ClassicLover From Ireland, joined Mar 2004, 4578 posts, RR: 24 Posted (7 years 10 months 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 10984 times:
28 January 2006
BA 283 - 11:55am
LHR - LAX
I arrived in London around 8am from Dublin, and after collecting my luggage proceeded to check-in zone R. Had a friendly chat with the guy at the desk while I was checked in, being told that Club and Economy were both oversold, which is why he couldn't change my seat. I breezed through security and went to the Terraces Lounge.
As usual, I decided to start drinking, so it was a Gin & Tonic to start the day. I also used the Internet to catch up on things, and then remembered the Molton Brown Travel Spa. After a moment, I realised where it was and popped in to make a booking and scored 10am.
Another drink, some more Internet, and off I went for my massage. A cute little Asian lady took me to a treatment room, and I received a voucher for their New York store ($10). I whipped off my shirt, and then twenty minutes of back massage happened. It was lovely and I felt excellent when it was all done!
I treated myself to another drink, and soon it was time to board. I was in a backwards facing seat on the upper deck and was wondering how I would feel travelling backwards for the first time. The flight attendant took my coat, and I had a champagne. They also brought me water, which was good as I was well oiled by this stage.
Soon we were informed of a delay. A passenger back in cattle class had become sick, and that person and two others decided to get off. This meant we had to wait while the baggage was removed from the aircraft. We ended up departing about 45 minutes late, but were assured we'd make up some of this while in the air. During the delay I filled out my US landing cards.
We took off, and I enjoyed facing backwards. It wasn't at all strange! Once in the air, we were given our menus - and another drink! No-one was seated beside me, despite being told about the overbooking, so I had a visit from one of the pilots on a break at one point. I didn't attempt to speak to him as the privacy screen was up and staying there.
For lunch, I had the Ballottine of Salmon with Herb Creme Fraiche, followed by a main course of Pan-Seared Fillet of Beef with Cracked Black Pepper Sauce and Potatoes Dauphinoise. I will have to say right now that the beef dish was the single best airline meal I have had - ever. Absolutely delicious and perfect in every way! I asked the flight attendant what she was having for her crew meal and she didn't know, so I recommended the Club beef. It was that surprising! For dessert, I had a Mango and Passion Fruit Parfait. Nice.
IFE had been switched on, so I played some Tetris for a while, and then flicked through the television selection. As there is no AVOD, I'd already missed the beginning of most things, so I decided to settle down for a nap.
The bed is flat, and I have to say I'll take flat over angled any day. That said, it still wasn't all that comfortable and the rushing noise of the air over the plane kept me awake, so I only napped. The blankets were soft and the pillow was fine.
The seat is quite good actually! The foot rest is convenient - the only gripe I had was with the Belgian guy in front of me - he kept looking at me. I also didn't have a lot of room to step over him on my frequent visits to the bathroom (shouldn't have drank so much in the lounge!). Still, only a minor issue really. During my nap a flight attendant had left me a bottle of water on the little drinks tray!
Later in the flight, I decided to raid the larder, and scoffed down three half sandwiches. One was smoked salmon and soft cheese half bloomer, one was a turkey, dijonnaise and apricot half bap, and the last one was a chicken salad half bloomer.
I watched some of the movie Bullitt with Steve McQueen, and bits of other programs. Actually, I was quite bored. I spoke to a flight attendant for about 15 minutes, and eventually the time passed and everyone woke up - just in time for the next meal which were sandwiches. It was half kippered salmon with horseradish creme fraiche and free range mayonnaise with cress, and half grilled Mediterranean vegetables with cream cheese and gammon ham with tomato. For dessert, we had moist ginger cake.
By now I was bursting at the seams and we descended and landed. I wasn't aware that the engines had to be turned off on arrival in LAX, and a tow truck pulls you into the gate. That was unusual! Deplaned and headed off for immigration.
