Tier Point Run to Hawaii/San Juan in Feb 2014

Shouldn’t be scary this one - I’ve done overseas trips on my own before (well once), and I’ve worn the t-shirt, and watched the video, and read the book etc. No big deal.

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A view of Sofia after take off on the way back to Heathrow
A view of Sofia after take off on the way back to Heathrow
A view of Sofia after take off on the way back to Heathrow
A view of Sofia after take off on the way back to Heathrow

Tier Point Run to Sofia in Dec 2023: Day 2 – Sofia SOF to London Heathrow LHR

By Nige on Tue 12 Dec 2023 at 21:55
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Story: Tier Point Run to Sofia in Dec 2023
Tags: British Airways | LHR | London Heathrow | SOF | Sofia | Trips

The cabin crew lead had proactively checked who was getting back on board before I mentioned it to him. He wanted to find out how easy it was and noted there were not many 80 TP-places like Sofia left.

Waiting at Gate B7 for the return journey to Heathrow
Waiting at Gate B7 for the return journey to Heathrow
Waiting at Gate B7 for the return journey to Heathrow
Waiting at Gate B7 for the return journey to Heathrow

On into seat 01A. We were ready to go a good few mins before scheduled departure time but the Captain announced that we may have to hang around on stand for a while.

He also noted the jet stream was really strong working against us, so it was going to be a long flight time of approx 3 hrs 20 mins.

Flight: BA0891 Equip: A320
Sched Depart: 20:05 Actual: 20:04
Sched Arrival: 21:40 Actual: 21:58
Takeoff: 20:31 Landing: 21:49

As it happens, we were only delayed about 5 mins before pushing back, which meant we were due to arrive at Heathrow around 9:45pm.

Although slightly delayed, this would be a lot better than the first half of this TP Run when I didn’t get back until 11:30pm.

The cabin crew continued on their good service by handing out menus – no sharing on this occasion! On initial inspection, it looked like the same options as on the outbound, including turkey.

I decided I wasn’t going for my second turkey dinner of the season; I thought I might go for the curry this time.

A fabulous main course of chickpea, vegan curry served by BA
A fabulous main course of chickpea, vegan curry served by BA
A fabulous main course of chickpea, vegan curry served by BA
A fabulous main course of chickpea, vegan curry served by BA

It turned out to be an inspired choice! The chickpea vegan curry was stupendous.

Really tasty and really spicy hot. The coconut rice was great too.

Unfortunately, I also had a classic BA mush starter. I don’t know how they manage to prepare dishes like this!

Same chocolate mousse, which was lovely.

The rest of the flight sort of flew by, which seems an appropriate verb to use!

We arrived into Gate 307, but unfortunately, we had to wait for stand guidance to be turned on. I thought we had improved things recently, so it’s disappointing when we revert back to old ways of working…


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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