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The British Airways Nostalgia Thread - Your Photos

The British Airways Nostalgia Thread - Your Photos

Old Oct 30, 14, 4:11 am
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The British Airways Nostalgia Thread - Your Photos

Spurred on by the recent T1 thread I thought that it might be a good idea to have a thread where people can post old photos of their BA experiences and reminisce about the 'good old days'.

I've been flying BA since I was a child. I remember several trips to Florida and also a school trip to Canada which I know I have photos of (I'll need to dig those out).

For now, here are a few from my first ever CW flight in 2005. It was a surprise Op-up and my only one ever on BA. I was booked into WTP and I was absolutely thrilled about the prospect given that I had only ever previously flown in Y. This was also my first work trip to the US. I was headed to Chicago and then on to Wisconsin for a couple of weeks for graduate training.

I remember checking in at T4 and asking for a window seat in the WTP cabin. The agent said no sorry, but he'd upgraded me to business instead! I knew to shut my mouth at this point. Unfortunately, in 2005, lounge access wasn't available for passengers who had been upgraded but I did chance my arm with the lounge dragon who was absolutely lovely and explained how sorry she was that she couldn't let me in.

On board I remember being astonished with the amount of space around my seat. I mean, for heaven's sake, I couldn't even reach the magazine pocket! This was on a 747 on the lower deck, rear cabin. I was in an aisle seat. I remember putting the seat flat just to see what it was like to lay down on a plane, very cool and very weird at the same time.

The crew were great. I think that there were a lot of op-ups in the cabin to be honest but we didn't seem to be treated any differently. I don't remember much about the food, only that it was served on China with proper cutlery which again, amazed me.

I think that I smiled for the entire 9 hour flight. What an experience!

Here are a few photos:

My seat, row 18B rings a bell:


The cabin during the drinks service:



A flat bed!!


The RR engines taking us to ORD:


I don't have any photos of the food but here is the menu:


And the wine:


So who has other photos that they can share? I'd love to see some of the mid-nineties era.
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Old Oct 30, 14, 4:17 am
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Inside the entrance to the T4 lounge pavilion:



British Bearways, in the Terraces at T4:



Onboard the first CW flight that I paid for myself - 11D on LHR-ORD, 2nd January 2007, G-VIIJ:



Zone R ... need I say more... - 1A on LHR-PRG, 15th June 2007, G-EUPA:


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Old Oct 30, 14, 4:38 am
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When I was looking through this I hadn't initially realised it was two posts so I go to the third photo down in the second post and thought matthandy when he was younger looked a lot like Sixth Freedom!

Thanks for posting. I have no photos to contribute myself since I really did very little flying until 3/4 years ago (how that has changed!). First ever longhaul was only in August 2010 on AA MAN-JFK in Y. I don't hink I enjoyed it very much, and I didn't sleep coming back. I didn't even collect avios and I had no idea what BAEC was at the time.
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Old Oct 30, 14, 4:46 am
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Novice here how do you attach photos?
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Old Oct 30, 14, 4:51 am
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Originally Posted by sapper188 View Post
Novice here how do you attach photos?
Host the photo somewhere on the web (Sixth Freedom, for example, appears to be using flickr; I use tinypic), and then use the resulting URL in your post. Clicking the square yellow icon will help you to do that inside the tags that are necessary to make an image display (as opposed to just the URL).
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Old Oct 30, 14, 5:38 am
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This one is shamelessly taken from JetPhotos, but I have a nearly identical one, taken from Chelsea Bridge, of G-BOAD, back in 2001.

Ahh, the days.

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Old Oct 30, 14, 6:26 am
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Originally Posted by Sixth Freedom View Post
Zone R ... need I say more... - 1A on LHR-PRG, 15th June 2007
Where was zone R? Which terminal? T1?

Originally Posted by KARFA View Post
... and thought matthandy when he was younger looked a lot like Sixth Freedom!
No

Originally Posted by Prospero View Post
Fabulous topic, matthandy. ^ This thread has been instantly added to the forum Dashboard
Excellent! ^ And with it's own graphic too. Now all we need is for people to post some more photos!
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Old Oct 30, 14, 6:38 am
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Originally Posted by matthandy View Post
Where was zone R? Which terminal? T1
Premium BA checkin and dedicated security, down the far right of T1. It was excellent - loads of desks and quick to get through security, and from memory you ended up in the terminal relatively close to the lounge without having to walk through the shops.
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Old Oct 30, 14, 6:41 am
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Is that where Zone K is (was) now?
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Originally Posted by matthandy View Post
I think that I smiled for the entire 9 hour flight. What an experience!
Great story ^

Also a great idea for a thread. I shall be watching this carefully. I'd love to see some photos from the 70's and 80's.
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Old Oct 30, 14, 7:27 am
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Quite a few good piccies in the BA Heritage section of the BA Museum website:

http://www.britishairways.com/en-gb/...ge/photographs

You can also order posters for between 15-35:

http://www.britishairways.com/en-gb/...ritage/posters
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Old Oct 30, 14, 7:52 am
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Zone R was great in T1 - my first long haul CW flights to SFO in 2005/6 were out of T1!
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What an excellent idea this thread is.............I will have to find my spare external hard drives.

http://album.atomic-systems.com/show...0/DSC_0269.JPG

Gatwick

http://album.atomic-systems.com/show...23180/EMBa.JPG

Gatwick

http://album.atomic-systems.com/show...80/lgw7771.jpg

Gatwick

http://album.atomic-systems.com/show...80/lgw7472.jpg

Gatwick

http://album.atomic-systems.com/show...0/DSC_0983.JPG

ATR at Gatwick taken from a moving airside bus......



Gatwick

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Old Oct 30, 14, 8:08 am
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Originally Posted by bealine View Post
What an excellent idea this thread is.............I will have to find my spare external hard drives.
Please do ^^^ Given your contributions to the T1 thread I'm really looking forward to what you can come up with.

If I dig around I might be able to find some old photos of Gatwick as well.
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One of those beautiful Autumn evenings - I flew to CDG and there wasn't a cloud in the sky from departure to landing.

EDIT: Checking my records... This was 24 September 2003 exactly a month before the Concorde retirement. As I awaited my G-BPEE to CDG, it's G-BOAE taxiing to 09R as BA001.

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