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Airline Food-The good, the bad and the ugly

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4 hours ago, rotuts said:

And they have The Clipper :

 

https://www.clipperflyingboats.com

 

FDR took it.

 

Indiana Jones took it

 

before my time

 

I didn't take it.

 

My Loss,

...and a woman I worked with was a stewardess on the clipper when she was younger.  She actually had to hide the fact she had gotten married until she began to show with her first child.  She was a gteat resource for a bunch of papers at the library for me as she was a primary source.

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Nothing is better than frying in lard.

Nothing.  Do not quote me on this.

 

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12 hours ago, heidih said:

Ha! 1965- the beginning of charter flights to Europe. I think we had to bring our own  - no food service that I can recall...

 

Hey, I took a charter flight to Europe in the 1960's.  Dinner and wine were exceptional.  Never mind that my friend and I had had a full dinner and more than a little wine at JFK before boarding.

 

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This is an interesting discussion thread at flyertalk.com with the menus from hundreds of flights and dozens of different airlines.  There are both older and newer menus and each post has the aircraft type and destination info.  Not a lot of pictures but interesting menus.  There is also a section of flyertalk.com for trip reports from frequent fliers that does show some photos of what airlines are currently serving.  Most of it looks awful with the exception being on long-haul international first class.

https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/trip-reports/833998-all-airline-ft-menu-collection.html

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when I was in HS, mid-60's  I became friends w one of my father's graduate students

 

as he was an avid wood-worker as I had that interests in JH and HS.

 

his wife was a stewardess , and also " single '  she was on a United route that was coveted :

 

SFO to Hawaii.   she fit the " certain mold '  what was determined back then for United Stewardess's

 

the route was coveted for time considerations , layovers and passenger types in first class .

 

there was  a fringe benefit :  all the macadamia nuts you could carry off the plane 

 

more or less.  macadamia nuts were rare on The Mainland  , unless you had a United Connection .

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Reminds me of a story.    I had a roommate who was the world's biggest ditz.     Very bright, but her mind on the moon or Mars.    She asked me for a ride to her flight attendant interview at SF airport.    She got the job and told me, "If you're ever on one of my flights, I'll give you the best service you'll ever have."    I responded, "If you find me on one of your flights, just let me know before we take off so i can get off the plane."

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I was in airline management for 28 years for Horizon/Alaska.  The most senior flight attendant I supervised had started working for Northwest "Orient" in 1957.  She was in the group that was forced to quit if they got married or pregnant.  Some years later she came to work at Horizon in the early 1980's.  She was part of a lawsuit claiming they were wrongly terminated on marriage. It got all the way to the Supreme Court and the NW Flight Attendants won a large compensation. She had tons of photos, old menus and great stories to share.  I remember a photo of her with her crew that flew on the DC-6, (not a jet), from Seattle to Honolulu.  Now that was some trek.  And all the wonderful food went along in those days.

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Seated comfortably in his business seat aboard an A380 headed for France, husband mused about commuting from Butte to SFO on a DC3, often in winter.     The changes we live through...


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@chefmd - the first class lounge pictures are another post where we need a "WOW" response button!  

 

@rotuts - I remember those macadamia nuts!  Growing up my parents best friends were a couple I envied so much.  She was a travel agent, so got free rooms everywhere in the world and he was an executive with United.  Part of his job was flying on every Washington Redskins flight.  He also had seemingly unlimited mini packets of macadamia nuts.  I'm not sure which I envied more!  It was my first exposure to them and I was forever hooked. 

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Here's an article from the October 17 Washington Post about airline food. It's pretty basic, but I was stunned by the info and pics about AeroFarms, toward the end of the article.

 

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Sometimes food on a plane sets the tone for your trip, like a baguette and wine on Air France or an ube pastry on Philippine Airlines. Sometimes food on a plane absolutely fails to do that, like the ambiguous goo an airline served to me as “pasta” on a flight to Chile.

 

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Gene Weingarten, writing in the Washington Post about online news stories and the accompanying readers' comments: "I basically like 'comments,' though they can seem a little jarring: spit-flecked rants that are appended to a product that at least tries for a measure of objectivity and dignity. It's as though when you order a sirloin steak, it comes with a side of maggots."

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@Alex  Great article.  In the late '60s I used to fly between Ottawa and Toronto, which is a short hop.  Without fail, a hot meal was served with real silverware, china, etc.  I don't know how they managed it, but they did, every single time.  Flying to Eurooe you'd get dinner and breakfast, and a snack in between if you so desired.   What gets me now, though, is paying for a seat.  My husband and I travel together and to make sure we sit together, we pay to reserve two seats.  I mean, really?  It's not as though you can stand on the way to wherever.

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I’m flying tomorrow on United from EWR to SFO, business or first class (this flight has no distinction between the two). 
  I called United via our mileage plus card to see if they could tell me what the meal would be. 
   That said I will be pissed if they serve the usual “cold duck” appetizer, the basic salad (which I will eat) and the choice of fish or chicken. And our course the usual ice cream sundae. 
  Having had laser gum reduction surgery On Monday I can’t eat a lot of things. Otherwise I’d get a nice fat burger from the airport to go. 
 I probably should have asked for a kosher meal. 

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Oh the worst ever was LAX to SYD on United with an 8 month old. Asked the hostess to heat a formula bottle I had on ice. She said "no just tuck it between your breasts" Huh!?  The grown up food - not worth the tummy space...

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33 minutes ago, JoNorvelleWalker said:

Good that you didn't have the fish.

 


  I refuse to eat fish on airplanes. 

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32 minutes ago, MetsFan5 said:


  I refuse to eat fish on airplanes. 

 

Last weeks salmon (Lufthansa, FRA-EWR) was quite decent ...

 

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12 minutes ago, Duvel said:

 

Last weeks salmon (Lufthansa, FRA-EWR) was quite decent ...

 

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But don't call me Shirley.

 

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I've had fish/seafood on some flights in SE Asia and they've been quite good.  I was surprised how good the calamari and shrimp dish that I had on Singapore Airlines (in Economy) was... both were perfectly cooked.

 

In about a month, my wife and I will be heading to New Zealand, via Singapore - yes, it's really out of the way, but the flight was less than half the price of going via Air New Zealand.

 

Singapore Airlines has a new thing - not only do flights leaving out of many airports have a "book the cook" where famous chefs design a meal - this makes like 8 choices, on top of the 3 choices for the standard inflight menu.  You choose your dishes in advance - up to 2 days in advance or something like that.  The last flight we did over teh summer we did that, but the problem was that we had no idea what the inflight menu would be... Now, you can choose between book teh cook and the inflight menu - they tell you those choices in advance as well... So that's like 11 choices for each meal, in Economy! (well technically it's Premium Economy, but on the direct flight from NY area to Singapore they only have Biz and PE).

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I slept through breakfast and have no regrets. We were delayed by less than 2 hours so we had breakfast at the SF Giants bar and a couple of drinks and I slept 90% of the way home. We were lucky not be delayed longer. 
   That said they didn’t offer the “wraps” on either flights. Kinda of annoying. Those business class transcontinental flights aren’t cheap and they let economy plus use the bathrooms which meant lines and people bumping into me and waking me up. 

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