executive first

April 24th, 2011 / by / in: travel / 5 Responses

I still have a bunch of Paris photos to post, but I thought I’d take a break and post about one of my favourite things — airplanes upgrades! I’m happy to be in any class on an airplane (it means that I am on an airplane), but Executive First pods on the way home made the flight extra fun. With my Star Alliance Gold status, I get lounge access and priority boarding, but sitting in a pod is the best perk of being an elite. (Not my perk — Mike has the status with Aeroplan, mine’s with United. I handle the North American upgrades and he handles the international ones.)

The Maple Leaf Lounge at CDG. Pretty small, but it has mini Evians and mini baguettes and mini cheese. The mini Evian is especially nice because they usually only have gross Dasani water on the plane.

My seat for eight hours. Note the aforementioned Dasani on the right.

Our cabin wasn’t very full. The entire middle row on both sides was empty except for one person at the back.

We sat in 9K and 10K. The D and G seats were empty. I like how the first class cabin is split up into two mini cabins, although I would probably prefer to sit in the first one. I always feel awkward when the economy passengers walk through and look at you. I feel like they’re judging me.

The little Air Canada amenity kit — socks, earplugs, sleep mask, toothbrush and the world’s tiniest tube of toothpaste.

Fun seat controls! The seat lies down perfectly flat if you want to sleep, and you can basically control all the parts of the seat.

The menu. The food was decent.

Waving au revoir to France!

The IFE screen. I rarely watch movies or tv on flights.

It was nice to have the middle row of seats empty because I literally couldn’t see any other people while I was sitting.

Pre-lunch snack and drink. One flight attendant commented to the other that everyone was ordering Perrier. “What is this, the Perrier flight?” she asked. WHAT DO YOU EXPECT ON A FLIGHT OUT OF FRANCE?

The appetizer was foie gras (bleh!), mango, some kind of meat, salad, and bread. I used to order vegetarian meals on Air Canada but I stopped because a) it makes upgrades harder and b) they’re not very good. Because the vegetarian meals overlap with some of the other special meals, 95% of the time they’re some kind of chickpea thing. And once, I got weird spicy noodles for BREAKFAST. After that, I decided to stop ordering the vegetarian meals entirely.

Oops, I’m missing a photo of my main. It was the salmon with potatoes from the menu. I think Mike had the mushroom ravioli. He also had a glass of one of the red wines and said it was pretty good. (I usually avoid the wines.) Anyway, this was the après-meal cheese plate snack thing.

EDIT: Mike had an iPhone photo of his ravioli:

Dessert was a chocolate lava cake or fruit. As you can see, I picked the fruit.

They dimmed the lights and a lot of people went to sleep, even though it was a daytime flight. I napped a little, edited photos, and watched the moving map. The seat was SO comfortable. Aaaaahhhhhhh. Mike reclined his seat to lie flat and went to sleep. The difference between the pod and an economy seat is like night and day. If you hate flying (blasphemy!), you won’t hate it in a deliciously comfy pod. Of course, I realize that pretty much no one who reads this (including me) will pay the thousands of dollars that an Executive First seat costs for a longhaul flight, but when it’s free? SO WORTH IT.

Almost home!

Before landing snack. Some kind of meat, duck, cheese, fruit, and a box of chocolates.

I’ll think of you next time I fly longhaul economy, my pod.

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