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First Choice Airways Meal!  
User currently offlineBMIbaby733 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2005, 119 posts, RR: 0
Posted (9 years 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 3793 times:

Flew First choice 8th sep PMI - MAN 752

Before booking this flight it said meals were prepared by top class chefs blah blah

this was my meal!




Beef and onion sausage with mashed onion and potatoe in onion gravy!!!

ONIONS!

needless to say onions repeated on me for 24 hours afterwards!

has anybody else been served such a meal or any shocking meal stories?

Now alot of you may say this should be in trip reports if need be put it there!

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User currently offlineDemoose From Canada, joined Mar 2001, 1952 posts, RR: 23
Reply 1, posted (9 years 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 3730 times:

Quoting BMIbaby733 (Thread starter):
has anybody else been served such a meal or any shocking meal stories?

Well yes I was served that exact meal as I took the photo! I can tell you that I found it to be one of the best inflight meals i've had onboard a charter airline. I think the problem is that in all honesty, you don't like your onions!

Mark



Take a ride...fly across the sky
User currently offlineBaw716 From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 2028 posts, RR: 27
Reply 2, posted (9 years 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 3671 times:

First Choice is making a great deal of effort to improve their onboard air product. Everything, of course, except the seat pitch within Europe. If you are a midget, then you are fine. If you are six feet tall, then you need to understand the concept of flexion.

However, on their long haul flights, supposedly, they are pulling out seats and going to 33" seat pitch in their regular Y class and upgrading their premium class to 36" of seat pitch with a business class like meal for a small surcharge. From what I have seen of what they are planning to serve on those flights, it looks one heck of a lot better than normal British fare and heck, if you've flown BA across the pond to the Caribbean, its 31" and you need a chiropractor when you arrive.

I would say if the onions didn't set well with you, that's a GI problem and not something that is for this forum. Find a medical forum to post this on...it might make for more interesting reading.  Smile

Happy trails.
baw716



David L. Lamb, fmr Area Mgr Alitalia SFO 1998-2002, fmr Regional Analyst SFO-UAL 1992-1998
User currently offlineN62NA From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 4474 posts, RR: 7
Reply 3, posted (9 years 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 3665 times:

Well, anybody with an interest in airline meals MUST check out:

http://www.airlinemeals.net


User currently offlineOrion737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (9 years 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 3554 times:

Fairly typical of the 'dumbing' down on charter flights. A few years prior Air 2000 served Smoked samlmon pinwheels, Bouef Bourginone and croquette potatoes and a fresh fruit consomme.

Now its bangers and mash on FCA! Plus they charge you extra for it.

Having said that, perhaps bangers and mash are more suited to the FCA customer than boef bourginonne?


User currently offlineGkirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24936 posts, RR: 56
Reply 5, posted (9 years 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 3545 times:

Looks a nice meal to me.


When you hear the noise of the Tartan Army Boys, we'll be coming down the road!
User currently offlineAlcregular From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (9 years 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 3510 times:

Be grateful you were getting something! lol. Those poor sods on FR flights don't even get a drop of water for free, hehe.

User currently offlineOrion737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (9 years 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 3495 times:

Yes but these days the charter carriers meals are more akin to a Dan Air Spam salad than the stuff that Air Europe and Air 2000 were serving just a few years ago.

These airlines did much to improve upon the old cottage pie charter meal and provided better quality meals like Boef Bourginonne and Lamb and Rosemary etc.


User currently offlineTS-IOR From Tunisia, joined Oct 2001, 3488 posts, RR: 6
Reply 8, posted (9 years 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 3480 times:

This is a first choice meal  Wink

Turkish propose a choice of two dishes in Y, is it common or a luxury ?


User currently offlineCornish From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 8187 posts, RR: 54
Reply 9, posted (9 years 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 3468 times:

Quoting Orion737 (Reply 4):
Fairly typical of the 'dumbing' down on charter flights. A few years prior Air 2000 served Smoked samlmon pinwheels, Bouef Bourginone and croquette potatoes and a fresh fruit consomme.

Now its bangers and mash on FCA! Plus they charge you extra for it.

Having said that, perhaps bangers and mash are more suited to the FCA customer than boef bourginonne?

Fairly typical of the drive to cut costs in an ultra competitive market place more like.

To be honest that looks a lot better than I wouldhave expected from a charter carrier in today's market. Think yourself lucky.



Just when I thought I could see light at the end of the tunnel, it was some B*****d with a torch bringing me more work
User currently offlineOrion737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (9 years 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3460 times:

So we should go back to the days of Luncheon meat and seat back catering!

