Tier Point Run to Helsinki in Mar 2020

My regular TP run to Helsinki over two weekends. Just before lockdown started in the UK. Eerily quiet in Helsinki!

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Gate B6 at Sofia waiting for the flight back to Heathrow
Gate B6 at Sofia waiting for the flight back to Heathrow
Gate B6 at Sofia waiting for the flight back to Heathrow
Gate B6 at Sofia waiting for the flight back to Heathrow

Tier Point Run to Sofia in Dec 2023: Day 1 – Sofia SOF to London Heathrow LHR

By Nige on Sat 02 Dec 2023 at 22:00
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Story: Tier Point Run to Sofia in Dec 2023
Tags: British Airways | LHR | London Heathrow | SOF | Sofia | Trips

It was just 30 seconds after getting off the aircraft before I ended up being first in the queue for getting back on. Another 30 seconds later and gate staff arrived and they started filling the boarding pen up as we watched the remaining passengers continued walking up the jet bridge.

The BA aircraft carrying me to Sofia and back to Heathrow
The BA aircraft carrying me to Sofia and back to Heathrow
The BA aircraft carrying me to Sofia and back to Heathrow
The BA aircraft carrying me to Sofia and back to Heathrow

The flight out to Sofia was a horrible reminder about how much more legroom you get in row 1. And having to deal with the inconsiderate passengers in the row in front. One key impact is that it’s much more difficult in getting out of your seat to visit the facilities.

Flight: BA0891 Equip: A320
Sched Depart: 20:05 Actual: 21:28
Sched Arrival: 21:40 Actual: 22:44
Takeoff: 21:41 Landing: 22:37

I was first on in to seat 01A. The cabin crew were clearly up to speed on passengers doing B2Bs – they didn’t bat an eyelid when they greeted returning passengers with “hello again”.

Dinner on board the BA flight back to Heathrow
Dinner on board the BA flight back to Heathrow
Dinner on board the BA flight back to Heathrow
Dinner on board the BA flight back to Heathrow

I dumped my bag in the overhead locker and threw my coat into my seat. I then immediately made use of the facilities, since I wasn’t able to get out of my seat on the flight out to Sofia.

The smallest room on an aircraft is never a great experience, but on this ocasion there wasn’t even a supply of water at the sink – luckily there were some wipes you could use instead.

So much nicer being in row 1.

We pushed back about 90 mins late. Apparently, the original issue in Gothenberg was down to a tech issue.

Low lying cloud still in evidence on final approach into Heathrow
Low lying cloud still in evidence on final approach into Heathrow
Low lying cloud still in evidence on final approach into Heathrow
Low lying cloud still in evidence on final approach into Heathrow

Food service beed salad with parmesan and a lovely cream sauce. Very nice.

The starter included a potato salad which was OK. Quite filling so I didn’t eat much of that. I left the cheese but enjoyed the orange slop for pud.

We arrived into Gate 35 at Terminal 3, which is close to the very furthest collection of gates, which meant one of the longest walks back to Passport Control. Luckily the automated kiosk is now my friend and I was quickly out to the Business Parking Shuttle Bus queue, waiting for a lift back to Bobby Tesla.


Follow the whole story here: Tier Point Run to Sofia in Dec 2023


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Nige is one of the co-founders of The Billingham Blog and works as a freelance management consultant. He loves to fly in his spare time!

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