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Ultra Long-haul In Y Class  
User currently offlineStretch 8 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 2568 posts, RR: 16
Posted (5 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 6093 times:

Anyone have an idea of how the various airlines with very long flights take care of those in cattle class?

Last year, on flights from the UK to South Africa on SAA, there was a dinner and breakfast meals service, plus water/juice during the night. Other than that, the cabin crew did not appear to want to be bothered by the passengers.

I have heard that on Singapore and other top Assian carriers, there are "snack stations" where one can get drinks, food, without bothering the cabin crew. I know BA has smoething like this in their CW class.


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User currently offlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17052 posts, RR: 10
Reply 1, posted (5 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 6032 times:



Quoting Stretch 8 (Thread starter):
I know BA has smoething like this in their CW class.

But they dont have anything like that in Y class.



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User currently offlineWAC From United States of America, joined Nov 2008, 275 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (5 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 5979 times:

AF does for economy on flight over 12 hours usually drinks and some sandwiches noodles aand ice cream but they tend to go quick and it not really much of anything...

User currently offlineFlySSC From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 7402 posts, RR: 57
Reply 3, posted (5 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 5932 times:



Quoting WAC (Reply 2):
AF does for economy on flight over 12 hours usually drinks and some sandwiches noodles and ice cream but they tend to go quick and it not really much of anything...

The "buffet" is on all AF long haul flights over 11 hours. In Y : Ice creams, sandwiches, snacks, peanuts, noodles soups (on lights to ASIA).
"Drink Stations" are available in Y on every long haul flights but only with soft drinks / juices / sodas. For alcoholic drinks, you must to the Cabin Brew.


User currently offlineOtagoHarbour From United States of America, joined May 2008, 19 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (5 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 5931 times:



Quoting FlySSC (Reply 3):
"Drink Stations" are available in Y on every long haul flights but only with soft drinks / juices / sodas. For alcoholic drinks, you must to the Cabin Brew.

That was not my experience. I flew AF economy each way across the Atlantic in May. There were plenty of free alcoholic drinks if you wanted them. Have they changed since then?


User currently offlineMortyman From Norway, joined Aug 2006, 3845 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (5 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 5896 times:

I flew Air New Zealand 747 400 from London - Los angeles - Auckland on economy class ( I belave that is Y ) and was happy with that.

Great food ! One of the very, very few airlines where I have actualy liked the food. ( I had among other things a wonderful lamb casserole and also hot sandvich with ham / chese or chicken. Nice service and full media center ( games, TV, radio, films,music etc )


This was however in 2006.I am not sure how it is today...

[Edited 2008-12-13 14:58:07]

User currently onlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39701 posts, RR: 75
Reply 6, posted (5 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 5891 times:

United Airlines has good coach service on their long-haul flights.
I've done a 12.5 hour long flight from Los Angeles to Toyko in coach on a 747-400.
Two meals were served as well as a light snack.
Plenty of free booze too.

[Edited 2008-12-13 15:01:34]


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User currently offlineSoxfan From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 864 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (5 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 5875 times:

What is CO's service like on ultra long-haul (i.e. EWR-NRT and HKG, or IAH-NRT)? Their website says business first gets a main meal, a mid-flight refreshment, and a meal before landing. Are there "snack stations" for Y as well?


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User currently offlineSfuk From Canada, joined Sep 2005, 159 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (5 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 5816 times:

I flew SQ SIN-LAX in June this year on a A345 and it was amazing!
SQ use(d) 'Executive Economy Class' on these flight. There is only room for 180 passengers on this flight, compare that with EK A345 that hold 260 then you get an idea of the space.
The seat pitch was great, the seats were very comfortable and considering this was economy the food was great. I've flown international business many times and this food kicked it's ass!

Here's the menu from the flight.



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[Edited 2008-12-14 08:24:43]

User currently offlinePITIngres From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 1124 posts, RR: 13
Reply 9, posted (5 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 5727 times:



Quoting Soxfan (Reply 7):
What is CO's service like on ultra long-haul (i.e. EWR-NRT and HKG, or IAH-NRT)? Their website says business first gets a main meal, a mid-flight refreshment, and a meal before landing. Are there "snack stations" for Y as well?

EWR-PEK Y earlier this year had the same, although I'm sure the meals were less fancy. I thought the Y meals were OK though. There was a snack basket in the back with chips and stuff in it. I don't recall about booze, oddly enough. All in all, I thought CO's Y was perfectly decent if unexceptional.



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User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8443 posts, RR: 10
Reply 10, posted (5 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 5711 times:
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Quoting Stretch 8 (Thread starter):
Last year, on flights from the UK to South Africa on SAA, there was a dinner and breakfast meals service, plus water/juice during the night. Other than that, the cabin crew did not appear to want to be bothered by the passengers.

