Review of British Airways flight London Miami in Economy

Airline British Airways
Flight BA1160
Class Economy
Seat 47A
Aircraft Boeing 747-400
Flight time 10:40
Take-off 06 Mar 16, 09:10
Arrival at 06 Mar 16, 14:50
BA   #64 out of 141 Airlines A minimum of 20 Flight-Reports is required in order to appear in the rankings. 790 reviews
767 traveller
Published on 22nd April 2016
Hi and welcome to my third trip report covering my trip from Peru to the UK and back on American and BA connecting through MIA.

LIM-MIA with AAhttp://flight-report.com/en/report-13486.html
MIA-LHR on AA's 77Whttp://flight-report.com/en/report-13558.html
LHR-MIA on BA (you are here)
MIA-LIM on AA

For the two last nights of this trip we decided to stay in South Kensington. I booked a Crowne Plaza for USD 150 ish the night. The rooms were big and it had a pretty decent buffet breakfast included in the rate.

Since I was heavy on luggage, I called a transfer to peak me up at 6am. Traffic was non existent on a Sunday morning so I was in terminal three just in half an hour.

A BA employee allowed me to stand aside since there was no way my laugagge could fit in the regular line. After some waiting I was seen by a very nice BA agent. She went with me to weight my boxes to see by how much I was overweighting.

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She then sent me to pay the excess baggage fees while she got my boarding passes ready. I thanked her for her help and she wished me a nice flight.

I was then through security, which took ages and was airside about an hour before boarding. I went to the Admirals club where I bought a day pass. Since I could also use the lounge in Miami before my next flight to Lima, it was worthwhile for me.

The lounge was quite nice, obviously far better than US admirals clubs. There was hot food!

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Lounge dining area


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The lounge agent had some problems with the printer so she told me to go and enjoy the lounge and that she would then bring me my card and my recipt.

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I had some breakfast and twenty minutes before the closing time I started to make my way down to the gate.

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Boarding had not started yet so I took a seat. The whole process was chaotic. The lady in charge started calling different boarding groups at the same time. I was queuing in the priority line and heard her ask for world traveller passengers to board, when I went to her she said she was calling world traveller plus, so it was back in line which had grown considerably by then. At least the same lady that checked me in scanned my boarding pass. She recognized me and again wished me a good time in the air.

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Our 747 waiting for its ride across the pond


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I chose an aisle seat for this flight. But since there were many spares, I moved a couple of rows forward where I could have three seats for myself and of course a window.

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Passing through club world, maybe next time?


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Much better!


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Seat pitch was fine for someone of my size (1.72m) However someone taller would definitely have problems with legroom.


There were some basic amenity kits placed on each seat, containing eyeshades, toothbrush, toothpaste, socks, earplugs and some basic headphones.

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We took a while to take off and finally where up in the air about half an hour after schedule.

FA's did a drinks run before lunch. I took a coke with some Pretzels.

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Then lunch was served. Choices were chicken or pasta. The FA serving my aisle was warm and friendly, taking the time to explain the meal choices with detail.

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Everything was really good for coach, except the starter which I did not know what it was…


After lunch I took a nap, making use of the extra space I had.

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I should have slept about an hour. I woke up and started watched a couple of movies. “Our brand is crisis” and “The intern”.


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I switched to the moving map from time to time to see where were we flying above of.


Meanwhile the crew kept walking around the cabin ensuring that passengers were well ok.


After I finished my movies we were already finishing crossing the Atlantic and were flying above Canada.

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We had some good views for the rest of the flight along the east coast of the USA. About an hour and a half about landing afternoon tea was served. It consisted on an edible chicken sandwich with some pretty decent scones.

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It is clear that BA's hard product is not the best one out there and that their 747 are really showing wear and tear. However the cabin crew tends to be warm and personal, which is something I really appreciate.

The captain announced that we were starting our descent towards Miami. We had a bit of a hold, which gave us pretty nice views of downtown Miami. I took lots of pictures with my camara, however someone accidentally deleted them so I only have the ones I took with my phone left.

We landed more than 30 minutes after schedule. Immigration was a breeze and for the first time I had a friendly officer stamp my passport in the USA.

I think that’s enough of me for now. I will soon post the last leg of my trip from MIA to LIM with AA.

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AA A321 seen from the MIA mover.

Well that's all from me for now. I will update the remaining segment as soon as I have it ready.

Thanks for reading! Feedback is always appreciated.
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Verdict

British Airways

7.8/10
Cabin7.0
Cabin crew9.0
Entertainment/wifi7.0
Meal/catering8.0

American Airlines Admirals Club

7.1/10
Comfort7.0
Meal/catering7.0
Entertainment/wifi7.5
Services7.0

London - LHR

7.0/10
Efficiency6.5
Access7.0
Services7.5
Cleanliness7.0

Miami - MIA

7.0/10
Efficiency7.0
Access7.0
Services7.0
Cleanliness7.0

Conclusion

It was nice flying BA long haul in the Queen of the skies. The mixed fleet cabin crew delivered good service and answered well to passengers’ requests. The IFE had a decent selection of movies but is very dated. Certainly having the two seats next to me free made the flight a lot more comfortable, allowing me to arrive well rested to Miami and having a relatively low load down the back of world traveller allowed the crew to deliver more attentive service to passengers than perhaps on a full flight.

Information on the route London (LHR) Miami (MIA)

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