Trip Report



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Captain Andy Mills

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This is Speedbird Concorde one.


Heathrow ATC

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Speedbird one go


Captain Andy Mills

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One last time we’ll be ready for push back


Heathrow ATC

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   And we’ll be out to watch you depart as a matter of fact.


Captain Andy Mills

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   Very good I’ll try and wave good bye as we go past and I'll do my best.


Heathrow ATC

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  And a stand number while you're there.  


Captain Andy Mills

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          Its err five one four …. Roger………...


Back in the Concorde Lounge

I heard a male voice on the tannoy say

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BA zero zero one to JFK is now ready for boarding, we shall be boarding the flight by seat rows this evening so passengers seated in rows 5 to 10 please make their way to boarding at the far end of the lounge.


On behalf of British Airways may I take this opportunity to wish you a very pleasant and fabulous city break.


I never heard an announcement for rows 1-4 to board but as I watched passengers from rows 5-10 starting to leave the lounge and board the plane I was still a bit out of breath and I was also hot..... I had small beads of sweat forming on my forehead (caused by the run I had to make from Dixon’s to the Concorde lounge)....but I was very happy :-)

 

Note -

Normally on Concorde British Airways had a procedure where they boarded passengers in rows of 5 so the first set of passengers to board where from rows 1–4, next came rows 5–10 then rows 11–15 etc etc until all passengers had boarded Concorde.


I think if VIPs where flying on Concorde they normally had rows 1-4, but I don’t know if we had VIPs on my flight.


My row number hadn’t been called so I quickly went to the men’s room for one final time, Then got all my stuff together and made sure I had every thing was with me including my passport  + Concorde ticket + EOS 3 camera + BBC camcorder etc.


I calmly and patiently waited for my row to be called.......While I was doing this some of my friends on had logged on to BA's website and saw what time my flight was going leave Terminal 4.




Above is a picture from one of my friends computer screen of BA's website showing when my flight was leaving Terminal 4.


While I waited for my row number to be called I took more photos of the Concorde lounge from 4-5 view points, but forgot to take photos of Andrew and the BBC film crew and British Airway’s press officer.