This was fairly quick - I was fingerprinted - left index, right index, and a photo was taken. I was asked where Sydney was in Australia - east or west coast, what I did for work in Ireland, why I was in America, and to show him my itinerary for the rest of my trip. It was all a bit hardcore! After that, he asked if I had eaten crumpets before, and I said yes and told him how. I think he'd been to Australia, who knows. A lot of questions, but I was allowed in. From there I found a phone, called my friend, was picked up and whisked to Long Beach to stay on the Queen Mary.
Overall, the BA Club World experience was excellent! The attention they show to you on the ground is second to none. I think other airlines could take a leaf out of their book in regards to the Molton Brown Travel Spa as it's an excellent thing to have. The lounge is amazing and has plenty of computers. In the air, I couldn't fault the airline either. The pilots kept us well informed, the flight attendants were attentive and nice (if a bit distant), and the food was scrumptious! Especially that beef!
Would I do it again? Absolutely!
I do quite enjoy a spot of flying - more so when it's not in Economy!
ClassicLover From Ireland, joined Mar 2004, 4578 posts, RR: 24 Reply 3, posted (7 years 10 months 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 10443 times:
Quoting Lordanmol (Reply 1): Excellent trip repot. Hope to see more reports from you but pictures would have been nice.
Well, I only have an SLR camera, so it's kind of hard. Nor did I have the time to check through the a.net database as I wrote the report from the Admirals Club Lounge in San Francisco... hopefully my words give a good impression without the need for pictures.
Quoting Door5Right (Reply 2): EXcellent report, Mr. ClassicLover, but WHY was Immigration asking if you ate crumpets? It seems a very weird question to ask. Was it a trick question of some sort do you think?
No idea... we do eat crumpets, but I was hoping that was more a standard "I've been there and had those, so I'll ask you that out of interest" question rather than an immigration question.
Speedbird2155 From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 855 posts, RR: 5 Reply 4, posted (7 years 10 months 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 10195 times:
Quoting ClassicLover (Thread starter): No-one was seated beside me, despite being told about the overbooking, so I had a visit from one of the pilots on a break at one point. I didn't attempt to speak to him as the privacy screen was up and staying there.
On some flights that seat is the crew rest seat for the pilots, which is why it would have been empty.
Fbgdavidson From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 3691 posts, RR: 29 Reply 5, posted (7 years 10 months 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 10079 times:
Quoting ClassicLover (Thread starter): For lunch, I had the Ballottine of Salmon with Herb Creme Fraiche, followed by a main course of Pan-Seared Fillet of Beef with Cracked Black Pepper Sauce and Potatoes Dauphinoise. I will have to say right now that the beef dish was the single best airline meal I have had - ever. Absolutely delicious and perfect in every way!
I must fly on the wrong months as I've only had the salmon once but it is delicious
Have to say I am surprised by your comment about the beef, last few times I've had beef in Club World are in the vain hope it'd be a little better than the last! If the dish you mention is that good I may request it to be brought forward from Club World next week ....although I do have some Club World flights booked ahead so hope I picked the right months to travel!
"My first job was selling doors, door to door, that's a tough job innit" - Bill Bailey
DavidT From Switzerland, joined Oct 2005, 477 posts, RR: 0 Reply 6, posted (7 years 10 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 9874 times:
Quoting Fbgdavidson (Reply 5): If the dish you mention is that good I may request it to be brought forward from Club World next week
Fbg, do you ever stop hinting about FIRST?
Nice trip report. I haven't seen sandwiches on RTL ever since my first trip to SFO. Just Freddos and Caramel mini bars (although the Freddos provide a nice blast from the past, last time I had them I was 6!)
ClassicLover From Ireland, joined Mar 2004, 4578 posts, RR: 24 Reply 7, posted (7 years 10 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 9394 times:
Quoting Fbgdavidson (Reply 5): Have to say I am surprised by your comment about the beef, last few times I've had beef in Club World are in the vain hope it'd be a little better than the last! If the dish you mention is that good I may request it to be brought forward from Club World next week
You are so evil, you know... the beef was excellent! I might have got lucky and had a good cut of beef, and a decent cook. Still, it was that good!
I do quite enjoy a spot of flying - more so when it's not in Economy!