09.12.2005 18 °C
Well, that was an experience. My first time all the way to NZ and Tracey's first experience of BA longhaul.
BA at Heathrow was pretty painless, with one exception. Going all the way to CHC on OneWorld was planned pretty much for cost and the added advantage of thru' checking at LHR all the way, no need to collect bags, do Australian immigration or re-check-in in Sydney !
So despite the fact we couldn't check-in on-line all the way, queuing at LHR check-in was fine and apart from a minor hitch with BA managing to check us both in for Sydney - Christchurch, but only manage to print Tracey's boarding pass !
Flight to Singapore was OK. BA did manage to start by actually giving us a meal choice. We both opted for chicken. We were given out tray's as the chicken was still in the oven. Asked what we wanted to dink I opted for a beer ( to kick the holiday off ! ) and was told that one will be fethced for me. Guess what... the meal arrive ten minutes later ( not chicken ! ) and the beer never materialised ! Flight was OK , if a little bumpy on approach ( cheers Black Cloud !). We elected to stay on the aircraft during the fuel stop. It was much better than having to re-board. I think it helped.
Flight to Sydney was suprisingly short ( 7hrs or so ). And we arrived in Sysndey to 30c, birhgt and sunny. Tracey took a sleeping tbalet on the way to Sydney, it didn't really help though and she just dozed.
QANTAS - frankly I was pretty unimpressed. Already a delay of one hour when we arrived, a gate change ( no announcemenet ). A lame LIA ( late in aircraft ) excuse for the delay , although it was the aircraft's first rotation ! And then more excuses of being blocked taxying out and taxying in.
Have to say though that the ground and cabin staff we friendly and helpful though.
Eventually we did manage to arrive about 2hrs behind schedule ..