British Airways Club Europe Business Class London-Heathrow – Copenhagen – Review

By Jonathan Spira on 7 March 2016
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In the eight years that it has been open, I somehow have avoided flying out of London Heathrow’s Terminal 5, British Airways’ main terminal. That is, until now.

My flight from London to Copenhagen was going out of T5 and I was excited about finally flying in and out of it.

I arrived at T5 and stopped to admire the modern and efficient design while at the same time trying to figure out where I needed to go. I saw a Fast Track sign for the security checkpoint and headed in that direction, which turned out to be a good thing once I passed by the standard line, which was exceptionally long.

Breakfast in the BA Galleries lounge

Breakfast in the BA Galleries lounge


Once past the security checkpoint, where passengers moved at a snail’s pace, I headed to the BA Galleries lounge for some refreshment and sampled the breakfast offerings that included porridge, croissant, and (appropriately for my flight) Danish. The lounge is large, has a separate wine area, and is a pleasant place to relax before a flight.

Once boarding was announced, I headed to my gate, which was a five-minute walk from the lounge. The gate, A10, was subdivided into A10a, b, c, d, and e as passengers departing from these gates were transferred by coach to their planes.


British Airways has a priority boarding lane for Club Europe passengers as well as for elite members of its Executive Club frequent flyer program. Given that we were going to the aircraft by coach, however, the only benefit of the dedicated line was that I didn’t have to wait to show my boarding pass and passport to the gate agent before boarding the bus.

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