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Review of British Airways flight London Paris in Economy

Airline British Airways
Flight BA304
Class Economy
Seat 10F
Aircraft Airbus A319
Flight time 01:15
Take-off 15 Feb 19, 07:10
Arrival at 15 Feb 19, 09:25
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By GOLD 405
Published on 22nd February 2019

Report No: 2019-202E


Hi and welcome to this new series of reports which would consist 6 flights. Four of them would be on British Airways in the World/Euro Traveller Cabin and the other two would be exclusive reports that no hint would be given until the report is published. 


The second flight of this series would be my twenty-first airport on Flight-Report and that would be Paris-CDG, as this website is usually a French website, I am also honored to share my "10th Flight-Report in French" by adding a French destination to my inventory. ( This report is available both in English and French, you are now viewing the English version. ) This report would be a review of the British Airways A319-100 on a short flight from London Heathrow to Paris Charles de Gaulle. This report would also include a review of the breakfast service in the British Airways Galleries Lounge's in Heathrow Airport. This report would also have a bonus hotel review which would be the review of the ibis Hotel in Paris Charles de Gaulle. ( The one in Terminal 3 ).


Just a reminder that as I have already reported the first flight and a similar one to the second, I had used the chance to video report the first part of this serie for a test of YouTube flight-reports that I would start to post soon but things didn't go as well as I expected. It's really hard to capture good quality videos on a phone camera so I won't compile them as a video and present it to you, but I would share some parts of the flights as a video as well. Because that some photos were taken from the videos, they are not in their usual quality. However, these reports are complete Flight-Reports and I apologize for the bad photo qualities in some images and give the signal that I would start video-reporting soon as I have the chance to buy a motion camera. Once again, thanks for your understanding.


The routing for this serie would look like this
First Part


Routing


Second Part



Third Part



Pax for this flight

Club Europe: %100 [ Club Europe until row 4 ]
Euro Traveller: %90-95

The aircraft was fully booked but there were some no-show's or misconnections. 


London Heathrow AIRPORT - LHR


While when we were taxiing to the gate on my previous flight, I have realized that I have received this mail, that BA asked me to check my hand luggage. Of course, I wouldn't do that as I am only traveling with hand baggage on this trip.


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After arriving to Terminal 5C from my previous flight, the FIDS showed that my next flight would depart from A gates.


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As there were many people waiting for the transit;


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I've decided to walk all the way to Terminal 5A. Walking after a long flight makes me feel more energetic and this specific walk helped me to wake up for the day.


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Of course, I would follow the purple signs for connections


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Later on, I have used the fast track lane for security screening which leads to the North Checkpoint. The waiting times were alright as it took me 5-10 minutes to clear security.


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British Airways GALLERIES LOUNGE TERMINAL 5A SOUTH - London Heathrow AIRPORT


After I've cleared security, I've first walked towards the North Lounge and realized that the lounge was getting crowded so I have decided to go to the South Lounge instead. Even though, there was less than an hour for our scheduled departure time, the gate was not shown on the FIDS. However, while entering the lounge, I have learnt that my flight would depart from gate A18 which is close to the South Lounge.  


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The lounge was empty and I have taken my seat in a set of couches at the southern part of the lounge. That day, most of the morning operations were departing from concourse B.


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Daily newspapers and some magazines were available


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Today's breakfast options; starting with yoghurt and cereal


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Some bacon sandwiches, toasted breads, hash browns, and a vegetable frittata. ( The frittata is not visible in the picture )


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Croissant selection


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Fresh fruits available that day


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More cereals


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Two types of porridge was available that day


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And to conclude the main bar area; fresh juices, fresh smoothies, and fresh fruit


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The coffee and the bar


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GATE AREA & BOARDING


I have left the lounge 35 minutes before scheduled departure time. At that time boarding was started with Group 1 passengers.


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The gate area had separate lanes for group 1, groups 2&3 and groups 4&5. After queuing up and clearing the document check I have directly boarded as groups 2&3 were invited to board at that time.


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Boarding pass


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Due to the low visibility from the windows in Heathrow, I couldn't take a photo of the aircraft


The door


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BA 304 London Heathrow AIRPORT TO PARIS CHARLES DE GAULLE AIRPORT


After being welcomed by the crew I had taken my seat 10F which was in the emergency exit row.


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The seats are same on the BA A320s and the exit row seat pitch is similar as well. On BA A319's row 10 has the most legroom which makes that row the most comfortable on the aircraft.


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Overhead panel


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Our neighbor, G-TTOE, a British Airways A320neo which is going to head to Hannover that morning. Due to the amount of liquids on the window, I have decided not to spot aircrafts at Heathrow.


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However, I've spent that time taking the photos of the seat pocket items. Starting with the safety card


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The seat pocket also contained the High Life Magazine, the Business Life Magazine, the High Life Shopping catalogue and the Marks&Spencer Buy On Board menu. Inflight shopping was not offered on this short flight.

