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To New York On A Baby! Speedbird 001

Sat Oct 02, 2010 4:40 pm

Hello dear readers, welcome to my latest trip report.

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As many of you know, BA now offer 2 daily weekday flights from London City airport to JFK, with a 45 minute stop in Shannon to refuel and complete US immigration.

The 45 minutes can actually be shorter if the load is light.

This new service was designed for the business traveller to minimise airport travel time and check-in times. In addition the services aimes to maximizing passenger productivity on board, this through the use of OnAir capability, this allows passengers to send emails, texts from their mobile phone and connect to the Internet throughout the flight, a pretty decent tool IMO - though not sure I'll need this on this trip, however this flight was designed for business passengers, not me on a jolly!

These special services use the old Concorde flight numbers, a throwback to the good old days, though not supersonic, this is something special for sure!

Since first being announced, I had wanted to get on this service, mainly as was something different, finally I found an excuse, MrsBA319131 wanted to return to NYC for a vacation, as usual, she sorts the hotel, I sort the flights.

The flights were booked on www.ba.com. The website is easy to navigate and we were able to select our seats through the manage my booking option. I originally chose 1 A & B but later went back and took the last row, row 8 as I figured it would be more private down the back of the plane & Markus would approve too!  

Welcome to my trip on the BA001 to JFK!


15.09.10
BA001
LCY-JFK via SNN
A318-112 - G-EUNA
Built 2009
Seat 8A Club World
1st Flight on this aircraft, 2nd on the A318
Sch Dep 12:50 Sch Arr 17:15
Act Dep 12:51 Act Arr 16:35


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Though not the most convenient airport to us, LCY was todays departure airport, some one hour away without traffic.

Since check-in for this flight closes some 15-20 minutes before departure, we saw no need to hurry and left the house at around 10am, this would allow time to fuel the car, drop it off and still have a quick drink or 2 in the lounge.

Another reason for not padding out the airport experience was due to the lounge being small in size, limited operating hours and of course reduced F & B options, though again, the whole Club World service at LCY has been designed around the business traveller who is not likely to want to spend hours in an airport lounge.

Upon arrival, bags in tow we headed to the terminal, in the lobby area BA have a manned podium and a baggage cart, the kind you find in decent hotels. Check-in occurs here, boarding passes are issued, bags tagged and advise given on how to access the priority security queue, your hand luggage gets a special tag for that. Hold luggage is left here, seems a BA porter will take it for you, just like a good hotel.

Terminal exterior, Avis have pole position here
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Self service machines
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So far, excellent start to the day.

Next stop was Travelex to collect pre-ordered money, this however took some 20 odd minutes as they could not find our order despite presenting them with a printed confirmation! It got sorted in the end but the whole episode was not handled well.

Next stop security, en route I noted new stairs being installed along with some additional refurbishment taking place behind boarded up areas.

There was no queue when presenting boarding passes however the agent was clearly uninterested in her job, paid no attention to the boarding pass or priority tag's and just indicated for us to join the main queue for security, so much for priority security screening! - I don't blame BA for this, more the airport and what ever crummy security company they use.

Anyway, it took a good 5 minutes to get through, there are loads of staff but they only had 2 screeners open, most staff seemed to be standing around doing nothing.

One going through the machine I beeped, must have been a random,they wanted me to remove my shoes and give me a pat down, no biggie though once that was sorted they wanted me to remove the ipad from the bag and send them back through screening again - I did point out there we no signs advising customers to remove ipads, if they want them removed they should improve their communication rather than cause annoyance to passengers.

Once airside I was feeling a little stressed to be honest, I fully expected the drive on the M25 to be the worst part of the trip but no, changing money and security!

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A quick walk through duty free for MrsBA319-131 to pick up a few items then off to gate 24 where our plane would depart from.

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Hmm, which one is ours?
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Once at gate 24 you have to go down a few sets of steps to ground level where the gate is actually located, once there we were met by a chirpy member of staff who checked boarding passes and pointed out magazines and refreshments.

The lounge is indeed small, some 32 seats for 32 passengers if the flight is full, we easily found a couple of seats close to the window, our bird was right outside. F&B offerings are quite limited, as expected but they do have champagne to which we had a glass, well I did need something soothing at this point!

I've not many pictures from here, it was kind of small and had a few business types in so it did not feel appropriate to be taking too many pictures, that said there was some press photogropher being shown around and taking lots of pictures.

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View outside
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Seems we had only been in the lounge a few minutes when boarding was announced,it was now 12:25 & I'd not even finished my first glass of champers!

We let the majority board first, by majority today's load was some 15 passengers in total, quite low but this is a mid week service, I suspect Mondays & Friday services are the fullest.

Passports and boarding passes are checked before you take the short walk across the ramp to the aircraft, I took these shots on the way.

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Up the steps to the front door to be greeted by Chris the CSD who welcomes you by name as he checks your boarding pass

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Our seats today were 8 A & B, originally I had reserved 1 A & B but decided the back was likely to be better for cabin pictures and the like, good choice it was too!

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Row 8 is the last row on this 2-2 forward facing 32 seat aircraft.

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Whilst settling into the seat menus were distributed by Chris who also advised of two wines on the menu which were now not available today, one was a the Zinfendal which am quite partial too, shame.

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The seat fabric looks to be a mix of blue/brown, with a nice leather headrest, the seat backs in white, the choice of colours and fabrics creates a quite a nice environment, I actually thought it looked nice than the regular Club World cabins on the BA 747 fleet.

Need power?
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Light and another seat control

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As we waited for the last passengers to arrive you could feel the plane gently rocking from side to side in the wind.

No drinks are served or offered prior to departure, perhaps if you ask?

