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Part 5 - Long way to Vietnam - Return from Shanghai on BA B77W Club World

Sat Mar 24, 2018 8:38 pm

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Video Report

BA 169 - London - Shanghai - Club World - B777-300ER(G-STBB)

BA 168 - Shanghai - London - Club World - B777-300ER(G-STBJ)

Time flies when you are having a good time! 2 weeks just flew by! So it was that time of the trip, time to head back home.

This series of trip reports will be split into 5 reports:

1. BA to Shanghai (WTP)
2. Vietnam Airlines from Shanghai to HCMC (in Business)
3. Domestic Vietnam in VietJet
4. Part 4 - Long way to Vietnam - China Southern - Hanoi to Shanghai
5. And finally our return back to London from Shanghai on BA (Club World)


Thanks to GCMaps, route map of the entire trip and this part of the report

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British Airways - BA168
Route: PVG - LHR
Flight Reg:G-STBJ; Delivered to BA on March 2014
Aircraft Type: Boeing 777-300ER
Seat: 13K
Flight time: 10:55 - 15:55 (11:26 - 15:08)
Actual flight time: 11 Hr 42min
Distance: 5755 Miles
Load: 5 in First, 24 in Club, 100% in WTP and WT
25 Feb 2018
My Log book: 28th Flight on BA /8th flight on Boeing 777-300ER /156th Total overall flight


On the return flight, tried checking in online. Epic disaster! It kept asking me to check a mandatory box on the check in baggage page which was nonexistent and hence did not allow me to proceed further. Absolute disaster. Wasted an hour trying all the tricks. Clearing cookies. Using different browsers. Different mobile devices. Using the app. All the same result. Gave up after an hour and 20 minutes of trying.

Online Check in Fail
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On the day of the flight we arrived at the airport in 25 minutes, 3 hours before scheduled departure.

Check in was extremely quick as we were the only ones on the club world queue. Upon asking about checking in online the gate agent didn't know about it. But said that our seat selection was valid. What seat selection? Lol. Apparently we had selected seats and it was the same ones as we had when we came to Shanghai. 13 J and K. Was given an option to upgrade to first for 400 GBP per head. We declined.

We were there 2 weeks ago :)
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Entrance to Shanghai Pudong Terminal 2
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Terminal 2
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BA Check in desks
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After baggage drop immigration and we security were comparatively quick, thanks to fast track at security. We were airside with 2 hours to spare.

Heading towards immigration
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Shanghai airport is much quicker than Beijing without the train journey to satellite terminals etc.

Airside at Pudong
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Walked around for a bit and then headed to the lounge. Number 77 lounge.

The lounge was fairly empty at this time of the day and got quite a few seats to ourselves. Good selection of food and beverage on offer. Not so with the alcohol though.

Back to No 77 Lounge
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Our aircraft has just landed
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Yummy!
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Hello :)
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A much quieter time at the lounge
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A lot of areas around the lounge if you wanted some quiet time
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Plane spotting from the lounge
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Spent an hour at the lounge and it was then time to board.

Boarded swiftly and we dispatched exactly on time.

Near our boarding gates
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Time to board
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Familiar space
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Neighbours at PVG
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Relaxed
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Hello Mr. Ramsay
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A fairly long taxi and we were airborne in 30 minutes after dispatch from the gates.

We climbed quite quickly and we were at cruising altitude of 30000 feet in 20 minutes.

Taxiing
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Pleothra of widebodies
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Sky Team terminal - Terminal 1
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In front of us in the queue -> On its way to Baku, Azerbaijan
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Bye Bye Shanghai
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Business class was empty today with a load count of only 24 passengers.

Empty CW Cabin today
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But with speaking to the crew later On, it was fully loaded at the back, both WTP and WT.

Drinks and lunch service commenced within an hour. The lunch was much better this time. Started with a Kir Royale and finished it with 2 spicy bloody Mary's.

