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Emily: Since our flight was delayed and we had to circle London’s Heathrow airport for a landing spot, we were going to have a tight connection in Heathrow. We got an orange express pass, and then were able to go into all of the Fast Track lines. This seemed to save a lot of time, but we got held up at security.
Daraius: I’m not sure if the orange colored express connection saved us any time because we were among the first out of the plane and could use the shorter lines in any case since we had a connecting flight which was leaving in first class.
Trip Report Index
- Introduction & Planning
- Kansas City to Chicago
- American Airlines Flagship Lounge
- American Airlines Flagship Service From Chicago To London
- British Airways First Class from London to Mumbai
- Shopping in Bombay
- Eating in Bombay
- Sights in Bombay
- Park Hyatt Goa Resort & Spa
- Park Hyatt Goa, Park Suite
- Park Hyatt Goa, Park King
- Park Hyatt Goa, Park Hyatt Goa Activities
- Eating In & Around the Park Hyatt Goa
- Radisson Blu, Agra
- A Day in Agra
- Hyatt Regency Delhi
- 2 Days in Delhi
- Eating in Delhi
- United Business Class Back to the US
- Conclusion and Blog Giveaway
Emily: Unfortunately, I had to throw out my “allergy medicine” because the doctor prescribed “Benadryl” and we had purchased a generic brand to save money. The security agent and his supervisor insisted they were different (despite having the same active ingredient). Aunt Judi also got hung up because they had to check some lotion in the liquids bag which she had prepared. Daraius and I always get delayed at Heathrow security in one way or another.
After we made it through security, we immediately went to our gate. It was a 20 minute walk which included a train ride! We thought we might miss our flight, but the plane was still boarding when we arrived. It turns out we had plenty of time because we were delayed another hour while sitting on the plane because the wings needed de-iced and a little boy got sick and had to get off the plane (and therefore the family’s luggage as well).
While we were waiting, we enjoyed the British Airways First Class cabin. The seats are very nice and everything looks brand new and very modern.
Here’s a video of the cabin.
I love the blue shades for the windows and the stylish new cabins.
Darius loved the electronic shades. He’s such a little boy sometimes!
There is also more space to hang your clothes and stow your shoes, but it isn’t very large, so I asked the flight attendant to hang my clothes after I changed in to my PJs.
We also received British Airways amenity kits, which are my favorite of all of the airlines because of the smart and classy design.
In addition, we received the navy blue pajamas…
We also enjoyed champagne, a Kir Royal, and water (yay for trying to stay hydrated!) and showed my mom and aunt Judi the pictures from our wedding.
My mom & I sat in the center and we put the privacy divider down so that we could talk to each other. Daraius and Aunt Judi sat in the same row, but by the windows on each side.
The seats had power outlets and AV jacks.
The reading lamp was very stylish.
Though the closet was a bit small.
I settled in to my new digs for the next 8 hours.
After taking off it was soon time for lunch.
There was a bistro selection as well, which included sandwiches, cheese, fruit, and dessert.
There was also an afternoon tea service.
And a fair selection of wines.
For lunch, we were first served a palette cleanser.
Daraius: I don’t know if the flight attendant described it as a palette cleanser or not, but it is a dhokla!
Emily: For the first time, Daraius and I didn’t face each other while eating since I was sitting next to my mom.
I ordered the butternut squash cream soup with sweet potatoes and ginger as a starter…
Daraius had the tandoori fish and lamb samosa.
…and the kadhi murgh, or stir fried chicken with onion tomato gravy for the main course.
I had the kadhi murgh as well, except that I preferred the butternut soup. By the time I finished with dinner, I was exhausted, so I slept for a few hours.
Daraius ordered dessert which was a chocolate cake with kumquat sauce.
After I woke up, I had the fruit and cheese snack which came with an assortment of 4 cheeses, and some tea.
I liked 3 out of the 4 cheeses. I also paired it with mint tea with honey. It was delicious. My mom was in the mood for a snack too, and ordered the same thing.
Next, I ordered the scones with chamomile tea with honey.
I really liked taking afternoon tea on British Airways flights. The scones paired perfectly with the clotted cream and preserves.
Daraius ordered the sandwiches which had both vegetarian (cucumber) and non-vegetarian options (roast chicken).
My mom also got the sandwiches and loved them. The flight was comfortable and the service was very good.
Since Daraius had eaten, it was now time for him to sleep (did I mention how like a little boy he is sometimes?!)
My mom and Aunt Judi both enjoyed the flight and the pampering. It was so nice to see how excited they were! Towards the end of the flight, my mom and I learned some Hindi words from the language tutorial on the in-flight entertainment system.
Daraius: I don’t usually listen to music or watch TV on flights, but I was fiddling with the in-flight entertainment system and listened to Beethoven’s 9th symphony.
And as luck would have it, the intense chorale finale of this wonderful piece of music which celebrates the joy of brotherhood and equality, started as the plane glided down to the runaway in Bombay/Mumbai.
The combination of listening to such inspiring music together with the plane gliding down after flying for ~4,000 miles, reminded me of just how much humans can and have achieved. I had a big smile on my face, and perhaps a tear in my eye. And I can’t wait to do it again!
Emily: Just before landing the cabin crew had gone around to a few passengers (including Daraius) asking them to contact British Airways ground staff waiting for them outside the plane.
Daraius: It turns out that our bags hadn’t made it from London to Mumbai on the flight because of the cold weather in London. So we waited for our bags in Mumbai.
And, sure enough, there were no bags for us!
But the British Airways representatives at Mumbai were really outstanding and they processed the paperwork for us relatively quickly by Indian standards (only ~ 1 hour). They traced our bags and told us that we would receive 3 or 4 bags by noon the next day and the remaining bags within 24 hours.
I asked if there would be reimbursement for items which we had to buy until we got our bags, and we were each given a debit card with 75 pounds or ~$118. I’d gladly go without my stuff for 24 hours for $118, but I can see how this can be a hassle for folks with connecting flights etc.
Before leaving the airport, I withdrew some cash from the ATM and soon we were on our way.