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BA177 LHR-JFK

Sat Mar 01, 2008 11:25 pm

23.02.08 BA177 747-436 G-CIVH 13K
1st Flight on this aircraft & 10th 747-400 Flight
SCH DEP 13:35 SCH ARR 16:15
ACT DEP 14:10 ACT ARR 16:48


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Despite the late flight time, we decided to leave early to ensure plenty of time to relax in the lounge prior to departure, as a result we left the house at 9am, arriving at Heathrow Terminal 4 just before 10am,

Upon arrival at Terminal 4, It was very busy, such that a queue system was evident for security, for those who know T4 it stretched back to the KLM ticket desks!

After joining the queue for Club World check-in, we were reached an agent after around 5 minutes, bags were tagged and we were off.

Thankfully our boarding passes had a Fast Track sticker on them, this enabling us to bypass the huge queue for security, that said it still took 15 minutes to clear it, not bad for a busy Saturday.

Didn’t bother with any shops, just headed for the BA Terraces at Gate 1 to relax before the flight.

The lounge was pretty busy on both levels, I managed to snag a couple of seats and a table together in the rear of the lounge, it’s a but gloomy there but at least it was quiet.

Whilst there, we both had coffee and a bowl of fruit, just a small snack before the lunchtime spread J
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Our relative peace and quiet was destroyed by a couple arriving, his phone ringing for ages before answering and stealing our table – we still had stuff on it! - Thankfully I found a new seating location which was far better than this – I don’t like rude people and these were just plain rude!
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The lunch servings started just before 12:00 so had to have a plane and glass of Merlot or 2, nice food and the wine was excellent too!
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Some guy's arrived and were pretty tired,
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Boarding was announced at 13:18, boarding via gate 22, we had already arrived at the gate since I new it was a fair walk from the lounge.

Our plane
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Boarding was slow this morning with no apparent pre-board/priority boarding for J & F passengers, after a few minutes of going no where I decided to enquire with a member of OCS or whatever the security company is, he advised BA don’t have sufficient staff these days for priority boarding. In addition, I managed to speak to one of the BA ground crew who was overseeing the boarding today, he shouted no staff at me and walked off, nice.

After he walked off, the same security guy I spoke to earlier called for F & J to board via a the back of the desk.

We were greeted by a smiling crew member at the plane, through the galley and to the left, our seats were 13 J&K today, my seat 13K




Coats were taken and pre-departure drinks were offered, Water, OJ & Champagne, we both took the latter.

Safety demo
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Push back was later than scheduled, but we only had a short taxi out today as departure was from 27L this morning.

As we pulled onto the runway, the damaged to the grass from G-YMMM some weeks ago could clearly be seen – wheels up at 14:36.
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Once cleared to move, the crew came around with hot towels, amenity kits and today’s menu.
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Shortly afterwards, the first drinks service started, I took the 2000 Rioja, it was excellent so stuck with it for the entire flight.
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The 2 club cabins downstairs were both pretty full, I noted only 2 or 3 empty seats, upstairs should have been full too, on-line seat selection had not shown any empty seats.

Storage is quite poor, the only real space is this pull out box
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These lamp shades look stupid
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I forget when, relaxing too much I think, orders were taken for lunch, I decided to start with the Mozzarella and have the Caesar Salad for mains, cheesecake for desert.
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The rest of the flight was uneventful, but very relaxing, my wine was topped up through out the flight & I spent the time reading, taking the odd picture out of the window and listening to some Genesis on my I-Phone – Oh, I managed to get some sleep too!
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Around and hour or so from JFK, afternoon tea was served,


I took the salad, very tasty, especially the chilli-roasted aubergine. I must say even the tea was pretty decent, something I find hard to get right on a plane.
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Wheels touched down at 16:48, slightly behind schedule.
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There was a short taxi to the gate, before we knew it doors were open and we were off to immigration.
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Being among the first off, the immigration queue’s were pretty small, we were through in say 10 to 15 minutes if that.

Despite getting through immigration quickly, our bag’s took ages to arrive, they final came out about an hour after the flight had landed – I noted they had no priority tags attached.

