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Part 5 - Canadian Escapades - Vancouver to London - BA A380-800 - Club World

Sat May 20, 2017 7:34 pm

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Video Report

British Airways BA84 - Vancouver to London - Club World - Airbus 380-800


Background

Hello A'netters. Hope you are all well.
This is the fifth and final installment of our trip across Canada. The previous installments are below:

Part 4 - Canadian Escapades - Edmonton to Vancouver - WestJet B737-800
Part 3 - Canadian Escapades - Toronto to Calgary - Air Canada B767-300ER
Part 2 - Canadian Escapades - Quebec to Toronto - WestJet Encore Dash8 Q400
Part 1 - Canadian Escapades - London to Montreal - BA 787-8


We used the companion voucher for our flight Montreal and return from Vancouver. Montreal in WT and return on CW.
Called the Executive club number and the agent I spoke to could not be any more helpful - she was excellent!

I even gave her a thumbs up on the BA Thank you page. Hopefully it gets recognised.

Checking flight details in February, I noticed that the return flight BA84 from Vancouver had an equipment change - to an A380 :)

Would get to try out A380 on the upper deck, looking forward to it. This means that I would miss being on the upper deck of a 747. Ah well, we can't win everything. #1stworldproblems


Thanks for Gcmaps for the below illustration:

This part of the trip:

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Entire trip:

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British Airways – BA 84
Route: YVR - LHR
Flight Reg:G-XLED; Delivered to BA on Jan 2014.
Aircraft Type: Airbus 380-800
Seat: 51E
Flight time: 20:55 - 14:15 ( 21:28 - 14:10 )
Actual flight time: 8Hr 42 Min
Distance: 4723 Miles
Load: 100 % load (almost)
30th April 2017
My Log book: 23rd Flight on BA/ 3rd flight on Airbus 380-800/ 135th Total overall flight


Entering YVR
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Day before flight, checked in online. Was excited that the aircraft had been changed to an A380 and it was the first day of the change. Ideally wanted an upper deck window seat. But only a lower deck window was available. Weighing in my priority, I selected an upper deck middle seat hoping to sleep a bit. From past experiences that seems to be the best option for a nap.

Still hoping to get an upper deck window at the airport.
On the day of the flight, we reached the airport with around 4 hours to spare. Given that it was the first A380 service for the year, they had luckily opened the check in desk at the exact same time. That was good for us, since we had some shopping to do and also could spend some time at the Lounge.

Vancouver Airport Departures
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BA Check in desks
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FIDS
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The check in agent was quite chatty and informed us that the BA lounge was just above the gate BA uses (A separate BA lounge) and that it was not very good. If we had access to the Premium Plaza lounge he suggested we use that. Not much in terms of a vote of confidence there. Unfortunately, the flight was full, so we had to be content with our seats chosen the previous day.

Check in and bags dropped, it was time to head towards security. Done in 10 minutes and we were at the duty free area. Wife had some shopping so I continued to walk around shooting some videos/photos. Another good airport to spot aircrafts.

By the time we finished shopping and walked around, we reached the lounge above gate D64, almost 2 hours before boarding. Given it was a full flight and that too an A380, the lounge were not allowing anyone who were not travelling CW or First. A gentlemen in front of me was not let in as he was in WTP with a Silver membership card.

Duty Free
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Airside
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Air Canada B777-300ER
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Northern Lights Iceland Air
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Heading to the lounge
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Fly Fishing Art work at YVR
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The lounge was of decent size. Had brilliant views of the tarmac, perfect for landing and take-off videos. The views and angle was so good, that it made the A380 look graceful upon landing :P

BA Lounge (Above Gate 64)
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The service at the lounge was very good. They had 2 charming young ladies who were very attentive and hosted us well. We were handed a glass of water as soon as we sat down and was informed of the food items available for the evening.

More info on the food and drinks in the pictures below.

Decent food offering in the Lounge. No warm food though (Except for a 3 bean soup)
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Feedback
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Lounge Interiors
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Pre-gaming before the flight
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On the whole it was a pretty decent lounge, nothing special, but adequate. I would rather have a One World lounge, or the likes, which could also cater to some hot food. Not having any warm food for a premium lounge is probably a deal breaker.

