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My friend tried the BA A380 Upper Deck in World Traveller and wrote this review for YVR-LHR

Sat Jun 30, 2018 12:38 pm

For all the pictures that go with this report, please click here.

My friend sent me over this report a few days ago about a flight from Vancouver to London last month. Weirdly, only a day or two ago, I saw somewhere online that someone was complaining about getting only a muesli bar for breakfast on a long haul flight. It was in some newspaper article and I thought it was interesting as my friend had a similar impression.

This flight was also my friends first time flying long-haul on British Airways. Going the other way, he had flown with American Airlines, which as you know, is part of the transatlantic joint venture with BA and a few other carriers. Check out his review here.


Guest post by Vincent Bijman.

British Airways fly from Vancouver to London Heathrow using an Airbus A380. The goal for this flight was to fly on the upper deck, which is a bit more special than the main deck. Check in with British Airways opens 24 hours before the flight. My booking was made with American Airlines, and in order to select seats on a British Airways flight a second booking reference is automatically created for British Airways. Get this booking reference before you fly via the app if you really want to move your seat to the upper deck as it tends to fill up quickly. On this flight, the 30 seats available filled up in about ten minutes.

We arrived at Vancouver International Airport, checked in our luggage (no lines, yay!), and headed through security. Vancouver International Airport is a calm and rather quiet airport, and certainly special with the massive aquarium!

BA84 – Vancouver to London Heathrow (YVR-LHR)
28 May 2018
Airbus A380-841 – G-XLEJ
Seat: World Traveller 76K
Departure: 22:40 Arrival: 14:58+1
Delay: 43 minutes


Entering the aircraft, we turned right in the second aisle. Row 76 is located between the last two emergency doors on the upper deck. Seat 76K has, unfortunately, an in-flight entertainment box beneath the seat in front, restricting the leg space.

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While there was some restriction to the leg space, it was not too big a deal. The nice thing about the upper deck are the boxes the seats have next to the window for extra storage. It’s quite spacious, and it also gives a more spacious feel to the seats as you’re not next to the window directly. The bins do deserve a thorough clean though.

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I think the bin next to my seat was broken as I had great difficulties opening it. The press-to-release mechanism didn’t seem to function properly. I had to use a lot of force to get it open, which made me afraid I’d break it. British Airways provide World Traveller passengers with earbuds, a blanket, a pillow, and an envelope to make a voluntary donation to charity. Airbus have cleverly designed the windows – they appear to be really large but in reality are rather small. The in-flight entertainment system is rather basic but provides you with a fine variety of movies and series.

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Nothing in particular stands out when it comes to the entertainment, but it doesn’t fall short either. BA’s new safety video is fun and creative, it’s really a joy to watch! During take-off from Vancouver, having a view over the wing is amazing! It is massive!

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After take-off drinks are offered by the cabin crew. A gin and tonic comes with Gordon’s gin, which is okay, and Fever-Tree tonic, which is nice. Furthermore, they ask you straight away if you want wine to go with your dinner, which fills up your tray table.

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You shouldn’t fly with British Airways for the food. Dinner was a Chicken Tikka Masala, a poor salad consisting of a ton of lettuce, a slice of cucumber and a slice of tomato, and the tiramisu for dessert was dry and seemed old. It’s been a while since I haven’t finished my plate on a flight. This is actually the first time, I think. I was really happy I ate at the airport before departing!

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After dinner we were done for the night; no more drinks, snacks or anything else. The crew disappeared and we didn’t see them until morning when it was time for breakfast. Breakfast doesn’t deserve any awards either; a bun with Philadelphia, and a cereal bar. Considering the length of the flight, it’s surprising not more is offered.

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We eventually landed at London Heathrow and I went off to connect to my flight to Amsterdam. I was excited to fly the A380 upper deck, and in general the aircraft does not disappoint. It’s spacious, feels stable, and not too noisy. BA’s service on the other hand was a bit of a disappointment.

The food was simply inedible and the flight attendants did not seem to enjoy their job. I liked getting the two drinks at first, but I would have really appreciated something like a small bottle of water like American Airlines hand out. On a long overnight flight, this would have been nice.

