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British Airways Club World London City Review

Sun Aug 16, 2015 5:52 pm

BA001 - LCY-SNN-JFK
16 July 2015
Airbus 318-112 - G-EUNB
Seat: Club World 1A
Departure LCY: 09:45 Arrival SNN: 11:00
Departure SNN: 11:50 Arrival JFK: 13:55



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I should have titled the report, "Why would you cross the Atlantic any other way?" as this was a great experience! I'm definitely a convert and you will see why in this report. Let's get straight into it then, shall we?

I planned to see friends in Washington D.C. in 2015 and was debating which flights to choose. After a Facebook status update debating some options, I had some advice from a BA crew member who told me that I'd be mad not to give the Club World London City service a try. The British Airways web page for the service definitely had me tempted.

http://www.britishairways.com/en-gb/...es/business/club-world-london-city

32 seats? Stopover in Shannon? It all sounded good to me. Noodling around online with flights made me realise that the price was the same, only I would be out an overnight hotel stay in London as the BA001 left too early for a connecting flight. I decided to do it! I would be travelling on an aircraft roughly the same size as a De Havilland Comet 1 (the world's first passenger jet) with roughly the same amount of seats. There was the bonus of a fuel stop in Shannon (how 1950s!) - so it all promised to be a throwback to yesteryear with a modern twist.

I flew over the night before from Dublin to London City, overnighted at a yacht hotel (Sunborn London) and headed from there to London City Airport in the morning.

Check-in was a breeze as there is a dedicated desk for the service to New York. In actual fact, the check-in hall was heaving with people and the only desk without a queue was my one, so I checked in quite swiftly. Once done, it was up the escalators and to security. There is no Fast-Track so it was join the fairly large queue or nothing. However, the queue moved fast enough and off to the gate I went. On the way, I caught sight of my babybus waiting for me.

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The gate is dedicated to this service and has a lounge.

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The lounge has 32 seats exactly. It promised to be a busy flight as the lounge was almost full. Several BA passengers not on the BA001 attempted to use the lounge, however they were turned back at the entrance. While waiting, I had a champagne, a banana smoothie and some fruit.

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A couple of people and I got chatting together - one was a FlyerTalk veteran who was on his way to Honolulu on a mileage run and had taken the BA001 many times. It was a friendly atmosphere and it seemed a lot of the people were heading on holiday.

Boarding was called about 10 minutes before departure and it was up the front steps and into the aircraft. The cabin crew were in a great mood and welcomed us on board. This is what row 1 looks like.

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Legroom was ample.

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I was lucky enough to have no-one sitting beside me, which was a great bonus. The manual safety demonstration was given and it was followed by a very sprightly take off. Once airborne, the service began and on this leg from London City to Shannon it the Canapes course.

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Of course, this is with a drink - Champagne for me, please!

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The canapes were quite delicious, but I couldn't tell you what each one was because the one thing I left on board was the menu!

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It was a great day for flying and here's the view from 1A.

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It's only an hour or so to Shannon and soon we were descending and landing in Ireland.

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We were advised that once we landed that passengers with hand luggage could go straight through pre-clearance. The rest of us would wait until we were called. About half the people went straight through and half waited in the BA holding pen.

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Of course, we were waiting for it to say this instead.

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It didn't really matter because a guy came by and told us when it was time to go through.

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As is typical with US style security, we were screened again with the benefit of including removing our shoes and joined the general queue. It didn't take long to get to the front (there's no rush!) and as usual I was finger printed and had some chit chat with the officer before being allowed through. The only difference is that they have taken a photo of your hold luggage and you need to confirm that it is yours on the screen.

The aircraft was docked at a gate virtually right outside the pre-clearance exit, so we were told we were allowed to go straight back on board and so I did. It was raining a bit by this time.

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Soon everyone was on board and it was a much longer take-off run this time to get us airborne and out into the Atlantic. We were provided with the standard British Airways amenity kit.

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We were offered post depature drinks and this time I went with a Kir Royale and a sparking water. Nuts, as usual, were provided.

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Everything was nice and leisurely and after gazing out the window thoroughly enjoying the experience, it was time to eat lunch.

The tray appeared like this.

