Trip Report: British Airways First Class

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British Airways BA177

London (LHR) – New York (JFK)
Date: November 30, 2014
Aircraft: Boeing 777
Seat: 2K (First Class)

When I started this blog nearly a year ago my first post was about my First British Airways flight to Dubai.  Its fitting that nearly a year later I’m writing again about British Airways.

 

This trip was my second trip flying British Airways and first time flying BA First. Let me start by saying that the airplane cabin designer did a great job of incorporating style and luxury.  The First Class cabin on British Airways has many great touches.

The Lamp

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Power Windows

Blue Mood Lighting

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Closet for your Jacket

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Pajamas and Amenity Kit

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That being said, there is a lot style over substance.  With International First Class you are paying to have extra personal space. British Airways is one of the least generous with this as they fit 4 seats in the same area other airlines might put 3 seats.  This was a very crowded flight considering every seat was taken and there are 14 first class seats total.

Probably the single biggest let down with this flight was not the plane or the cabin,  but the fact that I was flying through London Heathrow Terminal 5.  This is where almost every British Airways flight connects, and this was the weekend after thanksgiving so the terminal was super busy.

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I can’t imagine who decided it would be a good idea for every British Airways connecting passenger to use the same security checkpoint.  I also had the most ridiculous secondary search ever at this airport.  My backpack which contained only a phone and a magazine was hand searched after going through the scanner.

Back to flight,  I will say the meal service was done very professionally.  I started off with a Kir Royale (BA’s Signature Cocktail) and some nuts.  A full size Water Bottle was also handed out

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There was a Salmon Amuse Bouche

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Next was a nice Goose Liver Terrine

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Followed by a very nice Parsnip and Nutmeg Soup and a decent Salad

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I selected Seared Filet of Aberdeen Angus Beef for my Main Entree, But this was low point of the meal as the beef was way too chewy.

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For Desert I got the Chocolate Orange Dome Cake which they were nice enough to make Ala Mode with some Madagascan Vanilla Ice Cream

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After this large meal I decided to watch some movies and take a short nap.

About an 90 minutes before landing Tea service began.  This is something I looked forward too and this is one area the British Flag Carrier did a great job.

First were Finger Sandwiches.

 

 

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I was really excited to fly First Class on British Airways.  Even more so considering that the London-New York route is the most important and profitable router for the airline.

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I thoroughly enjoyed this flight.  Although I will say that other airlines may have more comfortable and spacious seats.  None however seem as stylish as the Brits.

 

-TK

 

 

 

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