Despite the boarding issues and baggage wait issues, the flight itself was just you would you would expect from BA’s Club World.

Thanks for reading, hope you enjoyed the trip, the return will follow when I get a few minutes spare.

Kind Regards

Mark

Future confirmed flights:-

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BA LGW-PMI 735
BA PMI-LGW 735
BA LHR-JFW 744
CO EWR-HNL 764
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BA LAX-LHR 744
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RE: BA177 LHR-JFK

Sat Mar 01, 2008 11:32 pm

Nice TR. The seat you are in looks so comfortable. I'll be hoppin the pond in the summer, but I probably gonna be in coach  Sad
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RE: BA177 LHR-JFK

Sat Mar 01, 2008 11:39 pm

Fantastic report and pics, the food always looks good on BA!

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
I don’t like rude people and these were just plain rude!

Unfortunately, the downside of flying in premium classes is that you get some premium a$$holes who think they own the place!

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
I decided to start with the Mozzarella and have the Caesar Salad for mains, cheesecake for desert.

I had exactly the same dinner menu on my HKG flight in november. I chose the steak which was a bad choice and the shrimp which was quite nice. The highlight was definitely the cheescake though. BA seem to have mastered the desserts. I've yet to have a bad one!

Look forward to your next reports, always a pleasure to read!  Smile

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RE: BA177 LHR-JFK

Sat Mar 01, 2008 11:43 pm

An intriguing trip report, BA319-131.

Kudos

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RE: BA177 LHR-JFK

Sat Mar 01, 2008 11:55 pm

Great report! I'm taking BA's Club World service this spring from SEA-LHR-CAI and I'm excited! Your pix give me a preview of what's to come.
 
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RE: BA177 LHR-JFK

Sun Mar 02, 2008 7:30 am

Hola Mark!

Thanks for the TR. CW looks really nice although I have the feeling the seats are really secluded. I am not sure if I would like them, I am more of the traditional seating type. I think I would go for the AC, NZ seats better which have a sense of more opening to the cabin. I do not like the idea of having a 'wall' in front.

BTW, your mother must be very proud of you. Your table manners are excellent, you leave platters clean.  Smile

And one final question, what do the * on the menu mean? In LX they are used for the signature dishes by their featured chef.

Salut,

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RE: BA177 LHR-JFK

Sun Mar 02, 2008 9:46 am

What do you think of your iPhone anyway? I think they haven't got it right but if they build in 3G then it would be a winner. Never tire of the multi touch though!

Quoting Rogerbcn (Reply 5):
And one final question, what do the * on the menu mean?

It usually means the wellbeing choice, i.e. the healthy choice!

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RE: BA177 LHR-JFK

Sun Mar 02, 2008 10:46 am

Hi Folks, thanks for the reads and coments  Smile

Quoting StarAlliance38 (Reply 1):
I'll be hoppin the pond in the summer, but I probably gonna be in coach

- Regardless of class, enjoy the flight & if you have time, it would be great to read your report.

Quoting Gkyip (Reply 2):
Unfortunately, the downside of flying in premium classes is that you get some premium a$$holes who think they own the place!

- Too true!!

Quoting Gkyip (Reply 2):
The highlight was definitely the cheescake though. BA seem to have mastered the desserts. I've yet to have a bad one!

- Agreed, the cheescake was really good!

Quoting Gkyip (Reply 2):
Look forward to your next reports, always a pleasure to read!

- Thanks, very kind.

Quoting Singapore_Air (Reply 3):
An intriguing trip report, BA319-131.

Kudos

- Thanks  Smile

Quoting Singapore_Air (Reply 3):
I think you really like your iPhone don't you

- Great toy  Smile

Quoting RwSEA (Reply 4):
Great report! I'm taking BA's Club World service this spring from SEA-LHR-CAI and I'm excited! Your pix give me a preview of what's to come.

- Nice, enjoy & hopefully we wil see the report.