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A close up of the salad and various other pieces - butter, vinaigrette and the bread I selected from the basket.

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There were four selections for main course - I believe it was beef, chicken, fish and something vegetarian. It irks me still that I left the menu on board! I chose the chicken on this flight and it was okay - a trifle dry, and probably the only thing about this whole trip that was slightly disappointing.

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I had a white wine to go with it and as you can see, more sparking water.

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It wasn't bad at all, and I ate all of it of course. I do like my food!

Dessert on the other hand was stunning. For this chocolate and banana extravaganza, I had a glass of red wine.

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It was so good that I stopped half way to get a picture of the inside of it!

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By now I was pleasantly tipsy and was struck at how nice the colour of the wine was in the sunlight coming through the window.

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The in flight entertainment on board is via iPads handed to any passenger who wishes to use one. I was wondering how this would be, and it turned out to be very acceptable all round.

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I picked 3 movies I'd like to see, and settled for The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. I probably got through about 45 minutes of the film, when the guy from FlyerTalk popped by for a chat. As I had a seat free, I invited him to have a seat. We chatted, we drank, other people passed by and said hello and chatted... it was a bit of a party flight up where we were. The Captain said hello and we asked her a few questions when she took a short break - I never got back to the movie, let's put it that way.

At various points I did remember I had a Trip Report to write, so I did get some other photos. The bulkhead pattern in front of row 1.

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Chocolates appeared at one point and I took a picture of those on the foot rest, killing two birds with one stone.

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Macaroons were delivered in little boxes.

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As is usual on the BA001, there is afternoon tea served before landing.

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As you can see by the angle, I was three sheets to the wind by this stage and didn't get a photo of the scones or a close up shot. As I'm a huge fan of scones, I most likely was too busy eating them all.

We landed into New York JFK, disembarked and I headed off to change terminals and to join my connecting American Airlines flight to Washington D.C. I had a superb flight all round and would do it again with no hesitation!

BA004 - JFK-LCY
27 July 2015
Airbus 318-112 - G-EUNB
Seat: Club World 7K
Departure: 21:45 Arrival: 10:15 (scheduled) 09:30 (actual)



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After a long weekend in D.C, followed by five days in Savannah and another weekend in D.C. it was time to go home. I had originally been booked on the BA002 however this was cancelled a number of weeks before departure and I was moved to BA004 instead. The reason for this was that the other Airbus 318 was gone for maintenance and the schedule had been reduced from twice daily to once daily for a period of time to accommodate this. It was no real issue, apart from the 4 hours I would have to kill in London while waiting for my connection to Dublin. I could have transferred to a service to Heathrow, but that was never going to be an option for me. I did get a phone call from British Airways to inform me of the change, so that was some very proactive customer service right there.

My American Airlines flight arrived on time and I transferred from Terminal 8 to Terminal 7 and checked in. I was advised by British Airways that if I wanted to avail of the arrivals service at London City, that I could tell the people at check-in. The person I had did not know what I was talking about, but one of the staff passing by did and told him what to do and what to enter into the computer so that it would be booked at the other end. Disaster averted!

After this, I went through security and into the lounge. I had been in the British Airways Galleries Club lounge in New York before, but I had forgotten how enormous it is. My first stop was to go to the Elemis people to see if there were any vacancies for a spa treatment. There was - at 9:20pm. As my flight was leaving at 9:45pm, that was not an option, so instead I went to try out the Pre-Flight Supper for the first time.

British Airways has Sleeper Service flights where you eat in the lounge and then can go straight to sleep on board and BA004 is one of those. I wasn't sure I'd like the concept, but, inevitably, I was impressed. The dining area is segregated from the rest of the lounge and you have your boarding pass scanned to be allowed in.

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The place was very busy when I arrived but I had no trouble finding a table. The pictures of the seating were taken when most people had left and below are the tables in front of the buffet.

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Where the drinks and dessert are off to the side is an area with a curved wall, which is where I sat.

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Signage was great, as was the selection. Here is the one for the soup and salads.

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Here are the aforementioned salads.

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The salad dressings...

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Not forgetting the soup!

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The Indian Curry sign...

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The food itself...

