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RTW Part 1: SYD-SFO QF 1st Class (31 Pics)

Mon May 21, 2007 9:39 pm

I travel to conferences in San Francisco and Boston once each year. This trip was using QF frequent flyer points so I had to book the flights eons ago. I ended up with business class on QF424 (MEL-SYD), 1st class on QF73 (SYD-SFO), paid economy plus on UA172 (SFO-BOS), 1st class on BA188 (EWR-LHR) and 1st class on QF30 (LHR-HKG-MEL). As it turned out, coming home the "long" way via LHR and HKG only added a couple of hours extra elapsed than flying via SFO or LAX because of poor connections in those ports and the longer flying times inherent in flying in a westerly direction. This is part 1 of my Round The World trip report.

I didn't take any pics of QF424 or facilities at Sydney 1st class lounge, because there isn't much worth recording about short domestic QF flights or the temporary 1st class lounge in Sydney.

However, what is worth reporting is that QF73 (a 744) had un-expected Aussie celebrity passengers in 1A and 1K (I was seated in 2A) on the day of my flight. No less than Kim Beasley in 1A and Kevin Rudd in 1K! I believe both these passengers had been upgraded because I had checked the seating 24 hours earlier and 1A and 1K were vacant and in fact only 4 pax in 1st at that time. The day of the flight saw 10. Also, Kim and Kevin were not travelling together and, in fact Kevin was stunned to see Kim seated across from him. Anyway, Aussie good nature was evident especially with plenty of Krug on offer.........although Kevin was more pre-occupied with reading copious amounts of literature he brought onto the plane, including the Obama book "The Audacity of Hope"!

Now for the flights. Check in at MEL domestic was flawless with boarding passes for both QF424 and QF73 being issued and luggage checked through to SFO as would be expected. I can't remember much about the QF424 flight except that it was a comfortable ride on a 767.

QF73 was notable partly because of the Aussie celebrities but also because the service and food was excellent.


Before takeoff, Krug champagne with olives and almonds.

The usual hand outs of menu, wine list, sleeping suits, etc. followed, but the amenity kit was simply a waste of time given that it contained only a few creams. Essentials like a shaving kit were delivered a-la-carte. How stupid. The new slippers are also a joke, but more about that later.

This is the menu:







This is the wine list.

After takeoff,
Krug champagne and canapés were served. The canapés were interesting. I can’t remember what they were, but they tasted really good.

Here is a pic
of the new slippers featuring a velco base to reduce slipping.

The problem is that when I wore them to the washroom, it felt like they were sticking to something yucky on the floor!

For lunch I chose the Prawn and Celeriac Remoulade:

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Notice the usual bread roll (warm) with olive oil and balsamic.

For main course, I chose the Seared Salmon with Radish, Celery and Lemon Salsa served with Kipfler Potatoes and Chilli Eggplant:

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I also had a small mixed green salad with Palm Sugar Vinaigrette. Delicious!

By this time it was about 4:30 pm and about three hours had elapsed flying east across the Pacific, so not surprisingly the sun was setting






The mood lighting inside the cabin was now noticeable as I sampled the cheese platter accompanied with De Bortoli Noble One, my only departure from Krug on this flight.


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A beautiful selection of cheese.

Following the cheese platter, I had the Assiette of desserts:


consisting of chocolate cheese cake, stewed pears garnished with almond slithers, and summer berries with custard.

Then it was time to turn on the VOD system.




I noticed with some annoyance that my Bose noise cancelling headphones no longer fit into the VOD audio socket, but anyway QF supply their own completely adequate noise cancelling headphones. It didn't matter much as I couldn't keep my eyes open to watch anything and within a short time fell asleep and didn't wake up until about three hours out of SFO – not bad considering the flight is over 12 hours.

For breakfast, I had my favourites:


bircher muesli and mixed fresh fruit with pear juice


followed by croissant and cappuccino. I had eaten so much food earlier I just couldn't face the full-on breakfast of eggs, etc.

Soon we were approaching the USA coast with SFO in the distance:




The passenger in 1K was still reading profusely:


Anyone would think he was swatting for exams!

