01, 2005 11:54 am
by MGASJO
Quoting Theunclesam (reply 0):
Looks like I'll be doing BA Flt 5108 (I think it's really AA)


Flt BA 5108 is indeed operated by AA, it is flight AA54 (B763)

RE: ORD - MAN - LHR

Posted: Tue Mar 01, 2005 12:09 pm
by AA787
Welcome to a.net!

I'm sure you'll have a fine flight. The best way for your trip to be "as smooth as silk" is to not be nervous. Just enjoy the flight.

AA787

RE: ORD - MAN - LHR

Posted: Tue Mar 01, 2005 12:49 pm
by Demoose
You should be fine, MAN can just about cope with that transfer! BA and AA are both OneWorld alliance partners and handle many transfer bags via MAN daily. Have a good trip, interesting to see someone route via MAN to LHR on AA for a change!

Just to add, Manchester T3 is very compact so your transfer should be really straightforward.

Mark

[Edited 2005-03-01 04:51:56]

RE: ORD - MAN - LHR

Posted: Tue Mar 01, 2005 12:58 pm
by airgeek12
Think of it this way.. if there were huge baggage transfer problems in MAN onto flights to LHR you most likely would have heard something. So basicly; the chances are you're going to be fine. And even if something does go wrong- which is most likely won't- the airline will most likely make accomidates and arrangements to make sure you get your baggage promptly.

geek

RE: ORD - MAN - LHR

Posted: Wed Mar 02, 2005 1:12 am
by theunclesam
Thanks for your replys guys! I'm really looking forward to my first international flight and hope many more to come! Now I just have to get used to the way they say aluminum across the pond.  Smile

RE: ORD - MAN - LHR

Posted: Wed Mar 02, 2005 1:21 am
by col
Theunclesam,

If you are transitting anywhere, then MAN is one of the better European airports. Don't expect the same treatment travellers get in USA, it is far more polite and easy over there. I use MAN all the time for travels to Europe. LHR will be somewhat different, and when you arrive in LHR be very carful looking for the signs in T1, especially for baggage claim etc, the corridors are very small and cramped.

Enjoy England.

RE: ORD - MAN - LHR

Posted: Wed Mar 02, 2005 1:37 am
by jsnww81
Manchester is a real cinch to get around. You'll arrive early in the morning and I guarantee that T3 customs and baggage claim will be deserted when you get to the passport control desk. As Col said, staff at the airport aren't surly and international visitors are actually welcomed (imagine that!)

Before you land in Manchester, American Airlines usually shows a short arrivals video that explains the immigration and transfer procedures at MAN.

The only that bothers me about MAN is the overhead signage in all the terminals. It's written in this rounded, fluffy-looking script that would look more appropriate in a nursery.

RE: ORD - MAN - LHR

Posted: Wed Mar 02, 2005 6:46 am
by dc10tim
Theunclesam,

I really doubt you'll have any problems at MAN with baggage, immigration, customs or anything else. Unless that is you're trying to smuggle a Peruvian Swamp Adder or something  Big grin

How long is your transfer? If you get time, take the 10-15 minute walk from T3 to the viewing gallery on level 13 of the Terminal 1 car park. Here you can see lots and there are holes in the fence to photo through.

Tim.

RE: ORD - MAN - LHR

Posted: Wed Mar 02, 2005 2:46 pm
by crox1
Theunclesam,

you got bigger problems than transferring at MAN ahead of you, Man is a piece of P**s compared to getting around London in rush hour, (I assume you are on a red eye?).

Have a great time in Britain whatever you do, help can be obtained from,

http://www.tfl.gov.uk
http://www.tourist-information-uk.com/
http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/

Andy  Big thumbs up

RE: ORD - MAN - LHR

Posted: Wed Mar 02, 2005 3:25 pm
by zkeoj
My 2 cents: Since you are on a-net, I am sure you will just enjoy your first long haul trip! You know, if you are unsure about something at MAN, just ask somebody! Most people at airports are very helpful...

Have a great trip, enjoy, and I am looking forward to your trip report!

Cheers
micha

RE: ORD - MAN - LHR

Posted: Wed Mar 02, 2005 11:25 pm
by united905
Hey dont wory it will be cool i did lgw to sfo via atl.Man aint nothing like atl to find youre way arond.I was a bit edgy but loved evey minuate of it.Plus you get to ride a ba 757 cool.