The West African Tour - ACCRA to LONDON
These upcoming reports map my summer 2019 trip to and from the African continent. As this year is the 'Year of Return'. This report covers Accra to London. Ghana is one of BA's cash crop routes on the African continent, the others being CPT, JNB and LOS. These flights operate from T3 and shares gates with AA.
Having the opportunity to travel on the 747 once more has been a privilege as these birds are becoming more rare as the months ago by. Our flight, BA78 was delayed about 2.5 hours as the aircraft was down for maintenance in London. BA sent out an email recommending passengers to delay their arrival by about 90 minutes due to the disruption.
Night time at Kokota Airport is extremely busy as most long haul flights depart. Even with our delay, the airport still operated as maximum efficiency. Other departing flights included, KL to Amsterdam, TP to Lisbon via Lome, DL to JFK, SA to Johannesburg and Washington Dulles, TK to Istanbul and SN to Brussels.
Customs took a couple minutes as the airport is sure to allocate a great amount of staff based on the hours of flight departures.
As we had time to relax, I took a stroll and headed to one of the bars in the departure lounge. It was amazing to see my country's rum in Ghana (Mount Gay Rum, Barbados).
Spotted KL's Dutch livery.
TP arriving from Lisbon.
SA loading up for IAD.
SN departing to BRU.
Aircraft: Boeing 747-436
Age: 20.8 Years
Soon enough, 2.5 hours later our aircraft arrived in Accra.
These seats and IFE were newer than the last flight report.
During taxi, SAA overtook us as they backtracked the RWY for an expedited departure.
Winds favored the north so we took off headed north bound.
Dinner came soon after takeoff as crew tried to serve the passengers as soon as possible as we were late.
Again, SOMEHOW, I missed sunrise. Usually i never miss sunrise on my flights but it probably shows how tired I was from my trip.
Descending over the channel.
The coast of England
Enterring approach in LHR
One of our 4 RR engines
We touched down about an hour later than scheduled as time was made in the air.
We pulled into our gate next to a CX 77W and QA A388. At this point it was time to sprint across to T5 for my connection which was leaving in 40 minutes.
BA coming in from ORD.
Approach and flight map from Flightradar24.com
Despite being delayed, the pilots got us to LHR as soon as possible. Service was quick as crew tried to let passengers get as much rest as possible.