Awesome lounge for Plane spotting

Air Canada Rouge B767-300ER
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WestJet B737-800
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WestJet B767-300ER
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Air Canada A320
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Baby Westjet - B737-600
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A Cessna A185F
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The Aurora Borealis Livery Iceland Air, again
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There is our ride to London - A 3 year old Airbus 380-800
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I do not remember any announcements in the lounge, but given we were all on the same flight, as people started to walk towards the gate we proceeded.

Boarding was orderly and we were one of the first ones to board the aircraft.

Time to board
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Given that I have a soft spot for the upper deck of the B747, I must admit that the upper deck front cabin of the BA A380 does look inviting and spacious. It was quite niche and I liked the 2-3-2 ying yang seating. The middle seat I had, was perfect for sleeping, as I later found out.

Another party piece is the super large toilets on the upper deck of the A380. Do the lower deck have them too, for CW and First? Easily the largest I've been on.

During boarding, the pre-boarding drinks round commenced. Had the champagne to kick start the trip back.

First views of Upper deck Club World on the BA A380-800. Stylish yet conservative. I liked the small cabin up front.
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The middle seat in a Ying-Yang 2-3-2 layout
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Stairs to First
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View from seat
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Amenety Kit
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Thank you :)
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As we pushed back, I was quite happy with my seat selection. I was almost certain to sleep well. The upper deck of the A380 is indeed super quiet. It rocked a bit during take-off and nothing more, just a slight bump. No matter how it looks from the outside, I don’t think there is any better place 40K feet in the air than an A380 upper deck, in the front (Except for the upper deck of the 747 off course :))

Soon after take-off, predinner drinks got served. I had the bucks fizz. Settled in for a movie during which the dinner was served.

Relaxing after take off
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Heard good reiews of the movie, but a very typical Bollywood over dramtic movie. Watched half and could take no more of it
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Had one of their reds during dinner and it went well with the meal.

Starters - Beet and goats cheese salad - was actually very good.
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WAIT, am i on the wrong flight???
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Main - Asian style hoisin duck noodles (Cold dish). This was just alright. Probably a wrong choice. My wife chose the bison and it looked much better.
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Salted caramel ice cream - this hit the right spot.
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Soon after dinner, around 2.5 hours into the flight, I tried to stay awake watching a movie, but the food, combined with the boring movie and the super quiet interiors, meant that there was no way to escape some siesta.

Generous sized toilets on the upper deck. Is it similar in the lower deck too??
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I think I must've slept for around 4.5 hours. I was woken up when the breakfast was being served, some 90 minutes from landing.

Had a sumptuous breakfast, freshened up and it was time to land.

5 hours siesta, it was time for breakfast
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Almost there
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We gently landed into Heathrow and quite quickly parked by our gates at T3.

Disembarkation, immigration and baggage was quite quick and we were out of the airport in less than 30 minutes.

Back to home base - Heathrow T3
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Bags collection
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Verdict

The upper deck of the A380, in club world is a great place to be. I like the coffin design and like the suite style space we get - the personal space we get.
The lounge in Vancouver was decent, and no more.
Service on this leg was alright. Nothing special. They all just did their job. The food was very good, entertainment was above average too.
On the whole, a strong product offering by BA on this route. Had a very good flight and it ticked all the boxes for us.

This is the last and edition of this series. It has been an #epic trip and can't wait to get back to Canada. Lovely country, and wonderful people.

We do not have any trips planned in the near future, but hope to get something done.

Until then keep the trip reports coming, and happy and safe flying, Adios!

Sights and sounds around Vancouver

Our ride for the 3 days at Vancouer - A Ford Escape
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Butchart Garden (Victoria islands)
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BC Whale watching
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View from Stanley Park
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Re: Part 5 - Canadian Escapades - Vancouver to London - BA A380-800 - Club World