Push or should I say taxi forward took place 1 minutes behind schedule

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a brisk taxi out down the active runway to turn around at the end and take off to the east, wheels were up @ 12:55, the take off run could not have lasted much longer than 10 seconds, shortest take off I think I've ever had, wish I'd timed it!

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Climb was steep just like those good old 757 takeoffs, it was also pretty darn bumpy, taking pictures was a pretty tough job, though once through the cloud things smoothed out nicely.

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Once the cabin crew were released service started, first off Chris took meal orders for the next sector, along with asking if individual IFE players were required,drinks were offered from a trolly and your choice of snack, we both took the duck which was just excellent!

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Rear galley area
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RE: To New York On A Baby! Speedbird 001

Sat Oct 02, 2010 5:05 pm

Well done on another great report, BA319-131! 
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RE: To New York On A Baby! Speedbird 001

Sat Oct 02, 2010 5:52 pm

Very nice!!
Waiting for Part 2 
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RE: To New York On A Baby! Speedbird 001

Sat Oct 02, 2010 5:55 pm

Hi Mark!

Great post and thanks for sharing. I've been waiting for the day to read a report on this relativly new LCY service.

I was lucky enough to blag myself a visit onboard G-EUNB at Farnborough this year, had a blast onboard chatting with the crew and playing with the seats. I must say they were really comfortable and I wouldn't mind spending 7/8 hours onboard one of these Mico-buses. I love those hats the girls wear wear on this service, I've not seen them worn on any other BA flight i've taken.

Nice touch that the menu pattern matches that of the seats.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
The seat fabric looks to be a mix of blue/brown, with a nice leather headrest, the seat backs in white, the choice of colours and fabrics creates a quite a nice environment, I actually thought it looked nice than the regular Club World cabins on the BA 747 fleet.

Can totally agree with you there, A real nice mix of colours.

Im guessing some of the report has cut off, bit of an abrupt end to it. I'll be sure to check out the rest when it appears.

Matt
 
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RE: To New York On A Baby! Speedbird 001

Sat Oct 02, 2010 6:10 pm

Seems a problem posting this report!

Lets pick up where we left off.......................

Toilet
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During the short flight, Simon, the First Officer from the front office gave us a quick update, cruise was 38,000ft, expected time into Shannon along with flight time to JFK and also warned it would be a bit bumpy as we approached Shannon. He also advice there was a flight crew change in Shannon.

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Trays were cleared away and before you knew descent into Shannon had started.

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Decent got pretty rough once into the cloud, taking pictures through the window was hard work as the plane bounced around, it was still bumpy once through the cloud

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however we touched down in one piece at 14:09.

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Taxi to the gate was quick, during taxi we were advised to remove all personal items as the plane would be inspected by US Customs prior to departure, anything left behind would be removed.

EUNA pulled onto stand, the seatbelt sign extinguished and we all packed our bits away and left the plane.

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Once in the terminal directions for the US Immigration pre clearance are clearly marked, basically just follow the blue line! The entire route seems to have been redecorated in the not too distant past, despite the age of the terminal building it gave a good impression of Shannon airport.

I decided not to take any photographs in Shannon, for some reason it did not seem appropriate to do so, especially waiting for immigration to accept us, looking back, it was such a quick process I never had the time!

Passengers without hold luggage are asked to enter immigration first, those with luggage are directed to a small seating area outside to wait until the no luggage passengers have cleared. Once they have been through, passengers with luggage are invited through.

You are greeted by x-Ray machines for your had luggage, shoes need to be removed and placed through the machine. Passengers don't pass though an x-Ray machine but receive a pat down before processing to immigration.

The immigration process is just the me as in the good old US of A though they take your customs declaration form at this point.

Of note, MrsBA319-131 needed to provide left and right hand's along with thumbs to the electronic 'gizmo' - I myself just needed 4 fingers on it, guess I am a safe regular visitor  

Once immigration was complete, you exit a door across the corridor from the plane, we were back aboard @ 14:35, quite amazing!

The real reason for the stop, fuel!

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Once all passengers were back aboard and the front door closed, our new Captain, Delaney said hello, give an overview of the weather in NY, expected arrival times and advised we would not need another safety demo, he also said he would leave us in peace and speak to us again around 40 minutes prior to arrival in JFK.

Once Captain Delaney finished speaking Chris reminded us to remember to wear our seat belts and be aware of our nearest emergency exit.

Push took place at 14:47, and we headed back out to the active, passing this old girl on the way

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wheels were up @ 14:56 after a 32.4 second take off run, I timed this one!

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I was now on my 2nd flight on EUNA and my 3rd A318 flight.

Climb was much smoother than descent had been, the weather was much better now.

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Once released the crew distributed amenity kits followed by drinks from the trolly, after this Chris distributed IFE players to those who had requested them and gave instructions on how to use them.

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The IFE players slide into the holder, which folds out from between the seats, as far as I could tell its the same as the usual BA PTV bat the moving map.

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Soon after, a salad starter was offered along with warm bread from a basked, one of the breads had olives in, have to say it was excellent.

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Not sure how it happened but our drinks were not topped up when the salad arrived, i pressed the call button and one of the FA's, Rachael appeared in an instant, never seen such quick service, our drinks were soon topped up.

Chris distributed the pre-ordered mains, a tad early for my liking , was still finishing my salad, however the service is designed for those who need more working time.

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I took the beef for my main as did MrsBa319-131, it was excellent, though I see now why chips are not a regular on planes, they go a bit soft, that said, it was an enjoyable meal and more of the warm breads were offered.

