Club Europe 01A
I have started to wonder what it is about BA 730 that I seem to always be on this flight at the end of a transatlantic trip. Here I was again waiting at the gate for this flight. The times were going all over the place, we were meant to leave at 11:40 but when the gate was opened at 12:00 and I made my way down the cabin crew were all there, but they said the flight crew were on their way from Dusseldorf. This was going to be yet another long wait… having been sat on a plane from America and then in the lounge at the terminal the last think I needed was the sit for longer.
Once boarding was announced I was soon on board and was at the stage of not knowing what I really wanted… my bed, no eat, no drink, no bed…
The flight was the normal routing from runway 09R right turn down to Brighton, across to Étretat, Paris, Auxerre, turning left just after Dijon and then round the Jura Mountains to land on runway 05
The service was good and efficient with the usual “Brunch” plate of cold meats and mozzarella being served.
Arrival at Geneva was quick and efficient with my bag 2nd of the belt.
30th October 2016
BA 172 JFK – LHR
With a little time between flights, I headed quickly through security and to the Concorde Room for some Laurent Perrier Grand Siecle and a little me time before the last flight of the trip.
BA 730 LHR – GVA
First Seat 01K
With some strategic positioning at the gate I was ahead of the crowd as we boarded. Welcomed at the door I was shown to my seat and asked if I needed pyjamas and if I would like a glass of Champagne to drink, what a combination.
Right on time I heard the tug under my feet rev up and push us back out of the gate. We had a remarkably short taxi to runway 22 L for our departure. With no queue were were soon up and away. The crew were quickly into action and I had decided to have a soup and some cheese before calling it a night. Unfortunately the soup was stone cold. The crew check the second flask and it was the same story. The popped it into the oven for a bit which did warm it through a bit but it was not as it should have been. The cheese, however, was excellent and as I went to brush my teeth the crew made up my bed, and that was it till the morning.
I really should not have ordered it and just waited till the Concorde Room but I could not let a full cook breakfast pass me by. I have said it before, this is one the very few things I miss about the UK whilst living in Switzerland, Bacon, Sausage, Black Pudding…
All too soon we were circling over the London area and lined up for an arrival on runway 09 L
It was a quick taxi to the B gates, just one down from where I had landed a few days earlier on my way back from Chicago.
29th October 2016
Having sorted my late checkout I was able to go and run in the morning with the New York Front Runners group. It was great to get out for a leg stretch of 4 miles around Central Park while chatting to Patrick who was getting ready to run his first NYC Marathon.
Back to the hotel and I was able to have a shower before I headed out for some shopping in Macy’s. It was somewhat comical as I was trying to show Cedric the shirts which were available in his size so I could ensure I was buying the right thing.
A bit more shopping and it was time to go back to the hotel. I had been given a couple of drinks vouchers when I arrived but I had only used one of them during my stay. So I decided to have a parting drink before heading to the airport. Earlier in the day, I had worked out that maintenance work was being carried out on the Subway and the E line which should have been running up 8th Avenue and out to the airport, was running on 6th Avenue as an F train till it was in Queens.
It took just an hour to get out the airport from the hotel. Check in was smooth and I was escorted to the front of the checking queue.
A shower in the Galleries Lounge I then headed to the Concorde Room for a drink and some dinner.
Laurent Perrier Grande Siecle and Cashew Nuts
BA 172 JFK – LHR
28th October 2016
The last day of the course, so it was up and onto the 1 Line down to South Ferry and the course.
Afterwards it was back up to the hotel where I managed to sort out a late checkout before I headed out to drinks with a friend and travel colleague in a bar, before heading out for dinner. It was good to catch up with Roger as I was not going to see him in November for the New York marathon this year.
27th October 2016
Same as yesterday
Dinner and Bed
26th October 2016
Up early to spin at the gym, then shower and off to the course on the 1 line again back in the evening, I found a new Thai restaurant just opposite the hotel.