EK385 HKG-LHR First Class
Hong Kong's Chek Lap Kok isn't the world's most exciting airport. I was one of the last to fly into the old Kai Tak where the landing really was as dramatic as the video (see link) makes out. It is though very efficient, light and airy. Emirates have fifth freedom flights from here but of course it's an outpost for them so you might be surprised to hear the lounge isn't too bad. I couldn't take any pictures because there were too many passengers in. Anyway, you don't take this flight for the lounge service do you? You do it because it is a cheap way to experience something few will ever do. Taking a shower at 40,000 feet!
Everyone's taste in decor is different and some may find the use of gold trim and highly polished wood surfaces a little garish. What you can't deny though is that the First Class cabin on the A380 in Emirates trim is extremely luxurious. In fact, so much so it made me feel a little guilty for having it so good. I went for a stroll back through Business (while my partner took a shower) to see the bar. The Business Class section looked pretty good too but I returned to my seat with a big silly smile.
Food & Beverage
Pre flight Champagne? Yes please. Dom of course, this is First. This was complemented by a generous bowl of warmed mixed nuts. There was an excellent choice of still wines including the Medoc, which accompanied my cheese. Chateau La Lagune 2000. Honestly though, when you've got Dom on tap you do, don't you.
Only one meal service on this 3 hour flight. First course accompanied by a nice bowl of crisp, fresh, salad leaves (BA please note, this is possible). My first course was barbecued crispy duck, plum sauce, sweet and sour fruit salad. Delicious. My partner's was pastrami salmon, aromatic oriental spices, mustard sauce, apple and potato salad, quail's egg.
Main was Pan-fried chicken breast (BA please note, it was tender), chicken jus, sauted mushrooms, garlic infused mash potato, broccoli and pumpkin. My partner ate stir-fried jumbo prawns in lemongrass and ginger sauce with egg noodles and snow peas.
Cheese board was very generous, but we could only eat the goat's cheese, which was nothing special but at least they had some.
Firstly, we arrived bang on time. I wouldn't have minded being an hour or two late. In-flight, the FAs were brilliant. They were relaxed, charming, efficient. Even though this was a brief flight arriving 11 pm, when we asked for pyjamas they were provided with a smile. The FA twigged they were a trophy and seemed delighted by our enthusiasm. I don't have a single bad word to say about it and will certainly plan future travel to be able to do it again. Next time, perhaps a longer route - Incheon to Dubai seems to be well priced sometimes...