It has been several months since I had done a simple Heathrow to JFK flight, and this day was to be no exception. Starting in Amsterdam, I had a short hop to Heathrow, where I had to re-clear security. I had a little while in the Concorde Room (access via the number of Tier Points earned last year).
The cheap ex-AMS ticket would eventually see me travel through JFK, on to Raleigh-Durham, and then to Chicago, my final destination.
Boarding started pretty close to on-time, and Fast Track was pretty well enforced.
My seat, up on the Upper Desk, was my favourite – a window at the exit row – 62J. As I like a cold travel the exit is usually a good place to sit.
The plane had the new BA entertainment system on with the larger screen in Business. I was delighted as my early departure meant that I was unlikely to have more than a short nap. The overhead bins on the upper deck are much smaller than downstairs, but most wheelie bags fit in sideways and there is usually plenty of space.
The crew came around with pre-departure drinks and turned out to be really friendly, hanging coats, handing out newspapers and amenity kits.
The seat came equipped with a pillow and blanket. The extra bin in the side of the seat comes in handy for putting these things away.
The entertainment system was switched on and I settled down for a movie whilst the other passengers were boarding. The Upper Deck was not full, although I did end up with someone next to me. This is unfortunate as BA’s Club World seats are famously bouncy. When one passenger turns over in their sleep the whole arrangement shifts, which invariably wakes me up.
A short taxi and we were off. Menus were distributed and orders taken. I had pre-ordered the pasta, but no one seemed to know about it. However, it wasn’t a problem as they had one available.
The food on the JFK flights is, apparently, not the same as catered on other ex-Heathrow flights. It did seem to have a much better range of food than most of my other BA Club Europe flights recently. Below is the starter, main course and dessert.
The food was tasty and I settled in for a nap. A couple of hours later, I woke when the crew were starting the afternoon tea service. Again, this is enhanced over that normally received.
There were also scones!
We arrived at JFK a little early, but unfortunately had a gate where the plane had to be towed so we had to wait for a while. We deplaned via Door 2, at the bottom of the stairs. A trek through the terminal and I arrived at an empty immigration hall. Global Entry was working and I was on the train to American Airlines about 25 minutes after landing.
A great flight, and with the enhanced food offering, well worth considering in the future.