Sat May 20, 2017 7:35 pm

Previous Trip Reports

Part 4 - Canadian Escapades - Edmonton to Vancouver - WestJet B737-800
Part 3 - Canadian Escapades - Toronto to Calgary - Air Canada B767-300ER
Part 2 - Canadian Escapades - Quebec to Toronto - WestJet Encore Dash8 Q400
Part 1 - Canadian Escapades - London to Montreal - BA 787-8
Weekend in Bilbao - BA A320 - Photo + Video Report
Cambodian Escapades - China Southern B787, A321 and A320
Domestic Cambodian Escapades - Sky Angkor - KOS-REP - A320
Weekend in Zurich - Swiss and BA (Club Europe) - Airbus 320-200
Weekend at Cinque Terre - BA to Bologna - Airbus 320-200
Journey to the East (Part 5, Final) - BA B747-400 (Club World)
Journey to the East (Part 4) - China Eastern A321-200
Journey to the East (Part 3) - Etihad 5th Freedom Route
Journey to the East (Part 2) - BA, JAL, Etihad, China Eastern
Journey to the East - BA, JAL, Etihad, China Eastern
Norwegian And Air Baltic To ARN And RIX
London To Muscat On Gulf Air - A332 And A320
Part 4:India Domestic-9W, AI, SG On A321,B737,Q400
Part3: Phuket To India - Bangkok Airways -A320-200
Part 2:Thailand Domestic -Nok Air And Thai AirAsia
Part 1:Qatar Airways - Thailand And India
Part 3:BA Club Europe - LCA-LHR - Boeing 767-300
Part 2:Blue Air - Athens-Larnaca - Boeing 737-400
Part 1: Aegean Air - LGW-ATH-JTR - A320-200
Ryanair London(STN) To Lake Como (BGY)
Weekend In Belfast - Aer Lingus A319-100
BA First - PEK To LHR - Mid J B747-400
BA CW - Upper Deck To Beijing - High J B747-400
China Railway (CRH) - Video Report - SJW - Beijing
LAN Dreamliner (J) Experience - MAD FRA
Baltic Escapades - VNO/TLL/RIX On W6,BT And OV
South France - EasyJet A320 BA A319
UK To India - The EK Way - B777-200/300 & A380
India Domestic–Jet Airways And Indigo–A320/ATR 72
BA A320/321 - LHR To Berlin TXL - Christmas Day
China Southern - LHR-CAN-HKT - B787/A321
Aloha! The United Way - B777-200 And B737-900
Mahalo Hawaii, Hello NYC - DL B767-300
Cool Blue To BOS And Got Blue? To LAS - E190 A320
VS Little Red To ABZ And EZY Return
24 Hours On A 787! - Final Leg CZ - AKL-CAN-LHR
Part 5 - BHE-WLG-AKL On NZ Beech1900D And A320
Part 4 - MEL-AKL-ZQN On QA And NZ B738\A320
Part 3 - CNS-MEL On JetStar A321-200
Part 2 - SYD - CNS On Virgin Australia E190
Canton Route Part 1 - LON-SYD - CZ DreamLiner/A332
DREAM(liner)ING Of Hainan - China Southern
Panda Calling - BA LHR To CTU - Club World
China - The Low Cost Way - Spring Airlines - SJW-CTU
China United Airlines (KN) - CTU - SJW - B737-700
Norwegian B737 - LGW-TOS-BGO-LGW
Jet Airways: LHR – COK
Barra Trip – that was not to be
LHR - KWI - BA 747 - Part 1 - Middle East -China
Part 5: PVG-LHR - BA - Economy - B777
Part 2: KWI-DXB - FlyDubai - Economy - B737
Part 4A&B - SHA-SJW-SHA - FM: Eco: B737
Part 3A&B : DXB-HKG-PVG: CX & KA :Eco: A333
Morocco Trip - LGW-RAK-TNG-LHR - EasyJet & Iberia
Dusseldorf Calling - BA & EZY - Club/Eco - A321
 
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Re: Part 5 - Canadian Escapades - Vancouver to London - BA A380-800 - Club World

Sat May 20, 2017 9:53 pm

newbief1yer wrote:

A Cessna A185F
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Beechcraft 1900 most likely ;)
Fly with Air Burundi, Air Tanzania, Golden Wings Aviation, Kenya Airways, RwandAir and Uganda Airlines...Jumuiya ya Afrika mashariki !
 
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Re: Part 5 - Canadian Escapades - Vancouver to London - BA A380-800 - Club World

Sun May 21, 2017 7:30 am

Ah, good spot eastafspot, thanks.
I typed in an incorrect Reg number whilst doing my investigation.

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