No one understands the significance of traveling with comfort better than a frequent flyer. While it’s nearly impossible to have a fantastic experience if you are flying in economy class, or even in the business class of some of the international airlines, what is worth-every-penny is upgrading to business class in airlines such as Jet Airways to avail the Premiere experience. Space, the service, the familiarity makes the journey a memorable one.
I recently traveled to China via Hong Kong with Jet Airways to attend an event. And, I had the opportunity to experience the premiere service on Jet Airways. From the moment I reached the Jet Airways counter to collect my boarding pass to arriving at the gate and then stepping on the plane, the process was smooth. The ground staff at HK was courteous and I knew I was home when some smiling faces at the entrance, the crewmembers of the Jet Airways flight to Mumbai, greeted me. Vivek, Cabin Manager was the first one to introduce himself, followed by the others.
The beautiful lighting, the soothing Indian classical music and the seating that’s screaming of space with much-desired legroom, all were a welcome change from my previous flying experiences. I was charged up and looking forward to making full use of my travel back home.
Comfort of Space
The seats of the Premiere class are cozy and comfy. That’s exactly what I wanted after an eventful week with little sleep during my stay in China. The comfortable reclining seat, the warmth of the soft checkered blanket, all were tempting me to just go into slumber land but not yet. The relaxing armrest, built-in table, padded footrest, in-flight entertainment and above all the food and drinks, I had to experience it all. The stewardess arrived with soft drinks and later handed me the food and drinks menu.
Food & Drinks
As a food and drinks writer, I am always prepared to experiment but after indulging in authentic Chinese cuisine for a week I was longing for some simple Indian food. The Premiere class menu looked delicious. I started with salad and garlic bread and for main; I chose rice with vegetable and chicken curry. The caterer is Gate Gourmet a Hong Kong-based independent airline catering and provisioning services provider and the food was as close to home as it could get. The drinks menu was exhaustive. With the option of classic cocktails like Gimlet, Screwdriver and Bloody Mary, Campari as an aperitif and premium spirits such as Johnnie Walker Black Label, Chivas Regal Premium, Bombay Sapphire Dry Gin, Absolut Vodka and Bacardi Rum.
The wine list was especially delightful. Premium champagne Billecart-Salmon and Rolf Binder Halliwell Shiraz from Barossa Valley, Australia are personal favourites. There was also the choice of Gavi la Battistna, Cortese, and Rive Barbera from Piemonte, Italy also d’Arenberg Olive Grove Chardonnay from Mclaren Australia. But to pair my wine with the food I picked Rolf Binder. For dessert, my choice was Raj Bhog. After a hearty meal, I was all set to enjoy the in-flight entertainment and followed by a long nap.
For those who usually need that nightcap before sleep, I found the bar area was well stocked with some premium spirits, liqueurs and the crew was readily available to serve a cocktail or a glass of aperitif.
Jet Airways Premiere made the flying time feel the shortest and the hospitality of the crewmembers made it a pleasant journey back home.
Upon landing, I was greeted by the ground staff in Mumbai with whom I had an interesting chat about how my trip to China was as they discussed about what an exciting job I have, all this while without realizing, I had collected my baggage, cleared immigration and was dropped at the taxi stand and sent home as comfortably as possible in the middle of the night. For me, that was a first.
Would I recommend you the Jet Airways Premiere experience from Hong Kong to India? Absolutely.