BA828 London Heathrow to Dublin – Club Europe – Summer Tier Points
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BA828 London Heathrow to Dublin Airport
British Airways, Airbus A319, Seat 4 – Club Europe
40 Tier Points Earned, 500 Base Avios, + 125 Cabin Bonus Avios + 250 Tier Bonus Avios
I was welcomed aboard the plane, and headed to the seat. And at long last – we meet again my nemesis seat… the Rockwell Collins Pinnacle Seat.
I’m not going to write and go on about it… because you’ve all heard me whine about this poorly pitched seat they’ve chucked on the plane (give it 31-32”, there is room for improvement. At 30”, good luck doing anything with it).
The A319 had been through its cabin refurbishment and was looking happy for itself as passengers boarded the plane.
With everyone aboard and a well-timed slot, the safety video played. And yes, I’m still of the opinion this video is just too long and poorly paced.
Although it’s just about better than the old video which had been through so many nips and tucks, you could tell where different voices and animation styles were.
With the plane clear for taxi, we were off for a tour around the Heathrow field, taxing past the central terminal area to 27R
BA828 powered down the runway, and into the sky.
With a few bumps to get up to cursing altitude, the crew begun their service. Now, on this London to Dublin route, it’s a case of get everything out as fast as possible, and clear it in as fast as you can.
Except this lovely mixed fleet crew took their time.
How much did they take their time? We were crossing into the Irish Sea before breakfast reached my row (and they were still serving it at the top of decent)
As for the breakfast, short-haul breakfasts are normally pretty solid. This one was not – mainly to some very watery/runny scampered eggs.
None the less, I nibbled at it – mainly it was something to do. The brown liquid resembling coffee was also drinkable.
And as for bubbles? Whist I wasn’t bubbled out – I know that BA still serve the equivalent of battery acid still on short-haul. I passed and had water instead.
With the delivery of service, came a rather quick collection as the crew realised we were descending. As such, I felt sorry for the people in the back of the Club Europe cabin who were wolfing down items as fast as possible.
With a loop around the Irish Sea on decent, our A319 lined up for Dublin Airport, with a River Liffey on the left approach – indicating we would be landing on runway 34
With easy and a gentle bump, BA828 landed at Dublin airport safely.
The plane taxied off the runway off to the 200 gates at Dublin airport. With the Papal visit over, a long time resident of Dublin Airport – the Air Peace Boeing 777 had also vanished – leaving behind the usual cargo traffic.
The plane arrived at the 200 gates and shut down.
I took the chance to grab my bags and thank the crew… and to exit onto the tarmac.
Overall: Not a bad segment, but there are service issues here – least of all serving breakfast to a business class passenger at the top of decent is… pretty embarrassing in my book. Whilst the London Dublin sector is a short one, it should be one that’s well-rehearsed and delivered. And I didn’t see it that day.
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