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A Feast of First Class Flying on British Airways, Qantas and Emirates

A Feast of First Class Flying on British Airways, Qantas and Emirates

Old Dec 25, 10, 5:47 pm
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A Feast of First Class Flying on British Airways, Qantas and Emirates

Index to my trip reports

If you like this report, you may be interested in some of my other trip reports.
  1. AKL-YYZ with NZ/AC in F & C - my first trip report
  2. Europe to Iceland & return on Icelandair (FI) - somewhere different
  3. Some FTers DO the Inaugural Worlds Longest Flight SIN-EWR vv 28 June 2004 - 2 long flights back to back
  4. 7 Crazy Days - includes an almost inaugural flight
  5. Champagne and figure eights on ice - Antarctica flightseeing
  6. a Lit.tle sPRinG.Ly JoUrney (BUDding KiwiS Can zig-ZAG around Europe) - mostly central and eastern Europe
  7. Big DO DOs - or a Kiwi Flyer's Month of Madness - lots of flights
  8. Another Manic Month for Kiwi - again lots of flights
  9. Mini Tour of NZ - over 100 domestic flights in New Zealand covering all domestic routes (ongoing)
  10. Across the Globe in 5 Continents - criss-crossing the globe
  11. Auckland to National Park by Train - train in New Zealand's North Island
  12. Across the Globe in 5 Continents Again - criss-crossing the globe, but this time mainly on One World
  13. A Warm Embrace of the Tropics - short trips to the tropical South Pacific
  14. Singapore (SQ) new first and business class, plus a medley of 12 F & C SQ flights - name says it all really
  15. Across the Globe in 4 Continents - around the world on star alliance, including some unusual flights
  16. Queensland And Northern Territory Aerial Sampler - a sampling of Qantas flights, domestic and international, in economy and business (ongoing)
  17. Around the World in Under 60 Hours - around the world in a weekend
  18. The Heat is On - another longhaul economy trip in under 60 hours - what a contrast, Asia and Qantas' new first class lounges
  19. Fast on the ground and in the air - it must be Shanghai – a flying visit to Shanghai + Maglev
  20. It's a Fine Line Between Pleasure & Pain: 4 wacky weeks 2 RTW C, inaugural longhaul Y – mostly One World
  21. Back and forth across the Pacific on a variety of airlines in a selection of classes - 16 crossings of the Pacific plus some other related flights
  22. It isn't every day that you witness a hijacking attempt + NZ's forgotten 4th island - a visit to Chatham Islands coincides with New Zealand's first hijacking attempt
  23. There and back - first day Air NZ flies to Coolangatta (Gold Coast)
  24. A Run Around (part of) The Axis of Evil: A Perfect *A RTW in C? - Axis of Evil 0 US Immigration 1
  25. Wellington to Auckland by train - self-explanatory title
  26. A mad couple of days flying, including domestic international flights - a double longhaul inaugural, domestic international shuttle and domestic leg of an international flight
  27. Regional C *A RTW & (hopefully) finishing flying every route (100+) for an airline - featuring new QF First on A380 special flight, "you have to get off now", and 105th different current route with NZ
  28. One World Revolutions - Around Mostly the Southern Hemisphere - mostly Southern Hemisphere and mostly on One World on a mix of products
  29. Cris-cros the Med & the Globe on Emirates, Qantas & Star Alliance in mix of F/C/Y+/Y – starting with EK First on A380 and ending with Qantas economy, with a lot of travel mostly on *A in between
  30. An FTer flies to a Do (or Why take the nonstop when you can fly 10 flights instead?) - combining an FT Do with an aerial tour of northern Queensland
  31. The Ultimate Qantas Flight - short report on the ultimate flight
  32. Premium Flying Across the Ditch (Between New Zealand and Australia) - experiencing the forward cabins on Trans-Tasman flights (ongoing)
  33. 5 Boeings Straight to the Airbus Do - FTer feasts in first, business & economy - my journey to & from the *A / Airbus Mega Do
  34. NZ route oddities & One World turns by night (redeye special) - an odd collection of flight routes & schedules around the world
  35. From my first low cost redeye to a first class trifecta - an insane fortnight - some firsts of all types
  36. G'day, kia orana - it's another inaugural flight in Air New Zealand business class - a day & night tripping around the South Pacific on Air NZ
  37. A Feast of First Class Flying on British Airways, Qantas and Emirates - long distance in style
  38. A Weekend of Old and New - Lufthansa first & business, Air New Zealand business - a quick longhaul trip featuring some old and new products
  39. Star Alliance tres primo, and tres biz - a trio of first and business on Star Alliance
  40. A few flights to end 2011 - a quick trip around the world + more
  41. Five Continents in 3 Days and Some Other Mad Trips in 2012 - a selection of my 2012 travels
  42. Sky Team madness - 14 weeks, 200k miles, 5 continents, CI brand new business – mostly Sky Team
  43. Off to Star megado on Oneworld - mostly business incl brand new AA 787
  44. A Glutton for Punishment: red eye, new world's longest flight & more, in comfort?

