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LHR-HKG Nov '09 (part V) QF 744 W/pics

Thu Nov 26, 2009 7:33 am

This TR follows on from:
HKG-LHR CX 744 Oct '09 (part II)
and:
AKL-HKG CX 744 Oct '09 (part II)

There will possible be a part III and IV which is why this is part V.

QF30 LHR-HKG VH-OJP 744

Business Class B-zone LHS

After a months holiday in the UK it was finally time to head home. Used the tube (London Underground) to get to Terminal 3 at LHR. Quickly found the Qantas checkin counters and was pleased that there were no queues so I could checkin straight away (this applied to both Business and Economy). LHRs terminals certainly could do with a makeover but I personally don't think LHR deserves its rep as the worst in the world. Probably the one area I think could do with some work is the security screening point. It takes forever in the 3 terminals I have used there.

Boarding was quick and efficient with 2 aerobridges. The crew were friendly and showed us to our seat in B-Zone Business Class and hung up my coat in a locker for me. Initially I had the aisle seat but after a glass of champagne I decided to swap with my companion...she wanted the aisle anyway. Of course this allowed me to take lots of pics of planes Big grin






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We departed on time and were number 6 in the queue for runway 27L.

Due to traffic it took us a while to get to initial cruise altitude of FL310. Shortly after that we were up to FL330 for our East bound trip over the Baltic Sea and later into the Russian interior. As is typical over Russia in winter the OAT was very cold (-74degF/-59degC) and likely to get colder the further in we got. G/S was a pretty average 905km/h (562mph).




Shortly after takeoff we were offered hot towels, nuts and something to drink (another champagne for me).
This was followed by a newspaper, pyjamas, and an amenity pack. Qantas PJs are quite comfortable and have a big kangaroo on the front. The Amenity pack has a few handy items in a convienient package. Other items are available upon request.

I took this opportunity to get changed into the PJs which definitely make the flight more comfortable!

By this time we were tracking over Denmark and it was time for the Lunch meal service.
Todays offerings were:

Entree:
Barbecue Pork Salad with Spicy Seasame Dressing, Sour Dough or Wholemeal Bread.
(quite tasty I enjoyed this especially the dressing)

Main Course: (accompanied with Green Leaf Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette)
Moroccan Style Salmon with Couscous and Warm Eggplant Salad (the healthy option).
Chicken Braised in Master Stock with Shiitakes, Fragrant Rice and Bok Choy (my companion had this).
Autumn Rack of Lamb with Almond and Mint Sauce, Braised Carrots in Cider and Beans (my choice and very tasty).

Dessert:
Selection of Seasonal Cheese and Dried Fruit.
Apple and Blackberry Pie with Creme Anglaise (my choice and it was delicious so I had another!).
Sliced Fresh Fruit

Chocolates:
Valrhona Chocolates, bottles of water.

Various wines were served with the meal I had a Reisling. After the meal I finished with a Muscat Fortified Wine.


All in all a tasty satisfying meal that was finished upon flying abeam to Helsinki.


About the seat... Qantas 744's are fitted with Skybed seats that stretch out flat but on a small angle. They have the usual overhead reading light as well as an adjustable reading light at shoulder level and a spot light at head level. The seat has a built in back massager. Noise cancelling headphones are in pocket in the console. They have a decent size screen in the seatback in front. This is a touchscreen tv with AVOD IFE. They have spaces for water bottles and shoes but not for luggage (on the upperdeck there are however side lockers), so bags etc need to be stowed overhead for takeoff and landing.


Crew: As per usual Qantas seats a high standard for its crew and they are available throughout the flight (not that I am one for pushing the callbell, I generally get up and talk to the crew a little.

Ok more pics to come and a bit more to be written.
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RE: LHR-HKG Nov '09 (part V) QF 744 W/pics

Thu Nov 26, 2009 12:04 pm

Hi

Great pictures, thanks for sharing!

I "think" the wind farm might be at Scroby Sands, of the coast of Norfolk near Great Yarmouth.

I don't know what it is about LHR & LGW but to me they always feel like a building site. I guess to many people, to many flights and terminals that could do with being a bit larger. Added to that the terminals are more like shopping malls than airports and you have expensive real estate all around, so no room to grow.

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RE: LHR-HKG Nov '09 (part V) QF 744 W/pics

Wed Dec 02, 2009 7:54 am

Looks like a few pics didn't show up in the first post so here are some more:





As for the meal I forgot to take pics before eating most of it so have only got a few with half eaten meals... still gives an idea of what they look like kinda!  



and this delicious dessert!


Time to get some sleep:


[Edited 2009-12-02 00:04:50 by zkpilot]
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Wed Dec 02, 2009 8:02 am

Breakfast time
This is what I chose to have for breakfast, there are plenty of other options to have including continental options etc.

Another aircraft heading away from us:

Sunrise and into China:





Coming into Hong Kong:



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RE: LHR-HKG Nov '09 (part V) QF 744 W/pics

Wed Dec 02, 2009 6:39 pm

Can you try your pictures again?
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Thu Dec 03, 2009 1:38 am



Quoting Brilondon (Reply 4):
Can you try your pictures again?

Sorry too many people have been looking at the pics (8317 so far on this thread alone) and my bandwidth has been used up! I have now set up another account for future TR etc. These current pics will be available again on the 13th.
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Thu Dec 03, 2009 7:36 am



Quoting Zkpilot (Reply 5):

I suggest using Flickr or Google's Picasa or something like that.. The bandwidth exceeded thing won't occur when using these 2
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Sun Dec 13, 2009 11:32 am

Pics are finally back up! Apologies again for the bandwidth dramas!
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RE: LHR-HKG Nov '09 (part V) QF 744 W/pics

Tue Dec 15, 2009 6:47 am

Apple and Blackberry pie sounds SOOOOOOOOO delicious, especially when you're a college kid studying for finals at 2 AM. Qantas sounds like they have a solid product with awesome service. I'd love to be able to aford flying them one day. Excellent job!

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Tue Dec 15, 2009 2:48 pm

nice...

love the yummy food!
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Wed Dec 16, 2009 3:11 pm



Quoting EWRkid1990 (Reply 8):
Apple and Blackberry pie sounds SOOOOOOOOO delicious, especially when you're a college kid studying for finals at 2 AM. Qantas sounds like they have a solid product with awesome service. I'd love to be able to aford flying them one day. Excellent job!

-EWRkid1990

Yeah it was one of the best desserts I've had onboard and I do a lot of flying.
Good luck with your finals! and thanks.  Smile

Quoting Jayeshrulz (Reply 9):
nice...

love the yummy food!

thankyou.
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RE: LHR-HKG Nov '09 (part V) QF 744 W/pics

Sat Dec 19, 2009 9:17 pm

Nice report & pictures.

Seems like a pretty decent flight.

I flew a QF 380 in J earlier in the year, nothing special but decent food and bed, certainly would book them again, especially for the 380.

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