This was my first flight with BA so I was quite curious how I would like them, although a short hop from FRA to LHR could only be a first impression. We were early at the gate and I grabbed a few UK newspapers that were offered. No comparison to the big selection of magazines and newspapers at many LH gates in terminal 1 but at least something.
Soon, boarding was announced. As usual, BA903 uses a bus gate and so it made little difference for the passengers seated in Club Europe or having a oneworld status to board early but still they were invited to board first. After all, they are only earlier in the bus. Anyway, I like bus gates; getting a little tour across the apron and mounting the stairs up to your aircraft gives my aviation soul a pleasant feeling. My 763 today truly showed her age and it was no secret that she is not too far away from retirement. Impeccable from outside but the interior looked worn and the windows were smudgy; even wiping them did not make much of a difference.
Storage for carry-on bags was limited but still ok as some seats remained vacant. The seat was alright for a short flight but I would not like to sit in those seats too long. My seat neighbor to LHR was an American about my age who slept almost the entire time from departure to landing.
After the obligatory safety video (the BA one is quite dull in my opinion), we taxied all the way to runway 18 ("Startbahn West") at the other end of the airport and I got a nice view of almost the entire airport. Not that I would not know FRA, but it is never enough ;)
The departure was quick and we were on our way to LHR. After we reached cruising altitude, the service began. I had a diet coke and opted for the salty snack which was a small bag of chips (or crisps as the Brits say). Quite alright for such a short flight. The crew was very friendly and attentive. One flight attendant was offering a vacant middle row to a tall passenger in case he wanted to sleep. A small detail but it left a positive impression.
After we crossed the English Channel, we began the approach and flew one circle at the Lambourne holding stack. Luckily I was sitting on the right-hand side and had a great view of London as we left the holding and started the final approach. We landed smoothly and a little ahead of schedule. After short taxiing we arrived at terminal 5, deboarded via jetbridge and walked to the shuttle bus to terminal 3 where our flight to Miami would depart.