Ok, next three legs...
737-800, C Class[/B]
GUM to SPN
was again on Air Mike. I said goob-bye to my father, who was leaving GUM the days day back to BOS
. Guam has a large, spacious terminal. There was no line at check in, and within seconds, I had my boarding pass in hand. Security was fast, and it let out into a modern Duty Free shopping area. I browsed for a bit, but after a while it all starts looking the same! So I went to the President's Club to relax.
The club is similar in decor to domestic ones. People there were pleasent. About an hour before my flight, I decided to stretch my legs. As soon as I got near the Duty Free area, I hear someone say, "Hello," in a sing-song way.
It was my father!
He had decided to fly "Freedom Air" from Guam to Rota to Saipan to Rota to Guam that afternoon. We are two peas in a pod!
The 28 minute 737-800 flight to SPN
was short and sweet. Drinks on the ground, drinks in the air. Full C and Y cabins. Great FA
's. We landed in SPN
and pulled up to our jetway. I was throuhg immigration within one minute, and there was a guy with my name on a sign from the Hyatt.
He zipped me off. I had gotten a room for the 7 hours there.
Saipan is a beautiful place, though a bit grimy in town. Just about every shop has women standing outside selling massages. I went to my room, took advantage of the Health Club, had a nice buffet dinner, and got a few hours rest.
At 12:45am, it was back to the airport for my 2:40am departure.
767 C Class[/B]
airport has a fairly new facilty. Check in at Asiana was quick, and I was delighted to get an invitation to their VIP lounge. Once again security poured out directly into the Duty Free area. I browsed for a bit, but it was more of the same. I went straight for the lounge. I couldn't believe what I saw. The facility was nothing more than an extension of a cafe. My invitation got me a free diet coke. But the room itself was really not a lounge at all. Here is a link to the room:
Anyway, it was not long before our flight boarded. Very full in both cabins. We pulled back on time and blasted off into the night sky. Hot towels (the first of three) were large, not dripping wet, and very welcome. On the menu's that were handed out was breakfast. Either pancakes with sausage or eggs benedict. I chose the eggs, which were perfect. Hot bread came by three times. I wanted to save the menu, but the FA
was too quick to pull it out of my seat and tuck it away. I slept a few hours and before lon, our 4 hour flight came to an end with a beautiful landing at the modern and huge ICN
747-400 F Class[/B]
As I had seven hours on the ground, and I knew I would be tired, I arranged a room at the Transit Hotel. Now, you might ask, "Why did you fly to SPN
for a few hours and then ICN
for just a few hours when you could have had a more direct flight?" It comes down to being owned by my alliance! *A only has a couple of daily flights to the area. NH
at 6am each day. But there is no C class on those flights (though there is a C-cabin). The other flight is the OZ
flight I opted for. I especially wanted to try OZ
in F from ICN
, as it is one of the few *A carriers I had not flown in F. (I had transfered miles into that account for the upgrade from C).
Anyway, I slept in the transit hotel and forwent any Duty Free. (yes, I looked, but no bargains). I was able to get into both the SQ
F as well as the OZ
F lounges. There have been reports in the past about this, but I had no probles. Both were very nice. Great food, wireless internet, showers and days rooms. I knew I would be eating a lot on the plane, but I overate in both clubs anyway. Hot eggss, noodles, cheeses.... it was all very nice.
I got to my gate about 40 minutes early, and boarding started soon. I was one of two people in the F cabin, and service was outstanding. The cabin itself, as reported, needs an update. The seats are perfectly comfortable, but they are outdated. No Empower, no AVOD, no "suite." These are all addressed in the new 777, to my understanding. Nuts and champagne before take-off. Menus handed out (I made sure to stow mine in a safe place this time!). Here is the tanscript:
Selection of Canape:
Snow Nori-Fish Maki
Salmon Tartar Roll
Mushroom Pancake, King Prawn and Chicken Brioche
Served with Lemon and Ginger Dressing
Saffron Dressing and Paprika Dressing
Served with American Sauce
Beef Tenderloin Steak Topped with Goose Liver Truffle Served with Morel Mushroom
Grill Marked Salmon
Served with Bearnaise Sauce
To compliment your meal choice
Chinese Fried Rice, Baked Potato, Steamed Rice, Broccolo, Carrot Flower, Stir Fried Vegetable
Sweet Potato Cake
Coffee tea, etc.
It was a LOT of food. And the FA
's came by with a cart for each course. I barely ate, and I actually felt bad that all this food was going to waste. It was all quite good, especially the salmon. I passed on desert.
Over the next 6 hours, I watched movies on the individual screen, watched a couple of DVD's (until my computer needed more juice), and slept.
Snacks were available throughout the flight, inlcuding.
About 2 hours prior to landing, the second mail meal was served, which included many choices once again. I opted for a salad, beef brochette, and boiled rice. Again, no desert.
About one hour before landing, some guy came up and plooped himself down in the row next to me. I wasn't sure where he came from, but 10 minutes later he was "busted" by an FA
and sent back to Y.
With the flight coming to an end, the FA
came by and gave me a glass Versache gift. Nice gesture, something that fewer airlines are doing in F these days.
We landed an hour early, and again immigration took no time at all. I was soon in my cab to my hotel (Sheraton Skyline). The driver got angry at me when I handed him a 50 pound bill for my 10 pound ride. Whatever. It didn't damped my spirit (though it did lower his tip).
Basic thoughts on OZ
... I probably would not go out of my way again to fly them in F over other *A carriers in C. It was fine for sleeping and eating, but too light on the entertainment. Still, I'm glad I tried them!
So here I am in the hotel. My back went out a bit last night, and I have yet another two days of flying ahead!