My little passport mistake relegated me to economy class on British Airways, my first time behind the wing on BA’s Airbus A380.
Boarding was delayed for an unspecified reason until about 9:10PM, five minutes after scheduled departure. Onboard, the captain blamed a late-arriving aircraft from London, but our A380 actually arrived hours earlier…I’m not sure what the real reason for the delay was.
After booking my ticket, I strategically chose seat 38H, noticing an open middle next to it. There were several open middle seats left on the flight. My hope was that by choosing a middle seat in the rear of the aircraft, I stood a better chance of it remaining empty. Sure enough, it did.
Upon boarding, I found my seat in the rear economy class cabin. A cheerful FA greeted me, probably thinking I was quite odd for taking so many pictures. Legroom was very tight. I’m only 6’1”, but my knees were up against the seat in front of me.
Dinner was served after takeoff. I applaud BA for quickly serving dinner and for the fairly generous meal, which included a green salad, bread, pasta or chicken, crackers and cheese, and a toffee dessert. I tend to choose pasta when I fly in economy class because it hard to screw up. The meal was fine. Nothing special, nothing to complain about.
After the meal, my seat mate behind me got angry for reclining my seat…I’ll have more on that in a separate post.
I was hoping to use wi-fi onboard, but it was not functional. BA has added Wi-Fi to most of its fleet, but only 3 of 12 A380s. However, my tail number was one of the aircraft that was supposed to have Wi-Fi. A FA was totally clueless when I mentioned it.
There was a Russian lady sitting at the window of my row and one of the FAs angrily snapped at her when she did not pass her meal tray back to him quickly enough. The crew was quite senior and while polite for the most part, this particular FA was not in the best of moods. He also yelled at a boy sitting in the row in front of me for not putting up his seat during the meal service.
I did end up getting some shuteye and then some work done. The A380 is such a silent aircraft. About 90 minutes prior to landing breakfast was served. I thought BA would serve a nice hearty English breakfast, but a small breakfast burrito was offered with a side of fruit and muffin. It was fine, but United offers a much better breakfast in economy class on the same route.
As we approached London Heathrow, we were placed into a holding pattern. The captain blamed a medical emergency on another flight, though I could not find any mention of it online the next day. We had not made up any time enrotue and with the delay, ended up landing at around 5:00PM, more than 90 minutes late.
I will publish a more detailed review, but that’s it in a nutshell. I survived just fine, but the legroom is very tight in economy class. There is no way I’ll be flocking back to BA in economy class anytime soon, but it was nice to give it a try.