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Mains were cleared, desert offered along with tea or coffee, we both took the cheese, I like puddings but the trifle was not working for me, I took a class of the Merlot to go with the cheese, a good choice, very tasty!

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On a side note I still think BA should offers desert followed by a cheese service if desired.

Chris came along offering chocolates from a silver tray which I though was a nice touch.

Meal trays were cleared and bottles of water provided, Chris passed around with a tray of Walkers crisps for those still hungry.

With the trays out of the way I started to write this report upon my iPad, the Docs To Go application is excellent, and for me at least removes the need to travel with a lap top.

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Once I got to the report up to date I read my book for a bit before putting the seat into bed mode for a bit of a sleep.

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I managed a couple of hours before I woke up, seems the wife had finished her film and was now fast asleep.

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Cabin during cruise
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Our empty wine glasses had been removed and my water bottle was pretty empty so I headed up front for more water and another glass of Merlot.

Rachael and Marie were both in the forward galley, we had a quick chat, whilst they poured more wine and I helped myself to a few more chocolates that were laid out with othre snacks, they were more than happy when I told them I preferred the service over the LHR flights, seems they were quite proud of their LCY service, nice to see this in crew.

Prior to the pre arrival snack I spent the rest of the time reading and enjoying the view out of the window.

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Around 20:00 UK time or 15:00 local hot towels were distributed and they were hot!

Shortly afterwards the pre arrival afternoon tea service started, we both chose the sandwiches along with a sultana scone, because I was a now on holiday and off the diet I took a brambly apple and blackberry turnover and a glass of champagne, plus a coffee to wash it all down. I have to admit it was all good, even the coffee so I took a second cup.

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Meal trays were cleared and the front office came on-line with an update around 16:00, were were some 40 minutes out now, the seat belt sign would be on in 20 minutes so it would be a good time to use the bathroom facilities, outside temp @ JFK was a nice 74 degrees.

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The weather outside looked excellent, nice to be on the beach for sure!

OK, time to name the airfields
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At 16:22 local time 20 minutes to landing was announced.

All set for landing
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RE: To New York On A Baby! Speedbird 001

Sat Oct 02, 2010 6:12 pm

And the next bit.

All set for landing
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Seems we made up time on approach as wheels touched down @ JFK 16:35.

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Taxi to Terminal 7 was pretty quick, made a new AZ 332, looks nice.

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EUNA pulled onto stand at 16:41.

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We thanked Rachael & Marie who were in the rear section and also Chris and Captain Delaney as we left the plane.

So, here is the time line then:-

Landed 16:35,on stand 16:41, a quick walk to baggage claim, were were there at 16:48, bags came out a moment later and after a quick stop for the loo were were outside in the sun at 16:55.

If we had hand luggage we could easily have been outside within the 5 minutes BA advertise.

Summary

What an excellent service!

This is no SQ, EY or QR J service (on a good day) by any means but's its not bad at all.

I think the whole aspect of travelling on what is in effect a 32 seat private jet makes the whole experience feel great, the 318 is nice and comfortable, clean and quite. Despite this being such a small airliner, you don't really feel your on something tiny compared to the usual 747's and 777's plying the pond.

The stop on Shannon is a non issue, for those with just hand luggage and where time is money, the potential time savings to getting landside are huge.

While LCY is not that convenient for many to the west of London, I'd certainly look at taking this option again if travelling to New York or beyond, it's a no brainer for those working in the City.

Hope you enjoyed, feel free to drop and comments or question.

Regards

Mark
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Here are a few random pictures from our stay

Remains of an old pier
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Classic car dealer down a side street
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The Highline, well worth a visit
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The best street vendor in town, corner of 53rd & 6th
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All pictures were take with a Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3
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Sat Oct 02, 2010 6:14 pm

Quoting DunaA320 (Reply 3):
Im guessing some of the report has cut off, bit of an abrupt end to it. I'll be sure to check out the rest when it appears

- Thanks for pointing this out Matt, looked AOK when I posted it, guess the site is playing up again.

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Sat Oct 02, 2010 6:44 pm

Hello Mark. What an excellent report.. hope you enjoyed your trip. Did you fly back on this service?

Pain about the split posts.. seems an inherent issue with Airliners.net recently- had similar issues earlier in the year.
 
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Sat Oct 02, 2010 6:49 pm

Nice to read the rest of this report.

Great pics of NYC, one of my favourite cities on the planet. A B&W photo of a NY street scene really does it for me. This is really giving me the buzz to go back to NYC now!

Great you got to a 'football' game out there too!

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 4):
seems they were quite proud of their LCY service, nice to see this in crew.

The girls I chatted to onboard at Farnborough were extremely proud to fly this service, nothing but good words and experiences to tell about it and what I also learnt is that they are just 'regular' LGW crews that do this route but operate it on a seniority basis. They told me to come try out BA @ LGW sometime as, and I quote 'we're a friendlier bunch at LGW'.

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 6):

- Thanks for pointing this out Matt, looked AOK when I posted it, guess the site is playing up again.

I've had the exact same happen to me with the LHR-NCL 747 TR.

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Sat Oct 02, 2010 8:46 pm

Hey, Mark,

really good work, never expected anything else.
Superb pictures and a nice read.
That meal´s offered on this service, let me say, looks inviting.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
I originally chose 1 A & B but later went back and took the last row, row 8 as I figured it would be more private down the back of the plane & Markus would approve too!

Absolutely!.

Thanx also for the local pictures, more interesting.

Really amazing to follow you´re arrival timeline. I remember a visit to New York some years ago, where it feels like the same time on the ground as on the plane, till we´re in the hotel.

Finally I wish Mrs. BA decides for more travels in the near future, you know!.

