Brrr Chicago! Thawing out…
- Seriously… go somewhere warmer!!!
- Early morning Heathrow – Off to Heathrow Airport, Terminal 5, South Galleries Lounge
- BA458 London Heathrow to Madrid
- A MAD transit
- Iberia IB6725 Madrid to Chicago O’Hare
- Crowne Plaza O’Hare
- Dealing with Chicago Cold
- Hyatt Regency O’Hare
- More Chicago O’Hare
- BA296 Chicago O’Hare to London Heathrow
- Thawing out…
Well, I’m a bit sorry this trip report has taken longer to write than normal… the joy of real life has been cursing me…
It’s good to try new experiences and new airlines… even if it means transiting an airport you’ve never been through before in under an hour, and a brand new airline to me.
So, let’s have a review of everything in a few lines.
British Airways Short Haul on an A321 isn’t too bad… providing you poach one of the exit row seats with no seat in front of you. If not, it’s still slimline hell, with tight legroom and the less of a feel of a premium airline more than ever.
Madrid Airport is architecturally stunning… as long as you’re not in a rush to get anywhere. The security station at the RSU section needs more manpower during the peak periods… and it simply wasn’t there when I passed through.
Iberia Economy Class was nothing like I was expecting. Whilst the seating was slimline (an increasingly worrying trend on carriers these days), the service was pretty reasonable for the 9 hour plus flight. That and the food portions were well sized.
The Crowne Plaza O’Hare continues to deliver – even with a room upgrade this time. A solid choice for night stopping, or staying for a few days.
The Hyatt Regency O’Hare whilst a little tired – again another solid choice, and again with an excellent convention team.
British Airways Long Haul is still a reasonable product, but there seems to be slippage in places. It’s still a better bet across the pond than the US carriers.
And Chicago? It was COLD. But it’s still one of my favourite cities in the United States of America. A pleasure to be there as always.
Next up: I’m going to spare you my trip report from Airline Interior Expo… least of all it has one of my biggest omnishambles on record, but also time has moved on.
Maybe I’ll tell you that story another day… another time and another place. Or when I’m scraping the barrel for content.
However, to drag you into the present – and onto something a bit more modern, I’m off to Japan in a couple of weeks, with an adventure that should be a challenge to me.
And I love challenges. And it also involves this:
Join me in “The Five Yen of Happiness featuring Qatar Airways, British Airways and a lot of Shinkansens”.
You’ll see the snapshots in July, with the full trip report hopefully starting soon after!
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