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MEL-LAX-JFK 1st Class On QF (lots Of Pics)  
User currently offlineCrdaus From Australia, joined Jan 2006, 142 posts, RR: 2
Posted (8 years 2 months 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

MEL-LAX-JFK-BOS-SFO-HKG-MEL, Circle Pacific 1st Class QF-AA-CX-QF 5th – 22nd May 2006. This was the 2nd tier Circle Pacific 1st class fare available on OneWorld carriers. It represents great value as compared with normal return airfares (e.g. approximately a third less), the only stipulation being you have to go via Asia in one direction and via the South Pacific in the other. However, this is no great sacrifice given that all the flights I used connected, e.g. outbound: QF93/QF107/AA4609; AA183 for BOS-SFO; then inbound: CX873/QF30. Overall, it adds about 7 hours flying because quickest inbound would be SFO-SYD-MEL or SFO-LAX-MEL at about 15 hours compared with 22 hours via HKG, although elapsed time difference would be not as great due to connection hassles in LAX or SYD. I prefer to avoid either airport if I can, especially LAX which is abominable with all its security chaos and people with attitude.

I travelled on an international e-ticket for the 1st time and this was to prove a bit tricky with carriers other than QF. Check-in with QF in MEL was smooth enough with baggage checked through to BOS and boarding passes for MEL-LAX and LAX-JFK. However, on checking in at JFK for the JFK-BOS boarding pass, the AA people were perplexed and fiddled around for ages. I had to go to AA ticketing to resolve it. Thankfully, the terminal was not crowded. You will notice that I did not go LAX-BOS direct. This is because it would have been on AA, where the service is terrible. This decision was vindicated on the BOS-SFO sector where the service on AA was indeed terrible. Check-in at SFO with CX also took a lot longer than normal because of problems with them reconciling the e-ticket number with the CX computer records. OneWorld needs to get its act together.

Anyway, back to MEL for the first leg of the journey.

Duty Free shop before going airside at MEL

After check-in I proceeded to the QF 1st class lounge where I had bircher muesli and cappuccino while waiting the boarding announcement. The lounge is fairly basic and doesn’t offer much, but then it was mid morning so you don’t really want much.

Qantas 1st class lounge at MEL

As I was boarding, I noticed that the 747-400 ER was “Wunala Dreaming”, an aircraft QF have decorated in Aboriginal motifs.

“Wunala Dreaming” waiting at gate


View of tarmac at gate from seat 2K

QF93 was excellent. I must say that QF have lifted their game considerably. This was to be confirmed also with the other QF flights QF107 and QF30. The F/As were exceptional, taking a very attentive and friendly approach. One of the F/As on QF93 remembered me from a previous flight and so this also helped make the flight very enjoyable.

F/A settles 1st class passengers into their seats

The food was very good. I noted that QF had upgraded the champagne offered to vintage Dom Perignon!

Glass of Dom Perignon and nibbles before departure


Various other aircraft on the MEL tarmac

Taxi to runway for takeoff


Shortly after takeoff at MEL

Continuing to climb over Tullamarine


Champagne and canapés before lunch


Flying over Australia’s Capital, Canberra


Leaving Australian coastline at Wollongong


Menu for the flight


Lemongrass and Coconut soup with seafood dumplings


Salad of baby cos, radicchio and frisee with balsamic vinaigrette


Confit of duck with roast parsnip, wilted spinach, warm pear and endive


Blue, soft and hard cheese hand selected by Will Studd


Dark chocolate and almond cake with double cream


A selection of Kennedy & Wilson chocolates

After a very elaborate lunch, I settled down to a movie and then drifted off to sleep listening to my iPod through the Bose headphones, a combination no one should be without, especially when flying long haul. QF93 is about 13 hours, but I slept for about 7 of those thanks to calm flying conditions, a couple of Temazapan pills and of course lots of Dom Perignon.

Never fly long haul without this duo


The spacious 1st class bathrooms

A few hours before landing at LAX, breakfast is served.


Bircher muesli, juice, fresh fruit, and croissants

Scrambled egg with smoked salmon and crème fraiche

Probably the last decent cappuccino I’ll see for a couple of weeks


Descending over the Los Angeles sprawl

The relentlessly flat Los Angeles landscape


On final approach to LAX


Landing at LAX


taxi to gate at LAX


A familiar neighbour at the next gate

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Looks like we beat UA840!

