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Speed Dining With BMI  
User currently offlineknightsofmalta From Malta, joined Nov 2005, 1836 posts, RR: 20
Posted (3 years 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 6795 times:

Some of you may know the concept of speed dating, which is a dating system aimed at having a person meeting as many people as possible in the course of one event. Well, I recently took a trip with BMI from Heathrow to Basel and by the time we landed back in Basel I had decided to coin a new term: speed dining. But more of that later on.

This trip report covers a journey I took from Basel to Heathrow and back for some heavy duty shopping. The outbound flight was in the evening, so there wasn't really much to photograph. Even so, I will post some of the pictures from the lounge in Basel because it just look so nice and cosy at night time.

When I arrived at the lounge, I saw this standing outside. Initially I thought it was my aircraft, but then I realised the aircraft was in complete darkness and looked like it had been standing there for quite some time. And indeed, as it turned out this really was not my aircraft.
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So here are the images of the lounge. It is such a pity there's so little traffic in Basel. Such a lounge deserves to be at a major airport like Zurich, not in Basel.
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And now on to the actual report:

Airline: BMI
Date: 23 October 2011
From: Heathrow Terminal 1
To: Basel
Aircraft: A319
Seat: 6D, aisle
Cabin: Business Class, D

After a lovely day in London it was time to head back to Heathrow, heavy laden with shopping. I caught the Bakerloo Tube line from Oxford Circus to Paddington Station. I just love the London Underground, even if it is slowly falling apart.
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In Paddington I did some more last minute shopping at Mark's before catching the Heathrow Express to T1. This here is not the Heathrow Express but I thought it looked rather funky. I took this while I waited for my train to arrive.
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And here's my train pulling into the station.
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From the railway station in Heathrow Central I struggled to cart my heavy carry-on to the Check-in area for BMI in T1. BMI seem to have a bit of an issue crediting miles on the code share flight with SWISS, so I wanted a real boarding pass, rather than doing mobile check-in.

BMI has a dedicated check-in area for its premium customers. The facility is also available for Lufthansa and Austrian.
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Security was surprisingly easy and fast. And then from there to the lovely BMI lounge with its excellent views.
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While I sat in the lounge I saw this bugger do quite a rough landing, it was more of an impact with the runway than a landing actually. As the aircraft turned off the runway it had thick white smoke coming out of the left landing gear. Nobody seemed really bothered by this.
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And now comes the actual report: the flight.

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User currently offlineknightsofmalta From Malta, joined Nov 2005, 1836 posts, RR: 20
Reply 1, posted (3 years 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 6742 times:

Boarding was about 20 minutes late and there seemed to be quite a bit of confusion going on. I was among the last to get on the plane and they were still loading the catering then.

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Surprisingly, given that it was a Sunday evening, there were about 28 passengers in Business Class.
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We took off right behind this one.
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Lovely views climbing out of London.
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And this is now where the speed dining comes into it. The captain announced a flight time of 1 hour and 10 minutes. After that the purser came on and announced that there would be a hot meal in Business Class. Already at that point I thought this was rather ambitious, especially with only one person working the entire Business Class section. Much to my surprise the purser first came round taking drink orders. He also made a point of asking all passengers with status what they would like to eat. Which I thought was very professional. there was a choice of beef or pasta. I chose the beef. The purser then disappeared in the galley for quite while. When he reappeared he had two glasses on a tray with drinks for the first row. By this time I was already pretty sure this would never work.

Here's the meal.
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At some point he realised this was going nowhere and started serving the meals instead of the drinks. In any case, to cut a long story short, at some point the captain announced our descent and that we would be on the ground in Basel within 20 minutes. About two minutes after that I received my meal. I barely managed to finish the hot meal. I got started on the dessert but before I could finish it the flight attendant arrived and whisked away my tray. I was just about to give her a mouthful when I heard the landing gear coming out. That's when I figured that perhaps it was a better idea not to...

