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wheatbeer Apr 10, 18 4:19 pm

It's odd that it's gone from none available in the CCR a couple of weeks ago to it being put out in GF.

Are they short of the Henriot / Castelnau?

Globaliser Apr 10, 18 4:22 pm

We do know that (one of) BA's suppliers has been having some well-known and highly-publicised problems, including difficulties in itself obtaining stock from its suppliers (who have been withholding it because they feared that they would not get paid). In that context, it doesn't seem wholly surprising that there might possibly some be odd glitches in both directions with the champagne supply. Am I barking up the wrong tree?

corporate-wage-slave Apr 10, 18 4:22 pm


Originally Posted by wheatbeer (Post 29625663)
It's odd that it's gone from none available in the CCR a couple of weeks ago to it being put out in GF.

Are they short of the Henriot / Castelnau?

As noted elsewhere, there have been problems in the supply chain of alcohol distribution, thanks to the threat of administration by Bibendum and its holding company. That has now been averted. However yes, irrespective of the recent issue, which I suspect is now resolved in terms of BA's supply, every so often LPGS makes an appearance in GF T3 and LGW. Christmas is a good time to look.

lorath Apr 10, 18 5:31 pm


Originally Posted by wheatbeer (Post 29622819)
Yesterday on the Champagne thread someone reported that LPGS was on self pour in GF T3. Probably not for long though.

I posted this. Purely for the benefit of this forum I took one for the team and finished what remained in the 2 bottles that were put out....and they were both replaced. My work done I slinked back to Cathay for a rest. After years of Gold it was my first visit to T3 GF.....

dhh148 Apr 10, 18 6:54 pm

Having used the Cathay lounge for the first time a oouple of weeks ago on the outbound I thought it far superior to the BA for food and drink. I sometimes get a good magazine selection at BA, though not always, other than that Cathay all the way.

stc Apr 11, 18 9:04 am

Could we cut it out with the TLAs (Three Letter Acronyms) and FFLAs (Freaking Four Letter Acronyms), especially when they are not airline related?

For those as confused as me, apparently LPGS = Laurent-Perrier Grand SiŤcle. Or it at least that is my guess.

corporate-wage-slave Apr 11, 18 9:23 am


Originally Posted by stc (Post 29628023)
Could we cut it out with the TLAs

You have a point, and we are bad in that department it has to be said. If it in anyway helps, there is an Abbreviations guide in the Dashboard, it's in the wiki and LPGS is already in there.

Phil the Flyer Apr 11, 18 9:29 am


Originally Posted by stc (Post 29628023)
apparently LPGS = Laurent-Perrier Grand SiŤcle. Or it at least that is my guess.

And all these years I thought LPGS meant Let Pucci Galore Speak. ;)

By the way, what does stc​​​​​​​ mean?

corporate-wage-slave Apr 11, 18 10:36 am


Originally Posted by wheatbeer (Post 29622819)
Yesterday on the Champagne thread someone reported that LPGS was on self pour in GF T3. Probably not for long though.

I'm sure it's a coincidence, but today T3 Flounge has the quad of LPGS, Henriot, Jacquart and Taittinger.

TheJayHatch Apr 11, 18 10:44 am


Originally Posted by corporate-wage-slave (Post 29628428)
I'm sure it's a coincidence, but today T3 Flounge has the quad of LPGS, Henriot, Jacquart and Taittinger.

Whaaat? And there I was, Ďslummingí it over Dim sum and Baron de R in CXF. Plus missed the rare opportunity to toast a glass of LPGS with the lenegdary CWS...

subject2load Apr 11, 18 11:41 am


Originally Posted by TheJayHatch (Post 29628469)


......................... Plus missed the rare opportunity to toast a glass of LPGS with the lenegdary CWS...

Although you would have had to do the actual toasting bit alone. It so happens that c-w-s steers well clear of the bubbly stuff. And indeed all else that comes into the alcohol category.

cgtechuk Apr 11, 18 3:52 pm


Originally Posted by KARFA (Post 29625640)
There were also report of LPGS out at LGW in GF there. It seems deliberate rather than a mistake.

was definitely deliberate and rumoured due to a shortage of Taittinger but who knows.

thebigben Apr 11, 18 4:21 pm

I mistakenly read that the CX business lounge noodle bar only opened at 10am so I was a little sad but lowered my expectations on my way to my Tallinn TP run. I was pleasantly surprised to be able to order dim-sum at 6am for my breakfast, and it sorta made my day.

