March 27th, 2008

9/11

Terminal 5 – where Britain leads the world, dawn of a new era, etc. etc.

Prior to working from there as of today, I did my familiarisation tour of Terminal 5 back in January (or was it December? I wasn't paying much attention). Our managers have been so enthusiastic about it, for years they've been saying T5 will single-handedly solve dozens of BA's logistical problems at a stroke. In fact, it'll be so miraculous I hear it's even been mentioned in dispatches from the Vatican.

So, business as usual, then. Not particularly looking forward to Monday, when I get to use the place for the first time.

More fun facts:
  • It is the largest free-standing structure in Europe: yes, far bigger than Amazon's UK warehouse.
  • It's basically a shopping mall with an airport terminal attached. It also has one of the world's longest escalators and, rather pointlessly, the executive lounges have chandeliers.
  • The roof is for some reason called 'the Wave' – as the only vaguely interesting design feature on an otherwise nondescript rectangular glass building, I expect it helps to call it something other than just 'the roof'.
  • "T5's baggage system is the most advanced in the world." (allegedly) "At its peak the system can handle 12,000 bags an hour compared to just 1,500 in Terminal 4." Given today's stunning performance, I think they'll need to move the decimal point a couple of places to the left.