Arrival at LAX was fussy as usual where transit passengers (i.e. me) have to go out of the arrival terminal and back through security again. Why is this necessary when we have all been screened prior to boarding in MEL? And the LAX security is ridiculous. Pompous and intellectually challenged security guards do their best to treat you with contempt. I am sure a determined terrorist could outwit them, yet the rest of us have to put up with all this crap. Also, why is it necessary for US Immigration to finger print and photograph passengers who have already been processed in this way on a prior trip. Surely they should be matching passengers re-entering against previously recorded information. At least the whole process of the transfer took only about 45 minutes, although it seemed like an eternity at the time.

Anyway, once through all this I was in the AA 1st class lounge in Terminal 4 at LAX. As previously reported, this is quite a nice lounge. I was able to have a refreshing shower before boarding QF107 to JFK.


Seated in 1A with champagne and canapés before departure


Topping up with Dom Perignon


Menu and winelist for the flight


Salad of hot salmon and roast capsicum salsa


Salad Nicoise with seared tuna


Dessert and cappuccino


Baked pear and ginger custard with vanilla ice cream


Somewhere transcontinental USA

This flight was excellent as well. I noted the IFE was completely VOD, unlike the flight from MEL. It provided me with the opportunity to watch a movie when I wanted rather than to a pre-determined schedule. A pleasant enough way to wile away the time during the 5 hour flight.


Qantas IFE on this flight was VOD

Arrival in JFK was spectacular with good views of the Manhattan skyline in the late afternoon and an interesting approach which involved some sharp banking prior to landing.


Manhattan skyline in the distance


Approaching JFK


Final approach to JFK


Notice the shadow cast by QF jumbo just before landing


UA aircraft with new livery at JFK


BA aircraft at terminal 7


Nearest neighbour at gate

My trip report for the further journey will feature in a separate report to be posted soon.

54 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
 
User currently offlineLuv2fly From United States of America, joined May 2003, 12090 posts, RR: 49
Reply 1, posted (8 years 2 months 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

What a great report! What a trip you are having. Thanks for sharing.


You can cut the irony with a knife
User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1916 posts, RR: 24
Reply 2, posted (8 years 2 months 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 32767 times:
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Great report! Wow, QF First Class looks really nice! The bathroom sink looks amazing; I've never seen a sink like that before on an aircraft.

User currently offlineChristeljs From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 533 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (8 years 2 months 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Nice report. I don't like Qantas's toilets. But apart from that, great!


Christel Sinsen Photography
User currently offlineCO7e7 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 2848 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (8 years 2 months 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Great report and pix.. thanks for sharing..

The food on QF looks delicious! or is it because i'm hungry  tongue 


Zaki


User currently offlinePianist718 From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 15 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (8 years 2 months 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

I enjoyed it. Great pictures. First class is a nice way to fly.  Smile

User currently offlineWedgetail737 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5890 posts, RR: 6
Reply 6, posted (8 years 2 months 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 32767 times:
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Very nice report! Makes me more in encouraged to try QF's new YVR-SFO service. Time to use my miles!

User currently offlineClassicLover From Ireland, joined Mar 2004, 4627 posts, RR: 23
Reply 7, posted (8 years 2 months 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Brilliant report - lots of pics and thank you for including the menus! It's very important in my opinion. Looks like I am going to have to grab one of those circle fares!


I do quite enjoy a spot of flying - more so when it's not in Economy!
User currently offlineJumbo747 From New Zealand, joined Apr 2006, 57 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (8 years 2 months 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Great Report. Looking forward to the other half. Thanks.

User currently offlinePlanecrazy2 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 615 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (8 years 2 months 5 days ago) and read 32767 times:

Nice report, the service looks superb. It's a shame that you can't just book a domestic LAX-JFK ticket on QF, it would be so fun to fly.

Zach



United Airlines - Worldwide Service
User currently offlineAlaskaqantas From New Zealand, joined Dec 2005, 905 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (8 years 2 months 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

NICE picture mate!!!
Zach, I agree with you, I wish that I could fly from LAX to NYC with Qantas, just domestic! ohh would that be fun!

I like the bathroom. looks like I might have to get a circle fare to!!
~Cheers-
~~Kyle H.
can't wait for the rest!



to some people the sky is the limit, to aviation enthusiasts, its home!
User currently offlineArdian From Netherlands, joined Oct 2000, 542 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (8 years 2 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Oh what a marvellous trip report! I hope I will fly First Class one day  Wink
Too bad that they use plastic knifes, but I agree that it's a safety issue.