About to cross the CA coastline:

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Approaching the Bay from the west:


Note the San Andreas fault.

Over "Silicon Valley" just before turning left for approach to SFO:




On final approach descent:







Taxing to SFO terminal:




Processing through immigration at SFO was swift. Certainly SFO is preferable to LAX as first port of call.

Overall, a very pleasant experience. Well done Qantas.

Part 2 and part 3 reports will follow soon.

[Edited 2007-05-21 15:06:39]

[Edited 2007-05-21 15:08:39]
 
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RE: RTW Part 1: SYD-SFO QF 1st Class (31 Pics)

Mon May 21, 2007 9:53 pm

Nice concise report. Looking forward to the next bit.  Wink
 
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Mon May 21, 2007 9:56 pm

Great report and pictures!! Looking forward to Part 2.

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RE: RTW Part 1: SYD-SFO QF 1st Class (31 Pics)

Mon May 21, 2007 10:14 pm

Quoting Crdaus (Thread starter):
No less than Kim Beasley in 1A and Kevin Rudd in 1K!

What a coincidence! Just be thankful the PM wasn't headed to the States as well..  Wink

Anyway, thanks for the account as well as all your other OW J/F reports on here.
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Mon May 21, 2007 10:50 pm

Great report... Looking forward to the following trip reports...

Quoting Crdaus (Thread starter):
No less than Kim Beasley in 1A and Kevin Rudd in 1K! I

Who are they? Big grin

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Mon May 21, 2007 11:36 pm

this was a great report,

i am very very hungry now.
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RE: RTW Part 1: SYD-SFO QF 1st Class (31 Pics)

Tue May 22, 2007 2:21 am

Crdaus:
Great report!
I like the photo of the San Andreas fault. That hiway that scales along (I-280) is a beautiful hiway and great for speeding.  Smile
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RE: RTW Part 1: SYD-SFO QF 1st Class (31 Pics)

Tue May 22, 2007 6:43 am

nice pics, great TR thanks!
 
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RE: RTW Part 1: SYD-SFO QF 1st Class (31 Pics)

Tue May 22, 2007 6:56 am

Quoting TurkishWings (Reply 4):
Who are they? Big grin

There is a clue in one of the pics as to who Kevin Rudd might be. Can you find it?

He is an Australian politician, in fact the "Leader of the Oppostion" is his official title. He hopes to be our next Prime Minister. This will be decided at our Federal election later this year. The current Prime Minister is John Howard. Kim Beasley is the former "Leader of the Oppostion". He was deposed by a majority of his Party (the Australian Labor Party) who installed Kevin Rudd instead. The local media painted a picture of animosity between the two men. I was pleasantly surprised to see that this was not the case, at least not on my flight.
 
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RE: RTW Part 1: SYD-SFO QF 1st Class (31 Pics)

Tue May 22, 2007 7:07 am

Quoting TurkishWings (Reply 4):
A question about First Class: Do they serve you meals at certain times or do you have the luxury of ordering anytime you want?

On this flight, the main food services are scheduled, i.e. cocktails before takeoff and immediately following seat belt signs being extinguished after takeoff, followed by lunch. Breakfast is offered about two hours before landing. However, food from a snack menu can be ordered at any time.
 
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RE: RTW Part 1: SYD-SFO QF 1st Class (31 Pics)

Tue May 22, 2007 8:11 am

Great pictures! The food certainly looks pretty decent, and Krug....yummy!

Am I right in saying on QF the F seats are parallel to the cabin wall as opposed to herringbone pattern like BA?

How did you find QF F stacked up against BA F? Or shall I wait to find that out?
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Tue May 22, 2007 9:06 am

Quoting Fbgdavidson (Reply 10):
Am I right in saying on QF the F seats are parallel to the cabin wall as opposed to herringbone pattern like BA?

Yes, the seats are parallel to the cabin wall - not a very efficient configuration, and not as good as the BA herringbone pattern which is more private as well I think.



Quoting Fbgdavidson (Reply 10):
How did you find QF F stacked up against BA F? Or shall I wait to find that out?

