BA279 London Heathrow (LHR) - Los Angeles International (LAX)
I entered the aircraft and made the magical left turn to the nose section where I was shown to my seat 2K. The APU was broken, so it was somewhat warm on board and the crew were very apologetic and set about making amends with copious quantities of champagne! Push back ended up being delayed by around 40 mins or so, which allowed good time to settle in and get somewhat pickled .
After take-off, further drinks were handed out and I had them and canapés with my friend in 1A in his buddy seat. After around half an hour, I moved back to my seat to eat. The menu was as follows:
Lobster, mango and pick
Roast tomato and vegetable
frittata with rocket leaves,
White bean and oregano
soup with truffle oil
Fresh salad leaves with
your choice of Roquefort cheese and
Grilled fillet of beef
with grilled marinated courgettes,
Catch of the Day - served
with your choice of watercress sauce or
Vineet Bhatia's chicken in
green masala, green pea and
Main course Greek salad with herb dressing
Michel Roux's blancmange with roast pineapple
Warm treacle tart with vanilla ice cream
ENGLISH AFTERNOON TEA
A selection of sandwiches:
Salmon, leek and mushroom quiche
Plain or fruit scones
served warm with clotted cream
Farmhouse fruit cake, rhubarb custard tart with nutmeg and macaroon
Charles Heidseck Blanc des Millenaires 1995
Meursault Chateau de Citeaux 2003, Domaine Philippe Bouzereau
Pouilly-Fumé La Grande Cuvée 2004, Domaine Fournier
William Hill Estate Napa Valley Chardonnay 2004
Chateau Nenin 1996, Pomerol
Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Vieilles Vignes 2004, Frédéric Magnien
Hook & Ladder Cabernet Sauvignon 2003, Russian River Valley
Bonnezeaux 2003, Chateau de Fesles, Loire Valley
Warre's 1988 Colheita Port
I started with the lobster salad and it was delicious, if quite a light starter option. This was followed by the soup, which was also very nice. The steak main course was, however, quite disappointing, mainly due to being overcooked and dry, although the adorned foie gras was a nice touch. I finished off with the treacle tart.
By this time I was watching a movie on the in flight entertainment system, but fell asleep before it had finished (Pirates of the Caribbean 3). Waking up having missed a reasonable portion of the movie, I decided to bed down properly. Unfortunately, and perhaps typically, by the time I did the bed sorted out and lay down, I tossed and turned but couldn't get to sleep.
Whether due to too much indulgence or something else, I began to feel a bit unwell during the flight and took to drinking plenty of water, which meant plenty of toilet trips - I think I got through at least ten 500ml Highland Spring bottles by the end of the flight . In any case, I spent the second half of the flight not really feeling that good. About 90 minutes before landing we received the tea service and this helped somewhat.
After good views of Las Vegas on the way into LAX, we ended up circling right over the Pacific north of the airport and coming back in a big loop over Los Angeles before landing. It was then a long and slow taxi to our stand, taking about 30 minutes from touchdown - in that respect it didn't feel like we'd even left Heathrow!
I had been thrilled to receive an upgrade, but it hadn't been anywhere near my best flight, despite being a great place to spend 12 hours. Not feeling well, the not particularly good main course and good-but-not-great service took the edge off things slightly. However, I shouldn't complain - relatively speaking it was an excellent start to the holiday.
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