I spent about 8 days in Europe traveling around Austria and Budapest – Needless to say, it was an incredible trip though it was cut short due to weather and one of my flights being cancelled to Prague. It was time to head back home to Los Angeles and I was departing from Vienna to London and then on to to Los Angeles. This was my last trip of the year for 2014 and it was a bitter sweet feeling, specially because I was flying my favorite aircraft – which is American Airlines 777-300ER in which I have spent quite a bit of my time on throughout the year. 3 days out from departure – my upgrade cleared and I used a SWU, I was booked 3G which is the mini cabin and I know some of you can relate that flying the mini cabin on board the 777-300ER feels like a private jet and its indeed one of my favorite features of this aircraft.
Prior to my flight I went to visit the First Class Galleries Lounge for British Airways – as a OneWorld Emerald and Executive Platinum – I was granted access immediately. The staff was friendly, attentive and caring and made themselves available for anything I needed during my visit to the lounge. The British Airways First Class Lounge is located on Terminal 3 next to the American Airlines Admirals Club / Flagship Lounge in which I also visited before departure. The Galleries First Class lounge it’s one of my favorite OneWorld Lounges in Heathrow. They have a solid food spread at different hours of the day, the drink selection is large & the champagne bar is the icing on the cake, if you haven’t visited this lounge yet – I highly recommend it.
After spending some of my time lounge hopping and shopping around Heathrow airport – It was time to head out to my gate for boarding which happened right on time. Starting with First and Business Class passengers. I was the second one on board and made myself at home on my seat 3G (mini cabin). At my seat there were several things waiting for me.
- The Business Class menu.
- Immigration form.
- Bottle of Water
And shortly after settling down – The friendly flight attendant came around to introduce himself and offer me a pre-departure beverage. I selected champagne and waited until the boarding process ended.
Meanwhile during boarding, the lights of the cabin were dimmed a bit and I decided to see what the menu offered – I knew what the main menu was but I didn’t know what the pre-arrival meal was. I tend to pre-select my meals before my flight and when I saw the dishes being offered, they were all brand new dishes that I haven’t had before so I was excited to see something new being offered. For dinner I selected the Tenderloin of Beef with Koren bulgogi sauce, mixed vegetables and wasabi mash potatoes.
The Menu reads as follow
Dessert Menu & Pre-Arrival Meal selection
Wine List & Beverages
Boarding ended and shortly after the captain came on the PA to welcome us onboard and letting us know that it was going to be a great flight – we had a slightly delayed take off because of traffic at Heathrow which is to be expected and that we would be arriving in Los Angeles slightly 10 minutes after our estimated time of arrival. He also notified us that our flight time from London Heathrow to Los Angeles would be 10 hours and 50 minutes. The captain was also very friendly. Sure enough, after at least 10 minutes of waiting – we were cleared for take off. Our take off roll was powerful and during the climb out we encountered a bit of chop but shortly after the ride was very smooth. Once we reached cruising altitude the cabin crew started their service. One thing to keep in mind, being on the mini cabin means that you will be among the first one on Business Class to get your orders, drinks, hot nuts so be prepared. I made myself comfortable on my seat while hot nuts and my diet coke came around.
Shortly after having my hot nuts and diet coke – I requested to the cabin crew that I would have my dinner later on the flight – I was not very hungry so they were ok with it and keep in mind that this is dinner on the demand and you can have your food at anytime of the flight you would like. I took a nap for a few hours and woke up with 7 hours to go until arrival, at that time I was hungry and requested my dinner to come. Service was flawless and on point, the cabin crew was super attentive, which always a plus. Before dinner, my starter came and I’ve had this starter before on previews flights but for some reason, this one seemed to taste better than ever, the salmon was just super fresh!!
- Smoked Salmon with spring pea blinis and cream cheese.
- Seasonal green salad with fresh vegetables, asparagus and pesto bocconcini.
After finishing my starter, the main course came around which was the tenderloin of Beef with Koren bulgogi sauce, mixed vegetables and wasabi mash potatoes.
After having my dinner – The friendly flight attendant came around to offer me the American Airlines signature ice cream sundae. I decided to pass on it and have some treats from the walk up bar on board which is another of my favorite features on board 777-300ER. The walk up bar had cheese plates, brownies, cheesecake, jello, fruit platter and much more and as far as beverages, plenty of water, wine and sodas.
American Airlines walk up bar
Since I skipped my usual Sundae on board, I selected some treats to compliment it – simple but very tasty.
Shortly after having my dessert – I decided to get some sleep – We had about 6 hours and 45 minutes until arrival in Los Angeles and I was extremely tired. Little did I know that when I woke up from my “nap” we were 30 minutes away until landing, getting woken up by the captains announcement that we would start our descent shortly, so I indeed missed the pre-arrival meal. The flight attendants were super caring and after waking up, they asked me if I wanted anything prior to arrival and I kindly answered “No, Thank you.”. I slept great as per usual on my business class seat.
Here are a few things that needs improvement – Some of you may disagree but mainly it’ just my opinion. My dinner was simply delicious but the steak seemed to be bloody red which could have been a cooking issue, the rest of the dinner (mash potatoes and veggies) were delicious. I particularly don’t eat beef that is bloody red in the middle because it concerns me which seemed to be extremely rare, like I said – some of you may say “Thats how I steak should look like.” but when its too red that seemed to be undercooked, I will pass on it. Unlike my delicious steak I had in First Class from JFK to LAX months ago, that was perfectly cooked.
Bottom line & final thoughts:
The service on board from London Heathrow to Los Angeles by the cabin crew was outstanding – they were all very attentive and focused on making the flight for the passengers enjoyable. They walked around the cabin multiple times to check up on me and the rest of the passengers. The starter meal was great, the walk up bar snacks were also very tasty and overall, I truly enjoyed my flight from London to Los Angeles, just as I enjoyed my flight from Los Angeles to London Heathrow. You cannot beat 10 hours in the sky, with a flat bed, a walk up bar and tasty food at 30 thousand feet in the air. I am looking forward to flying this route again in February.
Have you flown this route before? If so, how was your experience?