Review: OneWorld Extravaganza – BA 572 London Heathrow to Milan Malpensa A319 Economy Class

Introduction
W Taipei
CX 401 TPE – HKG 77W J
CX 251 HKG – LHR 77W W
Sofitel London Heathrow
BA 572 LHR – MXP 319 Y
Hotel Villa Franceschi Venice
The Style Florence
St. Regis Rome
Le Anfore Lounge Rome
CX 292 FCO – HKG 343 J

Comfort 4/5 Service 4/5 Amenities 3/5 Little things 3/5 Meals 3/5 Overall 3/5

I’ve had quite a history with British Airways. I flew this product domestically within London a few days before this flight: 😉

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We didn’t crash…

Our flight was in the “final wee hours” of the morning (for aviation, if you’re talking about commercial airplane departures anything before eight is considered “wee hours”), so we had a hard time waking up at 5am at the Sofitel (given this is Heathrow we’re dealing with). We ended up leaving the hotel at 6am, rushing through the hallway to Terminal 5, and barely made it in time to gate A21 (actually, it was final call by the time we were through immigration), where our A319 was departing for Milan at 07:50 in the morning. (Note to self: Choose the three o’clock flight next time.)

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British Airways Airbus A319 (our bird for today)

Boarding soon started, and we headed over to our Airbus A319.

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British Airways Airbus A319 (our bird for today)

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Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER and looking towards Terminal 3

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British Airways Airbus A319

British Airways Flight 572
Friday, August 1st, 2014
Origin: London (LHR) Gate: A21 Dep: 07:50 (08:15
)
Destination: Milan (MXP) Gate: B Arr: 10:45
 (10:35)
Duration: 1 hr 55 min (1 hr 20 min)
Aircraft: Airbus Industrie A319
Seat: 15D (Economy Class)

As an Economy traveller I kind of wanted the new seats, but my hopes were thwarted upon entering the cabin. Oh well, at least these seats are well-padded.

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British Airways Airbus A319 Club Europe

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British Airways Airbus A319 Club Europe

In Club Europe they mark the non-blocked seats with headrest covers. In Economy, sometimes they cover every seat, in some cases they cover no seats. Our plane had the latter.

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British Airways Airbus A319 Euro Traveller

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British Airways Airbus A319 Euro Traveller Table Latch

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British Airways Airbus A319 Euro Traveller Safety Card

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British Airways Airbus A319 Euro Traveller Overhead Lights and Panel

The leather had lots of “experience”, or in other words, was really soft and squishy, probably because of age. For a long flight I much prefer fabric seats, but for a short flight a leather seat was perfectly fine.

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British Airways Airbus A319 Euro Traveller Headrest

While I see coat hooks on Cathay’s old and new seats, they’re still rare, so I was happy to see that they had them. While I don’t need it it’s always a nice touch.

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British Airways Airbus A319 Euro Traveller Coat Hook

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British Airways Airbus A319 Euro Traveller Legroom

The weather was awful. There was a 777-300ER next to us (for compensation…I guess?).

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British Airways Airbus A319 view from window

Very soon after I boarded, the door closed, and we waited for a few more minutes (describes why we were slightly late). We headed towards the runway for an early morning takeoff to Milan.

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British Airways Airbus A319 cabin on ground

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British Airways Airbus A319 upon taxiing

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British Airways Airbus A319 upon taxiing

Traffic in Heathrow is always exciting. It almost compensates for the clusterf^&* you get 24/7 in Heathrow.

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British Airways Airbus A319 traffic upon taxiing

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British Airways Airbus A319 traffic upon taxiing

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British Airways Airbus A319 traffic upon taxiing

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British Airways Airbus A319 traffic upon taxiing

We were number one for takeoff (figures – it’s 8am in the morning at Heathrow, which isn’t even a 24 hour airport). It didn’t take long until we were airborne.

We had awesome views of Heathrow on our way up, and the number of British Airways heavies made me excited.

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British Airways Airbus A319 taking off

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British Airways Airbus A319 taking off

Soon we levelled off, and I explored the seat a little. (Having taken Air France whenever possible, the seat was actually new to me, so…)

The tray table…I actually don’t know what to say about it, as there was a “dent” in my side of the table. At least it worked…

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British Airways Airbus A319 Euro Traveller tray table

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British Airways Airbus A319 Euro Traveller tray table latch

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British Airways Airbus A319 flying

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British Airways Airbus A319 Euro Traveller cabin after takeoff

The flight was meant to be shortened as the pilot said he’d try making up for lost time (we had waited a little too long at the gate), so meal service (breakfast) was served in a hurry. We were all served some kind of sandwich with a hint of tomato with packaged orange juice.

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British Airways Airbus A319 Euro Traveller Meal

The meal came with apple juice (which was better than orange juice).

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British Airways Airbus A319 Euro Traveller Meal Beverage

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British Airways Airbus A319 Euro Traveller Meal

I was given sugar though I requested no tea…what the?

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British Airways Airbus A319 Euro Traveller Meal Sugar

The service throughout the meal was fine. The cabin crew were friendly and smiled, but you didn’t see them after the meal, for example. That’s more than adequate for intra-Europe economy, in my opinion. 😉

After breakfast I headed to the toilet. It was as small as Air New Zealand’s, and that’s saying a lot.

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British Airways Airbus A319 Euro Traveller toilet

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British Airways Airbus A319 Euro Traveller toilet

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British Airways Airbus A319 Euro Traveller toilet

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British Airways Airbus A319 Euro Traveller toilet

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British Airways Airbus A319 Euro Traveller toilet

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British Airways Airbus A319 Euro Traveller toilet floor

Club Europe was empty, so (surprisingly, still) the flight attendants left the curtain between Club Europe and Euro Traveller open. I snapped a few shots of the Business cabin (apart from the legroom and the fact that you get one extra seat, everything is the same as Economy).

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British Airways Airbus A319 Club Europe

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British Airways Airbus A319 Club Europe

Soon, after a captain’s announcement saying that we would arrive early, we descended through the nasty weather in Milan. The weather sure made me look forward to my stay!

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British Airways Airbus A319 descending in Milan

We arrived ten minutes early, and made a taxi to the gate.

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British Airways Airbus A319

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British Airways Airbus A319 from Milan Malpensa gate

After that it was off to Venice to the Villa Franceschi.

Bottom line on British Airways Euro Traveller

Euro Traveller is a typical way to fly around Europe. Now British Airways dominates the intra-Europe British ground, it’s easy to get on one of their planes, and they have an adequate product on the run.

I hope to get on one of their refreshed intra-European fleet soon.

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