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  1. Although in different circumstances, other airlines have done this too. In 1974, QF flew 327 passsengers in a 707 (VH-EAH, a -300, 173 seats, all economy) and 673 passengers in a 747 (VH-EBB, a -200, 32+339 seats plus lounge). And in 1991, LY flew between 1,078 and 1,122 passengers (sources differ) in a 747. But you wouldn't expect this in regular airline service. Has the OP been advised to remember to bring sunglasses for the cabin interior?
  2. See also:- https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/1650696-queenstown-or-not/ https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2659187-anybody-take-the-dunedin-to-milford-sound-overnight-shore-excursion
  3. Maybe. Or maybe those who might think of asking are deterred by the short, sharp and impolite response that they'd get if they did ask something like that. I suspect that those in premium economy are not only very aware that they are in a different cabin but very aware of just how much they have paid to be there (much more than the small uplift for extra legroom seats within the same cabin on some airlines). There are plenty of potential victims in the same cabin as the person doing the asking.
  4. Piccadilly Line to Hammersmith, District Line to Westminster, step-free access to the street, walk over Westminster Bridge to County Hall. It's actually a shorter walk to the hotel than from the Jubilee Line exit on Waterloo Road. You don't want to be trying to change to the Bakerloo Line or the Northern Line.
  5. Rent a car and drive yourself over to the Wairarapa, the wine area around Martinborough.
  6. Do you have a source for this? FWIW, the Wikipedia article on capsule hotels does not mention the word Yotel at all. And this long article about capsule hotels that does mention Yotel explains the differences that there have always been between capsule hotels and the Yotel concept, although it seems that that itself has now branched into at least two different strands, as the airport hotels have been rebranded Yotel Air.
  7. I don't think Yotel cabins have ever been like that.
  8. Which airline was this? I'm surprised that someone would have the cheek to go into a completely different cabin altogether and directly ask someone to downgrade themselves.
  9. For nostalgia, or identification purposes, the BoE has a useful page: https://www.bankofengland.co.uk/banknotes/withdrawn-banknotes I actually paid some paper £10 notes and old £20 notes into my bank account a few weeks back, having found a stash of cash in a drawer at home. So searching is not a bad idea.
  10. No. It's a Sunday morning. Get a car service to take you directly from the airport to your hotel. It'll probably be faster than messing about with the train.
  11. Off the top of my head: The airport specialists include Simply Airports and Just Airports, both of which I have had good experiences with; one day, Simply Airports couldn't take me but proactively suggested that I call Just Airports instead of just saying no to me. Another operator sometimes recommended here is Blackberry Cars. Two long-established London-wide non-specialists are Addison Lee and GLH; and with a tendency to focus on the east of the city centre, you could try Commercial Cars or Carrot Cars (who I think are used quite a bit by people in the financial services industry in Canary Wharf). There are plenty of other recommendations on CC, although if it's a London journey, you need to be careful to filter out the recommended operators that are actually based elsewhere (notably near Southampton) who will only really be interested in journeys to/from their home area.
  12. A nice aircraft today, by the looks of things (G-CIVE). Enjoy the flight and the cruise!
  13. At present, the following seats are not occupied: 11K, 12DEF, 13EF, 15DEF and 15K. However, the seating module that controls seat pre-allocation during the last 72 hours before departure is blocking most of those to public view, and the only seat that isn't blocked is 13E on its own, which may be why you're not being shown anything. But given that number of unoccupied seats and on the presumption that you're both on the same booking, the system ought to try to make sure that you are offered a pair when check-in opens. On the assumption that you will be checking bags, my advice would be to check-in online at the earliest opportunity but NOT to print or download or save your boarding passes. This is particularly important if you don't like the seats you're able to get at first. If you don't get a boarding pass, you may be able to go back to the seat map to change your seat later if something better opens up. However, once you've printed/downloaded/saved your boarding pass, you will lose that ability. You're going to have to stop to drop your bags anyway, so there's no real advantage to printing/downloading/saving your boarding pass. If by that stage you still don't have seats together, it'll be worth asking a check-in agent whether there's anything that can be done. And the last resort, of course, is to ask the cabin crew for help. But I think you'd be unlucky to get as far as having to do that.
  14. First, don't panic. Second, are you on BA207 on 19 February? If so, then every WT+ seat is currently occupied, so there's nothing that the call centre could do for you now anyway. But BA is still prepared to take 6 more reservations in WT+ at present. So there will be some jiggling around between now and departure. I expect many people who've paid for WT+ will be pleased with where they end up sitting.
  15. It's not touchiness. It's because if you don't use the full name of the street, you could go to the wrong place entirely. For example, just as there are many people called Peter, there are many streets called Hyde Park something. So if you just say "Hyde Park", you'll be as lost as if you just ask for someone called Peter. A good friend who routinely does this nearly missed a dinner in his honour because he was on the wrong street and couldn't find the restaurant.
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