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Airline: British Airways
Aircraft: Airbus A321
Route: Heathrow – Paris de Gaulle
Flight number: BA322
Seat number: 1A
Cabin: Club Europe
Flight date: May 2016
Check In / Security
As is always the case with British Airways flights from Heathrow these days, I skipped the check in area as I was only travelling with hand baggage and I already had my boarding passes. From what I could see though, it wasn’t too busy considering this was the day before a long weekend.
As the South security area didnt look too busy, I figured id head through there and my suspicions were correct. Despite it being a little busy, everything worked well enough and I was through in no more than five minutes.
Up to the Galleries First lounge, and this would be my final visit to this one for a few months due to my BA Gold status expiring a few days after this trip. I was pleased to see a few positive improvements had been made to the catering since my last afternoon visit just over a month previously. This included a light bites area, consisting of cold cuts, cheese and other smaller snacks. Although the buffet still needs a bit of work when it comes to presentation.
The rest of the lounge has also had a mild refurbishment recently, including new furniture and deep cleaned floors (http://mediacentre.britishairways.com/pressrelease/details/86/2016-72/5903)
Boarding / Onboard
Boarding was an hour and a half late – the reason being the age old excuse of a late inbound aircraft. It was done the correct way today, with Gold card holders and Club Europe customers invited to board first – and the fast track was being strictly enforced with everybody’s boarding passes being checked before people were permitted to enter. I saw a few people being sent away. Although due to seven rows of Club plus quite a few Gold card holders on this flight, there was still a bit of a wait.
The service got going during pushback for this flight, with hot towels being handed out.
Once airborne, it was a race against time to get the service completed on this full flight. As this was a band 1 flight, there was no choice of meal – just a chicken salad, which was decent enough, dished up at the same time as the drinks service.
Followed with a Baileys.
We landed on probably the furthest runway from our parking stand – so ended up having to taxi for a good ten to fifteen minutes.
As I was sat in row one however, I was the first off and was land side in just a matter of moments.
Despite the warnings of things being very busy on this day, I found that things weren’t too much different to a normal day, so top marks to Heathrow security staff for working efficiently there. The BA Galleries First lounge was once again a pleasant enough place to wait for a few hours, but I personally found the presentation of a buffet awful for what is supposed to be the airlines First Class lounge (although in reality, it’s a OneWorld Emerald lounge). Having said that, the food I ordered from the menu was great. Although menus were a little hard to come by, and as is seemingly common in this lounge, finding somebody to actually order the food was also a little difficult. On board, the crew did a great job serving everybody efficiently on this 45 minute flight. The food was tasty enough and there was a decent drinks selection.a
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