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Old Dec 25, 10, 6:22 pm
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Index to this trip report
  1. Intro
Sorry KF, but this link goes nowhere.
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Sorry, it is a placeholder until I make the post. All my trip reports are posted on FT (as opposed to hosted off-site).

I'm just getting some lubrication for the writing juices and I'll be off.

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Index to this trip report
  1. Intro
  2. WLG-AKL on Air New Zealand economy space+
  3. AKL-SYD on Qantas business
  4. Sydney in transit
  5. SYD-SIN on British Airways first and menu
  6. Singapore in transit
  7. SIN-LHR on British Airways first and menu
  8. London in transit and Concorde Room menu
  9. LHR-CAI on British Airways first and menu
  10. CAI-LHR on British Airways first and menu
  11. London in transit and galleries first menu
  12. LHR-BKK on Qantas first, menu and wine list
  13. Bangkok in transit
  14. BKK-SYD on Qantas first and menu
  15. Sydney in transit
  16. SYD-AKL on Qantas business and menu
  17. Auckland in transit
  18. AKL-WLG on Air New Zealand economy space+
  19. Wellington in transit
  20. WLG-AKL on Jetstar economy
  21. Auckland in transit
  22. AKL-MEL on Emirates first and menu
  23. Melbourne in transit
  24. MEL-DXB on Emirates first and menu
  25. Dubai in transit
  26. DXB-LAD on Emirates first and menu
  27. Luanda in transit
  28. LAD-DXB on Emirates first and menu
  29. Dubai in transit
  30. DXB-MEL on Emirates first and menu
  31. Melbourne in transit
  32. MEL-AKL on Emirates first and menu
  33. Auckland in transit
  34. AKL-WLG on Jetstar economy
  35. WLG-AKL on Air New Zealand economy space+
  36. AKL-SYD on Emirates first and menu
  37. Sydney in transit
  38. SYD-DXB on Emirates first and menu
  39. Dubai in transit
  40. DXB-SEZ on Emirates first and menu
  41. SEZ-DXB on Emirates first and menu
  42. Dubai in transit
  43. DXB-SYD on Emirates first and menu
  44. Sydney in transit
  45. SYD-AKL on Emirates first and menu
  46. AKL-WLG on Air New Zealand economy space+ koru hour service
  47. WLG-SYD on Qantas business and menu
  48. SYD-WLG on Qantas business and menu
  49. WLG-AKL on Air New Zealand economy space+
  50. AKL-SYD on Air New Zealand business and menu
  51. SYD-WLG on Air New Zealand works deluxe



Map by great circle mapper

Champagnes (not including sparkling wines)
- Lanson (white and pink)
- Charles Heidsieck
- Moet
- Veuve (2 different types)
- Bollinger
- Taittinger (3 different vintages)
- Joseph Perrier
- Cattier Clos du Moulin
- Bruno Palliard pink
- Laurent Perrier
- Dom Perignon
- Raoul Collet

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I haven't written up my recent travels due to lack of time to do a trip report justice. At this time of year I have a bit more time and, will hopefully also have some interesting flights to write up (at least these trips have started that way).

