British Airways 474 – London Heathrow to Barcelona

British Airways – BA 474– LHR– BCN

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Airbus 320

Seat 20B
Flight time: 09:55– 13:00 (09:52-13:13)
Duration: 2 hours 05 minutes
24th December 2015

O V E R V I E W :

Approximate one week after my Iceland trip with my university friends, I was invited by my brother for a last minute trip to Barcelona. So, here am I again, back in London Heathrow. This time round, it will be Terminal 3 (some routes on BA operates from T3) as I will be flying on British Airways to and fro, though I wished the route was operating from Terminal 5 as that is the only terminal in Heathrow I have yet to experience. Having only flew on BA once, this sector will be my second and I was quite excited having had a good first impression on my first BA flight from Dubrovnik to London Gatwick which can be found here.

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Lovely Christmas decoration, flying on Christmas Eve! 🙂IMG_7372

Self service check in used before heading to the counters for baggage drop.

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Check in process was swift and my boarding pass was printed in no time. Still hate these flimsy boarding pass though. 😦IMG_7375

Headed to the bag drop counters next which was just a stone’s throw away from the check in kiosks. IMG_7377

Gate info was not shown initially but eventually my assigned gate was just a short walk from the duty free area.IMG_7381

Gate 9 to Barcelona.IMG_7382

Nice touch even though its a short flight. IMG_7390

A peek of my aircraft from the small gap thanks to the windowless aerobridges.IMG_7397

Sleek looking seats on this A320 from my point of view. IMG_7399

Mandatory seat pocket shot.IMG_7401

Rather decent legroom.IMG_7406

Flight was rather packed but boarding was completed on time and soon after it was lift off time, with a scenic view of Heathrow :).IMG_7408

And just a few seconds later, flying pass the terminal I wished I was flying from. 😛IMG_7411

Didn’t expect much from the short euro flight in terms of catering, but the food was once again excellent.IMG_7414

After meal service was completed and some moments to rest, the end of this short hop was near. Final approach into BCN.IMG_7418

Interestingly, docked next to another BA, with the super jumbo of Emirates nearby. IMG_7422

Plenty of immigration counters available but not all operational on that day, though the lines were cleared rather swiftly. IMG_7424

Time to explore my first city in Spain and enjoy some paella! 🙂

 

C O N C L U S I O N: 

It was another good experience with BA, decent hard product with good leg room, in terms of the soft product, the crew were friendly and attentive during the flight. As mentioned in my first trip report on BA, while the catering was good, it does lack quantity. Compared to certain Asian airlines that have full meal service even on short haul flights, I wonder if those practice will eventually be undertaken by European airlines like British Airways in the future?

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