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Sat Oct 02, 2010 9:19 pm

Excellent report about a special flight, Mark. Thanks for taking as along.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
OnAir capability

I imagine that must be a great feature on a TATL flight. I tried out inflight wifi on Delta and really liked it. You know, writing e-mails to friends claiming you're flying high above the ground.   That was pretty cool.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
The lounge

Colour choice is up to every individual's taste, but the offering on the table with the wiring below doesn't look classy to me.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
No drinks are served or offered prior to departure

Rather disappointing at first glance, could it be because, under normal circumstances, the boarding would be completed in no time, with a short taxi to the runway not leaving not a enough time for a pre-departure drink service?

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Climb was steep just like those good old 757 takeoffs

Excellent photographs. I remember watching a lot of LCY departures from the Royal Greenwich Observatory, nice to see the perspective from above!

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
I decided not to take any photographs in Shannon, for some reason it did not seem appropriate to do so

Spot on. In the US, it is forbidden to take any pictures. Otherwise, you could have your camera taken away.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Chris distributed IFE players

Makes me wonder why BA didn't built them into the armrests directly.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Seems we made up time on approach as wheels touched down @ JFK 16:35.

Another great capture! The runway looks just great.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
What an excellent service!

That was my impression as well!

By the way: The new Airbus overhead panel design looks splendid. I like the way the manufacturers adjust to changing times and add an electronic devices on/off sign. I take it the no smoking sign isn't even illuminated?

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 6):
guess the site is playing up again.

Much to the chagrin of those who write TRs!

M.

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Sat Oct 02, 2010 9:30 pm

Hey Mark ,
Ive been wanting to read a report on this and who better than you to supply it  
Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
I did point out there we no signs advising customers to remove ipads,

Seems airports cant make up their minds. In DUB they said to me they dont class it as a laptop and it remains in the bag! I guess everywhere is different.

Fab photos and insight into the product. Not bad at all. Love the final pic, so cute.  


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Sat Oct 02, 2010 10:14 pm

Great report, BA319-131!!

Looks like you had a beautiful day for flying, and how great to read a report on the BA A318 service to JFK via SNN. The service looked to be really good, and the food looks fantastic! It must have felt like you were flying on a private jet. I think this has to be one of the best ways to cross the ocean ..

Thanks for sharing! Excellent photos too; I like the one of the remnants of the pier ..

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Sun Oct 03, 2010 1:48 am

Wow, fantastic report Mark! Been looking forward to this report of yours - thanks for sharing the experience. Speedbird One is such an iconic flight that I was wondering if the ghosts of Concorde would be turning in their graves to know that it's now operated by a baby bus   But at least the style is similar.


Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
The flights were booked on www.ba.com. The website is easy to navigate and we were able to select our seats through the manage my booking option.

How are the fares for these flights compared to regular Club World on BA?

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
We let the majority board first, by majority today's load was some 15 passengers in total, quite low but this is a mid week service, I suspect Mondays & Friday services are the fullest.

This must be one of the best reasons for flying this service. Must feel very special being one of only 15 pax.  
Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
ecided the back was likely to be better for cabin pictures and the like, good choice it was too!

Absolutely   

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Row 8 is the last row on this 2-2 forward facing 32 seat aircraft.

What a luxury. On a transatlantic widebody - Row 8 (if it exists at all) will probably be close to the front of the plane! haha. The seats look like the generic J class ones used by a few airlines, except they don't have the leg rest. Did they go full flat? It looks like they did.

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 4):
The IFE players slide into the holder, which folds out from between the seats

This makes sense. Some airlines supply you portable IFE players without a proper holder making it almost impossible to eat and watch a movie at the same time.

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 4):
Landed 16:35,on stand 16:41, a quick walk to baggage claim, were were there at 16:48, bags came out a moment later and after a quick stop for the loo were were outside in the sun at 16:55.

If we had hand luggage we could easily have been outside within the 5 minutes BA advertise.

Amazing!

Thanks again for the excellent report.

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Sun Oct 03, 2010 2:52 am

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
OK, time to name the airfields

First one is North Central State in Pawtucket, RI (KSFZ).

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Sun Oct 03, 2010 3:29 am

What a great trip report. the pictures you posted are truly amazing. I really enjoyed it. I didn't even know about this service that BA offers. So I learned something new today 
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Sun Oct 03, 2010 6:21 am

Hi Mark,

I have been waiting for this report. I am gladly surprised to see it popping up this weekend.

That is what I call a joint venture between you and Mrs. BA319-131. Did Mrs. BA319-131 consult TripAdvisor for this purpose?

Pity about the cumbersome LCY security check. It takes away the exclusive experience BA is willing to emphasize. Good to know you and Mrs. BA319-131 being attended by enthusiastic and courteous cabin crews.

The tarmac looks romantic with BA E90's and 318's.

Interesting overhead panel design. I saw the similar on board of Indonesia AirAsia.

Many thanks for sharing your Speedbird experience and the city view, especially the squirrel. It is so adorable.

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Sun Oct 03, 2010 6:37 am

Hola Mark!

Amazing TR. Really worth reading and looking at the excellent pictures.

Flying an A318 across the Atlantic is something I am looking forward to doing in the future. Sometime ago BA offered the connection from BCN but nowadays when you look at it this connection has disappeared and you are only offered the LHR flights... Too bad!

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Seems we had only been in the lounge a few minutes when boarding was announced,it was now 12:25 & I'd not even finished my first glass of champers!

How come they left without you finishing your champagne, shame on them!

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
he take off run could not have lasted much longer than 10 seconds, shortest take off I think I've ever had, wish I'd timed it!

