Once again, it was a flight in premium economy on the upper deck of an Airbus A380. The highlight of the flight, if you could call it that, was the most gruesome looking breakfast I have ever been served. I wrote about it in January 2015, so here is the review from then.
BA26 – Hong Kong to London Heathrow (HKG-LHR)
6 January 2015
Airbus A380-800 – G-XLEA
Seat: World Traveller Plus 61J
Departure: 00:10 Arrival: 04:15
It’s been a long time since I’ve been on the A380 and then only with Qantas so it was nice to be back on board one. I was in the bulkhead row of World Traveller Plus on this flight.
A lot of students were heading back to Hong Kong and I was sat next to one for the flight to London. Luckily they were all studious types or tired so it was a peaceful journey. Leg room was ample and compares nicely to the bulkhead row on Cathay in my previous report.
A Midnight Feast
We were soon in the air and dinner was served. Once again I didn’t keep the menu which is unusual. The meal arrived like this…
It was Beef again, this time with a mushroom gravy in the foil container. The wedges accompanying it were quite nice as were the vegetables. The Smoked Salmon starter was particularly worthy of mention too – it’s hard to get wrong and it was quite delicious.
Close up of the main…
… and the starter and dessert.
The flight attendant who was serving me copped on that I lived in Ireland. She was from Cork herself and she ended up giving me some extra special service which is evident by the fact that I have started off with two bottles of wine.
Throughout the flight she was absolutely superb, friendly, chatty and so on with all the passengers and deserves a special mention because of it.
The Airbus A380 Toilet And A Tuckbox
After the meal service I watched some movies and TV shows and what not, dozed for a bit, and visited the bathroom.
Everything was pleasant as it should be when flying. No nasty surprises anyway, which I prefer to avoid as much as possible! I also visited the galley later on and got myself a snack from the Tuckbox.
Eventually the cabin lights came back up and it was breakfast time!
The Gruesome Breakfast Makes Its Appearance!
When the tray was opened, we were faced with this gruesome looking meal. Forensic analysis revealed that it was – left to right – potato wedges, an egg and white cheese omelette, the black round disc is apparently tomato and something that was once bacon. It was accompanied with a dry little cake, that cheap yoghurt that tastes fake, juice and a coffee.
Just to really get you into what I saw, below is close up of the main breakfast dish. Scrumptious! Makes you want to buy a ticket on British Airways doesn’t it? To be fair, the wedges were nice, and the bacon was acceptable. The tomato, if you overlook the fact it went to a nuclear war, was passable. The cheese omelette thing too wasn’t bad. However, I still vote it as gruesome on looks alone.
Overall it was edible but it wasn’t the best breakfast I’ve ever seen on board (that, in case you haven’t read my reports before, is still the Aer Lingus one). Soon after, we landed at Heathrow and I took myself off to the Galleries lounge for more drinks and fun before heading back to Dublin.
I always enjoy flying with British Airways. The service on the ground and in the air is usually of a very high quality. The employees are very helpful and friendly at all times which I like. Some of the product can be a little hit and miss, such as the meals, but it’s never bad and usually it’s very good.
It never really exceeds expectations, but you never really go away feeling like you didn’t get what you should have. I would recommend flying World Traveller Plus to Sydney as the extra space and quieter cabin make a massive difference to the whole experience. I’ll be doing it all again next year and am looking forward to it!
And that is how I reported on things at the time. That breakfast is perhaps the worst one I have had on board to this day. Funnily enough, one of the best breakfasts I ever had on a flight was served by British Airways, so you just never know!
Have you ever been served a meal that looked as gruesome as my breakfast on an airline before? I’d love to hear about it! Thanks for reading and if you have any comments or questions, please leave them below.
Featured image by Tomás Del Coro from Las Vegas via Wikimedia Commons.