A380? Yes!
British Airways? Not too sure!

What do you think of World Traveller on British Airways? Remember, to see all the pictures, please click here. Thank you for reading and if you have any comments or questions, please leave them below.
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Re: My friend tried the BA A380 Upper Deck in World Traveller and wrote this review for YVR-LHR

Sat Jun 30, 2018 1:36 pm

I find it funny when people complain they don’t like the food - but want more of it!
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Re: My friend tried the BA A380 Upper Deck in World Traveller and wrote this review for YVR-LHR

Sat Jun 30, 2018 2:01 pm

I would have really appreciated something like a small bottle of water like American Airlines hand out. On a long overnight flight, this would have been nice.

Maybe my eyesight is going, but I’m sure I can see a little bottle of water on your meal tray...
 
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Re: My friend tried the BA A380 Upper Deck in World Traveller and wrote this review for YVR-LHR

Sat Jun 30, 2018 5:57 pm

Food quantity still looks better than AC on the same route, Y meal would not include cheese, melba toast and dessert would be a packaged cookie.
 
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Re: My friend tried the BA A380 Upper Deck in World Traveller and wrote this review for YVR-LHR

Sat Jun 30, 2018 6:57 pm

Not sure what they actually expected but this is economy flying. I also just flew BA upper deck SIN-LHR, good comfort seat, side bin, good IFE, the food was decent. G&T, wine. You would do well to beat BA in Y tbh !
 
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Re: My friend tried the BA A380 Upper Deck in World Traveller and wrote this review for YVR-LHR

Sun Jul 01, 2018 10:18 am

I think the food looks great for Economy.
 
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Sun Jul 01, 2018 8:57 pm

ClassicLover wrote:

The food was simply inedible and the flight attendants did not seem to enjoy their job.


Worldwide Fleet crews are being made redundant to be replaced by the younger Mixed Fleet crews, In this case I wouldn't particularly enjoy my job either.
 
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Sat Jul 07, 2018 3:57 am

A proper sandwich at breakfast would be nice. Two slices of bread and philadelphia is pretty cheap for breakfast. It reminds me of some second tier national Eastern European flag carriers.
 
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Re: My friend tried the BA A380 Upper Deck in World Traveller and wrote this review for YVR-LHR

Mon Jul 09, 2018 5:39 pm

I just returned from a quick trip to London and flew on the A380 for the first time. First leg was on G-XLEG upper deck 80B (door U3 L) exit row aisle seat and returned flying on G-XLEF on the main deck near door M3 L. Not sure if it's psychological or I have a sensitive vestibular system, I felt somewhat dizzy flying on the upper deck. Overall, the upper deck does feel a little more cramped in economy. I'm sure upper deck Club World would feel very cozy. The only Club World experience I've had was on the 77W. My :twocents:.
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Fri Jul 20, 2018 6:49 pm

zrs70 wrote:
I find it funny when people complain they don’t like the food - but want more of it!


It is certainly interesting, isn't it? :)

747fly wrote:
Maybe my eyesight is going, but I’m sure I can see a little bottle of water on your meal tray...


That would be the mouthful to have with dinner. I think my friend wanted an actual bottle of water in order to be able to drink it during the 12 hour flight.

Other airlines offer a separate bottle of water for the night.

ACCS300 wrote:
Food quantity still looks better than AC on the same route, Y meal would not include cheese, melba toast and dessert would be a packaged cookie.


Good to know, I won't be flying AC anytime soon then! Thanks for the comment!

theobcman wrote:
Not sure what they actually expected but this is economy flying. I also just flew BA upper deck SIN-LHR, good comfort seat, side bin, good IFE, the food was decent. G&T, wine. You would do well to beat BA in Y tbh !


I was surprised too as the food on BA is usually very good. I usually have few complaints. I mean, that breakfast provided was laughable (I complained about the same thing in one of my own reports) but otherwise it looked okay.

Still, looks are not the same as tasting it and he was there, so I'll go by his judgement.

millionsofmiles wrote:
I think the food looks great for Economy.


Excellent :)

mattyfitzg wrote:
Worldwide Fleet crews are being made redundant to be replaced by the younger Mixed Fleet crews, In this case I wouldn't particularly enjoy my job either.


