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British Airways NEW Economy London to Singapore – BA15 – Boeing 777-300ER

23rd February 2014
British Airways Flight 15
Depart : London Heathrow (LHR)
Arrive : Singapore (SIN)
Departure time : 9:55pm (Actual 10:24pm)
Arrival Time : 6:45pm (Actual 6:36pm)
Boeing 777-300
Seat Unknown 49A
Flight Time 12h 11m
Meal Service : Dinner & Breakfast

Complete trip report video

Flight Path

Flight Path

In 2012 British Airways installed new Economy & Premium Economy cabins into select Boeing 777-300’s and will soon have it as their standard long haul product on most aircraft.

Having not flown British Airways since 2012 this would be my first time flying in the new economy cabin.

The NEW economy product from British airways offers greater recline (than previous economy product), better seats, 35 per cent larger personal TV screen, in seat power and a stunning new cabin.

Today we would be flying on a Boeing 777-300ER, flight 15 which is the last surviving flight from the UK to Australia with a stop over in Singapore. At the time of writing British airways is the only European carrier that fly’s from Europe to Australia (Sept 2014)

It would be a long flight from London to Singapore, in Economy BA have a 3-3-3 config, but at the back of the aircraft the last two rows the config is 2-3-2 so if your travelling as a couple its a great place to sit for some privacy or to have no one in the middle.

We booked our seats in advance and secured the double seats, I had the window seat 49A.

 We arrived at London Heathrow with plenty of time to spare and proceeded to check in.

Terminal 5

Terminal 5

British Airways terminal 5

British Airways terminal 5

There was not really much of a line at heathrow terminal 5, which was great, check in just took a few minutes and we were heading off to security.

Waiting to check in

Waiting to check in

Tonight's Flight

Tonight’s Flight

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The thing I love about Terminal 5 is that there are multiple security channels and they are never busy, so going through security took no more than 5 minutes. Normally we have something to eat at Gordon Ramsay’s plane food, but our flight was departing late and i find its much better for breakfast and lunch so we gave it a miss this time around.

Great spot for breakfast

Great spot for breakfast

Overview of T5

Overview of T5

Boarding Pass

Boarding Pass

Our plane was parked at gate C62, which is one of the remote gates out in the middle of nowhere, so to get there we had to take the underground monorail.

Monorail

Monorail

Getting from the departure area to gate C62 took around 25 minutes, so be warned if your leaving it to the last minute.

Take a seat !

Take a seat !

Boarding was called very late for the flight, about 5 minutes before our actual departure time. I was really impressed at how fast everyone boarded the plane.
I took a look out from the terminal and could see our plane in the distance.

Boeing 777-300ER

Boeing 777-300ER

I was amazed at what a difference the new cabin looked like, it was so much better than the old British Airways cabin and those faded foamy blue seats. The cabin was clean and had next gen Boeing interior with the new overhead cabin bins, slimline more comfortable seats and a much better on demand entertainment system.

New Economy cabin

New Economy cabin

 I sat down and unpacked my things and settled in, I was also impressed about having a bit more leg room, but this seemed to sacrifice the storage space in front of my seat and i had to cram everything in.

Not much storage space

Not much storage space

 I was really impressed with the new TV screen size and the comfort of the seat. This was a much better change than the previous economy cabin.

Improved TV screen

Improved TV screen

New Economy Seat

New Economy Seat

 I had a bit of time so just kicked back and snap a few pictures.

Safety Card

Safety Card

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Around 10pm we were ready to depart, I was surprised that the economy section of the entire aircraft was only about 60 % full, but all other classes were SOLD OUT.

It took around 20 minutes to taxi from Terminal 5 to our departure runway, we lined up and started our journey. I always find Boeing aircraft are louder than Airbus, but being at the back behind the engine always makes it a bit louder.

Our flying time today would be around 12 hours.

Take off was smooth for a Winters evening and we climbed quickly up and above the clouds and reached our cruising altitude.

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We then headed East and flew over Germany and onto Asia.

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About 1 hour and 30 minutes into the flight dinner service began. Dinner would be served at around midnight tonight, which I would never normally eat at.

Tonight’s dinner serving in Economy would be Mac & Cheese, a side of coleslaw and Rhubarb crumble for desert.

Dinner presentation

Dinner presentation

As you can see its the fairly standard economy presentation, so nothing special here.

