SOF B2B Meet Up Thread

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Oct 2022
Thu 27 Oct LHR-SOF BA890 - onobond
Thu 27 Oct SOF-LHR BA891 - onobond
Sat 29 Oct LHR-SOF BA890 - LeeT,
Sat 29 Oct SOF-LHR BA891- LeeT,


Nov 2022
Sat 5 Nov LHR-SOF BA890 - stephenjc+1, LeeT, 86BA7, Gastrocnemius, palcsaky, FlyingBrit,
Sat 5 Nov SOF-LHR BA891 - LeeT, palcsaky, FlyingBrit
Sun 6 Nov LHR-SOF BA890 - palcsaky,

Sun 6 Nov SOF-LHR BA891 - stephenjc+1, 86BA7, Gastrocnemius, palcsaky* Plane went Tech in Sofia, Pax overnighting, returning on Mon 7 Nov @ 12.30pm
Tues 8 Nov LHR-SOF BA890 - IJG2,
Tues 8 Nov SOF-LHR BA891 - IJG2,
Thu 10 Nov LHR-SOF BA890 - TPRun, FlyingBrit, Vahan Hovhannisyan, smiles in the aisles,
Thu 10 Nov SOF-LHR BA891- TPRun, Vahan Hovhannisyan, Lucanesque,
Sat 12 Nov LHR-SOF BA890 - jfallesen, 81romeo,
Sat 12 Nov SOF-LHR BA891 - 81romeo FlyingBrit,
Sun 13 Nov LHR-SOF BA890 - Lucanesque,
Sun 13 Nov SOF-LHR BA891 - jfallesen,

Tues 15 Nov LHR-SOF BA890 - TPRun, rosswill,
Tues 15 Nov SOF-LHR BA891 - TPRun, rosswill, smiles in the aisles,
Thu 17 Nov LHR-SOF BA890 - TPRun, Percy Pig+1, 81romeo,
Thu 17 Nov SOF-LHR BA891- TPRun, Percy Pig+1, 81romeo, Lucanesque,
Sat 19 Nov LHR-SOF BA890 - Vahan Hovhannisyan, ms101, 1A or No Way,
Sat 19 Nov SOF-LHR BA891 - Vahan Hovhannisyan,
Sun 20 Nov LHR-SOF BA890 - TPRun,
Sun 20 Nov SOF-LHR BA891 - TPRun, ms101, 1A or No Way,

Tues 22 Nov LHR-SOF BA890 - TPRun,
Tues 22 Nov SOF-LHR BA891 - TPRun,

Wed 23 Nov LHR-SOF BA890 - DarkHarlequin, Waggy, travellingwigbury, rosswill, Jetstreamer, MrCheapSeats,
Wed 23 Nov SOF-LHR BA891 - DarkHarlequin, Waggy, rosswill, Jetstreamer,
Thu 24 Nov LHR-SOF BA890 - TPRun+1,
Thu 24 Nov SOF-LHR BA891 - EGLK FLYER, travellingwigbury,
Sun 27 Nov LHR-SOF BA890 -
Sun 27 Nov SOF-LHR BA891 - TPRun+1,
Tues 29 Nov LHR-SOF BA890 - EGLK FLYER, josh100+1,
Tues 29 Nov SOF-LHR BA891 -

Wed 30 Nov LHR-SOF BA890 - DarkHarlequin, Jetstreamer, gustavmahler, AtoB,, IJN Harekaze
Wed 30 Nov SOF-LHR BA891 - DarkHarlequin, EGLK FLYER, Jetstreamer, josh100+1, gustavmahler, IJN Harekaze


