BA 1 SNN-LCY Lv1150 Arr1405 Airbus A318-100 G-EUNA
Special waiting area – just some fancy couches
Our plane waiting for permission to reload bags
I love these big windows.
Boarding call was made at 11:41am and at 11:48am, door was closed.
There was some light rain, so despite passing some unique planes, I did not take any pictures.
We took off from R/W24 again at 12:03pm for our six hours and forty minutes flight crossing to New York JFK. As captain said, we basically caught up some times at Shannon and would arrive early due to favorable wind. We left the Irish coast shortly after takeoff and then stayed at 39,000ft during the cross across the Atlantic Ocean. We then cross the northern part of Newfoundland and then towards Fredericton of New Brunswick, and then we traveled along the coast of Maine at 38,000ft, and then crossed into Lynn, Boston, Providence, Warwick, Westerly, and then into JFK.
Leaving Irish coast
Amenity kits by the White Company were passed out, along with hot towels.
IPads were then handed out, along with the F/A taking our main course order. Since I planned to sleep and had my own laptop, I decline the IPads and noise-cancelling headsets. However I notice many passengers have to change their handsets.
Beverage was first served with a bag of roasted almonds, which looked extremely cheap, despite the bag says that it is specially packaged for Club World. Any premium airline should find this kind of packing unacceptable.
Here is the wine list:
Champagne Henriot Brut Souverain NV
Champagne Castelnau Brut Reserve NV
Champagne Castelnau Brut Rose NV
Albarino 2016, Eidos de Padrinan, Rias Baixas, Spain
Glen Carlou Chardonany 2016, W.O. Paarl, South Africa
La Font du Loup “Signature” 2016, Cotes du Rhone, Rhone, France
The Hedonist Shiraz 2016, McLaren Vale, South Australia
I had the South African Chardonnay, which was drinkable.
Lunch was soon served and here is the menu transcript:
Fresh seasonal salad with beetroot and goat’s cheese, served with vinaigrette
Beef cheeks and rack of spring lamb with aubergine Parmiagiana, baked new potatoes and rosemary jus
Caramelized black cod with wok-fried vegetables and wasabi mousseline
Homemade ricotta agnolotti with sautéed mushrooms, green asparagus and cherry tomato
Main course salad of Severn and Wye hot smoked fillet of salmon with cucumber ribbons, creamy celeriac and lemon olive oil dressing
Caramelized apple tarte Tatin with vanilla anglaise
Cropwell Bishop Stilton and Applewood Cheddar with mango chutney
A selection of fresh fruit
Really typical Club World service, and as I noted earlier, this Banker Shuttle does not offer a slightly upgraded Club World experience like its French subsidiary airline, Open Skies.
Salad is fresh and I like beets!
Breads are fairly typical of all BA flights, long or short haul!
Then I had the beef and lamb entrée, which was lovely.
For desserts, you only get a choice of fruit, cheese, or dessert, but given our light load, I am sure you can have all three options.
I chose the apple tart, and it was nice that they actually served it warm.
Do & Co chocolate – coconut white chocolate raspberry truffle and almond crusted milk chocolate truffle
After lunch, I took a short nap.
Here are the beddings – mattress pad, duvet, and thin blanket.
Bed in full flat mode
This mattress pad is strangely designed! I am sure I am doing it right but no one seems to bother to help.
For the rest of the flight, the F/As sort of leave the passengers alone. The three F/As, with the exception of Tony (I might give Tony more points because he looks really good on that fitting white shirt), are obviously experienced F/As working these London City flights. They were polite and served the passengers efficiently. I could not say anything bad about them, but they were also not extraordinary. However, most passengers possibly wanted to be left alone on these flights.
With a shorter flying time than normal, our F/As started the final afternoon tea service fifty-five minutes prior to arrival. The service was typical BA and I chose the sandwiches. You were encouraged to only have tea, coffee, or water as beverages, but they did top up drinks.
Descent soon began at 1:03pm New York time and it was rather choppy due to the rain along the coast.
A final hot towel service was offered at 1:18pm New York time.
We landed on R/W31R at 1:40pm and then parked at gate 1 ten minutes later. Unfortunately, the ground staffs were not ready for us and we all sat on the plane for another ten minutes before allowed out.
Final glimpse of G-EUNA – of course gate 1
Bags were already waiting for us at the baggage claim because of our delays in deplaning.
In conclusion, I am glad that I have this opportunity to give these London City flights a try. London City Airport is a fun airport to fly in and out of, and compared to Heathrow, it is much simpler and easy to deal with. Yes, I am a bit bumped by the “enhancements” by Cruz but given the flight is possibly under death watch, I am not surprised. I am just happy that I did not pay for this flight. The fares are really high most of the times and many promotions exclude this London City flight. I don’t know if I will go out of my way to fly this flight in the future, but at least I flew it. With its typical light load, these seats are still better than the current generation of Club World seats, that are simply pathetic. I think there are plenty of rooms for improvement and BA should make the catering a bit more interesting and premium, but once again, most bankers are just happy that this flight still exists. The flight attendant service can honestly be better and maybe a dedicated crew to work on these City flights will be good. Plus these passengers pay a premium to take this London City flight. I remember there used to be much noise about some all-business-class airlines attempt to start the London City to US service using the C-Series jets but did not hear much about it. BA will possibly hang on to this route a bit longer, till the competition arrives and/or these A318s finally age out.