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Below are the following -

Meatballs, tomato basil sauce
Rigatoni
Baked atlantic cod, fennel, orange vinaigrette
Leek, spinach tart, herb greek yoghuty sauce

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Looks great, doesn't it? But wait, there's more. Below we have the following -

Roasted new potatoes
Roasted carrots
Local corn, pepper summer succotash

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For dessert, you could have fruit and cheese.

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Or you could indulge in the below -

Strawberry mousse, strawberry compote
Banana foster bread pudding

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Naturally you could help yourself to Wine and Champagne.

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Also available was still and sparkling water.

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After all that, you might be wondering what I went for. Being the shy sort, I skipped the soup course, the fish, and the cheese. Otherwise, I tried every single thing on the menu by having a little bit of everything. The stand out was easily the Meatballs - I had two and decided I could squeeze in two more. Along the way I had a glass of Champagne and a glass of water. Both dessert pots were delicious too! It was just a party in my mouth with this food. Really, I was impressed. The only downside is that I really had to hustle to get it all done as I arrived in to the lounge about 8:45pm.

By now it was time to go to my gate and board, and it's unusual to feel like you're the only one boarding a flight. The flight was just over half full, with virtually everyone having the seat next to them free - except me and I think one or two others. The guy next to me slept the entire time anyway which was expected so all was well.

This is a view of Row 7 from my seat. Bottled water already set out for later.

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Another view - this time you can see the cabin lighting properly. I really like the lighted blue strip along where the seat numbers are. It looks very classy!

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Here is the divider which is not really much of a divider compared to standard Club World. Poking out is the individual seat light, which is much less strong than the personal light above you. It's much less disturbing to other passengers to use this in the middle of the night though.

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Champagne was delivered and here you can see the handle of the pull out tray which is stored in the arm rest when not in use.

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The seat controls look like this. There is no massage function or anything like that, but considering how comfortable the seats are, is there really any need for one?

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On boarding this service (and BA001) there are coat hangers waiting in front of you if you have anything to hang. The crew collect these at take-off and put them in a closet before they are returned to you prior to landing.

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Leg room in 7K.

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A close up of the seat pocket which has a seating guide, a safety card, the usual BA magazine and the headphones for the iPad.

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Overhead are signs for no electronic devices, no smoking and fasten seat belts.



The view from 7K included a United aircraft which I still automatically think of as Continental due to the livery.

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Here's a view of the cabin from down the back, before take off. I love the blue stripe of the seat numbers heading into the distance - it looks very cool.

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Our glasses were collected, we had the safety demonstration and after a little bit of a journey around JFK we took to the sky. The cabin was dimmer for the occasion.

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Outside, it was a beautiful clear night for flying.

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The moon was providing plenty of light - it's just a shame that a phone camera renders it so badly.

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After take off, it was time to visit the loo. This is standard British Airways, down to the floor pattern and Elemis products for your hands.

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Of course, things aren't complete without a bit of signage.

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The crew, who did a remarkable job of speaking quietly throughout the flight (really!), came by and asked if I wanted an iPad. Of course I did - I had the rest of the Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel to watch!

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Interestingly, you could iPad in French if you wished. Something to do with OpenSkies perhaps?

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In the menu, the meal is billed as a Champagne Supper. Of course, I took a glass of the Champagne, which on both legs was Taittinger Brut Reserve NV. It sure beats the Monopole they serve in Club Europe (that tastes a bit like you're drinking poison sometimes!).

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There were three options for Main Course for the Champagne Supper -

Toasted panini with pulled pork and Cheddar cheese
Rigatoni pasta with sauteed aubergine, black olives and a cherry tomato sauce

Or my choice, which was Tapas plate featuring salmon tartate, asparagus with prosciutto and Parmesan and beef tataki on a peperonata.

Quite frankly I was still pretty stuffed from my gorging in the lounge, which is why I chose the lightest option.

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It all looked and tasted great!

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For dessert, there were also three options -

Chocolate
A selection of fruit

Or my choice, which was Kilchum Krystal Cheddar and Wisconsin Mountain Blue cheese with quince paste.

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The crew noticed I kept putting on the big bright light and one of them reminded me of the small light in the seat beside me in a very polite way. Of course, I needed the big light to get any kind of decent picture, but I was good at turning it straight off and eating in the dim. This was how the cabin looks in flight. It's very dark and both galleys have two sets of curtains to deaden sound and light. Very effective!