I remember flying out of LCY and it was amazing, the little AVRO turned on the engines to full power, brakes fully applied and when they released them the plane banged on the runaway and took off almost immediately.

Salut!

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Sun Oct 03, 2010 7:52 am

Hi Mark - great report and some very nice pics as well.

I have had similar problems with that Travelex at LCY in the past before as well. Glad you managed to get your cash eventually.

LCY is looking quite tatty at the moment with all the renovations going on. I know they only relatively recently extended the space airside, but flying out of there on a Fri night or on any weekday morning, it's usually *heaving* with people. In some ways, I think LCY has become a victim of its own success.

Glad you enjoyed your flight - LCY is my closest London Airport (in one of your departure pics I can see my flat!) and I would love to try this service out sometime.
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Sun Oct 03, 2010 9:25 am

I know I've already replied, but I forgot to ask. Is the on-board data/calling included in the ticket price, or is there a surcharge?
 
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RE: To New York On A Baby! Speedbird 001

Sun Oct 03, 2010 10:11 am

Thanks for all the reads and comments, I've a few selected replies:-

Quoting NQYGuy (Reply 7):
Hello Mark. What an excellent report.. hope you enjoyed your trip. Did you fly back on this service?



- Thanks, glad you enjoyed. The return home was on a regular 747 into LHR as we came back on a Saturday evening.

Quoting NQYGuy (Reply 7):
Pain about the split posts



- Tell me!

Quoting DunaA320 (Reply 8):
Nice to read the rest of this report.



- Thanks  
Quoting DunaA320 (Reply 8):
Great pics of NYC, one of my favourite cities on the planet



- Indeed mine too, glad you liked the pix.

Quoting DunaA320 (Reply 8):
Great you got to a 'football' game out there too



- Yep, always try and grab one if it's the right time of year.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 9):
really good work, never expected anything else.
Superb pictures and a nice read.



- Thanks Markus.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 9):
That meal´s offered on this service, let me say, looks inviting



- I know you don't tend to eat much on flights but even you might have had a bite to 2  
Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 9):
Really amazing to follow you´re arrival timeline. I remember a visit to New York some years ago, where it feels like the same time on the ground as on the plane, till we´re in the hotel.



- Indeed, I've had some length queues too, so this was just amazing.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 9):
Finally I wish Mrs. BA decides for more travels in the near future, you know!.



- Thanks, though I suspect there might be less flying next year.

Quoting Luftfahrer (Reply 10):
Excellent report about a special flight, Mark. Thanks for taking as along.



- No problem, glad you enjoyed.

Quoting Luftfahrer (Reply 10):
Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
OnAir capability

I imagine that must be a great feature on a TATL flight. I tried out inflight wifi on Delta and really liked it. You know, writing e-mails to friends claiming you're flying high above the ground. That was pretty cool.



- I imagine so, never used it but I did try the Delta system out, quite good though a tad expensive for shorter flights.

Quoting Luftfahrer (Reply 10):
Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
No drinks are served or offered prior to departure

Rather disappointing at first glance, could it be because, under normal circumstances, the boarding would be completed in no time, with a short taxi to the runway not leaving not a enough time for a pre-departure drink service?



- I suspect it's the whole time thing, if they can get everbody loaded a few minutes earlier they they will be off.

Quoting Luftfahrer (Reply 10):
Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Chris distributed IFE players

Makes me wonder why BA didn't built them into the armrests directly.



- Had that thought myself.

Quoting Luftfahrer (Reply 10):
I take it the no smoking sign isn't even illuminated?



- Got to be honest, never noticed.

Quoting oa260 (Reply 11):
Ive been wanting to read a report on this and who better than you to supply it



- Thanks Philip, very kind.

Quoting oa260 (Reply 11):
In DUB they said to me they dont class it as a laptop and it remains in the bag! I guess everywhere is different.



- The wife flew back from EDI this week, seems they are now telling passengers to take ipads out of bags.

Quoting oa260 (Reply 11):
Fab photos and insight into the product. Not bad at all. Love the final pic, so cute



- Glad you enjoyed the experience - last pic is good I must admit, cheers  
Quoting 767747 (Reply 12):
Great report, BA319-131!!



- Thanks for reading, glad you enjoyed.

Quoting 767747 (Reply 12):
Looks like you had a beautiful day for flying, and how great to read a report on the BA A318 service to JFK via SNN. The service looked to be really good, and the food looks fantastic! It must have felt like you were flying on a private jet. I think this has to be one of the best ways to cross the ocean ..



- Your not wrong, skies were lovely, once crossing the pond no chop at all, lovely and such a calm quiet soothing flight, quite special.

Quoting 767747 (Reply 12):
Excellent photos too; I like the one of the remnants of the pier ..



- Thanks & that is one of my favorites too.

Quoting airpearl (Reply 13):
Wow, fantastic report Mark! Been looking forward to this report of yours - thanks for sharing the experience. Speedbird One is such an iconic flight that I was wondering if the ghosts of Concorde would be turning in their graves to know that it's now operated by a baby bus But at least the style is similar.



- Thanks for reading Airpearl! I too suspect some of the old Concorde gang are none too impressed.

Quoting airpearl (Reply 13):
How are the fares for these flights compared to regular Club World on BA?



- On the day of booking the 001 was actually about £100 cheaper than a similar timed service from LHR, though Wednesday is going to be one of the weakest days fro the LCY service.

Quoting airpearl (Reply 13):
Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
We let the majority board first, by majority today's load was some 15 passengers in total, quite low but this is a mid week service, I suspect Mondays & Friday services are the fullest.

This must be one of the best reasons for flying this service. Must feel very special being one of only 15 pax



- Indeed, actually one week before the flight there were only 5 seats booked including ours, shows its a pretty much high yeild last minute service.

