DELTA Airlines Experience JFK/ROM-LHR/JFK

DELTA Airlines Experience JFK/ROM-LHR/JFK by www.carlosmeliablog.com DELTA Airlines Experience JFK/ROM-LHR/JFK  |  Airlines  |  For my recent trip to Europe, I flew Business Class DELTA Airlines from New York JFK to Rome, and return from London, back to New York. I must say, I was happily surprised by their seats, service, meals and overall experience. Punctual, comfortable and smooth, despite a lightning struck our aircraft Boeing 676-400, just as we were taking off London Heathrow, which caused quite a scene and noise onboard. The incident was clarified by the Captain, not as quick as the entire crowd would have liked but comforting. The highlights were: Seat was very comfortable, full flat 180º bed, BusinessElite seats that cradle you from head to toe. If you are traveling solo, I like the concept of single window seats. Meals, celebrity chef and Napa tastemaker Michael Chiarello, were quite good and in perfect portions, with a nice selection of wines. Services was impeccable and very polite throughout the entire flight. Downfalls to me were: The entertainment system was not operating correctly, at least at my seat, which made watching the movies, rather unpleasant throughout the seven hours flight. Noise-canceling headsets could be improved. Amenity Kit is basic. Bathrooms are small for a Business Cabin.

DELTA Airlines Experience JFK/ROM-LHR/JFK by www.carlosmeliablog.comCheckin IN at JFK New York was nothing to be mentioned other than as most other airlines you are granted PRIORITY Access through security points. In London Heathrow, you get access to a separate private check in area, were the entire process is easy and seamless. As for the lounges, when flying BusinessElite, you get access to the Delta Sky Lounge in New York, and the SkyTeam shared lounge in Heathrow. Note that flying BusinessElite, you are not allowed to bring any companions, only if you have a high status on their Frequent Flyer Program or you hold a Platinum of higher AmericanExpress card. The lounge in New York was way too overcrowded, so we decided to leave, being most seats taken and almost no food left. The lounge at Heathrow was much more enjoyable, featuring two levels, and the tranquility you would expect from a lounge.

DELTA Airlines Experience JFK/ROM-LHR/JFK by www.carlosmeliablog.comFly in a flat-bed seat and sink into complete relaxation with full 180º recline. Speaking of full, you’ll also enjoy a full-size pillow, direct aisle access, more privacy and oversized personal entertainment screens. Stay productive, stay entertained or stay rested — the choice is yours. It’s nice knowing it’s all right there when you need it. Each flat-bed seat is outfitted with an electrical outlet and USB port, so you can keep your electronics powered up.

DELTA Airlines Experience JFK/ROM-LHR/JFK by www.carlosmeliablog.comI must point out the excellent Lost & Found service by Delta Airlines. One of the members of our group, lost his phone on his flight from New York to London. A week after, when checking in, he was taken to the Lost & Found area, and his phone was there waiting for him, in a plastic bag, identified by date, flight number and seat.  DELTA Airlines Experience JFK/ROM-LHR/JFK by www.carlosmeliablog.comI must be fully honest, and say that I was not expecting much from an US carrier, as mentioned above, I was greatly and happily surprised by Delta Airlines International. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

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LAN Airlines Business Premium Class

LAN Airlines Business Premium Class  |  LAN Airlines |  Last night I had a lovely flight onboard LAN Airlines Boeing 767, southbound New York City to Buenos Aires, Argentina with connection in Santiago de Chile. Total flight time 13 hours.Was a very comfortable and pleasant experience. I got my Business Premium Class window seat, express boarding and access to the Mistral VIP Lounge during my connection in Santiago de Chile, where I was able to take a refreshing shower and enjoy some bubbles.