In summary, BMI is a great airline and I like their brand. their aircraft are spotlessly clean and have a nice interior design. The food concept is of course very good and impressive compared to what other carriers serve in Europe on sectors of a similar length. But even so, if you then haven't got enough time to eat the damn meal, then what's the point?

Comments are of course, as ever, welcome.


User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3311 posts, RR: 12
Reply 2, posted (3 years 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 6473 times:

Interesting to see how BD attempted their C class service. I think the purser might have been a bit more used to long segments to the Middle East, not short hops to BSL. Looks like they need to refine their service procedures. Looks like they were trying though! The meal looks very nice.

Quoting knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
Surprisingly, given that it was a Sunday evening, there were about 28 passengers in Business Class.

Pretty good load



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User currently offlinebwaflyer From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2004, 690 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (3 years 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 6350 times:

Major fail on the part of the supervisor. There are clearly laid down service flows for all flights. With a high C load, the meal trays should have been loaded with the hot meals, a selection of drinks placed on top of the cart with a basket of warm bread, and meals and drinks should have been offered together. Tea and then coffee should have been served and trays cleared in. Easily achievable in the time available (I've done it many times). It really frustrates me when crew make up their own service, it rarely works and ends up irritating passengers. We have a service manual for a reason, I wish everyone used it. grrrrrrr!

User currently offlineKnightsofmalta From Malta, joined Nov 2005, 1836 posts, RR: 20
Reply 4, posted (3 years 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 5769 times:

Hi Gabriel

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 2):
The meal looks very nice.

It really tasted nice and the presentation was good. But you just can't enjoy a meal if you have to demolish it in such a short time.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 2):
I think the purser might have been a bit more used to long segments to the Middle East, not short hops to BSL.

To give them credit, the whole crew was really friendly. They worked very hard and as we deplaned they apologised profusely for the delay/hurry with the meal. But the purser just underestimated the time or overestimated his abilities.

Hi bwflyer

Quoting bwaflyer (Reply 3):
Major fail on the part of the supervisor. There are clearly laid down service flows for all flights. With a high C load, the meal trays should have been loaded with the hot meals, a selection of drinks placed on top of the cart with a basket of warm bread, and meals and drinks should have been offered together. Tea and then coffee should have been served and trays cleared in. Easily achievable in the time available (I've done it many times). It really frustrates me when crew make up their own service, it rarely works and ends up irritating passengers. We have a service manual for a reason, I wish everyone used it. grrrrrrr!

The crew were all very young. I think perhaps the purser lacked the experience to effectively switch from a leisurely, peronalised service mode to an efficient but friendly process.


User currently offlineQuokka From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (3 years 5 days ago) and read 5562 times:

Quoting knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
Such a lounge deserves to be at a major airport like Zurich, not in Basel.

That sure is an impressive lounge. All that seems lacking is a stage and a live band.

Quoting knightsofmalta (Reply 1):
I got started on the dessert but before I could finish it the flight attendant arrived and whisked away my tray.

So I guess that cheese and biscuits were not served. 

I am surprsied that a hot meal is served on such a short flight as many other airlines limit offerings to a sandwich or similar. Nice to see that bmi do offer something a bit more substantial, but bwaflyer has a point about procedures.

Thanks for sharing,

Quokka


User currently offlineIL62Mdakar From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2010, 85 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (3 years 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 5409 times:

Thanks for the nice report.

BMI business product looks quite nice, especially for such a short sector. I flew Swiss C from GVA to LCY recently and it was equally a bit of a rush. But apart from that I wasn’t too impressed with their C product. Maybe I actually should redeem some of all those BMI miles on BMI itself.

The lounge in Basel looks really nice too, quite different I must say. Again I found the lounge in GVA quite disappointing and the food was appalling.


User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Reply 7, posted (3 years 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 5304 times:

Hi!