You know I was very surprised at the BA service (EWR-LHR) - it was much better than I expected and I am re-considering my flights for a forthcoming trip to Europe from Australia in July. I normally travel CX when I am paying for 1st class but now both QF and BA are equal or of a better standard than CX - especially considering recent comments about CX in other forums. The food and service from flight attendants was outstanding on BA and QF and I really liked the BA 777. It is such a spacious modern plane - much better than the tired QF 744's. The only thing letting BA down is the small video screens. Even the BA crew think they are a joke. Anyway, more about BA in Part 2 of my RTW trip report coming soon.

Thank you for your interest. I am an avid reader of your posts. I think I might have a similar fascination with travel to you  Smile
 
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Tue May 22, 2007 10:27 am

Hey!! Thanks heaps for the report.. and the pics!!
I really enjoyed reading it

Cheers
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Tue May 22, 2007 11:45 am

Quoting CXtra (Reply 3):
What a coincidence! Just be thankful the PM wasn't headed to the States as well..

Heh - I highly HIGHLY doubt he would be flying commerical. He'd have the sleeper seats stuck into his BBJ.

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Tue May 22, 2007 12:50 pm

Quoting QANTASforever (Reply 13):
He'd have the sleeper seats stuck into his BBJ.

Atleast they would be fully flat.
 
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Tue May 22, 2007 1:16 pm

Quoting Bill142 (Reply 14):
Atleast they would be fully flat.

They're a bit like him really. Press his buttons correctly and he'll completely fold.

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Tue May 22, 2007 1:18 pm

As always, an interesting and entertaining read. Your photos of approach to SFO actually had my home in them! As to the San Andreas fault, I've felt that puppy shake, shiver, and dance all my life! And yes, 280 is a beautiful drive and the average speed is well over 80 mph. It's nice that QF has returned to SFO. Of course, I've had a love affair with Australia since my first trip in the early '70's (on Pan Am no less) as well as hearing about my Father's duty in WWII!

Thanks again for the terrific report. Between you, FBG, Lufthansa 747, Christao, and others too numerous to name, you've got all the bases covered. This way I can save my money, let you pay for F, and I can vicariously enjoy all of your trips! I look forward to the continuation of this RTW saga.

Best always,

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Tue May 22, 2007 3:12 pm

Quoting QANTASforever (Reply 13):
Heh - I highly HIGHLY doubt he would be flying commerical

I know that when travelling to the UK at least, Howard does fly QF F. Or he certainly used to, if the UK TV show Airline is anything to go by. I don't know, though, post 9-11 this may have changed..
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Tue May 22, 2007 4:57 pm

Quoting Tbear815 (Reply 16):
in the early '70's (on Pan Am no less)

Thanks Rod. You might be interested to learn than my first international flight was in 1972 on a Pan Am 707 out of MEL to HNL. Then onto SFO on a Pan Am 747 (full of US military returning from Vietnam). Of course it was Y in those days not F, and out of HNL I was seated immediately behind the 1st class cabin and remember peeking through the curtain at the roast being served from a trolley. I even remember the in-flight movie out of MEL was "Butterflies are Free" with Goldie Hawn, shown on a pull down screen which swayed during turbulence. Those were the days!
 
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Wed May 23, 2007 4:37 am

Great part 1, decent report and photo's, many thanks.

Look forward to the next installment!

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Wed May 23, 2007 5:05 am

Interesting about 1972.....That year was my first trip to Australia! BOAC VC-10 AKL/SYD, TAA 727-100 SYD/MEL/Adelaide/PER/SYD (I spent two days in each city - the Barossa Valley was up and coming - a total of two weeks in SYD), then PA 707 SYD/DPS. Funny, none of those airlines as they were are around anymore. Is there still the Southern Cross Hotel in MEL? I think Tullamarine had just opened when I was there...  old 

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Wed May 23, 2007 5:34 am

Quoting Tbear815 (Reply 20):
Interesting about 1972.....That year was my first trip to Australia! BOAC VC-10 AKL/SYD, TAA 727-100 SYD/MEL/Adelaide/PER/SYD

Do you have photos from that trip?
That would be cool to read about a trip report from 1972.
I was an embryo in 1972 and was on a SAS DC-8 and SAS DC-9.
It may have been Chicago-Copenhagen-Zurich.
I do have pictures from that trip on slides.
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Wed May 23, 2007 6:10 am

That pic of Kim Beasley might be worth some $$$$..sell it to a tabloid and make upo a story.
 