Quoting Rogerbcn (Reply 5):
Thanks for the TR. CW looks really nice although I have the feeling the seats are really secluded

- Hi Roger, thanks. The seats, especially the window ones are pretty secluded but I quite it, don't forget there is the sliding panel which when open means you face (slightly offset)your seat mate. The isle seats are more open and face forward.

Quoting Rogerbcn (Reply 5):
BTW, your mother must be very proud of you. Your table manners are excellent, you leave platters clean

- Thanks, I'll let her know Smile

Quoting Gkyip (Reply 6):
Quoting Rogerbcn (Reply 5):
And one final question, what do the * on the menu mean?

It usually means the wellbeing choice, i.e. the healthy choice!

- Quite correct.

Quoting Gkyip (Reply 6):
What do you think of your iPhone anyway? I think they haven't got it right but if they build in 3G then it would be a winner. Never tire of the multi touch though!

- I like it, there are area's I would improve on the next model, such as add 3G & include the ability to text and recieve pictures rather than send via e-mail only + a few other bits, otherwise Iove it, love the touch screen and the scrolling pages.

Warm Regards

Mark
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RE: BA177 LHR-JFK

Sun Mar 02, 2008 12:39 pm

Hi, Mark,

another great story from your point of view and great pix as well!.
Right in time to read as a sunday lunch desert!

While it seems BA inflight services and especially the catering was rather good,
the ground services need to improve both at LHR and JFK.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
1st Flight on this aircraft & 10th 747-400 Flight

Your again doubled the number of 744 flights against my log, I´ll count five only
and for sure by JFK visits.

Best regards and waiting for the return leg,
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RE: BA177 LHR-JFK

Sun Mar 02, 2008 12:44 pm

What a great report. CW never fails to impress! Im glad you enjoyed it

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
I decided to enquire with a member of OCS or whatever the security company is, he advised BA don't have sufficient staff these days for priority boarding. In addition, I managed to speak to one of the BA ground crew who was overseeing the boarding today, he shouted no staff at me and walked off, nice.

I think this Saturday may have been the same day as the biggest trial to take place at T5. Coincidence or not that BA didnt have enough staff in T4 that day, you can make your own mind up  Wink

I think that come 01May when all the longhaul flights that are moving to T5 have moved, the ground experience for BA passengers will be a lot different. I was on a tour of T5 on Friday and the lounges look spectacular, I cant wait to travel CW in the future
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RE: BA177 LHR-JFK

Sun Mar 02, 2008 1:51 pm

Hi Mark,

Great report as usual! I really liked the series of pics with the engines during the various stages of your flight.
Thanks for sharing!

Looking forward to your other trip reports, you have quite some plans coming up  Smile

Cheers
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RE: BA177 LHR-JFK

Sun Mar 02, 2008 3:11 pm

Hi All, thanks for the reads and latest comments,

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 8):
Hi, Mark,

another great story from your point of view and great pix as well!.

- Thank Marcus, glad you enjoyed the trip.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 8):
While it seems BA inflight services and especially the catering was rather good,
the ground services need to improve both at LHR and JFK.

- Yes, such a shame as the flight was perfect, not a single issue with the flight - normally there is something!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 8):
Your again doubled the number of 744 flights against my log, I´ll count five only

- Yikes, I thought I had a low 744 flight count.

Quoting Sketty222 (Reply 9):
I think this Saturday may have been the same day as the biggest trial to take place at T5. Coincidence or not that BA didnt have enough staff in T4 that day, you can make your own mind up

- Thanks, that is interesting and could well be the cause of the issues. If so, I'd have been much happier to have been advised of this as I don 't have an issue with T5 being in a good working order when it opens.

Quoting DALCE (Reply 10):
Hi Mark,

Great report as usual! I really liked the series of pics with the engines during the various stages of your flight.
Thanks for sharing!

- Thanks, glad you enjoyed the report & pictures, for some reason I really like pictures with engines in them!