Thanks for posting this tripreport, as I'm flying bmi for the first time in January. Will be great fun.
I agree with you, those cabins do look nice, atleast based on all the pictures I've seen.

Quoting knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
Such a lounge deserves to be at a major airport like Zurich, not in Basel.

Sure looks like a nice lounge.

Martin


User currently offlinetk747 From Australia, joined Sep 2009, 341 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (3 years 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 5274 times:

Wow what an amazing lounge that Basel airport has. The meal looks delicious shame the service couldn't match it.

Thanks for posting  .


User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2486 posts, RR: 53
Reply 9, posted (3 years 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 5263 times:

Hi William,

Very nice report. You are a credit to BSL lounge by showing her glory during the evening. I agree with you that the lounge deserves better.

You, the purser and other 27 Business Class passengers deserved better too. I cannot understand the single crew assignment for such premium load. The hot meal was great, but should BD not consider a second and even a third crew member in Business Class? Did you send any comment about the flight to BD?

Thanks for sharing your insight review of speed dining.

Best wishes,
Suryo



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User currently offlineBrianDromey From Ireland, joined Dec 2006, 3922 posts, RR: 9
Reply 10, posted (3 years 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 5172 times:

Quoting IL62Mdakar (Reply 6):
The lounge in Basel looks really nice too, quite different I must say. Again I found the lounge in GVA quite disappointing and the food was appalling.

The BSL lounge is really great. Built by CrossAir, of course in the days of the EuroHub at BSL. This, of course, died a death with the birth of SWISS. Although SWISS seems to have been slowly building up their offerings out of BSL in recent times again.

Brian.



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User currently offlineLGWflyer From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2011, 2348 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (3 years 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 5155 times:

Hello Knightsofmalta, another great trip report from you!    London is a brilliant city! And those pics of Basel airport at the start... just wow. One of the best lounges I've ever seen! Cheers.


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User currently offlinelychemsa From United States of America, joined Oct 2009, 1225 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (3 years 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 5043 times:

VASP in Brazil used to serve hot meals on 1 hour flights in Y in the 1970s and that was impressive.

And in the 1950s my aunt tells me you also got a hot meal on AF from London to Paris on a 1 hour flight.


User currently offlinetaichen From Spain, joined Jul 2001, 218 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (3 years 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 4984 times:

That dessert looks delicious , just apity there was not enough time to enjoy it  

User currently offline717Flyer From Finland, joined Jun 2011, 303 posts, RR: 9
Reply 14, posted (3 years 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 4953 times:

Hi William!

Just wanted to thank you for this nice report, the meal looks really nice, such a shame you didn't have time to finish it properly. It seems bmi is improving!

Quoting knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
So here are the images of the lounge. It is such a pity there's so little traffic in Basel. Such a lounge deserves to be at a major airport like Zurich, not in Basel.

That looks wonderful, reminds me of some Caribbean cruiseship, perhaps?

Thanks for sharing.
717Flyer


User currently offlineKnightsofmalta From Malta, joined Nov 2005, 1836 posts, RR: 20
Reply 15, posted (3 years 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 4942 times:

Hi Quokka

Quoting Quokka (Reply 5):
All that seems lacking is a stage and a live band.

I think you have a point there. It is all rather flashy, just like the CEO of Crossair, SWISS' predecessor, who commissioned the lounge. But it is nice.

Quoting Quokka (Reply 5):
So I guess that cheese and biscuits were not served.

As you mention it, there was a bread basket with crackers on it, but that kind of fell by the wayside once they realised time was against them.

Quoting Quokka (Reply 5):
I am surprsied that a hot meal is served on such a short flight as many other airlines limit offerings to a sandwich or similar. Nice to see that bmi do offer something a bit more substantial, but bwaflyer has a point about procedures.

I've done a bit of research and by the looks of it, BA and LX now both also serve a hot breakfast on the LHR route. No idea though if this is perhaps a result of BMI's ambitious inflight catering concept though.

