2016 Gold Run Flight 2 of 16: OSL-LHR
Knowing the long day we had ahead of us, we left the hotel just under 2 hours before our scheduled departure. After a short 5 minute walk from the Raddison Blu, we arrived at BA check-in desks. We did the whole trip with no checked baggage, however we wanted paper boarding passes from each flight as a memento – hence the trip to the check-in desk. The line was short and the agents courteous, however the station had already switched over to BA’s new check-in system and it seemed to take longer than normal to complete even the simplest transactions. The journey from check-in to the lounge was a short one via a fairly efficient security search.
BA uses the third party lounge ‘OSL Lounge’ at Oslo airport. Its one of 2 lounges at the airport and is used by most carriers, the other being the SAS lounge. The lounge was fairly small, although there was more than enough seating and importantly frequent power ports. The breakfast offering included a selection of cold meats and cheeses and some fruits, but there was no substantive or hot breakfast options available. There was a decent selection of fruit juices, pepsi products, some local beers and an absolutely fantastic invention wine on tap. Importantly, however, there was no champagne on offer. Overall the lounge was a comfortable space to spend 40 minutes before heading through passport control and boarding a flight.
Oslo (OSL) to London (LHR)
01st June 2016
The flight to Heathrow pushed back on time and 10 full rows of Club passengers it was a busy flight. The 2 crew members got started on the Club Europe breakfast service right away. While the crew did everything they were supposed to, nothing really stood out about them or their service, especially when compared with the flight the night before.
The breakfast choices included a full English, a vegetarian omelet and a ‘continental cold plate’. The cold plate was an extension of what was available in the lounge and hasn’t changed in years. The full English was tasty and didn’t seem as greasy as it has on previous trips. The standout item on the plates was a bag of cereal bites by Do & Co that were absolutely delicious. The delivery of the breakfast was slightly odd as the foil lids from the hot food seemed to pile up on the top of the trolley which formed a messy pile by the time they reached row 6. The pile was on the verge of tipping over and the crew member had to keep a close eye on the pile to prevent it falling off the trolley and ending up in a mess on the cabin floor.
After breakfast and several mimosas it was time to land at Heathrow and make the journey to terminal 3.