First Class Interiors. Friday , May 18th , 2018 - 13:50:10 PM
Approximately one hour after take-of blue table clothes were distributed in anticipation of dinner. White table clothes would have been nicer... classier. Fifteen minutes later a cold starter plate was served consisting of Prosciutto Ham and marinated Heart of Palm which was very nice. The fresh ground pepper was a nice touch! About 20 minutes after the cold plate service the main course was served. I chose the Over-baked Crabmeat and Corn Boat which was available and it was served hot on fine china and was very delicious! A dinner drink service was offered to accompany the meal and I had a nice glass of red wine. The meal portions were sufficient and the food taste and presentation was to a high standard.
At 0730 AM some 10 hours after departure we finally heard from the flight-deck when the First Officer informed us that we had commenced our decent the current temperature was 2 degrees C at Toronto and we would be landing in 35 minutes (at 605 AM local time) and parking at gate 155 at Toronto`s new Terminal 1. I grabbed my in-flight kit and dashed to the lav to quickly freshen up and the Flight Attendants were now collecting all service items preparing the cabin for landing. We touched down at 0610 AM and arrived at gate 155 at 0622 AM some 22 minutes after the flight`s 0600 AM scheduled arrival time. As we were the first passengers off the aircraft we were quickly processed through customs and immigration but to our dismay our baggage was not priority processed and we waited about 20 minutes for it to arrive on the belt.
Trust me when I say that the airlines really do sympathize with all those folks back there in coach manning the galley oars and pulling like hopped-up little monkeys. After all I was a "non rev" (airline employee flying on a free or very cheap "space available" basis) and I learned how to pack a bag to make sure it doesn`t`t have to be checked at the last minute while boarding the plane for example. I know how rough and spartan it can be back there.