British Airways is the national flag carrier of the United Kingdom, and operates full international and domestic scheduled air services for the carriage of passengers, freight and mail and the provision of ancillary services. British Airways operates to 169 destinations around the world with a fleet of 256 aircraft. British Airways are one of the world’s leading scheduled premium international airlines. Their main principal place of business is Heathrow, one of the world’s premier airport locations, which serves a large geographical area with a comparatively high proportion of point-to-point business. The airline has 60 aircraft on order including 12 Airbus A380 super jumbos, and 8 Boeing 787 aircraft.
Route: Belfast George Best City International Airport to London Heathrow Airport
Departure date and time of flight: February 2013, 18:05pm
Flight Number: BA1419
Flight duration: 50 minutes
Class: Economy Class (AKA: Domestic flights are all Economy Class)
Aircraft type: Airbus A320
Punctuality of the flight:
The aircraft departed Belfast around 10 minutes late because the Captain had to get some paperwork completed, and also waited so that he could avoid holding too much in a stack over London (to get the slot for a straight in approach into Heathrow). Belfast Citry Airport is named after the former England football player the late George Best, and is a small airport, and the taxi from the terminal to the runway is very short (only about 4 minutes!). We landed on Heathrow’s runway 27 right, which provided an opportunity to get some awesome shots of Central London on final approach.
Any baggage issues:
No issues- the bags arrived on time and in one piece.
Comments on the check- in staff and any issues:
No check in issues. Everything went perfectly smoothly at Belfast.
Comments regarding the pre-meal service:
Choice of various hot and cold drinks
Comments regarding the first meal:
Since this was a domestic flight so not much was expected, but even then the usual sandwich was not offered. Instead a choice of a mixed nuts by Forest Feast (consisting of various nuts, fruits, and seeds), a packet of handmade crisps, and a packet of chocolate chip cookies by Lily O’Brians.
Comments regarding the drinks service:
A second round of drinks were offered after the meal.
Comments regarding the in-flight snacks (if any):
None in economy.
Comments regarding the second meal (if any):
Comments on the in-flight system (if any):
Comments of professionalism of the cabin crew:
The cabin crew were very professional and polite. Just a normal flight, without any incidents.
Improvements that could be made:
This was a great flight, and on such a short flight, it is difficult to find any faults. Everything was just fine.
Comments on the interior of the aircraft (including seat comfort):
British Airways have 46 Airbus A320 series aircraft in service. British Airways uses these aircraft for their short to medium haul routes within Europe and the United Kingdom. The aircraft is used from both Gatwick and Heathrow. The interior is a standard 3-3 for Economy Class on all domestic flights. The seats are all leather in navy blue colour (typical of the signature for British Airways).
Overall rating 1-10 (worst-best): 10
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