Quoting Quokka (Reply 5):
Thanks for sharing,

Pleasure, thanks for taking the time to comment.

Quoting IL62Mdakar (Reply 6):
Thanks for the nice report.

Thanks, glad you liked it.

Quoting IL62Mdakar (Reply 6):
Maybe I actually should redeem some of all those BMI miles on BMI itself.

Hm, not a bad idea I'd say. I like BMI, I think they try hard.

Hi Martin

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 7):
Thanks for posting this tripreport, as I'm flying bmi for the first time in January.

Good, I'll be interested to hear your opinion. And as long as the flight is slightly longer than one hour, you may even get something to eat...

Hi tk747

Quoting tk747 (Reply 8):
Wow what an amazing lounge that Basel airport has.

Yep, and the lighting in the evening makes it look quite photogenic I think.

Hi Suryo

Quoting akhmad (Reply 9):
Very nice report. You are a credit to BSL lounge by showing her glory during the evening.

Thanks, you know you really give such nice compliments.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 9):
You, the purser and other 27 Business Class passengers deserved better too.

Of course you're quite right. I think probably just one more would have done the trick. Then one of then could have prepared the food while the other brought out the trays to the passengers.

Hi Brian

Quoting BrianDromey (Reply 10):
Although SWISS seems to have been slowly building up their offerings out of BSL in recent times again.

Well, yes and no. More recently it seems to me that they're not really building up new routes from Basel but just shuffling them around. For every new route they close another one. But they certainly give Easyjet a good run for their money.

Hi LGWflyer

Quoting LGWflyer (Reply 11):
Hello Knightsofmalta, another great trip report from you!

Thanks, that's very kind of you.

Hi Lychemsa

Quoting lychemsa (Reply 12):
And in the 1950s my aunt tells me you also got a hot meal on AF from London to Paris on a 1 hour flight.

Those were the days. Bet you AF served the food on real plates and with real metal cutlery back in those days.

Hi Taichen

Quoting taichen (Reply 13):
That dessert looks delicious , just apity there was not enough time to enjoy it

Yeah, I have a vague recollection of something sweet in my mouth for just a fleeting moment....

Thanks to all for your comments!


User currently offlineAlwaysOnAPlane From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2010, 305 posts, RR: 2
Reply 16, posted (3 years 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 4825 times:

Hi William.

Good report with nice pictures of the BSL lounge again.

Hey, isn't that just typical BD experience? Offer something nice and then screw it up with some crazy way of working things so the customer actually ends up feeling let down. Comical. The meal looks so nice too.

Thanks for the write up.

Cheers, Lee.


User currently offlinerobso2 From Switzerland, joined Jun 2010, 218 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (3 years 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 4675 times:

Thanks for the report! Agree with the dining concept, seems very odd!


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User currently offlinesultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1753 posts, RR: 30
Reply 18, posted (3 years 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 4470 times:
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Hi William,

What an interesting experience you went through. Still, such things in business class are not supposed to happen...
The BSL lounge looks very nice indeed, very stylish. Maybe next time consider to have your meal in the lounge and to enjoy an extra glass of champers on the plane, not having to speed dine your way through the flight?

Quoting knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
Such a lounge deserves to be at a major airport like Zurich, not in Basel.

Like I said, it looks fab!

Quoting knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
I just love the London Underground, even if it is slowly falling apart.

Oh, is it  

Sultanils



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User currently offlineinfodesk From Switzerland, joined May 2006, 1464 posts, RR: 33
Reply 19, posted (3 years 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 4051 times:

Hi William,

Thanks for introducing us to the concept of speed dining- I was rather intrigued when I saw the title of your report!

Quoting knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
So here are the images of the lounge. It is such a pity there's so little traffic in Basel. Such a lounge deserves to be at a major airport like Zurich, not in Basel.

