British Airways Club Europe, London Heathrow – Budapest Liszt, Airbus A321: Tired cabin but excellent service

After spending half an hour in a Galleries First deserted lounge in Terminal 3, it was time to board our flight to Budapest.

As a reminder, here is the itinerary followed:

1DiarySummer escape in Hungary
2LoungeBritish Airways Galleries Club, Boston Logan
3FlightBritish Airways Club World, Boston Logan – London Heathrow, Boeing 777-200
4LoungeBritish Airways Galleries First, London Heathrow T3
5FlightBritish Airways Club Europe, London Heathrow – Budapest Liszt, Airbus A320
6HotelThe Ritz-Carlton, Budapest
7RestaurantOttimo at The Ritz-Carlton, Budapest
8TrainMAV Start Intercity First, Budapest Nyugati – Debrecen
9TrainMAV Start Intercity First, Debrecen – Budapest Nyugati
10HotelMatild Palace, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Budapest
11RestaurantSpago by Wolfgang Puck at Matild Palace, Budapest
12RestaurantBistro Parísi, Budapest
13RestaurantThe Duchess Rooftop Bar at Matild Palace, Budapest
14LoungePlaza Premium Lounge, Budapest Liszt
15FlightBritish Airways Club Europe, Budapest Liszt – London Heathrow, Airbus A320
16LoungeBritish Airways Concorde Room, London Heathrow
17FlightBritish Airways Club World, London Heathrow – Boston Logan, Airbus A380-800
Today’s itinerary


Our flight to Budapest boarded not far from the lounge, and it took us less than 3 minutes to get to the gate.

Most passengers were already in the boarding lounge, and our boarding passes were quickly scanned.


A few moments later, Group 1 boarding was called and we were soon on the jetbridge.


Cabin and welcome

The welcome was courteous, and we entered this old-generation British Airways medium-haul cabin. Nevertheless, it had the perk of being more comfortable in Club Europe, with retractable armrests that allow the side seats to be enlarged, and a real central table, not present anymore in more recent medium-haul cabins, for example.


A divider was in place between Club and Euro Traveller cabins, but without the presence of a curtain.

Service and catering

Service was very polite, and the purser made small talk to welcome us.


The beverage service was very attentive and personalized.

I had a Johnny Walker Black Label served with 2 mignonettes and 2 packets of nuts.


The tray arrived and I ordered the curry, which was perfect, and finished with the dessert, which was very good.


Very attentive service and refills offered systematically.

Arrival and disembarkation

We arrived at the gate in Budapest on time, but very tired. Luggage took 15 minutes to arrive on the carrousel.


Bottom line

An excellent medium-haul flight on British Airways. We’d like to see the long-haul aligned…

Olivier Delestre-Levai
Olivier Delestre-Levai
Olivier has been into airline blogging since 2010. First a major contributor to the FlyerTalk forum, he created the FlyerPlan website in July 2012, and writes articles with a major echo among airline specialists. He now co-runs the TravelGuys blog with Bertrand, focusing on travel experience and loyalty programs.

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