This is my first time writing a trip report, so please do forgive me if it is a little rough around the edges.
Me and my husband recently celebrated our wedding anniversary, and we decided to go to Tel Aviv. We took advantage of our BA Amex 2-4-1 voucher and 100,000 Avios later we were booked.
Having never flown BA First (or any first) before I was really excited, and my inner AV geek was bursting at the seams!
We drove down from Manchester on the day of the flight with plenty of time to enjoy the Concorde room. As this was a night flight, we took full advantage of the food service and enjoyed a delicious 3 course meal (with a few extras just to sample of course). We thought the food was of a high quality and would happily have paid for this in a restaurant.
The Concorde room was very quiet and relaxing, which was perfect seeing as we had arrived early and had five hours to enjoy. They were serving Laurent Perrier Grande Siècle champagne which was very quaffable, and we enjoyed this both in the lounge and on the flight.
After dinner (and many glasses of champagne) we retired to our pre-booked cabana. This was easily reserved via the you first telephone line. This was a pleasant space away from the lounge and offered privacy you otherwise would not get. It was fairly basic, but with comfy seating, a private bathroom with a shower and a tv, it was perfect. There was a button you could press, and a waiter would arrive to take your order (menus were available in the room). We promptly ordered espresso martinis!
After enjoying this splendid lounge, it was time to leave and make our way to the B satellite terminal to catch our flight on this new 787-9 plane. I believe the plane is only a year old and features the new BA First suite.
Priority boarding was strictly enforced and soon we were being welcomed onboard. We were personally shown to our seat and promptly given a glass of the same champagne we had in the lounge. The cabin crew member showed us the features of this new seat and was very warm and welcoming. The overall feel of the cabin was very sumptuous. The traditional BA blue lighting and the finish was very high. The seat was incredibly comfortable, and of course leg room was more than ample.
After take-off dinner service was promptly started. Seeing as this flight was very short, dinner was served with expedience but never felt rushed. After dinner I requested the turn down service and slept for a couple of hours. At this point I must point out how delightful and cheery the cabin crew member was. I know BA get a bit of stick for their cabin crew, but this time was different, and she could not do enough to ensure out flight was comfortable and enjoyable.
In terms of food, everything was very good and tasty. The only exception being the steak, but when is steak ever good on a plane? However, it did the trick on this occasion and was perfectly acceptable. The desert in particular was outstanding.
During the flight, I got talking to the cabin crew member and she happily showed me the crew rest areas and even arranged for a visit to the flight deck once we had landed. We were able to spend a few minutes chatting to the captain and first officer and got a real feel for the amazing cockpit of this new plane.