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BA A380 LHR-LAX - expected more

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I recently flew back to LAX from Heathrow on the A380 that British Airways had recently introduced for that route. I wasn't expecting it since my outbound flight had been on the old 747, but was excited as that was my first experience with the big double decker. I have to say, I was not impressed one bit. I had rear-facing window seat 56A on the upper deck, which was the middle business class cabin. My carry-on couldn't even fit in the overhead bin so I had to put it in the bin over the middle section seats. Not even my purse could fit in the small storage bins located along the side under the windows. The bins actually seemed smaller than the ones on the 747. There was only one restroom servicing that entire middle cabin and it was located on the right side of the plane, which meant I had to go through the crowded galley every time I needed to visit the restroom or pass through the forward business cabin to reach the restrooms at the very front of the plane. At least on the upper deck of the 747, there were only a few seats and two restrooms. The flight attendants were not pleasant, with one not cracking a smile even once during the entire flight. I asked for a "Mimosa" and was flat-out told I could have either an orange juice or a champagne--not both and she couldn't combine them. Never had a problem before with such a simple request. For the first meal, my choice was already not available, even though I was the first stop from the galley. When we landed, the attendants had forgotten about the coats that they had put away for passengers. If it hadn't been for the delay in the opening of the exit doors, I never would have remembered my winter coat hadn't been given back to me.

Not only were there no perks in this new plane, such as a bar or roomier seats, the basics weren't even as good as with the 747. My father relayed that he and my mother had flown on one of Pan Am's first 747s back int the day and the crew clearly hadn't gotten used to the new plane. But hasn't BA been flying the A380 elsewhere for some time? It seems they really did just squeeze more sardines into a bigger tin can.

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