I do enjoy a spot of flying, especially when it's not in economy!
 
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RE: British Airways Club World London City Review

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I watched the rest of my movie - below is Judi Dench and shows how the iPad looks when paused - and after it was done I watched Chappie.

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As a big fan of crisps, I had some of these too later on.

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Afterwards I had a lovely snooze in my seat, before eventually waking up. The new day was dawning outside.

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In hushed tones and more basic sign language, the crew began the breakfast service. This was probably the nicest breakfast I've ever had on a flight, bar none. The Starters were -

Chilled fruit juice
Fresh pear and elderflower smoothie
Fresh seasonal fruit
Bircher museli with cranberries

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I had the museli, chose a Danish from the basket, plus a coffee and the smoothie. Absolutely delicious it all was - really perfect!

Next up was the Main Course and the choices were -

Traditional British breakfast of scrambled eggs, pork sausage, back bacon, mushrooms, grilled tomato and rosti potatoes
Poached egg on a caramelised onion tarte with wilted spinach and mustard Hollandaise.

I chose the latter - look at this breakfast magnificence!

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Delighted is an understatement - it was superb in every way. Kudos to the team! I dislike flights that serve breakfast because invariably breakfast consists of some horrible egg thing and a bunch of over cooked vegetables. This has changed my opinion! I'd get the BA004 again if this is the standard for breakfast.

The service also has a City Breakfast option allowing you to be woken 20 minutes before landing to eat during descent or, as it says "on your journey into the office". It was Chilled fruit juice, fresh fruit and Breakfast pastry. I hear they are removing this option though, or maybe this is the removed version of it. Either way, something has changed with this. In the cabin it was also day time once more.

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I took a quick look around the rear galley when I had a free moment.

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Not forgetting which aircraft I am on...

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It was a beautiful morning as we descended into London City.

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We landed 45 minutes early into a nice cool London, a nice change from the heat of the USA. Once we arrived, we waited for buses when took us to the terminal. Immigration took 15 seconds and it was off to the British Airways desk to enquire about the arrivals service which I had booked at check-in.

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Basically you are taken in a car to the Radisson Edwardian where you can have a shower and freshen up. My name was checked and I was escorted to the car which I was sharing with one of the other passengers. On arrival, we met the Concierge, who gave us this.

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Up to the spa and we joined the line consisting of everyone else. As the line didn't move for a few minutes I went back downstairs and visited the toilet. When I got back, the line was gone and the spa attendant apologised and told me that all the rooms with showers were full and did I mind waiting? As I had 4 hours to kill, I really didn't mind. In the meantime I waited in this room.

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I had a glass of water while I waited too.

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Soon I was collected and I had a spa treatment room with a shower. I showered, I got dressed and it was time to go in to London on the DLR to kill some time. After an hour or so wandering about around the Tower of London I went back to London City airport.

On the escalator up to Security, the lady from the British Airways desk recognised me and asked, "Were you one of my passengers on the BA004?" to which I answered yes. I told her I was connecting to Dublin and we chatted a bit. At the top, she decided to escort me airside! I got to go through the staff door with her, then to the head of the baggage scanner as well. She basically cut the line and put me right at the front! It was some utterly amazing service to end what had been an utterly amazing flight! I thanked her profusely and went to wait for my flight to Dublin. I don't have her name, but she is responsible for the New York service at London City. She must be worth her weight in gold if that is her usual level of service!

Some final thoughts. Overall, I would take this service to the USA every time if I had the choice. The fact that it is just 32 passengers makes everything appear so much less stressful, much more relaxed and generally a lot nicer. The seats are really comfortable and the iPad entertainment is totally fine. The service from the crew on both legs is a cut above the usual British Airways service in comparable cabins. I hear the pilots and the cabin crew are all very senior on this route as they actively bid for it. The Pre-Flight Supper in the lounge was much better than I had been led to believe from around the web too. It was a great trip and I plan to do it again next year!

If you have any comments or questions, please let me know. Thanks for reading!

[Edited 2015-08-16 11:12:37]
I do enjoy a spot of flying, especially when it's not in economy!
 
