BA1386 London Heathrow to Manchester Airport
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- BA1386 London Heathrow to Manchester Airport
- Luggage delivery incompetence, last-minute changes, and CrossCountry Trains home
- Why celebrate?
BA1386 London Heathrow Terminal 5 to Manchester Airport Terminal 3
British Airways, Airbus A320, Seat 12F – EuroTraveller (Economy Class)
151 Miles flown, 250+250 Avios earned, 10 Tier Points Earned.
I was welcomed aboard the Airbus A320… and it felt… familiar in an odd way. I dismissed that thought as I headed to my seat and dumped my bags in the overhead bin.
Then when I sat down… I noticed some of the trimmings.
Holllllllllld it. No B/E Pinnacle Seat. Brown trim everywhere. This isn’t a British Airways plane… it’s an ex-BMI (British Midland International) bird!
So I said this plane felt familiar. Later, I checked the registration….
With a full cabin for this 151 mile hop to Manchester, the crew prepped the cabin for departure, and gave a manual safety demonstration.
With the safety demonstration complete, our A320 was pushed back.. by a Robo-Tug!
All HAIL ROBO-TUG!
Robo-Tug? Well it’s more of a remote controlled tug. Here’s a video of the tug in action.
And more information about the tug by Mototok.
With Robo-tug pushing us back, it was time for us to taxi the long way to the runway,
Lufthansa Airbus A320neo (Easy to spot – notice the big geared turbofan engines and the crammed passengers in the back of the plane)
Soon, it was BA1386 to take to the sky. With its engines powered up, our A320 shot into the morning sky.
The food selection seemed extensive, with some uptake for beverages on this flight. Is it because customers want to pay… or because they’re thirsty and didn’t plan ahead for this short hop he North. I guess we’ll never know.
Meanwhile the cabin was quite for this 50 minute hop up to Manchester.
With the plane down, it was time for G-MIDO to taxi back from the runway to the Terminal 3 complex
With a turn, our BA1386 turned to a domestic gate at Manchester Airport and headed for home.
With the plane at the gate, the seat belt signs were turned off, and it was time to leave G-MIDO behind, ending the flying part of this trip.
Overall: Whilst the outbound flight may had been memorable, this flight sadly wasn’t. A rather bog-standard up and down flight. The highlight of course, being on a plane that used to belong to an airline that you used to fly and be passionate about… (and then was sold to IAG).
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