British Airways BA762 London Heathrow to Oslo Gardermoen in EuroTraveller, Featuring the Airbus A321neo
Summer Premium Adventures
In this Summer Premium Adventure (Warning: Long!)
- In the Summertime when the weather is hot…
- Off to Heathrow, British Airways Galleries North Lounge
- BA762 London Heathrow to Oslo – A321neo (EuroTraveller)
- Oslo Airport, OSL Lounge
- AY914 Oslo to Helsinki, Business Class
- Helsinki Airport lounging
- QR302 Helsinki to Doha (Business Class)
- Doha Lounge Stop Part 1
- QR946 Doha to Singapore (QSuites)
- Hotel Indigo, Katong, Singapore
- Exploring Hawker Markets
- Intercontinental, Bugis, Singapore
- Orchids Everywhere – The National Orchid Garden
- Off to Changi featuring the Singapore Pokemon Centre
- Scoot TR604 Singapore to Bangkok
- Dream Hotel, Bangkok
- Exploring the Wats
- Food Mistakes in Bangkok (Or Regrets. I have a more than a few)
- Back to Suvarnabhumi, Qatar Airways Lounge, Bangkok Airport
- QR833 Bangkok to Doha (QSuites)
- Another long Doha Layover
- QR175 Doha to Oslo
- Back at Oslo Airport
- BA767 Oslo to London Heathrow (EuroTraveller)
- Homeward bound
- Always Curious
BA762 London Heathrow to Oslo Gardermoen Airport
British Airways, Airbus A321neo, Seat 10A.
10 Tier Points Eared, 362 Avios+362 Bonus Avios Earned
With a new aircraft comes a new experience – so it was time to see what British Airways had done with the A321neo.
I was welcomed aboard and headed down the cabin. The first thing that struck out was the lack of cocktail tables – which have been deleted from the A321neo.
Nice cost-saving measure there.
In terms of seats, in the front of the plane, the aircraft is configured with Collins Aerospace Pinniale seats, whilst further back – they’re configured with Recaro SL3510 (pre-reclined seats).
Seat 10A – whilst no longer an emergency exit row, was instead in the Pinnacle Seating seating area.
However, it is still pitched at a stupid 30” – which makes this seat more unforgettable than it has to be.
Below the seat, there is a mains power and a USB outlet, which makes a welcome appearance as a passenger amenity.
With the two busloads of passengers, the A321neo filled up fast, but thankfully, the middle seat in my row remained free.
And at least there were overhead air vents.
With a sight delay, BA762 pushed back and began a taxi over to 27R. With no overhead IFE screens installed, the safety demonstration was done manually.
That complete – it was time to taxi
With a roar, the A321neo’s engines came to life, and the BA762 took to the sky
Now you would think with a rand new frame like this, in-flight wi-fi would be a thing. And you would be completely wrong. Whilst there was power, there was no sign of a Wi-Fi network on-board.
That’s… disappointing at this stage of the game, especially as British Airways are in the process of rolling outs its EAN Based network.
As the crew went about completing their order taking for warm food, the lack of sleep caught up with me – and the bulkhead and I became firm friends till about 20 minutes from landing.
Well, I’ve been in worst positions in flight. Looks like the flight was pretty smooth over the North Sea and over into Norway.
With me waking up, I saw the countryside and Ffjords opening up in front of me. A lovely view as the aircraft descended towards Oslo.
With ease, BA762 vectored around Oslo, as it drew closer and closer to the airport.
The A321neo lined up, and BA762 made a bit of bumpy landing at Oslo Gardermoen airport.
With the plane on the ground, it began a long taxi over to the F Gates at the airport (the non-Schengen zone).
Thankfully, the aircraft found a gate with a jetbridge – even if we had to wait for the ground crew to be ready for us
There was a short delay after arrival, but eventually, doors opened up. As tradition states, everyone was rushing to the exit.
I joined the rush – as time was not exactly on my side.
I thanked the crew and headed on my way.
Overall: I can’t write much about the on-board service – mainly as I was out cold for the journey. As for the aircraft, it’s wonderful and quiet – but there are missed opportunities here – with no on-board connectivity. Moving onto the the seating, it’s adequate in the forward half of the plane, having pre-reclined seats isn’t a premium experience. But retaining the 30″ seat pitch with the Pinnacle Seats is a mistake.
And whoever thought of deleting the cocktail tables… that is a far too cheap move. Yes. Other airlines have done that from day one, but it was a useful place for drinks and other things in flight.
The A321neo for British Airways I’m sure will be a competent aircraft for the fleet. But there are some things that can be done to improve the passenger experience.
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