Time for another snapshot. This time, we’ll be looking at a happy mixture of circumstances with British Airways 461 on a Club Europe service between Madrid and London Heathrow.
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I had been keeping an eye on the online check-in for some days before the flight – and on one occasion noted that seat in rows 2-5 was available for selection.
I did not realise I had selected first class seats at that point.
My boarding pass was issued online to the phone. Unlike normal where I tried to get a paper boarding pass as well, the IB and BA system integration… doesn’t work.
A fast track security lane (shared by airline crew) is available at the airport for Iberia Elites as well as Fast Track pass holders. Using this was a quick process and was handled with a smile.
Both the Schengen and Non-Schengen lounges were used in the visits. Both lounges were pretty comfortable, with relative ease of finding a seat and snacks. It is interesting to note that restocking in the Schengen lounge was a lot slower than the other one.
The plane being used for flight British Airways 46 is a Boeing 777-300ER, configured with an international four-class cabin – consisting of First, Club World, World Traveller Plus and World Traveller
World Traveller Plus and World Traveller are sold as EuroTraveller, whilst Club world and First are sold as Club Europe
All 303 seats were sold on this flight.
I had assigned myself 2K – an aisle seat allegedly. It was of course – a BA FIRST seat.
With the plane operating a European leg and not “dressed” for operating an international service, the IFE system was only used for the safety demonstration, UK border welcome video and Heathrow Arrivals and Transfers.
Wi-fi was provisioned on this plane – and was available at above 10,000ft. This used a Gogo 2ku connectivity solution. Whilst the speed test results look less than great, in actual use it was very usable, and without “per megabyte” limitations.
A one-hour package was purchased for £4.99 for testing purposes.
Food and Drink
Three choices were offered. I went for the Asian Chicken. Whilst a little salty – it is a marked improvement of some of the Club Europe meals I’ve had in the past.
Champagne remains Castelnau. The bubbly remains acidic as normal.
Arrival at Heathrow was on a westerly landing, parking at Terminal 5C – requiring a shuttle back to Terminal 5A.
The full review of British Airways 461 soon!
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