Viva Espana: BAW 478 – LHR to BCN

Originally I intended to fly this leg a few days ago. Sadly the Active Sky servers were down that day, which left me hanging in Heathrow without real weather. Therefore I didn’t leave the UK, and decided to try again today, after all the Easter madness was over.
The flight was on British Airways again. It’s really nice that they deploy the 767 on some European routes from time to time. BAW 478 was scheduled with a 767 and I haven’t been to Barcelona in a long time, so this was the perfect starting point for the upcoming Canary Island tour.

The ETD in Heathrow was 07:10 am GMT, weather was bad with clouds, low vis and rain.
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Take off will be on 09R with SID MID3J. From there on we will reach the British coast relatively soon, and enter France above the Normandy. Flying in French airspace for most of the time we will pass over a lot of cities, I especially recognize Clermont-Ferrand on the map back from the book we used in French class in High School…
Before we start our descent and land on 25L in Barcelona, we will pass the Pyrenees Mountains.
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Now let’s get started. It’s really nasty outside as we enter the flight deck in Heathrow. Rain and clouds, not a very nice weather for Easter.
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We’re sitting at stand 536 at Terminal 5B in London.
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The sun is still not completely up yet. I’m slowly getting hungry. The flight attendant was kind enough to bring me some breakfast before boarding started…
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And pushback. It’s not a very long way to 09R from 5B.
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That’s Terminal 5 in the background. A very modern and nice building. I like waiting there – it never gets boring and I always enjoy the atmosphere.
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Holding at 09R. This A320 just started its take off run. We’re next in line.
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And here we are aligned and ready to go.
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Rotate with the old terminal and tower in the background.
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Another modern BA building and also remote parking spot for flights with a long turn around time. Like the Cathay Pacific B744 waiting for its departure to HKG.
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The rain is pouring.
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There’s always so much going on in Heathrow and the diversity of airlines from all over the world is very interesting.
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Leaving London. This flight will be from one Olympia city to another. London will host the Olympics this year, Barcelona did so in ’92.
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An empty 767 (meaning fuel only for a short haul flight) can easily be mistaken for an F-18. We rocket through the clouds, towards the coast.
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Much better. Blue skies and the clouds below.
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As we’re progressing through France the clouds start to open up.
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We have reached the Pyrenees.
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Descent has started. It looks cloudy but the weather in Barcelona is a lot better than in London.
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Beautiful approach into BCN. The harbor and city to the right, the airport straight ahead and the Mediterranean to our left.
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Whoopsies! I messed up the approach and came in high and fast. Better safe than sorry, two approaches for the price of one today!! After this missed approach the engines spooled up again and we’re going around.
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There are worse places to do a go-around. This one offers us the scenic route. Airport to the right.
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I might try to upload that one to airliners.net. Kinda looks real, doesn’t it?
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Flying at 3,600 ft, we are waiting to get our second approach clearance for 25L. Lots of mountains around.
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And here we are, cleared again and turning towards the Mediterranean again.
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This time everything looks good. Speed and altitude is fine.
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Seconds before touching down, somebody took those 2 pictures of us.
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Hola Barcelona! Shutdown complete. Now it’s time to get some Paella, a cold Estrella Damm and go to the beach. Maybe a game at Camp Nou later to watch FC Barcelona playing…
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Thanks for reading today’s report. Next one will be from BCN to TFN with Air Europa B737NG. This will be the start of our Canary island hopping. The route will look like this, so stay tuned.
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One thought on “Viva Espana: BAW 478 – LHR to BCN

  1. Nice one! I flew the BA 767 from Heathrow to FRA in February 2011, it was a nice difference from the usual 320s on such short flights! The rain in London there is nothing. You should have seen the weather here in Singapore earlier today!

    Looking forward to your Canary flights! Many unknown airports there.

    Cheers, Sveinn

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