UK-SA is hardly "ultra long haul". Apart from what you describe, what else do you expect during the night in cattle class?



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User currently offlineStretch 8 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 2568 posts, RR: 16
Reply 11, posted (5 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 5589 times:

Andz: Don't get me wrong, the flight was okay, and the A346 was a treat. But the food was poor, and again, the cabin crew only perfunctory in their service. I plan to travel again to SA, and I am thinking of taking the ultra-long IAD-JNB flight down and back.

Will the SAA service in Y be any better across the Atlantic v. to/from LHR? 15-16 hours is a very long time, and SAA does not appear to make the accommodations that Singapore makes on its ultra-long haul flights.



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User currently offlineFutureflight From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (5 years 7 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 5540 times:

On my last longhaul flight with SQ in Y, along with the two meals and numerous water/juice rounds there would also be a selection of snacks offered to pax such as fruit, bags of chips and chocolate bars at various stages. However it was no problem at all for the crew for a passenger to request a drink or a snack at any other time during the flight.

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User currently offlineHOOB747 From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 438 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (5 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 5379 times:



Quoting Futureflight (Reply 12):
On my last longhaul flight with SQ in Y, along with the two meals and numerous water/juice rounds there would also be a selection of snacks offered to pax such as fruit, bags of chips and chocolate bars at various stages. However it was no problem at all for the crew for a passenger to request a drink or a snack at any other time during the flight

This was my experience exactly on United 896 to Hong Kong last November. Very attentive cabin crew, offering many rounds of drinks, snacks, wet, hot towels and a lunch and dinner service, very tasty. Very compassionate service, seeing as how we were stuck on a plane for 15 plus hours. And also very friendly during their down times at the rear galley area.



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User currently offlineA340ANDRE From South Africa, joined Nov 2008, 25 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (5 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 5357 times:
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Quoting Andz (Reply 10):
I plan to travel again to SA, and I am thinking of taking the ultra-long IAD-JNB flight down and back.

I am traveling quite often on the JNB-JFK-JNB and JNB-IAD-JNB flights in both Y and C Class. SAA has got a fantastic product as far as seats and IFE goes. The problem is, sometimes you will experience excellent service and and on some legs the service lack.

To answer your question, SAA serves dinner on take-off from the USA, a mid flight snack (on the non-stop from IAD), a breakfast (on the 1 stop from JFK) and lunch before landing in JNB. In between these servings water and juice are available in the galley.

In C you can choose between the scheduled food servings or food on demand.

The service on the no-stop from IAD seems a lot better than the service on the stop-over in DKR.


User currently offlineStretch 8 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 2568 posts, RR: 16
Reply 15, posted (5 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 5210 times:

A340ANDRE: Thanks for the tips. I was on one of the last SAA 744 flights from LHR to JNB in late October 2007. A fantastic trip to the Eastern and Western Cape provinces of incredible, beautiful SA. So looking forward to going back in 2009, and the SAA N/S from my home airport of IAD saves so much time v. connecting through LHR.


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User currently offlineElite From Hong Kong, joined Jun 2006, 2793 posts, RR: 10
Reply 16, posted (5 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 5208 times:

My favorite and most often route on my favorite and most often carrier:

HKG - JFK on CX

Aside from the regular meals, they will give you a snack bag, which includes a sandwich, cookies, drinks, and some fruits. In addition to that, you can order extra snacks at any time you want (just walk to the back galley or hit the F/A button). Those include anything in the snack bag or instant noodles and any drinks that they might have. The F/A's are very nice and seem to be happy in showering you with food.


User currently offlineAjs123uk From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2007, 60 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (5 years 7 months 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 5183 times:



Quoting B747forever (Reply 1):


Quoting Stretch 8 (Thread starter):
I know BA has smoething like this in their CW class.

But they dont have anything like that in Y class.

Actually depending on the length of flight there is a "tuck box" in the galley in economy with chocolates, crisps and biscuits and on flights to Narita, Hong Kong, Singapore to Heathrow and v.v (and maybe Bangkok I can't remember) there are cup noodles aswell.


User currently offlineBNE From Australia, joined Mar 2000, 3174 posts, RR: 12
Reply 18, posted (5 years 7 months 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 5094 times:

All from my previous RTW all in economy; yeah I should do a trip report.

On a 10 hour flight from KIX-HEL AY served a hot lunch soon after take off and another wam snack before landing in HEL, drinks were available during flight. You could buy a cup of noodles during the flight if you got hungry.

On a 10 hour flight from LHR-DFW BA served a lunch soon after take off; and a snack box just before landing, There were snacks and drinks available from the galley during flight.

On a 14 hour flight from LAX-SYD Qantas served a meal soon after take off; there was a mid flight snack pack; and a breakfast before landing. Drinks were available in the galley at most all other times.



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