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How Do Flight Crews Dine When Flying?  
User currently offlineHa787 From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 38 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 6 days ago) and read 6497 times:

this is problay a dumb question but how do the flight crew members in the cockpit eat while they fly the aircaft. finally are there any food / drinks restictions when on duty?

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User currently offlineSpruit From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2005, 375 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 6 days ago) and read 6461 times:

The AP flies the aircraft and the crew usually eat with a knife and fork!

 Wink

Unless of course they get BBQ Chicken, but that makes a mess of the MFD's!



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User currently offlineModesto2 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 2819 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 6438 times:

It's easier if I'm the "pilot flying" because then, I don't have to worry about talking to ATC with a full mouth. Even if I'm "pilot monitoring" I've learned to shove the food to one side of the mouth so ATC can understand what I say. I love food and I love flying, so there's nothing better than eating on a plane!

User currently offline474218 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 6340 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 6390 times:

You can hardly call it DINING, they eat the same stuff they feed the PAX.

User currently offlineAirman99o From Canada, joined Aug 1999, 980 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 6390 times:

The flight attendants ususally sit in the galley on the jumpseats and have a tray on the lap, Most flights so busy that you cannot get a chance to eat anyway, plus airplane food to me isn't the best in the world. Lucky me have only been poisioned by it twice!!  Silly If the back row is free on a light load, ususally we sit there and eat. But in the galley there is a little more leg room  Silly

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User currently offlineSKYYBLUE From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 6286 times:

At B6 most of us pack our own lunch kits. If not, I usually buy something in the airport and bring it along. As I understand it, in the beginning at B6, "vouchers" were givin to crewmembers providing free meals to bring on longhaul flights. As the airline grew, this amenity was taken away.

User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31702 posts, RR: 56
Reply 6, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 6286 times:

Normally out here It Trays with Compartments so that things don't spill.The Meals for the Flying crew will differ between the Two Pilots to cater to Food Poisoning.
They normally use Cutlery  Smile
regds
MEL



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User currently offlineCarduelis From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2001, 1586 posts, RR: 10
Reply 7, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 6154 times:

Quoting Airman99o (Reply 4):
have a tray on the lap

. . . except Airbus aircraft where there is a fold down table for the pilot's tray, as there's no joystick!



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User currently offlineSNATH From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3247 posts, RR: 22
Reply 8, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 6078 times:

Quoting Airman99o (Reply 4):
The flight attendants ususally sit in the galley on the jumpseats and have a tray on the lap,

Tell that to the AF F/As!  Wink


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User currently offlineAlexPorter From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 6048 times:

Quoting 474218 (Reply 3):
they eat the same stuff they feed the PAX.

I thought there was a rule where the crew meals have to be different from passenger meals.


User currently offlineBWI757 From Israel, joined Dec 2004, 429 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 6035 times:

Does someone announce (or do you announce to yourself) "Beef or chicken" before making a selection? Or do you say "Tonights crew meal consists of beef stroganoff with new potatoes or Chicken Kiev and wilted vegetables"? How many times would you have to say it over and over again until a meal is selected?

And what do you do when your selection is out?

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User currently offlineFly727 From Mexico, joined Jul 2003, 1789 posts, RR: 19
Reply 11, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 6004 times:

Quoting 474218 (Reply 3):
You can hardly call it DINING, they eat the same stuff they feed the PAX.

Though there is a general safety rule about crew meals, very few airlines and crew adheres to it strictly. Crew meals in my airline are not very common, since only three flights are above the 3:00 hours flight time. We do get, however breakfast on the early flights departing out of my base.

Quoting SKYYBLUE (Reply 5):
At B6 most of us pack our own lunch kits. If not, I usually buy something in the airport and bring it along.

Same here. But airport food can get very boring also. I kid you not, but I've seen crews carrying in their bags Corn Flakes, oatmeal, tuna cans and instant soups! Perhaps being a little cheap or absolutely disgusted about airline/airport food...

RM  Smile



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User currently offlineABQopsHP From United States of America, joined May 2006, 861 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 5876 times:

For the very short time that I flew as a F/A at CO in the mid 80s, I would usually hide in the galley with my lunch that I brought on board. If you were even lucky enough to find time to eat, that is. Fast fwd to my HP/US days. The flight deck gets a crew meal at various times of the day in different cities, and get to eat when they have a moment, and the F/As usually run off the plane and grab something to snarf down before boarding begins. I dont know how many times I would go on to tell the crew we were boarding only to see them with their mouth full, giving me that look of, please....just a few more minutes Big grin .


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User currently offlineVC10 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 1412 posts, RR: 16
Reply 13, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 5809 times:

That is one thing I miss now about being retired from airline flying, the
the crew food, Lobster, smoke salmon, steaks and deserts to make your mouth water. the only thing missing was a nice glasss of Claret but I suppose you cannot have everything

littlevc10


User currently offlineDutchjet From Netherlands, joined Oct 2000, 7864 posts, RR: 56
Reply 14, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 5726 times:

Quoting VC10 (Reply 13):
Lobster, smoke salmon, steaks and deserts to make your mouth water

You can proudly say that you flew during the era when flying was something very special....cheers.


User currently offlineWeAreUnited From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 423 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 5552 times:

Quoting 474218 (Reply 3):
You can hardly call it DINING, they eat the same stuff they feed the PAX.

Not true. Both airlines I've worked for that offered their pilots meals had different meals then what was offered to the passengers.

