Date: 3 March 2012
ETD/ATD: 13.55 / 13.55
ETA/ATA: 07.50 / 08.10
Flight number: CX 272
Plane: Boeing 747-467
Delivered: 11 May 1990
Flight deck: Captain Kim Steward
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Photo © Lukas Bogie
“Welcome on board. Your seat is on the right,” Indian Senior Purser Nimi waived us on upon a glance at our boarding passes.
Mates, it was such a feeling to find a cozy retreat of my own…
My seat 87K
With direct access to the aisle…
And control units within arm’s reach.
In-flight entertainment controller, 110V AC power supply and seat controller
Too bad, my single window was a bit out of reach.
Japanese Flight Purser Yuko appeared with a tray of welcome drinks. There were orange juice, water and champagne on offer.
“Good afternoon, Sir. May I offer you anything to drink?”
“Yes, please. I will have the champagne.”
My glass of champagne on cocktail side table
Amenity kits were soon distributed.
Amenity kit by Agnès
Followed with hot towel service.
Yuko distributing hot towel
Mates, do you see what I see?
Open cockpit door
Five minutes before our STD, Captain Steward made a short introduction.
“Our cruising time will be eleven hours. We expect a temperature of 24 Centigrade on our arrival in Hong Kong,”
He then called upon Philippine In-flight Service Manager Joy.
“We are ready for boarding. We request our ground personnel to leave the aircraft now,” Joy said after wishing us a pleasant flight.
Can you imagine the thrill as pushback commenced right after and our Queen’s Rolls Royce RB
’s sprung into life? Can you think any better symphony to accompany the in-flight safety video show or another background music for reading up on the safety card?
Taxi and take off
Our Queen set out graciously for Kaagbaan.
Past D-pier. Note BA G-EUYE and sister ship further up
Lining up in front of awed followers.
Posing before take-off
Our Queen moved slowly but steadily as the soprano’s joined in, then accelerated along increasing voice axis.
Powerful take-off roll
As soon as the soprano’s reached the climax.
Waving to the surrounding.
Bastion Hotel and NH Schiphol Hotel on bottom left
Being determined to battle the cloud layers.
Above the cloud
She won and leveled off.
The past sequences were way too exciting that I needed to freshen up as soon as the fasten seat belt signs were switched off.
Cleansing milk, all-in-one lotion and hand lotion
To measure whether I felt refreshed enough…
And ready for some lectures.
In an exceptional upper deck ambience.
Waiting for Nimi’s presentation of menu and wine list…
Lunch menu. Note wine list covering the opposite page
And distribution of water bottle by Yuko.
Cocktail service soon commenced.
Nimi with cocktail trolley
Herman and I made a choice out of the wine list.
Champagne for Herman
Cloud Nine for me
The cocktail tray came in sight.
Soft drinks, juices and spirits on top
Evian water bottles and wines on the bottom
How about making it easy for Nimi by preparing the table on my own?
Unfolded and extra large with lovely wooden panel
“Can I offer you anything to drink? Beer, wine or soft drink?” Nimi asked while serving a bowl of warm nuts.
Bowl of warm nuts along with napkin
“Can I have Cloud Nine, please?”
“Sure. Just a moment, please,”
Nimi whispered my drink order to Yuko who just appeared to replenish Evian water bottles.
Yuko nodded and returned to the galley.
“Any other drink while waiting?”
“I am fine. Thank you,”
In the mean time, I could find out what I got to see with the 15 inch widescreen TV
in front of me.
Not without an appropriate tool.
Homepage. Choose your favorite language
Entertainment, Infotainment or In-flight Services
Moving map belongs to entertainment in my opinion.
Apparently no moving map on the list.
“Your Cloud Nine, sir,” Yuko served my drink with a smile.
Cloud Nine. Note the sugar layer on the rim
How refreshing the first sip was. It called for music!
888 CD’s divided in 24 genres
Sweat by David Guetta
Night Nurse by Cascada
‘Because the night belongs to lovers, because the night…’
I had to stop Cascada’s singing because Yuko was setting my table.
Crisp table linen
Yuko returned with my meal tray as soon as I finished my Cloud Nine.
My table set
Before a close up of the starter, look at the top right of the tray.
Salt and pepper container
You would feel like seasoning your meal just because of the presentation.
