New York to London December 28 2015 British Airways BA174 6:55PM - 6:55AM 777-200 First Class Seat 2F
This flight is on the Atlantic Ocean taxi route, New York to London. I was looking forward to flying BA First class, particularly using the Concorde Room in JFK.
My flight departed at 6:55PM so at 2.30PM, my driver picked me up from the hotel and we arrived at JFK around 3PM.
Airport & lounge The BA counter was very quiet at this time of the day and I checked in straight away. Because there was no one around, the agent said “come with me please” and with my passport and boarding pass in his hand, he led me to the priority security area used by status holders and business class passengers. The agent marched right to the front of the queue and handed my passport and boarding pass to the guard - I felt the eyes of the status holders and business class passengers looking disapprovingly at me what could I do? Haha The guard checked the details and handed it back to me, the agent bid me farewell and returned to his desk. After security, I walked up a weird sloping hallway turn left and saw the Concorde Room, which was very low key, non grand entrance.
The lounge was very quiet with only three passengers. I like the decor of the Concorde Room, probably because it reminds me of my grandmother’s house.
I liked Christmas tree!
A lounge attendant came over to inform me that the kitchen is not opened yet and dining will begin at 5PM. I thought to myself “Great, I arrived already and now have to wait over 1 hour with nothing to eat” Lol I did some work on my notebook and waited. The lounge started to fill up and by that I mean there were 12 people haha. The lights in the dining room were turned on and passengers gradually made their way to dining area, but I was there early because I wanted to take some pictures.
The dining room and bar. The alcohol selection was very comprehensive but unlike the London Concorde Room, they do not have the Laurent Perrier Grand Siecle at the bar.
Shortly after 5:00PM, the waiter came with the menu and set the table up. I had not eaten lunch in Manhattan so I was very hungry.
The bread basket.
My travel companion and I had both had the lobster bisque as a starter. It was absolutely delicious! Creamy and rich but not overly salty with little bits of crab meat and shredded scallops, the tarragon sour cream added a bit of tart flavour. I lathered butter on my bread rolled and cleaned up the plate!
I ordered roasted New Zealand rack of lamb, haricot vert, spaghetti squash, onion confit, sweet potato puree, red wine jus for the main course. The lamb was a bit fatty and but it was tender and cooked just the way I like it, pink! It was not a big rack but that is okay because I am planning to eat onboard! Lol
My travel companion ordered soy, tamarind glazed Atlantic cod, baby bok choy, Lap Cheong Farro risotto, lemongrass foam.
Finally I ordered deconstructed New York cheesecake for dessert.
Followed by cognac.
Dinner took almost an hour and by the time we finished it was near 6PM and close to boarding.
Soon it was time to bid farewell to the Concorde Room. After a short walk, we reached the gate.
The flight This was going to a short flight and I was hoping on maximising my sleep but that would mean no trip report. So I put on a brave face and decided to stay up and have dinner AGAIN! Boarding was effortless and soon I was welcomed onboard but not shown to my seat. Whilst BA packs in 14 seats in this 777-200 and it doesn’t feel like a real First Class, the mood lighting and atmosphere is very sexy. BA has done a good job to make it look very classy.
Once I settled down, a glass champagne Lauren Perrier Grand Siecle was offered, which I happily accepted.
Menus were handed out
Shortly after take-off the cabin crew came through to take the order.
I decided against my better judgement and three course meal I had at the lounge just over 1 hour ago to order another three course meal! So that is six courses dinner in 2-3 hours!
I decided to continue with the champagne and cabin crew informs me she has to open new bottle. She brings the bottle to me and opens the bottle, pop! But when she goes to pour the champagne, the bottle slips off her hand and she tries to juggle to save it but the bottle dances in the air and the champagne spills all over!
I had my first shower on BA F class but not the same kind on Emirates. She was very apologetic but I was soaked in champagne. But we couldn’t move seats because all 14 seats were occupied lol
Later she came back with a glass she already poured at the galley haha just to be safe.
The table was set with salmon pre-starter.
For starter, I ordered the king prawns on papaya carpaccio with truffle vinaigrette and crispy prosciutto. It was fine, the prawns were not overcooked.
For main course, I ordered tandoori spiced cod and black lentils with coriander and Indian spiced okra with mango. I wish the tandoori had more kick in it, it was very tasteless and the lentil on the right side look like dog poo! Lol
For dessert, I ordered dark chocolate fondant with salted caramel and coconut. To be honest this is not a fondant, I make fondant at home and its supposed to runny chocolate in the center. This is more like a chocolate mousse cake. It very sweet.
OMG finally, after six courses in 3 hours I am ready for bed. The crew make up my bed for me while I go to the toilet.
I ask the crew not to wake me for breakfast because we would land in London in about 4 hours, due to favorable headwinds.
Before landing the cabin crew who showered me with champagne came and apologised again, offering to give me a bottle of champagne as an apology. But I couldn’t accept it because I was transiting in LHR to CDG. Damn! I could have had some Laurent Perrier Grand Siecle!! Ah sigh.
The transit in LHR was a nightmare, if I can avoid transiting in LHR next time I would avoid it.
British Airways Concorde Room
New York - JFK
London - LHR
I’ve never tried other lounges in JFK but the BA Concorde Room in JFK is probably one of the best ones. Although there are no celebrities or famous chefs associated with the lounge like Alain Ducasse for Air France, the meals were still delicious. The BA F cabin is not as private as other airlines but the mood lightning made up for but the onboard meals were not as good as on the ground. The lounge attendants and waiter were proactive and the onboard crew were great despite me getting showered by champagne, at least it wasn’t cheap champagne :)
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