Review of British Airways flight Paris London in Economy

Airline British Airways
Flight BA 309
Class Economy
Seat 11C
Aircraft Airbus A320
Flight time 01:20
Take-off 09 Dec 13, 12:20
Arrival at 09 Dec 13, 12:40
BA   #69 out of 122 Airlines A minimum of 10 flight-reports within the past two years is required to appear in the rankings. 798 reviews
manureva744
By 4015
Published on 27th January 2014
After a couple of days in Dijon and Paris, I had to go home without the Miss France crown, and as yet another 1st runner up title ! I hate the silver medals !!!

Well British Airways check-in counters are located on the lower level, behind a door… not the most welcoming area I must say.
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I went to check-in and requested to buy an upgrade to Club World on my LHR-LAX flight. I was sent to the ticketing counter to buy the upgrade. When I reached the counter, I was told that it might not be possible as the printer was down but they would give it a try. Luck was on my side, the printer was back to work and I was off loaded of 675€ and sent back to check-in !
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The process took ages as the agent had already checked me in World Traveller Plus and I had a bag. I had a duplicate check-in and was appearing twice in their system ! They had to cancel everything to re check me in ! PHEWWW ! But they were very friendly and laughed with me. I find that airline staff are always charming and nice when you show them that you are not a self important jerk and that you understand that they can have problems with the systems etc…

With all my boarding cards and luggage tags in hand, I headed to security and went on to discover the new central area linking CDG 2A and 2C.

I had a quick bite at the Caviar house and bought some Ladurée Macarons for my family back home.

Starbucks is there too.
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My plane was waiting for it's return flight home with a fair load of passenger, not full though.
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We were invited to board the Airbus on time.
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Hello you !
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I made my way to my emergency exit seat, very comfortable. I do not have a measuring tape or know if my hand is an approved measurement standard, so take my word for it, comfortable !
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The cabin on the ground.
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And shortly after take-off and before the crew drew the curtains in front of us.
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Crew came around to serve drinks and a small snack. I had sparkling water and cookies.
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We are half way there and the crew is picking up the trash and opening the curtains again.
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Here is the reading material available from the seat pockets.
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Landing was smooth, with taxied to our gate and we were off in no time..

My row with the middle seat which was left vacant.
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We deplaned the aircraft via stairs and buses.
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Good Bye G-EUUB !
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The bus took us to the main terminal of T5 and I had to go up these escalators to reach security and then off to the lounge.
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Verdict

British Airways

8.4/10
Cabin9.0
Cabin crew9.0
Entertainment/wifi7.5
Meal/catering8.0

Paris - CDG

7.2/10
Efficiency6.5
Access5.0
Services8.5
Cleanliness9.0

London - LHR

6.9/10
Efficiency4.0
Access5.0
Services9.0
Cleanliness9.5

Conclusion

Good flight on this ultra short haul flight courtesy of British Airways.

The drinks and snacks was fine, didn't need a 5 course meal !

Next up is LHR-LAX in Club World on the Airbus 380-800.

Information on the route Paris (CDG) London (LHR)

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The airline with the best average rating is Air France with 7.5/10.

The average flight time is 1 hours and 15 minutes.

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9 Comments

  • Comment 98907 by
    marathon GOLD 9566 Comments

    Do you mean that a failed printer could prevent them from selling an upgrade ? I am amazed that they do not have a fallback procedure.
    But the staff had the correct attitude, and your sprobably helped too.
    I have a patent on Flight Report measuring tapes, but I am open to negotiations for a license :)
    Thanks for this appetizer, I'm looking forward to the main course !

    • Comment 287738 by
      manureva744 AUTHOR 252 Comments

      Well apparently they could hand write everything and process the upgrade later when the printer would be working again. THey had a stack of receipt in front of them waiting to be worked on.

      Thanks for the offer for licensing the measuring tape ! I'll just tell people to believe me !

  • Comment 98912 by
    jetsetpanda 2294 Comments

    Thanks for the foreplay report. Wouldn't the upgrade be the same CDG-LHR-LAX? or were you on separate tickets?

    Wow! 675 EUR for J. My upgrade on TK for USD 300 to Comfort Class from LAX-IST was indeed a bargain!

    Pity about not winning the Miss France crown. Didn't you get at least the title for Miss Congeniality?

    • Comment 287739 by
      manureva744 AUTHOR 252 Comments

      You can buy the upgrade for CDG-LHR-LAX but that would be even more ! And I was fine with the CDG-LHR being in Y. Short flight.

      Well I have trained Miss Tahiti for 6 years and the past 2 the girls I trained came second… so close to the crown. Seems futile but it's a huge business and a big deal for the tahitians !

  • Comment 98913 by
    NGen92 55 Comments

    Great short report! Thx!
    The good point with BA is their flights are always ontime which is a real relief for connecting flights passengers.
    Looking forward to reading your report for the next leg!

    • Comment 287885 by
      watchbird 418 Comments

      Always is a bit of a stretch ! I remember a ride from CDG to LHR on a 767, the cargo door did not want to close electrically so they had to use the manual way which was though for the plane (the all plane was shaking like hell...). In the end I had to run the all connexion in LHR and only made it because we arrived in the same building my next flight was leaving !

      Besides this anecdote, overall they tend to be a very regular airline which is a performance knowing the LHR capacity limitations !

      Thanks for the report and good luck for next years Miss France contest.

    • Comment 287740 by
      manureva744 AUTHOR 252 Comments

      Thanks !
      I will rest a little before I write the LHR-LAX FR !

  • Comment 99101 by
    KévinDC TEAM SILVER 5302 Comments

    Thanks for sharing! Looking forward to the A380 report in CW!!

  • Comment 99119 by
    lagentsecret GOLD 12389 Comments

    Thanks for sharing this FR

    It's disappointing to be so close to the crown a second time in a row

    The upgrade is quite expensive

    Looking forward to your next flight

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