It’s been a few years since we have flown with British Airways and it was a pleasant surprise to find fares to Budapest, including bags, cheaper than the budget airlines with their Euro Traveller class. The only issue was the flights were from Heathrow and not from our local airport but at least we shouldn’t get stuck behind a tractor trying to get there.
BA have recently been in the news regarding their plans to ditch the inflight meal on short haul economy flights. BA are not a budget airline, is this a sign of things to come and will there be a ‘Ryanair’ style approach to economy customers? We hope not, keep the biscuits coming, especially on the economy Euro Travller class.
Unfortunately, as we were flying economy we did not have access to the lounge. This is something we miss as Terminal 3 is very busy and Mellissa (Mrs W) is not a big fan of flying and does need a bit of relaxation before getting on the plane. Read more of Mellissa’s stress free travel tips.
However, despite being very busy, getting through security was quick. Also, there is excellent airport shopping at Terminal 3. Those shops are getting closer and closer to security, we expect by next year the security staff will be trying to sell you aftershave while X-Raying your shoes.
Getting onboard the plane (an Airbus A320) wasn’t the quickest but the staff were polite and once we finally reached our seats there was actually room in the overhead lockers for our cabin bags. We had extra legroom seats (rows 11 and 12 on the Airbus A320) which were comfortable although they do not recline, not really an issue on a 2 hour flight.
Once boarded there was a delay due to the plane having an issue with the brakes, we were kept informed by the pilot although it did result in a 30 min wait. One issue which we’ve noticed is that planes do get hot during boarding or waiting on the tarmac. It is not the most comfortable and it would be good to be a bit cooler but the air-con does not seen to be switched on until taxying.
The delay did give us plenty of time to read the inflight magazine, now we’re both experts in the Icelandic music scene!
BA have not yet ditched the inflight snacks and drinks, this is planned for summer 2017. On this BA Euro Traveller flight, the food consisted of a choice of a small salad or a pastrami roll, both tasted good but were only snack size. There was also a choice of soft drinks, beer, wine and spirits. We recommend avoiding the wine, it’s rarely chilled and not the best tasting, stick to the safer option of beer or spirits.
The inflight service does break up the monotony of a flight and you also get the excitement of opening the mystery meal box, what miniature food item will you find?
Overall, despite the delay we had a good experience flying with BA. The flight staff including the pilot were very customer focussed and friendly. We hope this service will continue and they don’t veer towards the style of the budget airlines.
We hope to try their Business Class, Club World seats soon and see how they compare to Virgin Upper Class.
Have you recently flown with British Airways? Share your experience and any hints or tips, thanks.