Review of British Airways flight London New York in First

Airline British Airways
Flight BA001
Class First
Seat 9D
Flight time 03:50
Take-off 11 Jun 03, 18:10
Arrival at 12 Jun 03, 17:00
BA   #64 out of 139 Airlines A minimum of 20 Flight-Reports is required in order to appear in the rankings. 767 reviews
Razza_Pr
By 1766
Published on 24th March 2020

Greetings, everyone! Bet you weren't quite expecting this, eh?

As I write this, it is Day 9 of working from home because of the Covid-19 outbreak. You’ve seen the news about people having to stay home unless travel is absolutely necessary, and airlines around the world grounding their fleet or suspending their operations altogether. Instead of worrying about the future, today I welcome you to join me in revelling on what was a glorious era of air travel.

As you are able to deduce from the header, yes, this report is that of a BA Concorde flight from London-Heathrow to New York-JFK. Do note that because I haven’t that many photos, the writing style of this report will somewhat differ from my other ones. 


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Departure Airport – Heathrow
The aircraft, parked at the gate. The photo was taken from the BA Concorde Room, which was luxuriant with offerings fitting for their VIP guests.


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If you think the aircraft looks small, you’re not the only one. The length of the Concorde, at 62 meters, is comparable to modern jetliners like the Boeing 787-9, or Airbus A330-300. However, the internal fuselage width is only about 2.62 meters, compared to the A330’s 5.26 meters across.

The narrow fuselage had everything to do with reducing drag to allow for greater speeds, and achieve that it did.

Takeoffs were very loud, thanks to the Rolls-Royce/SNECMA Olympus 593, and its afterburners.

Concorde flights operated at very high speeds, and altitude. The climb was all the way up to more than 50,000ft.


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Catch the speed indicator clocking Mach 2. ;)

Meals were served. I took no photos of the meal itself, however I did take it home with me.. ahem.



How’s the curvature of the Earth (with a bit of the Delta wing) for a dining view?


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 It should be noted that, although tickets were billed as First/Supersonic Class (and priced accordingly), it would fall under Premium Economy by today’s standards. 


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Arrival
Upon arrival, my brother and I took it to ourselves to see if we could take photos inside the cockpit. The pilots gladly obliged! 
 


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Verdict

British Airways

6.9/10
Cabin7.0
Cabin crew7.5
Entertainment/wifi5.0
Meal/catering8.0

London - LHR

6.5/10
Efficiency6.0
Access7.0
Services7.0
Cleanliness6.0

New York - JFK

4.4/10
Efficiency3.5
Access5.0
Services5.0
Cleanliness4.0

Conclusion

Concorde flights were ethereal. You were in a metal tube with many very important (and old) passengers, moving twice the speed of sound, and you landed “before” you took off.

Might we see the return of supersonic air passenger travel in the future? Will it be economically/environmentally viable? Who knows! I know I’d book myself on another supersonic flight if they come back around in my lifetime.

Until then, I suppose I should focus on being able to retire early.

Cheers, everyone! And happy quarantine!

Information on the route London (LHR) New York (JFK)

The contributors of Flight-Report published 40 reviews of 4 airlines on the route London (LHR) → New York (JFK).


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The airline with the best average rating is Virgin Atlantic with 8.0/10.

The average flight time is 7 hours and 27 minutes.

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11 Comments

  • Comment 547908 by
    KL651 TEAM 4478 Comments

    Thanks for this special FR.
    Wish I could have flown on the Concorde even on a 1 hour sightseeing flight.
    The interior and menu were less luxurious and more efficient compared to AF.
    Nice souvenirs you got, didn't get some silverware or chinaware ?

    • Comment 547955 by
      Razza_Pr AUTHOR 209 Comments

      Greetings, KL651!

      The interior and menu were less luxurious and more efficient compared to AF

      Yes, very much. Still rings true for today's flagship F comparisons on both carriers, of course.
      Nice souvenirs you got, didn't get some silverware or chinaware ?

      Ehe, I should've nicked them, yes. But I'm happy with what I've got. I also got a business card from the passenger right next to me, but that's all I have to say on the matter.

      Thanks again for stopping by.
      Cheers!

  • Comment 547942 by
    KévinDC TEAM SILVER 5136 Comments

    Wow, what a Concorde report--what a treat! This report is exactly what we grounded AvGeeks and TravelGeeks need during these dark times in commercial aviation. I really regret never having gotten to fly Concorde. I remember feeling like I'll always have time in the future, thinking Concorde would always be around. Thanks so much for sharing and letting us dream of what it was like to zip across the Atlantic and arrive before you departed!

    • Comment 547956 by
      Razza_Pr AUTHOR 209 Comments

      Hi, KévinDC, thanks for stopping by!

      I remember feeling like I'll always have time in the future, thinking Concorde would always be around.

      One of the greatest engineering feats in aviation. Also what I regard to be the most marvellous Anglo-French invention probably ever!
      Thanks so much for sharing and letting us dream of what it was like to zip across the Atlantic and arrive before you departed!

      Avec plaisir! I'm honoured to be one of the only 2 reports of the BA Concorde experience on this site, and one of the only 2 English FRs covering the Concorde.

      It's a doubtful time for many right now, no doubt. With the way things are going, some of my stateside friends are concerned that, due to some states not imposing limitations on people movement at all, there could be future travel restrictions on US passport holders. Do you share the same concerns?

      Self-isolation has been quite the experience here in the UK. Thankfully I never had to hoard anything because:
      1. I use a bidet spray, so much less toilet paper needed, even could do without if need be;
      2. I'm able to get raw food from farmers whose phone numbers are already on my contacts list :D

      Thanks again for stopping by!
      Cheers, to a possible return of supersonic passenger in our lifetimes!

      • Comment 548465 by
        KévinDC TEAM SILVER 5136 Comments

        I do share those concerns. Even in States where shelter-in-place orders have been declared, it is not being enforced, so many are choosing to ignore the warnings, and now we see the result with cases exploding. With everything going on, we've chosen to ride out the quarantine with family in France and not return immediately to the States as we feel much safer here with the better organised and coordinated response. Also like you in the UK, we have access to fantastic local produce and meats here in the French countryside. There may not be any TP in the supermarkets, but the shelves are overflowing with local fruits, vegetables, and meat. So for now, I can't complain. While my new home State of California was one of the first to encourage social distancing and issue a stay at home order, each State is the US is handling the situation differently, which is just creating a confusing mess or epic proportions.

        One thing is for sure, the commercial aviation landscape will forever be changed by this pandemic.

  • Comment 547974 by
    eminere™ 272 Comments

    This is glorious.

  • Comment 548162 by
    dreamweaver888 77 Comments

    What a delightful trip report, from a bygone era! Thank you!

  • Comment 548499 by
    juddsol SILVER 21 Comments

    Amazing! Thank you so much! I know this current slow down will impact the development and launch of supersonic passenger jets, however, I hope the interest is still great enough to make sure these projects are finished.

  • Comment 548675 by
    Rewardflying GOLD 487 Comments

    Hi Razz_Pr! What an experience for you! Just a couple months ago I was at Airbus where they have a Concorde in the museum that you can enter and walk through it. Have you been? I have a bunch of photos which I'll post from the museum when I get caught up on my trip reports. Anyway, good to hear from you!

  • Comment 548870 by
    robert1991 2 Comments

    Amazing report awesome

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