left my hotel three and half hours before my flight as I was planning to have lunch in the airport anyways. I picked my flight time strategically to enjoy the afternoon tea service on BA’s Club Europe product, which is always good and consistent. I took the airport bus from Central Station and nearing the airport, I spotted this:
BA operates out of Terminal 2, which was the last stop of the airport bus. Like Munich, which I visited in June, BA has three manned desk in Arlanda Airport: one for Club Europe and OneWorld elites and the other two for ticketing and Euro Traveller. I was promptly checked in, and my onward boarding pass to Hong Kong was also printed.
BA uses Aurora Lounge in Arlanda, which locates inside the secured area but before immigration. It is a third-party lounge shared by many airlines. The offering is not too bad, but not too good either. It can be rather crowded and the internet connection can be a bit hit and miss.
Lunch – passable
View of the check-in area
Wine on tap… interesting
Flight Information Display… Not quite user-friendly, the information is rather small
A very full flight today, once again, the gate agents are happy to take bags for check-in. I arrived rather late and both the elite and non-elite lines were full of people. The agents insisted, however, on boarding passengers in Club first before Gold Card (OW Emerald) members, so I ended up being one of the first people on the plane
In Sweden, the sun goes down rather early in winter
Gate disengaged after boarding. We departed 5 minutes ahead of schedule
Towel offered: I saw the cabin crew freshening the towel with hot water on the tap!
We were cleared for take-off at 15:10 (5 minutes after STD)
The cabin crew started the service right away. Most of the passengers declined the meal service and I was served 20 minutes after take-off, which was rather efficient
My choices of drinks: sparkling water, tea and champagne
The reason why I fly!
By the time I finished with my food, we just passed Denmark
Sipping champagne while working on a speech I had to give that weekend
The best inflight entertainment
… And Greater London
In a holding pattern
On final approach
We parked in satellite B
It is probably as good a flight as intra-Europe business class goes. The crews were witty and efficient, but they would not go the extra mile. When I went to use the facilities, the crews were reading the papers and snacking on nuts. There was a water service prior to the descent, which was probably better than the other flights I have been on. The seat was hands-down bad: I would fly in the back in emergency exit any day than in Club (but my ticket was in conjunction with the HKG segment), I guess we are spoiled in Asia!
Next installment: Cathay 77G Business LHR – HKG with a review of CX’s new lounge