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BA238 Boston Logan International (BOS) - London Heathrow (LHR)

Date: 24 June 2007
Departure (scheduled): 08:15
Arrival (scheduled): 20:00
Aircraft: Boeing 777-200
Cabin: FIRST
Seat: 3K

Despite the early hour, it was with considerable excitement that I entered the aircraft and was escorted to my upgraded seat 3K in the First class section of this Boeing 777. I was immediately offered champagne and a large plate of Macadamia nuts. Gradually the cabin started to fill up, but only ended up being about half full for this flight across the Atlantic.

Menus for the brunch service and a separate one for wine were also handed out pre-departure, although I had to ask for an amenity kit, although this was provided immediately by the apologetic cabin steward. Push back was on time and we departed with wonderful views of down town Boston and then Cape Cod as we continued in the climb.

The seatbelt sign was soon turned off (a welcome return to normalcy following American's policy of leaving the seatbelt sign on for most of the flight) and more champagne was offered. For brunch I had the gravlax to start which was lovely and followed this with the Full English breakfast, which was also one of the better breakfasts I had on an aircraft. I had champagne throughout!

From the video selection that one gets in First, I chose Last King of Scotland, keen to finish the movie I'd begun on the outbound flight where the IFE system had crashed midway through. I also chose Notting Hill, although never got round to watching it!

After a brief nap, I was soon reading through a copy of the Times, catching up on missed news during my holiday. About an hour out from London, sandwiches and other bits and bobs were served. The hot selection of sausage rolls, vegetable spring rolls, and even a mini Cornish pasty were delicious.

Soon we were descending into the UK and I was looking forward to good views on the descent as the crossing had been very clear indeed, but unfortunately as soon as we hit the coast, we plunged into thick cloud which we didn't come out of until almost touch down, where the weather was simply appalling.

Following a superb flight, I experienced the usual BA shambles of waiting an hour on the tarmac for a gate to become free. The captain was blaming the weather, but this is BA's usual performance I'm afraid. Just as well I was sitting in one of the more comfortable seats on board to wait it out.


Wonderful views of Boston, Cape Cod & Provincetown after departure

Food

Cabin

Landing awful weather and views of Terminal 5