Whilst the BAcon trip report is still loading, I’m actually down-route on another trip right now. So in the tradition of previous pre-trip reports, I’m introducing something new – called “Snapshot“.
You’ll find them very soon after an event or a flight, and it’s a taster of the upcoming trip report.
Manchester Airport hasn’t changed that much – even after the last time I was here in 2008. Perhaps, the biggest change (apart from walking outside to Terminal 3 from The Station is this:
Check-in itself was a bit of a shambles, with the agent wanting to charge me for a second bag (even though I’m BA Gold/OneWorld Emerald. That took some clean-up (and confirmation with AA afterwards) to get off paying the second bag fee.
I would had paid the fee… but considering I’m entitled to a 2nd bag, I wasn’t happy until it was waived.
The British Airways Terraces Lounge… wasn’t special. but it has a unique design:
Breakfast was on offer, with hot porridge, pastries and cold products. Nothing special, but the view was good at least.
Boarding was done by bus, and it’s always good to climb up the stairs onto the plane.
So, getting aboard the plane was a traditional Boeing 767-300ER… and by traditional… it was.. well.
The AA seat is the AA seat. Not too bad, not too good.. Leg-room was amazingly good – mainly to being in Main Cabin Extra (not such a great name for a blog ;))
The flight itself was a bump-fest, with lots of bumps across the pond. As this was a post breakfast flight, there were drinks to start with…
Snack things and diet coke.
The meal was “interesting”, least of all the addition of Potato Wedges. It wasn’t inedible though – which helps on a Trans-Atlantic flight.
The flight whilst outside was light, most of the windows were shut. A shame, but that’s the majority decision.
I managed to get a lot about 4 hours sleep on the flight, and spent time working… as well as dining.
Thankfully towards the end of the flight, people started bringing up blinds. Shame it was bumpy, and there was a heavy cloud level.
I’ll have much more on the flight later as part of the trip report that will be live in a few weeks time. Suffice to say, there were some highlights… but for a Trans-Atlantic flight, it did the job.
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