Mac & Cheese

Mac & Cheese

When it comes to Economy airplane food I’m not normally that impressed, I’ve had some good meals in the past, but this time around I was in for a surprise. Even though the presentation did not look that great, the Mac N Cheese was really tasty and had a lot of flavor and I did eat the entire thing.
I think Mac & Cheese is a great choice for dinner on a plane, its hard to mess up and easy to reheat while keeping the same taste.

Great move here BA.

Coleslaw Side

Coleslaw Side

The coleslaw side just tasted like your normal Coleslaw.
Dinner service was wrapped up fairly quickly in economy and I settled in for the long flight.

About 3 hours into the flight we started passing over Ukraine and the turbulence began to pick up and we had a few decent bumps, after around 15 minutes of light turbulence we found some clear air.

After around 5 hours of flying time we started passing over Baku and I was able to witness a wonderful Sunrise from the back of the plane.

Sunrise

Sunrise

Map

Map

After sunrise we cruised of Afghanistan

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We then crossed over the north of India before making our way over the Bay Of Bengal

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About 2 hours before we landed the crew started waking people and offering the two breakfast choice.

Great Breakfast

Great Breakfast

Breakfast was very decent and consisted of a frittata, Baked beans and Mushrooms and a breakfast pastry.

I did eat everything apart from the pastry as it was so unbelievable dry, I took one bite and felt my mouth just drying up and decided I would skip it as we would be landing in a few hours.

Another impressive Economy meal from British Airways

After breakfast we had about 45 minutes of flying time left and would soon be landing in Singapore.

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I was so impressed with the cabin and the food this made the 12 hour flight pass by very quickly.

We then began our evening decent into Singapore and had fairly clear sky’s. It was a bit hazy in Singapore that evening but I managed to get an ok picture of all the cargo ships that line up near the end of the runway.

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The landing into Singapore was very smooth and we touched down around 6.30pm.
It had been a really great flight, one of the best Economy flights I have been on in a while, the crew were great, the plane was new, the food was good, the flight was smooth 95 % of the way. I always love it when a long haul international flight ends up being like this.

As we taxied to the gate I spotted the earlier 6:45pm BA flight that heads to Singapore, I had picked the later flight in order to try the New economy product and not the old 747 cabin.

BA's earlier flight on a 747-400 Older Cabin

BA’s earlier flight on a 747-400 Older Cabin

A few other snaps

Jetstar

Jetstar

We pulled up at our gate and everyone jumped up as per usual to leave the plane.

I snapped a few pictures of the other cabins as we departed.

Premium Economy Cabin

Premium Economy Cabin

Club World

Club World

Overall I would say the new cabin is a much better improvement and will certainly fly BA again and try the other cabins.

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6 Comments on “British Airways NEW Economy London to Singapore – BA15 – Boeing 777-300ER”

  1. NervousC December 16, 2014 at 8:46 pm #

    We’re booked on this flight next week and I am really nervous about flying over conflict zones i.e. Afghanistan and Pakistan. Do you remember how long the flight time over Afghanistan and Pakistan were? I am really tempted to change flights and take the one to Hong Kong because it does not fly over any of those spaces as it goes over northern Europe and Russia.

  2. Philip December 16, 2014 at 10:18 pm #

    Hi, nice trip report! I am after seat 49A for an upcoming flight next week LHR – LAX on BA’s 777-300ER. I see that the seats behind (row 50) have limited recline so was wondering if this affected you reining your seat at all? I have a feeling whoever is not able to recline fully in seat 50 might ask you not to reins fully either… Did you have this problem? How was the recline? Thanks!

  3. whenitraveltheworld December 17, 2014 at 7:33 pm #

    @NervousC I would say the total flight time we had over these areas was around two hours. I have flown over these areas many times and find it safe. You could change your flight to go Via Hong Kong, if its cost effective.

    • Philip December 17, 2014 at 11:09 pm #

      NervousC, you shouldn’t be worried. You can rest assured that after the events of July 17th this year every flight plan filed will keep aircraft well clear of known conflict zones. If anything it’s safer now than before July 17th. Enjoy your flight!

  4. whenitraveltheworld December 17, 2014 at 7:36 pm #

    @philip I found the recline in seat 49A to be fine. I was lucky because i did not have anyone sitting behind me in seat 50A. I don’t normally recline my seat all of the way on flights. But seat 49A is a great seat, and there is some good distance between you and the bathroom. Enjoy the flight from LHR-LAX, I’ve only ever done that route on Boeing 747-400’s.

    • Philip December 17, 2014 at 11:12 pm #

      Thanks! I actually love flying the 747-400. People complain about them being old but I love the roar from the back. Great flying experience compared to the silent A380. Looking forward to being on the 777-300ER too!

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