Is there any time where the noodle bar is closed, nowadays?

ratechaser Apr 11, 18 5:11 pm


Originally Posted by Phil the Flyer (Post 29628147)


And all these years I thought LPGS meant Let Pucci Galore Speak. ;)

By the way, what does stc mean?

Well, maybe it's LPGS's alter ego: Stop Talking Cherie...

Sorry, that was naughty wasn't it? I blame the rum punch where I am currently holidaying... that's killed my chances of a Mucci as surely as Ant/Dec getting another gong.

wheatbeer Apr 12, 18 4:51 am


Originally Posted by corporate-wage-slave (Post 29628428)
I'm sure it's a coincidence, but today T3 Flounge has the quad of LPGS, Henriot, Jacquart and Taittinger.

W T F! Sorry for another acronym stc :D. 4 options and LPGS still available! Was in T3 recently, should've poked my head in to BA GF.

corporate-wage-slave Apr 12, 18 5:04 am

Well if they knew I was there (and I had posted separately to say that I was in GF) then of course someone could rush over some bottles, could they not? After all I wasn't going to drink the stuff.

https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.fly...3194e436d5.jpg


What was fascinating was that almost no one chose the LPGS, as they perused the bottles, since the other bottles' shapes more conventionally looked like champagne. I did point it out to a few Goldies....

cgtechuk Apr 12, 18 6:47 am


Originally Posted by corporate-wage-slave (Post 29631414)
Well if they knew I was there (and I had posted separately to say that I was in GF) then of course someone could rush over some bottles, could they not? After all I wasn't going to drink the stuff.

https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.fly...3194e436d5.jpg


What was fascinating was that almost no one chose the LPGS, as they perused the bottles, since the other bottles' shapes more conventionally looked like champagne. I did point it out to a few Goldies....


I am in T3 next week its typical that the LPGS is gone now lol

doctoravios Apr 13, 18 3:16 pm

This might be a little controversial, but after my visits today:

Qantas > Cathay = BA > AA



Too many people know about the Cathay lounge now. Despite there being no actual Cathay flights at the time I visited, it was pretty busy. In fact, the first class area was busier than the business class area. Also, for some reason they were unable to serve hot food this morning. But I do like Cathay Delight

At least BA had hot food (albeit not the healthiest!) No more LPGS but I like Taittinger. And quieter than the Cathay Lounge.

AA is pretty underwhelming, apart from the sweets.

Qantas a clear winner. The staff were really welcoming and explained the food and service. Having two levels makes it feel more spacious. The food looked a lot healthier and appetising. Excellent gin bar. And much quieter than the others.

Genius1 Apr 13, 18 3:43 pm

The standard of fitout and attention to detail in the CX lounges (and the QF lounge from photos, although I've not been in there yet) is exceptional. The CX spaces are flooded with natural light, and the interior design appeals to me.

BA's lounges are in a poor state of repair, whilst AA's look like an office.

Grande Annee Apr 13, 18 5:24 pm


Originally Posted by TheWiseOne (Post 29622114)
I will be going through T3 with a BA First Class ticket in August and thinking of my best strategy. I am going to be in the terminal for about 4 hours from 17:00. At the moment, I am thinking of doing the following:

17:00 - Massage and drinks in GF
18:00 - Dinner in CX lounge (maybe a shower too?)
19:30 - 21:00 - ????

At the moment, I cannot make my mind up on what to do for the final hour and a half. Should I go back to GF and drink loads of JW Blue/LPGC, or should I stay in Cathy/go to Qantas? If I am being honest, I want a calm place without a creche like feel but with good alcohol options.

As for my flight, I am booked on 2A on a 747 to CPT so planning on sleeping most of that.

stay in Cathay lounge

dougzz Apr 13, 18 5:35 pm

I used the AA Flagship lounge Thursday morning and it was fine. The water tasted like water and the coffee and breakfast were nice. I do think some people here just over think it all. Incidentally Lee Dixon was on AA101 to JFK Thursday morning, I think he does analysis for NBC's Premier League coverage.