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RE: RTW Part 1: SYD-SFO QF 1st Class (31 Pics)

Wed May 23, 2007 10:11 am

Does this route get one of QF's 747-400ER's?
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RE: RTW Part 1: SYD-SFO QF 1st Class (31 Pics)

Wed May 23, 2007 12:23 pm

Quoting Tbear815 (Reply 20):
Is there still the Southern Cross Hotel in MEL? I think Tullamarine had just opened when I was there..

The Southern Cross Hotel lay closed and in disrepair for many years, but has now been re-developed into a swish office building. I am not sure how long MEL has been operating.

I have fond memories of those days. Not only was the Pan Am flight on the 707 in December 1972 my first international flight, it was only my second flight ever! The previous year I had flown once from MEL to Launceston - and that was my first flight. I was a very nervous flyer in those days probably because I was working as a computer programmer at Ansett Airlines on their engineering records system (Rotable Components) and knew what could go wrong! Mind you, I still marvel at how planes actually fly. When I was growing up I used to go to Essendon Airport at weekends to watch the takeoff and landings and sit around the TAA terminal watching people and gathering glossy brochures. One time a BOAC Comet had just landed from Hawaii and tanned passengers disemabarked with leis around their necks. I fantasised about how exciting it would be to fly, especially to far off places overseas - a dream I realised only a few years later.

By the way, if you are interested in Pan Am memorabilia, there is a Melbourne born comedienne, now based in London, with the stage name of "Pam Ann". If you ever get a chance to see her perform I urge you to attend. She wears the Pan Am uniform looking like the hostess out of 2001: a space odyssey and send up all the airlines. She is hilarious.
 
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RE: RTW Part 1: SYD-SFO QF 1st Class (31 Pics)

Wed May 23, 2007 12:42 pm

Quoting CXtra (Reply 17):
I know that when travelling to the UK at least, Howard does fly QF F. Or he certainly used to, if the UK TV show Airline is anything to go by. I don't know, though, post 9-11 this may have changed..

Yes, things have changed. He has his BBJs now, and will soon have a couple of A330s to play around with.

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RE: RTW Part 1: SYD-SFO QF 1st Class (31 Pics)

Wed May 23, 2007 12:44 pm

Quoting Yellowstone (Reply 23):
Does this route get one of QF's 747-400ER's?

Ocassionally. It was mentioned in thread that the 3 aircraft that QF bought from Asian carriers operate this route on a frequent basis
 
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Wed May 23, 2007 9:55 pm

Quoting Tbear815 (Reply 20):
Interesting about 1972.....That year was my first trip to Australia! ... TAA 727-100

Ah... Trans Australia Airlines: "Up, up and away, with TAA, the friendly, friendly way!"
 
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Wed May 23, 2007 10:04 pm

Quoting EXAAUADL (Reply 22):
That pic of Kim Beasley might be worth some $$$$..sell it to a tabloid and make upo a story.

You sir, are the root of all evil.

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Thu May 24, 2007 9:44 am

The food serving sizes looks small compare to Thai or Emirates. I recently flown QF J to HKG from SYD the food was aweful and small in servings. The Chinese duck soup was disgusting most pax end up didn't touch it. (they serve that in lieu of apartizer, very cheaply done)
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Thu May 24, 2007 1:53 pm

Quoting N178UA (Reply 29):
The food serving sizes looks small compare to Thai or Emirates. I recently flown QF J to HKG from SYD the food was aweful and small in servings. The Chinese duck soup was disgusting most pax end up didn't touch it. (they serve that in lieu of apartizer, very cheaply done)

The food servings may look small, but I found them to be quite filling. Maybe it was all the Krug that I drank.....
 