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RE: British Airways Club World London City Review

Sun Aug 16, 2015 8:34 pm

When BA gets is right....they get it RIGHT. This is the service that, if BA gave everytime, would place them in the top 3 airlines in the world. I've yet to experience the CWLCY but eagerly want to give it a go.

How nice that you met a FTer and the excellent customer service you received from BA. The D&CO catering from JFK produces one hell of a breakfast and the LCY catering looks excellent as well. The Pre-flight supper at JFK is indeed, very good. Nice to know some things- like BA cabin crew insisting to have more drink   The wines and champagnes on longhaul CW services are indeed fantastic.

Bravo to BA and fantastic, insightful trip report!
 
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RE: British Airways Club World London City Review

Sun Aug 16, 2015 9:03 pm

Hey Trent  

Nice report. A pleasant way to cross the pond. Apart from the chicken the food looks quite good. I know a few who use this service on a regular basis for work and they say the beef is usually good.

Good selection of drinks and your return looked good too. Nice the way the product has the pre flight dine and Radisson on arrival.

I wonder if we will be seeing more such flights through SNN next year. We shall see.

Thanks for the report.

Regards

Philip  
 
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RE: British Airways Club World London City Review

Sun Aug 16, 2015 9:06 pm

Great report, and really nice to get an idea of what it's like to fly with BA on their A318 from LCY-JFK.

Everything looks really nice, but sorry to hear about your chicken dish - it looks dry from here!

I like how BA gives the option of serving dinner on the ground. Those flights from New York are so short, so it gives ample time to sleep once on the plane. Is this the only way to have dinner when flying on this route, or are you given the option to have dinner after takeoff?

Thank you for sharing.

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RE: British Airways Club World London City Review

Sun Aug 16, 2015 10:58 pm

Nice TR!

Quoting ClassicLover (Thread starter):
It was a great trip and I plan to do it again next year!

Well, maybe you will try out LA COMPAGNIE from Luton? Would love to see a TR from you next time anyway!
 
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RE: British Airways Club World London City Review

Sun Aug 16, 2015 11:32 pm

Great trip report with excellent clear photos. It's good that BA offer the service to/from LCY, saving people from the trek to LHR.

The service on your flights appears to have been first class. The meals look attractive, well presented and good portions.

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RE: British Airways Club World London City Review

Mon Aug 17, 2015 7:55 am

Thank you for a lovely report. After I flew the 737 BBJ from SVG to IAH I've put this flight on my things to do list. I'm flying with BA in CW to JFK in january, but my gf was not so interesting in connecting from LCY to LHR for our onward flight to BGO. Ah well, maybe next time.


Thanks again for a lovely report. It's good to read so detailed reports while killing time in a coffe-break at office.

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RE: British Airways Club World London City Review

Mon Aug 17, 2015 10:21 am

Great report! Thanks for sharing. I'm flying on BA001 next week, so this has definitely wetted my appetite.

Quoting invaders (Reply 7):
but my gf was not so interesting in connecting from LCY to LHR for our onward flight to BGO. Ah well, maybe next time.

Ha! Why did you give her a choice? Just book it!
 
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RE: British Airways Club World London City Review

Mon Aug 17, 2015 6:40 pm

Quoting BA0197 (Reply 2):
Bravo to BA and fantastic, insightful trip report!

Thanks very much - I appreciate it! Agreed, BA did well here!

Quoting BA0197 (Reply 2):
I've yet to experience the CWLCY but eagerly want to give it a go.

You'll love it!

Quoting BA0197 (Reply 2):
The D&CO catering from JFK produces one hell of a breakfast and the LCY catering looks excellent as well.

Yes the catering at JFK was jaw dropping, especially the breakfast. I had no idea it would be such a big meal nor as good as it was.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 3):
Nice report. A pleasant way to cross the pond. Apart from the chicken the food looks quite good. I know a few who use this service on a regular basis for work and they say the beef is usually good.

Funnily enough I usually always get the beef when I am flying - I really should have stuck with my usual plan.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 3):
I wonder if we will be seeing more such flights through SNN next year. We shall see.

Hope so - now, if only we could originate in SNN...  
Quoting OA260 (Reply 3):
Thanks for the report.

