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New First offering, from 31 March 2019 [general discussion]

New First offering, from 31 March 2019 [general discussion]

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Old Mar 6, 19, 11:51 am
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Flying in F with my partner for first time in July to SJC and back from JFK. Have nothing to compare to but looks like itís gonna be great with these new changes.

How do the crew know what size loungewear to provide you? Do they measure you up as you step onboard 😂
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Old Mar 6, 19, 11:56 am
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Originally Posted by orbitmic View Post


Nope, pretty much nothing, including on longest flights like SCL, EZE, SIN, etc. galley has fruit and basically otherwise they’ll get some crisps, sweet snacks etc from the club kitchen and that’s it since the bistro menu disappeared.
I think a new iteration of the Bistro Menu might be coming, the blurb (posted above in full) says this: "
  • Our full ŗ la carte menu, plus a range of lighter options
Fingers crossed!!
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Old Mar 6, 19, 12:01 pm
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Originally Posted by londonexpert View Post
Exactly!!! So they used the wrong term!
Not quite..
Why is it called 'high tea'?

A possible explanation why this type of meal was called high tea is the fact that it was eaten at a table. In comparison, Afternoon Tea was taken whilst seating in low, comfortable chairs or sofas. Of course, soon after, the upper classes developed their own variation and also called it 'high tea'. It was a meal that could be eaten when their servants were away or not available, as it was so easy to prepare. The upper class 'high tea' involved the amalgamation of Afternoon Tea and high tea, with the addition of pigeon, veal, salmon and fruit.

It is important to add that the Afternoon Tea menu served in the UK today is often refered to as high tea in many other parts of the world. Because of this some hotels, such as The Ritz in London, use the term 'High tea in London' to advertise their Afternoon Tea because a large proportion of their customers are from overseas.


https://afternoontea.co.uk/informati...t-is-high-tea/
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Old Mar 6, 19, 12:02 pm
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Originally Posted by Cap'n Benj View Post

As the meal service normally takes at least an hour or so and with the ability to eat when you want, it shouldnít really be a huge issue in F.

Without trying to bash BA, what do other carriers offer on this front?

Iíve only been on LX and LH in F other than BA and canít rememebr there being any dedicated Ďsnacksí as such but didnít go looking either.
QR and QF definitely have mid-flight light meals available, even in business class, and last time I flew EY they did too. AA definitely does - even in business class they put out a spread with sandwiches and appetizer type things between meals - even JFK-LHR. Also, I think most airlines are dine on demand in First Class. I don't like chocolates and chips but if I was hungry might want a sandwich or something.

On LH and LX not sure - but they seem to cater more than BA. I've been on flights where they offer a second main course or seconds from the appetizer and caviar carts. Most of the time I eat in the lounge and just sleep during the flight or do some work. I flew BA first in December and obviously didn't notice, but just assumed they must have some sandwiches. Is Club Kitchen totally gone then? I thought they still had it on longer flights.
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Old Mar 6, 19, 12:11 pm
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Having a light shone on your face when youíre trying to sleep or relax must be quite irritating.
She seems to be smiling.
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Old Mar 6, 19, 12:14 pm
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Originally Posted by nshep View Post
How do the crew know what size loungewear to provide you? Do they measure you up as you step onboard 😂
They ask you. Lol.

Or, if they are good at their job they simply tell you that you are a Medium, Large, etc.


I have a First flight planned for March so I am excited for the changes!
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Old Mar 6, 19, 12:21 pm
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Originally Posted by Nicoolio View Post

On LH and LX not sure - but they seem to cater more than BA. I've been on flights where they offer a second main course or seconds from the appetizer and caviar carts. Most of the time I eat in the lounge and just sleep during the flight or do some work. I flew BA first in December and obviously didn't notice, but just assumed they must have some sandwiches. Is Club Kitchen totally gone then? I thought they still had it on longer flights.
Hi,

It will depend on the route. I had 2 flights to/from HKG in Dec 18 and there was VERY limited snacks in the Club kitchen ( think packet of biscuits/dried fruit etc). This was 2 overnight flights which has reduced Cluk Kitchen . There was a reasonable selection on the daytime LHR-PHX in september.

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Old Mar 6, 19, 12:22 pm
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Originally Posted by Ancient Observer View Post
"A wide selection of Champagnes, wines, spirits, and non-alcoholic drinks "

But as we already know, the white wine must cost them less than UKP 6 at wholesale prices..........
It will be interesting to see if they up their wine game, especially with regard to Bordeaux. I certainly hope so.....
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Old Mar 6, 19, 12:26 pm
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Originally Posted by Tobias-UK View Post
This is the BA press release on the new First offering - note the rollout of the new products will start on March 31 and will be complete by April 7:

British Airways’ First customers continue to have access to the airline’s exclusive First Wing at Heathrow Terminal 5. Re-designed and unveiled in 2017, the First Wing provides customers with a private check-in area leading through to dedicated security lanes, which grant customers direct access to British Airways’ prestigious First Lounge."

Hi,

Should not the Press release have mentioned the Concorde Room rather than the First lounge?

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Old Mar 6, 19, 12:27 pm
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Originally Posted by Nicoolio View Post
QR and QF definitely have mid-flight light meals available, even in business class, and last time I flew EY they did too. AA definitely does - even in business class they put out a spread with sandwiches and appetizer type things between meals - even JFK-LHR. Also, I think most airlines are dine on demand in First Class. I don't like chocolates and chips but if I was hungry might want a sandwich or something.

On LH and LX not sure - but they seem to cater more than BA. I've been on flights where they offer a second main course or seconds from the appetizer and caviar carts. Most of the time I eat in the lounge and just sleep during the flight or do some work. I flew BA first in December and obviously didn't notice, but just assumed they must have some sandwiches. Is Club Kitchen totally gone then? I thought they still had it on longer flights.
VS in J
EK in F, plus snacks in J
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Old Mar 6, 19, 12:34 pm
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Originally Posted by DYKWIA View Post
VS in J
EK in F, plus snacks in J
what do VS offer, I canít remember seeing anything.

Or do you just mean selecting something from the menu?
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Old Mar 6, 19, 12:35 pm
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Very sceptical, ever heard of the phrase "polishing a turd?" The steak will be dry, the scones will be rock hard and the service dismal. But maybe I'm jaded!
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Old Mar 6, 19, 12:38 pm
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Originally Posted by The _Banking_Scot View Post
Hi,

Should not the Press release have mentioned the Concorde Room rather than the First lounge?

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They do, not in the main body but in the notes to editors at the bottom.
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Old Mar 6, 19, 12:40 pm
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Originally Posted by Cap'n Benj View Post

what do VS offer, I canít remember seeing anything.

Or do you just mean selecting something from the menu?
They had lamb burger sliders and pies IIRC. You could order at anytime.
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Old Mar 6, 19, 12:41 pm
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Originally Posted by The _Banking_Scot View Post
Hi,

Should not the Press release have mentioned the Concorde Room rather than the First lounge?

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no, because the priority lane drops you straight into the First Lounge. You then have to fight through the masses to escape the other end of the lounge and then have your boarding pass checked to enter the CCR.
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