I had a fitful nights sleep during which I got up to hydrate myself with some water from the tap. OMG what horrid tasting water these guys have, do they purify it with battery acid? No wonder the Westin don’t give you any for free, one taste of the stuff from the tap and you are willing to pay for a bottle.
I had a lazy start to the day and checked out around 13:00 and caught the next shuttle back to DFW. The driver dropped me off right out the front of the terminal I needed within a few yards of the F desks.
There was no queue and I approached a waiting agent. She pulled up my PNR and said wow that is some itinerary. Hong Kong yesterday and Anchorage today, did you get any sleep? I assured her I did get some and she went on with and you will end up in Nigeria! I didn’t have the heart to tell her NBO was Nairobi in Kenya.
She printed my BP and tagged my bag including a Heavy tag this time, how’d that happen, and sent it on its way.
I then approached a fairly quiet security line and was through the hassle in next to no time.
I made my way to the Admirals Club in D terminal and was welcomed in and given 1 drinks voucher (I am crediting these flights to BA).
Inside was the usual AC delights including, Coffee, tea, biscuits, fruit, pretzel mix and water. There was a menu of food for purchase and the bar at the end of the complex serves some free wine and beer and paid for (unless you have the chit) premium, wine, beer and spirits.
I found a spot by the window that looked out over two 757s, one of which was mine.
I surfed for a while and grabbed a wine with my freebie chit. Around 40 minutes before boarding time I left the lounge and did a circuit around the shopping area in the middle of the terminal and parked myself outside my gate.
Five minutes before the announced boarding time the agents started to board First and one world elites. I made my way over and had my BP swiped and was on my way down the ramp.
Flight AA0279 DFW-ANC Seat 5A
Departure time: 15:35
Once on board I took my seat and extracted the items I needed for the flight from my bag. It was then shoved into the overhead.
The plane was very warm and all the shades had been shut to help keep the temperature down. A bottle of water was given to each passenger and the menus for the flight were handed out.
The lead FA made her welcome announcement and declared a flight time of 6 hours and 25 minutes.
The cruddy old seats on these AA 757 are well and truly past their use by date and the sooner they finish the refit the better.
There was no pre departure beverage, apart from the bottle of water and we pushed back at 15:25 and quickly made it to the runway to take off 7 minutes later.
As usual with AA there was a full house in F with 22 F passengers on board.
After the belt sign was extinguished the crew came out asking for drinks orders.
When I asked for the usual Scotch and Dry Ginger they discovered there was none left in their cart. The FA rang the crew at the back and they had some. So a little while later the crew came back with my Dry Ginger. Of course the drinks were served with the usual delicious warm nuts
Next up a hot towel was passed out and then the lunch service began.
Warm mixed nuts
Cajun-style roasted chicken breast offered on a fresh corn salad
A combination of salad featuring fresh seasonal greens offered with a pepper cream dressing or premium extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar, accompanied by an artichoke, wild mushroom and pea salad
Assorted gourmet breads
Beef Fillet with Gorgonzola Mushroom Sauce
Grilled fillet of beef offered with a porcini mushroom and Gorgonzola cheese sauce, accompanied by wax beans and whipped potatoes with turnips
Stuffed Shells Pomodoro
Pasta shells filled with a four cheese blend, accompanied by a red roasted tomato sauce
Ice Cream Sundae
Vanilla ice cream with a choice of hot fudge, butterscotch or seasonal berry toppings, whipped cream and pecans
Fruit and Cheese
A selection of seasonal fruit and fine cheeses
Freshly baked on board cookies
For Your Enjoyment
Chilled sparkling or still water with a fresh citrus garnish
The crew then delivered table clothes and the meal tray was placed on top with the appetiser and salad on board.
The appetiser and salad together were quite filling and there was still the main to go.
The crew offered the breadbasket that included a choice of pretzel rolls, cheese rolls or white rolls.
There was a choice of two red and two white wines or a sparkling to go with the meal. I chose one of the reds and it was passable.
I ordered the beef and it turned out to be quite OK, only slightly chewy. I couldn’t really taste any Gorgonzola in the sauce though.
The tray was removed but the tablecloth left on the table and I was offered cheese or the ice cream sundae. I went with the Sundae sans cream and chose the butterscotch sauce.
The ice cream was rock hard but I had the sun on my side so I strategically placed the bowl to have the desired effect.
Not long after this an announcement was made by one the crew down the back that we had just flown into Canadian airspace and could all passengers please show their passport to the crew. The two crew working up the front looked at each other and then down the back. A minute later we heard ‘just joking’ and the two up front rolled their eyes.
I spent most of the flight reading and listening to my iPod although there was some movie playing on the overhead TV screens. Also my favourite flying pastime of staring out the window.
Around 2 hours out of Anchorage that delicious smell of baking cookies wafted through the cabin. Today’s choice was either chocolate chip or cranberry.
I went with the later and was offered a glass of milk to go with it. I declined and instead asked for a coffee. The scenery starts to get quite interesting the closer you get to Anchorage but unfortunately I was on the wrong side of the plane to get the best views.
Before we started our descent the crew were out with the water and citrus charade and it seems there was a half decent take up on the offer today.
We touched down at 19:03 and as I stood up I caught sight of SeeYa who had been sitting in 6F all along. We left the plane through door 2L and the crew made no effort to prevent the economy passengers from leaving before the F cabin was emptied.
I made my way down to the carousel and waited for my bag for a few minutes. It was one of the first out and I was soon trundling it down to the other end of the terminal to put it in storage for a few days. SeeYa was also staying at the Sheraton so we took a cab together to the hotel.
Next up the No Place Like Nome Do begins with a long ride on a train.