Glad you enjoyed it, Philip!

Quoting 767747 (Reply 4):
Great report, and really nice to get an idea of what it's like to fly with BA on their A318 from LCY-JFK.

Thanks Matthew, I'm glad you enjoyed it!

Quoting 767747 (Reply 4):
Those flights from New York are so short, so it gives ample time to sleep once on the plane. Is this the only way to have dinner when flying on this route, or are you given the option to have dinner after takeoff?

It does indeed. I believe on the BA002 which leaves earlier (18:45 or something like that) you can have a full dinner on board. On BA004 it departs so late that it's the Champagne Supper options that I had plus a big breakfast as the main meal.

Quoting 767747 (Reply 4):
Thank you for sharing.

You're welcome!

Quoting debonair (Reply 5):
Nice TR!

Thanks a lot!

Quoting debonair (Reply 5):
Well, maybe you will try out LA COMPAGNIE from Luton? Would love to see a TR from you next time anyway!

The only problem with La Compagnie is 1) Stansted and 2) No frequent flyer miles. Otherwise I would do it  
Quoting WearyDrover (Reply 6):
Great trip report with excellent clear photos.

I appreciate you noticing the photos! I take care to make sure I have decent pictures with good lines so that they illustrate things accurately.

Quoting WearyDrover (Reply 6):
The service on your flights appears to have been first class.

The crew were superb both ways - I did expect that though as reviews of other flights had basically said the same thing across the board.

Quoting invaders (Reply 7):
Thank you for a lovely report. After I flew the 737 BBJ from SVG to IAH I've put this flight on my things to do list.

You definitely have to do this if you liked that!   I'm a bit jealous you flew in a 737BBJ!! I think that might beat this flight  
Quoting invaders (Reply 7):
my gf was not so interesting in connecting from LCY to LHR for our onward flight to BGO. Ah well, maybe next time.

Definitely next time - you need to show her this report to try to convince her!  
Quoting invaders (Reply 7):
Thanks again for a lovely report. It's good to read so detailed reports while killing time in a coffe-break at office.

I really appreciate the comments - it makes it worth spending so much time putting it all together!

Quoting visualapproach (Reply 8):
Great report! Thanks for sharing. I'm flying on BA001 next week, so this has definitely wetted my appetite.

Have a great time! No need to arrive at LCY more than 90 minutes before departure maximum. The check-in times are extremely short which is good, but the only thing that might catch you out is if security is busy. Hope you do a report (and don't forget to take your menu if you do!)  
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RE: British Airways Club World London City Review

Mon Aug 17, 2015 8:53 pm

Thank you for doing a great TR on a route that you don't hear to much about. Do you think that BA gets a lot of full flights on this route?
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RE: British Airways Club World London City Review

Tue Aug 18, 2015 5:23 am

Quoting ClassicLover (Reply 9):
Hope so - now, if only we could originate in SNN...

Youll be able to very soon  ...
 
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RE: British Airways Club World London City Review

Wed Aug 19, 2015 1:42 pm

Splendid to see you are still travelling in style, Mr ClassicLover. Keep it up!  
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RE: British Airways Club World London City Review

Fri Aug 21, 2015 5:24 pm

Quoting jeffrey1970 (Reply 10):
Thank you for doing a great TR on a route that you don't hear to much about. Do you think that BA gets a lot of full flights on this route?

Thanks for your kind words - I'm glad you enjoyed the report!

I've heard around the place that it does very well with loads - especially to its market of business travellers. I guess BA wouldn't continue the service if it wasn't profitable

Quoting jrfspa320 (Reply 11):
Youll be able to very soon

Oh? Know something I don't?  
Quoting jrfspa320 (Reply 11):
Splendid to see you are still travelling in style, Mr ClassicLover. Keep it up!

Hello door5right! It's been a long time! Yes, I am still travelling in style occasionally! I'm glad to see you caught this report  
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RE: British Airways Club World London City Review

Sat Aug 22, 2015 12:34 am

Thanks for a very insightful TR! The BabyBus service to JFK is on my bucket list as well..

