Someone was a little excited to get to her seat!
The amenity kit and PJs were distributed shortly after we had settled in
The men’s amenity kit – I do appreciate the different and extensive goodies Qantas provides compared to say Singapore Airlines
The female amenity kit
Pano from 4A
Getting stuck into the Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs 2005, along with a mushroom gougere, and Calvisius caviar tartlet with creme fraiche.
Lunch was finally set hours into the flight
Let’s get down to business!
Just some bread right?
Surprise! Yummy soft cloves of garlic baked into the mini loaf
Zucchini soup with olive and parmesan churros – richer than expected, and delicious
Roast duck with tomatillo and corn salsa, cabbage and tostadas – lucky for me, Leslie deferred and let me have the final serve available of this – good kick of spice – highly recommend!
Whilst the presentation wasn’t the hodge podge eyesore that usually indicates an awesome biryani, the flavour was great for an inflight meal.
Leslie had the cheeses and the Brokenwood Sticky Wicket Semillon 2008
Whilst I had the warm caramel apple tart and vanilla cream.
Super duper comfy converted bed!
And back in seat mode.
Snack time – champagne, ginger beer, and the signature steak sandwich with tomato and chilli relish
From memory this was somewhere over California.
I initially wondered why we couldn’t just divert to Houston (IAH) but I guess given the length of the flight crew were close to being timed out and it was easier to re-staff from LAX where Qantas staff are based.
Champagne breakfast and silicon valley = happy days
Thanks to the diversion we missed our onwards flight to Austin. As did about 30 others. So American put us on a coach for the 3 hour ride down to ATX. The time it took to get there was slightly annoying, but after a rest stop for some greasy Whataburger we survived with a story to tell.
That said, I still really dislike the 1-1-1 layout of the Qantas First Class Cabin, and the food and service offerings do feel lacking.