Picking off from where we left off, I looked at the departure FIDS just to make sure that my flight would depart from Terminal 5.
Heading to the transit bus
The bus affords some good plane spotting
Arriving into Terminal 5
My flight would depart from gate B48 so I left for the B gates
The irony of seeing this advertisement in a predominantly BA terminal
The B gates lounge
The food offering was… meh… there were only sandwiches and cakes on offer – no real hot item despite nearing dinner hours
I flagged down an attendant for some champagne. I asked for a glass and he insisted on bringing two – saying that I needed that!
The saving grace of the lounge was that it was rather quiet
At about the boarding time, I headed to the gate
To my surprise, there was no queue at the gate, which was unusual – passengers seemed to really love the idea of queuing up to board the flight. I would later discover a rather light flight awaiting me: full in First, about 70% in Club, about 20% in World Traveller Plus and another 20% for World Traveller.
My plane was the further one
The boarding sequence
I was the first to board the airplane
My seat for the flight – 6A
An empty Club cabin (for now). For its 787, BA retained the yin-yang design from 2006 and opted for a 2-3-2 configuration. 7 seats a row is rather bad given that airlines like JAL opted for 8 seats per row for their economy cabin.
The usual pre-departure beverages were offered
The IFE was available gate to gate
The menu for tonight
We left 20 minutes behind schedule as some passengers did not make the flight and their bags were offloaed
Safety demonstration soon after
We took off about 40 minutes behind schedule
The privacy screen was up once the safety demonstration was over
Last view of England
My first movie…
The amenity kit (washbag) was offered
More nuts as I was very hungry
The starter plate: it was really not bad but would love a plate for the bread.
The main: Satay Chicken rice. Overcooked and poorly seasoned. I do hope the new Club World investment meant better main choices
By this time, we are well into our flight
The cheesecake was divine… but I hate the fact that I could only choose between dessert, cheese and fruits, when I could have all three on Cathay
Tea to end
I then made my bed for the night. I had about 4 hours of sleep and woke up with the sun high up in the sky
I was hungry and got some snacks – I must say I was rather taken aback by the lack of food in Club Kitchen despite it only being halfway through the flight
And seriously – serving tea in Club with paper cups?
Time for another movie
2 hours left!
With 1.5 hours to go, breakfast was served
I asked for a Buck’s Fizz to go with, especially given it would be early afternoon already in KL
The main was exactly the one I had on BA27 last June – quite interesting how the menu for breakfast was almost nearly the same!
The full route for the day
The KL airport
My chariot of the day
I arrived into KL a bit over 30 minutes late, hoping to just go to the gate of my next flight on Cathay Dragon to Hong Kong only to find that that flight was delayed for nearly an hour! Well at least there is a lounge!
Verdict? The 787 was surely quiet and quite pleasant. The Club World cabin was a bit dense and could feel claustrophobic at times. The lack of storage space and lack of space to manoeuvre were also problematic on such a long flight if one wanted to work or to stretch out. The service was okay if a bit slow – which was really not understandable given the light load across the flight. The catering was a passable attempt for most part. It was a pleasant ride no less, but there are surely better ways to fly.