British Airways has operated the Boeing 737 since 1977 and has subsequently operated the 737-200, -300, -400 & -500. In 2012 British Airways merged with BMI and sped up the retirement of their BA 737-400 fleet, the rest of the 737 types were retired between 2001 & 2009. I booked for a spotting trip to Edinburgh and specifically chose to go on the BA 737-400 from London Gatwick instead of my local Heathrow.
For me this would be my first Domestic Flight and my first flight alone. So I was excited & nervous. I tried not to think about what to expect on board as for me, doing this makes my flights more enjoyable if you get something unexpected or better.
I arrived at London Gatwick around 6am to check in. Security was quick to get through as I only had hand-luggage & I checked in online prior. I was dropped off by my dad, being 17 I had only began to learn driving. Hence the 0 scores on parking.
As soon as I got Air-Side I found where the Cafe Rouge was and beelined for it in order to get a good hour of pictures of London Gatwick spotting prior to boarding.
At 07:15am the gate was announced and I went to board British Airways flight 2936. It turned out to be a Boeing 737-400, as I hoped, in the form of G-GBTA.
We taxied ontime and I got some pictures of aircraft parked around us including a Vietnam Airlines Boeing 777-200, Thomas Cook Airbus A330 and a stored McDonnell-Douglas MD-82
When the flight departed, the take-off role and lifting felt more powerful than on Airbus A320's I'd flown on in the past. But the Boeing 737-400 was (with respect) older and smaller so you felt it more.
The flight was not full, but definitely about 75%.
For breakfast I chose the regular option which was a Sausage, Bacon, Tomato, Mushrooms, a roll, an egg, orange juice and a choice of Tea or Coffee. For reason I don't really know, I cut the sausage in half and put that the bacon & egg into the roll. I liked it. I enjoyed the orange juice & tea with it. Not a lover of Mushroom or Tomato so I left them & as for the sachets of marmalade & butter, After putting the hot items in it, I felt it would be too far to add the last two item to it. I was not expecting this sort of meal, thinking I was only going to get a tea/coffee with a croissant or pot of porridge. I was impressed.
London to Edinburgh, like most European domestic flights, is not too long (around 45-55 minutes) and we descended into Edinburgh Airport quite quickly. It was an enjoyable flight. We parked at EDI next to the BA LHR & LCY flights which were respectively operated by an Airbus A320 & Embraer E-175.
However… As an aircraft enthusiast I didn't stop there. I waited for most the passengers to get off and I made my way to the flight deck to get some pictures of the classic Boeing flight deck. I also got my picture taken in the co-pilots seat which I wasn't expecting, but a nice gesture. To end an amazing flight.
London - LGW
Edinburgh - EDI
Definitely would fly British Airways again domestically. Was worth the money (£88 return). Shame it won't be on one of these old ladies again, the Airbus A319/A320/A321 will replace the last one due to leave in July 2015.
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