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May 2007 : Flight Log : BA56

BA56 Johannesburg (JNB) - London Heathrow (LHR)

The boarding process at JNB had been a bit of a nightmare - no wonder they start it so early! - but eventually I was able to settle into 2A, with a glass of apple juice and a somewhat non-standard mixture of macadamias and cashews. My amenity kit arrived, complete with an aromatherapy sleep aid which meant that, of my four BA F flights in 2007 to date, only the LHR-inbounds provided this feature. Most odd! On this occasion, I decided to change into my PJs on the ground. The doors were closed at 2013 and the cabin was sprayed with a horrid insecticide. We pushed back at 2027, but take-off was a full twenty minutes later. As we had taken off towards the south, a full 180-degree about-turn was required.

Once airborne, I had my customary glass of Champagne to accompany what I thought was a rather fine selection of canapés, consisting of a spring roll, a piece of chicken and a king prawn wrapped in bacon. The drinks orders and meal orders had all been taken prior to departure.



Starters Champagne
Balsamic roasted salmon served with a Creole salad and chilli dressing Perrier Jouet Belle Epoque 1999
Roasted pepper with tomato, anchovy and garlic  
Green pea and avocado soup White Wines
Fresh salad leaves with your choice of balsamic vinaigrette or ranch dressing Chablis Grand Cru Bougros, Cote Bougerots 2004, Domaine William Fèvre
  Sancerre La Chapelle  des Augustins 2005, Henri Bourgeois
Main Jordan Winery Chardonnay 2004, Stellenbosch
Grilled fillet steak with sumo chips, roast vegetables, broccoli and green peppercorn sauce  
Breast of chicken with garlic and cream cheese on pesto rice with spinach timbale and roast pepper sauce Red Wines
Seafood thermidor with squid ink noodles, roast peppers, herb butter and courgettes Chateau Beychevelle1996, Grand Cru Classé Saint-Julien
Warm lamb kofta served on fresh tabouleh Morgan Twelve Clones Pinot Noir 2005, Santa Lucia Highlands
  Simon Sig Tiara 2000, Stellenbosch
Warm chocolate coffee fondant Dessert Wines
Blackberry ripple cheesecake Bonnezeaux 2003, Chateau de Fesles, Loire Valley
  Warre's 1988 Colheita Port
Cheese Plate  
A selection of cheese Spirits, Digestifs and Liqueursr
A basket of fresh fruit Gonzalez Byass Sherries
  Smirnoff Black Label Vodka
Snacks Tanqueray No. Ten Gin
Bacon roll served with tomato ketchup Johnnie Walker Blue Label Scotch Whisky
Penne pasta with you choice of tomato and olive sauce or blue cheese sauce The Glenlivet 18-year-old Single Malt Whisky
Duchy of Cornwall biscuits Woodford Reserve Kentucky Whiskey
A selection of cheese and fruit Camus XO Cognac
A basket containing a selection of sweet and savoury treats is available between meals  
  Soft Drinks
Beverages A selection of traditional and modern drinks
Twinings Teas - Traditional English Breakfast, Darjeeling, Earl Grey or Pure Geen Highland Spring still or sparkling mineral water
Twinings Fruit and Herb Infusions - Pure Camomile, Pure Peppermint, Lemon and Ginger, or Blackcurrant, Ginseng and Vanilla  
Coffee - Freshly roasted and ground, decaffeinated, espresso or cappuccino  

I had the soup, followed by the chicken, both of which were very good indeed. By now, I was drinking the Sancerre. I decided to have the cheesecake for a change, but found it surprisingly heavy and didn't quite manage to finish it. I ended with my usual sleep-friendly blackcurrant tea. I slept reasonably well, though not continuously, finally waking up at 0420 UK time over a bumpy Mediterranean. I noticed that we over-flew both Sardinia and Nice.

Chilled fruit juice
An energising fruit smoothie
A selection of yoghurts
A selection of cereals
Fresh seasonal fruit plate
A wide selection of breakfast pastries and rolls
Scrambled eggs, bacon, mushrooms, sausage and tomato
Roast pepper frittata
Bacon club sandwich
Twinings Teas - Traditional English Breakfast, Darjeeling, Earl Grey or Pure Geen
Twinings Fruit and Herb Infusions - Pure Camomile, Pure Peppermint, Lemon and Ginger, or Blackcurrant, Ginseng and Vanilla
Coffee - Freshly roasted and ground, decaffeinated, espresso or cappuccino

Having changed back into my normal clothes, I enjoyed a breakfast that was remarkably similar to the one I had on BA55 : orange juice on this occasion, followed by Fruit and Fibre, followed by scrambled egg on toast with bacon, all washed down with Earl Grey tea. Lovely!

We made two circuits in the stack over South-East London, which I'm sure didn't do Bruce's nerves much good, given that he had a tight connection onto United at Heathrow. We eventually landed on 09L at 0635, making it onto stand by 0644.

Date: Sun 27 May 2007
Aircraft : B747-400
Scheduled dep : 2015
Actual departure : 2027
Scheduled arrival : 0620+1
Actual arrival : 0644+1
Cabin : First
Seat : 2A

Flight History 2007