Quoting airpearl (Reply 13):
Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Row 8 is the last row on this 2-2 forward facing 32 seat aircraft.

What a luxury. On a transatlantic widebody - Row 8 (if it exists at all) will probably be close to the front of the plane! haha. The seats look like the generic J class ones used by a few airlines, except they don't have the leg rest. Did they go full flat? It looks like they did.



- Yep, went fully fland and were pretty comfortable too.

Quoting buck3y3nut (Reply 15):
What a great trip report. the pictures you posted are truly amazing. I really enjoyed it. I didn't even know about this service that BA offers. So I learned something new today
Thanks a bunch for the report



- Every day is a school day! Glad you enjoyed the report and pix  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 16):
have been waiting for this report. I am gladly surprised to see it popping up this weekend



- Thanks for reading Suryo.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 16):
That is what I call a joint venture between you and Mrs. BA319-131. Did Mrs. BA319-131 consult TripAdvisor for this purpose?



- No Trip Advisor needed for the hotel or flights on this occasion.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 16):
Pity about the cumbersome LCY security check. It takes away the exclusive experience BA is willing to emphasize. Good to know you and Mrs. BA319-131 being attended by enthusiastic and courteous cabin crews.



- Yes, the flight certainly made up for the disappointing airport experience.

Quoting rogerbcn (Reply 17):
Amazing TR. Really worth reading and looking at the excellent pictures.



- Thanks Roger.

Quoting rogerbcn (Reply 17):
How come they left without you finishing your champagne, shame on them!



- Don't you worry, I managed to finish it, though quicker than one would have liked to!

Quoting Palmjet (Reply 18):
Hi Mark - great report and some very nice pics as well.



- Thanks for reading, glad you enjoyed.

Quoting Palmjet (Reply 18):
LCY is looking quite tatty at the moment with all the renovations going on. I know they only relatively recently extended the space airside, but flying out of there on a Fri night or on any weekday morning, it's usually *heaving* with people. In some ways, I think LCY has become a victim of its own success.



- Agreed, I'd not want to travel through at peak time, security aside, I imagine airside would get pretty packed as it's not all that big.

Quoting Palmjet (Reply 18):
LCY is my closest London Airport (in one of your departure pics I can see my flat!) and I would love to try this service out sometime.



- I'm sure you'll find an excuse some day  
Quoting NQYGuy (Reply 19):
Is the on-board data/calling included in the ticket price, or is there a surcharge?



- No it's chargable though not sure what the charges are, don't think it will be cheap though.

Cheers

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Sun Oct 03, 2010 10:20 am

Nice report. I really fancy a trip on one of these A318s! Unfortunately, I don't see myself going back to NY any time soon. Did you like the split of the meal service into two parts (start on leg one, main on leg 2)?
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Sun Oct 03, 2010 10:54 am

Thank you for the post. Absolutely loved reading it and the pictures are cool.

I have to admit my mouth was watering reading the menu. I notice Battenburg was on there. Classic cake..

Love the colours used in the cabin. Looks to have a very modern feel to it.

Good to know that as promised, the "escape" from JFK is very, very fast and painless.


Thanks again BA319-131.

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Sun Oct 03, 2010 10:59 am

Many thanks for a great TR, I have been waiting to read about this unique service for a long time and glad the first one was from you as I always find your TR's to be so detailed and informative.

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Sun Oct 03, 2010 11:16 am

Great report and photos - thanks for writing it up!

Quoting Luftfahrer (Reply 10):
Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Chris distributed IFE players

Makes me wonder why BA didn't built them into the armrests directly.

I believe it was to reduce weight - no need for lots of wiring etc with the handheld units.

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Sun Oct 03, 2010 12:08 pm

Hello Mark,

Fantastic read about this special service. It seems you were looked after really well on board, just a shame about the unnecessary stress at LCY.

I particularly love the look of the afternoon snack you were served, how english can you get?!

It's also interesting to read about the immigration process at Shannon, what a feeling that must be to arrive in the US of A with all of that behind you.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
MrsBA319131 wanted to return to NYC for a vacation, as usual, she sorts the hotel, I sort the flights.

Sounds like a fair deal to me!

Btw, that picture in the lounge at City - is your wife's notebook/diary on the armrest a Radley one? It looks very nice!

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RE: To New York On A Baby! Speedbird 001

Sun Oct 03, 2010 1:23 pm

Hi Mark,

Excellent TR!

A ncie A318 with only 32 passengers is almost like a private jet service, pretty exclusive as opposed to J class on Ek with 76 seats!

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
No drinks are served or offered prior to departure, perhaps if you ask?

Hmm .... they should have.

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 5):
Landed 16:35,on stand 16:41, a quick walk to baggage claim, were were there at 16:48, bags came out a moment later and after a quick stop for the loo were were outside in the sun at 16:55.

Even with immigration/customs to be completed I got out of JFK in 35 mins, at the same arrival time. But still there's nothing like getting out of the airport like JFK in 5 mins.

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Sun Oct 03, 2010 3:56 pm

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 21):
Nice report. I really fancy a trip on one of these A318s!

- I'm sure the service will be around for some time, I see you on it one day.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 21):
Unfortunately, I don't see myself going back to NY any time soon

- Me neither, such a shame  
Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 21):
Did you like the split of the meal service into two parts (start on leg one, main on leg 2)?

- Yes, thought it worked really well, gives a taste of what is to come.

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Reply 22):
Thank you for the post. Absolutely loved reading it and the pictures are cool.

- Great, glad you enjoyed the read and pictures.

