For my birthday in 2019, my partner very romatically booked us a trip to go to Sevilla
Avios Miles earned with this flight: 494
Tier points Status earned: 10
I used to be an aficionados of British Airways, back in time when it actually was "To Fly to Serve", not so much since they started charging for seat selection, food and drinks on board, luggage in the hull, wifi, to make it some sort of Blue version of Easyjet. And in fact it was one of the few times I flew with them.
Nonetheless, we still flew with them a few times when the schedule was right, and if the price is more or less the same, I prefer giving my money to national business tax payers.
Unless you have a gold status, which I never had with BA, you need to pay to select your seats, which is what we did to seat together.
Since the reshufle at LGW, British Airways was only operating fro; the south terminal, where the train station is.
We arrived at this station with south western train from London Bridge, instead of the very expensive - dare I say scammy - Gatwick Express from Victoria.
Once passed security you arrive at this very well known south terminal plaza where all the duty free, bars and restaurants are - with even more on the top floor.
Unless your flight departs from one the immediate gates near the plaza, you need to walk down this corridor that has gates on either sides.
Our gate today was 24
As usual boarding happened in groups (really dislike the idea) and the ground staff shouting at you to get the passports ready please!
Once my group number called, we went through the jetway…
Aircraft: Airbus A320-232
Engines: 2x IAE V25200
Age: 19 Years
Obversation: Gatwick seems to host older A320 family units, where newer aircrafts are based in Heathrow.
The crew assigned to the cabin today seemed ok.
Captain made the usual pre-flight annouce for this flight.
We started push back soon after, on this very early morning.
Cabin is old but the seats have been changed for the new one, that are a bit more equipped but really thinner than the old ones.
We finally took off about 10 min behind schedule so really not too bad for Gatwick.
The crew started the service shortly after take off. The good old to fly o serve of BA is now replaced with to fly to charge.. It is such a shame to see a national carrier going down this route
The magasines offered were the famous High Life magasine, the Shopping magasine and the BA Business seperate paper. To my knowledge BAW is the only one offering 3 distinct in flight magazines.
The magasine offers a section of travel articles, and coporate news. The BA Business one is usually very good/, quite inspirational for other airlines I should say.
Regretably, as usualy, British Airways does not display any information about its fleets, just the route network.
The coverage of european destinations is impressive however the domestic market could be developped further.
We got to see a bit more of these "very British" things here and there since a famous vote happening on June 2016!!
We approached and landed on a very sunny day in Sevilla
The airport is fairly small so it was super quick to collect bags and go.
LGW: needs a good refreshing of the gates area. Going to Gatwick by train is always a bit of an adventure, the tracks are saturated and you always end up running late.
British Airways: always still sad to see a flag carrier going low-cost. The only difference appart from blue to orange is the long haul fleet and the opportinuty to claim Avios. Crew was average. Just the captain seems to be from the BAW age I cherish: he gave us an extensive briefing after take-off and before landing.
The cabin is old but seats were new.
No Wifi, no IFE, no overhead screens with the aircraft position, no in flight app..
Sevilla: nice little airport, with a very average amount of facilities.