Marcelduchamp From New Zealand, joined Sep 2000, 87 posts, RR: 0 Posted (12 years 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 972 times:
1) Have heard from the grapevine that SQ has done away with the traditional pre-plated casserole dish for the main course. Instead, cabin crew will plate the meal of choice for passengers individually, similar to a First Class style of service. But plates are square shaped. That's all I know.
2) Snack boxes in Economy Class have been stopped. Instead, crew will distribute snacks from trays. Doesn't exactly sound THAT flash, apart from the introduction of fruit baskets (similar to a traditional Business Class dessert service).
At least SQ is doing something to improve instead of going the UA way of cutting trolley service (cheese board/fruit basket) in Business Class.
Carmy From Singapore, joined Oct 2001, 627 posts, RR: 0 Reply 1, posted (12 years 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 939 times:
SQ's cabin crew are currently undergoing training for the enhanced meal service on Business or Raffles Class. There are a lot of changes introduced this time round, and passengers on Business Class will see a return to trolley serivce for their soup and salads. This will mean that passengers will be able to choose what they want or don't want in their salads, and see the cabin crew preparing the salads for them.
The fruit baskets are only for Raffles and First Class passengers. Previously, only First Class passengers were entitled to fruit baskets. Now both JCL and PCL passengers will be able to choose their choice of fruit from a basket. Crew will then cut the fruit and serve it to the passengers. These changes are meant to position SIA's Business Class as the premier choice over other airlines.
As for PCL, passengers will see enhanced service on certain flights. If my memory serves me right, there's a new Japanese meal service as well. Can't remember the exact details though.
Haven't heard about the changes in YCL yet. But anyway, these changes will ensure that SIA is continually in front of the competition in JCL and PCL.
Marcelduchamp From New Zealand, joined Sep 2000, 87 posts, RR: 0 Reply 3, posted (12 years 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 863 times:
Thank you Carmy for elaborating.
From what I've heard, the enhancements have already been implemented as of Dec. 1 on key routes, such as, SIN - LHR vv.
In regards to the fruit baskets, it is my understanding that they have been around since the creation of Raffles Class 10 years ago, if not before. I have experienced the service myself in the early '90s. Therefore, it's nothing new. But it's placement and usage in Economy Class is part of the latest "upgrade".
In regards to "Singapore_Air", I think that the Asian airlines have almost always competed on service/catering instead of cabin comfort. Many can remember SQ n CX offering only 38" pitch while the others had at least 40". Usually it will be the American/British/Oceania carriers that laid on more space, such as Virgin, Continental, Delta, Qantas and now, British Airways.
I have always regarded SQ's Raffles Class meal service as one of the better ones but not at the top. Their wine list though, is utterly excellent! Airlines like Lauda Air and Air New Zealand no doubt do better, but if u flew BA, QF or UA, the meal wouldn't be quite up there with SQs'.
As a total package, Raffles Class is definitely amongst the top 3, with BA and CX, as the BEST business class for a 3 Classes of Service carrier.