There are two meal services on this flight – a full lunch service after takeoff and then afternoon tea an hour and half prior to arrival. The meals were quite nice, compared to Club World and World Traveler Plus. The only disappointment was the entrée and the fish was very bland. The afternoon tea was very nice though and this meal is an one thing that BA
does very well. The sandwiches are lovely and the scones are excellent. There is no club world kitchen or bar area, but there is a bistro selection in the menu – refreshment can be ordered at anytime.
Beverage after takeoff with mixed nuts
Laurent-Perrier Grand Siecle, Champagne, France
Meursault Les Clous 2008, Bouchard Pere et Fils, Burgundy, France
Sancerre Cuvee Prestige 2010, Domaine De La Chezatte, Loire Valley, France
Pacific Rim Wallula Vineyard Riesling 2008, Columbia Valley, Washington USA
Chateau Camensac 2005, 5eme Grand Cru Classe Haut-Medoc, Bordeaux, France
Landmark Grand Detour Pinot Noir 2008, Sonoma Coast, California, USA
Dinastia Vivanco Rioja Reserva 2005, Spain
Beaulieu La Soucherie 2009, Coteaux du Layon, Domaine Pierre-Bise, Loire, France
Warre’s 1992 Colheita Tawny Port
Bread – choice of multigrain rolls, wheat twist rolls, and garlic focaccia bread
Butter and salt & pepper shakers
Glass of water – purple glass
Amuse bouch – not in menu
Leek and chicken terrine
Seared Scottish King Scallop with broad bean puree and crispy porchetta
White asparagus with truffle vinaigrette (V)
Leek and potato soup with chive pesto (V)
Fresh spring salad with your choice of balsamic dressing with golden rapeseed oil or blue cheese dressing
British Airways Classic
Roasted Herefordshire fillet of beef, braised beef pie with artichoke barigoule and crispy Iberico ham
Roasted wild cod and seafood tortellini with buttered samphire and morel mushrooms with tomato vinaigrette
Poached and grilled free-range chicken with vegetable nage and Ratte potatoes
Panzanella salad with Parmesan croquette
Roasted pork belly and apple sauce with crackling
British Airways Classic – Wagyu Beef burger with Monterrey Jack cheese, gherkin and onion
A selection of biscuits
A selection of cheese and fruit
Raspberry and peach choux with caramelized peaches and peach syrup
Warm hazelnut financier topped with a wild berry compote and mascarpone cream
Ice Cream Sundae
Custom made to your preference of ice cream, sauces and toppings.
Please ask your cabin crew for today’s choices.
This decadent, soft-ripened triple crème cheese is enveloped in a washed and bloomy rind.
Cropwell Bishop Shropshire Blue
Contains an underlying hint of rich, buttery, caramel while maintaining a smooth blue taste
Quickes Farmhouse Cheddar
A spicy, caramel-flavored cheese with a buttery texture
This is a classic unpasteurized cheese.
This soft French cheese is made from unpasteurized goat’s milk.
Wrapped in chestnut leaves, this cheese has a woodsy, fruity flavor
Glass of Blue Label
Inspired by the Dorchester
An individual selection of sandwiches featuring cucumber with cumin cream cheese, ham hock with piccalilli, Emmenthal and pastrami with mustard mayonnaise and roasted chicken with mustard mayonnaise
Red Onion and goat’s cheese savory Danish (V)
British Airways Classics
Plain or fruit scones served warm with clotted cream and strawberry preserves
Caramelia mousse, cheese cake and carrot cake
We offer you a selection of the following Twinings tea
Teas – English Breakfast, Earl Grey, Mint Humbug, Honeycomb Camomile, Red berry Fool and Jasmine Pearls
Coffee – Freshly roasted and ground, decaffeinated, espresso or cappuccino
Bed Turndown Service:
Really nice bed turndown service with mattress pad and duvet – the armrest will retract in full flat position.
I believe that there is one flight attendant along with first class cabin manager, Julia, serving the first class cabin, and with a smaller load, the purser. Scott, helped out in the Club World cabin. Scott made several greetings throughout the flight – one after takeoff to introduce himself to each passenger, one after lunch, and one prior to arrival into LAX
. He was friendly and a good purser always set a good tone for the whole flight. Julia is also friendly and I was addressed by my last name throughout the flight. The service was definitely better in first class, than Club World, World Traveler Plus and World Traveler.
The new entertainment system is a pleasure, compared to BA
’s old unstable system. The new touch screen personal TV
is good, and there are many movies, television shows and games. My personal favorite is the “BA TV
” section with a good selection of old BOAC videos featuring earlier generation of planes and travels. I love watching how pilots are trained at the earlier era flying the VC
-10s, along with other travel programs. The noise-canceling headsets used in first class seem to be a better brand than Club World and World Traveler Plus. However the inflight entertainment library is still years behind from top airlines like Cathay Pacific, Emirates, Qatar Airways, and Singapore Airlines.
Descent began after we passed Las Vegas and Hoover Dam.
Approaching Las Vegas
Descent began at 12:17pm local time, and we landed on R/W25L at 12:46pm. However, our early arrival also meant that our gate was still occupied by a slightly delayed ANA Boeing 777 flight to Narita. We did not park at gate 103 till 1:07pm. WE
sandwiched between a Lufthansa Boeing 747-400 D-ABTK and Air Tahiti Nui F-OJTN.
Despite priority tags are not used (which I think BA
should use them), my bags came out among the first batch at 1:22pm.
Boeing 777-300ER B-KPR – CX
Air Tahiti Nui A340 F-OJTN
In conclusion, the new BA
first class cabin improves the flying experiences and is a step towards the right direction. It is clear that BA
still has a good demand in first and business class, so enclosed suites will not happen anytime soon. Nonetheless, the improvement on the entertainment programs and power outlets is definitely a positive step. I appreciate the new electrical blinds, as well as the seat control dialing system. The mood lighting is one of the best I have seen till days. In the future, if I have a chance to fly BA
first again, flying Boeing 77W and updated Boeing 777-200ER will be my first choice. My next trip report will possibly be Jetblue’s inaugural flight to DFW
– not overly exciting but should be an interesting experience.