It’s time for another snapshot – this time focusing on the passenger experience aboard British Airways 481 between Barcelona El Prat and London Heathrow
For those of you who are new to the blog, we have two major travel writing styles:
- Trip Reports – These are full deep-dive reports taking you into the experience and the small things… as well as the big things!
- Snapshots – These are bite-sized reviews that show you the basic product in some nice gentle headlines (and normally, only images shot on the phone
So onwards with the experience.
Whilst there was no physical need to check in as both of of us had boarding passes, we did need to check in for mobility assistance for my friend, who required a wheelchair.
Considering this was requested on the day, it took around 20 minutes to show up.
Security and Emigration
I went through the priority security. No other passengers were in the queue. From there, it was a short walk on the same floor to passport control.
This was handled manually and quickly.
The Joan Miró Vip lounge was used. This is a multi carrier lounge at the airport (as it seems no carrier has their own lounge at this place – rather all lounges are operated by AENA).
Boarding from gate D10. Priority passages such as wheelchair passengers reported first followed by premium passengers and then by group.
It’s an Airbus A320 that would be operating British Airways 481 between Barcelona and London Heathrow.
The seat on this aircraft continues to be the Collins Aeropsace (B/E Aerospace) Pinnacle seat, pitched at 30″ seat pitch. The middle seat has a cocktail on it too.
Apart from an overhead screen showing the map, none.
None offered (compared to the previous flight)
Food and drink
A cold salad service was offered, with three options (two vegetarian, one chicken based). A full bar service was offered too.
The aircraft executed a go-around at Heathrow Airport due to a gust of wind, leading to a landing that would be “too deep” of an approach. The aircraft successfully landed at Heathrow at the second attempt. The aircraft arrived at Gate 28 in Terminal 3 – a jetbridge equipped gate.
Ground assistance was waiting for my friend after everyone else disembarked, with wheelchair and buggy support between the aircraft, Immigration, customs, arrivals and finally the Heathrow Express to Terminal 5
The full trip report featuring British Airways 481 (and some of the best passenger experiance I’ve had aboard an aircraft) is coming soon.
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