Quoting DALCE (Reply 10):
Looking forward to your other trip reports, you have quite some plans coming up

- Yes, several trips planned, however lack of holiday time (as a result of the trips booked) will result in no long haul spotting trips this year, I always like to have at least 1 week far away. Perhaps I might be allowed a day spotting in HNL, have to check with the other half or rather wife as she will be!

Rgds

Mark
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RE: BA177 LHR-JFK

Sun Mar 02, 2008 3:44 pm

Mark,
another great BA report! Thanks for sharing.
And count me too regarding the pics; I like the wingviews too!

I am planning a flight into JFK as well, so it was good to read to advance informations!

Cheers,
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RE: BA177 LHR-JFK

Sun Mar 02, 2008 7:42 pm

Great report Mark, the pictures speak for themselves! Too bad you weren't able to get seats upstairs...

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Some guy's arrived and were pretty tired,

I guess they were pissed off the Sanctuary got removed when the Gate 1 lounge was overhauled!

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Boarding was slow this morning with no apparent pre-board/priority boarding for J & F passengers

Sometimes that happens if there are less than 200 passengers onboard. Sounds like an odd choice of number, especially when the 777 (although you were on a 747) doesn't have much more than 200 seats. Indeed on a recent flight the J cabin was almost empty, probably 1/3rd full at best (enough to make the number of passengers below 200 if all the other cabins were at 100%) and we still had priority boarding!

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 11):
have to check with the other half or rather wife as she will be!

Congratulmulations!
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RE: BA177 LHR-JFK

Sun Mar 02, 2008 7:46 pm

Wow, what a cool report, and pics Big grin

Check out all that food  bigthumbsup 



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RE: BA177 LHR-JFK

Sun Mar 02, 2008 8:09 pm

Hi, Mark,

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 11):
have to check with the other half or rather wife as she will be!

Congrats and good luck!

Best regards,
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RE: BA177 LHR-JFK

Sun Mar 02, 2008 9:13 pm



Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 12):
Mark,
another great BA report! Thanks for sharing.

- Thanks Eric  Smile

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 12):
I am planning a flight into JFK as well, so it was good to read to advance informations!

- When are you planning to go and who with?

Quoting Fbgdavidson (Reply 13):
Too bad you weren't able to get seats upstairs...

- Got us booked upstairs on the next flights, am worried about carry-on space though, as the overheads are small or they were when I flew upstairs on a TG 744.

Quoting Fbgdavidson (Reply 13):
Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 11):
have to check with the other half or rather wife as she will be!

Congratulmulations!

- Thanks  Smile

Quoting BMIFlyer (Reply 14):
Wow, what a cool report, and pics

- Thanks, glad you enjoyed.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 15):
Congrats and good luck!

- Thanks Marcus, any tips?

Regards

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RE: BA177 LHR-JFK

Sun Mar 02, 2008 9:55 pm

Hi Mark,

very interesting, detailed report with lots of great pics. BA's Club World product on long-haul flights seems to be outstanding. Meals look really good once again. Unfortunately, I know them only from pictures - I have never been on BA Club World myself, only Economy. But even in Economy, BA is really good.

As you probably know from my report, I was in New York shortly before your visit - I left JFK four days before your arrival. I took nearly the same pictures on approach into JFK - but on my pics the landscape was still green and it was quite warm. So obviously the weather changed quickly. But I guess New York in the snow is nice too (as long as there isn't too much of it).

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
These lamp shades look stupid

Yes, indeed. Fits more into a living room than into an aircraft.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Around and hour or so from JFK, afternoon tea was served

Nice - so here you realize again that you are on a British airline  Smile . All other carriers would call it "snack" or something like that.

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RE: BA177 LHR-JFK

Mon Mar 03, 2008 1:29 am



Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 16):
- Got us booked upstairs on the next flights, am worried about carry-on space though, as the overheads are small or they were when I flew upstairs on a TG 744.

The overheads are indeed a bit smaller (I still have no problems with my large over the shoulder laptop bag) but you have the added benefit of the side bins which add a ton of space. If the crew can't fit the bag in either then you can put them in the wardrobe.

