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British Airways - London (LHR) to Chicago (ORD) – First Class Flight BA 297
First Class Service on this First Class Flight!
Flight Information: British Airways - London (LHR) to Chicago (ORD) – First Class Flight BA 297 British Airways is the flag carrier airline of United Kingdom. This airline is the largest in UK based on fleet size, international flights and international destinations. We booked this First Class flight from London to Chicago as part of our “Round the World” trip.(Click here to read our London hotel and restaurant reviews and click here to read our Chicago hotel and restaurant reviews.)
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Check-In: We checked-in at the first class counter of Terminal 5. The process was quick and easy and within minutes we were on our way to the Fast Track priority immigration and security line. We headed to the Concord First Class lounge soon after we passed through these.
The Lounge: The lounge was located just steps from the security line. You can see our review of British Airways first class Concord Room lounge here.
First Impressions: I had seen the new first class cabin of British Airways before. While it is new and fresh appearing, I still dislike its narrow isle ways. However, I like the new wardrobe area with a shoe compartment and the spaces for hanging your coat and keeping your belongings out of sight.
Amenity bags and pajamas were handed out, as were magazines and newspapers (which we passed on) the moment we were settled in. The amenity kit designed by Anya Hindmarch contained toiletries by Britain's classic D.R. Harris & Co.
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The Cabin: A Boeing 777, the seating configuration of this airplane followed a pattern of two seats close to the middle and four single seats along with personal windows on each side, for a total of 14 seats. The personal windows were equipped with electronic blinds. The high quality deep blue material used for the interiors added a touch of elegance.
The Flight (Service/Food/Drink): Once seated, the Champagne started to flow. The menus were handed out right after take-off. There were 4 options each for starters and mains. Bistro selections consisted of Roast loin of Yorkshire Blueface lamb with vegetables Provencale and grilled polenta and Grilled Herefordshire sirloin minute steak sandwich with creamed horseradish. A nice selection of desserts were also displayed on the menu. A choice of three white and red wines were also on offer. (Click here to see the complete BA First Class Cabin dinner menu.)
We were the only passengers in the first class cabin. Needless to say, service was flawless. We dined together at my seat with my partner sitting on the footstool. The table was set for two with a crisp white linen table cloth, nice stemware and silverware.
We started with the curried parsnip soup with parsnip crisps. Though I am not a big fan of parsnips (actually I am not sure I would even recognize a parsnip if I saw one) I thoroughly enjoyed the soup. Very good indeed. Next up was the warm pumpkin and sage ravioli with pine nut and herb salad and cinnamon balsamic dressing. Luckily for us, it tasted better than it looked.
For the main course, I had the salad of warm goat’s cheese with honey-glazed chestnuts, semi-dried cranberries and saffron-poached pear while my partner had the British beef and baby onion pudding with creamed mashed potatoes, curly kale and buttered baby carrots. Both dishes were about as good as you could get at 30,000 feet. We took full advantage of having the cabin to ourselves and kept the cabin crew busy. They gave us tastes of different wines, our own little wine tasting in the air. And the best part, they didn’t seem to care one bit, they enjoyed seeing us have a good time. We both skipped dessert, but did partake in an after dinner cognac and coffee.
After dinner we had our seats made into lay-flat beds. I had requested turndown service and the crew laid out a single-piece quilted mattress and a duvet and pillow. I also checked out the entertainment system. A 15 – inch screen and noise–cancelling headset were the highlights. The in-seat power supply allowed me to charge my laptop. There was even a provision to plug in a iPod. I watched a myriad of TV shows, but my partner drifted off to sleep almost immediately. I finally fell asleep and managed to have a good three hour nap before landing.
Arrival: The 8 ½ hour flight went smooth and we arrived on time.
Overall Impression Overall, stellar service along with good food, decent (not great) selection of wine, nice variety of TV stations and movies, comfortable seats and a relaxing bed made this First Class BA flight from London to Chicago Bombastic.
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Flight Time: 8 Hours, 30 Minutes
London Heathrow - LHR
Chicago O’Hare - ORD
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