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User currently offlineGoodday From Japan, joined May 2005, 55 posts, RR: 0
Posted (9 years 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 6927 times:

According to their website on their Indian domestic flights, basically they only offer vegetarian meal unless you order special meals in advance.

Do they keep the same policy also for international flights?, also for LHR-BOM?

If it works, it will be a very good solution to eliminate mis-ordered special meal problem, although child meal and baby meal mis-ordering may not be solved.

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User currently offlineMrniji From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (9 years 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 6903 times:

Quoting Goodday (Thread starter):
According to their website on their Indian domestic flights, basically they only offer vegetarian meal unless you order special meals in advance.

Wrong: EVERY flight with 9W I took included veg and non-veg.. they probably prefer if one preorders so they can do a better planning (and so that the customer gets his meal guaranteed, is happy and flies 9W again)


User currently offlineXkorpyoh From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 819 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (9 years 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 6734 times:

Quoting Mrniji (Reply 1):

Wrong: EVERY flight with 9W I took included veg and non-veg.. they probably prefer if one preorders so they can do a better planning (and so that the customer gets his meal guaranteed, is happy and flies 9W again)

true.. 9W and Air Sahara have the option of veg and non veg on everyflight, even as short as 1 hour, for everybody (tell that to US carriers!).
I remember that it was supplied by SQ or its food subsidiary, and it was very good food!.


User currently offlineTexdravid From United States of America, joined May 2004, 1346 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (9 years 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 6708 times:

I thoroughly enjoyed Jet's inflight food.

They even had a full morning idli, sambar, chutney and other goodies for a flight between MAA and Madurai, a flight of under 1 hour, and also the same for Trivandrum-BOM. Their FA's are great, too.

In comparison, the US majors are pitiful, and 2/3'rds of their FA's suck.



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User currently offlineVivek0072 From India, joined Jun 2005, 284 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (9 years 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 6672 times:

Agreed Jet service is one of the best , but I have heard that pz flying BOM - Ahmedabad did not receive non-veg food.

I have flow jet a couple of times and they do serve both non-veg and veg.
I last flew GOI - BOM a short 45 min flight and I had opted for a jain meal and I was surprised that they did serve a full lunch, while that on flights from LAX-EWR I have just had a can of coke.



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User currently offlineMrniji From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (9 years 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 6628 times:

Quoting Texdravid (Reply 3):
In comparison, the US majors are pitiful, and 2/3'rds of their FA's suck.

I agree. 9W is as proof that India can produce a world class airline and play in the league of TG and SQ

Quoting Texdravid (Reply 3):
They even had a full morning idli, sambar, chutney and other goodies for a flight between MAA and Madurai, a flight of under 1 hour, and also the same for Trivandrum-BOM. Their FA's are great, too.

I had this idli, too, on BHO-DEL, it was disgusting compared to what you get in MAA or elsewhere in the South on the street (I had the best idlis in BLR thus far).. the only bad food I had on an Indian airline (though the IC bun ? on CCU-IXB consisted of some artificial consistence, too).. but otherwise Indian airline food is excellent - man, the breakfast AI served on BOM-DEL at 430 in the morning was immense you can't believe, enuff for the day  - my TR in August will emphasize)

[Edited 2005-07-12 08:09:59]

User currently offlineKaran69 From India, joined Oct 2004, 2885 posts, RR: 18
Reply 6, posted (9 years 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 6607 times:

Even IC has preety high standards when it comes to Inflight catering and as per my experiences are at par with 9W and above S2

User currently offlineTKMCE From India, joined May 2002, 841 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (9 years 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 6604 times:

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Quoting Goodday (Thread starter):
According to their website on their Indian domestic flights, basically they only offer vegetarian meal unless you order special meals in advance.

Basically their logic, as eloquently explained to me when I complained about one of their Cabin crews getting a little too smart (trying to explain HYD BOM is a VEG ONLY FLIGHT) was that "while a non vegetarian can eat a vegetarian meal, vioce versa is not possible".

Nothing wrong in this logic , but the problem is that most bookings are made through GDSs, and for a GDS , the default is a non veg meal and not a veg meal.

The way out to ensure your "non veg meal" is to either request for a SR SPML- which many airlines dont accept or request for a Hindu (HNNM) meal which despite the misleading name is none other than a meal which does not contain beef (and Jet anyway doesnt serve Beef).

As for this idli sambar stuff - my comments

1 My mom does a better job of it than the flight kitchens - these are not exactly ideal food for inflight breakfasts - if not careful the wonderful sambar can leave some nasty stains on your expensive business dress for instance.