This is completely incorrect.

Mixed Fleet is what all new hires go into and they are on different terms and conditions to Eurofleet and Worldwide. None of the Eurofleet or Worldwide people are being made redundant as you claim here, so there is no poor morale in cabin crew at BA due to that issue from the Worldwide staff.

mdavies06 wrote:
A proper sandwich at breakfast would be nice. Two slices of bread and philadelphia is pretty cheap for breakfast. It reminds me of some second tier national Eastern European flag carriers.


Tell me about it, I thought the breakfast was a joke myself. It looks terrible, doesn't it? Something hot would be nice and a hot breakfast sandwich would be even better!

foppishbum wrote:
I just returned from a quick trip to London and flew on the A380 for the first time. First leg was on G-XLEG upper deck 80B (door U3 L) exit row aisle seat and returned flying on G-XLEF on the main deck near door M3 L. Not sure if it's psychological or I have a sensitive vestibular system, I felt somewhat dizzy flying on the upper deck. Overall, the upper deck does feel a little more cramped in economy. I'm sure upper deck Club World would feel very cozy. The only Club World experience I've had was on the 77W. My :twocents:.


Interesting, I prefer to sit upstairs all the time when I fly on an A380. I find it spacious enough as they have the bins down the sides... that being said, I've only flown downstairs on the A380 twice, when I used my points to upgrade to First Class. It felt the same. Club World is quite nice on the A380 - it's nice on all BA's aircraft as far as I am concerned. I don't get the hate for the product - it's quite good. Thanks for your thoughts on the A380!
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Re: My friend tried the BA A380 Upper Deck in World Traveller and wrote this review for YVR-LHR

Fri Jul 20, 2018 7:25 pm

I feel like this post violates fair use rules. It's basically an entire copy paste from travel update.
 
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Fri Jul 20, 2018 7:28 pm

trpmb6 wrote:
I feel like this post violates fair use rules. It's basically an entire copy paste from travel update.


That's right, as per the Trip Reports forum guidelines, this is permitted. You can see the rules in the sticky post at the top of the Trip Reports forum about the rules.
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Fri Jul 20, 2018 7:31 pm

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trpmb6 wrote:
I feel like this post violates fair use rules. It's basically an entire copy paste from travel update.


That's right, as per the Trip Reports forum guidelines, this is permitted. You can see the rules in the sticky post at the top of the Trip Reports forum about the rules.


Ah, thanks for the clarification! I rarely peruse the trip report forum but got bored, hence my confusion.

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There it is right there haha.
 
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Sat Jul 21, 2018 2:53 pm

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zrs70 wrote:
I find it funny when people complain they don’t like the food - but want more of it!


This is completely incorrect.

Mixed Fleet is what all new hires go into and they are on different terms and conditions to Eurofleet and Worldwide. None of the Eurofleet or Worldwide people are being made redundant as you claim here, so there is no poor morale in cabin crew at BA due to that issue from the Worldwide staff.


Not incorrect at all. Yes mixed fleet is where all new hires go, however, I can 100% guarantee WW and EF are being made redundant as part of BA’s cost cutting, getting rid of everybody who doesn’t want to be on the lower pay MF contracts.
 
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zrs70 wrote:
I find it funny when people complain they don’t like the food - but want more of it!


Woody Allen: The food at this place is horrible and such small portions
 
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mattyfitzg wrote:
Not incorrect at all. Yes mixed fleet is where all new hires go, however, I can 100% guarantee WW and EF are being made redundant as part of BA’s cost cutting, getting rid of everybody who doesn’t want to be on the lower pay MF contracts.


I've not heard of this at all, to be quite honest with you.

It is not possible for them to switch people from EF and WW to an MF contract as they'd all go on strike. When bmi was taken over, the crew there were offered EF contracts or MF plus £10,000 cash, so the whole point of MF saving money is correct.

However, I've not heard of any redundancies. The last I heard was ages ago when they offered voluntary redundancy, which can be extremely lucrative for long serving staff, but nothing since. Tell me more.

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[Woody Allen: The food at this place is horrible and such small portions


Haha!
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