Awaking at 7 am, I drew back the curtains with eager anticipation for the day that lay ahead. The previous day’s exploration had felt epic, and our platoon were all pretty whacked by nightfall. Of course it’s always good to start the day with exercise, so I took a swim in the rooftop pool at our hotel, The Sheraton Isabel Maria. It was a special feeling to be swimming in a heated pool with amazing views out over Mexico City, and I pushed myself in order to build an appetite for a big breakfast.
Our group chose to eat in the lounge on the 20th floor so we could appreciate the urban cityscape as we tucked into another hearty meal, which on this particular morning consisted of fried plantain and tamales with salsa. I chose plantain not just because it was delicious but also a good slow release energy food for the day ahead. They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and it certainly feels like it at the Sheraton Isabel Maria.
Our hosts for this trip were various and as well as Starwood hotels, we were also accommodated by the Mexico City tourist agency and of course Aeromexico, who were naturally keen to show us seasoned travellers their new fleet of Boeing 787-8 planes which were awaiting inspection at their brand new hangar. In spite of the fact none of the group seemed too excited at the prospect, I was very keen, as it’s not often one gets to experience such unique aviation gold. Once we had cleared security we entered the hangar, and within a millisecond the group’s tune changed.
It was quite breathtaking, to enter such a vast space, still gleaming in all it’s newness. The hangar is also used for events, including a mass (of course!) and opened out naturally onto the airfield and runways, where the planes stood waiting. We ventured out, cameras poised, and quite literally had a field day, snapping away at the inside of the turbines.
Much to our surprise, we were given permission to pose inside the jet engines. This was a photo-opp not to be missed. Each of us took it in turns to shoot the others as we gave our best (and worst) poses. Of course we had to make certain no crazy-ass pilot was going to suddenly flick the engine on just for a laugh.
For a group of travel writers, this was indeed a rare treat, and of course it’s highly doubtful that such activities would be permitted here on British soil where you can’t so much as clear your throat without receiving some kind of health and safety warning. The mood by now was jubilant, and as we crossed the great concrete Savannah to the newly unwrapped 787-8 Dreamliner, the hairs on the back of my neck were beginning to stand on end. A bit of pointless trivia here is that both my grandfathers were in the air force. My Father’s Father flew dangerous missions in Lancaster bombers (the missions were more dangerous for the Germans) and my Mother’s Father was a general in the US Air Force. That means he was scary and shouted a lot in a flat cap. Either way,it seemed slightly ironic and started to dawn on me that perhaps there is some sort of karmic thread to do with flight running through my blood or DNA or whatever it is karma runs through these days. Perhaps it’s simply airborne.
The Dreamliner is a very smart, compact, modern and attractive plane, and adds to their ever-expanding fleet. As Aeromexico operate over 600 daily flights globally, you can appreciate that quality aircraft are critical to the success of the operation. As well as destinations in the US and Latin America, you can also fly Aeromexico to and from Paris, Madrid and of course London. They also serve Tokyo, Shanghai and Montreal in Canada. What I found most intriguing however, was that Aeromexico offers flights to 47 destinations in Mexico, and no, I am not going to list them all. However, in terms of culinary world mapping, that is something one could seriously get one’s teeth in to.
As you can see from these pictures, the Clase Premier seats are very spacious, clean and comfortable. The colour hues are part of the lighting experience on board, and not the result of an erroneous filter on my camera. There is a light cast for almost any mood. Being as much a lighting snob as I am a food snob, I did find myself hoping they would keep the light as close to daylight as possible when serving food. Personally I find coloured light on food off-putting, however this could be a great feature if you happened to be planning a reception on board a flight.
Who would have thought that a trip to an aircraft hangar could elicit such excitement? In terms of culinary adventures, Aeromexico certainly has a lot to offer the hungry traveller. We left beaming and headed on to explore San Jacinto marketplace. More of this to follow in the next instalment.