Airline: British Airways (BA/BAW) Aircraft: A320-232 G-TTOB (14.4 years old) Flight: BA447 Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS/EHAM) to London Heathrow (LHR/EGLL) Date: 26/03/16 Flight time: 56 minutes Departed: 17:27 (2 minutes late) Arrived: 17:23 GMT+1 (2 minutes ahead)
Arriving at Schiphol a few hours before my flight I spent some time on the viewing deck, enjoying the good weather that day
KLM B737-8K2 PH-BCE taxiing in
KLM B777-206ER PH-BQE taxiing to runway 24 'Kaagbaan'
The whale and the queen. Emirates A380 A6-EDS and KLM B747-406M PH-BFP
KLM F100 PH-OFE on the viewing terrace
With over an hour and a half till my flight I made my way through security which was very easy and took no more than 10 minutes. Leaving security I made my way to the food court to get some fast food for lunch. I then made by way down to my gate D28 which was quite a walk down the long piers at Schiphol. Arriving slightly earlier I watched aircraft taking off from Runway 24 'Kaagbaan' which can be seen from my gate. Boarding was started on time but was a bit sluggish. 5 minutes later I was onboard and found my window seat.
Air side inside Schiphol.
A320 G-TTOB on stand D28 waiting for return flight
Waiting area was rather empty
Air Bridge Cargo B747-8F and B747-400F loading up
EAT Leipzig A300B4-622F D-AEAG preparing to takeoff on runway 24
Boarding start prompty
My view from seat 15A
Push back began at 17:20 and theshort taxi began a few minutes later to runway 24. After a short hold, we rocketed down runway 24. Our ascent was a little turbulent. We turned right heading south-south-west across to Rotterdam and then across the North Sea. Cruising altitude was 29,000ft.
KLM B737-7K2 PH-BGX with Schiphol Control Tower in the background
Climbing out of Schiphol
Leaving the Dutch coastline
The interior onboard the aircraft is light and pleasant. The seats are very comfortable in economy with plenty of legroom. The service onboard is simple with just a complimentary drinks and snacks service due to the length of the flight but I am not complaining. The cabin crew were friendly and helpful.
seat pitch is very good
There were two in-flight magazines
Sick bag and Safety card
Enjoying a beer and some reading
Our descent began halfway across the North Sea. There were no holding delays for Heathro was we entered London air space for a straight in approach. We lined up for finals on runway 27L. There was heavy cloud cover over London and much of descent was in the clouds. As we dropped below the clouds for short final we experienced quite strong gusts. These gusts being caused by Storm Kate which was affecting the UK at the time. This meant for quite a bumpy approach. The landing in comparison was actually very smooth if a bit late. We quickly slowed down and vacated runway 27L, beginning the taxi to satellite T5B. The aircraft powered down and we were soon docked and disembarking. The journey getting from my gate in Terminal 5B to passport control was quite long. Passport control for me was no fuss, taking less than a minute. I soon found myself in the arrivals hall where I made my way to the underground station to head home.
descending through the clouds
Arriving on our stand alongside A320 G-EUUG
A320 G-TTOB parked up
British Airways B787-8 G-ZBJC
A320 G-TTOB being unloaded
making my way through Terminal 5 arrivals
Below is a video of the flight
Amsterdam - AMS
London - LHR
Amsterdam Schiphol was fantastic and is by far one of my favourite airports to use. There is plenty available land side and air side. Security when I went through was efficient and moderately busy but that doesn't take long to get through. British Airways was very good. The flight was well priced around £50 (64 euros) and was worth it. London Heathrow Terminal 5 is very nice and security was the best part, although a couple of travelators would be nice to reduce walking time from the satellites to passport control.
Apologies for the blurred photos
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