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Thu May 24, 2007 4:04 pm

N178UA -

Please go back and read the first class menus for the flights involved. Being longer, there are more choices and, of course, first class is a totally different atmosphere than J. The F product with QF gives the passenger the opportunity to select what they wish in the time frame they desire. Of course, that's what F is all about compared to J. Please read some J trip reports and compare them to Crdaus' reports in F. The detail with which Crdaus describes his journeys would make a PR writer for QF blush. Long Trans-Pacific and Trans-Asian flights in First Class have to anticipate what a well seasoned traveler should expect from a 4-5 star airline - and the competition is great! From HKG/LHR you've got BA, CX, QF, NZ, VS, and others I'm sure can get you to LON whether LHR or LGW. They've got to be good if not superb.

We members at airliners.net are fortunate to have some of the most sophisticated fliers reporting back to us - and their commentary regarding service, seats, cuisine, inflight amenities, ground services, lounges, and immigration/customs is flawless. And hopefully the airlines are reading their reports as these trip reports are as good as it gets. Regrettably your Chinese duck soup in J was disgusting, but it might have been a bad day. By your writing a report, it just may get back to QF catering and inflight.

Read Crdaus, Fbgdavidson, RoseFlyer, Christao17, Lufthansa747, Carfield, and others and see what the extremely frequent fliers have to say. When they are in business or coach/economy, they take things as the come. They don't make a scene or raise their voices. Their trip reports speak for themselves - and they are all gentlemen about the entire experience. This is what flying should be - we read about the "cattle classes." Rise above, my friend. Take what you get, then when you arrive, write your honest trip report. And hopefully the airline will read it and act on it. If they don't read our top trip reporters, then they are bloody idiots! That's what it's all about - getting the airline to take notice - and appreciate your business.

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Thu May 24, 2007 4:15 pm

Quoting Tbear815 (Reply 31):
Read... Lufthansa747.... and others and see what the extremely frequent fliers have to say. When they are in business or coach/economy, they take things as the come.

Unless they had a few drinks on board.  Wink
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Fri May 25, 2007 10:28 am

Chill Tbear815. My comment is base on my experiences. I do 90 flights a year mostly long hauls. You can do a search under my username in TR report. I contributed a few TR too (only airlines that I am interested and found it worthwhile) but not every flight  Smile

I appreciate all the report and efforts of posting from all fellow members, but surely there is room to make comments base on my own experiences, hopping, like you said, airlines may take notice about them.  Smile

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Fri May 25, 2007 10:54 am

Quoting QANTASforever (Reply 25):
He has his BBJs now, and will soon have a couple of A330s to play around with.

Unless he wants to go swimming in Av gas for 14 hours I don't think he'll do much with them. No doubt security will 'insist' on any current or future Prime Minister to take the BBJ over a commercial flight.
 
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Fri May 25, 2007 12:16 pm

Quoting Bill142 (Reply 34):
Unless he wants to go swimming in Av gas for 14 hours I don't think he'll do much with them.

What are you talking about? The A330s are not going to have in-cabin fuel tanks.

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Fri May 25, 2007 1:34 pm

Sam,

I certainly know of your dedication to aviation. I personally feel that your photography is the finest one can find on A.net. When I see "photography by Sam Chui" it instantly sparks my interest in viewing your work. Inflight cuisine is a very touchy subject. It has to do with preparation, serving, and cultural differences. Reading reports of flights such as SQ's Indian cuisine (for example) only make me more interested in style and preparation. Each airline has different requirements of their caterers, often resulting in very mediocre to poor results. I do apologize if in some way I've offended you. The subtle arts and nuances of Asian cuisine often do not translate well to aircraft reconstitution and quality.

I applaud your contribution to aviation photography and enjoy your postings. I did not realize your "user name." Please accept my humble contrition and know that I respect what you do and have enjoyed your prior trip reports.

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Fri May 25, 2007 1:43 pm

Hey Rod, no offence taken at all. My original post was a bit blunt to say the best, I enjoy viewing some TR here during a long business day. (I work 11-12 hrs a day in an office) and really appreciate people who travel and find time to post their report here to share with us. You're right with the inflight cruisine comment. It is a touchy subject. I believe paying big bucks for First class and to serve those seasoned travellers, the food should at least exceed some good restaurant's.