A configuration of 30 Business Premium Class full 180 degrees seats/beds. This class has been specially created so that you really have the chance to unwind during your flight. Its cabin has been redesigned and you’ll sleep easily and pleasantly in its seats/beds. Take advantage of the way this class has been designed, down to the smallest details, as well as its exceptional service.
Seats recline and become 100% horizontal, turning into beds that are 23 inches wide and 73 inches long. The distance between seats increases to 74 inches, 32% more per passenger and far superior to that offered by other airlines.
Excellent service. You’ll be charmed by the friendliness of our flight attendants and more than pleasantly surprised by the exquisite menu and fantastic wine list. Call me snob or old style, but I love those airlines that style roll the trolleys and served directly from there. Such a small detail, that makes a huge difference in style and service.
A special menu created by well-know chefs and which includes typical, fresh South American produce. We also offer a selection of the finest wines from this part of the world, chosen by the only Master Sommelier in Latin America, Hector Vergara. I enjoyed a lovely Artichoke Soup, with a selection of cheeses and as the main course a Salmon. All with Torrontes Argentinean wines. Multiple options for dessert.
Each seat has a high-definition screen measuring 15.4 inches and an audio-video system which can be used at the passenger’s discretion, with a choice of 30 films (6 premieres and 24 blockbusters), 52 channels with series, 350 CDs and 14 games (only on indicated flights). They do not have the Noise Canceling BOSE headsets that I like, but something similar. I watched ARGO, while I was getting ready to fall asleep using the comfortable full bed configuration. The crew provided me with a nice pillow and a immaculate soft white blanket.
After a well deserved rest, I was gently woken up with my selection of Breakfast, 1 hour prior arrival to Santiago de Chile. I chose the selection of juices, hot beverages, pastries and other items the night before, so all I heard upon waking up was Good Morning Mr Melia, here is the breakfast of your choice.
The Amenity Kit by Salvatore Ferragamo is the perfect size, and includes hands and face moisturizers, lip balm, among many other things in a nice brown shade.
The seats might look narrow, and at first I thought I was going to feel a bit claustrophobic, but once I sat down, it was the perfect size, orientation and offers total privacy in case you are traveling solo willing to either rest or work. The armrest, has a panel you can pull up and have total privacy. Seats also offer iPhone/iPod connection and electricity outlets.
The plane took off on time from JFK International Airport and landed in Santiago de Chile slightly ahead schedule. From there a short and easy connection to my final flight to Buenos Aires.
At MISTRAL Vip Lounge at Arturo Merino Benitez International Airport, I have time to unwind, take a refreshing shower, check my emails and enjoy some bubbles before boarding my connecting flight. VIP Salons have fridges, telephones and computers. Some have showers and a wide range of business facilities and meeting rooms.
Without a doubt, I consider LAN Airlines as one of the TOP options to fly from New York City to any South American destination. This is not my first time flying LAN Airlines Business Premium Class. Last time I flew New York to Lima, Peru, and was also a very pleasant experience. Member of the OneWorld alliance, allows you to accrue miles on many of your favorite airlines. Departure from JFK Airport is from Terminal 8. Such a relief to know that in 10 days I will be flying back to New York enjoying the same level of service and comfort. Reporting LIVE from the Premium Business Class Cabin. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

 

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My experience onboard LAN Airlines

My experience onboard LAN Airlines  |  from New York to Lima, Peru  |  On my way to Lima, Peru from New York City, after some research I found out that LAN Airlines, would be the best option to fly to South America and connections within Peru. A short 7 hours flight away was made even shorter due to their excellent service, full onboard entertainment system and comfortable seats with reasonable pitch in Economy Class and wide space in Business Class. Yes my dear friends, for the sake of giving you a full report, this time I had to turn both left and right upon boarding the plane. All to show my commitment to you all ha ha ha…. Well actually on LAN Airlines for this route, you only turn right since you will have to pass through Business Class to later get to Economy. Follow my Instagram Peru Photo Gallery for more tips, photos and videos.  Continue reading My experience onboard LAN Airlines

GPS Carlos Melia on my way to Peru

GPS Carlos Melia on my way to Peru  |  Peru  |  On my way to Peru from New York City, of course onboard LAN Airlines, the flagship airline of South America. Way to go LAN, instant upgrade to Premium Business Class and free cocktails at the Admirals Club, in JFK International Airport Terminal 8, that is what I call a brilliant start. I will be flying within Peru from Lima to Cusco also using the domestic services of LAN. Full review to come. See you all tomorrow in Peru. A full week ahead exploring Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley and the amazing Machu Picchu. After this trip I have completed my 2012 Travel Bucket list, and after over 38 years of traveling around this beautiful world of us, and 3 times around the globe counting for the fourth, there is not much left to see…. ha ha ha just kidding, there is plenty and already putting together my 2013 Travel Bucket list. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

 

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Bluetooth Silicone flexible Roll-up Keyboard

20120905-093659.jpg Bluetooth Silicone flexible Roll-up Keyboard | United States | One of the things I enjoy doing while at the airports, and believe me I spend enough time at them, is to wonder around the stores and look for new Gadgets. Today I found one that quite fits what I need. A Bluetooth Silicone flexible Roll-Up Keyboard to use with your iPad or iPhone. Easy to transport and to use during your fligth. While I was waiting for my flight I did a test and try, and it worked flawlessly. Only USD 59 and it comes in multiple colors. Everyday closer and closer to Nano technology, this time in pink. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

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British Airways World Traveler Plus

20120709-222619.jpgBritish Airways World Traveler Plus | London to New York | Very comfortable seats, fabulous entertainment system, fairly good gourmet options… but the most unfriendly and rude service I have experienced in the last few years, shocked specially coming from an European carrier. World Traveler Plus (aka. Premium Economy) Continue reading British Airways World Traveler Plus

