Tguman From Canada, joined Apr 2001, 435 posts, RR: 1 Posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 4854 times:
I decided to place this under Trip Reports because it mostly fits into this forum as opposed to the others. If this is not the case, then please inform me of my mistake and i will move on.
My roommate and I, both of us pilots, are in the same course at College. We are doing a group project for Cultural Anthropology. We decided to do the aviation sub-culture. After further definining our topic, we decided to look at the different in-flight service available on airlines around the world. Your input would be helpful.
We are looking for everything from food, seating arrangements, luggage compartments, pretty much anything and everything you can imagine. As far as food goes, we want to know what airlines have served in the past (if you can remember) and what they serve now. We would like a worldwide perspective on this issue so that we may more effectively write our paper.
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Treeny From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2005, 319 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 4837 times:
The Aerolineas Argentinas product could be an interesting one to analyse because the difference between their Business Class service and the tourist class service really is one extreme to the other.
The AR business class seating arrangement on the wide bodies are always 2-2 o 2-2-2 (The Airbus is all 2-2, the 747 is 2-2 or 2-2-2 depending on where you are in the cabin). All seats are the old fashioned style cradle type seat but are VERY comfortable. In actual fact in my opinion, they are as comfortable as a typical flat bed (say BA) due to their size and the amount of recline (160).
The tourist class seat has to be one of the smallest in the world with the smallest pitch. You feel very cramped and it can all be a little overwhelming such is the lack of space versus the amount of people on board as nearly all AR flights, especially to MAD go full. By the way they are 2-4-2
The food on outbound flights from EZE is usually a salad for staters and then either a meat or pasta dish seeing as they are the main dishes of Argentina.
Coupled with that is ice cream from large ice cream chain (Freddo) and always served with a very well stocked cheesboard.
Also they always server Argentine wines and beers.
Food in tourist is terrible with ALWAYS the same inbound and outbound choices of Chicken or Pasta, salad and a small cake.
Luggage compartments are standard size although as we know upstairs on the 747 they are a little smaller but you do have the side pockets for storage.
The one problem with AR is that people seem to get on with large amounts of luggage (tourist and business) and boxes so what bin space is available usually doesnt last long!
Service as I say can be iffy to say the least in tourist class with AR which in my experience was always the case but in parellel the service in Business has ALWAYS been second to none without exception. One of the most common criticisms you will always hear of AR is that their service is just not up to scratch in that their FAs server what they need and then disappear for the rest of the flight until the next service - this I am afraid in my experience is 110% true however in the gallies there is always a good supply of snacks to be had.
Overall, there is a great distance between the 2 classes on this airline. Certainly more noticable than LH or BA although I am sure many readers here have had off days with both - in my opinion, with AR if you fly business you are in for a treat (Even the red carnation they put on your tray before the food arrives!). If you fly in tourist you will simply pray you arrive sane, able to move your legs again probably starving to death.
DesertAir From Mexico, joined Jan 2006, 1534 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 4811 times:
I suggest looking into TACA. When I flew them a number of years ago from Guatemala to Los Angeles, the food service was great. I even remember a steward pooring bottles of wine. On Latin American airlines, liquor is served from regular bottles.
Tguman From Canada, joined Apr 2001, 435 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 4809 times:
I have flown TACA many a times, never at age to have wine, though i do remember a lady behind me getting rather plastered during a flight from SJO to CCS. I found TACA to be rather good, though i remember back in the day when COPA used to give away a small hard candy as you boarded the flight. I haven't flown with them since 1997 so things may have changed.
Thanks for the replies guys, keep it up, this is awesome.
SR 103 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 1744 posts, RR: 37
Reply 7, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 4543 times:
I have written a few trip report over the years on this website, here are a few of them. I would rather have e-mailed them to you, but as your profile does not have one, I shall link them below for you.