Mmmmm! BAcon! – Off to Denver and Beyond with Aer Lingus and British Airways
British Airways BA827 Dublin Airport to London Heathrow
- A Conference… why not?
- Early morning New New Street, Aer Lingus EI263 London to Dublin
- A Dublin transit, DAA Lounge
- BA827 Dublin to London Heathrow – THIS SECTION
- The Hell of A Heathrow Transit, BA F Lounge
- BA219 – London Heathrow to Denver
- Staybridge Suites, Denver Tech Center and a road trip
- The Cheyenne Mountain Resort, Colorado Springs
- A road trip back to Denver, Crowne Plaza Downtown Denver
- Photographic Interlude: Downtown Denver
- Denver Airport, American Airlines AAdmirals Club
- BA218 Denver to Heathrow
- Heading Homeward
- Interesting times
BA827 Dublin Airport T1 to London Heathrow T1
British Airways, EuroTraveller (Economy Class), 10A (Exit Row)
Airbus A319-100 (ex BMI configuration) – 9th May 2013
280 miles flown, 10 Tier Points earned, 1000 Avios earned.
I was welcomed aboard, and directed to the middle of the plane. I stowed my bags in the bin as the plane filled up with a pretty full plane. Thankfully, the middle seat remained free during the boarding process right until the doors went to close.
In case of emergency (and after recent events – always read the safety instructions posted!)
Meanwhile whilst we were waiting for pushback, another old friend came by to say hello.
G-MIDX – the ex Washing Line Star Alliance Special
Pushback was delayed due to high winds at Heathrow, with a warning of a sporty landing at when we touched down. Eventually our turn came, and the plane begun tracking to the longer runway at Dublin airport… and the engines wound up for a nice fast take off.
The take off took us a bit into Ireland before turning and heading out to the Irish Sea, tracking back to Liverpool, Manchester, Birmingham, with a few loops and finally a river approach into London.
Meanwhile as climb continued, the snack service made its way down the cabin. I grabbed a few bits
Ok. Not the greatest service. But for a one hour flight what do you expect?
The crew were not exactly friendly, but not ice cold. They delivered the service fine along with multiple clean ups – as well as making sure the service was delivered ok
Meanwhile outside, the cloud layer wasn’t looking friendly at all… and that’s the nice way to put it.
Going onto more important things, legroom was very acceptable being an exit row. Then again, the BMI exit rows seemed to have a bit more space I always found.
Looking around the planes, there are still signs of it being an ex-BMI bird as opposed to a BA bird. Whilst the seat covers have had their brown cow covers replaced with blue cow covers, if you were to look in the right direction r say the cabin divider – you’d see the old brown still living on.
I would say “That’s our BA!”, but that would insult most of the old BMI Board 😉
Moving back to the seats, these are the ex-Lufthansa seats that were
aboard Lufthansa planes before the Neue Europa-Kabine (NEK) was installed – and this is by no means not a bad thing. Allow me to elaborate – whilst NEK has great leg room, the padding on the seats is comparatively minimal – so whilst you get great legroom, you get a sore posterior. These old seats on the other hand are a bit more comfortable if you’re trapped aboard a plane for a few hours on end.
Recline seemed to work – even in the exit row
As the plane approached London, the cloud levels didn’t level off – in fact they seemed to be increasing. Crew were sent to their seats early as a bumpy landing into Heathrow was expected
Things started to clear towards Heathrow
But it started getting bumpy, with the plane being buffeted on decent.
A rather sporting arrival
Thankfully the plane made it on the ground ok (with a few people clapping in the back), and we begun our short taxi to T1 . However, the announcement to stay aboard the plane if you were transferring to T5 wasn’t made.
Not a good sign.
The plane finally docked at T1 and it slowly dawned on me what hell was ahead of me. So much so – when we docked I confirmed with the crew I would have to make my own way to T5.
So much for a joined up service.
I nether the less thanked the crew, and made my way down the Green mile hoping for what I thought I wasn’t going to see…
Next: Omnishambles at Heathrow