Dec 2022
Thu 1 Dec LHR-SOF BA890 - TPRun,
Thu 1 Dec SOF-LHR BA891- TPRun,

Sun 4 Dec LHR-SOF BA890 - DarkHarlequin,
Sun 4 Dec SOF-LHR BA891 - DarkHarlequin,
Wed 7 Dec LHR-SOF BA890 - DarkHarlequin, EGLK FLYER, gustavmahler,
Wed 7 Dec SOF-LHR BA891 - DarkHarlequin, gustavmahler, AtoB,
Thu 8 Dec LHR-SOF BA890 -
Thu 8 Dec SOF-LHR BA891- EGLK FLYER,
Tue 13 Dec LHR-SOF BA890 - Lucanesque,
Tues 13 Dec SOF-LHR BA891 -
Thurs 15 Dec LHR-SOF BA890 -
Thu 15 Dec SOF-LHR BA891 - Lucanesque,
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Old Oct 28, 22, 6:24 am
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All good and sorted for tomorrow's flight back and forth to Sofia. Boarding passes issued so no issues with that anymore despite some stories of that before.
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Old Oct 28, 22, 8:27 am
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See you on the plane and at the gate on the way back
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Old Oct 28, 22, 11:17 am
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No issues here either with BPs.
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Old Oct 28, 22, 11:26 am
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Its only really when the SOF-LHR was the start of a longer booking potentially going to the US when there have been issues getting a bp. For a simple one way, return, and even a b2b return, there shouldnt be a problem.
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Old Oct 29, 22, 2:04 am
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Just taken up slow stroll up to the advertised gate 4 for boarding, and naturally, they've not started boarding the busses as of yet. Not a chance this is going on time.
Zero signs on 4a and 4b even telling you which flights are departing.
Then a subtle voice from gate 4b saying "group 3 only for Sofia". Few turned away and a man / child with a Trunki tried to walk in front of me whilst I was at the front of the non-existent queue.

Nice jaunt over to near enough T3 with plenty of people shoving others out of the way.

So far, miserable, disinterested, fairly rude staff in Boots and at the gate. MAN is beating LHR hands down at present.

Few empty seats in CE though. 1A is empty even though it was taken when I checked in.

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Old Oct 29, 22, 5:44 am
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More lack of happy staff in the Aspire lounge (although one did smile just now).
Not the easiest place to find, although under a minute walk from gate C1. As said earlier, head down the stairs towards baggage reclaim etc., and do a 180 along the side wall.
Orange juice machine is there -will try it out next week on my return flight. Little in the way of food, but I'll eat something on the plane

There's a smoking room should that interest anyone.
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Old Oct 29, 22, 5:55 am
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Few empty seats in CE thought. 1A is empty even though it was taken when I checked in.
Yeah that was me. Moved myself back to the presidential suite in 10A.
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Old Oct 30, 22, 11:07 am
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Just bumping this, with the hope that there's a fellow traveller on the 10th, hoping not to do my first one alone!
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Old Oct 30, 22, 12:46 pm
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I have added my trip for next weekend

1F if anyone wants to say hello
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Old Oct 30, 22, 1:54 pm
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Ive got a couple of jaunts booked to Sofia, starting with a B2B on 5th November (14 rows of CE!) then doing a little city break in Sofia 10th to November! Any tips on attractions to see?
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Old Oct 30, 22, 2:18 pm
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I’ve got a couple of jaunts booked to Sofia, starting with a B2B on 5th November (14 rows of CE!) then doing a little city break in Sofia 10th to November! Any tips on attractions to see?
When I visited last November:

The Palace - National Art Gallery, "Ivan Vazov" National Theater, St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral (great for a photo!) and the Borisova Gradina Park
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Old Oct 30, 22, 2:56 pm
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Ive got a couple of jaunts booked to Sofia, starting with a B2B on 5th November (14 rows of CE!) then doing a little city break in Sofia 10th to November! Any tips on attractions to see?
Look out for me on the outbound on 10th Nov then
We're staying for a city break on 24-27, I'll welcome any tips/advice too!
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Any reason why sof is so popular as opposed to the other 80tp destinations?
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Old Oct 30, 22, 5:24 pm
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It was the cheapest at 193, and there were certain days when you could book it as a back to back since turnaround was longer than minimum connection time.
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Old Oct 30, 22, 5:27 pm
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Any reason why sof is so popular as opposed to the other 80tp destinations?
Its a doddle for a B2B. You get off and back in again without any formalities. Even I could,do it. Its also quite decently priced which helps as well
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