User currently offlineChris78cpr From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 2819 posts, RR: 51
Reply 12, posted (8 years 2 months 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Quoting Crdaus (Thread starter):
Never fly long haul without this duo

A men to that! My bose QC2's and my ipod never leave my side when flying long haul!

Another item i am yet to get but i know will also be a must on long haul flying is a green thing, i will enlighten you more when i get it.

The seared tuna is wonderful, i had it on LH flying F FRA-YYZ. It tastes just marvellous.

Thanks for this report, im flying LHR-LAX-MEL-CNS-SYD-LAX-LHR later this year on AA and QF and look forward to seeing what their product is like. Albeit with only legs in Y and J tho! No F for me this time. But i have got an F trip on QF planned soon.

Thanks for the report!

Chris



5D2/7D/1D2(soon to be a 1Dx) 17-40L/24-105L/70-200F2.8L/100-400L/24F1.4LII/50F1.2L/85F1.2LII
User currently offlineJaysit From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (8 years 2 months 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Qantas First looks great.

However, I've never understood why airlines insist on serving crackers with their cheese course. Any sane person knows that a cheese course must be served with bread.

Also, your last good cappuccino for 2 weeks? Come on. This is New York City. I can send you to at least 100 great coffee houses serving a killer cappuccino (and I don't mean Starbucks).


User currently offlineIahredhead From China, joined May 2006, 77 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (8 years 2 months 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Great pics! I'm so jealous. How do all of y'all afford all these first class and biz class tickets? What am I doing wrong?

Scott



"Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt." Abraham Lincoln
User currently offlineClassicLover From Ireland, joined Mar 2004, 4627 posts, RR: 23
Reply 15, posted (8 years 2 months 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Quoting Planecrazy2 (Reply 9):
Nice report, the service looks superb. It's a shame that you can't just book a domestic LAX-JFK ticket on QF, it would be so fun to fly.

You can on SFO-YVR though... so I think you should book it  Smile



I do quite enjoy a spot of flying - more so when it's not in Economy!
User currently offlineJoffie From Australia, joined Mar 2006, 806 posts, RR: 2
Reply 16, posted (8 years 2 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Great shots Big grin

Didn't know QF fly into JFK. I always thought they codeshared with AA using the 757  Smile


User currently offlineBoeingATL From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 144 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (8 years 2 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Wow! what a report! Great pics, and those meal pics reminds me it's time for dinner.

Wish I could have done the same!



boeingATL
User currently offlineMarambio From Argentina, joined Oct 2004, 1160 posts, RR: 26
Reply 18, posted (8 years 2 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 32767 times:

Quoting 767747 (Reply 2):
The bathroom sink looks amazing; I've never seen a sink like that before on an aircraft.

That also caught my attention! The times I flew Business Class (wait for me, First!) the bathroom was pretty much the same than in Economy, so this was a nice thing to see. The food, especially the one on the LAX-JFK leg, also looks superb. Thumbs up for Qantas!

Great trip report!

Saludos,
Marambio



Aerolíneas Argentinas - La Argentina que levanta vuelo.
User currently offlinePlanecrazy2 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 615 posts, RR: 4
Reply 19, posted (8 years 2 months 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Quoting Joffie (Reply 16):
Didn't know QF fly into JFK. I always thought they codeshared with AA using the 757

LAX-JFK is all 3 class 762.

Zach



United Airlines - Worldwide Service
User currently offlineQANTASpower From Australia, joined Aug 2002, 516 posts, RR: 7
Reply 20, posted (8 years 2 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Great report - tell me what were the loads like in First for the 2 legs.

Regards

QFP


User currently offlineClassicLover From Ireland, joined Mar 2004, 4627 posts, RR: 23
Reply 21, posted (8 years 2 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Quoting Joffie (Reply 16):
Didn't know QF fly into JFK. I always thought they codeshared with AA using the 757

They fly three times weekly from LAX-JFK. I think the plan is for it to go daily eventually.



I do quite enjoy a spot of flying - more so when it's not in Economy!
User currently offlineCrdaus From Australia, joined Jan 2006, 142 posts, RR: 2
Reply 22, posted (8 years 2 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Quoting QANTASpower (Reply 20):
what were the loads like in First for the 2 legs

1st was full in both legs.


User currently offlineRJpieces From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (8 years 2 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Awesome report!