Cheers  Smile
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RE: RTW Part 1: SYD-SFO QF 1st Class (31 Pics)

Fri May 25, 2007 3:33 pm

Quoting QANTASforever (Reply 35):
What are you talking about? The A330s are not going to have in-cabin fuel tanks.

The A330 is beight bought for air-to-air refuelling correct? I highly doubt it will be in a VIP config like the BBJ is.

Quoting N178UA (Reply 37):
the food should at least exceed some good restaurant's.

Such as your own? I haven't eaten there since you moved accross the road into north quater  wink 
 
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RE: RTW Part 1: SYD-SFO QF 1st Class (31 Pics)

Fri May 25, 2007 6:02 pm

Quoting Bill142 (Reply 38):
The A330 is beight bought for air-to-air refuelling correct?

Yes that is correct
 
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RE: RTW Part 1: SYD-SFO QF 1st Class (31 Pics)

Sat May 26, 2007 12:28 am

Good TR. Loved the pics of the sunset.

QF first class is something to check out.
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RE: RTW Part 1: SYD-SFO QF 1st Class (31 Pics)

Sat May 26, 2007 1:02 am

Awesome report. I'm looking forward to part 2 and 3.

QF does themselves proud, IMO, in the front cabins . . . .
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RE: RTW Part 1: SYD-SFO QF 1st Class (31 Pics)

Sat May 26, 2007 6:58 pm

Quoting Bill142 (Reply 38):
The A330 is beight bought for air-to-air refuelling correct? I highly doubt it will be in a VIP config like the BBJ is.

Air to air refuelling, and strategic transport.

As I said, there will be no additional fuel tanks in the cabin. It will be set up for quick re-configuring - including occasional VIP work.

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RE: RTW Part 1: SYD-SFO QF 1st Class (31 Pics)

Sat May 26, 2007 9:51 pm

Great report. I have some FF miles burning a hole in my pocket and im thinking of including a leg in QF F. I look forward to the next reports.

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RE: RTW Part 1: SYD-SFO QF 1st Class (31 Pics)

Thu Nov 08, 2007 5:33 am

Great trip report. I read your RTW journey out of order with this one being the last. My apologies on your not so fine experience flying UA between SF and BOS. My father and stepmother are retired UA employees. UA used to be a world class airline but I noticed changes for the worse starting about the mid-1990's. Since 9/11, UA has gotten to the point that I don't like flying on the airline for much more than 2 or 3 hours. I have flown on QF and BA in the past 7 years and felt both airlines were top notch. I found the QF flight crew to be the most hospitable and warmest folks I have met in all my travels. They made the 13 hour long flight between LAX to SYD relatively enjoyable. I really felt like I was in Australia before I got there.

In your image entitled.... About to cross the CA coastline: ..... you can see Half Moon Bay and Princeton Harbor in the upper left section. I went to High School in HMB. You can almost see the world famous surf spot... Mavericks. If you see the little bit of land touching the upper left edge of the photograph, it is right about there or a smidgen below there. Where you pointed out the San Andreas Fault, the long and narrow water body you see there is called Christal Springs. It provides water for much of the SF Peninsula. It is a great place to go running.
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RE: RTW Part 1: SYD-SFO QF 1st Class (31 Pics)

Thu Nov 08, 2007 12:55 pm

Quoting AirlineBrat (Reply 44):

In your image entitled.... About to cross the CA coastline: ..... you can see Half Moon Bay and Princeton Harbor in the upper left section. I went to High School in HMB. You can almost see the world famous surf spot... Mavericks. If you see the little bit of land touching the upper left edge of the photograph, it is right about there or a smidgen below there. Where you pointed out the San Andreas Fault, the long and narrow water body you see there is called Christal Springs. It provides water for much of the SF Peninsula. It is a great place to go running

thank you for your feedback. I am encouraged that people are still reading my trip reports posted so long ago. You know, San Francisco was the first overseas city I ever visited (in 1972) and I have been back many, many times including to the areas you mentioned. It is my favourite USA city and I have made many friends there.

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