Here we are, its taken 19 years, flying on Boeing 777s, Boeing 747s, Boeing 767s, Embraer E-jets, Airbus A320-family and two Boeing 737's. Not counting my flights on GB Airways in 2007/08 or Iberia/Aer Lingus (as part of IAG)- but I've done 50 flights with British Airways!
I'm quite happy making this milestone in 2019. When the airline is celebrating its Centenary and me celebrating five years of touring (I began my frequent flying on Aug 5th 2014, the article can be found here!).
So I get to London Heathrow from Christchurch (Dorset, UK) in a rather clear 80 minute drive up the M3, M27 and M25 to enter Terminal 5. It was just ahead of the main morning rush, so I got through security in about 10 minutes maximum.
Air side I wait until 06:35am for my gate to be announced, which turned out to be one of the domestic A-gates on the South side of Terminal 5. I found an Airbus A320-neo which got me a little excited, only to find out a few moments later it was the Manchester shuttle- but there was a bonus! I was on G-EUYT, which was fitting due to the last two initials of the registration matching the first two letters of my first name, but the bonus was flying a British Airways A320 with sharklets! Something I'd been waiting about 3 years on!
The plane pushed back a few minutes behind schedule, which is common for London Heathrow during the morning. However with in little time at all, we were up and jetting North for Glasgow. My first visit to this Scottish city.
Once above the clouds, it was a nice run up to Glasgow. Sun was shining merrily. I took the time to order some items that were going to come in very useful to me! I bought the BA100 Speedbird IPA (which I have the empty can on display), the afternoon tea (I have the box also on display) and I decided to play Senor Alex Cruz back at his own game! Tea on BA costs £2.55p, but they offer 15p off if you bring your own cup- So I brought a massive SPORTS DIRECT mug! Which meant I got roughly two paper cups worth for only £2.30p! How's about that then!
And I also think I sorted out a solution to the very British controversy that is "Cream or Jam First" when it comes to Scones……
Cream one half, Jam the other half- put it together how you see fit!
The flight went smoothly, but unfortunately the flight had to come to an end rather quickly, given UK domestic flights (excluding flights from the UK Mainland to Gibraltar) last no longer than 75 minutes.
We arrived fairly on time into Glasgow. Arriving just before our 08:30am scheduled arrival time.
We had a slightly pro longed taxi and a short wait to disembark the plane, due to arrangements in Glasgow ground staffing whilst they tried to sort out the jet bridge.
We parked up at the Terminal, and as is the usual deal for me- I went via a short visit to the flight deck to quickly thank the pilots and get a picture or two of the Airbus A320 flight deck. Despite being a 30 year old design- the A320 has one hell of a futuristic flight deck!
Disembarking the plane, I had a short walk to the UK Arrivals, finding some windows for the odd picture. Getting an idea of what I had to see at Glasgow before I headed into the city centre.
Bonus : Click here display hide
Some highlights from Glasgow city from the top of the GLASGOW TOWER at the Glasgow Science Centre
Some vehicles preserved at the free to enter Transport Museum, just a short walk away!
Just next to the Transport Museum- is a 300 year old trading ship which was built during the Industrial Revolution on the River Clyde
The SSE Hydro, where on the evening of the day I did this flight- I saw a live concert with a line-up of Massive Wagons, Status Quo and Lynyrd Skynyrd!
Some pictures (below) from the gig I went to!
London - LHR
Glasgow - GLA
British Airways- Nothing special cabin wise, love the little screen and map still on the original A320 series, great crew, loved getting these BA100 merchandise for my BA collection at home!
LHR/GLA- Both airports are really modern and nice. Very spacious, kept well clean, easy transport connections where you need them!
SSE Hydro- Fantastic concert! Was near the back of the venue, but I had a high seat over looking the concert!
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