I ate the first Gluten Free meal on the A380
Minutes later the seatbelt sign goes out as we level off, still staring at my personal screen, I have to pinch myself as I remember that I am actually sitting in the front row of this incredible engineering feat! Yes, right now I'm in first class with my feet up just marvelling at my surroundings. A quick pause in proceedings as a pot of T2 English breakfast arrives, "A Cacao fine chocolate with your tea Mr Horne?" "Sure why not". Shame I don't drink as that glass of Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve looks very nice, takes me back a few years to a company visit we did to their Reims headquarters. Ok, you can tell, I'm pretty relaxed; well I need to be as it is only a short flight from Auckland to Sydney and I have to make the best of it! Earlier I was served some Grilled Asparagus Spears with Smoked Salmon just prior to take off then had some Seared Hapuka with Sauce Vierge and Roast Vegetables. The meal was served on Bone China and spread on a crisp white table cloth across a table big enough to take a Monopoly board - I guess if I had a friend with me they could have sat at my table and joined in.
Then again First Class is designed for privacy and personal indulgence, so who needs friends when you have an individual entertainment system in front of you, an amazing seat that goes flat at the push of a button, privacy screens that block out the neighbours and best of all is the lack of engine noise...just amazing. Ah, that is so good!! I just found the massage control on the touch screen next to me; I didn't know that the human body had that many zones. Ooh hello that was interesting, let me find that button again!
So far the only thing I have found annoying is the constant interruption, "Would you like some water Mr Horne, anything else Mr Horne etc?" Can't they see that I'm in my best literary mode, drinking tea and listening to country music...not your usual First Class passenger I guess!
I guess you are all wondering what on earth I'm doing here in the first place. Reho Travel are a Qantas Platinum Travel Agent and one of the privileges is an annual surprise that has ranged from meeting John Travolta to a birthday party in Longreach. Being one of the first people to fly on the A380 has been the best of all the events, no doubt one day I will tell my grand children that I was on the inaugural international Qantas A380 flight. I hope you all get a chance to fly it one day.