It is time for the Final Snapshot of this series before we dive into the Trip report, looking at the Passenger Experience on British Airways 4469 between Dublin Airport and London City Airport.
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This flight was booked with Avios and Cash via British Airways for 12,500 Avios and £25. Both Ryanair and Aer Lingus flights back to Birmingham went up into the high £200, before being sold out.
I completed the check-in process whilst waiting for my bag to come out at the luggage belt after arriving from London Heathrow. From here I was able to get an electronic boarding pass.
Once I had collected my baggage, I headed up to the departure hall to drop the baggage off.
Security at Dublin Airport Terminal 1 was more complex, with my bags rejected and requiring to be manually searched. Thankfully, this only took 10 minutes or so.
With time limited, I visited the Dublin Airport Terminal 1 lounge, which is above the main security area. For those who have been around some time, this is where the old British Midland Diamond Club was located.
The Gate and Boarding
Departure was from the 200 Gates (part of the original Dublin Airport). As this was “boarding from the tarmac”, passengers were asked to finish consuming hot drinks before boarding.
BA Cityflyer operates the Embraer E190SR in its fleet. These are configured for the steep approach that is required for London City Airport.
This BA CityFlyer is in the original 98-seat configuration, with Geven seating installed. The aircraft is configured in a 2-2 seating throughout. Both Club Europe and EuroTraveller are offered – however, there is no blocked seating in Club Europe. This is pitched at a generous 33″.
IFE and Connectivity
The Window. BA CityFlyer’s fleet has not been configured for inflight connectivity.
A fully catered service was offered on this BA CityFlyer service, with a mixed cold salad being offered. This was accompanied by a blackcurrant cheesecake, as well as a full bar service.
The aircraft made out for the North Sea, commencing its descent and lining up for the River Thames, for a steep descent across Essex and East London, landing safely at its home base of London City Airport.
There was a 10-minute delay on arrival, as the stand that was expected to be used was occupied, and ground services were not ready.
The luggage was handled quickly enough, with luggage delivered 13 minutes after landing.
From here, it is easy to access the Docklands Light Railway for onward travel.
The trip report… now the majority of it is lined up ready to rock and roll starts next week!
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