IN FLIGHT: British Airways First Class
BRITISH Airways – SGN-SYD
British Airways First Class is everything you would expect in a quintessentially English luxury experience. Large suites arranged in a 1-2-1 format have plenty of room for even the tallest of customers to stretch out, with plenty of storage, a large table and of course a huge inflight entertainment screen — capped off with exceptional service.
A glass of fine Laurent-Perrier Champagne started things off, with the attentive cabin steward looking somewhat disappointed when I decided not to opt for a full meal on this late night departure. “Just the soup,” I told him, not sure whether that twinkle could that have actually been a tear in his eye, as I declined the other choices which included beef tenderloin, a king prawn curry or baked mushroom lasagne. Of course the carrot and cumin soup was a delight, served with a flourish in fine bone china — and I definitely couldn’t resist a chocolate or two along with a nightcap of some very classy 2011 Bordeaux.
When it was time for bed the crew sprung into action, fitting a very soft mattress topper and reclining the flatbed into position. The pyjamas I received are now my very favourites, along with a comprehensive amenity kit complete with all the essentials including some Elemis toiletries. Unfortunately this brief sector was all too short, and it seemed only moments before I was awakened as the flight began its approach into Sydney. A nice mug of hot tea provided the perfect starter for the new day, and capped off an extremely memorable BA First experience.