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Flight Review of British Airways’ 747 First Class

The First Class Cabin of a British Airways 747-436 (G-BNLK). Photo by Bernie Leighton | AirlineReporter.com

The First Class cabin of a British Airways 747-436 (G-BNLK) – Photo: Bernie Leighton | AirlineReporter

The entire reason I ended up in Poland was because my travel thought process doesn’t work like that of a normal person. If I see an enticing airfare, on a new airline or a new product, I tend to book it, then figure out the details later.

In this case, I had discovered that British Airways was offering some reasonable fares in their most recent Prime First product across the Atlantic. Better still, one leg (LHR-ORD) was going to be on a 747. In this case, G-BNLK.

I flew to Heathrow from Seattle aboard a G-VIID, a 777-236ER built in 1997. The only advantages I can point out between it and the 744 are the larger overhead bins and slightly more modern AVOD In-Flight Entertainment (IFE) system.

The legs to and from Warsaw were aboard an A320. Club Europe is a bit tight, but the lamb rogan josh was nice. What was not nice was arriving into Terminal 3. The flight arrived early, giving me a two-and-a-half-hour layover. Ample time to change terminals and go to the lounge, right?

Wrong – this is Heathrow! Having to walk half a mile from gate 24 to the transfer bus was the first nuisance. The second was the fifteen minute drive to Terminal 5. This was followed by another aimless walk to the connections desk and finally, Fast Track security. It is “Fast Track” in name only – I was stuck behind at least three passengers who forgot the 3-1-1 rule. Noticing that we were at gate B42, I realized that I  would have no time to visit the Concorde Room (British Airways’ first class lounge), which I was really looking forward to.

Boarding was also a little odd. Instead of BA staff looking at IDs, security was inspecting everyone’s travel documents to confirm the ability to enter the United States. Evidently, he was either very suspicious or just slow. I shall stop dwelling on my sub-par airport experience and talk about the aircraft experience, as it was infinitely better.

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From Buying a Ticket to Walking on a British Airways 747

British Airways Boeing 747-400 at Seattle.

British Airways Boeing 747-400 at Seattle

Although I know many readers of this site are more interested about the flight itself, I tend to be more intrigued with what goes one between searching for a ticket and stepping on to the plane. Odd for some, I know, but I wanted to share my own insight.

My most recent adventure started when I decided to go to Paris (CDG) from Seattle (SEA) for vacation. After some work, I narrowed my dates to flying out on a Thursday so that I could have a full weekend in-country. Last year, I made the same trip on Icelandair and chose that airline mostly on having the lowest fare. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to go with the lowest fare this time; I was also interested in the experience, so I decided to start my ticket hunt early. This all resulted with me flying on a British Airways Boeing 747-400 out of Seattle.

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British Airways Boeing 787 Dreamliner in Full Livery – Something is Different

British Airways Boeing 787 Dreamliner in full livery seen at Paine Field earlier today. Photo by Brandon Farris.

British Airway’s first Boeing 787 Dreamliner (G-ZBJA) in full livery seen at Paine Field earlier today. Photo by Brandon Farris.

AirlineReporter.com writer Brandon Farris is currently tagging along with American Airlines to cover one of their Boeing 777-300ER delivery flights (story coming soon). During his adventure at Paine Field today, he was able to catch British Airway’s first Boeing 787 Dreamliner in full livery.

Previously, we saw this aircraft with a bare white fuselage, leading some (including us) to speculate that British Airways might had been planning a special livery. The sad side is it looks like they are keeping their standard livery, the good side is that livery looks amazing on the 787 Dreamliner.

But can you notice something a bit different from the majority of their current fleet? If not, check the photo below.

Closer shot of British Airways 787 Dreamliner in  full livery. Photo by Brandon Farris.

Closer shot of British Airways 787 Dreamliner in full livery. Photo by Brandon Farris.

The classic British Airways emblem is seen before the titles on the fuselage (and after the titles on the opposite side). Taking a closer look at the British Airways Airbus A380 that recently rolled out of the paint hangar half way across the globe shows the same thing.

BA has been starting the process of adding back their coat of arms to their fleet. It is not so obvious at first.

British Airways Boeing 787 Dreamliner Seen Painted — Sorta

An awesome photo, closer up of British Airways 787 at Paine Field. Taken by moonm.

An awesome photo, closer up of British Airways 787 at Paine Field. Taken by moonm.

Three days this week, we have posted a photo post on a new livery on a 787 (An American Airlines 787 and a Norwegian Air 787 were posted earlier this week). Today we are highlighting British Airways first Boeing 787 Dreamliner is a sort of semi-livery. As in the tail is painted, but the fuselage is not.

We have seen this before and every other time, it has turned out to mean a special livery for the 787. Is British Airways planning the same? As of posting, no official word from the airline, but my guess is we will probably see something a bit different than their standard livery.

British Airways Boeing 787 Dreamliner seen from the Strato Deck at the Future of Flight. Photo by Sandy Ward.

British Airways Boeing 787 Dreamliner seen from the Strato Deck at the Future of Flight. Photo by Sandy Ward.

This has been a good month for BA and new aircraft types. Earlier, their first Airbus A380 rolled out of the paint hangar in Germany and now the 787 in Everett. Just too bad we do not know when the Dreamliner will be delivered to the airline.

Any guesses what this livery might entail? Or do you think it will just end up being the standard livery?

A big thanks to moonm and the Future of Flight for letting us use their photos.

British Airways First Airbus A380 Rolls Out of Paint Hangar

British Airways first Airbus A380 in Hamburg. Image from BA.

British Airways first Airbus A380 in Hamburg. Image from BA.

British Airways recently had their first Airbus A380 roll out of the paint hangar in Hamburg, Germany.

The airline is expecting to take delivery of their first double-decker airliner in July of this year and will first use the plane on short-haul routes for training and then on their London (LHR) to Los Angeles (LAX) route starting on October 15th. The second A380 will be placed on their LHR to Hong Kong in November (tickets for both flights are on sale now).

British Airways first Airbus A380 in Hamburg. Image from BA.

British Airways first Airbus A380 in Hamburg. Image from BA.

BA’s A380 will be configured to hold 469 passengers in four cabins: First Class (14), Club World (97), World Traveller Plus (55) and World Traveller (303).

The airline has 12 A380s on order, which are expected to all be delivered by 2016.

British Airways first Airbus A380 in Hamburg. Image from BA.

British Airways first Airbus A380 in Hamburg. Image from BA.

“This will be a very special premiere,” Keith Williams, British Airways’ chief executive, said. “The A380 is a great aircraft that has been developed with huge amounts of British engineering ingenuity. London and Los Angeles are two world-leading cities, and we are proud to be the first airline to connect them with the A380.”

Although the outside of the British Airways A380 is beautiful, the inside is not too shabby either:

British Airways Airbus A380 World Traveller Cabin. Image by BA.

British Airways Airbus A380 World Traveller Cabin. Image by BA.

British Airways Airbus A380 First Class Cabin. Image from BA.

British Airways Airbus A380 First Class Cabin. Image from BA.

British Airways A380 Club World seat. Image from BA.

British Airways A380 Club World seat. Image from BA.

To learn and see more, check out British Airways special site on the Airbus A380.

This story written by…David Parker Brown, Editor & Founder.David started AirlineReporter.com in the summer of 2008, but has had a passion for aviation since he was a kid. Born and raised in the Seattle area (where he is currently based) has surely had an influence and he couldn’t imagine living anywhere else in the world.

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