I took this flight prior to my Royal Wedding trip so I shall do a very quick mostly pictorial review here.
INTRO: Both Qantas and British Airways operate the same schedule to London and Sydney out of Bangkok, varied by 10 to 15 minutes. They cooperate on fares, lounges, check-in and pretty much everything else. However, on board the products are quite different. Personally I much prefer Qantas but for reasons unknown to me Qantas was not operating QF2 on this day, so I was booked on BA9 instead. As a result of this, the flight was pretty heavily booked.
CHECK-IN: As a oneworld emerald member I made my way to the First Class checkin counter, although most of the others had a very short queue if any at all. There was a staff member on duty in the queue area directing people to the right place. The friendly checkin girl gave me by boarding pass and took my bags and I was on my way.
|Checkin Zone - Row N|
After checkin I made my way to the joint Qantas/British Airways lounge. I was quite early so the inbound flight from London and transfer passengers had not yet arrived, so the lounge was pretty quiet.
|Directions to the Lounge|
|First Class Lounge Entrance|
The First Class lounge is essentially the same as the business class lounge but with a few better drink options (such as Moet), and its a smaller more intimate space. There is usually better access to shower facilities too as they are separate to the business class lounge and less likely to be occupied during the 'rush hour' when QF2 and BA9 arrive from London for a short transit en route to Sydney.
|First Class Lounge Self Serve Drinks|
While I was waiting I had a few snacks, nothing particularly exciting but they did have some nice Australian style Lamington cakes which were pretty good.
|Lamington and Brownie!|
|G-BNLL in transit from London to Sydney via Bangkok|
|Gate E9 holding areaduring boarding|
|Leg room is not an issue here!|
|Looking across to the bulkhead - hoping this baby will not be noisy!|
During the safety briefing the crew come and pull out the bulkhead and emergency exit tv screens so people can view the briefing, then they come around and stow them again as required for takeoff. This differs to Qantas who do a manual demonstration in the aisles during the briefing for those who can not see a screen.
|Looking ahead to business class|
|Economy Cabin - nearly at capacity|
|Rear lavatories - galleys are in the centre of the cabin|
|The back of the bus - last row of economy|
|Old style 747 lavatory|
The crew came around offering drinks and I took a white wine which was served in a small plastic bottle with a plastic cup. The wine was very ordinary indeed! I switched to coke for the main course.
|Pre Dinner Drink|
|The Cabin in sleep mode|
So ends my first ride on British Airways. The product is in the middle of the range I suppose, an improvement compared to United long haul economy but certainly not as good as Qantas, and no where near that of Thai and Singapore Airlines.