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Reply 22):
I have to admit my mouth was watering reading the menu. I notice Battenburg was on there. Classic cake..

- Indeed, the menu was pretty nice and re the cake, typically English!

Quoting TravelsUK (Reply 23):
Many thanks for a great TR, I have been waiting to read about this unique service for a long time and glad the first one was from you as I always find your TR's to be so detailed and informative.

- Very kind words, glad you enjoyed.

Quoting bananaboy (Reply 24):
I believe it was to reduce weight - no need for lots of wiring etc with the handheld units.

- Now that makes sense.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 25):
Fantastic read about this special service

- Thanks Hannah  
Quoting infodesk (Reply 25):
I particularly love the look of the afternoon snack you were served, how english can you get?!

- Indeed, I like the way the menu tried to bring in some strengths of our food.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 25):
It's also interesting to read about the immigration process at Shannon, what a feeling that must be to arrive in the US of A with all of that behind you.

- Your not wrong! I can recall several airports in the US where it has taken well over an hour to pass immigration, so this was quite an experience!

Quoting infodesk (Reply 25):
is your wife's notebook/diary on the armrest a Radley one? It looks very nice!

- Its a Radley passport holder, she has a few Radley things that I've bought her, seems she is quite partial to the brand!

Quoting ojas (Reply 26):
Excellent TR!

- Thanks Ojas  
Quoting ojas (Reply 26):
A ncie A318 with only 32 passengers is almost like a private jet service, pretty exclusive as opposed to J class on Ek with 76 seats!

- Having flown J on an EK A380 all I can say is what a contrast!

Quoting ojas (Reply 26):
Even with immigration/customs to be completed I got out of JFK in 35 mins

- Now that's pretty darn good!

Cheers

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RE: To New York On A Baby! Speedbird 001

Sun Oct 03, 2010 5:37 pm

Hi Mark, great report! Great illustration of the offered services. The only thing that looks kind of cheap is the portable IFE. I wonder why they didn't use a better system. Would love to go on one of those baby-buses myself!

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Sun Oct 03, 2010 6:27 pm

Splendid report, Mark, well written, and it gives a detailed review of this special BA service (saw the A318 while at LCY in August, wish I could have been on it...).

Thank you very much for sharing.

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RE: To New York On A Baby! Speedbird 001

Mon Oct 04, 2010 8:51 am

Hi Mark,

I really love this report. Fantastic pics actually covering this service well.

Yes I had my last times also less good experiences at LCY security. Before it was better but changed last year to less customer friendly, so it seems. The ipad issue, the shoes off when random checked. It's all procedures from the local authority it seems. These procedures differ everywhere, any place or airport. We (passengers) will know how to act or how to be served. It creates frustration and hate to security personnel. I notice this, every time again.

Onboard you didn't try to connect to internet on internet? Would be interesting to know how this would work. The meals are good, and I guess you can order special meals as normal on ba.com?
As mentioned already, I would be less happy with the IFE player. A seating system would be better, I think, but it's a heavy system and maybe has effect on the planes range? IFE can also be unreliable for maintenance wise, might cause delays when problems occur on the system.

Overall I think it's very impressive how to clear at SNN, and it makes for a good ride for sure. Just they put a few rows of Y seats in the back and I would go for it, also  

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Mon Oct 04, 2010 2:21 pm

Hi Mark, really enjoyed the report and photo's, and hope you enjoyed another visit to my home of the last 25 years NYC. I hope you enjoyed the Jets game and the new stadium? Did you use the new rail link to get their? Anyway thanks for mentioning your camera type. I bought a ZS3 about 9 months ago and while it is so-so for traditional aviation photography considering its small pocket size it is simply amazing for everything else and as a fairly new father (my daughter just turned 4) I do a lot more family stuff photo wise anyway so most of the time I just use the ZS3. Thanks again for another great read.

Cheers

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Mon Oct 04, 2010 3:57 pm

Excellent report as usual, I was waiting for you to get on this service . It's tempting me to fork out the cash somehow and get on it!

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):

On a side note I still think BA should offers desert followed by a cheese service if desired.

Just ask, it's never usually been a problem to have both unless catering is tight; I would imagine it even more possible on the 318, though I have no idea how it is catered.
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Mon Oct 04, 2010 5:35 pm

Another excellent report Mark, with some really great pictures! Good job capturing those snaps during the turbulent hop to Shannon too!

I've never used an all-premium service before, however from your report I am interested in trying it. As you might remember, I'm a KLM loyal and will be trying their service Houston - Amsterdam offered in conjunction with Privatair. I'll be sure to post a report of my experience on the 737-700, however I'm not sure it will compare to the standard offered by British Airways.

Thanks for sharing, look forward to learning more of your travels.

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Mon Oct 04, 2010 5:49 pm

Hey Mark,

Fantastic report on the BabyBus  . BA's LCY service is definitely better than their "normal" LHR routine. I think te 318 us going to be great for LCY and can't wait for the next destination to be announced.

BTW, not a big fan of the amenity kit - it still is so skimpy!

Thanks for sharing.

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Mon Oct 04, 2010 5:54 pm

Hi Mark,

It was great to read your detailed report about this special flight. The service seems to be a good alternative to flights out of LHR or LGW.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Landed 16:35,on stand 16:41, a quick walk to baggage claim, were were there at 16:48, bags came out a moment later and after a quick stop for the loo were were outside in the sun at 16:55.

If we had hand luggage we could easily have been outside within the 5 minutes BA advertise.

Really impressive.

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Mon Oct 04, 2010 7:43 pm

An enjoyable read. The photos really help to bring this novel service by BA alive. I hope one day to try out the baby-bus across the Atlantic.

