Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Heading Home for Chinese New Year: Hong Kong to San Francisco


I failed in my attempt to have Lydia seated in Suites prior to landing so we could exit the plane together. However, the crew did make sure that Lydia came down to the Suites section when we arrived and was ready to de-plane. An escort waiting for us when we got off the plane. We requested to go to the United lounge instead of the SQ's own Silverkris lounge since I knew that they had no showers there. I'm surprised that the United lounge was still open with no more United flights for the day. The only ones in the lounge were us and another couple who were also flying in Suites.

We left the lounge right on the departure time published on our boarding passes. It wasn't clear if there was going to be an escort back to the plane so we were pleasantly surprised to find the escort waiting for us outside the lounge when we left. Boarding had just begun when we got to the gate so the lines were still long due to the annoying additional security screening for US bound flights although our escort did make sure that we were able to bypass the line.

Lydia and I said goodbye at the aerobridge this time. I could tell that this part of the flight was going to be much better as soon as I got on. Unlike the first flight, the in-flight supervisor personally came over to say hi, informed me of the flight time (a disappointing short 10 hours) and made sure I was well taken care of.

The load in Suites was much lighter on this flight. I only remembered the couple seating right in front of me although there might have been someone else in the front cabin.

Once we got airborne the crew made sure my glass of Krug never stayed empty. I had Book-the-Cook some noodles and wonton for supper but decided to save it for breakfast/brunch/early dinner before landing. I wasn't all too hungry but the Beef Wellington sounded particularly appertizing especially after seeing it as a regular item on Gordon Ramsay's Hell's Kitchen.


Beef Wellington
Once I got done with supper, it was time to convert my suite into the oh-so-elusive double bed in the sky. It took two flight attendants about ten minutes to setup. I like that the suites were totally private with the sliding doors but the bed itself wasn't the best bed in the sky I've tried before. I would rate Lufthansa's seat/bed combo on their 747 higher. It was awesome that I had all the space but in reality the second bed was just wasted space since I was pretty much limited to one bed anyway with having to buckle up the seatbelts. Goes without saying that would have enjoyed it much more with Lydia!

I only managed to sleep for 4-5 hours before I continued watching the movies on offer. A cabin crew would always be there after returning from the rest room to check if I needed anything.

About an hour and a half before arrival info San Francisco, it was time for breakfast/brunch or an early dinner/late lunch according to San Francisco time. The meal started of with some fruits that went extremely well with the cottage cheese. This was followed up with the lobster wonton noodles, dim-sum and even more Krug and orange juice.

Right before the seat belt signs came on, the in flight supervisor came to check that I enjoyed the flight and without me asking said that he would make sure that Lydia would be brought down once we arrived in San Francisco. The stewardess made sure I had another glass of Krug for the road while enjoying the sunset.

I love arriving into SFO instead of the chaos of LAX. There were no immigration lines and bags were already waiting for us once we got out.


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