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BA268 Los Angeles International (LAX) - London Heathrow (LHR)

Date: 8 September 2007
Departure (scheduled): 21:20
Arrival (scheduled): 15:30 +1
Aircraft: Boeing 747-400
Cabin: Club World
Seat: 62K

I boarded as soon as the flight opened and was the first on the upper deck, please to see that this aircraft was equipped with the new generation Club World seat. I was greeted and champagne served. The flight took a while to board, but we were soon off and on our way back to London.

After take off, menus were handed out and were as follows:

DINNER

Starters

Green tikka shrimp on crab and coconut
salad with a Thai dressing

Oven roasted balsamic tomatoes on a bed of couscous

Fresh seasonal salad served with vinaigrette

Main course

Grilled fillet steak with green peppercorn butter,
Vichy carrots, broccolini and potatoes

Wineet Bhatia's chicken makhanwala
(chicken in a butter tomato sauce)

Porcini mushroom agnolotti pasta topped
with grated Parmesan cheese

Main course salad of poached salmon with sour
cream and chive potato salad

Dessert

Caramel apple tart

Guinness cheddar and truffle cheese

A selection of fruit

BREAKFAST

Starters

Chilled orange juice and ruby grapefruit juice

An energising fruit smoothie

Fresh seasonal fruit

Cereals with chilled milk

Bakery

Warm bacon roll

Selection of warm breads and breakfast pastries

WINES

Champagne

Charles Heidseck Brut Reserve

White

WIlliam Hill Estate Napa Valley Chardonnay 2004

Rully Clos des Mollepierre 2005, Roux Pere et Fils

Red

Avila Syrah 2004, Santa Barbara County

Hess Collection Mountain Cuvée 2003, Napa Valley

Chateau Fourcas Hosten 2003, Cru Bourgeois Superieur Listrac

I decided that I'd have something to eat and watch a movie before hitting the sack. However, the new AVOD system was not available on this flight as it was broken. Although the "normal" 18 channel system was available, the newly printed Highlife magazines do not have a channel listing (presumably on the basis that AVOD will be available)! I complained and was visited by both the purser and, later, the CSD who were brilliant in dealing with the situation. I got a complaint form (and subsequently 20,000 miles) but I could tell that the poor crew were at the end of their teather.

For dinner I started with the surprisingly good shrimp and then had the pasta as a main course, which was as good as pasta gets on a plane. The latter may seem a dull choice, but I didn't want something as heavy as steak and I had had a bad experience with curry on the plane the last time I had flown back from LAX in fact. I skipped dessert in order to get some shut eye.

I had a reasonable night's sleep - the new bed is slightly bigger than its predecessor, but does have an annoying spring where the top half doesn't lock down properly - allegedly this is being looked into. Breakfast was served just over an hour from landing and I had the smoothie, some cereal, a croissant and then the bacon roll.

Landing was uneventful and, for once, BA's ground operations at Heathrow played ball and I was swiftly on my way.


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