GPS Carlos Melia Emirates to Thailand

GPS Carlos Melia Emirates to Thailand  |  JFK Airport, New York  | At Emirates Check IN counter this morning in JFK Airport all the agents where females… and my charm and smile was not enough to get me upgraded 🙁 BUT there is always a lady that appreciates good fashion and thank to one of my looks, she called me out of the line and got me the extra leg row and block the two seats next to me. She was, Honey… nobody is seating next to you on this flight. Enjoy. !!! On my way back to Thailand for a full month. Also Dubai, Singapore and Malaysia. Stay tuned. CM

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Big Apple to Big Five Daily Nonstop by South African Airways

Big Apple to Big Five Daily Nonstop by South African Airways |   Press Release by SAA |  Hi daar my vriende (Hi there my friends in Afrikaans). Great news by South African Airways, now offering nonstop service, in both directions, between New York (JFK) Airport and Johannesburg, South Africa, offering some of the fastest and most convenient service from the Big Apple to the Big Five. ( SA #204 – JFK/Johannesburg – 11:15AM/08.40AM // SA #203 – Johannesburg/JFK – 08:35PM/06.40AM ). This competitive advantage in the market gives you the ability to spend less time transiting airports and more time conducting business or enjoying time or on safari.

Onboard their new nonstop flights, SAA’s Premium Business Class customers will enjoy the comfort of our fully-flat 180° seat, with extra large pillow and thick duvet for a good nights sleep, on-demand audio and visual entertainment with an extensive menu of programming, gourmet meals and award-winning South African wines. There no shortage of comfort for Economy Class customers either, with SAA’s industry-leading legroom of up to 34” inches at every seat. That is 2”-3” inches more legroom in Economy Class than most other carriers to Africa. In addition to more space, their Economy Class offers audio and video on demand programming at every seat, featuring an extensive selection of blockbuster movies, short subject programming, music and games. Economy Class customers enjoy a selection of freshly prepared meals, complimentary beverage & bar service, including some of South African’s finest wines, and an amenity kit to refresh with during flight. So great excuse to get your plans together and join one of the Gay Luxury Safaris we are planning for 2012. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

 

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Air France Gourmet Food Truck in New York City

Air France Gourmet Food Truck in New York City | New York City | by ck |  First there were the hot dog stands and roasted chestnuts vendors on each corner. Then you had the pretzel and ice cream man! Now the latest trend: Gourmet food trucks, offering a wide variety of specialty foods, from Belgian waffles to tacos, to meat-on-a-stick and everything else in-between. For five days, starting Thursday, March 24 through March 28, 2011, Air France will have its own Gourmet Food Truck in New York City! “Taste the Journey of Air France” will bring the culinary delights of Air France to the streets of Manhattan. These special tasting menus, based on dishes served on Air France, include several creations from famous French Chef Joël Robuchon and are executed (in cooperation with Servair) at Flying Foods Group at JFK. Chefs from Flying Foods Group and Servair will be inside the truck preparing and serving the food (free to the public while supplies last)from the window. They all will be wearing traditional French Chef Toques and Air France branded aprons. In addition consumers will be welcomed by uniformed ‘Brand Ambassadors’ who will explain the menus and the charity angle. Air France is partnering with City Harvest, one of New York’s top food related charities, and consumers will be invited to donate money to help feed the hungry at a special marked box at the truck (message: “AF is offering a taste of our food on board: let’s give food back to the local community”). All proceeds will go to the charity. Condé Nast Traveler, one of our other partners in this venue, is working alongside Air France to ensure that there will be ample publicity.
Follow the truck on its journey through New York City (see route and menu information below) and stop by for breakfast, lunch or dinner: Thursday March 24th Broadway between 41st St. and 42nd St. / Breakfast – 8am-10am / Lunch – 12pm-2pm / Dinner – 4:30pm-6:30pm. Friday March 25th 5th Ave between 49th St. and 50th St. / Breakfast – 7:30am-9:30am / Lunch – 12pm-2pm / Dinner 4:30pm-6:30pm. Saturday March 26th Park Ave and 15th St / Breakfast – 9am-11am / Lunch – 12pm-2:30pm/ Dinner – 4:30pm-6:30pm. Sunday March 27th Prince St. and Broadway / Breakfast – 10am-12pm / Lunch – 1pm-3pm / Dinner – 4pm-6pm. Monday March 28th Wall Street between William and Hanover / Breakfast – 7:30am-9:30am / Lunch – 12pm-2pm / Dinner 4:30pm-6:30pm.

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