Thanks for this well written report. Will you be doing a return report?

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RE: To New York On A Baby! Speedbird 001

Mon Oct 04, 2010 8:03 pm

Great TR, Mark.

I would love to fly this route one day in the future.

The service seems to be good and to be flying in an A318 and landing in JFK in one must be quite a feeling, something like a private jet  

The stop in SNN doesnt seem too bad keeping in mind that it only takes 10 minutes to be on the curb once the a/c has arrived on stand.



Thanks for sharing

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Mon Oct 04, 2010 8:38 pm

Hello Mark, long time since I read one of your reports. A very nice report, just as the previous ones  

Great to see a more detailed documentation of BA's City to City service with the A318.
The thought of flying the smallest Airbus over the pond is still a bit striking to me, but the flights looked very nice.
The Lounge in LCY didn't look like much, but as you say everything about this service is very business orientated. The seats on the A318 looked very nice actually, much nicer than the regular Club World.
Meal service looked nice as well, but it was a bit strange to see them serving steak, did it go dry btw?  

The pictures were very nice actually, both the ones from the flight and the ones you took in New York. Your really have a good eye for photography, keep that up! 

Thanks for sharing!
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Mon Oct 04, 2010 9:12 pm

I enjoyed a lot reading this very detailled report. Very interesting to read about the immigration process description. Thanks a lot for sharing!
 
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Mon Oct 04, 2010 10:57 pm

Quoting Luftfahrer (Reply 10):
Rather disappointing at first glance, could it be because, under normal circumstances, the boarding would be completed in no time, with a short taxi to the runway not leaving not a enough time for a pre-departure drink service?

Seems likely. Normally you have heaps of passengers boarding and a long taxi out to the runway Heathrow (unless you happen to be lucky enough to leave from stand Victor 14 at Heathrow, where it is a short right turn to the runway).

Apart from the distinctly low-rent looking lounge at London CIty, this looks like a very nice service, though for me - it's not a real Speedbird 001. I remember the day when London to New York took 3 hours.   

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Tue Oct 05, 2010 2:13 am

I believe the second name the airport was a former airport in Charlestown, RI. Right on the south coast of RI. About 10 or so miles east of Westerly state.
 
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RE: To New York On A Baby! Speedbird 001

Tue Oct 05, 2010 7:30 am

Hello Mark.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Climb was steep just like those good old 757 takeoffs, it was also pretty darn bumpy, taking pictures was a pretty tough job, though once through the cloud things smoothed out nicely.

Beautiful pictures throughout your whole TR.

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 5):
Here are a few random pictures from our stay

A nice addition!

Thanks for sharing this TR, this BA flight is a splendid service to be so quick after landing @ JFK out of the terminal.
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RE: To New York On A Baby! Speedbird 001

Tue Oct 05, 2010 11:22 am

That was a fantastic trip report. I've been curious about this particular flight and am glad I had a chance to experience, albeit virtually.
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RE: To New York On A Baby! Speedbird 001

Wed Oct 06, 2010 4:01 pm

Hi Mark,

Great stuff, that A318 service is certainly something very special. I wish I'd had the means to try it one day - but you know me - I seem to put quantity before quality!

Really good looking food onboard and the cabin and the seats look very cosy and private, certainly a very civilized way to cross the pond.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):

Upon arrival, bags in tow we headed to the terminal, in the lobby area BA have a manned podium and a baggage cart, the kind you find in decent hotels.

Yeah, I noticed this when at LCY this summer.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
this however took some 20 odd minutes as they could not find our order despite presenting them with a printed confirmation!

That's bad! Hopefully they were genuinely sorry about it (or even better: gave you a discount!).

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
just indicated for us to join the main queue for security, so much for priority security screening!

That's even worse. In all honesty in my few times there I've always found the LCY security staff to be most courteous and professional and it has never been more than a jiffy to get through, but I guess rotten apples can be found everywhere...

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Once at gate 24 you have to go down a few sets of steps to ground level where the gate is actually located, once there we were met by a chirpy member of staff who checked boarding passes and pointed out magazines and refreshments.

I assume gate 24 is dedicated for this service?

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Landed 16:35,on stand 16:41, a quick walk to baggage claim, were were there at 16:48, bags came out a moment later and after a quick stop for the loo were were outside in the sun at 16:55.

Impressive!

Hope you post a report on the return journey, I'm most intrigued to find out if you manage to skip the notorious JFK take-off queues or end up spending a long time there (hopefully with frequent top ups for your champers!).
 
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Thu Oct 07, 2010 4:37 am

Great trip report Mark.... always enjoy reading your reports and this one is just as amazing as the others.. great pics.. one day I'll be able to travel like you...!
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Thu Oct 07, 2010 8:46 am

Hi Mark,

great report about this special BA service, the product looks quite good in general. Impressive catering, but the IFE could be better.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Row 8 is the last row on this 2-2 forward facing 32 seat aircraft.

Would be my preferred choice, too.


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RE: To New York On A Baby! Speedbird 001

Thu Oct 07, 2010 2:37 pm

Love the TR! I would love to take that flight the next time I head to Europe!
 
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Thu Oct 07, 2010 2:40 pm

Great trip report! I really enjoyed reading it! Unbelievable that a A318 can reach SNN-JFK. Nice work Airbus!
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RE: To New York On A Baby! Speedbird 001

Sat Oct 09, 2010 5:55 am

All I can say is 32 seats on an A318, that must have made you feel like you were on your own personal jet! Flying an Embraer in Y class makes one feel this way, and here you were on a baby Airbus travelling this way!

You must have really felt a bit strange having crossed the pond on the baby, and then having to pull up next to both it's big brothers next door lol

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