This report doesn't include the content of the M&S Onboard menu but you could find it here in one of my previous reports. Also, the items marked with the earth symbol was not served on this flight due to the duration.


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BA Europe route map


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And, Paris in the destination list. This flight is only 225 miles.


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We had started our pushback on time and the crew made the safety demo manually as the overhead monitors were not working. This meant the route map isn't working either. After we entered the runway queue, due to a problem at another aircraft at the queue as the captain told, we had waited for 20 minutes and then took of for this short flight to Paris.


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After we have gained altitude, the liquid on the window evaporated and I was able to take photos.


While we were finishing crossing the English Channel, the BoB service had begun.


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As I had breakfast in the lounge, I have requested a cup of tank water from the galley just after the service had ended via the call button. The crew was happy to help me.


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Shortly after, we started our descend for Paris


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The Eiffel Tower is visible


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Stade de France


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Paris Le Bourget Airport


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And we had landed to Paris before schedule.


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The first visible aircrafts were these HOP! regional jets which were parked in remote stands.


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F-GSQK was going to head to Sao Paulo that day


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And this 777-200 would head also to Brazil, this time to Rio de Janeiro as AF 462


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Terminal 2E M Building - mainly having SkyTeam partners but an exception of China Southern


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F-GZNU was going to head to Bangkok that day as AF 166.


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And this CityJet and A320 parked in non-schengen gates would visit Newcastle and Marrakesh that day.


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Terminal 2E - K building had mostly Air France and Delta aircraft


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This Delta 777-200 was heading to Atlanta that day as DL 83


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After passing the Air France terminals, this Emirates A380 ( A6-EUM ) was the first visible aircraft


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The next visible aircraft was this Jet Airways A330-300, which was regularly operating the Chennai-Paris rotation at that period.


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Gulf Air A320 getting ready for its flight to Bahrain


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This Etihad A380 was also parked in Terminal 2C.


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And this XL Airways A330 was getting ready for its flight to Pointe-à-Pitre 


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And we had parked to gate A44 which meant parking position A10.


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PARIS CHARLES DE GAULLE AIRPORT - CDG


British Airways uses Terminal 2A for their flights from/to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport.


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A view of our aircraft from the jetbridge


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As I am not an EU citizen, I have followed for the signs for "All Passports".


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Immigration lines didn't seem that bad but the Acces No 1 lane was closed and no officers were in the booth related to that lane.


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While walking to the queue, I had to chance to take the last photo of our aircraft G-EUPH


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After a 5 minute wait in the non-EU lane, I was called by the next available officer. After the passport control, as I didn't have checked luggage I just left the baggage claim area.


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Arrival FIDS


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As I was going to stay in one of the airport hotels for this trip, I have made my way to the CDGVAL ( people mover ) to reach my hotel.


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While on the way, A6-EUM appeared again.


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The CDGVAL station is located between Terminal 2C and Terminal 2E.


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These are the stations of the CDGVAL


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And photos from the short CDGVAL journey


After arriving to Terminal 3 - Roissypole. I have followed the signs for my hotel which was ibis.


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And found the hotel within 2-3 minutes.


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This report has came to an end. The hotel review bonus is located all the way down, under the coming up section.
Thanks for reading this report and hope to see you in another one.


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Verdict

British Airways

7.0/10
Cabin8.0
Cabin crew8.5
Entertainment/wifi3.5
Meal/catering8.0

British Airways Terminal 5A Galleries Club (South)

8.4/10
Comfort8.5
Meal/catering8.5
Entertainment/wifi8.0
Services8.5

London - LHR

8.2/10
Efficiency8.0
Access8.0
Services8.5
Cleanliness8.5

Paris - CDG

8.8/10
Efficiency9.0
Access9.0
Services8.5
Cleanliness8.5

Conclusion

Although it was a very short flight and an uneventful BA flight on the Euro Traveller cabin, I would like to mention that the only negative point of this flight was a broken IFE even though only a route map should be offered. From now on, I would mark a straight 5 for BA flights with only route-map and seat pocket content available and a straight 3.5 for BA flights for only seat-pocket content being available. However, the BoB is OK for a 40 minutes flight and the exit row seat is perfect. Experiences in London and Paris where good and there is nothing negative to mention. The breakfast offering in the lounge is good and there is a wide variety of food. Of course, it is also nice to have an empty lounge early in the morning.

LHR
(+) Security waiting time acceptable
(+) Priorities respected during boarding
BA Galleries Lounge T5A-S
(+) Breakfast offering
(+) Comfortable seating
BA304
(+) Comfortable seats and acceptable exit row legroom
(+) On time arrival to Paris
(+) Cabin crew
(-) No IFE
CDG
(+) Passport control wait times
(+) Easy to navigate around the airport

Information on the route London (LHR) Paris (CDG)

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