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Review of British Airways flight Rome London in Economy

Airline British Airways
Flight BA2541
Class Economy
Seat 3E
Aircraft Airbus A319
Flight time 02:05
Take-off 07 Mar 19, 16:45
Arrival at 07 Mar 19, 17:50
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Carlotherocks
Published on 12th March 2019

INTRO


Hello everyone! Ciao a tutti!
Last November my sister turned 18, therefore I decided to buy a plane ticket for both as b-day present. After evaluating many different European cities (Paris, Bruxelles, Barcelona…) I chose London. Having spent two months there last Summer, it would have been an occasion to be her "guide".
By the end of October I searched the flights. Thanks to SkyScanner I found the best solution: British Airways for the outbound flight to London-Gatwick and Vueling for the return flight.
I chose the first weekend of March to be free with university exams.

7th March Roma Fiumicino - London Gatwick with British Airways A319 (YOU ARE HERE)
10th March London Gatwick - Roma Fiumicino with Vueling A320


British Airways allows online check-in 24 hours before the departure time
The day before the flight we chose our seats (17E and 17F) and printed our BPs
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AT THE AIRPORT


Having just the hand-luggage we planned to be at the airport around 15, one hour and half before the departure time (16:25)
Our dad brought us to FCO and left us in front of Terminal 3
T3 hosts most of the airlines operating at FCO, except for Alitalia and its partners, hosted at T1
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We proceeded straight to the security checkpoint
The waiting time was just one minute and the control itself took around 2 minutes
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While domestic and Schenghen flights depart from B, C and D boarding areas, extra-Schenghen operations are all handled at E boarding area
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Passport control made in no time thanks to the eGates
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As it happens in many European airports, the security area is followed by a large duty free area
Passengers are obliged to pass through it to reach the departure lounge
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The gate number is showed a few minutes before actual boarding time
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Lower level of the departure lounge
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Having around one hour before boarding, we decided to go upstairs for a coffee

Even if the departure lounge is great (it still smells new since its opening in December '16), it lacks of good spotting points
Alitalia A320 and Saudi Arabian A319 parked at gates E11-24
In the background an Emirates A380 tail can be spotted
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A bit later, Alitalia A320 and BlueAir 737
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Our gate, E16, was called at 15:45, 40 minutes before departure
It is located in the new pier, opened with the departure lounge
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Alitalia Lounge Piazza del Popolo
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As other European hubs (like MUC or ZRH) EU-Secure arriving passengers desembark directly in the departure lounge
This explains the exit gates at the end of the pier
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Our gate is located in the middle of the pier
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Even if the boarding time was close, we had to wait arriving passengers to desembark from LGW
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London, here we come!
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Our A319 for today's flight:
G-DBCH, delivered to bmi in Febraury 2006 (13.1 years old) and to British Airways in June 2012
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Norwegian.com 737 and easyJet A320 parked at gate D area
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Being in the 5th group, we had to wait a little before boarding
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Going down the jetway
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Our bird
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The pier
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Alitalia A320, I-BIKD named Maestrale
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Almost onboard
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Some technical stuff
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AZ A320 and departure lounge building behind
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THE FLIGHT


Flight details
Airline: British Airways
Flight Number: BA2541

Departure: Roma Fiumicino - FCO
Scheduled Departure Time: 16:25
Actual Departure Time: 16:30

Arrival: London Gatwick - LGW
Scheduled Arrival Time: 18:00
Actual Arrival Time: 18:04

Flight Time: 2h 34m
Travel Date: Thursday March 7th
Class: Euro Traveller
Seat: 17E
Aircraft: Airbus A319
Registration: G-DBCH
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Cabin door shot
I really like BA's livery
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Fuselage shot
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I gave the Flight Report Form to the Purser and I made my way to my seat, 17E
My sister had 17F, the window seat
The boarding finished on time
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The view from 17F
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As I had read many times, the legroom was a bit small, but enough for a 2-hour flight
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After the pushback we waited for about 5 minutes
We taxied to RWY7/25, usually used for takeoffs at FCO
Roman coastline after TO
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The cabin while we reached cruise altitude
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Crossing Alps
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Since in the morning I had to wake up early for the university, I fell asleep
I woke up while approaching Anglia
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English countryside while we descended to LGW
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Apart from usual boring English weather, there was a quite strong cross-wind
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And after a bumpy landing…
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welcome to London!
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Taxiing to the gate took a bit of time
The initial planned gate was changed and we waited around 5 minutes in a remote stand
Passing under North Terminal bridge, connecting the departure lounge to Pier 6
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Approaching gate 12, in the South Terminal
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Turkish Airlines 737 next to us
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While desembarking I asked the Purser about the Flight Report
She invited me to greet the Captain and F/O in the flight deck
They didn't fill the paper, but no matter, they were kind as well
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Bye bye G-DBCH!
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Going upstairs for the exit
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Last view of our bird
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Fortunately the gate we arrived to is quite close to the main building
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Apron's view
Turkish Airline 737 and British Airways A320s
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Her Majesty the Queen kindly welcomes you to London
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We headed straight to passport control
While I made it in a couple of minutes, my sister had some issues with the eGate, and was sent to a regular desk
Unfortunately, an Italian family with 3 kids was in front of her
They had just IDs (Italian one is just a piece of paper) and the border guard had to put their details manually
It took around 10 minutes :P

After exiting the customs we change some money and proceeded to the railway station
In about half a hour we reached Victoria Station and another half a hour to our hotel in Bayswater

Arrivals hall
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Railway station entrance
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Verdict

British Airways

5.9/10
Cabin6.0
Cabin crew7.5
In-flight Entertainment5.0
Meal/catering5.0

Rome - FCO

8.3/10
Efficiency9.0
Access8.0
Services8.0
Cleanliness8.0

London - LGW

7.1/10
Efficiency7.5
Access8.0
Services7.0
Cleanliness6.0

Conclusion

This was my first time with British Airways and I'm generally satisfied.
The crew was very kind and they were not so boring with paid in-flight service
Only negative note: the legroom :(

FCO is such a great airport, very efficent and modern
It really deserves the prize for Best European Airport

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