The airline with the best average rating is British Airways with 7.4/10.
The average flight time is 8 hours and 15 minutes.More information
Hello and welcome to this series which would include 4 flights with British Airways. This series would contain two long haul flights in the World Traveller cabin and two medium haul flights in the Euro Traveller Cabin. All of these flights would include lounge reviews of lounges that I have been reviewed before.
The last leg of this serie would be a short transatlantic flight onboard British Airways 787-9 aircraft from Heathrow to Washington on the World Traveller cabin. Despite a good flight experience and getting to spend 5 hours 45 minutes at Heathrow without getting bored, the arrival experience at IAD wasn't better as I expected. This report also has reviews of the lunch service at the Galleries Lounge's at Heathrow.
The routing for this serie would look like this;
Pax for this flight
Club World ( Business ): %100
World Traveller Plus ( Premium Economy ): %100
World Traveller ( Economy ): %100
The flight was fully booked.
As I mentioned at the last report that there were problems issuing my onward boarding pass to Washington, the employees at the transfer desk was able to figure the issue and print my boarding pass for this flight.
Then I have headed to the North security checkpoint where the priority security is located. This time the security process took 5 to 10 minutes which is not that bad.
Unfortunately, British Airways doesn't announce gates till 1 hours before departure and concourses till 2 hours before scheduled takeoff time. I decided to head to the South Galleries Lounge.
I was able to access the Business lounge via my Executive Club Silver status.
While I've entered the lounge, the employees were setting up the bar for lunch service.
Today's selections were the same as when I have last visited the lounge during lunchtime.
Fresh juices were available as well
The only dessert at the lounge is the carrot cake.
Finger sandwiches were also available
A sample coffee bar. Some of the machines weren't working that day
View from the lounge. As it is usually quieter than the southern part of the lounge, I was sitting at the northern part of the lounge which has a view of the terminal.
Later on I have headed to the Elemis Spa to have a massage but I was rejected because I have forgotten that I was in World Traveller today. The massage service is reserved to British Airways Club World, First and Executive Club Gold passengers.
Even though, showers are available for Executive Club Silver members. That day there wasn't any queue for the showers and I was directly assigned a shower room at the reception.
After having my shower, a notification to my phone came that my flight would depart from B gates.
FIDS for flights departing from Concourses B & C
Today I have decided to walk to concourse B
A shot from the tunnel
There are limited facilities at concourse B
As I had 30-40 minutes until boarding, I had also spent time at the Galleries Lounge at Terminal 5B
At the reception, the attendant told me that my flight would depart from gate B39.
The offering at this lounge is same as the Terminal 5A lounge. There is nothing special to mention about this lounge.
Boarding started a little bit later than scheduled with priorities being respected.
G-ZBKA from the gate
This A320 which was parked at gate B38 would head to Geneva that evening.
I have headed to my seat after being welcomed by the crew.
The seats onboard this aircraft was comfortable and above exceptions. The legroom was perfect for a transatlantic flight. Pillows, blankets and headphones were provided at each seat.
BA 787-9 aircrafts are equipped with Thales inflight entertainment system
The aircraft was still getting fuel while doors should be closed.
This Queen of the Skies was heading to the runway as BA 113 to New York-JFK
Before we have pushed back, G-EUYB has been replaced by G-EUUX at the next gate which had just arrived from St. Petersburg.
The safety video was shown while we pushed back.
After the safety video, I have slept a bit. I have wake up when the aperitif service begun. Pretzels were offered with a choice of drink
Today's options were chicken or pasta. The tray contained the main dish, a salad, bread, butter, crackers, cheese, a pudding, a bottle of water and milk for coffee. No drink of choice offered with the meal
Penne with Tomato Pesto Sauce - The dish was delicious. The other option was Chicken Tikka Masala.
While the meal service continued, tea and coffee service was done.
Route map as trays were collected
The IFE screen on this aircraft had more content than those old 747-400 aircraft. I find that it's easy to use Thales entertainment screen compared to those Panasonic ones.
The seat pocket content as usual. Inflight shopping was offered during this flight
BA Eastern USA & Eastern Canada destinations
Mileage and time information
A short visit to the toilets ( washrooms in British English ). They were clean while I visited
1 hours 15 minutes before arrival, this snack box was offered to passengers with their drink of choice. Today's menu was a Tuna Mayonnaise and Sweetcorn Wrap alongside with a Cadbury chocolate. The sandwich tasted good.
Route map at that time
Immigration cards were distributed before arrival.
Before arrival, the Flying Start project video had been monitored.
Photos before and during landing
Delta Connection aircraft
We were going to park at gate B44. The fixed gate of British Airways at IAD
This Avianca A321 from San Salvador had arrived just after us
Last photos of our aircraft after entering the terminal
As the concourses hasn't direct access to the CBP area, passengers are transported to the immigration area by shuttle buggies. One buggy was reserved for First, Club World and World Traveller Plus passengers and the other buggy was for passengers seated in World Traveller.