2 Many cases there is no choice avaiable to the passenger - and I still cannot forget the shocked expression of a an elderly couple from US who eagerly opened their breakfast tray on a TRV-BLR breakfast flight on Indioan Airlines, only to decline the meal with super speed! This has the same effect as being offered a choice of a pork sandwithch or a beef sandwitch to an Indian on an evening flight on the European network.


User currently offlineMrniji From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (9 years 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 6589 times:

Quoting TKMCE (Reply 7):
The way out to ensure your "non veg meal" is to either request for a SR SPML- which many airlines dont accept or request for a Hindu (HNNM) meal which despite the misleading name is none other than a meal which does not contain beef (and Jet anyway doesnt serve Beef).

You may wanna tell this to AF: When I flew from NSI-CDG, I ordered a Hindu Meal and received exactlky the same meal as my neighbor, but with a paper saying: "This meal does not contain any pork"  Confused - or LH, who on FRA-SFO told/screamed to my Indian neighbor: "Sorry, only beef for you left, Mehdem!"

Quoting TKMCE (Reply 7):
Many cases there is no choice avaiable to the passenger - and I still cannot forget the shocked expression of a an elderly couple from US who eagerly opened their breakfast tray on a TRV-BLR breakfast flight on Indioan Airlines, only to decline the meal with super speed!

probably that couple was insulted that McStupid was not asked to do the catering.. some people don't see food as a culture of a country and decline any new experience


User currently offlineTexdravid From United States of America, joined May 2004, 1346 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (9 years 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 6571 times:

Quoting Mrniji (Reply 5):
I had this idli, too, on BHO-DEL, it was disgusting compared to what you get in MAA or elsewhere in the South

Well, Subin, no one makes idlis like a Madrasi "Amma"!!

Quoting Karan69 (Reply 6):
Even IC has preety high standards when it comes to Inflight catering and as per my experiences are at par with 9W and above S2

Good point. Jet has definitely caused IC to improve. On a IC flight from MAA to Madurai, I can attest that their food is excellent.



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User currently offlineEK773 From Malta, joined Jul 2004, 233 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (9 years 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 6493 times:

So if only a vegetarian meal is served, can i request an SPML for meat?
Hehe


User currently offlineGrecian From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2004, 13 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (9 years 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 6473 times:

Speaking purely for the LHR-BOM route, Jet take 4 choices in Business Class, 2 vegetarian and 2 non-vegetarian, and 3 choices in Economy Class, 1 vegetarian and 2 non-vegetarian. Breakfast is Continental style and is vegetarian in both classes.

User currently offlineJaysit From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (9 years 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 6303 times:

The Vegetarian meal only flights are only their ATR short hop domestic flights.

User currently offlineShawnnyc From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 241 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (9 years 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 6280 times:

Quoting Grecian (Reply 11):
Breakfast is Continental style and is vegetarian in both classes

Does veg mean they serve eggs or not?

The only thing I think Jet and other Indian airlines need to improve is their definition of a sandwich. I know most Indians don't eat pork or beef, but how about a spicy chicken salad sandwich or something. I have been served some very weird sandwiches in India.

Quoting Mrniji (Reply 8):
You may wanna tell this to AF: When I flew from NSI-CDG, I ordered a Hindu Meal and received exactlky the same meal as my neighbor, but with a paper saying: "This meal does not contain any pork" - or LH, who on FRA-SFO told/screamed to my Indian neighbor: "Sorry, only beef for you left, Mehdem!"

I used to try and order a Hindu meal or Asian Veg meal on Euro airlines in hopes of a tasty meal. I discovered that very few airlines, despite the booking agent insisting that a hindu meal was an Indian non veg meal, serve Indian food in their Hindu meals (some even serve a veg meal as a hindu meal!). I gave up on the Asian Veg meal because, using LH as an example, it is usually a beggers portion of veggies that are cooked in some sort of curry mix. How AI is able to serve such good Indian food on a plane while others can't is beyond me.


User currently offlineIkramerica From United States of America, joined May 2005, 21474 posts, RR: 60
Reply 14, posted (9 years 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 6290 times:

Quoting Mrniji (Reply 5):
I agree. 9W is as proof that India can produce a world class airline and play in the league of TG and SQ

Yes. If you don't have to pay your F/As very much, you can afford to have more of them onboard and serve food on a 1 hour flight without missing 1/2 the plane. Tell that to US F/As who have to earn enough money to live on in the US, or the airlines who have to pay those fair (though still low) American wages.