Quoting ClassicLover (Thread starter):
On the escalator up to Security, the lady from the British Airways desk recognised me and asked, "Were you one of my passengers on the BA004?" to which I answered yes. I told her I was connecting to Dublin and we chatted a bit. At the top, she decided to escort me airside! I got to go through the staff door with her, then to the head of the baggage scanner as well. She basically cut the line and put me right at the front! It was some utterly amazing service to end what had been an utterly amazing flight! I thanked her profusely and went to wait for my flight to Dublin. I don't have her name, but she is responsible for the New York service at London City. She must be worth her weight in gold if that is her usual level of service!

Great story and she would definitely be worth the Golden Ticket...
 
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RE: British Airways Club World London City Review

Tue Aug 25, 2015 4:47 pm

Quoting zolagola (Reply 14):
Thanks for a very insightful TR! The BabyBus service to JFK is on my bucket list as well..

Thanks zolagola!

I'm dying to do it all again - I'm quite happy I have friends in the USA so I have an excuse to visit!

Quoting zolagola (Reply 14):
Great story and she would definitely be worth the Golden Ticket...

It's a shame I don't have Golden Tickets to give out... yet  
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RE: British Airways Club World London City Review

Wed Aug 26, 2015 11:27 pm

Quoting ClassicLover (Reply 9):
The only problem with La Compagnie is 1) Stansted and 2) No frequent flyer miles. Otherwise I would do it  

Hi, sorry to correct you - it's 1) Luton and 2) no miles, but you can collect points (at least something)...
 
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RE: British Airways Club World London City Review

Thu Aug 27, 2015 3:55 pm

Great report and pics!

I'm still yet to give the LCY service a go despite living in NYC for a while now. My last few trips F has always been a modest premium over CWLCY so I've done that for obvious reasons.

My father did it last year and really liked it, but some of my other friends that fly VS when they choose and are mandated to use BA for work don't seem to like it as much as UC, despite working in the City.
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RE: British Airways Club World London City Review

Sat Aug 29, 2015 10:01 pm

Quoting debonair (Reply 16):
Hi, sorry to correct you - it's 1) Luton and 2) no miles, but you can collect points (at least something)...

Oh Luton - the one airport in London I've never been to. I only know Luton from the old show Airline. I'm sure it will do well, I've seen some good reviews!

Quoting fbgdavidson (Reply 17):
Great report and pics!

Thanks Fraser - good to see you after what seems like aeons!

Quoting fbgdavidson (Reply 17):
I'm still yet to give the LCY service a go despite living in NYC for a while now. My last few trips F has always been a modest premium over CWLCY so I've done that for obvious reasons.

I can understand that really. That being said, the fact that it's 32 passengers and with a senior crew - you might be doing yourself a disservice. Everything is so much less hassle than flying on a larger aircraft. Less people, less stress, much more relaxed all round. That coupled with stellar service is a winner to me.

Saying that I've not flown BA in F in a long time - so I'd be interested to hear the opinions of a regular F flyer. From the web, the regular Club World people say it's a cut above, but there's no real comparison between CWLCY and the regular F flyers. If you do it sometime, do post a report. I'd be very interested in your opinions.

Quoting fbgdavidson (Reply 17):
My father did it last year and really liked it, but some of my other friends that fly VS when they choose and are mandated to use BA for work don't seem to like it as much as UC, despite working in the City.

Could be the old "familiarity breeds contempt" thing? That said, I've never flown VS at all. I have friends who are crew with VS, but I really couldn't pass an opinion either way. A mad flyer friend of mine who has status with everyone and has flying as an official hobby swears by VS across the Atlantic. This is despite flying all the airlines in oneworld for Emerald and so on, so perhaps the people you know in the City are correct.

Thanks for the reply - hope you're keeping well!
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RE: British Airways Club World London City Review

Sun Sep 27, 2015 3:51 pm

In the interest of having the report totally complete, here is the contents of the amenity kit.

http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d55/ClassicLover/IMG_3881.jpg

A pen
Toothbrush and Colgate toothpaste
Eye mask
Socks
Ear plugs
Elemis Moisturiser - Pro-Collagen Marine Cream
Hand Cream - Pro-Radiance Hand and Nail Cream
Lip Balm - Minty Moisture Lip Balm

All standard Club World products  
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