In the next couple of weeks I cross several continents and oceans flying mostly in style, first class on 3 airlines involving lots of longhaul flights, and some shorter ones.

It's time for a pre-departure drink as I prepare for boarding.
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We are SO looking forward to reading this one......

with baited breath...

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In the next couple of weeks I cross several continents and oceans flying mostly in style, first class on 3 airlines involving lots of longhaul flights, and some shorter ones.


Looking forward to reading all about this ^
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INTRO

The first of the sub-trips of this report was booked some time ago to snaffle F awards at peak season. A change of plans meant I needed to start elsewhere, but given the difficulty in volunatrily rerouting award at peak travel time I opted instead to get a separate ticket to connect up with the award ticket.

I didn't have a lot of options in the routing but have managed to get a couple of airlines, and a chance at British Airway's new first class, plus some nice transits in SYD F lounge and my first ever visit of the Concorde Room (every other time I've flown BA F from LHR it has been departing from the wrong terminal to access CCR).

The other subtrips are on Emirates to new destinations and enable me to requalify EK Gold status in one go.

Also on this trip I should have my last Priority Club Crack the Case stay early in 2011 to requalify in one night.

I'm looking forward to the next 2.5 weeks. The equivalent of 3.5 times around the world, mostly in first class. I can't wait.
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WELLINGTON to AUCKLAND (WLG-AKL) on Air New Zealand 737-300 in economy space+

After a morning of Christmas Day duties I grabbed my carry on and walked to the bus to the airport. Although it was a nice day (if not a bit on the warm side) I decided to bus instead of walking to the airport because my bag was a bit heavier than normal. With the cold snowy weather in Europe I decided to bring some cold weather gear just in case I had to spend a day or two of disruptions. Normally I wouldn't bother just for a transfer en route to somewhere warm.

I got lucky and the bus came just a minute after I reached the stop. As a public holiday, buses were only every 30 minutes instead of the usual 15 minute frequency. I had enough time to top up my snapper card before ThatJohn arrived and we went into the koru lounge. I was surprised to see most of the airport shops were open - very little opens on Christmas Day in New Zealand.

I was welcomed back and we made our way to a quiet corner. Actually the whole lounge was quiet and so we picked a spot with great views of the tarmac and runway.

The usual food selection was bolstered with ham and trimmings, and christmas mince slice (rather than christmas mince pies). We had some bubbles - Lindaeur Brut and Lindaeur Sauvignon Blanc were on offer, before switching to a nice pinot noir.

Just as ThatJohn's flight was called there was an announcement of delays due to Air NZ computer system going down. Oh dear, I've been here before (in October 2009 Air NZ's computers went down for several hours and yes I was flying that day too) and like that time I'm again flying sans boarding pass relying on the RFID chip.

Fortunately I have an overnight transit so I have plenty of time in case I get bumped from my flight due to missing a boarding pass. Still, I have another drink while I mull over ways to deal with any issues that may arise. Unlike the previous time, the computers came back up relatively quickly and we have just a 20 minute delay.

The flight was full - lots of kids and single parents with kids flying to their other family. The person beside me was sneezing away, which at the time I noted and didn't think much more of.

There was no special treatment for being Christmas Day - the usual choice of kasava crisps, fruit jelly pieces and a biscount; plus tea, coffee or water for drink. I was tired after a very hectic week and snoozed. When I awoke as we were descending I saw it was a bit gloomy in Auckland but dry and warm.

As we landed and taxiied to our gate I looked around for ZK-OKM, Air NZ's brand new 77W which had just been delivered the day before. It might have been sitting by one of the hangars (looked like a 777), but I was too far away to confirm it.

