Thought for the day: Someone getting drunk in the lounge is not a reason to delay a flight. Either have announcements in the lounge so pax know when the plane is boarding and they have to get a move on, or find a way of sequestering baggage until the boarding pass is scanned and they are confirmed boarded.
Someone needs to do this; I think everyone would put up with a few announcements in their lounges if it meant they didn’t have to wait for containers to be rifled through.
One more thing: Bangkok, I know JSOG busted a bunch of Iranians in your AO- but making everyone take off your shoes just to appease them just slows down your security lines.
You know the only bad thing about Singapore is leaving. Especially when you don’t really have any good reason to go back from whence you came. Oh well, at least the Cooper front has passed.
Oh one more thing, it was my birthday. I really can’t think of a better way to spend it than by flying.
Class: Business (C)
Reason for delay: lack of tugs
T2 is no T3. I know that is a bit of a redundant statement, but I prefer T3 to a nearly infinite level. Not only is the lounge larger, it just feels more alive. I was also confused as to why the woman at check in refused to issue our boarding passes on the Frankfurt to Warsaw leg.
To make up for this, however, I found a reasonably priced 1:200 scale model of A6-EYE to cheer myself up. Consider it a birthday present to myself.
The lounge is awfully similar to the one in T3, but I did photograph it in a bit of detail to do my airliners duty.
Not photographed are the tiny hotcakes that I grabbed from the buffet, largely because I was still rather tired and not entirely into the trip reporting game.
Thankfully, that would soon end. The things I do for my adoring fans, huh?
Walking to gate F31 was brisk, so too was boarding. Unfortunately as Olga and I were gifted our juices, the captain came on to inform us there were no tugs and we would have to wait ten minutes.
I used this time to photograph the old-style seating controls and check out the IFE. I found JJ Abrams’ Star Trek. Being my birthday I allowed myself an exemption from the vow I had taken to only stick to things Rodenberry and tucked into it.
After take off, we were given more juice, and shortly thereafter tray tables were extended.
Starting with the traditional fruit plate
Onto the croissants
Followed by delicious waffles with berry compote and whipped cream.
SQ, generally, has wonderful breakfasts- and I cannot say this deviated from that trend.
Having awoken much too early, I used the remainder of the flight to quasi-nap and attempt to understand certain casting decisions.
Upon landing, I realized I needed to see the rest of the movie- but I had more pressing matters.
First order of business was to collect the FRA-WAW boarding passes as I had a sneaking suspicion we would be short on time in FRA even under ideal circumstances. I am always right, but I do hate it some of the time.
The Royal Silk Lounge by gate C7 is no Royal First Lounge
The food is high quality, but the choices and selection are a bit too westernized. I want my thom yams etc.
Oddly, I did find the shower cubicles in this lounge to be nicer than their first class counterparts.
Anyways, it was time to walk to gate C9 to board TG922
Class: Business (C)
Reason for delay: Irresponsible drunkards. I asked the flight attendant- the gate agent had told them it was not a misconnect or anything you can really feel bad for. Seriously, how can you get that drunk that you fail to board?
ATA:20:00 (Oh dear)
I would have thought that it would be smarter to board the F pax via L1 then have the J pax go through L2. It’d be a shorter walk for everyone and I wouldn’t get my bag stuck on the suite doors. Then again, using L1 for only 8 people seems hilariously inefficient.
This seat is identical to the AC J pod, except in some specific areas.
The monitor is watchable when stowed, it is larger, they use the Ex2 entertainment system, and the seat controls are easier to navigate. To make it even better, the walls are higher, and the D/F seat divider actually extends the full way up for better privacy. Note to AC, I love you- but this is what you were SUPPOSED to do with the seats you bought.
Furthermore, the remotes are actually functional and don’t get stuck in the seat so badly one has to wedge them out using cutlery. Seriously, 9W and TG do herringbone right. If you have to have herringbone, do it this way.
Pre-take-off ice tea was distributed and pushback occurred soon after.
Following my birthday rule of “no one can judge me for what I watch”- I decided to watch “Cowboys and Aliens”, but alas
Something was very wrong with the IFE. Even peanuts could not truly distract me.
The loop of the safety demo did an okay job, though
After a seventh reboot; things were finally functional- and I began to watch Daniel Craig and Olivia Wilde wear western clothing and blow things up. A good day.
Mysteriously, an amuse in the form of a crab omelet appeared.
It was delicious, but also dangerously spicy.
Around this time, my tray table was pulled out by the lovely crew and it was time for lunch.
The starter was smoked salmon with smoked speck. It was efficient and very German. Not really any depth of flavor or complexity, but it was good.
The schnitzel, however, wins the award for “best thing Bernie has eaten on a plane”. Outstanding. The sauce was deep and complex, the spaetzel were soft, the schnitzel itself was also perfectly cooked. Not photographed was the infinite supply of garlic bread.
The cheese course was seemingly impossible to refuse- so I ate it and was not disappointed.
Dessert was a white chocolate and strawberry cheesecake. Somehow, I was able to get more than one of those. I found out later that Olga had told the crew it was my birthday. Perhaps that is why. Regardless, each one was better than the last.
I finished up by raiding the snack bar to get a chicken sandwich, only to return to find a water bottle had been placed on my seat.
I took this opportunity to try and nap.
I was awoken by Olga telling me that there would be service within ten minutes.
To say the least; I was suspicious. The cabin lights were off, there appeared to be no service.
Two wonderful flight attendants and Olga pulled out my tray table and began to sing “Happy Birthday” to me.
Coolest. Birthday. Ever!
They even smuggled the F dessert into the J cabin for me.
Flourless chocolate cake with orange caramel and mint ice-cream, if you wanted to know.
This wins the award for best airline dessert, as an aside.
Wired from all the caffeine and sugar, I realized I could not sleep- so I spent the next nine hours watching movies.
Two hours and fifty minutes before landing, exactly as promised, dinner service commenced.
Some sort of Tiger Prawn, a Garlic/Cucumber pastry, and foi gras with some sort of peanut curry flavor. They were all very good, but also very spicy.
The appetizer was a red snapper and potato cake? Not a huge fan of snapper, but it was well cooked.
The main, as you can see, is a brisket curry. Delicious, but painfully hot- in retrospect I should not have tried to be one of the cool kids. When orders were taken, I just was not feeling the meatloaf. Oh well.
Dessert was a white chocolate orange cake with crème anglais. It was what it was. I am not a fan of any of those things, but I cannot fault its preparation or taste.
After that it was time to descend.
Unfortunately, after that it was time to race all the way to gate B5 for the flight back to WAW.
Sadly, I was getting very tired by this point so this part of the TR is a bit subpar (sorry for that).
Class: Business (C )
ATD: 21:10 (thank you for the delay and letting our bags get out there in time)
Actual Reason for Delay: Late aircraft arrival.
I was about ready to pass out, so what can I say? LO J is just like LO Y except the blocked out middle seat and the 37” seat pitch.
The food is also, and surprisingly, worse.
The glasses are not real glass;
while the meat pastes are too salty and of questionable origin.
Even Olga said that their choice of cuisine was simply too Polish.
Verdict: SQ and TG are both amazing airlines. LO is as well, but I think my judgment was clouded after the two flights prior.
Thank you for reading this everyone, I’ll be back with more TRs later this month.