Why not give them tripe or spam? Thats cheap.


User currently offlineCornish From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 8187 posts, RR: 54
Reply 11, posted (9 years 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3457 times:

Quoting Orion737 (Reply 10):
So we should go back to the days of Luncheon meat and seat back catering!

Why not give them tripe or spam? Thats cheap.

you pays your money, you take your choice. Fly business class if you need it that badly.....Or have a decent meal before you leave home. We're talking a qucik PMI-MAN flight here, not bloody LHR-AKL.



Just when I thought I could see light at the end of the tunnel, it was some B*****d with a torch bringing me more work
User currently offlineOrion737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (9 years 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3450 times:

Not necessarily. I flew to the Carribbean with TCX and was served bangers and mash!

Now Im no cordon bleu, Nouvelle cuisine freak but I would have though they could have come up with something better than bangers and mash!!


User currently offlineCornish From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 8187 posts, RR: 54
Reply 13, posted (9 years 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3442 times:

Quoting Orion737 (Reply 12):
Not necessarily. I flew to the Carribbean with TCX and was served bangers and mash!

Now Im no cordon bleu, Nouvelle cuisine freak but I would have though they could have come up with something better than bangers and mash!!

Well you should have complained to your grandparents they didn't pay for you to fly scheduled with BA, BD or VS then......



Just when I thought I could see light at the end of the tunnel, it was some B*****d with a torch bringing me more work
User currently offlineOrion737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (9 years 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3430 times:

My ex boyfriend took me for a suprise holiday. I wouldnt have booked a long haul charter otherwise. It was still a great holiday, just let down by the flights. Nice memories!

User currently offlineSpeedbird19 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2005, 449 posts, RR: 4
Reply 15, posted (9 years 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3431 times:

FCA do good in flight catering, i've never had any complaints, compared to TUI/Thomsonfly, when I last flew with them, my drink was still frozen lol You can choose whether you want to pay extra for meals nowadays anyway. I'm flying Long Haul with FCA to Sanford next year, I've never had any complaints with them before, and their new Star Service incentive is sweet Wink, I won some bubbly for guessing how many bags were on the aircraft, wasn't too complicated if you knew the a/c type and capacity he he


Planeprincess
User currently offlineDemoose From Canada, joined Mar 2001, 1952 posts, RR: 23
Reply 16, posted (9 years 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3424 times:

And what is wrong with bangers and mash, I luv it!


Take a ride...fly across the sky
User currently offlineGkirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24936 posts, RR: 56
Reply 17, posted (9 years 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3414 times:

Will you EVER stop complaining about charter airlines? lol
I'm sure they'll be happy to know about you spreading your hatred towards them  Wink



When you hear the noise of the Tartan Army Boys, we'll be coming down the road!
User currently offlineOrion737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (9 years 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3410 times:

So do I. Its good hearty food. just saying its a step back from what was being offered just a few years ago on charter carriers and for free!

User currently offlineERJ170 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 6771 posts, RR: 17
Reply 19, posted (9 years 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3408 times:

Quoting Demoose (Reply 16):
And what is wrong with bangers and mash, I luv it!

Sorry for being so bloody American.. but what is a "bangers"?



Aiming High and going far..
User currently offlineOrion737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (9 years 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3405 times:

Gkirk, do not feel sorry for charter airlines! They deserve a good slagging off, considering their cuts to service in recent years!

User currently offlineGkirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24936 posts, RR: 56
Reply 21, posted (9 years 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3397 times:

Quoting Orion737 (Reply 20):
They deserve a good slagging off, considering their cuts to service in recent years!

You'd rather see them go bust? They are changing, because the times are changing. Monarch being a prime example of this. They were losing out to the likes of easyJet and Ryanair so now are having to offer more and more scheduled flights.



When you hear the noise of the Tartan Army Boys, we'll be coming down the road!
User currently offlineAirEuropeUK733 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 978 posts, RR: 11
Reply 22, posted (9 years 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3395 times:

Quoting Orion737 (Reply 7):
Yes but these days the charter carriers meals are more akin to a Dan Air Spam salad than the stuff that Air Europe and Air 2000 were serving just a few years ago.

As much as I don't like a bad word said against my 'beloved' Air Europe, maybe this is one of the reasons that FCA, Thomsonfly and TCX are still here and AE isn't!

AE733



It's nice to fly with friends
User currently offlineARGinLON From Vatican City, joined Jun 2005, 614 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (9 years 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3387 times:

Quoting BMIbaby733 (Thread starter):
Beef and onion sausage with mashed onion and potatoe in onion gravy!!!