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User currently offlineJaysit From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (9 years 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 6268 times:

Quoting Shawnnyc (Reply 13):
The only thing I think Jet and other Indian airlines need to improve is their definition of a sandwich. I know most Indians don't eat pork or beef, but how about a spicy chicken salad sandwich or something. I have been served some very weird sandwiches in India.

The "sandwiches" I've had on IC usually consist of two slices of white bread, way too much butter or margarine, and a piece of cucumber. Once I had a carrot in there, and once it was just ketchup. It's still better than a sandwich I once had on an internal flight in Peru where when I bit into the inflight sandwich all I found was a piece of paper that said "Come to Jesus."


User currently offlineMrniji From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (9 years 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 6259 times:

Quoting Jaysit (Reply 12):
The Vegetarian meal only flights are only their ATR short hop domestic flights.

Not true.. on DEl-IND-BHO (Atr 42), they offered both veg and non-veg

Quoting Shawnnyc (Reply 13):
using LH as an example, it is usually a beggers portion of veggies that are cooked in some sort of curry mix. How AI is able to serve such good Indian food on a plane while others can't is beyond me.

LH's food belongs to the worst airline food.. try the non-veg breakfast they used to serve: something they call omlette.. disgusting.. same with main dishes. AIs food is superb

Quoting Ikramerica (Reply 14):
Yes. If you don't have to pay your F/As very much, you can afford to have more of them onboard and serve food on a 1 hour flight without missing 1/2 the plane. Tell that to US F/As who have to earn enough money to live on in the US, or the airlines who have to pay those fair (though still low) American wages

Or as Adrian Wood (1994) expresses it: "globalization is the inverse theory of inequal exchange!" Big grin


User currently offlineTKMCE From India, joined May 2002, 841 posts, RR: 2
Reply 17, posted (9 years 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 6086 times:

Well , speaking as far as meals go, full credit should go to Singapore Airlines. When they realised that all the Indian "appaas" and "ammaas" going for baby siting their grandchildren in the various IT valleys in the US were suffering because they had to end up with Vegetable Noodles or other exotic oriental vegetarian stuff in their long hop to LAX/SFO and JFK from SIN, they came up with a unique code within SPML - AVMLI- Asian Vegetarian Meal INDIAN STYLE so that their travellers from India could dig into their favorite tamarind rice and dahi vada. Now that is customer service!!!! No wonder SQ carried a lions share of the US west coast traffic from Chennai.

User currently offlineMrniji From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (9 years 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 6055 times:

Quoting TKMCE (Reply 17):
AVMLI- Asian Vegetarian Meal INDIAN STYLE

LH does the same - I tried it ex-FRA and got something which looked interesting, though unknown to me, and tasted like the experiment of a local trainee cook who for the first time saw tumeric, cloves etc


User currently offlineNycank From United States of America, joined May 2000, 233 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (9 years 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 6039 times:

Quoting TKMCE (Reply 17):
Asian Vegetarian Meal INDIAN STYLE so that their travellers from India could dig into their favorite tamarind rice and dahi vada. Now that is customer service!!!! No wonder SQ carried a lions share of the US west coast traffic from Chennai.

How many airlines fly from MAA to the West Coast ? W.r.t to Vegetarian Meals, I know that DL,NW serve the correct meal  Smile Both these have been doing US/BOM for quite sometime now.


User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31667 posts, RR: 56
Reply 20, posted (9 years 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 5969 times:

Wasn't the 9W plan to introduce Veg meals only on the AMD sectors.
regds
MEL



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User currently offlineHimmat01 From India, joined Dec 2004, 1047 posts, RR: 6
Reply 21, posted (9 years 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 5960 times:

Quoting Texdravid (Reply 9):

Good point. Jet has definitely caused IC to improve. On a IC flight from MAA to Madurai, I can attest that their food is excellent.

I have been on MAA-IXM-MAA sector on IC recently. They did not have a non-veg option.

Himmat



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User currently offlineShawnnyc From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 241 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (9 years 2 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 5907 times:

Quoting TKMCE (Reply 17):
AVMLI- Asian Vegetarian Meal INDIAN STYLE so that their travellers from India could dig into their favorite tamarind rice and dahi vada. Now that is customer service!!!!

They also have an Indian Non Veg option which is what I really appreciate. I think though on most western airlines Asian Veg = Indian meal. I read some where that Asian Veg is the most ordered special meal and it is ordered by quite a few non Indians. The only negative of requesting the Indian Non Veg meal on SQ is that for breakfast on the EWR-SIN route they serve some weird Indian breakfast I have never seen complete with chicken tikka kabobs. Given that SQ only served two meals on our 18 hour flight EWR-SIN, its was very sad that my stomach rejected the meal as I was about to die of hunger.


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