Trip Report: Hello DayTrip! BA337 Paris Orly to London Heathrow in Club Europe
In this trip report…
- To Heathrow, British Airways Galleries First Lounge
- BA332 London Heathrow Airport T5 – Paris Orly West in Club Europe
- Would you like to heal your Pokemon? – The Paris Popup Pokemon Centre
- Other bits of Paris (or which scam is where!)
- Iberia Lounge, Paris Orly Airport
- BA337 Paris Orly West – London Heathrow Airport T5 in Club Europe
- Homeward Bound on Heathrow Express and Chiltern Railways
- Wrapping up the DayTrip – To catch them is my real quest, to train them is my cause….
BA337 Paris Orly West to London Heathrow Airport Terminal 5
British Airways, Airbus A320,
Seat 1F, Club Europe
80 Tier Points Earned, 228 Miles Flown, 1250 Avios Earned
I boarded the plane and welcomed by the crew as I headed the short walk to row 1F, and whilst the load was busy, the overhead bin above me was still free.
Seating in row 1DF is again Eurobusiness – meaning the middle seat was left free – with the seat in middle not compressed on this time.
That evening there was a half plane load, with about 95 passengers aboard this flight to London.
At the gate…
The sneaking unbranded White-Jets…
The crew were in a mood to get out of Paris quickly and to London as fast as they could, so once everyone was confirmed aboard the plane was buckled up and a request for pushback made.
Updated Airbus interior – with the same old seats.
Again, the safety video played (with the changes to electronic devices regulations notes), and soon after – the plane pushed back.
Taxi was a quick affair, and our A320 did a rolling take off, leaving the city of Paris behind it
The crew sprung into action, with hot towels following shortly after take off – welcome after the walk around Paris
Orly Airport to the north.
Meal service followed extremely quickly, with an offer two different cold options – I went for the chicken based salad, which was pretty similar to the one I had from Frankfurt to London.
Served with Monopole
Cheesecakey sort of thing.
Agian, a good mixture of food served promptly, and was appropriately chilled – as was the champagne. A second bottle followed as the plane crossed the channel.
Heading back to the United Kingdom
During this time, the CSD came around to introduce herself and thanked me for flying British Airways. She checked that I was having a good flight, and made some small talk – and in general making me feel good about British Airways. And also ensuring I had enough Champagne.
It’s good to see priorities 😉
Clear down was done quickly, and soon enough London was in the distance
Father Thames in the distance.
The plane continued on, as we passed next to Heathrow Airport, indicating we would be making a turn and landing on 9L that evening
The Heathrow Complex in the distance.
Beginning the turn for Heathrow
The South Eastern countryside
Decent continued as we dropped below the remaining clouds and begun lining up for landing
The wheels came down and we begun the final three minutes of the flight, heading in for a very very quick landing at Heathrow.
Returning to the beginning.
Heathrow Control Tower
The Capitan wasn’t in the mood to hang around that evening, and peeled off pretty early off the runway, and did a high speed taxi back towards the terminal five complex.
Sunset as another plane lands
Approaching the main T5 building
Turning into the main terminal area, the captain was finally starting to slow down as we headed for something – I was hoping for a gate at that moment, which was looking a bit more unlikely as we taxied past the terminal complex.
Taxing past the terminal
The plane turned right and then shortly after right again – heading to a jetbridge… and cutting down my transit time
Turning for the jetbridge
The plane came to a stop, and it was time to begin the next race – the race to get home. I thanked the crew for their excellent service, and headed off into the terminal complex… with one eye on the clock with the plane the best part of 30 minutes down.
Overall:A darn good service done by a good crew who were focused on the passenger as opposed to just throwing food out. A crew that can communicate, as well as look after passengers is good on any route. The fact they could do this on a 50 minute flight is equally amazing – and something some carriers in the world (yes, I’m looking at you US carriers) should look at more carefully. BA at its best? Quite possibly.
Next: Homeward… ish.