WorldLux Apr 13, 18 5:44 pm


Originally Posted by dougzz (Post 29637822)
I used the AA Flagship lounge Thursday morning and it was fine. The water tasted like water and the coffee and breakfast were nice. I do think some people here just over think it all. Incidentally Lee Dixon was on AA101 to JFK Thursday morning, I think he does analysis for NBC's Premier League coverage.

I don't think that people are overthinking it all by just going to the CX lounge. :D

subject2load Apr 13, 18 11:46 pm


Originally Posted by WorldLux (Post 29637840)
I don't think that people are overthinking it all by just going to the CX lounge. :D

True enough.

Itís one of those easy decisions that requires the minimum of thought (although Iím a tad concerned to see a couple of recent reports of its ever-growing popularity .....)

gliderpilot Apr 14, 18 3:25 am

For those travelling J, definitely the CX lounge for the majority of your airport waiting time. However I would say that a stop at the QF lounge is also definitely worth it for two main reasons: the barista-made coffee and the gin bar experience. The flat white was lovely; they had run out of Green Ant gin at the bar last time I was there, but the Aviation gin is now in my to buy list and the bar attendant was really friendly to chat to.


KARFA Apr 16, 18 2:42 am


Originally Posted by corporate-wage-slave (Post 29631414)
Well if they knew I was there (and I had posted separately to say that I was in GF) then of course someone could rush over some bottles, could they not? After all I wasn't going to drink the stuff.

...

What was fascinating was that almost no one chose the LPGS, as they perused the bottles, since the other bottles' shapes more conventionally looked like champagne. I did point it out to a few Goldies....

Jacquart only today in T3 GF.

https://cimg2.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.fly...16866223f.jpeg

stc Apr 20, 18 9:30 pm


Originally Posted by Phil the Flyer (Post 29628147)


And all these years I thought LPGS meant Let Pucci Galore Speak. ;)

By the way, what does stc mean?

Senior Technical Consultant although the joke at work was that it should have been Senior Travel Consultant since I generally knew more about travel than anyone else. Hence, I adopted that handle here.

Smid Apr 21, 18 5:45 am


Originally Posted by dougzz (Post 29637822)
I used the AA Flagship lounge Thursday morning and it was fine. The water tasted like water and the coffee and breakfast were nice. I do think some people here just over think it all. Incidentally Lee Dixon was on AA101 to JFK Thursday morning, I think he does analysis for NBC's Premier League coverage.

There is not a AA Flagship lounge in T3. If there was it would allow silver members of BAEC in. There's a AA International F lounge, which is NOT the same.

Genius1 Apr 21, 18 5:50 am


Originally Posted by Smid (Post 29666892)
There is not a AA Flagship lounge in T3. If there was it would allow silver members of BAEC in. There's a AA International F lounge, which is NOT the same.

Indeed, although some may argue that AA's new Flagship lounges in the US are better than the ageing International First Class lounge at LHR. The LHR lounges are due to be refurbished soon.

cme17 Apr 21, 18 2:06 pm

I visited the Qantas lounge last week and didn’t get the hype around it. It was late breakfast service which wasn’t anything other than normal. We waited for the lunch buffet but it looked like chicken wings or curry. Went to the CX lounge for food but they didn’t have any due to no electricity so ended up in GF for a burger. We did visit the AA F lounge but didn’t stay.

corporate-wage-slave Apr 21, 18 2:23 pm


Originally Posted by cme17 (Post 29668118)
I visited the Qantas lounge last week and didnít get the hype around it. It was late breakfast service which wasnít anything other than normal. We waited for the lunch buffet but it looked like chicken wings or curry. Went to the CX lounge for food but they didnít have any due to no electricity so ended up in GF for a burger. We did visit the AA F lounge but didnít stay.

Cathay had some problems on Friday 13 April, which resulted in no hot food and limitations on the cold food to due to fridges and freezers not working. It's not something that happens very often luckily. Qantas has probably two unique factors, namely the gin bar and a focus on healthier food items, but it doesn't have a separate First/Emerald provision or champagne, and so it's not going to work for some Emeralds. AA First has a reasonable order menu and a high staff quotient, plus items like freshly squeezed grapefruit juice which you won't find elsewhere. The BA Flounge offering is I think well known. All the lounges have something that will work for someone, including BA, so we're lucky to have the choice.