I'm yet to travel with a sizeable carryon but am looking at a 20" expandable. Will be interested to see how I get on with the upper deck...
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RE: BA177 LHR-JFK

Mon Mar 03, 2008 1:56 am

Another cracking report Mark you obviously enjoyed your grub the plates were cleaned. Smile

The quality of your photos especially the closeups are VG+, looking forward to more.
 
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RE: BA177 LHR-JFK

Mon Mar 03, 2008 5:28 am

Mark, what an excellent report.

Guess what? I did a trip report from the same G-CIVH in late August. From the lower deck in WTP! I like how it looks from up top better. Here are my pics of G-CIVH SHV-ORD-LHR On A BA 747 (by DFW13L Sep 9 2007 in Trip Reports)


Anyway, some comment on your report. First, in the lounge, you had the rude people, and then there were the tacky people sleeping wherever their bodies would fit!?!? In a premium class lounge? I can't believe they so willingly allow that.

Food looks excellent. Pics of Terminal 5 show it ready to go, with a little Airbus parked at it. Your pictures came out great, by the way, what camera do you use, if you don't mind my asking.

The seating looks comfortable, even if it is squeezed into a tiny space. I do need to try out Club World!

Question...the "Club Kitchen" Do you have to go downstairs for it, or do they have one up and one down.

And finally, I like the lamp shades!

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RE: BA177 LHR-JFK

Mon Mar 03, 2008 5:49 am

Excellent trip report. I took the same flight in business in 2001, looks the same!

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Despite getting through immigration quickly, our bag’s took ages to arrive, they final came out about an hour after the flight had landed – I noted they had no priority tags attached.

In New York, it takes about an hour to rummage through your bags to see if there is anything worth taking.

It has to be that terminal though, just this summer I had the same issue on CX from Hong Kong, where it took at least an hour for the bags to come out. They must have only one dude working baggage at that terminal!
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RE: BA177 LHR-JFK

Mon Mar 03, 2008 7:01 am

Hey Mark:

Awesome report! Nice pic of T5. It looks a bit small to what I was thinking the new terminal would be!

How do you like your iPhone??? As for me ... hmmm ... trip to LHR or an iPhone???  scratchchin 

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Future confirmed flights:-

BA JFK-LHR 744
BA LGW-PMI 735
BA PMI-LGW 735
BA LHR-JFW 744
CO EWR-HNL 764
AA HNL-LAX 752
BA LAX-LHR 744

Definitely looking forward to reports on these flights!  yes 

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RE: BA177 LHR-JFK

Mon Mar 03, 2008 7:23 am

Wow, that seat really makes it seem as if you have your own little world...

Anyway, thanks for documenting and photographing your trip - much appreciated! BA's onboard product certainly looks up to scratch, particularly the food!

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RE: BA177 LHR-JFK

Mon Mar 03, 2008 7:48 am



Quoting Contact Air (Reply 17):
very interesting, detailed report with lots of great pics

- Thanks Christoph

Quoting Contact Air (Reply 17):
even in Economy, BA is really good.

- I thinks so too, don't have an issue travelling BA Economy.

Quoting Fbgdavidson (Reply 18):
If the crew can't fit the bag in either then you can put them in the wardrobe.

- Good point!

Quoting Comeflywithme (Reply 19):
Another cracking report Mark you obviously enjoyed your grub the plates were cleaned.

The quality of your photos especially the closeups are VG+, looking forward to more.

- Thanks, first time with food closeups, quite pleased with the result.

Quoting DFW13L (Reply 20):
then there were the tacky people sleeping wherever their bodies would fit!?!? In a premium class lounge? I can't believe they so willingly allow that.

- Well they were travelling J or F or had suitable tierage for lounge access, guess you can't compain too much.

Quoting DFW13L (Reply 20):
Your pictures came out great, by the way, what camera do you use, if you don't mind my asking.

- These were a mix of the I-phone and a Sony DSC-T9.

Quoting DFW13L (Reply 20):
Question...the "Club Kitchen" Do you have to go downstairs for it, or do they have one up and one down

- I never used it so not sure, sorry.