Beautiful night time shots of the lounge

Quoting knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
This trip report covers a journey I took from Basel to Heathrow and back for some heavy duty shopping

Hmm, heavy duty shopping, I like those sort of trips!  
Quoting knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
And then from there to the lovely BMI lounge with its excellent views

Is that some kind of bed with the curtains around it & the views of the apron? Look nice.

Quoting knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
there were about 28 passengers in Business Class.

Wow, a very impressive load. I don’t think I’ve ever seen C-Class that full on my UK hops.

Quoting knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
About two minutes after that I received my meal. I barely managed to finish the hot meal. I got started on the dessert but before I could finish it the flight attendant arrived and whisked away my tray. I was just about to give her a mouthful when I heard the landing gear coming out. That's when I figured that perhaps it was a better idea not to...

What a disappointment – to be presented with such a hot meal to have it whisked away again so abruptly. To be clearing the trays away when you hear the landing gear – talk about cutting it fine!

Quoting knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
But even so, if you then haven't got enough time to eat the damn meal, then what's the point?

Such a shame. As you say, it’s nice that BMI offer such an extensive service on this route, but it needs to be practical too. Do you know what the load was in Y ? Presumably the other cabin crew members had their work cut out there. I think it would be worth passing your comments on to BMI and seeing what they say.

Happy flying
Infodesk   



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User currently offlineKnightsofmalta From Malta, joined Nov 2005, 1836 posts, RR: 20
Reply 20, posted (3 years 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 3817 times:

Hi there 717flyer

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 14):
Just wanted to thank you for this nice report

My pleasure, thanks for taking the time to comment.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 14):
That looks wonderful, reminds me of some Caribbean cruiseship, perhaps?

Yeah, it's those palm trees. They look a bit odd perhaps on the photos but in reality I find they give the place a nice cosy living-room kind of feel.

Hi Lee

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Reply 16):
Good report with nice pictures of the BSL lounge again.

Thanks a lot.

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Reply 16):
Hey, isn't that just typical BD experience? Offer something nice and then screw it up with some crazy way of working things so the customer actually ends up feeling let down.

Funny you should say that. The more I fly with them, the more inconsistencies I'm finding. In the last three weeks I've done three round trip with BMI to London and back and basically no two of the flights were the same or even comparable, except for the friendliness of the crew perhaps.

Hi robso2

Quoting robso2 (Reply 17):
Thanks for the report!

My pleasure.

Hi Nils

Quoting sultanils (Reply 18):
Maybe next time consider to have your meal in the lounge and to enjoy an extra glass of champers on the plane, not having to speed dine your way through the flight?

Not a bad idea, but it would not have helped either in this case. The drinks arrived pretty much around the same time as the food.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 18):
Oh, is it

Only slightly. And I do so love the smell, the rumbling and the breeze being pushed through the tunnel as the train approaches the station...lovely!

Hi Hannah

Quoting infodesk (Reply 19):
Thanks for introducing us to the concept of speed dining- I was rather intrigued when I saw the title of your report!

Not all all, the honour of inventing speed dining goes entirely to BMI. And I can assure you I was equally intrigued to see what would happen during the flight...

Quoting infodesk (Reply 19):
Hmm, heavy duty shopping, I like those sort of trips!

Yeah, no place like London for that. I actually think it's also very healthy. A bit like weight lifting but with goodies.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 19):
Is that some kind of bed with the curtains around it & the views of the apron? Look nice.

Not quite. They have these glass walls for privacy and a bit of quiet. The curtain is so your neighbour can't watch you snoring.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 19):
Do you know what the load was in Y ? Presumably the other cabin crew members had their work cut out there.

Not in figures, but the purser did mention the flight was full in Y.

In any case, thanks everyone for posting.

William


User currently offlinemilesaddict From Singapore, joined Dec 2007, 100 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (3 years 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 3783 times:

Thanks a lot, love bmi's meal. and the lounge at LHR.

User currently offlinePs76 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (3 years 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 3695 times:

Hi!

