The Cathay Pacific, American Airlines Lounges… and a five-hour delay
More Pleasure, More Business.
In this divided trip report
Part One: The Pleasure
- Part 1
- Two o’clock in the morning. I love this time of day. Honestly.
- The Cathay Pacific, American Airlines Lounges… and a five-hour delay
- AA87 London Heathrow to Chicago O’Hare International (Premium Economy)
- Crowne Plaza O’Hare
- A photographer’s paradise? The Central Camera Company
- Hyatt Regency O’Hare
- Airplane Art Extra: From the Balcony of the Hyatt Regency O’Hare
- Back to the Bunny, British Airways Lounge
- BA294 Chicago O’Hare to London Heathrow (World Traveller Plus)
- Wait. My Bag is Re-Flighted???
- Part 2
Let’s lounge hop!
Time for the first lounge stop of the day – the Cathay Pacific Lounge, Terminal 3. For those wondering, I’m using my British Airways Silver card to help me hop around.
I was welcomed, my boarding pass scanned, and admitted to the lounge. With that, I headed in.
My first stop – was of course – the noodle bar to order some Dim Sum and noodles
Because after this morning’s travel experience, Momma needs noodles.
Thankfully, the Cathay Pacific lounge does what it does- and does it well – so within 5 minutes I had my noodles and dim sum with me.
Breakfast was served.
There were self-service items as well – which was of high quality – in the lounge.
The lounge itself was quiet first thing in the morning. Which is welcome to see.
I sat back and watched some of the traffic arrive in, whilst not caring about much in the world.
Until 7 am came. Normally, this is my cue to switch to American Airlines lounge to prepare for travel. However at 7 am on the dot, a delay was posted by the AA app – with 08:45 now posted to depart at midday the earliest.
Arriving at the lounge – it seemed the staff were well prepared. A maintenance issue with our plane was preventing it from going anywhere fast.
Whilst the app was offering changes, the ground staff recommended staying on the AA87.
Annoying, but what can you do.
Rather than wander back to the Cathay Pacific lounge, I decided to base myself in the AA Lounge in case there were any last minute changes posted.
Sadly, those hoped last-minute changes got worse – so my body did the only thing it wanted to do – fall asleep.
The rest in the lounge was fitful – but I woke up around 10:30ish. Checking the delay, it started rolling – never a good sign
Eventually at 11:30 a declaration of a plane swap was made, with us due to pushing back at around 13:00 local time. By this time, the food had been switched over to the lunch option.
Even a little prosecco couldn’t help the day.
It’s rude to take it out on the staff – it isn’t their fault – but thanks to this – I had lost a full day in Chicago. A 13:00 departure would be at best a 16:00 landing – and allowing or customs, 17:00 out.
And that being optimistic.
It didn’t help that what would be operating BA295 to Chicago would be a plane that I took a lot of pictures of before – G-BYGC. Or the plane in the BOAC Livery.
At 12:20, the announcement for boarding for AA87 was finally made. I made my way out and headed to Gate 26.
Upon entering the gate lounge, I was directed for extra security. In other words – a full rifle through my bag. I wasn’t angry or anything – what else can one do at this stage of the game. It was easier to comply and have my bags searched.
With the search done quickly and helpfully, I was on my way – with the replacement plane at the gate accepting passengers
Heading to the departure gate, an American Airlines employee was busy giving out pamphlets. What did they contain
Oh yes – welcome to the joy of EC261/2004
That would have to wait. I had a plane to catch.
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