At Alaska, it was pretty much the SAME ALL THE TIME!! Pilots and FA's received the same food for months on end. It was not appealing after looking at a turkey and cheddar sandwich served on a bagel for the 245th time.

At United, crewmembers and pilots can request special meals for all Domestic ID's (pairings). International ID's for crewmembers are different, as they just double board all First Class main course meals and you get what's left over. Not a bad deal though, as the FC meals were always delicious to me.


User currently offlineTom12 From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2005, 1078 posts, RR: 13
Reply 16, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 4397 times:

If you get the same meal as the PAX, do international pilots get the First Class meal or the economy meal lol??

Also isn't it true that both pilots can't have the same meal??

Tom



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User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31702 posts, RR: 56
Reply 17, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 4326 times:

Quoting Tom12 (Reply 16):
Also isn't it true that both pilots can't have the same meal

Reply #6.
regds
MEL



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User currently offlineTom12 From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2005, 1078 posts, RR: 13
Reply 18, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 4291 times:

Quoting HAWK21M (Reply 17):
Reply #6.
regds
MEL



Think of the brighter side

Sorry totally missed that, thanks MEL

Tom



"Per noctem volamus" - Royal Air Force Bomber Squadron IX
User currently offline474218 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 6340 posts, RR: 9
Reply 19, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 4239 times:

Quoting AlexPorter (Reply 9):
I thought there was a rule where the crew meals have to be different from passenger meals.



Quoting WeAreUnited (Reply 15):
Not true. Both airlines I've worked for that offered their pilots meals had different meals then what was offered to the passengers.



Quoting Tom12 (Reply 16):
If you get the same meal as the PAX, do international pilots get the First Class meal or the economy meal lol??

Please refer to the following:
http://airlinemeals.net/forum3/viewtopic.php?pid=604
It may be a rule but rules are made to be broken.


User currently offlineMcdu From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 1487 posts, RR: 17
Reply 20, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 4216 times:

At UAL the pilot meals are ordered from a selection of choices. You can change your choice between, Fish, Chicken, Regular (pasta, beef or chefs choice), Low Fat, Kosher, Hindu and a couple of others. If I am flying to LHR I tend to order the Hindu as the kitchen seems to do that a notch above the others. If you fly to South America the beef is a good choice. Domestically it all taste about the same, HA! One choice we have also is a salad meal. This is probably one of the best on the domestic structure. It is generally a very nice chef's salad and gives you the warm and fuzzy healthy feeling.

User currently offlineMcdu From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 1487 posts, RR: 17
Reply 21, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 4204 times:

I forgot to add that an Airbus pilot eats in a very civilized manner from a pull out tray table in the forward panel. All the others use books, extra long trays and various other implements to try and steady the tray on their laps while eating. I miss the bus purely for this reason alone!

User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31702 posts, RR: 56
Reply 22, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 4028 times:

Quoting Mcdu (Reply 20):
If I am flying to LHR I tend to order the Hindu as the kitchen seems to do that a notch above the others

Whats a Hindu Meal.
regds
MEL



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User currently offlineBlueShamu330s From UK - England, joined Sep 2001, 3059 posts, RR: 23
Reply 23, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 4011 times:

Quoting Mcdu (Reply 21):
I forgot to add that an Airbus pilot eats in a very civilized manner from a pull out tray table in the forward panel.

But it's such a PITA when the cheese board and grapes arrives after TOD  Silly

Shamu



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User currently offlineTitiserra From Spain, joined Aug 2005, 55 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 3905 times:

Uhhm...pilots are very near the first class cabin...those exquisits meals might visit the flight deck from time to time, don't they?

25 Boeing747_600 : No meat, at a minimum, I'd imagine!
26 Post contains links Aa757first : http://www.airlinemeals.net/indexCrew.html AAndrew
27 Post contains images Mcdu : Mel, Hindu is bascially an Indian meal. We have a Hindu, Muslim and Kosher as speciality meal choices. I think it is to afford those that need to mee
28 ZKSUJ : I always thought the pilots get meals from first class???
29 Legoguy : I learnt from a seperate thread that, as airbus uses side stick controllers to fly the plane which are obsviously located either side of the cockpit,
30 Post contains links and images 2H4 : Here you go: View Large View MediumPhoto © Vector Grafix On a side note, pilots must also be careful not to drop a can of pop on the center cons
31 Post contains links and images Fly727 : How Do Flight Crews Dine When Flying? Like this: RM Picture taken from http://www.airlinemeals.net
32 Post contains images Legoguy : Thanks for the confirmation
33 WindowSeat : I have seen them pull out that table and chairs everytime I have flown them. I also sat down with them once on F-GLZK in the rear galley of this A340
34 HAWK21M : Shouldn't it be just Veg & Non Veg or Indian or Chinese or Mughalai or Continental as out here. regds MEL
35 Aviator27 : Airbus pilots (except A300/310) have a neat table to eat meals on. Pity those poor Boeing drivers that have to eat on their laps. Crew meals are diffe
36 Asianguy767 : Quoting Mcdu (Reply 27): Hindu is bascially an Indian meal. We have a Hindu, Muslim and Kosher as speciality meal choices A Hindu meal is an Indian st
37 EWRCabincrew : We also dine on food that we bring from home. Monday to AMS we are having pot luck. Lau lau, pansit, haupia and mac salad. Mind you, this is planned a
38 USADreamliner : You can eat a bag of peanuts anytime, anywhere! USADreamliner
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