Like most people without money to burn, I normally fly coach. The last time I flew Business or First was during a flight to Chicago when I was interviewing with Citadel. During trip from O’hare to Munich, I was reminded of how much better First/Business is than Coach.
Even before departing, Business Class ticket holders are reminded of how special they are with preferred boarding and champagne before takeoff. Once in the air, I was treated to my own entertainment system, a fully reclinable seat, and a tasty beverage: Warsteiner. After finishing my beer, or bier (that’s the only German I know), I was offered a warm towel to refresh. Next came dinner.
Dinner is where Coach is thoroughly outdone. For appetizers, I was torn between Pistachio Encrusted Shrimp and Smoked Duck Breast with Sweet Corn Flan and Salad with Cherry Vinaigrette; I chose the latter. Dinner was Grilled Atlantic Salmon with Celeriac Puree with Sweet Pea and Fava Bean Jus with a glass of Chardonnay to wash it down. I had a choice of various desserts, after dinner, but was too full to enjoy them, so I passed. I rarely get much sleep in-flight but after this much food and beverage I slept much better.
The rest of the flight was pretty uneventful. I tried to sleep as much as possible since I knew I would be landing at 6am, Munich time, and my internal clock would be wrecked; however, I really didn’t accomplish my goal. My eyes may have been closed but I was only half asleep. It’s now ~9am here and I’m waiting unil my room is ready, which I’m told is at 10am.