I am sure those sausages are not better than the value range from Tesco!

How on earth can they offer this on a flight???!!!


User currently offlineDemoose From Canada, joined Mar 2001, 1952 posts, RR: 23
Reply 24, posted (9 years 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3387 times:

Quoting Orion737 (Reply 20):
Gkirk, do not feel sorry for charter airlines! They deserve a good slagging off, considering their cuts to service in recent years!

Yes, they are also a business in the 21st Century now, not just there to remind people of the 'good old days'. Personally, if cutting out free meals on flights means they can remain competetive and I still get a decent price for 2 weeks in the sun then i'm happy. If I want an inflight meal so badly, I will happilly pay £5 extra each way, you do have a choice Orion so whats the big deal? If the food is that bad in your opinion, then its a good job its not included in the flight for you then! (although I know you would eat it anyway  Wink)

Mark



Take a ride...fly across the sky
25 MarshalN : I believe it's basically the same as "sausage", although I'm sure there's some subtle intricate detail that makes them completely different, but I do
26 Orion737 : I pay for one and eat it. It gives me something to moan about and I like to see what they are passing off as a 3 course in-flight meal these days. By
27 ERJ170 : Thank ya Marsha.. all the Brits up here and none could/would answer.. LOL.. kinda ironic!
28 Post contains images Cornish : yes well you do like getting EVERYTHING for free don't you Crikey - that's twice in two days we've been in agreement in a thread Kirkie Just remember
29 Post contains images RobK : ERJ170, Bangers & Mash = Sausages and mashed potato, a popular cheap but filling English meal. You'll find it on the menu of most cafe's over here and
30 Ncfc99 : I'm a chef and would take a good bangers and mash over beef bourguignon every day of the week.
31 LACA773 : For those of you complaining about what you are served either on scheduled/chartered flights within the UK/EU, please consider yourself lucky you get
32 ERJ170 : Ahhh.. equivalent to the US Burger & Fries.. ultra popular on this side of the pond.. also relatively cheap.. and ours come with the ketchups.. perhap
33 Post contains images Speedbird19 : mash is also something that re-heats well on a plane (in most cases!)
34 Orion737 : Yes but package holidays have always represented good value. Before the price in the brochure was inclusive of an in-flight meal apropritae to the tim
35 Cornish : Which was fine when everybody used to holiday in this way and the holiday companies and charter airlines were raking in the cash. Last time i looked
36 Speedbird19 : So far I've only seen TUI doing that and as far as i know they have free coach transfers and you can pay extra if you want a taxi transfer
37 AirEuropeUK733 : When I used to travel on IT holidays when I was a kid we always had to pay extra to fly at the weekend or at a particular time of day. If these weren
38 BCAL : Banger A British term for the English sausage that became popular during World War II during a time when it was made with pork meat. The typical Bang
39 Post contains images SQNo1 : Unless their gettin bottles or putting their mouths around the taps, o'leary going to do bugger all about that! With Regards Alex.B
40 Post contains images BmiBaby737 : Hey, I reckon it looks like a nice airplane meal.. You lot may think I'm mad - but I love Airplane food! But then some of it is horrible!! cya BmiBaby
41 Post contains images FoxDelta : Is an airplane a restaurant? So, if you want a decent meal... Go to a restaurant. Cheers
42 LO231 : Compared to Ryanair. Sorry, Kirkie, had to do it after you calling me a pinguin! Bwahahhaa. Regards, LO231
43 Planesarecool : Orion, Just accept that meals come as an EXTRA, these days. Charter airlines have lowered their fares, as a result of them taking away free meals. Why
44 Cornish : Hallelujah !! Someone else who realises that no food on ANY airline in ANY class is comparable to proper food in a proper restaurant.
45 ERJ170 : LOL.. thanks BCal... What I mean was equivalent was that they are both pretty much the cheap staple meal of the country.. American and our burgers.. t
46 BmiEMA19 : I had this 'Bangers & Mash' meal on my last First Choice Airways flight and I have never had such a truly disgusting airline meal. I am usually quite
47 Demoose : When is a sausage ever real? It's always a mix of meat and other stuff, unless you shop at farmers markets!
48 BMIbaby733 : cheers bmiEMA19 someone understands what i went through on that flight ha ha!
49 Post contains images AIHTOURS : Hello, This is making me laugh! it's bangers and mash! None Other than what I would eat at home would you believe! Who gives a monkeys what your given
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