ExpatExp Apr 30, 18 7:52 am

Flying out of T3 tomorrow morning with a colleague, and he is very keen to get the best possible Full English. I'm in all the lounges frequently, but I rarely fly in the morning and therefore have no idea which one has the best Full English?

Any input would be appreciated :D

Edit: Sorry I didn't specify, but this is in the context of first lounges. So, between BA F, CX F, AA F, and QF.

bhbloke Apr 30, 18 7:54 am

I always go to CX, on the First side the full English is very nice. Not sure about the business side of the lounge.

Frequent flyer 101 Apr 30, 18 9:18 am


Originally Posted by ExpatExp (Post 29698717)
Flying out of T3 tomorrow morning with a colleague, and he is very keen to get the best possible Full English. I'm in all the lounges frequently, but I rarely fly in the morning and therefore have no idea which one has the best Full English?

Any input would be appreciated :D

Edit: Sorry I didn't specify, but this is in the context of first lounges. So, between BA F, CX F, AA F, and QF.

Definitely CX. I'd actually go to the J lounge. Same ingredients, but as a buffet style so you can have 5 sausages without having to ask awkwardly :)

red duster Apr 30, 18 9:52 am

Going out to Las in F in July and i know where the BA lounge is, what kind of distance is it from the CX F, AA F, QF lounges, i ask as i have MS and not able to walk very long distances but would like to try out couple of the others at least if i could manage.

Thanks in advance for any input.

mikeyfly Apr 30, 18 9:56 am

The furthest walk is CX to AA

I'd start at CX and then work your way along, ending at AA on the way to the gates :)

TheJayHatch Apr 30, 18 10:01 am


Originally Posted by red duster (Post 29699115)
Going out to Las in F in July and i know where the BA lounge is, what kind of distance is it from the CX F, AA F, QF lounges, i ask as i have MS and not able to walk very long distances but would like to try out couple of the others at least if i could manage.

Thanks in advance for any input.

They are all effectively beside each other. The shortest walk is the Qantas lounge, which is immediately opposite the exit from the main seating area. CX is just south, next door, but upstairs. There is a lift, and the F lounge is basically beside the lift. I would say the BA lounge is the longest walk, both due to the length of the corridor it is down but also it is a long walk to the food. The BA lounge is quite big, whereas CX is small. I would not bother going to the BA lounge. Its dark and pretty soulless. CX is light and bright and more 'F'. QF is OK, but I find the seats incredibly uncomfortable.

Kerchiss May 1, 18 2:41 pm

Which part of the cx lounge!
 
My husband and I are flying first in a couple of weeks. I love the sound of the noodle bar in the cx lounge but I know itís in the business class area...for the best noodles & service is it better to skip the first lounge and head straight for the noodles?

carrotjuice May 1, 18 4:38 pm


Originally Posted by Kerchiss (Post 29704209)
My husband and I are flying first in a couple of weeks. I love the sound of the noodle bar in the cx lounge but I know itís in the business class area...for the best noodles & service is it better to skip the first lounge and head straight for the noodles?

You can order the same noodles from the CX J lounge to be served at your table at the F lounge. Personally I prefer to help myself from the J lounge because it takes longer to be brought over to the F lounge, where the noodles are soaked longer in the broth and no longer "al dente".

Ldnn1 May 1, 18 4:45 pm

Had a look in some of the threads but haven't found a definitive answer... can anyone confirm if the noodle bar is up and running at 6am? I haven't been in that early before.

:D! May 1, 18 4:48 pm


Originally Posted by Kerchiss (Post 29704209)
My husband and I are flying first in a couple of weeks. I love the sound of the noodle bar in the cx lounge but I know itís in the business class area...for the best noodles & service is it better to skip the first lounge and head straight for the noodles?

You can order the noodles from the 1st lounge, or if it's easier, go to the noodle bar and ask them to deliver it to the 1st dining area - especially if you want to have other food from the 1st menu.

If you're actually flying CX it will be busy so perhaps ask if it's OK beforehand.

You can of course go to the business side if you want but just before the CX flights, well, it will prepare you for Hong Kong :)

Be aware the portion sizes are not that big - I can still gobble down 3 bowls of noodles even after 3 courses from the first menu, at least when I'm in Y and don't want to eat on board.


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