While preparing to disembark a passenger seated a couple of rows from me very nearly caused serious injury to a little kid when her small carry on smashed into the kids head when the overhead bin was opened. Ouch.

I quickly raced to the bus stop and just managed to catch a bus headed for town.
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AUCKLAND

With little traffic the ride in was the fastest I can remember (on a bus) - about 25 minutes.

I checked into the Crowne Plaza where I was staying on a Points Break award. The check in agent made a comment about the cheap rate I was getting and handed me the usual letter from GM to elites, plus my keycards. No surprise, I got my usual room on the floor below club floor, with a nice view. A gingerbread man, some chocolates and a welcome card were on the bed, but not the usual complimentary water bottle.

Next morning after an early wake up (but not so early as for my usual flight) and oh too little sleep I grabbed the newspaper (delivered nice and early to cater for guests checking out for the early morning departures), checked out and made my way to the airport on ths bus.
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AUCKLAND to SYDNEY (AKL-SYD) on Qantas 737-800 in business class

A fast run in by the bus was undone at the stop at domestic as several passengers debated with the driver as to whether they were at the right place. We weren't - they were all flying internationally, but it took some convincing. Over at international a short walk to the Qantas/Cathay Pacific premium check in lobby.

A quick swipe of my FF card and passport, a pause for 3 boarding passes to be printed, and I was checked in in under 30 seconds. There was no queue at the immigration desk inside the premium lobby, and so I quickly got the pre-clearance sticker and was on my way upstairs to departures. Normal immigration was fairly busy, and I noticed the new smartgate self-immigration kiosks for Australian & NZers over 18 with e-chip passports. Previously smartgate had only been available for arrival processing (and Australia arrival pre-processing), not departure.

The line for pre-cleared was short but not moving. A family of invalids (incredibly the group of half a dozen all were in wheelchairs or carrying crutches) were being processed with painful speed - no documentation filled in apparently. A queue built up behind me and eventually a roving officer suggests we skip ahead. The officer at the desk however was having none of this - please wait until I'm finished with this family. Despite the long queues in regular lines I would have been quicker going there than the "fast" pre-cleared line.

Eventually I was allowed to the desk where he gave a cursory check of my BP and passport and I was waved through. No sooner had I passed the desk, and joined a long line for security, than alarms sounded. "Please evacuate the building. Follow staff to a safe location. Please evacuate." Ah crud.
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There were over 100 of us in no mans land between immigration and security. We looked at each other, at the immigration officers and the security officers. No one of us wanted to go back out landside, but security checkpoints were closed.

The alarm to evacuate continued to sound.

There were no obvious signs of being in danger. None of the officers were in any hurry to escort us off.

We waited. Time slowed.

The alarm to evacuate continued to sound.

Eventually a supervisor for security came out and decided to screen the 100+ pax waiting. He urged the officers to clear everyone quickly.

Until I'd walked through I still was tensed, waiting to be told we had to go back landside (with the consequent hassle of reclearing immigration & a potential delay in our flights). I cleared the WTMD and unbelievable got pulled aside for a pat-down and explosives test. The alarms to evacuate continued to sound.

Once through security there is nowhere to go except past the shops and up to either the lounge or to the upper level shops and entrances to the gates. There was a steady stream headed for the upper level, but before I reached it the alarm stopped, and I backtracked to the lounge.
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Appreciate you investing the time for another legendary KF trip report! Looking forward to reading it unfold.
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I have a few hours before my next flight, and a good stock of liquid refreshments to keep my thoughts flowing nicely and to combat the heat. This lounge is very hot. If it is intended to encourage people to drink more then I think they are mistaken - in a couple of hours the lounge will be heaving with thirsty Aussies who need no encouragement to drink at the best of times. This is not the best of times, with just this morning England completing a thrashing in the Ashes cricket series.

At the moment, however, the lounge is quiet. One loud plonker sharing his phone call with the half dozen other passengers in the lounge has been told off (bravo to the lounge agent) and has complied by terminating his call.

Anyway, I digress. On with the report.
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