Ryanair01 wrote:After walking up the stairs I was greeted very warmly by an extremely professional stewardess wearing their hat. That’ll be mixed fleet then. One interesting tit bit was that they no longer check boarding passes for short haul.
G-EUYW is one of BA’s newer A320s, delivered 4.5 years ago. Not having flown BA much recently I’m unsure if the mood lighting is featured across their fleet or not. I am a fan.
The crew welcomed me aboard warmly and made a good first impression. I was surprised to see the Club Europe section reached all the way back to the over wing exits. BA had been pushing a £109 upgrade, but when I checked it out they system wouldn’t let me upgrade.
Slightly disconcertingly just as I was about to step aboard, the airbridge dropped. Whilst the drop was not massive, maybe two or three inches, it was unnerving.
Ryanair01 wrote:I did find it a little annoying the departure screens all displayed “Reykjavik”. This might seem an odd point, but Reykjavik has a passenger airport, it’s just BA doesn’t fly there. Keflavik, where BA flies, is 50 minutes outside of Reykjavik.
ClassicLover wrote:It's a shame you weren't able to snag the £109 upgrade. I would have taken their hand off at that price. BA often have Club Europe back to the exits - they certainly sell a lot of business class tickets on some short-haul routes.
Really nice report! I have heard Keflavik is a zoo because of the current popularity of Iceland as a tourist destination. Those crowds are grim!
mke717spotter wrote:Nice trip report and pictures. The explosion of flights going in/out KEF in recent years is sort of amazing. I'd like to do a road trip around Iceland in the next year or two. Is one night in the city of Reykjavik itself enough?Ryanair01 wrote:I did find it a little annoying the departure screens all displayed “Reykjavik”. This might seem an odd point, but Reykjavik has a passenger airport, it’s just BA doesn’t fly there. Keflavik, where BA flies, is 50 minutes outside of Reykjavik.
Listing it as "Reykjavik-Keflavik" would be more appropriate IMHO.
RamblinMan wrote:Most of the world considers KEF to be "Reykjavik." It's not unique in that regard, FCO, for example, is also quite a ways from the Pantheon, and Fiumicino is its own town, but the destination is "Rome." ICN would be another example of the exact same thing. Both Rome and Seoul have smaller closer-in airports with the main international airports located in the outlying towns, but the destination is still the larger city. Calling it "Keflavik" on departure boards would only confuse people who aren't familiar with Iceland and only know they are heading to Reykjavik.
stl07 wrote:Have you ever flown on London city-KEF?
I thought crowds die down at KEF during the winter - guess not.
RJNUT wrote:thanks for the post
this made me laugh!
"Service complete, one steward then talked ‘at’ the other without taking breath until Keflavik, except when they walked the duty free trolley through. Apparently Uxbridge has no good bars and if you live in High Wycombe the Marylebone line is nice and quick. "
lychemsa wrote:When I flew from London to Bucharest the BA fare was 300 pounds one way compared to 100 pounds on Tarom. Also Tarom give a small meal unlike BA. The only negative was that the toilet seat had not been cleaned in 20 years and was permanently brown but I can live with that especially saving 200 pounds.
747fly wrote:Slightly disconcertingly just as I was about to step aboard, the airbridge dropped. Whilst the drop was not massive, maybe two or three inches, it was unnerving.
That will be the automatic levelling function - as the aircraft gets heavier, it gets lower so the air bridge automatically goes down do stay level with the aircraft. If it didn’t there’s a risk the aircraft could get damaged, including the door being ripped off. Next time you board from an air bridge, have a look under the door, there should be a pad which detects movement.
KLDC10 wrote:Nice report, thanks for sharing.
The BA shorthaul service is what it is. I don't like it, and I'd choose other airlines over BA, but I wouldn't necessarily go out of my way to avoid it if the price were right.. Ordinary passengers still associate the British Airways brand with a premium service offering and I consider their short haul economy service to be extremely stingy. That said, I'm given to understanding that Club Europe is still a solid offering, and that there have even been some improvements in the catering area. The slow service is unfortunate, and I'd recommend flying with Icelandair if ever you return to Keflavik/Reykjavik. Usually cheaper than BA, hot and soft drinks are included, and there is always more than one trolley service in economy (usually two FAs work front to back, while one or two also work back to front).
Keflavik Airport is far too small for the number of passengers now passing through on a daily basis. I have used Icelandair for transatlantic travel on multiple occasions, beginning in 2014, and the increase in passenger numbers since then has been marked. Unfortunately, the planned expansion cannot come quickly enough, and using the airport has become a thoroughly unpleasant experience. Food at the airport is also extremely expensive, which makes the experience even worse.
Thanks again for the report.
mke717spotter wrote:Nice trip report and pictures. The explosion of flights going in/out KEF in recent years is sort of amazing. I'd like to do a road trip around Iceland in the next year or two. Is one night in the city of Reykjavik itself enough?
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