The photo titled "Approaching JFK" is of the neighborhod where I live!  Smile


User currently offlineQANTASpower From Australia, joined Aug 2002, 516 posts, RR: 7
Reply 24, posted (8 years 2 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Classic Lover -

QF fly LAX - JFK return 5 x weekly.

Regards


25 Door5Right : Gosh - that food looks good!
26 Post contains images Malmoaviation : Very nice report, and pictures! Flying 1st class that route must be nice! I have flew that route in economy though... Rgds
27 ClassicLover : Yes, but you can't book to fly it unless you're originating outside the USA. You have to have some other QF sector in your ticket to fly this sector.
28 Tbear815 : As usual, quite telling. And most enjoyably so. You write a superb report. Due to US regulations, you can't fly a foreign carrier between 2 US ports w
29 Airbus3801 : i don't usually comment on reports unless I think they are good and yours was an excellent balance between detail, being concise, and pictures through
30 UA772IAD : What a nice report to read! QF looks amazing! Except- what where they thinking with that cheap looking woodgrain traytables?
31 Post contains links Crdaus : My next instalment of my Circle Pacific trip, the BOS-SFO leg is now posted here BOS-SFO 1st Class On AA (20 Pics) (by Crdaus Jun 1 2006 in Trip Repor
32 Levg79 : Judging by your explanation and supporting pictures this was the infamous Canarsie Approach to runway 13L. Can anyone confirm this? Very nice trip re
33 Crdaus : 1st class was full on my flight. I don't know about the other cabins. However, a couple of days ago there was an incident involving a QF107 flight af
34 Americanairfan : wow simply stunning! Travelling in style never thought about how nice it could be if I ever fly long haul over the ocean I'll be sure to pay for the f
35 Post contains images Tbear815 : I'm not really sure, but I think sometimes airline personnel can fly a domestic leg of an international carrier as long as the flight has been cleared
36 Post contains links Crdaus : You can read my 3rd instalment of my Circle Pacific trip report covering SFO-HKG-MEL on CX and QF here SFO-HKG-MEL 1st Class On CX And QF (43 Pics) (b
37 Tbear815 : I've already read the report and commented!
38 Post contains images Bofredrik : You are a lucky guy to have that trip! Take a new trip and bring the camera again!
39 Crjflyer35 : spectacular pictures! Looks like QF has a great F product, I'm definitly jealous. I totally agree with you on the LAX security nightmare...Please don'
40 QANTASforever : Do I spy Nicholas Whitlam sitting in F with you from MEL-LAX? QFF
41 Post contains images ExFATboy : Great report - I've flown Qantas SYD-LAX-JFK in Business, and have enough miles saved on my AA account to do it again, but I may have to save up for F
42 Crdaus : javascript:; No, it is not him. I rarely see anyone famous in 1st. They probably fly in private jets!
43 Gunsontheroof : Great report, great pics. Am I to understand that the lexicon of Australian mustards is so vast that mustard has ceased to be considered a condiment?!
44 Ecuatoriana707 : Crdaus - good report. I flew QF First to LHR 2 weeks ago - great to read/see it on another leg. IMO QF have really nailed the relaxed contemporary lux
45 Post contains links Crdaus : I booked the fare with Jetset Malvern. You can see the details of the fare here http://www.bestflights.com.au/cgi-bin/208f/flights?maindetails=4003
46 Post contains images Nicolasdec : very good trip report i loved the pics all of them where very good. thanks for sharing.
47 Post contains images NWOrientDC10 : Those may be the San Gabriel Mountains. This image looks familiar. Great Trip report. Also, does QF use actual silverware of some kind of flatware? T
48 Joeyby : hey great trip report and great amount of pics. sucks that thers not vod on every flight. flew virgin fc last year london-jfk and they had the most in
49 Crdaus : It is stainless steel, not silver.
50 Post contains images BA787 : You are so lucky to be able to travel QF fIRST class. The food looked beautiful, what were your opinions on the food. I have to cope with TOM charter
51 Post contains links and images NWOrientDC10 : Agreed. These photos would be a nice addition to www.airlinermeals.net. Good Day Russell
52 Crdaus : The food was excellent. It was like eating in a top notch restaurant. " target=_blank>www.airlinermeals.net. I submitted the food photos, but they we
53 Tt80 : What a fantastic report. Do you normally travel 1st?
54 Crdaus : I have been travelling 1st for several years now for long haul. My rationale is that the price difference between business and 1st is so marginal, I
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