Mixed salad with pine nuts and a nicely presented mini bottle of lemon tarragon vinaigrette
Clockwise from right: scallop, salmon, prawn on wakame salad and a half capsicum filled with mango fennel slightly on top of yuzu mayonnaise
Clockwise was the key. Tickling your taste bud with silky scallop which blended perfectly into downy salmon. Munching your way to the climax of savory explosion of wakame salad and full bodied shrimp. Then relaxing with calm sensation of mango fennel and feeling prepared for the next course. No seasoning needed!
How about another music in the meantime?
Pause by Pitbull
‘Now don’t stop… ‘
Joy and Nimi
Joy joined CX
twenty five years ago and has ever since been gaining experience on board of all 747 series, TriStar and Airbus. While Nimi with her twenty three years of service will soon become In-flight Service Manager.
About one and a half hour into the flight, Captain Steward was on the microphone, “We will be experiencing some turbulences. Please return to your seat and fasten your seat belt,”
Indeed, as soon as fasten seat belt signs were illuminated, our Queen started shaking. Well, I do not think it was because of Pitbull.
As the turbulences worsened, Captain Steward summoned his colleagues to return to their seats. ‘…drop it…’
I rearranged my tray table as everything on it felt like dancing, but one.
’Discover the Shop’ booklet
Instead, I discovered something else.
Discovery in-flight magazine
Which found the way into our hand luggage at the end.
‘…pause,’ The turbulences were over.
The main course trolley made its appearance.
Choice of fillets of sole, ravioloni with Reypenaer cheese or roast chicken breast with red skin potato gratin
What do you think of the presentation?
Herman’s choice: Fillets of sole with tomato, almond and mushroom butter, new potatoes, carrots and asparagus
“What would you like to have for the main course?” Nimi asked me, “I have sole, ravioloni or roast chicken breast,”
“Actually, I would rather have the stir-fried beef,”
“I will check for you if there is any. Do you want some wine to go with it?”
“Red wine, please,”
“The French or the promotion one?”
Promotion red wine
“The promotion one, please,”
“I will get back to you for the beef,” Nimi promised after serving my wine.
“That would be great,”
Yuko must have felt called upon as she appeared with two dishes of stir-fried beef.
“You are lucky,” Nimi smiled.
My stir-fried beef with pineapple, egg fried rice and stir-fried vegetables
The beef was definitely worth asking for. So tender with sweet and sour tone, alternated by rich flavored fried rice and a medley of vegetables, cooked into perfection.
“Can I clear your table?” Natsuko, another Japanese Flight Purser, appeared on my side.
“Oh, yes, sure,”
Cantonese Flight Purser Bonnie also joined in clearing the tables of other passengers.
The whole scene made me wonder why I did not see them earlier. But soon, it became clear what was going on. Natsuko and Bonnie were in charge of the lower deck. Once they finished their duties, they came to assist Nimi and Yuko. That is what I call teamwork!
Natsuko and Nimi returned with cheese trolley.
“Can I offer you selection of cheese? We have Rochebaron, clove cheese and Young goats cheese,” Natsuko showed me her collection.
“Would you care for port wine?”
My cheese plate, consisting of slices of clove cheese on top, Rochebaron in the middle and young goats cheese against a bunch of grapes and pre-packed crackers accompanied with a glass of port wine
It was an indulgence one should not skip. Inspired by Anosh.
“Some fruit as well?”
“No, thank you,”
It did not feel right to skip the healthy option, but I was nearly full. Besides, another indulgence was coming.
“Do you care for dessert, tea or coffee?”
“Yes, please. Can I have the pie first and order the coffee later on?”
The creamy pie texture on crumbly bottom was so sinfully sweet and what do you think of the caramel layer in between?
Once the dessert plate was cleared, Natsuko promptly brought my double espresso and a glass of Cognac. Yuko followed her with a box of pralines.
With hot towel distribution, our extensive meal round came to an end.
Soon enough as no one seemed to care for duty free and opted to lay down instead, cabin lights were dimmed.
It was time to find out how Agnès B would make you comfortable…
Clockwise from bottom: tooth paste, Murad Cleansing shave, toothbrush, shoe horn, amenity case, knitted socks, eye mask and supplier information cards
Before turning your seat into a fully flat bed…
78-inch flat bed
And off to the dreamland!
There is no deity except You. Exalted are You. Indeed, I have been of the wrongdoers.