Review of British Airways flight London Philadelphia in Economy

Airline British Airways
Flight BA69
Class Economy
Seat 26A
Aircraft Boeing 787-8
Flight time 07:00
Take-off 28 Apr 15, 17:35
Arrival at 28 Apr 15, 19:35
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Published on 22nd July 2016

Welcome to my latest trip report, detailing a recent trip to Boston. For the outbound I flew British Airways, routing VIE-LHR-PHL-BOS, returning a month later routing BOS-LHR-VIE. This report will cover the second flight of the outbound leg, when I was lucky enough to get my first flight on the 787 Dreamliner!

Although I had 2 hours to connect from T3, where BA operates its VIE flights from - to T5 where my flight to PHL was leaving, this really was just enough time to reach the transfer bus and be processed through the various stages of security at T5 and to then travel out to T5's second satellite terminal, T5C. Despite the stress of making the terminal transfer, I couldn't wait to board my Dreamliner bound for the US!



Just before boarding I spotted 767-300ER G-BNWT, which brought to LUN back in 2011. BA have since ceased flights to LUN.

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Check out the video I took of the engine start-up, taxi and takeoff:



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I was intrigued by the wing detail in this photo:

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A fellow passenger taking advantage of an empty row:

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A G&T, naturally!

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Obligatory shot of the map as we passed over Ireland, at this stage I hadn't been home to Dublin in months!

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I enjoyed the pasta and dessert, although both portions were small. The bread was very dry and the salad had an odd vinaigrette flavour which didn't appeal to me. Overall the meal was quite good, but in future when flying from LHR with BA I may opt for the premium a la carte meals which have since been introduced!

After dinner the cabin windows were automatically dimmed for the evening; it created a wonderful aquarium-like effect!

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Some minor turbulence as we neared Canada:



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A snack was served before landing:

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Cape Cod:

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Ocean city, or Atlantic City maybe ? Somebody please let me know!

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The Dreamliner cabin looked beautiful with the evening sun outside!

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Landing at PHL:



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Verdict

British Airways

7.8/10
Cabin8.0
Cabin crew8.0
Entertainment/wifi8.0
Meal/catering7.0

London - LHR

6.8/10
Efficiency3.0
Access8.0
Services8.0
Cleanliness8.0

Philadelphia - PHL

4.3/10
Efficiency6.0
Access6.0
Services2.0
Cleanliness3.0

Conclusion

I loved my first flight on the 787. The cabin creates a wonderful experience for passengers, the BA crew were always helpful and there was nothing disappointing about the food served. One caveat though: the Word Traveller economy cabin was only 30% full, hence I had a full row to myself. Like almost every other 787 operator, BA has configured the economy cabins on their 787s in a 9-abreast layout. Had the flight been full I have no doubt that the experience would have definitely not been as enjoyable. However, it seems I was lucky on this date, and therefore I had a great experience with a whole row to myself!

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