Lunch menu
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Air to Air shot - Chasing an Air China B77W
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Not sure what the message of this movie as, but OK'ish for the flight
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Pre-lunch drinks
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Refreshing starter
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Amazing views out of the window during lunch
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Poor presentation but tasted alright.
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Very nice dessert (Or it may be because of the bloody Marys in the background :))
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Haven't read the book, but enjoyed the movie
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Woke up somewhere over Russia.

Slept for 4-5 hours and woke up and watched this. Enjoyed it.
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Chatted with the crew a bit. Apparently tough work at the back today as they had to load a few crew members from the front to help out.

They were very light on the snacks today. The snack cupboard looked bare. They were left over starters kept instead of the usual ice creams, hummus dips, fruits etc. Poor show over here by BA.

Over Estonia, time for the next meal
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It was alright
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#Epic #Fail. MY wife ordered this and I had to eat it :(
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Very approachable and chatty crew on this leg. I questioned about the bare snack cupboards and they acknowledged it was a growing concern and they have informed London about it. But nothing's been done. Come on BA. If you're listening few extra hummus dips should not be that big of a deal when other airlines pamper you to no end.

Good crew though. They got me nuts from the drinks trolley.

Another passenger had a bad cold running to which the crew provided hot like water with honey from first.

Load was 5 in first, 24 in club and fully loaded in WTP and WT.

Rest of the flight was uneventful and we landed well ahead of time.

It was a slow day at Heathrow and we were out swiftly!

Back in England
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Final Approach
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Back at T5
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Thanks you BA. Great service but please improve your food :)
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A glorious day in London
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Home Sweet Home
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Verdict

The positives on this flight had to be the excellent crew, decent seats and the comfortable sleep I was able to achieve. I would like a better higher definition screen and few snacks on the galley would not have gone amiss.

Overall the food was below par and can definitely be improved. Taking all factors into consideration, it was a decent experience but there lacked a WOW factor.

Hope you liked my 5 reports for this trip. We had a brilliant time in Vietnam and can highly recommend it. Absolutely beautiful, lovely people and great food. Cannot wait to go back.

Until next time, thanks for reading and feedback and comments welcome.

Happy and safe flying.

Adios!
 
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Re: Part 5 - Long way to Vietnam - Return from Shanghai on BA B77W Club World