Quoting DFW13L (Reply 20):
And finally, I like the lamp shades!

-I guess someone has to!  Wink

Quoting HZ747300 (Reply 21):
In New York, it takes about an hour to rummage through your bags to see if there is anything worth taking.

- Not thought of that! Smile

Quoting HZ747300 (Reply 21):
They must have only one dude working baggage at that terminal!

- Interesting idea, I'll see what happens when I go back..........

Quoting AznMadSci (Reply 22):
Hey Mark:

Awesome report!

- Thanks, glad you enjoyed.

Quoting AznMadSci (Reply 22):
How do you like your iPhone???

- Great toy  Smile

Quoting CXtra (Reply 23):
Wow, that seat really makes it seem as if you have your own little world...

- The window seats are pretty secluded, really like them.

Regards

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RE: BA177 LHR-JFK

Mon Mar 03, 2008 1:50 pm

Hi Mark

Thanks for getting me in the holiday mood!

I am off to NYC on Friday night with BA...There are 6 of us going for a birthday celebration. Reading your report just made me start to think there is not long to go now!

Haven't flown in to JFK before only EWR...Any pointers or tips on how to get through the airport with a 78 year old, without too much stress??!!

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RE: BA177 LHR-JFK

Wed Mar 05, 2008 9:19 pm



Quoting Johruk (Reply 25):
Hi Mark

Thanks for getting me in the holiday mood!

- My pleasure  Smile

Quoting Johruk (Reply 25):
Haven't flown in to JFK before only EWR...Any pointers or tips on how to get through the airport with a 78 year old, without too much stress??!!

- I've only flown into JFK with BA so cannot comment on the other terminals. Getting through the BA terminal is pretty easy and the distance from plane to imigration to baggage claim to taxi are really short, it's an excellent set up.

Enjoy your trip!

Regards

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RE: BA177 LHR-JFK

Thu Mar 06, 2008 7:44 pm

Hey nice TR as usual... Your right about the lampshades!!!What a waste of money and weight LOL.... Just looks out of place.

Nice pics of T5 ...its sure looks ready to rock n roll.....

The cashew nuts look nice...made my mouth water LOL....

Looking forward to the next ones....

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RE: BA177 LHR-JFK

Thu Mar 06, 2008 9:52 pm

Hi Mark,

Thanks for another interesting trip report. Photos great as ever - particularly enjoyed the ones of T5. Would never have thought of a salad as an afternoon tea dish, but the one you took looks very good indeed! Looking forward to reading the reports from all those trips you have planned - no pressure...!

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RE: BA177 LHR-JFK

Fri Mar 07, 2008 8:59 am

Great Pictures
Thanks for sharing
 
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RE: BA177 LHR-JFK

Fri Mar 07, 2008 3:53 pm



Quoting AznMadSci (Reply 22):
Awesome report! Nice pic of T5. It looks a bit small to what I was thinking the new terminal would be!

T5 is absolutely huge. Put it this way, T5b is bigger than Stansted......................I know, I didnt believe it either
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RE: BA177 LHR-JFK

Mon Mar 10, 2008 5:16 pm

Very nice report. I'm sure the seats are very comfortable but they look a little claustraphobic to me. Maybe it is just the way they look in the pictures.
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RE: BA177 LHR-JFK

Mon Mar 10, 2008 7:18 pm

Hi All, thanks for all the additional comments,

Quoting OA260 (Reply 27):
Hey nice TR as usual

- Thanks  Smile

Quoting OA260 (Reply 27):
Your right about the lampshades!!!What a waste of money and weight LOL.... Just looks out of place.

- I don't think they weigh that much, but they do dook totally out of place.

Quoting Khaleej777 (Reply 28):
Thanks for another interesting trip report.

- Glad you enjoyed.

Quoting Khaleej777 (Reply 28):
Would never have thought of a salad as an afternoon tea dish, but the one you took looks very good indeed!

- There were sandwiches, but the salad sounded better.

