First time upstairs on a 747

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Old Nov 21, 18, 10:02 am
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First time upstairs on a 747

In my relatively long travelling career, I've never been upstairs on a Jumbo before. Saturday on BA75 I've got 63J, followed by on Thursday's BA74 62K. Any top tips from the FT community for being upstairs? Even better, outbound tips me over in to Gold - shame that there is no FLounge at LOS to 'enjoy' on the return!

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Old Nov 21, 18, 10:20 am
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If you have a big carry on - make sure you put in the Ďwadrobeí by the top of the stairs. Over heads on the upper deck are not a big as down stairs. Also the Lockers by the window seats are very useful. Itís great upstairs especially with two crew looking after max 20 passengers + the drivers.
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Old Nov 21, 18, 10:32 am
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In my relatively long travelling career, I've never been upstairs on a Jumbo before. Saturday on BA75 I've got 63K, followed by on Thursday's BA74 62K. Any top tips from the FT community for being upstairs? Even better, outbound tips me over in to Gold - shame that there is no FLounge at LOS to 'enjoy' on the return!
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Old Nov 21, 18, 10:39 am
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I was upstairs for the first time this summer (62A&B). Really good experience. I'd say, try and get up there early and see if the flight crew have the door open - we got shown around the cockpit and you get a good sense of quite how high up you are (and the bewildering number of switches too).
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Old Nov 21, 18, 11:31 am
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Having flown upstairs many times I still remember my first experience, and that was an OpUp too. Flying back from LAX to LHR in 2005 and getting the "beep" at the gate and then having panic set in as I saw that the display said "Not Checked In" before being told that I had been upgraded. I do remember being quite in awe actually, as I hadn't done much flying at all, never mind long haul (my only other long haul trip had been to Chicago a few years prior), and the step up from WT+ to Club was - to my mind at least - significant, along with being upstairs on the 747. Having had a busy week working in LA most of the flight was spent asleep! Now, thirteen years later, I still relish flights upstairs on the 747. It's a unique experience in my view.
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Old Nov 21, 18, 12:11 pm
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Donít put anything on top of the side bins at take off ( phone, magazine etc). It will slide beautifully to the back of the cabin. Otherwise just enjoy it, I love it up there, be prepared to take your own IFE if itís a mid j though. The screens can be dire.
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63K is a good seat and a lovely experience. The sense of space upstairs is wonderful, and the CC/pax ratio is excellent.
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Old Nov 21, 18, 1:09 pm
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Lovely experience
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Old Nov 21, 18, 1:17 pm
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Even better on the 747-100s.
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Old Nov 21, 18, 1:32 pm
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Same here, long travelling career and finally got upstairs in 62K two weeks ago on way back from Philly. Totally lived up to the childhood dream....this was one very excited 53 yo.
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Old Nov 21, 18, 2:27 pm
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Originally Posted by xPositor View Post
In my relatively long travelling career, I've never been upstairs on a Jumbo before. Saturday on BA75 I've got 63J, followed by on Thursday's BA74 62K. Any top tips from the FT community for being upstairs? Even better, outbound tips me over in to Gold - shame that there is no FLounge at LOS to 'enjoy' on the return!
Way back in the days (late 1980's) BA would fly a 747 to Perth (from London via somewhere I guess) then on to Auckland. I would fly this route PER-AKL-PER every few months - at that stage the upper deck was Economy and seemed spacious, and a flight deck visit was fairly normal. It did seem like a very long flight though. Now days Air New Zealand does the same trip in a 789, between 5-6 hours. Times have changed.

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Old Nov 21, 18, 2:47 pm
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Can someone from downstairs visit a pal upstairs on a BA 747 assuming same class etc...?
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Old Nov 21, 18, 2:50 pm
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First time on BA upper deck for me was the 747-200 HKG-DEL-LHR-MAN ! Yea back in the day. Mid/late 80ís
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Old Nov 21, 18, 3:01 pm
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I never managed to get upstairs on a Speedbird classic but did manage to do so on Air New Zealand and on Virgin. For those who like the intimacy and privacy of a 747-400 upper deck, this was something truly magical.
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Old Nov 21, 18, 3:10 pm
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Itís the best place in the BA Fleet! My 2nd time upstairs travelling alone, I took advantage and got onboard as early as I could to ask if I could see the cockpit.

The crew knew I was seated on the UD and they asked the captain, he was okay as he had enough time to accommodate me.

This probably isnít all to do with being assigned an UD seat, as Iím sure itís dependent on a lot of things, but itís one of my flying highlights. If that interests you.
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