Our aircraft would be catered before returning to Heathrow
Last shot of our aircraft
Immigration took 20-25 minutes as First, Business and World Traveller Plus passengers had arrived before us. Only 3 officers served visitors at that time. By the way, there were smart adolescents that skipped the line under the barrier. No one didn't warn them and they were one of the first ones to clear immigration.
My baggage was waiting for me at Carousel 20 while I arrived there
The airport was packed due to the end of holiday season. The Silver Line Express bus didn't accept credit cards that night and there were 45 minutes until the closest 5A bus would depart. That's why I took an Uber back to my address.
This report and this serie has came to an end. Thanks for reading and hope to see you in another report/serie.
This section would include spoilers of my next reports if travel plans are made. This section would appear in my recent report "except the flashback series reports" so you could have an idea what flights are coming next. Just a quick note that, flights I that I marked that I haven't flown yet could be not reported or/and not flown depending on several factors such as itinerary change, cancellation of trip, dead battery and more.
The mileage run series would start just after this report. Including 12 domestic business class flights on A320/737-800 aircraft which would include a review of the Turkish Airlines lounges in Izmir, Ankara, Trabzon, Gaziantep and Istanbul-ISL. If I'm lucky I would experience the brand new domestic lounge at ISL, if not I would review the temporary lounge corner at Istanbul Airport.
<span style="font-weight: normal;">The 13th flight on the mileage run series would include a flight that I won't earn miles on an alliance carrier membership card but it would be a report of a rarely reported airline.[/span]
After the mileage run series; the next report that I would share would be a review of the American 737-MAX-8 onboard a transcontinental flight on the Main Cabin. There would be also a short review of the Admirals Club at the departing airport.
Coming up January/February 2019
Another British Airways report would be posted shortly after the American report. Including one long transatlantic report with the super jumbo and the other one on my regular shuttle flight.
The boarding pas problem was easily solved at the transfer desk, I have also asked the agent if I could switch to the BWI flight which was two hours earlier than the IAD flight. She told me that it would be easy to change my booking at the lounge as I had status. Today, the fast track security waiting time wasn't that bad. I was in the airside within 10 minutes after being issued my boarding pass. Then I have checked the concourse of my gate at the service desk but like always, I was asked to stay at the main building until a notification appears. There were a couple of A10 wide-bodies that day so I wasn't sure if we would board by a jetbridge that day. The lounge ( south ) was a bit crowded that day but I managed to find a seat at the northern part of the lounge. The food was the same as my last lunchtime visit ( August 2018 ) and the food tasted good. In addition, the beverage selection was good as always. Before having my meal, I have headed to the service desk to change my flight to BWI but unfortunately there were only 2 seats at that aircraft and the ground staff told me that a free change could at the gate if I didn't have any baggage. Unfortunately, I had checked luggage so I had a long layover. After hanging 2 hours in the lounge I had have a shower at the Elemis Spa at Terminal 5A. While I've visited, there were available showers so I was directly assigned a shower cabin. Later on a notification to my phone came that my flight would depart at B gates. I have walked there and rested a bit at the Galleries Lounge at concourse B. The offering and the services are the same compared to the main building lounges. Boarding started 30-35 minutes before scheduled departure time with priorities being respected. The seat at the aircraft was the same as my last longhaul flight onboard the 747 but this time the aircraft was equipped with the Thales IFE system which is better than the Panasonic one. We have took of a bit later than our scheduled departure an aperitif service had begun just after takeoff with snacks and a drink of choice. Later on, main meals arrived in a reasonable time. The pasta option was delicious and one of the best Economy meals that I had. After a long sleep, I had waken up for the pre-arrival service. The sandwich was delicious like the pasta. BA surprised me today about meals. Later on, we had landed close to schedule but from gate to exit it took 45-50 minutes which had a 10 minute wait for the buggy to depart, a 10 minutes buggy ride and the rest at the immigration line. Only 3 officers were assigned for visitors at that time. Also the Silver Line Express Bus had some issues that day and there were 50 minutes till the next 5A bus ( IAD to city ), I had to take an Uber which I waited for 15 minutes due to the unorganized traffic at the airport. Overall, the LHR experience and the flight experience was decent but definitely IAD staff could have definitely take precautions due to the last day of the holiday season.
(+) Fast and efficient transfer security ( at least that day )
(+) Priorities respected while boarding
(-) Gate area ( queues ) a bit disorganized ( Gate B39 )
BA Galleries Lounge
(+) Nice and comfortable seats
(+) Beverage options
(+) Didn't wait for shower
(+) Meal options
(+) Comfortable seats
(+) Nice and delicious meals ( both services )
(+) Nice cabin crew
(+) Toilets were kept clean during the flight
(+) Decent IFE system
(-) Unannounced delay
(+) Bags were waiting for me
(-) Buggy to immigration/immigration waiting time
(-) Ridiculous traffic at arrivals ( Holiday season )