Quoting Munichpictures (Reply 29):
Great Pictures
Thanks for sharing

- Anytime

Quoting Christao17 (Reply 31):
I'm sure the seats are very comfortable but they look a little claustraphobic to me. Maybe it is just the way they look in the pictures.

- Must be the pictures, they actually feel quite roomy.

Regards

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RE: BA177 LHR-JFK

Wed Mar 12, 2008 3:42 pm

Great TR

The pics are really good.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
the damaged to the grass from G-YMMM some weeks ago could clearly be seen –

That pic looks really cool!!

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
These lamp shades look stupid

Agree!

Glad that you enjoyed your flight with BA.


Thank you for sharing

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RE: BA177 LHR-JFK

Sun Mar 16, 2008 8:23 pm

Finally found the time to read some more reports, including yours, Mark. The time was well-invested as usual, great report and high-quality pics - all the food is mouth-watering. I'm glad I already had dinner tonight...  Wink


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RE: BA177 LHR-JFK

Mon Mar 17, 2008 10:55 pm

Thanks for the great trip report!

Quoting Rogerbcn (Reply 5):
And one final question, what do the * on the menu mean? In LX they are used for the signature dishes by their featured chef.

The '*' indicates the meal is a 'wellbeing in the air' option. The healthy (or healthier) option.

Quoting Rogerbcn (Reply 5):
I do not like the idea of having a 'wall' in front.

I guess it is down to personal preference. The herringbone concept also has its own style of claustrophobia. Walls both side and no window unless you crae your neck around.

Quoting Sketty222 (Reply 9):
I think that come 01May when all the longhaul flights that are moving to T5 have moved, the ground experience for BA passengers will be a lot different. I was on a tour of T5 on Friday and the lounges look spectacular, I cant wait to travel CW in the future

I really hope so. But when I did my T5 tour we were all a little dismayed when we were told there would be no check-in area or priority check in for Club World passengers. There is for FIRST passengers. The 'guide' for the tour said BA feels there is no need for a CW check in area in T5 as they anticipate most passengers will check in online anyway......hmmmmmm.

Quoting Contact Air (Reply 17):
Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
These lamp shades look stupid

Yes, indeed. Fits more into a living room than into an aircraft.

When I first saw pictures of the lampshades I thought the same. But when you see in the entire cabin I think they look pretty good. When designing the new CW cabins, they wanted to emphasize the feeling of a 'private club'. The research they conducted with our most frequent business passengers indicated that they spend the majority of their time in 3 places: the office, their home and a BA aircraft. The research indicated that many of our passengers found the environment on BA aircraft sterile and wanted to have a more 'homely' feel. All overhead lighting was removed (another major complaint was the overhead lights always seemed to illuminate the neighbour seat also) and only the individual in-seat reading light, the overhead lamps, side panel lighting and illuminated speedbird marque on the bulkhead remains.
 
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RE: BA177 LHR-JFK

Wed Mar 19, 2008 9:48 pm



Quoting BAStew (Reply 35):
when I did my T5 tour we were all a little dismayed when we were told there would be no check-in area or priority check in for Club World passengers. There is for FIRST passengers. The 'guide' for the tour said BA feels there is no need for a CW check in area in T5 as they anticipate most passengers will check in online anyway......hmmmmmm.

- Hmmm, not so sure about that, I as a typical CW passenger don't use online check-in, Imlike real boarding passes..................

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RE: BA177 LHR-JFK

Wed Mar 19, 2008 9:50 pm



Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 34):
Finally found the time to read some more reports, including yours, Mark. The time was well-invested as usual, great report and high-quality pics - all the food is mouth-watering

- Thanks for reading PH, glad you enjoyed my flight  Smile

Best Wishes

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RE: BA177 LHR-JFK

Thu Mar 20, 2008 8:35 am



Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 36):
I as a typical CW passenger don't use online check-in, Imlike real boarding passes..................

I wonder if BA or other airlines have a policy where you are limited to get your boarding passes reprinted. I love to do online check in and then recheck in at the airport telling staff that I "forgot to print" or "do not have a printer". Once I get the cardstock boarding pass, I hide it and bust out the printer version before I head to security.
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