Sat Mar 24, 2018 8:39 pm

Previous Trip Reports

Part 4 - Long way to Vietnam - China Southern - Hanoi to Shanghai
Vietnam Domestic on Vietjet
Part 2 - Long way to Vietnam - Vietnam Airlines A350 to Saigon - Business Class
Part 1 - Long way to Vietnam - BA to Shanghai - Club World
Weekend trip to Budapest on FlyBe (SEN) and BA (LHR)
Part 4 - KLM from Beijing to London via Amsterdam - B787-9 & ERJ190
Part 3 - Spring Airlines - Seoul Incheon to Shijiazhuang - Airbus 320-200
Part 2 - Korea Domestic on Korean Air and Jeju Air
Part 1 - London to Seoul on KLM? No. Air France? No. Korean Air?
Part 5 - Canadian Escapades - Vancouver to London - BA A380-800 - Club World
Part 4 - Canadian Escapades - Edmonton to Vancouver - WestJet B737-800
Part 3 - Canadian Escapades - Toronto to Calgary - Air Canada B767-300ER
Part 2 - Canadian Escapades - Quebec to Toronto - WestJet Encore Dash8 Q400
Part 1 - Canadian Escapades - London to Montreal - BA 787-8
Weekend in Bilbao - BA A320 - Photo + Video Report
Cambodian Escapades - China Southern B787, A321 and A320
Domestic Cambodian Escapades - Sky Angkor - KOS-REP - A320
Weekend in Zurich - Swiss and BA (Club Europe) - Airbus 320-200
Weekend at Cinque Terre - BA to Bologna - Airbus 320-200
Journey to the East (Part 5, Final) - BA B747-400 (Club World)
Journey to the East (Part 4) - China Eastern A321-200
Journey to the East (Part 3) - Etihad 5th Freedom Route
Journey to the East (Part 2) - BA, JAL, Etihad, China Eastern
Journey to the East - BA, JAL, Etihad, China Eastern
Norwegian And Air Baltic To ARN And RIX
London To Muscat On Gulf Air - A332 And A320
Part 4:India Domestic-9W, AI, SG On A321,B737,Q400
Part3: Phuket To India - Bangkok Airways -A320-200
Part 2:Thailand Domestic -Nok Air And Thai AirAsia
Part 1:Qatar Airways - Thailand And India
Part 3:BA Club Europe - LCA-LHR - Boeing 767-300
Part 2:Blue Air - Athens-Larnaca - Boeing 737-400
Part 1: Aegean Air - LGW-ATH-JTR - A320-200
Ryanair London(STN) To Lake Como (BGY)
Weekend In Belfast - Aer Lingus A319-100
BA First - PEK To LHR - Mid J B747-400
China Railway (CRH) - Video Report - SJW - Beijing
BA CW - Upper Deck To Beijing - High J B747-400
LAN Dreamliner (J) Experience - MAD FRA
Weekend In Trondheim - DY/SK - Boeing 737-800/600
Baltic Escapades - VNO/TLL/RIX On W6,BT And OV
South France - EasyJet A320 BA A319
UK To India - The EK Way - B777-200/300 & A380
India Domestic–Jet Airways And Indigo–A320/ATR 72
BA A320/321 - LHR To Berlin TXL - Christmas Day
China Southern - LHR-CAN-HKT - B787/A321
Cool Blue To BOS And Got Blue? To LAS - E190 A320
Mahalo Hawaii, Hello NYC - DL B767-300
Aloha! The United Way - B777-200 And B737-900
VS Little Red To ABZ And EZY Return
24 Hours On A 787! - Final Leg CZ - AKL-CAN-LHR
Part 5 - BHE-WLG-AKL On NZ Beech1900D And A320
Part 4 - MEL-AKL-ZQN On QA And NZ B738\A320
Part 3 - CNS-MEL On JetStar A321-200
Part 2 - SYD - CNS On Virgin Australia E190
Canton Route Part 1 - LON-SYD - CZ DreamLiner/A332
DREAM(liner)ING Of Hainan - China Southern
Panda Calling - BA LHR To CTU - Club World
China - The Low Cost Way - Spring Airlines - SJW-CTU
China United Airlines (KN) - CTU - SJW - B737-700
Norwegian B737 - LGW-TOS-BGO-LGW
Jet Airways: LHR – COK
Barra Trip – that was not to be
Dusseldorf Calling - BA & EZY - Club/Eco - A321
Part 5: PVG-LHR - BA - Economy - B777
Part 4A&B - SHA-SJW-SHA - FM: Eco: B737
Part 3A&B : DXB-HKG-PVG: CX & KA :Eco: A333
Part 2: KWI-DXB - FlyDubai - Economy - B737
LHR - KWI - BA 747 - Part 1 - Middle East -China
Morocco Trip - LGW-RAK-TNG-LHR - EasyJet & Iberia
 
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Re: Part 5 - Long way to Vietnam - Return from Shanghai on BA B77W Club World

Sun Mar 25, 2018 8:09 am

What is that second meal supposed to be ?
 
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Re: Part 5 - Long way to Vietnam - Return from Shanghai on BA B77W Club World

Sun Mar 25, 2018 3:24 pm

The first was Lunch and the second was a 'Light Meal'

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Re: Part 5 - Long way to Vietnam - Return from Shanghai on BA B77W Club World

Tue Apr 10, 2018 10:46 pm

Nice series of report!
Awesome to get an upgrade on the LHR-PVG leg!
The pouch (not the content lol) is better than the previous shoes bag imho
A light load in J allows a relax service from the caring crew!
Thanks for sharing
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Re: Part 5 - Long way to Vietnam - Return from Shanghai on BA B77W Club World

Wed Apr 11, 2018 10:35 am

Thanks for th comments eastofspot.
Indeed was a great surprise at the start of the trip.
You're right. I think the content of both amenity kits are on par. Prefer the pouch to the shoe bag.

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