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with just one stop. Our departure to London

from San Diego’s Lindbergh Field on June 3 had to be one of the most pleasant fly- ing experiences we’ve ever encountered. Since our flight was scheduled for 8:15 p.m., we had the entire day to at- tend to the odds and ends that remain before leaving home for a two-week vacation. How we appreciated not having to get up in the wee hours of the morning to catch our flight, which always resulted in our feeling exhausted even before the long journey began! Our shuttle picked us up in the late afternoon and depos- ited us directly in front of the British Airways terminal. Our immediate impression was one of calm, enhanced by the personal attention afforded us by British Airways personnel. As we approached the ticket counter, we were greeted by the smiling face of a British Airways representative who was just checking that all was well and asked if we needed any assistance. Thankfully, we did not.

The otherwise hectic ordeal of being processed through security seemed very easy and even pleasant this time around. There were no long lines and in a few minutes, we found ourselves comfortably seated in the quaint rocking chairs that lined the windows in the British Airways pas- senger waiting area. Since Lindbergh Field offers free Wi-Fi, I was able to read and respond to emails and surf the net as we waited for our flight to board. Boarding was a breeze,

and we soon found ourselves nestled in our seats in the sleek Boeing 777-200, which would be our home for the next nine hours. The San Diego-London route offers three classes: Club World (business), World Trav- eler Plus (enhanced coach), and World Traveler (coach). The World Traveler seats are more spacious than standard, so even travelers on a budget can be assured of a more com- fortable voyage than usual, with World Traveler Plus offering even wider seating. Business travelers will more than welcome the comfort of Club World, which boasts an environment that will ensure a pleasant night’s rest upon arriv- al in London. Spacious cubicles offer a wide variety of media and audio entertainment in a living room-type environment. Food and beverage service is exceptional, featuring gourmet dinner entrées accompanied by fine wines and spirits. Of course, the conversion of seats into full beds is the ultimate in business class luxury, and British Airways again excels in creating the ultimate sleep- ing environment for business traveler. We observed that service

in all sections was top-notch, with gracious flight personnel attending to the passengers’ every need. Furthermore, it was imme- diately evident upon take-off that this new Boeing 777 was one of the most quiet, yet powerful, jets

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