Many thanks for the report. Cool you had a nice day shopping in London and the trip report on BMI was nice too. I have flown BMI from London Heathrow to Manchester a couple of times I think and I found their prices good and the planes were good too with a nice interior. This was when they were just getting taken over by Lufthansa. One thing I don't understand is why airlines which are owned by Lufthansa like Swiss and BMI have competitive prices but Lufthansa themselves always seem to be so expensive. Anyway great meal, sorry you had to rush it a little.

Many thanks.

Pierre


User currently offlineknightsofmalta From Malta, joined Nov 2005, 1836 posts, RR: 20
Reply 23, posted (3 years 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 3442 times:

Hi milesaddict
Your name reminds me to give a word of caution to anyone wanting to take this flight: for some reasons collecting miles on the BSL-LHR does not seem to work automatically. Apparently it does not even seem to make much of a difference if you fly under the BD flight number or the LX code-share. This means you have to wait for ten working days to elapse before sending the original boarding pass to Miles and More. So anyone who urgently needs the miles: pick another flight!

Hi Pierre

Quoting Ps76 (Reply 22):
Many thanks for the report.

My pleasure, glad you enjoyed it.

Quoting Ps76 (Reply 22):
Cool you had a nice day shopping in London

Yep, there nothing like retail therapy!

Quoting Ps76 (Reply 22):
One thing I don't understand is why airlines which are owned by Lufthansa like Swiss and BMI have competitive prices but Lufthansa themselves always seem to be so expensive.

Good question, I guess it's a question of getting the marketing mix right. As it is, customers can get cheap fares with the Lufthansa group on LX and BD, but if you want to travel on the much more extensive network of Lufthansa you have to pay. Just an idea.


User currently offlineLH4116 From Sweden, joined Aug 2007, 1714 posts, RR: 18
Reply 24, posted (3 years 17 hours ago) and read 3143 times:

Hey William, nice report!

Quoting knightsofmalta (Reply 1):
Surprisingly, given that it was a Sunday evening, there were about 28 passengers in Business Class.

Now that's a healthy load, flight must've been a money maker. Nice to see the old LH seats also  
Quoting knightsofmalta (Reply 1):
He also made a point of asking all passengers with status what they would like to eat.

Interesting, did this apply to all people with *G status or only BD Gold (and Silver)?

Quoting knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
When he reappeared he had two glasses on a tray with drinks for the first row.

Must say that meal looks very generous. Suppose no time to serve coffee either, hehe.

Quoting knightsofmalta (Reply 1):
But even so, if you then haven't got enough time to eat the damn meal, then what's the point?

Well, I guess BD should take after LX who serve some pretty impressive looking cold meal trays on their 1hr flights. They are of course the masters of speed dining 

Thanks for sharing!
//Jonas



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User currently offlineknightsofmalta From Malta, joined Nov 2005, 1836 posts, RR: 20
Reply 25, posted (3 years 15 hours ago) and read 3088 times:

Hi Jonas

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 24):
nice report!

Thank you.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 24):
flight must've been a money maker. Nice to see the old LH seats also

Actually I wouldn't be so sure. The more I think of it the stranger the whole experience becomes. I'm wondering if perhaps the previous or the later flight was cancelled, causing that flight to be full.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 24):
Interesting, did this apply to all people with *G status or only BD Gold (and Silver)?

Well I'm a Senator with LH, not BD. But again, it may well be that he just asked all the passengers that had originally booked Business Class, which would mean that everybody else he didn't ask might have been upgraded from Y.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 24):
Suppose no time to serve coffee either, hehe.

Oh very funny! And that something like that should happen to me when I have a sweet tooth!

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 24):
Well, I guess BD should take after LX who serve some pretty impressive looking cold meal trays on their 1hr flights.

Nah, I've really gone off SWISS. Sure, BMI was far from perfect but for sure, so is SWISS if you travel with them a lot.

Thanks for posting Jonas.

Cheers,
William


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