|First step- AA Priority Check in at LAX|
Which is all to say, I love this crazy hobby. I'm even managing to love this extra long taxi time at LAX courtesy of the massive overbooking of flights and gates that the AA/US merger has made us accustomed to. (But don't even get me started on the painful arrival delays because there's never a gate when you need one) What it also has allowed though, is the passing out of pajamas and the taking of pre-orders for dinner. This, I’m actually a fan of. Give that it's now well past 1am here, anything that speeds up the meal service and gets us to sleep faster is good.
What’s a new experience though, is that we’ve apparently become victim of a rare “wind shift” that’s added an extra 30 minutes of taxi time to our take off while we roll down to the other end of the runway for an eastward departure. I suppose I should just call myself lucky that we’re getting to experience an over-city takeoff, right? Right.
Ground delay aside, this flight is showing promise. They've stocked mattress pads in business class, and haven't gotten rid of the spicy Asian salad dressing on the first course. So far, so good!
Wheels up (finally), lets' go!
Part 3: Halfway there....Somewhere over the Pacific.
So, 8 hours in, 7 to go. I’ve gotten some decent sleep, but a few more hours wouldn’t hurt. You know you mileage run a lot when you get excited about 3 new episodes of Big Bang Theory on the IFE. Just so you know, there’s 3 new episodes!
This is the first time I’ve taken this flight to Hong Kong that leaves around midnight, instead of the afternoon flight. On the one hand it seems like it should make perfect sense and wipe out jetlag naturally- you leave late at night, and arrive in the morning. Simple, right? Well….not quite, as evidenced by the fact that I’m putting together this post smack in the middle of the flightpath. Somehow…don’t ask me how, my body remembers that it’s actually 9am in Los Angeles.
|Mattress pad, blankie, all tucked in for the 'night'.|
|Current offerings at the Flagship Lounge (self-serve)|
It looks like we've got a great group for this trip. Some I've 'run with' and some not. It seems like just about everyone who's anyone in the mileage running community is headed East this weekend or next, getting a jump on 2018's qualification & probably burning some of their last expiring Systemwide Upgrades in style.
|Pork belly salad at the Qantas First lounge. As I'll talk about later, apparently this month is all about pork at QF.|
Next up: A day in Hong Kong.