Airline

Virgin Australia , Business Class Los Angeles – Sydney

 

Virgin calls business class on their newly refitted 777 “The Business” and as soon as you step on board it is hard not to be impressed with the new cabin design.  The seats are laid in a reverse herringbone pattern and angled for privacy also everyone has direct aisle access.  Sitting down you can’t see into any other seat unless you lean forward wich is nice. The seat is very comfortable both in the upright and reclined positions, with a large 18inch touch screen and all the features you would expect in a business class seat.

At LAX Virgin Australia business class passengers have access to the Star Alliance Busines Lounge wich is really nice.

The flight time is 15hrs departing LAX at 10:30pm local time and gets to Sydney two days later at 6:30am.  Just after boarding I was offered a glass of champagne and the head stewardess introduced him self to me. After take off dinner orders were taken , it’s an ala cart service with the menu designed bu Luke Mangan made to order so no set meal times and no carts going up and down the isles. As I was tired I opted to have mine straight away, about 15 minutes later dinner was served.  The food was all fresh and tasty I would not go as far as saying restaurant quality still quite satisfying.

Shortly after finishing dinner I asked for my bed to be made got into the provided pajamas and had a solid 9hrs sleep.

The new cabin is so cool and comfortable, the service was friendly while still being very professional and I had a great night sleep. I have always been a fan of Virgin Australia this flight was everything I would expect from them and more.

The lighting while very cool to experience in flight it doesn’t do much for photography and the fact that this was a night flight even more so the pics are not great(except the one below wich is from Virgin Australia).

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Photo Virgin Australia

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18 inch touch screen

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From the sitting view you can see how big the screen looks. The table is mounted on rails and slides down toward you and folds open to double in size. There is heaps of room im 180cm and even fully stretched out I don’t touch the end.

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Virgin Australia Business Class Seat

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Storage beside the seat with power point , usb port , headphone jack and the IFE remote control

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Another small storage space

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Seat controls

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Mandarina Duck amenity kit with REN facial moisturiser, lip balm and hand and body cream, tooth brush , socks, an eyeshade, ear plugs and a pen

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Virgin Australia Business Class Pyjamas – nothing fancy but really comfortable

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After take off snacks and wine

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Dinner Menu designed by Luke Mangan

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Dinner is served, I like the salt and pepper shakers that look like the sails of the Opera House

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Prawns with green papaya, macadamia , tomato with tamarind dressing

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Lamb cutlets with barbeque spices on braised cabbage with oregano photos and olive dressing

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Dark chocolate , hazelnut and orange mascarpone mouse cake with crem anglaise and blueberry 

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Nespresso cappuccino 

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Virgin Australia Business Class Bar – I have been on flights where the bar is like a mini party with people just hanging out on this flight however I didn’t not go to the bar or see anyone else use it. The late take off 10:30pm (for people like me coming from the east coast more like 1:30am) I guess it was too late and dinner was served after take off so the first time to go to the bar was well after midnight.  There are four seats at the bar with two single sofa like seats behind. They serve drinks (obviously) and the same snack menu available to you in your seat.

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Night cabin with stars in the sky, it looks much brighter in the pic than it is in real life the lighting is more subtle perfect for sleep.

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Seat converted into bed, When you are ready to sleep the cabin crew make the bed for you placing a thin matrice on the seat along with the sheets and blanket. The bed is very comfortable for sleep I would say its the best I have experienced in business class.

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Breakfast orders were taken soon after take off with this ‘wake up card’

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Coconut pancakes with pineapple, maple syrup and ginger – breakfast was served on a tray rather than having the table set. This was 90min before landing and the crew seemed very busy so I guess this is done to save time.

 

Virgin Australia flys from Sydney to Los Angles daily

https://www.virginaustralia.com

Airline, Lounge

Star Alliance Business Class Lounge – Los Angeles Airport LAX

 

Before getting on my Virgin Australia flight to Sydney I headed to the Star Alliance lounge wich Virgin Business class passengers have access to. The lounge is located on level 6 of the Tom Bradley International Terminal .The lounge itself is really big spread out of different areas there is even and outdoor roof terrace with a view over the tarmac which is really cool. Throughout the lounge there are LA quotes on them like “there was more good acting at Hollywood parties then ever appeared on screen – Bette Davis” a fun addition to the space.   Everywhere you sit down there is power point not too far away which is always good.

The buffet is a Western Asian mix I was there at night so it was all dinner type options , the food was OK good for a pre-flight snack if I wanted a full meal I would be a bit disappointed. There is also bar with a large selection of wines and other drinks both alcoholic and not.

Overall a really nice Lounge , I especially liked the outdoor roof terrace its great to get some fresh air before a long flight.

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Star Alliance Business Class Lounge LAX – Entrance

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Seating

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Dining area

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Star Alliance Business Class Lounge LAX  – Teriyaki Chicken

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Rice and vegies

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Fruit and desserts

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Noodles and soup

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Wine selection

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Seating area

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Indoor balcony looking over the rest of the terminal

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LA quotes

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Tv Room

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Star Alliance Business Class Lounge LAX  – Outdoor roof terrace

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Fire bar

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View from the roof terrace

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Entrance to the showers

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Shower room

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Small food and drinks buffet

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More lounge seating

Star Alliance Business Class Lounge LAX Tom Bradley International Terminal

www.staralliance.com/LAX

Modern Australian

Bennelong – Sydney Opera House

 

Bennelong has a  3-course al carte menu with sides of potatoes and salad for $130 or  $100 for 2 courses (lunch only). Considering the surrounds and the quality of the food, it is quite reasonable.

The space that the restaurant occupies is amazing ,with views of the city and harbour. The high ceilings that form the shape of the sail make it feel very grand and the restaurant seems much larger than it is.  As far as restaurant locations go, it doesn’t get any better than this.

In spite of the great views and service, I wasn’t blown away by the meal I had. Every dish was good but not amazing and the presentation at times needed some wow factor. The desserts , however were spectacular, Peter Gilmore’s eight textured chocolate cake (called chocolate cake from across the water on the menu) is something everyone should try at least once. The waiter adds the 8th texture by spooning hot chocolate sauce on top melting its way through the cake. Probably the best chocolate cake you will ever have. The crème caramel vs mille-feuille even after the high bar set by the chocolate cake is an  impressive dessert too.

All that said I would still come back as I would like to try a few other dishes from the menu and the location makes it a perfect place to bring out of town visitors to.

 

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Bread with house made butter

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Prawn raviolo organic radishes, fermented chili & prawn jus

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Fraser Island spanner crab white corn polenta, palm heart, fresh corn juice, crème fraîche

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Macleay Valley suckling pig confit organic carrots, pickled onions, black & white garlic

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Roasted Holmbrae duck sesame miso, snow peas, pickled daikon, seaweed, black vinegar, mirin, soy

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Salad

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Potatoes 

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Chocolate cake from across the water 

 

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Crème caramel vs mille-feuille

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Coffee with petit fors $7

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Sydney Opera House

www.bennelong.com.au

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